Spring Family Portraits are in full swing in Knoxville and Nashville!

Today the sun is shining and it should hit 70 degrees. Ahhhh!

I could not be more ready for spring and that means family portrait time. As soon as the weather turns pretty, my phone starts ringing, so get your spring family photo session booked soon!

This past weekend, I got to celebrate little Mollie’s 3rd birthday with her mommy, daddy, and about 40 of her closest pals in Nashville. We had a fabulous time and I had the opportunity to photograph their family session too. Mollie is full of smiles and energy, and it’s always a plus when everyone is wearing coral–my favorite spring color!

Happy birthday, sweet girl. I hope you had a blast!

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Jaime Janiszewski - Love!!!!

Jaime Janiszewski - Oh Shanell Bledsoe – this sneak peek is incredible! You make us look so good. Mollie doesn’t need much help, but how you captured such perfect pics when she was her sweet, active self :-) Impressive!

Ed Janiszewski - obliterated. These are amazing Shanell.

Miranda Howell - Ohhhhemmmmgeeeee!!!! These are so adorable!!!! My heart can’t take it

Sarah Lowe - Mollie is SO cute, and I love the baby bump! You guys have a beautiful family.

Jennifer Penrod - How precious! Beautiful family and beautiful photos!

Mary Lizabeth Penrod Adams - OMG, if that is not a sweet James face I don’t know what is!

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Lesli + Justin’s Old Hollywood Glamour Wedding at Capitol Theatre, Maryville, TN ~ Valentine’s Day Wedding ~ Knoxville Wedding Photographer

If you’re going for Old Hollywood glitz and glam with some art deco flair, the Capitol Theatre in Maryville, TN is your place!

Lesli & Justin chose the perfect venue for their Valentine’s Day wedding complete with crystal chandeliers, feather centerpieces, and lots of romance.  Their navy, gray and red color scheme blended perfectly with the theatre’s rich red velvet drapery.  The ladies had a huge dressing room upstairs that overlooked the entire theatre while the guys played poker  and pool downstairs in the speakeasy man cave.

After the ceremony, the wedding party headed downstairs to the man cave where the ladies changed into fun, red flapper dresses and we got some fun shots around the poker table.

Their reception was magical for lack of a less cheesy word!  Imagine gliding with the love of your life to your special song on a beautifully lit stage, underneath a gigantic crystal chandelier while fog dreamily drifts around your feet…seriously!  And after, getting to party with your best friends and family under the best lighting & video show in town.

Lesli and Justin planned the perfect getaway with sparklers and then drove away in a vintage red Bel Air convertible courtesy of Lesli’s dad.

I can’t say enough about how awesome this venue is!  The lighting, audio, fog, cryo…it was all professionally produced and Debbie Wilbourne’s flawless coordination made the day go perfectly smooth.

Thanks for letting me capture this for you, L&J!  You guys were so much fun.

P.S.  I warned you not to play Usher…  =0)

Caterer:  Sullivans     Wedding Dress:  Alfred Angelo     Bridesmaid dresses:  Target     Tux:  Savvi Formalwear    2nd Shooter:  Shayna Mitchell     Salon: Hair Cellar

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A few thoughts from Lesli:

Favorite & least favorite part of planning?

“My favorite part of planning was shopping with my girls and getting to plan my dream wedding. My least favorite part of planning the wedding was the stress of not forgetting anything important.”

Most memorable moment?

“The most memorable moment of my wedding was the reveal to my husband. He was very happy and we just started dancing. It felt like we were the only two in the room.”

Anything you would change?

“I wouldn’t change anything major about my wedding day. A few minor things happened like losing the unity candle lighters, but I was too happy to care about small details like that.”

How was your budget best spent?

“Our budget was best spent on the venue and the photographer.”

Any advice for future brides?

“My advice to future brides would be not to skimp in the things that really matter to you. For me it was the location and pictures. But also remember not to sweat the small stuff. Remember the course of true love never did run smooth. Just have a good time and don’t forget the day is about you. Don’t focus so much on what you are supposed to do and what other people want. Be happy and be there for your husband. Oh! And have a blast!”

Thanks, Lesli!

@2015 Bledsoe Photography

Lesli Byrum - Omg! So happy

Mamie Evans - Those are awesome, they captured the moments perfectly!

Salena Walker - Love!!!

Renda Poe Crowe - Perfection

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Preview of Lesli + Justin ~ Capitol Theatre Wedding in Maryville, TN ~ Knoxville Wedding Photographer

My 1st wedding of 2015 was one to beat!

Here’s a quick preview of Lesli & Justin’s romantic Old Hollywood glamour theme wedding at the Capitol Theatre in Maryville, TN on Valentine’s Day.

Just a peek! Full blog post to come soon!

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Beth Kallin - Love the preview and can’t wait to see more!

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Graham’s 6 month photo session – Winter photos- Knoxville Family Photographer

Warning!  This might be the cutest face you see all week.

Little Graham brought his mommy and daddy to see me for his 6 month photos and I’m so glad is was warm that day so we could go outside for a few shots.

 Couldn’t you just squeeze those sweet cheeks?

If you have not already booked your child’s portraits sessions in Knoxville for the year, now is a great time to do it.  Babies do not develop equally, so I suggest doing a portrait session at newborn (1st 2 weeks are best!), sitting, standing, and 1 year to really capture the milestones of their first year.  Call or email me to schedule anytime!

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Savannah & Connor ~ Knoxville Child, Family, Lifestyle Photographer

I’m going to need these two to stop growing.

I have been lucky enough to have the opportunity to photograph Connor and Savannah a couple of times each year for the past few years.  I just love Savannah’s hippie, boho style with her cute flower headband and coral lace dress–adorable!

Watching kids grow up in front of my camera lens is one of the most rewarding parts of being a photographer.  I am grateful that their mama keeps choosing me to record these memories.  (Thanks, Valerie!)

They’re only little once.  Savor as much as you can and let me capture the rest.

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Candle Kincade - This is just gorgeous!!

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