Fierce 8 Year Old Rocks Her Birthday Shoot {Unique Nashville, TN Family Photographer}

Ah, my favorite Miss Gia! I have been shooting her birthday photos for three years now, and her mom and dad always want something unique, which I LOVE! We met originally because our kiddos used to attend the same school in Franklin, TN, but now I love being able to call her mom, Corbi, a good friend AND a stellar realtor. ;)

This year Corbi wanted to incorporate some of Gia’s love of all things kick-ass, namely, her jiu jitsu skillz. Oh, yeah, with a “z.” She is one of the only girls in her class and she totally thrives on beating up guys! haha! If she were my kid, I’d be like YOU WALK IN FRONT - haha!

The photoshoot is really about her as her mom always uses it to create an annual album for her grandma, but Gia still insists her parents promise that they’ll hop in a few with her & make it a little family shoot. Isn’t that adorable?! My kids are so over photos that they just want it all to stop!

We knew we wanted to do a little face paint to make her look even more fierce, but I was a little nervous! Normally, my hair & makeup gal, Brittany, is all over that, so I had to bring out my face paint skills (no “z”) for this one! Thankfully, it wasn’t too difficult. ;) And, it only made sense that we head to the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere to utilize their amazing property and jungle-like jungle gym! Such a fun shoot! I have to imagine Gia will show these at her wedding, RIGHT?!

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young girl leans on fence and kicks up her shoes
cute little girl leans on her arm and smiles
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black and white photo of girl riding carousel
young girl rides nashville zoo carousel
carousel at nashville zoo grassmere
blonde third grader with blue dress and orange flower in her hair
young girl in karate uniform goes across the monkey bars
girl stands on giant stone snake looking fierce
8 year old girl in jiu jitsu outfit
young girl with facepaint climbs on jungle gym at nashville zoo grassmere
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young blonde girl in jiu jitsu outfit crouches down on wood playset
girl climbs on ropes in cool jungle gym
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Only Child with Her Mom & Dad {Franklin, TN Family Photographer}

Love this sweet family! Their daughter and my oldest used to go to preschool together, and each kid learned everyone’s first AND last name, so our daughter would come home talk about each kiddo using both names, so I will forever think of lovely Miss V here as both her first and last name together! haha!

Now, they wanted a family session, but they really wanted a lot of focus on their daughter. They’d done a shoot with me a few years back and hadn’t done anything since then. I have to say, I adore shooting this age. She, like my oldest, is 8 and they have this very interesting developing sense of self where they are not game to simply smile and giggle at you anymore! They want to be serious and they want their serious side seen. And I LOVE Miss V’s serious side! Could she be any more gorgeous!

Since the focus was mainly on V and since the family wanted some more traditional “looking at the camera” shots, this went a little differently than my usual lifestyle sessions. It was a little more posed, but nothing too stiff. And V was kind of in model mode for a while, so I just embraced it!

It’s always sweet to me to photograph mom and daughter and then dad and daughter. Each relationship can be so different, but still so special. I love making sure that moms and dads have those. And having just one child makes it easy!

How is your relationship different with your kids than your spouse’s? Let me know!

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third grade girl in pink sweater and jeans poses
family of three hangs out outside ice cream shop
brunette girl in pink sweater and glasses
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mother and daughter hug and smile for the camera
mother and 8 year old daughter in pastel colors
young girl with her mom hug and laugh
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8 year old girl whispers into her dad's ear
daughter in pink sweater poses with dad
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adorable girl in glasses, jeans and pink sweater sits in front of double doors
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How to Choose Photos to Print & Display

You have photos, right?  Dumb question, I know.  I personally have over 12,000 on my phone alone – that doesn’t take into account all the ones from my “good” camera, of which I have plenty, being that I’m a photographer. (And a mom. I think my kids are over the camera in their faces).  

I get it.  I get photo overwhelm.

I also get the desire to want to print some photos!  And *gasp* maybe even FRAME them?!  Haha!  Isn’t that the dream? Gorgeous Pinterest-worthy walls of adorable vintage-filtered square shots with giant white mats and skinny frames?!  (Um…I want a wall like that.)

