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Birthday Photos for Three Siblings with Really Cool Tradition {Family Photographer, Franklin, TN}

This is my FOURTH year doing birthday photos for this set of cuties! Well, technically, fourth year with the oldest two and second year with the youngest. Last year the baby turned one and we did a smash cake session along with all the usual photos, and it was ADORABLE.

Their mom does the neatest “show their growth” thing that I have ever seen a mom do. We all know that many moms will document baby’s first year month-by-month with a onesie that says the number of months or maybe a nursery blanket, but this mama captures each year in a very special way. She has her daughters “wear” her wedding dress (“wear” in parenthesis because it’s a loose term when you’re putting it on a two year old - haha!), and she has her son wear one of his dad’s white button-down shirts. As they grow, they begin to fill out these items more and more.

It’s a sentimental and magical way to document the inevitable passing of time.

It’s also kind of hilarious to document how their personalities change over the years because THIS year big brother and sister were not nearly as amused by me! They’re getting to that stage of being more self-conscious and they were definitely not as into smiling readily, but more into giving me all kinds of anti-smile faces. But that didn’t mean I couldn’t crack ‘em! Haha!

The littlest one was just the sweetest. I have always had the oldest girl grab the sides of the dress and spin from side-to-side, so this year the two year old was old enough to stand up and try the same and she LOVED IT! She just spun and spun and threw the dress in the air. It was the sweetest. It’s a perfect way to capture a birthday milestone in photos.

After we finish with the dress & shirt looks, we always move on to something a little more fun! We do a different background each year. This year, for their 2nd, 6th and 7th birthday photos, I did a background of all different color streamers. It looked so festive!

This type of shoot isn’t a traditional lifestyle session like I normally do, but I’m all about customizing my shoots to what works for my clients so that’s what we do here every year!

big brother wears dad's shirt for birthday shoot
black and white image of african american boy on his birthday
7 year old boy wears dad's shirt and laughs for birthday photos
close up of boy in white shirt on green background
boy wearing dad's white button down shirt looks out window
black and white photos of 7 year old boy wearing his dad's shirt
triple photos of african american 7 year old boy on his birthday black & white images
close up of birthday boy pulling shirt up to his face
birthday girl age 6 wears her mom's wedding dress
african american 6 year old girl wears her mom's wedding dress for birthday photos
close up of 6 year old on her birthday with blue green background
birthday photos of 6 year old in franklin tn
6 year old birthday girl in her mom's wedding dress
black and white photo of young african american birthday girl in mom's wedding dress sitting down
birthday girl in black and white age 6
two year old spins in mom's wedding dress for her birthday
two year old birthday girl in black and white photo wearing mom's wedding dress
adorable two year old poses for camera for birthday photos while wearing her mom's wedding dress
two year old spins in mom's wedding dress for birthday photoshoot
birthday photoshoot for little girl who spins in her mom's wedding dress
little 2 year old african american girl gets her birthday photos
streamer background for 2nd birthday photos
close up of 2 year old hands holding  a tutu for birthday photos
hair bow for 2nd birthday photos
african american 2 year old girl laughs during her birthday photoshoot
adorable girl laughs during 2nd birthday photos
2nd birthday photo of girl in tutu dress with colorful streamer background


3 siblings for their birthday shoot
three african american siblings smile for their birthday photoshoot with colorful background
black and white images of three young siblings
siblings hug necks for sweet birthday photo
photo of 2 year old, 6 year old and 7 year old siblings
black and white photo of three young brother and sisters
pink shoes of little girl sitting on chair
2 year old girl sits in chair with head in her hand
7 year old birthday boy swirls streamer
set of three closeups of 7 year old birthday boy with colorful streamer background
7th birthday boy smiles with streamer background
portrait of birthday boy on 7th birthday
black and white photo of 7 year old african american boy being silly
photos of 7 year old boy on the floor laughing
6 year old birthday girl makes a kiss face
6 year old girl does the floss in a series of 3 photos
birthday girl smiles for her 6th birthday photos
cute 6 year old does frog pose for a birthday photo
black and white images of birthday girl on 6th birthday
birthday girl portrait colorful backdrop
6 Tips for Taking Amazing Candid Photos of Your Kids This Summer {Nashville, TN Lifestyle Photographer}

Warm weather is HERE and it’s time to pull out the sprinklers and pop-up pools! Summer is so ripe for photos with it’s long days of sunlight, colorful palettes and large, popsicle-stained smiles!

We want to be able to capture that summer magic in photos. It’s so fleeting and the years move on too quickly, so having memories of our summers is so important. While I love gathering all the kiddos in one big group and asking them all to give me a crazy grin, I’m REALLY a fan of candidly capturing these hot-day & warm-night moments.

