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Jamie and I just got back from Jamaica this week and I'm sitting here trying to figure out where to start. I've got digital piles of all your photos waiting to be edited and blogged and I know I'm a little behind. Thanks so much for your patience while I've been in paradise. While I'm catching up on everything, I wanted to take a break from blogging to post something for my fellow photographers.

One of the things I love most about being a photographer in Nashville is the fantastic photography community that exists here. Perhaps it's due to the fact that there's so many of us, we can't help but find some common ground that extends beyond the viewfinder. Or maybe it's because of that good ol' southern hospitality that makes everyone so friendly. Whatever the reason, I've found that the people that make up this local community of photographers have quickly become mentors, collaborators and friends. 

In January, an online version of this community emerged. Photographers Redefined has quickly grown from our own little community of photographers to include those throughout the country and around the globe. Trust me - this is one resource that is well worth your time to be a part of. It's a place to give and receive input on your art and business. To find referrals and second shooters. It's a place to grow and connect. It even has a section to discuss all things non-photography-related, including a "confessions" post. As in, yes, I once had a massive crush on Taylor Hanson. Who didn't?

So if you're a photographer - just starting out or well-seasoned; Nikon or Canon; Widows or Mac; shooting portraits, weddings or anything in between - I encourage you to check out Photographers Redefined. You won't be disappointed.

And because every post is better with a photo, how about a little sneak peek from Lindsay and Kyle's swoon-worthy beach couples shoot in Jamaica?

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Elle and Evie | Plover Wisconsin Lifestyle Photographer

I met Julz several years ago as I was preparing for my final year working with some awesome young women - who will be juniors in college next year - before the big move to Nashville. Julz provided the perfect balance to our small group and it was reassuring to know that I was leaving my youth group girls with an incredible mentor and an awesome friend.

Now, Julz and her husband Steve are the proud parents of my favorite 3-year-old twin girls, Gabrielle and Evangeline. I got to spend a whole afternoon with these little munchkins as they danced around the living room and played with Mommy's makeup brushes. Elle and Evie never cease to amaze me as their distinct personalities blossom. They're so sweet to each other and you can't help but feel joyful around them.


The morning rain stopped  just long enough for us to head outside in matching Hello, Kitty gear. Them, not me. Playtime is just that much more fun when you're wearing pink. It's true.


Then it was time for a little popcorn, The Princess and the Frog and some Easter egg decorating. Yes, I agree. What a perfect way to spend the day.

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Katie | Stevens Point Wisconsin Portrait Photographer

Sweet Katie. As I sat across the table from my friend after her mini-session, I couldn't help but notice how animated she was as she told me about her plans for the future, her dreams; her voice filled with excitement and her heart overflowing with passion. Katie and I have been friends for years, brought together by a love for all things music, but it was easy to see that something was different about her. 

This past year or so in Katie's life has been spent on self-discovery, building confidence and falling in love. Discovering who she is and who she wants to be. Finding assurance in her growing talent. Loving every moment opera has played in her life. And it shows. There are some incredible opportunities and changes happening in Katie's life right now. There's no doubt that big things are in store for this pretty girl.  

Can't wait to hear all about the journey, Katie!

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Ady | Stevens Point Wisconsin Baby Photographer

Meet Miss Adelyn. She's got the sweetest smile and the cutest little mohawk. I had a chance to photograph Ady and her parents, Alyssa and Joel, on my latest trip up to Wisconsin a couple of weeks ago. One of the things I miss most about living there is all the people I love so dearly, especially since everyone's off getting married and having babies. You know, the important stuff. 

It's been almost four months since Ady's newborn photos arrived in my inbox. My, how she's grown. This time, I got to see her in person. To hold her. Make silly faces at her. Fall in love with her. I couldn't believe how laid back she was. She seemed to love being in front of the camera - she even gave me one of her signature pouts before she was all smiles again.

Whenever I can tear my eyes away from the adorable baby I'm photographing, I sincerely enjoy watching the parents. To hear Lyss talk about how much joy a tiny baby has brought to her life or the fulfillment she gets from being blessed enough to be a stay-at-home mom...to see Joel as a proud father, ready to protect his little girl, but at the same time, gentle and doting...this is what it's all about. Being honored enough to share in peoples' best moments. Understanding who they are. How they live. How they love.

Joel and Lyss, you have yourselves an incredible baby girl. She is so blessed to have you as parents and many aunts, uncles and grandparents around to spoil her!

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