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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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Xavier and Melanie Anniversary Session

Xavier and Melanie traveled from Florida to Chattanooga for an Anniversary getaway. They hired me to capture them on their ten year milestone. Their love for each other was apparent as soon as I met them. They held hands, they held each other, they looked at one another with such love! We shot these in Downtown Chattanooga at the Walnut Street Bridge at midday.

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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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Sarah and Brandon in Downtown Chattanooga, Midday Summer 2019 Session

Sarah and Brandon traveled to Chattanooga from Kentucky to spend some time visiting her family. Even though this was my first time meeting them both, it felt a lot like hanging out with old friends.We laughed and joked and tried to find patches of shade to hide from the harsh sun in! These midday sessions are turning out to be some of my favorites, the colors are so crisp and I am really loving the shadows and contrast!

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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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Terry and Hope in Midday Downtown Chattanooga, TN Couples Session

Terry booked his experience as a surprise for his wife Hope. They were traveling to Chattanooga in May as a weekend getaway. After having their pictures made, they were headed to stay in a streamline rv in Ooltewah on a working farm. I don’t know about you but to me, this sounds like a wonderful weekend!

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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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Fenn Prom Session in Downtown, Chattanooga April 2019

I LOVE prom sessions! They are always so much fun. Everyone’s already dressed up and looking sharp. And Downtown Chattanooga on the South Side is bustling and colorful.

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Jonathan Senior Session at the Tennessee River in Jasper, TN

Jonathan’s mother D’Anne booked this session and had a very unique set of ideas to make sure his Senior Portraits stood out from the crowd. It all came together perfectly and I’m pretty sure even Jonathan had a good time. He brought his cap & gown, his truck, his puppy and his gun.

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Sherrie and John's Engagement Session in Sewanee, TN

Sherrie and John asked to have their engagement portraits taken in Sewanee, TN. I love shooting at the University of the South. It’s romantic and whimsical and really feels like you’re at a castle. And these two are perfectly in love.

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Alexandria and Brent Engagement Session in Jasper, TN

I had never met these two before. Alexandria reached out to me after finding my work online to book me for her and Brent’s engagement pictures. I am so glad that she did. They are both so sweet and were easy as pie to work with. But most importantly, they are truly in love. They fell into natural poses and held each other close.

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Destiny Limited Edition Senior Session in Jasper, TN

Destiny’s mother and I went to high school together. Destiny is fun and carefree. She wasn’t neccesarily too excited about Senior Portraits but she was willing to have them made for her mom. She wanted something different and brought smoke bombs to her session! So much fun!!

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Christian Senior Session in Jasper, TN

Christian came to see me for his Senior Portraits and we took them in Jasper, TN. He was SO quiet! But very sweet and very respectful. We took a few pictures in the woods, and a few of him by his car.

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Olivia Layne Lifestyle Session in Sewanee, TN

This session with Olivia is definitely different than my usual sessions. You see Olivia was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, was treated for it, and subsequently beat it. Her positive outlook and strength were an inspiration to so many. We did this session as a way of expressing her freedom. Below I am going to attach a her story that she wrote:

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Allender Family Session in Downtown South Pittsburg, TN

When Tracie, Chris, Jake and Jared came to see me, Tracie asked if it was was ok to bring their puppy Mally. I always love when people bring along their dogs so of course I told her yes! This pup, was literally the most well behaved and smartest dogs I have ever been around. I was incredibly impressed by how well trained she is. ANYWAYS, back to the humans - This family is so sweet. So kind. And this session was a breeze.

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Haley and Hunter's Limited Edition Session in Downtown South Pittsburg

This was my first time meeting Haley and Hunter. Two young people totally in love, that’s literally one of my most favorite things to photograph. They were a breeze and you can just tell they have so much fun together. It was a warm day in February in Downtown South Pittsburg, I love the colors on Main Street as a backdrop.

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Nicole and Stanley's Limited Edition Session in Downtown South Pittsburg

Limited Edition Sessions are short sessions that include a smaller amount of pictures. I started offering them this year to clients who may not need a full session, or only need a handful of images. Nicole has mentioned a few times about wanting to come to me for pictures, and I am so glad she finally did! This was a really easy session.

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Brynna Hamilton Sunset Family Session January 2019

I had never met Brynna and Dennis before our session. So I was very excited to meet them and their children. As we started shooting my (very) expensive 70-200 lens DIED. I was confused and I have to be honest, it threw me for a minute. I panicked. I don’t know why, maybe just because I’m a panicky person. BUT I recovered pretty quickly, I threw on my 35mm and settled back into my session. Brynna and her family are SO much fun. They’re warm and welcoming. It was really easy to capture the dynamics of their family.

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Abby-Lynn and Landon on Courthouse Square in Jasper, TN

I’ll just start by saying I LOVE the entire Jordan family, and I love seeing them grow and change. Abby-Lynn came to me with her boyfriend Landon for a quick Limited Edition Session. It was FREEZING that day, literally freezing and windy and miserable, but these two powered through.

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Julie & Michael Couples Session in Downtown Chattanooga, TN

This was my first time meeting Julie and Michael. I absolutely love meeting new clients, and this session was no different. These two were just awesome to get to know. They are funny and playful and so much fun. We took all of these in Downtown Chattanooga on the Southside.

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