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Lebanon Tn Photographer | Wilson County Fair

Sweet Siblings at the Fair

Look at these colors. These three are so cute. Little sis will smile…sometimes. Haha. They did great, and I’m so glad they came out. The Wilson County Fair is always a fun place to be. See you next year!

Nashville, TN photographer | Long Hunter State Park

The Bundy Family

This family. Look how they love each other. Even the guys who didn’t want to be there were good sports! I’m not mentioning any names. :). Seriously, they will cherish these pictures with the extended family. Look at those smiles; you can’t even tell it was cold. And flooded! This was right after all the rain we had in Nashville and Long Hunter State Park was covered with water. We found a good spot and stayed there! It looks beautiful. So glad we did this, Bundy family!

To learn more about Long Hunter State Park, click HERE

Nashville TN Photographer | Circle S Tree Farm

Christmas Time

Now that everyone has sent Christmas cards and spent time with family and friends, it’s safe to post these tree farm Christmas minis. We went out to Circle S Farms here in Lebanon and had a blast in the pine trees. I love meeting with these families and then getting Christmas cards with my pictures! So fun and rewarding. Until next year!

Circle S Farms is an awesome place for for taking family pictures and weddings. It’s beautiful! In the picking season, they also have strawberry patch that residents of Wilson County love.

Check them out here.

Lebanon TN Family Photographer | Major Family

An Extended Family Session

 

Meet the Majors.  I have known these guys for a long time.  Bonnie comes from a whole family of teachers, just like me!  They are the most down to earth, sweetest people you'll ever meet.  The boys are into their farm, sports, outdoor activities, driving the gator (!), you name it.  The rest of the extended family joined us toward the end of our session.  It was a feat to get all the cousins to smile, but we did it with the help of everyone.  I saw some silly stuff!  Haha, it was a great day for pictures.  I had so much fun!

How difficult is it to start a farm?  Read here to find out.

Lebanon TN Photographer | Pageant Headshots

Mattie is in the Miss TN Teen Pageant!!

   Congratulations, Mattie!  I'm so excited that you have been chosen.  Thank you for asking me to do your headshots for the pageant; I think it's one of my new favorite things to shoot. Miss Lebanon Teen USA is a Sophomore at Watertown High School.  This pageant will be in October, and she needs some sponsors! If you're interested definitely get in touch.  I'm happy to be one of them.  Please scroll down to see all of her beautiful headshots.  This girl is gonna win all the pageants.  :)

Here's the website to Miss Teen USA if you'd like to learn more...

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Lebanon Tn Photographer | On the Square

Kayla's 13!

      So I have been taking Kayla's yearly pictures for a couple of years now, and I'm so glad she found me to do it!  I love those tween years before real life sets in.  Kayla is one of the most confident, happy girls I've met yet...and so cute, too!  She's into dance and her friends.  The funny thing is we have the same size feet!  Haha, I won't tell you what that is, but it makes me smile 'cuz we're both kinda on the short side.  Love it, Kayla!  We went down to the Lebanon square to do her photo session.  We always have the best time, and she is gorgeous.  Scroll down to see some of her smiling and laughing. Those are the ones I like best, although she's pretty great in all of them.

 

 

Feel like your tween needs a little happiness?  Click here for an article with some great tips.

Nashville Photography | Christmas Mini Sessions Lebanon, tn

Cedars of Lebanon | Flory

 

   Oh, my stars!  These two are so cute.  Santa will have a hard time not giving them everything on their lists.  And the twirly, swirly dress Mary has on is so fun!  We had the best time taking pictures at Cedars of Lebanon with the trees and leaves.  It was the perfect backdrop.  They listened to ALL my directions and were so good.  I've watched them grow up, and I think their family is so blessed!  Scroll down to take a look at the full Christmas mini session with them.

 

 

Need to visit Cedars of Lebanon?  It's a great place

http://tnstateparks.com/parks/about/cedars-of-lebanon

Nashville Senior Portraits | Lebanon TN Square

Page High School | Darby

         Meet Darby! Class of 2018.  Page High School is lucky to have this senior.  She's also a girl after my own heart because she loves PHOTOGRAPHY!  I absolutely love the picture with her camera (scroll down; I know you want to see it).  I've known Darby's mom since college, and I'm glad to know she has three awesome kids (just like me!).  Of course, they had to have a few pictures, too.  Bring 'em on, I say.  We had a great time at the Lebanon square taking these pictures.  I love the way Darby was a natural in front of the camera, and it shows.  She is so confident.  It's good to see girls who feel good about themselves.  Keep it up, Darby!  You are fun, smart, gorgeous person!

