Tulle & Butterflies {Nashville, TN Women's Portrait Photographer}

Lisa had contacted me a few times about a portrait session before actually booking. I didn’t mind. It’s one thing to say, “I’d love to have beautiful photos of myself,” and it’s quite another to say, “Yes, here’s my money, let’s do it.” Why? Well, first, we tend to feel pretty vulnerable saying, “I’m missing something in the way I feel about myself, the way I take care of myself,” which is often how women start these conversations with me. And, it takes trust (which means being vulnerable again) in looking at another person (me) and saying CAN YOU HELP? I never take this question lightly, and my immediate response is almost always, “You just watch.” Haha!

I truly can look at every women and see beauty. And it has to be up to that woman to be WILLING to see it in herself. They need to want to see it. I could take a physically stunning woman, get her done up and looking even more stunning, take amazing photos and, if she’s not willing, then it’ll fall flat.

BUT, I don’t need someone to see it NOW…just, a dusting of possibility.

Now, I don’t want you to think that everyone who comes to me thinks they’re ugly! haha! NOT. AT. ALL. It’s usually women who, like many of us, have pushed aside self-care in favor of all kinds of things - family, work, friends - until one day we go, “hey. HEY! I forgot about me!” And we need to turn around and call loudly to our feeling of womanness, cupping our hands to our mouths saying, “Hey! Sorry! I forgot you were back there! I’m gonna grab a smoothie and sit on this rock here while you catch up!” Some of us might just turn around and run, full-speed, arms outstretched to that woman we left behind us. We might not even recognize her face anymore, but we know she is ours for we know her heart.

Lisa was one of those women, telling me, “I want to see something different than what I see in the mirror.” I can’t type the sound I make when I hear that sentence. It’s a deep drop into my gut that kind of sound like a sigh meets a WHOA. So many of us have been there.

So, we took Lisa, Brittany and I did, and Brittany made her look on the outside as all those who love her see her. And I took photos and we showed Lisa her beauty. And she was able to look at the photos and go, “THAT’S ME. That’s my power. My womanness.”

Lisa knew she needed to turn around, as do all the women who seek portraits with me. So, what do I do? I turn them around and help them start calling.

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Rainbows and Orange Glows {Franklin, TN High School Senior Photographer}

You guys. YOU GUYS. I was DYING this entire senior shoot. And I came back to life and died again as I was editing it. We almost didn’t shoot this day. It had been raining for what felt like months, but we kept it on the books because I’m all about calling it at the last minute (because we all know the weather apps aren’t the most accurate all the time…just sayin’.).

My amazing hair & makeup gal, Brittany Nelson, and I showed up at Jadyn’s house a few hours before sunset. We were to do some last-minute wardrobe picks (as is natch with seniors involved in like a billion things) and get her hairs did and makeup looking gorgeously natural. We hung out in her mom’s giant bathroom while Brittany curled and styled and glossed.

Finally, wardrobe pressed and hairs in place, we got in our cars and drove out to Harlinsdale Farm - one THE TOP go-to spots for photographers around here. I mean, you seriously cannot shoot without seeing at least a dozen other photographers. It’s a sprawling place, with beautiful grounds, various barns, a pondy-lake (lakey-pond?) and lots of photo ops - plus, it costs NOTHING to shoot there, so, score.

HOWEVER, this day was different. Harlinsdale Farm was three days out from hosting a huge weekend-long music festival, so you could shoot there, but you couldn’t park there. That meant that a lot of photographers thought you weren’t allowed in at all. Plus, as we drove, it started to sprinkle…and the sky was almost black off in the distance. I wasn’t sure if it was heading out way, but I was like WE ARE DOING THIS. Literally ZERO other photographers thought the same thing that day. It was just us.

My senior girl, her mom and I walked across the street as the rain stopped. Then, over the course of the next hour, we had the most magical high school senior photo shoot EVER.

The light was gorgeous. Simply gorgeous. As the sun began to shine through we got a RAINBOW, you guys. a FULL RAINBOW. And then, a DOUBLE RAINBOW! This rainbow is NOT photoshopped! haha! And then it was crazy what the sun did - it turned everything orange. Now, we all know what a beautiful sunset is like, but there was something about the combination of the humidity and the storms that had been around and this…SUNSET…everything was ORANGE. It was almost like an orange fog came and touched everything - like you had put on orange glasses. It was wild and beautiful and the slightest bit eerie because you felt like you were trapped in it, like you wanted to swipe it away with your arms like you would a spider web, but there was nothing that you could grasp.

It made for a gorgeous session with Jadyn. Her green eyes and her choice of outfits - just perfect. She’s not big into photos. Wasn’t really sure if she wanted to have a senior session at all. She even told her mom she was only doing it for her. But as the hour turned magical, she had a lot of fun. And then…she loved her photos.

They ordered a 12x12 hardcover Senior Heirloom Album and I cannot wait to deliver it!

Also, I have like 2 photos in here that don’t have Jadyn in them at all - I just couldn’t believe the SKY that night!!!

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17 year old girl in blue dress sits on stone wall
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A Barely-There-Snow Inspired Shoot with My Kiddos {Franklin, TN Lifestyle Photographer}

It snowed last night. And by “snowed,” I mean “barely dusted a damn thing,” but my 5 year old looked out the window and saw a winter wonderland ripe for the sledding. And good God she would not stop begging me to get out our highlighter-ugly plastic sled and pull her around in it! haha! So I finally said I would.

