Kalyn by Kendall Whiteley

Kalyn came to us for her senior portraits wanting something a little different yet fun + spunky. We knew then she would be a perfect client and we were right! Just look at this chick! 

Kalyn is a senior at Karns High School and is so eager to finish this year and start her journey! She has danced all of her life + has cheered for her high school for the past two years. Her poise and grace in front of the camera only confirmed that for us. She originally was super anxious to have her portraits taken (we assured her everyone feels that way at first!) but once we started, we SHINED! Her smile and laugh was so contagious while her natural beauty simply shined through. 

Kalyn chose the stunning Candoro Marble Works for her session because she absolutely adored the industrial landscape + the antique vibe inside of the building. Her style fit so perfectly with the unique look to this venue. We were surprised to learn that she did her own makeup because it looked SO professionally done! She is so talented! Kalyn plans to finish off her senior year, going with the flow, and taking life by the horns! We can not wait to see where life takes this gorgeous gal! <3

Mommy & Daughter by Kendall Whiteley

Summer ain't over y'all! This pool-side-popsicle session is proof of that! Our client AND beauty queen friend, Kayla is preggo with another BABY GIRL! What better to celebrate than with a mommy-daughter pool day before she makes her debut?!

As you guys know, the Courtney family has been apart of our lives since their first baby girl Willow was born. We have watched her grow, learn, and become the sweet + sassy 2 year old she is today with the influence from her amazing family. Although the Courtney family just knew they would have a boy, they were surprised to learn that Willow would become a big sister to a sister!! So that basically means these two will be best friend for life. Willow can teach her ALL the perks of being a sassy Courtney baby! She is already absolutely spoiled and loved + Willow calls her sweet Sissy Mae! (Her name will be Lily Mae, how cute is that?!)

Before Lily makes her appearance, Kayla wanted to enjoy her last summer being a mother to an only child. Willow is the one who first made Kayla a mother and these two share such a special bond that no one can break. These two wanted to celebrate that special bond with their favorite things; summer, POOLING, popsicle, bubbles, giggles and LOVE! We loved spending time watching this mommy-daughter duo creating memories that will last a lifetime all while Lily Mae got to go for a swim with them too. We can not wait to see this girl-crew grow!

FLOWER CROWNS | Winky Sugar // SWIM SUITS | Kortni Jeane

Amanda Johnson by Kendall Whiteley

Happy Saturday!! We can FINALLY (after struggling to contain our excitement for months) share Amanda's bridal session because this beauty-queen got married yesterday! 

Amanda came to us last year with desire for us to shoot her wedding and we immediately became excited because her style and aesthetic fit ours so well! When she told us she also desired to shoot a separate pre-wedding day bridal session, our hearts burst! Since she would be getting married at The Standard Knoxville, a downtown/industrial venue, she desired to showcase her love for all things natural and boho for her solo portraits. With hair in a loose updo, natural makeup + a simple flower crown, she become a stunning beauty+ an even more stunning bride. We think her vision + ours came to life perfectly! Just LOOK at how effortlessly stunning Amanda is!

HAIR | Jess Kilgore // MAKEUP | Whitney Evans / Dress | White Lace & Promises

We love shooting with our brides prior to their wedding day because it gives these beautiful women a chance to try out their desired wedding day look + try out being a bride for the day. During these sessions, the bride can see how her dress photographs, see how her dress + hair/makeup looks/feels, how comfortable (or uncomfortable!) her shoes feel, and most importantly-she will be one step closer to becoming a real bride! 

Samantha & Lucas by Kendall Whiteley

When the session feels likes you've been on a double date through the city, you know the clients were meant for you + YOU were meant for the clients! That's exactly how we felt during Sam & Lucas' engagement session--->

Aside from being so darn cute together (I mean come ON!), Sam & Lucas are incredibly kind, easy-going, hilarious, and they simply complete each other. Oh and they are obsessed with beer, Gay St and a good time aka: they are basically our client-soul mates. 

These two met through mutual friends at AGE 16! They became friends of friends of friends (you know the story) who would only occasionally chat. Well, fast forward to last year; Sam decided she wanted to make a move on her cute + incredible friend! Not only did it work out to be the best decision of her life but she also found herself a future husband. On May 19, Lucas got down on one knee and popped the question. Her answer was, of course, YES! We can't wait to be apart of their big day next May! 

PS. These two look so sincerely happy because:

  1. They are in love, duh
  2. The week before their session they closed on their dream home! EEEEEKKKKK!! ️️️

Payton by Kendall Whiteley

We met the Baker family last year and immediately fell in love with them! We have shot with this amazing group several times because they have two beautiful graduating daughters, Paige & Payton! This session was focused on their youngest daughter, Payton. 

Besides being obviously stunningly gorgeous, I mean THAT HAIR is to die for (am I right?!?), Payton has a heart of pure gold and a genuine heart. You just can't help but smile when you're around her! She radiates happiness and confidence. We loved her choice of a softer bohemian + earthy vibe for her session. She chose Norris Dam State Park and it fit her look so well! We had so much fun running in the fields, chasing the sunlight and fake-laughing until our sides hurt. 

Payton will be graduating from Halls High school this year. She is eager to finish the school year and continue her education at UTC where she will be bringing with her two best friends! We have truly loved watching Payton become the well-rounded person she is today. We know she will be successful in anything she tries to accomplish! We can't wait to see her succeed! 

