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Big Red Heart Day: Megan & Aaron

Happy Big Red Heart day folks! It’s a day dedicated to celebrating the l.o.v.e. and I am all about that. Forget the chocolates and dinner dates, give me a pair of wings and some roses and I am just as happy as a clam. I mean chocolates kind of rock my face off too.. so.. I mean.. if you’re by Russell Stover’s..

You may remember my Vday shoot last year with the fabulous Ms. Ella McCormick. If you missed it, check it out here. I can’t believe it’s been a year since I played in a field with this little lady. It’s crazy to see how much my style has changed since then with my photos!

Pretty things for shoots are the BEST eva. When Megan, Aaron, and I were planning this shoot, I was all about some tall wheat colored grass and an open field. Little did I know they would pull a James Bond and catapult themselves into the tree for the betterment of my photos. What a great couple to go all jungle gym on this session and score such a unique pose for me to shoot.

Um… did I tell you guys that you are pure awesome for doing that? You’re like the cat’s pajamas…. or the bee’s knees. You rock. End of story. : )

There are two huge reasons I am madly in love with this session (well besides the couple- Megan & Aaron are preetttyy great), 1) the rainboots. I love the boots Megan has on. She brought a pair of heels, but when I saw her hop out of the car in these, I just couldn’t resist. “Rock em out!” I said.  I am all about breaking out of the norm 2) Aaron’s scruffy beard. Megan texted me and asked what I thought about a furry face for the shoot. Once again, a “rock it out!” thing for me. I mean, have you seen my man? I am all about some facial hair…. speaking of my man…. We did our own little shoot just the other day!

I wanted to share because it is the day of LOVE… and this is mine <3


* INTERRUPTION! insert quick personal note… Happy Valentine’s Day BD!!!! I <3 you so much… thanks for being my guitar playing, joke making, laugh causing, hug giving, BEST boyfriend eva. I don’t know what I’d do without you. Forget this one day only thing. So glad we celebrate this stuff year round. You’re my numero uno. xoxo

Sorry for the lovey dovey sapiness, folks. What can I say? This shoot just has me feeling all warm and cuddly. Just had to give a shout out to my boo.

Back to the photo purpose at hand,  I love any reason to be festive, and this is like the ultimate way to celebrate: taking photos!!

Ready for this cupid love story? I know I am!








Sorry for the sapi

Anna & Mark. Engagement Session.

Another lovely couple on the blog post this morning, and this bleak Wednesday is lookin’ mighty fine. Nothing like a good engagement session to make the sun come out. Not actual sunshine, but you get what I mean. Even though it would be freakin’ sweet if couples in love could change the weather. Where’s BD at a time like this?? I need 80 degrees and sunny for some tanning.

Even though we shot Anna & Mark’s engagement on a chilly January afernoon, they still rocked it out. Anna was shivering in that little blue dress,  but she was keeping a straight face for the camera and pulling some Top Model moves with acting warm in frigid weather. I was kind of in love with their great chemistry and sweet interaction with one another. You can tell why these two are together, so obvious and I ♥ it.

So when we stumbled upon this awesome location I was thanking the good graces that I was brought up in the South. Give me swings and ivy-covered porches all day long. I couldn’t get enough of the sweet southern charm of this place. Plus, the ivy was pretty amazing. I just wanted to lay in the middle of it and daydream for hours. Such a beautiful spot to celebrate these two tying the knot.

I’ve gotta pay homage to the amazing tree in the last photos. With the afternoon sun just right, I feel like I was in a Nicholas Sparks’ movie. Love at first sight is right. Light like this is what makes me grin from ear to ear. My face hurts just talking about it.

Let’s see some photos before I give myself a perma-grin.

Congrats Anna & Mark! So excited for you both. : )


[…] I know that beautiful weather is just waiting around the corner when I start getting to photograph engagement sessions. Liz & Derick’s love-filled shoot marked my second engagement session for 2012. (Anna & Mark had a January e- session that kicked off my wedding season fun this year.  You can check out here!) […]

Beverly & Beau. Anniversary Session.