But what about something starting somewhere easier, like a frame on the mantle?  A canvas in the hall?  Something to replace the years-old photo of your family – the one that doesn’t even include your youngest – sitting on your husband’s desk at work?  And hasn’t Aunt Donna been asking for some updated photos forever?

Oh, and let’s not forget that professional family photo session you just had!  Love, love, love the photos, but now you have to decide either which images you want to purchase from the photographer, or maybe you got ALL the images (go you!) and now you need to pick a few to print.

Picking photos to print and display is not as hard as it seems.  I promise.  It’s just because we have too many dang choices.  

Let me help you get those images off your phone and into your home with a few questions to ask yourself.


1. Who wants a copy?


This question is especially useful after a professional photo session or if you feel you just took some really great photos of everyone on your phone.  Go through each family member, even really close friends who are like family, and think if they would appreciate any printed images. For example, grandma & grandpa on both sides, what do they want? An 8x10 of each kid? And then another, smaller, 5x7 of the kids together? Ok, check that.  Do you have sisters and brothers who would like some?  Go ahead and text people, too! “Hey, I’m finally printing some photos of the kids! Do you want any to frame?” 

Make sure to ask, too, which kind of image they prefer – a standard, looking at the camera smiling one, or one that shows more personality?  My mom always picks at least one where my girls look grumpy! Haha!  She says they make her laugh!

Here’s my biggest tip on this point: ask your kids to pick a few.  So many times parents pick photos, print them and put some frames in the living room.  But, you know what?  Kids LOVE photos of themselves and their families in their own rooms!  They love to giggle at silly photos, feel all warm and fuzzy with family photos and, best of all, they feel so confident when they are surrounded by images of themselves that they think they look great in.  Have them sit on your lap, and go through and see what they want.  Then, create a little space on a dresser or on the wall where they can display their memories!

2. Where are the photos going?


Take a look around your home.  Is there a wall you’ve always wanted to decorate with glorious photos?  A few spots on your built-in shelves?  Maybe something in your bedroom or even in the bathroom!  You know, a really funny or sweet photo can be great in a laundry room.  Now’s the time to walk around and look at shelves and walls and think about some places that could use some style!

I feel like there’s always a need for an updated photo in someone’s office.  Even a home office – treat it like an “away” office!  I like to keep a couple of frames on my desk in my home office, and my husband does the same in his “away” office.  Maybe twice a year or so, we simply print some new images and swap them out!

Like I mentioned above, don’t forget kids’ rooms, their bathrooms and their hallways.  It makes kids all kinds of happy to see faces they love around them! (Especially silly ones!)

Here’s the small hallway that leads to our master bedroom. We had a photoshoot done last April during our 10 year anniversary trip to NYC. I thought this was the PERFECT place to put photos that were just of my husband and I - without the two of us together, we wouldn’t have a family! So, I decided to make it kind of a like mini art gallery and hang some of my favorite photos in frames all at the same height.

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3. Which do you simply love?


You know you’ve got ‘em.  A few photos that you just LOVE.  You’d show them to the checkout guy at Kroger if he wasn’t 17 and talking to his friend who’s bagging. Aw, heck, you’ll show them to him anyway! 

Even if you have no idea where you’d put these photos in your house, print them.  Print them in a standard size and then look for frames.  Or, print them on a giant canvas.  OR, make an album out of all your favorite images from the last 3, 6, 9 or 12 months! 

Especially print them if you have some images of YOU that you love.  You deserve to have some photos out of you looking super fab also! 

That’s how I was with this project. I had found these frames MONTHS ago at TJ Maxx HomeGood - if you find something you like there, you have to snatch it up fast! I bought them before we moved into our new house and only knew that I loved the frames. Then, after our trip to the lake in October, I had some photos that I also loved, especially the one with my daughter’s hair blowing in the boat wind

It didn’t make sense for me to blow these up really big, but I just love them as a clean collection in my living room. They sit on either side of the fireplace and make me so happy! And, it’ll be super easy to change them out seasonally!

NOTE: These work because there is a cohesiveness to them. The frames are the same style and the prints are from the same location with the same editing style. :)

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4. Now go forth and print!