We went outside, I dragged her across our grass for a few minutes and then promptly declared I was freezing and that I would gladly play, but it would have to be INdoors. Now, she’s an outdoor girl, so she took her snow-booted self, all wrapped up in coat and mittens and trapsed from house to house, finding nary a single friend either home at all or who wanted to play in the freezing cold.

Her older sister and I sat at the front door and spied. We watched her hopefulness wane down to sadness as her head drooped a little lower after walking away from each house. So, really, we had no choice but to go play with her. She was THRILLED, obviously, especially at the fact that her SISTER was coming to play, too. The sister whose auto-responder to any incoming message is NO.

My little one ran inside, grabbed her teddy bear and took him “sledding” while the big one and I got all bundled up. When we walked around to the front of the house, there was Holland and Teddy (who is a girl, btw) - Teddy in the sled and Holland happily jumping in snow-speckled grass and doing her best to make snow angels, but only succeeding in flattening said grass.

So, what does a mom do? TAKE PHOTOS! YES! LOTS OF PICTURES OF THEM PLAYING IN THE SNOW! While I don’t take EVERY opportunity to turn our normal activities into a photoshoot, I obviously have a love with lifestyle shots, and it was a fun way to get some photos of our new house, too. it was delightful to see them playing together, to see my oldest (8) laughing and smiling and enjoying herself with her little sister. It turned out to be a fantastic morning for all three of us.

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little girl puts her teddy bear on her sled
teddy bear ready for a sleigh ride
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sisters on sled while one sister makes a goofy face
girl in purple coat gets pulled on neon colored sled
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Tips & Visual Inspiration to Take Photos of Your Kids in the Same Scene in Many Ways!
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You guys! I know SO MANY of you want EASY tips that you can implement FAST to help you take better photos of your kids. And today, I totally have you covered! Not only will this post provide some awesome visual inspiration, but it will also help you to document your days in a more well-rounded way. Because I know that if you’re reading this, YOU are the one who makes sure that memories get preserved in your family! And I want to support you by making sure that you know how to look for and capture the DETAILS that will serve as wonderful reminders of how things used to be.

HOW do you do this, you ask?! It’s really pretty simple! First, can we all just acknowledge how often we just STAND THERE and take a photo? We see our kids doing something that we simply MUST take a photo of, so we grab our phone and STAND THERE and take a photo and go, “THERE! GOT IT!” But did you think about if you got it…ALL? Or, if there was a BETTER way to take the photo that would TELL THE STORY more clearly? More intimately? More beautifully? Probably not, but that’s okay! Let’s start to change that right now! (cue confetti, because, duh, confetti)

It’s all about PERSPECTIVES and ANGLES. You’ve GOT to change them! Let’s get into how to do this:

  1. GET HIGH - (Not Jim Breuer high) Literally, stand on something. A couch, a stool, move a chair, heck, I’ve been known to hop right on top of my kitchen island! Get yourself up high and shoot facing down.

  2. GET LOW - Squat. Lie on your belly. Shoot from there. Then, roll over and shoot facing up. Have a glass table? Get under it while your kiddo plays Legos on it. Even just getting on the same level as your kiddo will give you a different perspective.

  3. WALK AROUND - Yes, add some steps to your FitBit and walk AROUND your kid. Take photos from the back, the side, the side-back (you follow, I know you do). Don’t worry if something gets in your foreground a little - the sides of a couch, some wall or even a plant in the foreground can add a little visual interest and help set the scene.

  4. GET NEAR - Get close up! Closer than you normally would. This is a great opportunity to capture DETAILS. Little fingers, toes sticking out of blankets, first curls, etc.

  5. GET FAR (this is so Bert & Ernie) - LIke, way far. Keep backing up and then hear me lean in and whisper, “More.” And then you’ll be like ALL THE WAY BACK HERE? BUT I’VE LEFT THE ROOM!” Yes! Back there! (Provided you can still at least somewhat see your kiddo.) These big “scene” shots are so fun to look back at later - you’ll notice all kinds things that represented what life was like for you then!

Now, let’s move on to my example of using perspectives and angles. My daughter was all snuggly one day over Christmas break, just watching YouTube Kids on my phone, having nothing else to worry about or do. I loved the red that surrounded her and that this was our first Christmas in our new house. So, I grabbed my camera. SHE never moved, I did. Hopefully, these 11 photos will give you some good ideas as to how you can take better photos of your kids by changing your perspective and your angles!

Feeling inspired? Show me whatcha got by sharing and tagging me @lizahippler on Instagram!

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Christmastime cozy with little girl
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overhead photo of five year old girl
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close up of toes of little girl on couch
girl cozy in cardigan on couch
back of couch shot of girl snuggly on couch
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Sweetest Newborn Girl Session {Brentwood, TN Newborn Photographer}

Little girls! Aren’t they the sweetest?! With one toddler girl and one newborn girl, this session was not lacking in sweetness! As all my expectant moms do, this one texted me when baby Madeline had made her entrance into the world and we set up our in-home newborn session. I adore shooting newborns and their families in their homes. It’s the best way to truly document what it was like in those first couple of weeks home as the family has changed, “onlies” and “youngests” become “big sisters” and “big brothers,” and mom and dad are sweetly spent. It’s a time that goes by so quick and can be so hard to easily to recall the details of.