I have a slight photo obsession with suspenders and flower headpieces. Why? It’s all about the details, and when it comes to pretty tidbits like this, just call me smitten.

I met Beverly at photo workshop in Nashville, and when she asked me to photograph her and her hubby Beau, I was stoked. When Beverly told me about her outift and this amazing handband she was working on, I started losing sleep. I have a tendency to do that when I get uber pumped about session. I’m a freak of nature when it comes to sleeping patterns, anyways, but give me something to look forward to and I’m like a kid on Christmas Eve.

When we stumbled upon this old house with these amazing blue accents, I was floored. It provided the perfect background for the romantic morning session, and I couldn’t have been more pleased with the way all the colors tuned out! Bev and Beau looked absolutely fabulous, and I was in love with how they interacted. I think that’s one of the most amazing things about getting to photograph couples day in and day out.. it’s contagious people. You see lovebirds getting giddy and it rubs off like a magic marker tattoo. When their session was over, I was giggling and cracking jokes and smiling from ear to ear. Seriously, I think I hop on cloud 9 when I meet up with clients for these kinds of session.

As if things couldn’t get better, these two are using these images for their music website! Yup, that’s right- they two in a band called Blair West based out of Nashville, TN. You mean they are adorable AND they rock out the stage together? #inlove

Time for some photo fun to perk up your Monday…. suh-weet. Anything to overlook Mundane Mondays.. I’m there!


Amanda & Joey. Anniversary Session.


There’s something about photographing another photographer that makes me as happy as a pig in a pear tree. Yes, I just made that up, but I just had pears for breakfast. You know how my exciting breakfast items (coffee!) make it into my blog posts.

When we met up to photograph this session, I was super excited. See, Joey is a lighting ninja. He rocks it out with crazy cool off-camera lighting, and I was pretty stoked when he said we could play around with some different stuff during his shoot. Thank goodness Amanda is an amazing wife, and didn’t care to get blasted in the face a few times while we got our settings in line. ( Thank you, Amanda!) : )

If you know these two, you know they are super laid back and way awesome on too many levels. My favorite part about these two? They love each other as much as I loved photographing them. They had such a good time with it. That’s exactly what these anniversary sessions are for! Yes, it’s pretty great to have lots of images, but it’s about the experience of getting to hang with your significant other and get all cuddly for some photo ops. Need I go on about how awesome these sessions are?

If you want more info on these kinds of photo shoots, check out this blog post about them!

Now for some pictures. I just can’t wait any longer to share!



Greg Amonett - February 5, 2012 - 12:24 am

Greg pics of two of my favorite people!

Linda Layne - February 5, 2012 - 3:09 am

Joey is my nephew and I love these pictures! They are a great couple!

Jessie - February 17, 2012 - 7:08 pm

some of my favorite peeps as well, greg! : )

Jessie - February 17, 2012 - 7:08 pm

AWESOME linda :) They both are so much fun to hang with!

March Mini Sessions 2012

Woo-hoo : ) Is it mini session time already?? My ears are smiling at you. Music, pure music, I say. I’m all about fun photos with you folks! Well, I guess that’s why you’re here, huh? Perfect. Let’s get to it. Honestly, I’m impatient and ready to get all you awesome people signed up. : ) Yes, so excited.

If you’re new to the mini session extravaganza, you should know one very important thing: WE HAVE FUN! Beth and I are like super stoked to play with kids and make you feel pretty.

Here’s some photos from past mini sessions..



These sessions are photo awesomeness packed into 30 minutes. It’s perfect for the little ones and husbands. Why? Cause they LOVE these short sessions… haha : ) Get in, get out, get lots of photos to fill the frames. Happy mom! This isn’t just for families, though. I’m all about shooting couples, and I’ve also just had clients come by themselves to get some shots for their portfolios or significant other. It’s a pretty sweet way to spend the day.