 

Lebanon, TN Photographer | Family Farm Portraits

The Miller Family Farm

    I have known the Millers for a while.  It seems like every part of each of our families has teachers in it.  I do love going out to their Lebanon, tn family farm to take pictures.  It makes me want some farmland, but I don't know if I could deal with the all the extra work!  Miss Sassy loved having her pictures taken this time.  She actually found several of the best spots.  Calhoun didn't want any part of it, as you can see if you'll scroll down.  Hilarious!  Both kids did great anyway, and I always have some funny ones to show them.  Until next time! Enjoy!

Nashville Senior Portraits | Lebanon, TN

Lebanon High School Senior | Allie

 

      Meet Allie.  Class of 2018.  Here's what I love:  She's not just a pretty face!  I love it when girls play sports.  I love it when I get to go to the place where seniors actually play their sport and take pictures in the 'natural habitat'.  Allie and I went to downtown Lebanon, then to LHS right at sunset to take her track pictures.  She came with some ideas of her own, too (the shoe pile), and it was awesome. thanks, Allie, for the fun session, and I can't wait to see what happens next in your journey!

 

 

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Nashville Middle Tn Family Photographer | Fall Mini Sessions

Fall Minis Oct, 28th

    It's that time again!  I feel like I just did Fall Minis.  We have so much fun on this day.  I love fall.

     These minis are discounted in every way.  I'm reserving 6 appointments on Oct. 28th in the afternoon.  I love getting that golden late-day sunshine.  Location is to be announced, so be looking for that information a little later.

            These exclusive sessions are $250 for up to three people.  Your session fee is waived, and 10 digital files are included in that.  With these files you get unlimited printing rights up to 8x10 size.  I'll spend about 20 minutes with you capturing anywhere from 20-40 images for you to choose from.  

        To reserve your appointment contact me through my website, email, text, or call.  You can also comment on this post.  Looking forward to hearing from you.  Scroll down for favorites from the past few years.

615-943-8828

cgraviss68@bellsouth.net

 

 

 

Nashville Middle TN Family Photographer | Pageant Days

Wilson County Fair Pageants

 

   I saw so many cute, handsome, pretty boys and girls in the pageants this past week, and had the privilege of photographing a lot of them.  Here are a few that came to me at my booth at the Wilson County Fair.  Thanks, y'all!

Nashville Middle tn Photographer | Wilson County Fair Mini Sessions

Wilson County Fair Mini Sessions | August 18-26, 2017

 

   I can't believe it's time again for Fair Sessions.  These are some of my favorites because they're so happy!  If you need some color on your walls, these minis are for you.

   Here are the details:  You will meet me at the fair, and have 20 minutes with me.  Yes, there are so many colors, people, and crazyiness!  It's awesome.  We act silly.  Your kids are already smiling because they're at the FAIR.  ...and it doesn't have to be kids.  It can be whomever you want! Each session is for up to 3 people.  Each extra person is $10.  You will get to see a gallery of retouched images, and you'll get to pick 10 to take home with you on a flashdrive, with unlimited printing up to 8x10.  Total cost is $250, so your regular session fee is waved.  It's also a discount on the 10 digital images.  AND you get the option to purchase any other product/digitals for 10% off regular pricing.

    Contact me now, so you'll get your spot.  Since it's only going on one week, and the most beautiful time for pictures is late afternoon, the appointments are limited. Just go to my 'contact' session here on my website, call me, or email me.  Can't wait to book your spot and see you at the Wilson County Fair!  

Keep scrolling to see some more fun pics.

 

Call me!   615-943-8828

Email me! cgraviss68@bellsouth.net 

 

https://www.wilsoncountyfair.net/

 

 

Nashville Middle Tn Teen Photographer | Sunflower Field Murfreesboro, TN

Blooming Sunflowers

 

   I cannot believe I've missed this for the past couple of years!  Batey Farms in Murfreesboro, tn has the most beautiful sunflowers.  I used to do mini sessions every summer until I had no field anymore.  Hallelujah, now I've found another one!  

       SO thank you to these three for coming out at the last minute, because that's how I roll apparently.  They have grown so much since the last time I photographed them at the Wilson County Fair.  I loved the way they grabbed each other's hands when I asked them to.  Sort of like they are friends as well as siblings.  You weren't pretending about that, right y'all?  haha.  I definitely know how that is with my three.  It was hot as blazes this night, but they did great.  I love when teenagers do exactly as I say without any lip.  Not quite used to it!  Seriously Jillian, Riley, and Grant, these turned out fabulous.  Thanks for helping me out with my picture-taking obsession.

         Anyone who is ever in Murfreesboro, check out Batey Farms.  Not only do they have gobs and gobs of sunflowers, they have fresh picked tomatoes, corn, jams, and even really good peach ice cream.  Lucy and I tried it.  Scroll down to see the pictures, and next year YOU come on out.