I started off with Olivia, from here on known as the Big Sister. It’s easy and natural for newborn to get most of the attention, so starting our shoot with Olivia showing me around her room - stuffed animals and pillows! - was a great way to make her feel not only included, but important as well. ;) AND, it let mommy finish up her makeup!

Once we got baby Madeline in the shoot, she was happy for only short periods of time without being held. She was a little fussy and, completely heartwarmingly, was calmed quickly by her dad’s hand on her back and his gentle sway and loud hum. They also had grandpa there visiting and he was loving on his granddaughters!

It didn’t take long for Olivia, in her darling blue dress and with her adorable little lips, to get completely comfortable with the camera and try to be in every photo! haha! This happens a ton with older siblings, so we all let her jump in, but daddy took her out of the room for a bit to do some reading together so that I could focus on mama and baby in the soft pink nursery. Finally, everyone got in together and snuggled up as a family of four! It was such a successful shoot, even with baby Madeline not being happy the whole time, and it helped to work with such a loving and gentle family.

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black and white image of toddler girl in her beautiful bedroom
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Adorable Family Summer Session {Nashville, TN Family Photographer}

Each member of this family was a TROOPER! We shot in 90-something degree heat and no one wanted to reschedule, everyone was like, “LET’S DO THIS!” and they showed up with changes of clothes and bottles of water and ROCKED IT.

That blue-eyed dad, Scott Stevens, is an awesome country musician and I KNOW you’ll be hearing him all over country radio soon, especially with the awesome team he has behind him! It was a blast to be able to photograph him, his beautiful wife and their equally-as-blue-eyed son.

Their baby boy had just turned one, so this was kind of a family/first birthday combo session, which is totally fine with me! Half family session, half kid-only session! We started out in a creek - because who doesn’t love creek photos?! - but had to move locations when baby Henry wanted to try swimming and wouldn’t stop trying to launch himself creekside, we had to go! And that’s how we roll with kiddos!

Outside is a wonderful place to have a family lifestyle session because there’s plenty of places for kids to explore and play. I don’t ever force kiddos to sit still and smile because, if they’re not in the mood, then they cry and get angry and mom gets frustrated and it’s no fun! Genuine interactions are the memories we all treasure most.

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father holds one year old son and laughs
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mother holds up baby boy and give him kisses
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baby boy climbs on his dad in grass
blue eyed dad and young son playing in a field
dad with tattoo gets climbed on by his son
family plays while lying in the grass
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family of 3 plays in the grass and laughs
mom and dad kiss with one year old on their lap
happy family snuggle in the sun
parents sit in a gazebo and chat with one year old son
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mom holds her baby boy while he laughs and shows his four teeth
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Adorable Girl Cake Smash Session {Franklin, TN One Year Birthday Photographer}

Sweet Makenna here is the youngest of three and it was finally her turn to have the spotlight on her!  I have been shooting her brother and sister now for a few years, and it was time for Makenna to hop in the fun!  After the traditional birthday photos of the three of them (post coming soon - and it has a GREAT idea to capture your kiddos each year), we got to have some cake fun!

Typically, I shoot my families and kiddos in more of a relaxed, lifestyle way, but I'm a sucker for an adorable first birthday cake smash session, so I do book these, too!

We scheduled this sweet baby girl's cake smash on a separate day from everyone's birthday photos so as not get too overwhelming for her.  We also shot in my client's home in a room with wood floors and a nice window.  This is always a great option when available so that baby and mama are right near everything they could need, from wipes and changes of clothes right up to all possible naptime equipment!  Smashing cake can wipe a kiddo out!  Haha!

Most parents don't realize that, for the most part, your newly minted one-year-old is NOT going to be that interested in smashing cake!  Isn't that funny?  They don't know what it is, or that they can eat it, and it usually feels really weird to them!  Often, mom will have to take some frosting and wipe it on baby's lip and hope they get interested!  

Makenna was no different!  She was a little skeptical and kept wanting to crawl away.  She gave us more smiles during her previous birthday session with her siblings, but we still managed to capture some crazy cute first birthday photos!  I love the "It's my 1st birthday" onesie and rainbow tutu that her mom choose!  I make sure to pick up a bright pink cake that would compliment all the colors!

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Fun Downtown Bachelorette Party {Nashville TN Documentary Photographer}

When I got the request to shoot this bachelorette party, I was totally excited.  I had never done a bachelorette party before, despite the fact that Nashville, TN is the Bachelorette Capital of the US!  Even though this shoot was a departure from my family shoots, I wasn't at all worried because I always strive to capture connection, which can be found in any situation!

Luana clearly wanted her "last hurrah" captured with a lot of local flair and fun, especially considering she & her friends were from out-of-town and had never been here before (except one of them, a long time ago).  

Immediately upon viewing the image inspiration she'd sent me from Pinterest, I knew the EXACT locations in the pictures and decided to start our shoot under the Pedestrian Bridge and then make our way up onto it - letting the wind lead us after that! 