Hopefully, you’ve got some good ideas to get your photos off your phone and into your home!  For prints and canvases, I highly recommend mpix.com.  For great albums and other photo products at a great price, I recommend Shutterfly.

Good luck!  Come get inspired & share on Instagram with me @lizahippler or on Facebook if you get some photos up!  I’d love to see!

Happy Work 'n' Play Headshot Session {Nashville, TN Headshot Photographer}

In February, I attended the inspiring ClickAway Conference in Dana Point, California. I made friends and recklessly flew my drone far, far away (I got it back), and I learned tons of exciting things that I could instantly apply to my business.

One of them was the concept of the “Not-So-Corporate Headshot” by Sarah Deragon where she offers casual & fun headshot sessions designed to not only get a great shot for work, but also a great new profile photo! It’s the complete opposite of stuffy, sit-there-and-don’t-move-and-smile-awkwardly headshots, and it’s great.

Everyone deserves a photo of themselves that they love, and this is a great way to get it without a lot of pressure.

I instantly adopted her idea (she shared so much!), and am so glad I did! It’s like the Universe knew I was supposed to let go of traditional corporate headshots and embrace this new lighthearted style because right away I got emails asking for this exact thing - before I had even advertised it!

I call mine the “Work ‘n’ Play” Headshot. I thought about calling it the Mullet Session - business in the front, party int the back! haha! But then I vetoed it.

So, here’s one of my first Work ‘n’ Play sessions with the adorable lady! I think she ought to find a job AND some good dates, don’t you?!

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Sweet Mommy & Me Session {Franklin, TN Lifestyle Photographer}

This was my 3rd time photographing this adorable cutie pie and her mama! I wholeheartedly love these two ladies and cannot express my gratitude enough that they keep trusting me to capture their special bond.

Miss H is everything and more in a little girl, from her fluffy skirts to her “why won’t you listen” behavior! Haha! What parent among us has had a kind who behaves well at this age?! They’re expected to explore and push their boundaries, and I don’t mind a bit. That’s all part of their story right now. And so is their undying love and care for each other. The shared side smiles and cuddles, how she looks at her mama and curls into her neck - it’s all part of who they are right now and it could not be sweeter.

I love Franklin’s Harlinsdale Farm for kids. There is so much space to run free without too much worry of injury! It’s definitely a fav for sunset family sessions, and senior sessions! Kids can be kids here, and parents can relax, which really lets me document the story of each family, and what’s unique to their family unit.

By the end of the shoot, Miss H and her mama were singing “Itsy Bitsy Spider” together and it was too cute! Then, she ran away with her dress tucked up into her diaper! haha!

So, without further ado, let’s get to fancy Miss H and her mama!

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little girl in blue dress runs around
little girl and her mom against white barn
blonde mom helps her toddler girl climb a fence
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mom and toddler girl laugh together
blonde mom sits on stone wall while talking to toddler daughter
black and white image of mom carrying thumb-sucking daughter
daughter looks out from under mom's sweater
redhead toddler in blue dress stands on dirt road
curly redhead little girl is super cute on dirt road
mom and toddler daughter laugh during golden hour
black and white image of mom holding young daughters hand and walking away
mom and daughter walking toward lake
mommy throws toddler girl in the air
black and white images of mommy and daughter hugging
red haired toddler curls
toddler girl wears cowgirl boots
little girl snuggles by mommy's side in the grass
mommy and redhead toddler daughter sit by a barn
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toddler girl and her mom make each other laugh
toddler girl looks lovingly at her mom
mom and baby girl make same cute face to the camera
redheaded toddler in blue fluffy dress says a prayer
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little girl sits in barn opening
blue eyed toddler looks up at camera
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adorable little girl poses for camera and leans against white post
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black and white images of mother and daughter sitting by a well
mother and daughter sing itsy bitsy spider
toddler girl snuggles with mom
toddler girl running away with diaper sticking out
Third Grade Market Day Crafting Session {Franklin, TN Documentary Photographer}

Two weeks ago my 3rd grader came home with papers that didn’t look like homework. It was two printer pages, stapled at the top left corner, and they talked about Market Day. This was where all the 3rd graders are to come up with a product to sell. They are to purchase the materials to make the product, make up to 20 per kid - and you’re allowed one partner, so that’s 40 per team - and get ready to learn about economics!

