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Nashville TN Photographer | The Empowering Project

Senior Week—Claudia

Happy back to school, everybody! Iddy and Oscar’s and my Empowering Project is going strong. What is your advice to empower your younger self? Go to this link to answer that question for us, and also enter to win some super great prizes, including a senior mini session and a some Volcano scented goodies.

Go to the link HERE

Sunless tan glows by @quicktansunless, Quick Wash Laundry here in Lebanon was gracious enough to let us have a session in their laundromat.

Check out Iddy and Oscar’s HERE

Meet Claudia, a senior at Lebanon High School. When we asked her what her advice to her younger self was, here is what she said, “Chill out, don’t worry, everyone has gone through things, and others will understand.” The person who has empowered her through life is her mom. “The female that has made the biggest impact in my life would definitely have to be my mom. She is one of the most kind hearted people i’ve ever met, and that has always paid off for everything she’s been through. She is also very hard working and I look up to her for this reason because she has always been there for everything that i’ve ever needed even if she had to put herself second. She’s taught me so much, but one of the most important things is RESPECT, and one day I would love to have a family and give and teach my kids what my mom was able to give and teach to me. I will never stop learning from her!” Her mom sounds awesome. Have a great senior year, Claudia, and continue to empower other students with your words. Scroll for a look at her pictures. I love the crown!

Nashville TN Photographer | The Empowering Project

Senior Week—-Devin

Y’all, it’s the first full week of school Shout out to all the seniors for making it this far! Keep your head up, make good grades, work hard, and be kind. Iddy and Oscar’s and my Empowering Project is going strong. What is your advice to empower your younger self? Go to the link to answer that question for us, and also enter to win some super great prizes, including a senior mini session and a some Volcano scented goodies.

Go to the link HERE

Sunless tan by @quicktansunless, Quick Wash Laundry here in Lebanon was gracious enough to let us have a session in their laundromat.

Check out Iddy and Oscar’s HERE

Meet Devin, a senior at Lebanon High School. This one has a special place in my heart because I taught her in the first grade. Her little face looks exactly the same. :) I can’t believe she is this old. I can’t wait to see what her future holds. We asked Devin what advice she would give to her younger self to empower her, and she said, “I would tell my younger self to always be confident. Get out and enjoy high school. Don’t care what anyone else thinks. Join thing, get involved, dress up for the pep rallies!”

Devin also said that the woman in her life who empowered her the most is Joy Pine! Our sweet friend from Iddy and Oscar’s. I would totally agree, Devin. Also her friend, Meghan. Here’s what she had to say, “I think the first female that has inspired me was Joy Enzfelder. When I was younger my mother and I would talk about Joy's journey thru her mission work and Miracle Power. She inspired me at that point in my life to see the world in a different view and I knew that I wanted to be able to make a difference in some way, somehow. I ended up collecting change for a change and Joy was able to purchase a goat at Miracle Power. Today, I still hope that this had a great impact in some child’s life. Without Joy being an inspiration, I'm not quite sure that I would have some of the aspirations that I do. That brings me to Meghan, the woman who as of today probably has made the biggest impact of my life. I met Meghan through my mom when they worked in the hospital together. From the first day I met Meghan she caught my attention with her kindness toward others, the way she views things in a positive ways, her love for the Lord, the medical mission work she does, her fearless heart, courage and ambition to fulfill a dream to work at St. Judes to work with children. I can totally see myself walking in her shoes and she is someone that I inspire to be like.” Devin will be great at anything she chooses to do. Let her give you some kind words when you see her at school.

Nashville TN Photographer | The Empowering Project

Senior Week—-Allison

Like it or not, all the school is happening! If you’re a senior be sure to make this your best year yet. You’re about to go on to your future! Iddy and Oscar’s and my Empowering Project is going strong. What is your advice to empower your younger self? Go to the link to answer that question for us, and also enter to win some super great prizes, including a senior mini session and a some Volcano scented goodies.

Go to the link HERE

Sunless tan by @quicktansunless, Quick Wash Laundry here in Lebanon was gracious enough to let us have a session in their laundromat.

Check out Iddy and Oscar’s HERE

Meet Allison! She is one of the most free, confident girls I know. We asked her what she would say to her younger self to empower her, and she said, “I would tell her to wear anything she wants, go to anything she wants, don’t care what anyone else thinks. Make all the noise, sing all the songs, dance in public because life is too short!! The inner you is just as good as the outer you. Shine! Show everyone else how good you are.” I need this advice. All the people need this advice. Way to go, Allison. I love it!

We also asked Allison who has empowered her over her lifetime. This is what she said, “I love this, as a strong believer in women empowerment myself! My grandmother! She taught me not to care what anyone thinks about me, how to always take advantage of any dress up opportunity, my manners, how to make a cheesecake, never go anywhere empty handed, how to charm and make people laugh. she taught me it’s always okay to be the only one dancing or singing as long are you are having fun. She is the one that has made me the hippie child i am today. She has incredible strength and charisma to show me to take on the world one step at a time. I would love to be able to show young girls how to show the world that they are here to make a difference! Every girl has a fire inside them that needs to kindled to glow! I want show every girl she is beautifully made inside and out! I love to work with young girls to empower them and break them out of their shells and let them know it’s okay to be their true self.” Wow! That is all I have to say about that. If you see Allison in the halls at Oakland High School, she’ll give you a smile and some encouraging words. So proud of this girl for letting her light shine.