As is typical at the beginning of any shoot, they hadn't quite loosened up...yet.  All of a sudden they all busted out singing Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" and it was ON from there!  Any photo where it looks like they're singing, they are!

The obvious excitement and happiness for the bride-to-be radiated from her entertaining and hilarious bridesmaids.  Everyone was there to help her celebrate!  Her maid-of-honor even brought some classic "crime" signs that we had too much fun staging and shooting! (Keep an eye out for the ready-to-help bouncers!)

It was a fantastic shoot & these ladies will have some great images to remember their super fly night!

Want to book YOUR bachelorette shoot or have a fun girls night documented?  LET'S CHAT.

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Celebrate Mothers - Mother's Day Mini Photo Sessions {Franklin, TN Family Photographer}

Moms and their kiddos!  Is there a more special bond?  Being a mom myself, I'd like to say I DOUBT IT.  That's why I'm SO EXCITED to be offering my Celebrate Mothers sessions again this year!  These sessions are just for mom and her kids, whether that be a brand new newborn, a set of twins, an only (like me), or a whole crew!  My style is to capture the special connection that mom has with each of her kids, and, for that reason, I do a very simple setup.  This year, it will only be a blanket in a park.  Nothing to distract from the love.  We'll sing some songs and play a few games - bring a book to read to your snuggler if you'd like, and you'll end up with some very precious memories captured for a lifetime.

These are from 2016 (the last time I did these session) and although this year will be a little different, these are still sweet and will help you get an idea of the range of images I provide.

Also, each kid writes (or draws) what they love about YOU, mom.  You do the same, and then I create a collage of those letters along with one image and print it on an 8x10 for you as a keepsake!

mom and young daughter hugging
black and white image of mom and young daughter hugging
three image collage of six year old girl in a pink dress outside
grandma daughter and baby girl smiling on a white wicker bench
mom throwing baby girl in the air and catching her
collage of blonde baby girl with blue eyes outside
mom with three kids in purple and blue outfits
collage of young siblings snuggling
image of young kids feet hanging off a wicker bench
two young brothers wearing blue and smiling
mom laughing with her toddler boy outside
Downtown Franklin Personal Branding Session {nashville headshot photographer}

When Franklin TN's newest lawyer, Shanone (pronounced "Shannon") contacted me about doing a little personal branding shoot in front of the courthouse, I was so excited! I know it sounds odd, but so many headshots are done in my studio in front of a plain backdrop, that the thought mixing it up a little sounded fun.  She said she'd be using them on her website - that this wasn't just a single-shot deal for something like a corporate team page or a new LinkedIn profile pic - so I suggested we go with two different outfits and that we walk around downtown shooting a bit to get of that small town vibe.

This kind of shoot is a little more involved than a one-off headshot deal, but less so than a full lifestyle shoot.  I like them, also, because it allows me to get to know my clients a little more, and that always helps both of us.

Fun fact about this headshot session: this was the first time I ever had to DARKEN someone's eyes in post-processing!  Her eyes are hands down the brightest, sparkliest eyes I have EVER come across and I had to do just a tad bit of darkening in one or two photos just to help define them!  Isn't that nuts?!

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All the Snuggles - 3 Month In-Home Lifestyle Family Session {franklin, tn baby photographer}

This session was a series of mis-haps at first, where we simply couldn't get our schedules aligned for a newborn shoot, so eventually we threw in the newborn towel, turned it into a 3-month photoshoot and it's one of my favorite baby boy sessions ever!

Her oldest is exactly the way you'd expect a little boy - rambunctious and does his own thing all the time!  That's what I love about lifestyle sessions - it doesn't matter!  It's all about the family and how they roll, and I just snap away!  

First, we played downstairs for a little bit, but then her sweet baby was hungry so we went to the nursery for a quick diaper change and a brief feeding time.  Dad and big brother occupied their time with a fun game of "find the orange ball" and then we all headed outside!  Since everyone got out a little energy inside, outside was the perfect spot to grab some cuddle shots of everyone, and baby boy got some snuggles from daddy!  Another wonderful lifestyle photo session in the books!

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Family Love - Beautiful Fall Lake Day {nashville baby photographer}

What a gorgeous day for a beautiful family photography session!  This mama contacted me and all she wanted was some sweet photos of her, her adorable baby boy and his sweet, doting grandparents.  And it was so easy to give that to them because there is so much love between this group!

At first, I was worried because we each parked at different sides of the lake - and it's a big lake - so we talked on the phone and just decided to start walking toward each other on the lake's path and hope that we ran into each other before the sun dipped too far!  I love to schedule as many outdoor sessions as I can during sunset because the light is simply DIVINE, but as I walked on, the sun dipping behind the mass amounts of forest trees and fall foliage, I was a little nervous!  (Even just walking by myself with all my equipment!)  But, then BOOM!  They came walking around the corner in their palette of denim, red plaid and neutrals, and I knew it was going to be a wonderful session!

All they had to do was be with each other, and all the love came pouring out.  Can you even handle his little face and his blue eyes?! OH, MY!!!  So excited to share these photos with you!

For every lifestyle session, I create a stunning slideshow for my clients. their precious slideshow is at the bottom of the post!