Apparently, though, this year they threw in the wrench that you have to first choose a country and then some country-appropriate product. So, Sailor and her friend first choose Japan and SQUISHES - obvi - but the first thing I had to do was explain that squishes aren’t made in Japan, they’re made in China, and then that making squishes that lived up to any 3rd graders expectations was near impossible (without your brain melting from whatever chemicals they use in those things).

So, then they went with flower crowns from Mexico! Sounds good, but flower crowns originated in ancient Greece, and then made their way to England and then a few other stops before being decidedly “American Wedding.” So, no go on that one, either.

FINALLY, they went with mini piñatas. Yes! We have a winner!

So, Sailor’s friend’s mom took them out to Hobby Lobby - which turned in a TWO HOUR TRIP complete with various discussions about BUDGET (God love that mom) - and they returned with all kinds of colorful loot. It was late when they got back and Sailor’s friend was spending the night so they skipped starting their work until the morning (after pizza and a movie and coconut milk ice cream which was not a hit for the friend - I feel bad).

But these girls got up and got to it starting at 7:30am, and, with exception of a lunch break and a “run around the house screaming like maniacs” break, they worked straight until 3pm!! Seven and a half hours! And they’re still not done! haha!!

But what’s MOST IMPORTANT HERE is that mom got some fun, colorful photos. I’m sure her friend was like, “Why did your mom turn off the overhead lights and why is she standing on a chair behind us?” BECAUSE THIS.

I love telling the story of our lives. I love being able to tell the story of my daughter and her friends. It’s awesome. (If you want your story told, check out my lifestyle sessions and contact me.)

SIDE NOTE: I’ve realized the wreaths in my dining area make it look like it’s still Christmas. So…time for a new plan…

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girls laugh while making mini pinatas
making silly faces with streamers
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mini pinatas looking so fly
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Farm Style Family Shoot {Franklin, TN Lifestyle Photographer}

Shannon is an amazing mama of two kiddos who attend one of the schools I photograph, so that’s how we met! Her husband is a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox (who just won the World Series last year!!) and they only had a little time left until he went back up north to start the next season. So, I’d say our session was rushed a little more than usual, but you can’t tell at all!

Plus, with a lifestyle session, it’s really all about just showing up as you are that day. I don’t ask the kids to be in any kind of special mood or to smile. I don’t even mind if they cling to one parent the whole time. We play and snuggle and have a lot of fun, so it didn’t matter if there were only a few days to prepare!

I met them first at their home and they could not have been kinder or more welcoming. Since we’d be shooting in February, we were scoping out the home as our potential shooting spot because who knows what the crazy TN weather will throw our way, and we couldn’t wait until it got warmer. Ultimately, they wanted outside and it looked like the weather would hold up that weekend, so they had about 3 days to prep and get their wardrobe ready! She actually didn’t even text me, just showed up and everyone looked great! Perfect colors for the light and the season!

The kiddos got cold pretty quickly, so the little boy would get wrapped in his sister’s jacket and I gave the sister the blanket I usually bring on family lifestyle shoots, and she’d wrap up in that as we walked from spot to spot. It made shooting just a little more difficult in that they didn’t want everyone all bundled up in each photo, so we’d bundle up and then throw everything off and then bundle again and walk!

They also had their amazing dog, Nala, YES SHE IS NAMED AFTER THE LION KING, how amazing, and she was just perfect!

What really made this winter session work so well was that they’re such a close family. They’re full of love, and so quick to move toward affection, it made things so easy. They’re playful and silly and it came out in their photos.

Thank you, Shannon and family, for being one of my amazing families!

