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5 Tips for Photographing Blended Families

Photographing blended families can sometimes be stressful. Sometimes you will feel more like a therapist than a photographer. It can be tricky to navigate the waters of family dynamics, particularly if there’s tension between the children and a step-parent. More often than not, you’ll need a few tactics to help you through it. Today I want to offer you five simple tried and true techniques for your next blended family session.

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Sophia Summer Session in Downtown Chattanooga July 2019

Sophia is my little baby cousin. Right now she’s living in Washington DC but she came in for a visit and a fun little Summer Session with me. Sophia is literally a ray of sunshine. Her energy is contagious. She was SO EXCITED about everything that she saw, it really made me stop and look at this city with new eyes. We started at the Walnut Street Bridge and made a loop. We walked from the bridge to the Tennessee Riverwalk, to the waterways around the aquarium, we pet a horse that pulls the carriages on Broad Street, and we made our way back to The Ice Cream Show.

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Amanda and Kaileigh Downtown Chattanooga July 2019 Family Session

Amanda and Kaileigh came up to Chattanooga for a weekend getaway and decided to get some family pictures made while they were here. First, let me tell you, it was INSANE hot. So we shot quick and got ourselves indoors under the AC. Kaileigh reminded me so much of my daughter Gracie with her funky glasses and cool hair. And Amanda was just so super sweet and down to earth. Of course, it never hurts that all my clients are beautiful!

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Stacy Davis Jasper, TN June 2019 Family Session

Stacy contacted me after finding my website. She wanted pictures of her three children and herself. Stacy met me with Bailey, Ayden and Mazie in June. We spent part of the session in a big open field, but then we quickly realized we were losing the kids attention, so we took them over to the playground. Seriously, it couldn’t have been a better idea. They played and laughed and we got the best smiles!

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Hoback Family Summer 2019 Session in Jasper, TN on Courthouse Square

Dana and I had such a hard time nailing down the perfect date for these. You see, all three of her boys play baseball, so their schedules are extra tight! We finally had an opportunity to take them. The weather was great, the sunshine was golden, and it was an easy session.

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Hancock Family Summer 2019 Tennessee Farm Session Jasper, TN

Every year I donate to the silent auction held locally at Sequatchie Valley Electric Co-operative. This year Shanda won the session. I always love meeting new people and Shanda, Tyler and Will were so much fun. We shot on their friend’s farm and it was absolutely beautiful. They even had a tiny baby goat at the end for Will to love on!!

ps: my day was 100% made when they brought out that kid, if you know me, I LOVE goats!!

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Gerry and Ansley Downtown Chattanooga Summer 2019 Session

Gerry reached out to me wanting to schedule a session for him and his daughter Ansley. They were traveling to Chattanooga from Nashville for the weekend and wanted some fun, candid shots to document their vacation. When they first arrived, Ansley was being shy and hiding behind her daddy’s back. She came out of her shell pretty quickly when I started talking about adventure. We started at the Walnut Street Bridge and walked down to the Passageway, we got our feet wet and then made our way back to the Ice Cream Show for a snack to cool down with.

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Foley Family Summer Carnival Session May 2019 in Dunlap, TN

Jessica and Aaron and their two sweet babies Brantley and Addison wanted a carnival session. We had one scheduled for the National Cornbread Festival and poor Brantley was diagnosed with the FLU a day before!! Fortunately, there was another carnival coming close by to Valley Fest in Dunlap, TN. We were able to reschedule. Brantley had a blast riding rides! Addison wasn’t too happy because there was only one ride they would let her on, but towards the end we got her some cotton candy and she was in heaven!

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Howard Children Spring 2019 in Jasper, Tennessee

Debbi and I have been friends since high school. And ever since she started her family I have been capturing their milestones. I cannot believe how big her children have gotten this year. Darien is so tall, Ronan is less of a baby and more of a child, and just look at how big Felicity is. They are the sweetest and I love when I get to catch up with them!

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Jones Family Spring Session in Kimball, TN April 2019

Bridget, Lotchia and Karsten came to see me on a beautiful, warm Spring day. We spent some time at the park, we played and we laughed. Karsten had a blast chasing the ducks and throwing grass into the pond. Such a wonderfully sweet family.

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Jacelyn's Spring Limited Edition Session April 2019 Jasper TN

What a sweet and beautiful little soul this girl is. We had a quick session but it was so much fun. We played in the sunshine.

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Erica and Lennon Family Carnival Session at The National Cornbread Festival

Erica and Lennon are just pure fun. I always have a blast photographing them. And I really respect and admire Erica, I have always held a soft spot for single mothers. Lennon is an incredible kid, he’s smart, and funny and very talented, and all of that is a testament to Erica.

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Jovany Limited Edition Carnival Session at The National Cornbread Festival

So this little cutie and I spent some time at the carnival. He had a blast checking out the rides and eating popcorn (and throwing it in the air). I love seeing the lights through little eyes.

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Trip & Gavin Celebrate Trip's First Birthday in Jasper, TN April 2019

Sherie contacted me to book a session for Trip’s cake smash. She settled on a whole Cookie Monster theme and it was adorable! She Nicole Beecken make his cake. Big brother Gavin was in on it too. They both got hyped up on a lot of sugar and we partied on the square!

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Braelyn and Noah Limited Edition Spring Session April 2019

Every year Lyndi gets with me to schedule a session because the kids birthdays are super close together. This year Braelyn is turning six and Noah is turning two! We had a blast in Downtown South Pittsburg playing around.

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Haley Engel's Spring Family Limited Edition Session in Jasper, TN

Haley reached out to me wanting to schedule a family session for Spring. Her, Terence, Jake and Zeke came to see me on a cold day in March, but from their smiles, you’d never know how cold it was.

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Jasper Baseball Team Print Packages in Jasper, TN

How cute are these little guys! I had fun taking the team pictures for them. I prefer classic poses and print packages for team pictures. If you’re interested in me photographing your team, contact me and we can set it up.

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Caldwell Family Spring Sunset Portrait Session in Jasper, TN

Crystal brings her boys to see me a few times a year, and every time I try and talk her into having family portraits made. I tell her it’s her turn to step in front of the camera. FINALLY she booked me for a family session. Her and Josh and the boys, Will and Coleman. And we did back to back sessions, their family, then her two boys and her nephews.

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Perry Family Session at Sewanee, TN in March

When we were very little Cameron and I used to go to church together at Jasper First Baptist. Now, as an adult, Cameron is married to Michael and together they have a son named Camdan. Cameron wanted their session at her alma mater, The University of the South at Sewanee, TN. This session was easy and so much fun. Early Spring is beautiful in Sewanee, if you’ve not been, you should go. The buttercups bloom and the entire campus comes alive.

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