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How to Favorite Photos on Your Phone to Make an Easy Online Album

By now, you've probably come across various apps that advertise monthly photo albums that are SO easy and made automatically and sent right to your door!  If it's so easy, then why aren't more of us diving in?  Well, because we don't really need EVERY photo we take to be part of an album!  The fuzzy ones, the ones where our kids turned around right when we hit the button, and then the ones of our kids mooning the camera (anyone else?).  We don't need those to be our forever memories.

 
Want to join in on the Mom's Moments Photo Project? Get monthly themes and weekly prompts to capture your memories! Then, learn to easily create and order a photo book from your phone!
 

But that doesn't mean we don't have a bunch in there that are totally worthy of being on our shelves.  We just have to pluck them out, and the best way to do that is to regularly go in and FAVORITE (or heart or star, depending on your phone) your favorites.  That way, when you go to make an album, you just tell the app to only use the photos found in your FAVORITES folder!

So, once a week or so, next time you're scrolling Facebook or Instagram looking at everyone ELSE'S photos, open up your photo app instead, scroll through your photos from that week, and hit the little heart next to the ones you super heart.

Ok, if you don't already know how to favorite a photo, here's how to do it on an iPhone.  It's pretty much the same on Android except there's a star at the top of the screen (I believe) and not a heart at the bottom.

1. Go to photos app (super simple)

If you have a group of photos that you want to narrow down, simply scroll to that group and start on one end!

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2. Choose Your Favorites. Be Selective!

See that heart down below?  You simply click that and your photo has been deemed a FAVORITE of yours!  Change your mind?  Just click it again.

Now, this is where we can tend to go nuts and think OH, I NEED ALL OF THESE!!  No. You don't.  If I can take 1546 photos from my Disney trip and narrow it down to 289 for a photo book, YOU CAN, TOO.  Now, lean in for the secret whisper: no one misses the other 1257 photos.  They were either bad (fuzzy, sneezing, eyes closed, blocked by a billion other tourists with strollers) or I just didn't need them to accurately tell the story of my Disney trip.

When deciding, really think if this image ADDS to your family's story.  Is it an important part of the beginning/middle/end?  Does it showcase your kiddo's personality perfectly?  Does it document something new?  Something that's about to go away (a tooth? an almost-walking toddler?)?  

In my first photo you can see four photos toward the end of my youngest nut and her bestie.  I'd skip the first two and I'd favorite the second two.  Why?  The first favorite is a good, cute smile shot and they were so happy at her party.  In the second, they both look ridiculous and I know we'll all get a good laugh when we look back at it!  

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3. Solid Heart.  See?

This is what the heart will look like when you have successfully favorited an image.  To un-favorite, click the heart again so it goes back to being an outline.

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4. Go to Your Favorites Folder

Now, when you open up your photo app, click on the folder icon on the bottom right and you'll see all the folders that your iPhone has.  You should see "Favorites" up near the top!  

Remember to pop into your Favorites folder every once in a while to make sure that little hands haven't accidentally favorited photos you don't care about!  Like mooning photos.  Or photos from princess apps.  Or snapchat photos.  ET AL.

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10 Reasons You Should Want (and Have) an In-Home Lifestyle Photography Session
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Your kids.  You love them, they're the most beautiful, precious things in the world.  And you want DESPERATELY to capture them in an equally beautiful and precious photo, with them SMILING real smiles - not their current, odd, fake smile that makes them look like they kill birds in the backyard - and you want them with their arms around each other looking simply like the BEST, MOST WELL-BEHAVED, GORGEOUS children on the planet.

In short, you want this photo to completely MISREPRESENT who your kids are.  Misrepresenting kids in general, really.  Kids are wild.  They are shy.  They cry, they jump, scream, laugh.  They use their entire bodies to express themselves.  They hit their sister, hug their brother, give sloppy kisses and spit in anger.  They are uninhibited and learning about life.

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I mean, right?  I have two girls - ages 4 and 7.  They are INSANE.  Smart, pretty, hilarious...and freakin' NUTS.  And while I, like everyone, will beg, plead and bribe them to stand, arms just right and smiles just lovely, it's rare that that kind of experience doesn't end with tears and anger and my youngest yelling something like, "YOU OLD RAT!" (Because she did that once.)

And the good and the bad about this?  It's ONLY FOR A LITTLE WHILE.  Even this time next year, or in six months, will not look like it does now.  Especially for the littlest of little ones.  

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So, instead of choosing to have a lovely photoshoot in a lovely field where you aim toward the most perfect over-the-mantle canvas with some gilded ornate frame and you have lots of non-lovely feelings about your kids running wild and your husband getting all annoyed because this NEVER goes well, and you are now annoyed at EVERYONE and everyone will go home and EAT DINNER IN SILENCE BECAUSE OUR FAMILY WAS SUPPOSED TO LOOK LIKE WE ARE LOVELY IN THESE PHOTOS AND NOBODY DID ANYTHING RIGHT!! GIVE ME THE WINE!!!

Well...what if...doing a photoshoot right...is just...letting everyone be.  Just as they are.  Kids.  Dad.  And, yes, YOU.

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So, let's get into

10 wonderful reasons to want (& have) an in-home lifestyle photography session, like, ASAP (because it all changes so fast!!).