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mom in maroon dress hugs young daughter
young daughter whispers in mom's ear black and white
dad and toddler sun look off with barn in background
dad holds young son in his arms in a field
toddler son snuggles over dad's shoulder black and white
dad holds toddler son with blue sky in the background
dad walks down dirt path with toddler son in blue plaid
family laughs together by large pond with barn in the background
blonde girl smiles for the camera in full sun
blonde mom in maroon dress carries toddler boy in blue plaid
black and white of toddler boy snuggling on mom's arm
young blonde brother and sister snuggle under mexican blanket
black and white of young siblings snuggling under blanket outside being silly
siblings popping out of mexican blanket outside
young brother and sister being goofballs with blanket in the grass
family walks along dirt path black and white
barn setting with family walking downhill
black and white image of family walking
loving family snuggles and smooches outside
daddy tosses daughter up into the air
daddy smooches young daughter in beautiful light by the lake
dad tosses toddler son into the air with the sunset in the back
toddler boy gets tossed high into the air by his dad
mommy being silly with daughter
family laughs and mom and young daughter being silly
mom helps daughter put on shoes
family snuggles in opening of barn in golden hour light
furry white dog sits wiith family
black and white photo of family snuggling in barn
mom snuggles toddler son in golden hour light
dad tickles young daughter
mom in burnt orange dress gets cheeky with dad
white labradoodle looks out over giant pond
man gets big hug from giant dog
blonde mom and her two young children snuggle under a blanket in a field
family relaxes and plays by the lake while dog looks on
mom and dad squeeze in some snuggle time by the lake
beautiful photo of blonde wife and her husband snuggling at sunset
little girl twirls as the sun goes down
boy throws rocks into the lake at sunset time
black and white image of family sitting in front of a barn
mom kisses neck of tired daughter
young girl walks in the cold with blanket and snuggles with her stuffed animal
Young Actress Headshot Session {Franklin, TN Portrait Photographer}

When Lauren’s dad contacted me and said, “My daughter is in high school, she’s in all the musicals and also plays Disney princesses,” I was like SIGN ME UP. He was speaking right to my high-school-theatre-heart! If you don’t know, I was a theatre gal all growing up, all in high school and it’s what I studied at USC (go, Trojans) in college. So, a next-generation gal needed some headshots? I knew it would be a blast.

Lauren could not have been sweeter. It was awesome to talk to her about auditions and callbacks (a world I left about 10 years ago now) and being on stage. It was like seeing the theatre life cycle! haha! I was at the backend and she at the front. Just starting out on local stages, seeing what calls her and what doesn’t. It was wild to look at her and think of all the years in between her age and mine and how much carving of her own path she has in front of her.

Now, I typically don’t do actor headshots. I did a ton when I lived in Los Angeles, but that was at a different point in my life, and at a place where everyone wanted to be on TV and in movies! Because of that, I didn’t have any go-to packages ready to offer Lauren and her dad, but it was really easy to create something custom for them. I tell all my clients that I don’t mind creating custom packages - I want people to be able to use what they get from me! :)

The final package consisted of 15 final images, chosen by them, for a flat fee. Definitely tons of great options to use locally or give to an agent! Thanks, Lauren, for trusting me and being so awesome that day!

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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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portrait of woman in leather jacket and white t-shirt
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woman with green butterfly on her shoulder looks down
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artistic portraits of woman in tulle skirt
back of woman dancing in layered blue dress
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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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beautiful old white barn used for senior shoot
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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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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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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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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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Sweetest 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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Downtown Franklin Work 'n' Play Headshot 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!

toddler boy with blue eyes looking at camera and playing with his mommy
toddler boy with blue eyes walking on leaves and holding his mommy's hand
toddler boy with blonde hair being held by his grandma with fall trees in the background
toddler boy with mom, grandma and grandpa standing together on a gravel path with fall trees in the background
toddler boy getting tickled by his mommy
grandma and mom sitiing down helping toddler boy walk
toddler boy in front of a rack of canoes in a black and white photo
toddler boy with blue eyes holding his grandfather's hand and playing with canoes in the background
toddler boy getting snuggles and kisses from his grandpa
mommy changing her toddler son's shirt outdoors in front of his stroller and standing in leaves
toddler grandson getting kisses and snuggles from his grandmother
adult daughter with her mom and dad leaning against a railing with a lake in the background
toddler boy walking on a bridge with his tongue sticking out and his mom and grandpa and grandma behind him
mother and toddler son wearing matching red plaid and getting smooches outside by fall plants
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toddler boy with blue eyes and blue shirt looking at camera being patted on the head by his mom
toddler boy with his mom and grandma and grandpa sitting on a log fence in front of a lake during the fall

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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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