Now, I am always available for a summer lifestyle session - which I fully believe more people should do!! No one ever thinks to have a summer day or night professionally captured and it’s just THE BEST!!! But, since I can’t be there for you allllll the days…

…I want YOU to be able to be the best memory keeper that you can be for your family, I thought I’d share some of my top tips when it comes to taking candid photos of your kids!

And what would photo tips be without photos?! haha! DUH.

I’m often not far from my camera, and when we blew up this darling little MiniDip pool from Target for the first time, I KNEW I had to grab it and capture the first dip of “summer!” (Summer in quotes because it’s technically still spring.) And it has shows just about all the tips I talk about!

That brings me to my tips:

  1. Capture the FIRSTS. First dip in the pool this summer. First steps into the ocean. First lick of an ice cream cone. First one to cannonball into the pool without even feeling the water beforehand!

    In these images, it was our FIRST time in this adorable pool!

  2. Capture the LASTS. The last one out of the pool. The last one left cleaning up. The last one to fall asleep. The last neighborhood gathering before school begins again.

  3. Never ask anyone to look at you. That’s the whole point of CANDID! You don’t want to bring anyone out of the moment - it’ll stop the moment and ruin all the candid fun. Try to be a fly on the wall so that you can truly capture your kiddos all caught up having a good time (or maybe pouting in a corner - haha!)

  4. Move around. Stand up. Lie down. I talk a lot about changing your point of view when shooting the same scene. Most people simple stand there at the normal height they normally and shoot normally. Normal is no fun! haha! Get high and get low and move all around!

  5. Take photos of DETAILS. You don’t always have to see everyone’s face to tell your story! Don’t you love baby butt cheek hanging out of a swimsuit?! It’s the best! Take a photo of it! Wet hair, grass-covered feet, little fingers and little toes, even details of the objects that you’ll probably forget about years from now.

  6. Make it so no one can see you. If it’s possible to get completely hidden, but still get some photos, this is the BEST for capturing candids! On this day, once my girls started inviting some neighbor kids over to play, I went inside and shot through our kitchen window. They had no idea! haha!

BONUS TIP: Use a black & white filter on some, especially ones that you took in bright sunlight. They look amazing and it will add a “moment in time” feel to your photo!

So, take a look at my little backyard shoot and see if you can see my tips at play!

sisters in backyard pool
little girl swimming in lemon mini dip from target


5 year old in lemon pool
goofy face girl being silly in a pool
girl sitting on the side of a lemon blow up pool
candid photo of girl in backyard pool
little girl in polka dot bathing suit
black and white image of sisters in pool
sisters playing in minidip lemon pool
little girl being silly in a blow up pool
8 year old girl plays in backyard
little girl in backyard pool green grass
black and white image of sisters playing in small pool
little girl running out of pool
sisters jumping in small backyard pool
splash in pool
little girl does big jump into pool
sisters play in lemon pool in backyard
sisters jump in blow up pool
young girl stands in bathing suit black and white
5 year old splashes in backyard pop up pool
neighbor kids play in pool
kids play in pool as seen through a window
kids play in pool through window
older sister sits on porch playing with slime
black and white image of girl on porch
friends eating dinner on porch
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?!

8 year old girl warrior
8 year old girl in white dress
headshot of young blonde girl
black and white photo of young girl on log cabin porch
four photos of blonde girl in white dress
close up of 8 year old girl with blue eyes
silhouette shot of girl walking in white dress
black and white photo of girl spinning in white dress
young girl leans on fence and kicks up her shoes
cute little girl leans on her arm and smiles
only child with her mom and dad
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
fierce little girl climbs jungle gym nashville zoo
young blonde girl in jiu jitsu outfit crouches down on wood playset
girl climbs on ropes in cool jungle gym
little girl in face paint looks fierce
blonde 8 year old with face paint looks tough
black and white photo of young girl with facepaint looking tough


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!

third grade giri in pink sweater
family of three close up
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
close up of 8 year old girl in glasses
family of three poses for photo on black bench
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
dad and daughter pose for camera
8 year old girl whispers into her dad's ear
daughter in pink sweater poses with dad
family with only child poses and smiles
family in downtown franklin tn
girl in pink sweater poses in front of store in downtown franklin tn
black and white image of 8 year old girl with freckles
beautiful portrait of 8 year old girl in pink sweater
young girl poses for camera with black background and greenery
family of 3 stands in front of store in downtown franklin tn
adorable girl in glasses, jeans and pink sweater sits in front of double doors
black and white images of close up of young girl in glasses
mom and young daughter hold hands