 

 

Nashville Middle TN family | Baby Olivia

A Sweet Start

 

    Time goes by so fast.  This sweet girl is 4 months old now.  She's so much like her sister, it's funny.  We took these newborn pictures at her great grandmother's house; you'll see her near the bottom of the gallery.  I love the multi-generational photos.  They will be SO glad they have them, even though big sister is hanging upside down in that first one.  Haaaa!  I am so glad I get to watch Olivia grow.  Next time she will be ready for her 6 month pictures.  I told you time flies!

Nashville Middle TN Senior | Brittney

McGavock High School Senior 2017

      I was so thrilled when Brittney showed up  to get her pictures taken.  I didn't know her, but I did know that she just moved here and that she went to my alma mater, McGavock!  Of course, she had NONE of my teachers because, well, I'm old.

     I would describe her as a little edgy, a little pretty, and very sweet.  I think those all those are compliments.  I'm a big believer in being your own person, which Brittney certainly is.  She definitely wasn't afraid of getting in to the water, as you can see from the creek pictures.  We won't mention the slimy bottom of the creekbed...AND we didn't see any snakes.  Definitely a plus.   I can tell she's a also a little adventurous and brave.  My kind of girl. 

     We actually went to Don Fox Park here in Lebanon for our session.  If you know this place, You totally need to walk back to the creek.  I bet half of us have never been there. It's so surprisingly pretty late in the day when the sun is going down.  So glad Brittney mentioned a creek for her senior session.  She makes the scenery that much better, too!  It was an awesome session.

           

   

Nashville Middle TN Family | Mitchell House

Sweet Siblings

    I have been taking pictures of these three for ages, it seems (well, not AGES because they're still little).  I love watching how they're family grows and changes.  Sister has been recently added.  :)  

    The best thing about these photo sessions is that all three kids are always energetic and happy...to the exasperation of their parents sometimes.  I keep saying  that they'll miss the crazy life with three little ones someday.  Seriously!  I have just now started realizing it, even though people have been telling me for years.  One day I woke up and my littlest was 10.  

   One thing I noticed this time was that Everhett, big brother, was all of the sudden super into the pictures.  He was so helpful in trying to find good spots.  Also while the other two were laughing and...running, I would look over and he would just be sitting and smiling.  It made me laugh.  So fun to watch and remember.  

        The Mitchell House, where we took these, is a historic part of Lebanon.  In 1936, the home was purchased by Castle Heights Military Academy, at which time the home began fifty years as the Junior School and living quarters for boarding students. Long before that, though, the owner sold it to his children for ONE dollar!  It's funny the stuff you find online.  Anywho, now it's a great place for pictures.  You should definitely check it out.  Lots of history. 

http://www.mitchellhouse.org/

    I hope to be taking pictures of this family for a long time.  These three balance even though each is different. We always have some laughs and some exercise, haha!  I love how I can always see their personalities in each picture.

Nashville Middle tn Teen | Lucy

Lucy's 16

    First off, I know everybody tells you your kids grow up too fast.  People, it's really true.  You don't REALLY think about it until it happens.  I can't believe how fast 16 years have gone by.  As Lucy says, "Mom, it could be way worse." ...this is so true.  I'm very thankful for what a good kid she is.  I just sometimes have to overlook the eye rolling.

    So we tried to go to all of her favorite places for her 16-year-old session. Of course we had to start with Starbucks. Isn't that every teenager's (and 45 year old's) favorite place?  I have to admit I love it, too.  I don't know what the employee's there thought of us with the big camera, but we had a great time acting goofy; trying to be inconspicuous.

     Next stop was downtown Lebanon.  Once again, we were probably in a place that was a little off limits, but hey, we are adventurous.  I always pass the place where the creek is dried up under the bridge and wonder what kind of light is over there.  Now I know thanks to my guinea pig, Lucy.   We did it, and it was all legal, so now I have a new place to take pics!  ;)  We did go to the normal places down there, too.  

         Our last stop was our church.  We literally ran around that place, as you can see from the pic.  What a goofball. That's my L.  Hopefully this year won't go by as fast as the last 16, but I'm thinking that's just not gonna happen.  I'm too proud of who my girl is becoming, and even though it's a little sad, I'm looking forward to knowing where she'll go and who she'll be.

Oh, and here's a link to her favorite drink.

iced caramel macchiato

Nashville Middle TN | Maternity Session

Kristin's Second

    Aw, isn't she so cute?  I had the pleasure of photographing Kristin with her first child, and I'm super happy she asked me to do it again.  Another boy!  She and Brandon are IN FOR IT!  Haha, just kidding (sort of).  Boys are definitely special.  Can't wait to meet this little one and take his newborn pictures in August.  She has to brave the rest of this summer, but it will be so worth it in the end!

       This spot was in Kristin's sister's backyard.  How lucky is she?  Last time this creek was pretty deserted, but now there are beautiful houses on the land.

 

 

 

 

 

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