Wilson County Photographer | Wilson County Fair Mini Sessions

WILSON CO. FAIR MINI SESSIONS—Week of Aug 16-24

 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 about 30 minutes with me.  Yes, there are so many colors, people, and craziness! 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 your family, seniors, or best friends!   You will get to see a gallery of retouched images, and you'll get to pick 15 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 15 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 of my all-time favorites through the years.

 

Call me!   615-943-8828

Email me! cgraviss68@bellsouth.net 

 

https://www.wilsoncountyfair.net/

Nashville TN Photographer | The Empowering Project

Senior Week—-Aniston

“God has a plan for you, and he will lead you wherever he wants you to go.” This is Aniston’s advice to her younger self. No matter how bumpy the road is, it will smooth out. Have faith. I love this.

Aniston is a senior at Lebanon High School. The person who has empowered her is her mom. through the hard times, she has been the glue that has held their family together. Aniston says her mom is super caring and is sort of a hippie! :) She wants to make her mom proud by “bettering myself and making myself one with god more. I hope to be as strong and courageous as my mother is.” Her mom is lucky to have her as a daughter. Sweet Aniston! I hope your senior year is the best yet.

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Iddy and Oscar’s and my Empowering Project is going strong. What is your advice to empower your younger self? Go to this link to answer that question for us, and also enter to win some super great prizes, including a senior mini session.

Go to the link HERE

Sunless tan by @quicktansunless, Quick Wash Laundry here in Lebanon was gracious enough to let us have a session in their laundromat.

Nashville TN Photographer | The Empowering Project

It’s Senior Week and We Want to Empower You!

Seriously. Iddy and Oscar’s and I have paired again for The Empowering Project! Keep reading for a chance to win some awesome prizes, and learn about our project to empower girls and women just like yourself.

We are kicking off “back to School” week with our empowering project to remind you that you are enough! We photographed and interviewed 7 high school seniors to empower you with words of advice. The question they answered is “If you could tell your younger self one thing to empower her, what would it be?” Stay tuned on Instagram and see the answers on our stories this week. @heathergraviss.photography Also @iddyandoscars. I hope their words stick with you, and help you to reflect on what you can do to empower yourself and others.

NOW for the prizes! Do you want to win a Senior Mini Session from Heather Graviss Photography or a Volcano scented bath bomb and hand wash from Iddy and Oscar’s? I know you do. follow us on Instagram, reply to, and share our posts. Then go to this link to share your empowering words and enter our contest: Click Here!!!

The link to Iddy and Oscar’s Give Back Boutique is HERE .

We decided to take our seniors to Quick Wash Laundry in Lebanon, tn for this session, and I’m so glad we did! So fun! I’ve always wanted to do a Laundromat shoot. We also stopped by the Mural, Let Love Fly, outside of Iddy and Oscar’s, painted by Abby Head. Hair and makeup done by the girls, and spray tans by @quicktansunless. Thanks, girl! They look awesome.

Please, please don’t forget to enter to win!

Nashville Photographer | Circle S Farms

Emily | Class of 2019 | Lebanon High School

When Emily contacted me to take her senior pictures, it was bittersweet because she is the same age as my daughter. I can’t believe it’s already time. This class of 2019 has a special place with me. It is so weird to see this girl and the rest of these seniors as adults, but that’s what they are! I know Emily will be successful in whatever she does, which will be taking care of animals. We went over to her farm and found some really great spots for her pictures. The truck was the highlight! If you don’t know about Circle S Farms here in Lebanon, you need to check them out. You can get all kinds of fruit, and even get married there! It’s awesome. Click HERE for info.

Nashville TN Photographer | Sinking Creek Farm

Angelica’s Sunflowers

Meet Angelica, class of 2020. She contacted me about being one of my senior models (those pics are coming soon!), and she wanted to do these pictures in the sunflower field. Gorgeous! It was so hot this day, but she carried on, even doing some gymnastics in the flower rows. This is an amazing place for a session located in Murfreesboro. If you’re interested in doing a mini session this week (7/14), click HERE for more information. I can’t wait to show you more of Angelica during senior week in a couple of weeks! Scroll to see more of this sweet girl.

For more information about Sinking Creek Farm, click HERE

Nashville TN Photographer | Fiddler's Grove Wedding

Madison + Justin

Congratulations, Madison and Justin! This little wedding was just perfect. Beautiful bride, beautiful day..it rained a little, but that’s good luck, right? Madison and Justin tied the knot in Fiddler’s Grove in the rustic Melrose Church. It was packed with friends and family, who were all ready to see these two start their lives together. Scroll to see the details of this sweet wedding.