10. No Loading Up the Car.  Isn't that grand?!  No remembering to pack this and that.  No worrying about kids messing up their hair or spilling snacks or drinks on their photoshoot-only clothes that they can only look at through glass until the day of the shoot!

9. No Photoshoot-Only Clothes or Hair.  Yes!  Save money this way!  And no fancy photoshoot-only hair which really means that kids run and scream and don't do their hair and mom and dad yell (and dad pops open a beer.  Just us?).  NONE OF THAT!  In fact, it's almost BETTER if your kid has her crazy bed-head when I or your photographer show up!  Eventually, their hair will grow out and won't stick up like that.  Why not leave it alone and brush it half-way through the shoot after getting some adorable and slightly hilarious just-woke-up shots?  In fact, your kiddo can just be in a DIAPER!  You don't have to dress them AT ALL if you don't want!  Save dressing time for the sweetest of images - after capturing some diaper-only shots, of course!

8. Snacks & Bathrooms.  ARE RIGHT THERE.  I mean, mic drop, yes?  MIC-FREAKIN'-DROP. 

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7. All the Wardrobe Changes You Want!  Your kiddos can go from pajamas to a fancy dress, to suspenders, to princess high heels and boas.  Or an Einstein wig, purple necklace and a silver shield if you've got kids like I do.

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6. Mama Can Take Her Time.  Now that you've FINALLY gotten your kids ready and shoved them off to hang out with Dad, you barely have the time you wanted to get your hairs all did up nice.  But with an in-home lifestyle photoshoot, I am or your photographer is likely to come and focus on the kiddos alone first, leaving you time to leisurely apply some mascara and rouge.  And you don't have to get fancy AT ALL.  I mean, if I were being photographed, I'd slap on some makeup so I didn't look like a man and then I'd go with my NICEST pair of comfy pants and fuzzy socks.  And some kind of top, too.  You know.  Don't want to make it all awkward. 

5. Dad's Love It.  I sh*t you not.  EVERY. SINGLE. lifestyle session I have EVER had (in-home and outdoors - because you can do this kind of thing outside), dads say to me, "That wasn't that bad! That was the best time I've ever had at a photoshoot!"  HA!  Winning with the dads.  And mamas, we all know we might be able to swing ANOTHER session next year if Dad has a fond memory of the last one, right?! Because in a lifestyle session, dads get to do stuff like this with their kids:

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And, I'm sorry, what dad does not want the sweetest bedtime book-reading routine with his little lady documented?  Is this not something he'll look back on FOR DECADES? Like her wedding day?  And then his little girl will show HER kids one day, when she sits reading to THEM.

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4. Naps & Bedtime Routines.  Ok, so it's REEEALLY unlikely that I or your photographer would be at your house for like 10 hours, so, you know, we just get sneaky sometimes and PRETEND to do a little bedtime routine, just to capture it.  And kids usually think it's super fun to get in jammies and play bedtime.  But, it can certainly be likely that we can run right into naptime.  In fact, if you have a kiddo that still naps, I love to plan it so our session ends right around then.  Because then you get this:

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3. You Might Move One Day.  And if you do, it's wonderful to look back and remember your old house.  You might move when your kids are little and they won't remember their first room with their crib, and train table of toys and how they loved to open and close the shutters.  But whey they ask about it and you tell them, you can pull up these images.

2. In-Between Moments.  This is where the family magic happens.  These moments are the intimate fibers of our familial being.  Where you're enjoying a cup of coffee and the littlest wants to smell it.  Where you're about to give a horsey ride and, instead of taking the photo once your kiddo is all saddled up, you have the memory of how you used to have to LIFT him up.  And how, no matter the highs and lows of crazy that having kids can bring, you can still laugh with your spouse.

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1. Home Is Where the Heart Is.  So shouldn't it stand to reason that the home is the absolute BEST place for capturing your family, the love within, the silliness, the seriousness - all of your family's whole personality and that of the individuals that comprise it?  I think so.

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Liza Hippler is a portrait and family lifestyle photographer located in Franklin, TN. She serves the Middle TN & surrounding areas including Brentwood, Spring Hill and Nashville.  She would love to talk to you about what you're looking to capture about your life now. She is available for travel.
Luxury Portrait Session with Jen {franklin, TN portrait photographer}
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Ooooh, I had so much fun with Jen in her session!  When I shoot females (grads, 20-somethings, moms, women), I love to start with the look that is the most "them."  Something they might wear at home or out to dinner with friends.  In this case, we went with the "just threw this on while I sip coffee and work on my laptop, but am ready to head out the door at a moment's notice" look.  Haha!  

(CLICK HERE for info on booking your own portrait session or giving it as a gift!)

It's always best to show up with no makeup so that my stellar makeup artist can do her magic! First looks are usually nice and clean and bright.

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Pretty sure we kept laughing here because we were all talking about having babies and our husbands' reactions when in the delivery room.  I have photos of my husband with his head in his hand and a very "I can't handle" vibe happening.  Because, you know, it was all sunshine and rainbows for me. Ha!

Moving on!

From there, we dial it up.  I really love to get to know my clients and understand what they have hidden in their personalities and in their souls and try to bring that out.  Feminine?  Edgy?  A love of old Hollywood or Elizabethan times?  Maybe they're always in charge and outgoing in life, but they have a soft side they want represented.  With my four-look sessions, we can do both - plus two more!