What happens if it rains?

The rain date will be April 14 & 15. Please make sure you are available on this weekend, as well. I know it’s almost a month later, but this is the earliest weekend I have available with the exception of April 6 & 7, and this is Easter weekend. I felt the following weekend would be best for most families.



The location will be in Putnam County in the Baxter area. Addresses and directions will be mailed out prior to the sessions. I welcome out-of-town clients, too! I’m excited about spending this day with as many people as possible.



YOU! Come on, whatcha doin in March? Let’s get some pictures taken!


How will sign ups take place?

This the doozy. As some of you know, the last sessions filled up an hour after they were announced. Filling up so many spots at once was difficult to do through email. I will be doing things a little differently this time.

If you would like to sign up for a session, please email me here:

The email will need to include:

1)Your name

2)What kind of session (i.e. family, kids, solo, couples, etc)

3)Your contact phone number

As I receive the contact numbers, I will phone each client beginning with the first inquiry and spanning through the inquiries in order. I will contact each person until slots are filled.

Please be patient. I can’t stress this enough. I will go in order. Please give me time to go down the list. If you don’t hear back from me right away, please don’t worry. I am just filling slots and I promise I will get to you in a timely manner.

I believe being able to speak with clients directly will make this process move much more smoothly.


How much?

Sessions are $100 for a half hour and $50 for the master disc. You will get a print release with your final disc and the ability to access a print credit.

Deposits to reserve slots are requested to be mailed immediately following sign ups. The deposit amount for each session will be $50.

Side notes…

These sessions are for single/immediate families only. It’s requested that extended families book separate sessions.

These sessions are intended for lifestyle clients only. It is requested that engagements, bridals, or other wedding related sessions be directed toward private session inquiries.

Please be aware of what kind of session you are looking for and the conditions in which we will be shooting. It will be early March and chilly. It’s probably best to avoid booking newborn sessions or extremely young babies for this session. We will be shooting outdoors.


I think that’s it! I’m sorry to overload everyone on the front end, but I am hoping that this will make for a smooth booking process tomorrow night!

Registration begins at 6 pm on the dot! No early bird specials for this one folk, I will be contacting the people who email me @ 6 pm and on.  Sorry to be so precise, I just want to be fair!

Thank you again to everyone for their support! If you’re excited about mini sessions, leave me a note below in the comment section. I love to hear from you guys. <3



New Family - February 2, 2012 - 2:28 am

This is GREAT! We hope we get a slot. :) One question, how long does it typically take for us to receive the CD?

Klar Sullivan - February 2, 2012 - 2:44 am

Super excited about this mini session…they will be for Khloe’s 1 year pictures! And I already know they will be fabulous! :)

kelsey - February 2, 2012 - 2:47 am

<3! Excited about all this info! You are the best.

The Bankston's - February 2, 2012 - 2:54 am

We are stoked about mini sessions, Jessie!!! The countdown is on :)

Misty Buck - February 2, 2012 - 3:13 am

Very excited, hopefully we will be able to get a spot. I think you are very talented and Bailey and I love your work.

Jessie - February 2, 2012 - 5:29 pm

Yay! Thank you Misty!! I am excited too! Tell Bailey I said hi.. She’s such a great lady to work with :)

Jessie - February 2, 2012 - 5:29 pm

I love this, Lorie :) you rock!

Jessie - February 2, 2012 - 5:29 pm

You are the best! So glad you three are thinking of coming by again :)

Jessie - February 2, 2012 - 5:30 pm

One year?! Holy cow.. Time flies! So awesome, Klar. The suitcase picture with the pup still makes me smile!

Jessie - February 2, 2012 - 5:31 pm

Hey Amy! Since I am having 36 slots this time. The turnaround time will be longer.. probably right around 4 weeks.

Amy New - February 3, 2012 - 1:11 am

Thanks, Jessie! Can’t wait!