Middle TN Photographer | Cedars of Lebanon State Park

Spring Session

These sweeties were so excited about this rabbit! Summer is almost here, so I thought I’d better blog this spring session. I’ve been photographing these three since forever, and love watching them get bigger. They are always so fun and energetic! Scroll down to see some cuties in action.

Nashville Photographer | Castle Heights Lebanon, TN

Graduate

Meet Jade. Class of 2019. So excited for her! I can’t believe it’s time already. This sweet girl had her cap and gown pictures done at The Mitchell House on Castle Heights campus during my cap and gown minis. We always have a great time. I’m glad she came, and I can’t say enough how important it is to get these pictures done at a time when it’s not so crazy! Graduation day is exciting and hectic, and sometimes it’s even hard to find your grad! She’s planning on getting her degree to be an investigative crime scene superhero (I’m sure that’s not the correct term, but it sounds fun and important). You’re going to do great, Jade! We’ll do this again when you graduate from college! :)

Nashville, TN Photographer | Graduation Sessions

Cap and Gown Mini Sessions

Did you like your cap and gown picture? Maybe you just want some fun, casual shots. This was awesome. I’m so excited to start offering these each year. Graduates, it doesn’t matter what school you go to. Come on out for a few minutes of fun and have a few pictures made before your big day. I know graduation day is super busy, so this is something you can get done ahead of time.

Just meet me Saturday, May 18th, and we’ll take a few pictures. It won’t take long. You’ll get 3 digital files that you can print up to 8x10. Easy and done. Your parents won’t have to stress about it. Cost is $50. That’s it. When you book, I’ll get you the time and place information. Class of 2019!!!

Copy of Lebanon, TN Photographer | Cedars of Lebanon State Park

Spring Portraits

Aw, I love these every year. And I found a barn that I didn’t know was there! Bonus. I love this girl so much. I have been taking her pictures for years, and I even had her in school. I know she’s going to bring her sunglasses and take our annual sassy sunglasses picture, and do everything I ask of her. I always overshoot her session because she is so much fun. Look at that twirly dress. I can’t believe how she is growing. She reminds me of spring! Take a look at her sweet pictures.

Nashville TN Photographer | Cedars of Lebanon

Class of 2019

Meet Caleb. Class of 2019! This guy’s ready to graduate from Mt. Juliet Christian Academy. At school, you’ll see him in the drama department. His session was fun and laid back at Cedars of Lebanon State Park. He’s a cool kid. I can’t wait to see him on TV in the future because it will be that or the movies. :)

Scroll down to see pics from his session with the family.

Nashville Tn Photographer | Watertown, TN

Justin and Madison’s Engagement

Justin and Madison, I cannot wait for your wedding in a few weeks. This engagement session was magical. I can’t get over the views on this Watertown hill. So glad you picked me to be your photographer. It doesn’t seem that long ago that I was taking your senior pictures, and now you’re a bride. Anyone who keeps up with my website, this girl is on the front page with her horse. Stay tuned for these wedding pictures. Come back and see more love. This day was full of it.

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 | Fiddler's Grove

Reagan

I loved this session! The only way to describe Reagan is spunky. Don’t you love that word? She always has a smile on her face, and she is just a ball of energy. …And she’s cute, too. Softball is her thing, and I was too happy when she came with her bat and ball. It’s not the only sport she can play, but apparently it’s the most important to her. She’s pretty and tough all at once (inside and out. That’s so important!). She’s kind, and her energy is contagious. She can be anything she wants. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for this one.

THIS is a great link to discover more about Fiddler’s Grove and Wilson County.

Nashville Wedding Photographer | Nashville, TN

Josh + Kayleigh

Save the date, August 31, 2019! These two. Just meant for each other. I have known Kayleigh for a long time, and I’m so happy that she and Josh have chosen each other. Here’s what I love: they are so totally comfortable with each other, it’s so obvious they are in love. They did their own thing in front of the camera like I wasn’t even there. AND they’re fun.

Downtown Nashville is where they got engaged, so we went to Bakersfield and reenacted. Everyone was so nice and wondered what we were doing. When the employees realized they had gotten engaged there, they produced a big gift card for Josh and Kayleigh. Y’all have to check this place out here! It was great, and I hear the food is pretty good, too. ;)

We walked around ALL over the place and took many, many pictures as I got to know Josh and Kayleigh a little more. They have a great story about how they met and first started dating. Let’s just say, of course, Josh got the girl. Thank you, guys, for choosing me to photograph your day. I know they can’t wait to start their new life together, but it seems they already have.

Nashville TN Wedding Photographer | Circle S Farms

Macey and Andrew 10/27/18

This was one of the sweetest weddings around. There was so much love, family, friends, and not a dry eye; many, many happy tears. These two got hitched at Circle S Farms in Lebanon, so beautiful and peaceful. From getting ready to the sparkler exit, it was a perfect day! Be sure to scroll to see the father-daughter first look, and don’t forget the kiss!

To see more of this venue, 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.