Jen was really excited about the tulle skirt I have in my studio for her portrait session (I have many lovely things for my clients!).  We wanted to get a little sexy, but still keep it soft and feminine.  I simply love creating some artistic lighting for this kind of look.  

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Then, we kind of cheated and added half a look.  I mean, when you have a shirt that fabulous and there just aren't a TON of places to wear it around the honky tonks of Nashville, what's a girl to do except use it for a portrat photoshoot?! AMIRIGHT?

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Then we went into her third look, which I think we all had the most fun with.  Brittany (my hair & makeup artist) and I put this look together with the clothes that Jen brought for her shoot - and she brought these because we talked about a boho look - and Jen was so excited and said her mom always calls her Janis for Janis Joplin!  

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Once she was all done up and had her hair and makeup fixed up for this look and I looked at her through my lens I said, "I know what I want to do!"  I often get inspired right there on the spot and will make last-minute adjustments based on the vibe I'm getting.  I wanted her to look a little like papparazzi were shooting her and flashing their flashes in her face.  Makes me so happy. 

The order in which we shoot the four looks really depends on what Brittany has to say about hair and makeup.  We want a good flow of hair up, down, curls, braids, whatever, and we don't want to have to go from a really heavy makeup look all the way BACK to something simpler.  Because of that, we had the Old Hollywood look last.  Although I have a similar dress in my in-home photography studio, Jen happened to have this from a wedding!  The mink was my grandmother's (thanks, grandma).

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Isn't she FAB?  Here's a little behind-the-scenes peek, too!  Like I said, my studio is in my house - and it's through the playroom (ha!), but I just love the princess vanity right outside the door where we're doing real-life dress up.

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Ladies, rarely is there a "right" time to do a portrait session.  For many, it can feel indulgent and selfish, but for every woman who has stepped into my studio and come out with beautiful images of themselves, it has been completely worth it.  And, think of it this way, you'll now have gorgeous portraits to pass down in your family for generations to come.

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Liza Hippler is a lifestyle and portrait photographer located in Franklin, TN.  She serves the Middle TN and surrounding areas including Brentwood, Nashville and Spring Hill.  She would love to talk with you about how you want to be photographed.  
Best Mother's Day Gift Idea: A Contemporary Portrait Session {franklin, tn portrait photographer}

We don't often place a high enough value on what mothers do.  This year, treat yourself, your wife, or a mom you love to something wonderfully special, good for the soul, and that can be passed on for generations.  Wondering what to get that special mom in your life?  How about a Contemporary Portrait Session with Liza Hippler Photography?  

A portrait session with me is a one-of-a-kind experience.  We take you - with professional hair and makeup - through a range of four different looks spanning your most "you" to something completely out of the box, but also completely on-par with who you are.  It's a day of magic.  One mom said, "It was one of the best experiences of my mama life."  

Mom can come in and have a session with someone significant - mother, grandmother, best friend, daughter - or simply take the day to celebrate herself. 

You can purchase gift vouchers HERE.

And...feel free to share this email to someone who might want a little hint in what to get for you. ;)

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Ideas, Tips & Tricks to Photographing Your Children: Through the Window {franklin, tn family lifestyle photographer}

So often as parents we say, "Stay here, I'll be back in a second," right? Maybe we need to run upstairs to grab something and don't want our toddler clunking up eight steps in the time it would have taken us to run up and down past her about 14, waving hello as we flew by.  For me, this time is walking the dog - either in the freezing cold, the boiling heat or simply when my kids whine I DON'T WANT TO GO.  So, there they are, left looking at me out the window.  Taking a photo of your kid with you on one side of the window and them on the other is a great way to show just how much we really are in two different worlds.  Maybe they're on the other side having tons of fun without you, or maybe, like this one, they wish they could grow up fast and be an adult just like you.  If you try a photo like this, put it on Instagram and tag #lhp-throughthewindow - let me see what you've got!

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Glowing Mama - In-Studio Maternity Session {franklin tn maternity photographer}

I have been shooting this stunning mama's older two children for a couple years now.  She's always ready capture those two in photos, but it took a little convincing get her in front of my lens!  She did a portrait session, which meant is was in my studio and I had my amazing hair & makeup gal, Brittany, there to take her elegantly from look-to-look.  

Like a lot of women, my pregnant mommy felt a little awkward and wasn't sure how the maternity photos would turn out, but she was totally game and did all the things I asked!  When she finally saw her photos, she said, "Oh, wow!"  I LOVE when that happens!

Personally, I think she puts Beyonce to shame in that last black and white shot!

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Introducing: Photos of Your Life - Highs, Lows, Wins & Losses {franklin, tn portrait photographer}

Image & poem.  More details below about how it came to be, plans for others, and about how YOU can get your story told in an image.

Here comes the wash
of change
the wind and rain
to peel

these layered paints.

Pain will not dissolve
             resolve

it will peel like skin in a sea
so dead

it floats.

I choose the red
raw, prickled
flesh of a new day

sunrise on
a sea I did not know
before it ran

                          water water

before it crossed
my face.
                 