HAIR | Desilee Cassidy // MUA | Chesni Ballinger

Ramirez Wedding by Kendall Whiteley

"In true love there are no obstacles."

 This wedding was all kinds of beautiful, genuine, and full of love; brought together to create an effortless, simple, and natural wedding day aesthetic. Held at Camp Kincaid, a family friend's campground, Sasha & Brant became Mr & Mrs Ramirez surrounded by the people who mean the most to them. The emotion and the overall closeness of all guests was just unreal.

The mother-son gift exchange was one we will never forget. Brant's mother started a journal for him before he was born and while he was a baby. She gifted this journal to him on his wedding day before the ceremony. The bride & groom's first look was also so emotionally raw and delicate. Held in a quaint and quiet spot in the woods, these two were not shy about their feelings for each other. We could not imagine a couple who deserve a happy, perfect life together more than Brant & Sasha and we know they have found that in each other. 

Madelyn by Kendall Whiteley

Since when did seniors start looking like THIS?! Perfectly stunning, with incredible style, gorgeous long locks AND a contagious smile! Madelyn had us screaming "work it girl!!!" because I mean, she was. working. it. I guess when you've been a dancer for 7 years, the poise and grace comes natural in front of the camera!

Madelyn is graduating from Halls High School and is over the moon excited to get started on her life! She brought along her parents and sweet boyfriend to her edgy + urban styled senior session. We absolutely adored exploring the Knoxville city with Madelyn and her fun family. Having her family and boyfriend, who happened to be named Tyler :P , with her for this special session made her true personality come to life and we loved getting to know her! She has such a spunk and vibrancy to her kind personality, we just know this girl is going places. Madelyn will be attending UT to seek further into the medical field, making her dreams of helping people a reality. We wish her all the best in all that she does! <3 

Ben & Elijah by Kendall Whiteley

Our first same-sex wedding celebration was nothing short of a fairy-tale, literally. Ben and Elijah wanted their wedding day to represent their very own fairy-tale love + their love for traditional fairy-tales and all things whimsical. What better way to do that then getting married in a real life castle?

There was not a more perfect location than the WilliamsWood Castle in Knoxville for this celebration. From the stone walls, to the gargoyles, to the grown up forests surrounding the grounds, to the stunningly romantic and detailed decor in all the rooms, we felt as if we were IN the fairy-tale. 

Ben and Elijah's ceremony, surrounded by their closest friends and family, was the one we will never forget. Their officiant blessed their marriage with gold glitter and sage. Directly following the ceremony, we headed to the front of the castle for a lantern ceremony to represent the friends and family who are no longer with us. At the end of the day, the newlyweds were sent off with falling rose petals. Seeing their love story come true + seeing their inspirations from their favorite movies and bookscome to life was a dream. We loved witnessing the love, support, and happiness that this beautiful couple has!  

Talented Vendors | Kroger Florist // Men's Warehouse // Kay Jewelers // Sugar Buzz Bakery

H&K by Kendall Whiteley

On a very special day, Father's Day, we met with Heather and Kevin in Cincinnati, Ohio. The forecast read rain all week and rained ALL day up until that evening. Luckily for us, it cleared up just long enough for us to shoot a perfect session! 

After spending the day with Kevin's 11 year old son Lucas in their home town of Columbus Ohio, we finally got to meet this amazing couple! We met at the large and stunning Eden Park that offered spacious field, an amazing city view, and precious park scenery. Heather and Kevin are so full of love, laughter, and sheer joy of being with each other (if it wasn't obvious). They have known each other for 12 years but began their journey together four years ago. Last August, Kevin proposed to Heather in their favorite Tennessee vacation spot- Gatlinburg, Tennessee! This place will hold even more memories for them next May when they are married at Spence Cabin! We absolutely cannot wait to document more of their love! 

Risch Wedding by Kendall Whiteley

Linda & Josh were dream clients. It was POURing rain on their wedding day but they made the best of it! We couldn't shoot much outside and there wasn't much natural light to work with, but look at these happy faces! As you will see, the saying of the day was "Hakuna Matata" which means no worries, just liked Linda's tattoo. At the beginning of the day we asked Linda how she felt and her response was "I'm not nervous because I know I am making the best decision of my life." (I'm not crying, you're crying!)

Held at the gorgeous Pleasant Hill Vineyards, Linda & Josh's special day went exactly as it was meant to go-full of warmth, laughter, friends, and dancing! We began the day with the girls pampering Linda, then revealing her final bridal look to them. Their reactions told us how truly happy and excited they all were for Linda. After we all dried our eyes (and our hair from the rain!) it was time for the beautiful bride to be revealed to her husband-to-be! Their first look was just as we expected from this silly, in love couple- full of semi inappropriate jokes (hahaha!), eskimo kisses, and (of course) genuine joy + excitement. The ceremony had to be moved indoors last minute but that didn't stop the excitement! These two finally became one as the rain sang to us on the rooftop, with their closest friends and family cheering them on. This led to an insanely fun reception! I mean, it was truly the best group of guests ever! The sun even came out after the ceremony while the new Mr & Mrs Risch spent the night celebrating!

Amazing Vendors: Southern Sirens // Bradford Catering // Wanda Werks Entertainment // White Lace & Promises //  David's Bridal // Men's Warehouse