I see what the dead sea
shows me

                         water water

running to an ocean
thick with salt

my paint crackles-
          old canvas
older wooden frame

this house belongs
           or should I say
belonged to

                         water water

running to an ocean
eyes and cheeks awash

thick with salt
             and thick with salt

Daughter-
what salt
in father's eye?

               Daughter-
What father then?

               What mother?


Image: Liza Hippler   |    Poem: Noah Leventhal


This image is of Mark Montgomery - a prominent figure here in the Nashville startup and biz scene.  He lost his wife to cancer in July 2015.  She left him and his four-year-old red-headed wild child behind.  

It's his story that started what I'm currently calling the "All of Us Project," though I have no doubt the name will change.

I knew him peripherally and I knew his wife because we were in a show together called "Listen to Your Mother."  She was - as many people will say about someone who has died tragically too young, but hers is one of the truest ones - a light to everyone she knew. You can view her story from the show HERE, and the one I read at the show HERE.  Hers is much more powerful.

Mark and I are friends on FB and I saw his grieving on there as much as he would show it, and I believe I read into it deeply, imaging this powerful man, a man known for his no-bullshit approach to life and business, I imagined him and his daughter (having two of my own, I know what he was up against and I can barely handle it with the help of my husband some days), that he was barely surviving.  I imagined that, through his brokenness, that he would have to change somehow.  He would see what it meant to be a parent through and through - in the dark hours of the night and when the daylight shines on her youth.  Everything was probably breaking, I thought.  And, in my storyteller mind, I imagined that it would have to be put back together carefully, softly, so as not to break or topple the tower as it got clumsily mortared back together.

And as I continued to imagine, Mark took a trip to the beach in October 2016.  For quite a good number of weeks, I believe, and he was able to take a lot of it alone while have others who love him care for his daughter.  He would write on FB and subsequently on his blog about going there wanting to die, but then the cleansing of the ocean.  It was magical.  It was "washing away his grime," he said.  

And I thought of this image.  Actually, in all honesty, I originally thought of painting his face to look more like a cartoon of a stern businessman, but as I made my own paint (normal face paints wouldn't drip) and I bargained with my six year old to let me practice on her, I saw it did not drip in telltale droplets from the crown of the head like I pictured, but it peeled.   It peeled like paint, like grime, and I thought: PERFECT.

I sent him a message in October with my idea.  We finally shot it in March.  In those months, I started to have other ideas for other people with their own stories - stories that were uniquely their own, but, like most, completely universal.  I have always had a passion for helping people to not feel so alone - either through humor or through sharing of stories.  So, the idea of a book came about.  A book of images like these paired with original poems.  I contacted the son of a lawyer I used to work for, Noah Leventhal, who recently graduated and has studied poetry in very prestigious institutions.  He wrote this poem for this story of loss and a gradual rebuilding.

I want to make more and more of these and share them in a book so that people everywhere can see and read and find some that make them say, "That's me, too.  Someone else understands."  And it might be WINS or LOSES, UPS or DOWNS.  

So, I'm open to hearing your story.  Where have you struggled?  Felt alone?  Left for dead?  Or so far at the top no one could hear you?  If you would like to be considered to have your story told in image and poem, send it to me.

Share this post with anyone you think might want to share their story.  And, thank you, Mark, for trusting me and being the first to give your story to my lens and Noah's words.  (And thank you for letting me pour too-hot and then too-cold water over your head. Ha!)

2nd Annual Photos with Santa Sessions {Franklin, TN Child Photography}

Is there any more magical time of the year?

Even now as a mom I can feel the magic of the excitement that my little girls have each Christmas season.  I remember I would walk up early - I'm talking like 3am early - and I would sneak downstairs and...you guys...

SANTA HAD COME.

I would view every single present and, without touching, try to guess what was in them.  Then, I would pop in this Disney Christmas Special movie and wait until 5am, when my generous (now I realize HOW generous!) parents told me I could wake them. 

What makes the holiday season the most magical is MAKING the magic along the way - looking at Christmas lights, watching Rudolph and Frosty on TV, and...meeting Santa Claus.

It is such a joy to be able to offer Santa Sessions along with Andrea Farmer Photography and to be a part of the magic that gets strung along during the holiday season.  It's so awesome to give kids one-on-one time with Santa - away from the long lines at the mall- where they can go over their Christmas list, listen to him read a book and whisper secrets in his ear.

This year we have rented a beautiful studio in Nashville that offers an airy shabby chic feel.  We will have 2-3 setups for you guys - Santa and then one or two others just for kids and family - so perfect for holiday cards and annual holiday memorabilia. 
 

THESE BOOK UP SUPER FAST YOU GUYS, SO IF YOU WANT A SPOT, GRAB IT ASAP.


DETAILS:
 

  • Sunday, November 20 
  • 10:30am - 2:00pm
  • Booking families every 15 minutes
  • $99 session fee for session only (due upon booking, non-refundable, transferrable)
  • Digital & print package purchase options (email me for these details)
  • Free ornament gift with early package purchase (details with pricing sheet)

Liza Hippler is a lifestyle photographer serving the Middle Tennessee area including Franklin TN, Brentwood TN, Nashville TN, Spring Hill TN, Thompson Station TN, Belle Meade TN and surrounding areas.  She specializes in families, children, babies, newborns and maternity photography. She would love to hear from you and be your Nashville photographer for your next session.