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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.

Lebanon, TN Photographer | Wilson County Fair

First of all, obviously this is a summer throwback. I just can’t resist catching up with my blogging with these two cuties. Photographing sisters at their best is awesome. I hope they get along this well at home, and always stay close. It was almost dark this night at the Wilson County Fair, which made all the colors so pretty. You girls are too cute, with equally beautiful personalities!

Click here for more info on the Wilson County Fair

Nashville Photographer | Senior Class of 2019

Jade

Meet Jade. Class of 2019. I’ve known this girl since she and my daughter were little. Such a sweet beauty! Now she’s off to college soon. Enjoy your senior year, but know these mamas can’t take it! Seriously, whatever she does she will be happy and successful. I know it. She is one of the kindest girls. That’s her reputation. She clogs, too, and she’s pretty great at it.

You can see her here at Dollywood. Pretty awesome…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wIiSOoWTm4

We were at Cedars of Lebanon State Park for these, and it was perfect.

Thanks, Jade for letting me take your senior pictures!

Lebanon, TN Photographer | Breast Cancer Awareness

Warriors

Oh, my goodness. These women. I can’t even begin to say how much I admire them, and want to honor them in this post. When Joy Pine from Iddy and Oscar’s told me her idea for this October photo shoot, I thought it was THE BEST idea ever…so we contacted these four warriors, and they jumped at the chance to share their stories to help others, even though it has been a hard, tough road. I’m sure it is sometimes difficult to open up and talk about something as scary as breast cancer when you are still fighting the fight. I am in awe at their bravery, kindness, and willingness to help others. Each of them has said that they would readily talk to anybody going through what they did and are. Reach out if you need a friend who knows the struggle. All four of them are brave, beautiful, and so, so awesome.

“The most important thing God has taught me through this is that this life we live here on earth is just labor pains…our eternity in heaven is worth every pain here on earth.” -April

“You come out with a testimony, the one chosen for you by a God who loves you with an everlasting love and will never leave your side.” -Debbie

“Enjoy every day. Live life to the fullest. I hope I can be an inspiration to just one person. God has a plan. He knows.” -Cindy

“Cancer does not discriminate. You are never too young for breast cancer. Being your own advocate is so important. ‘Do not be afraid. Just believe.’ Luke 8:50.” -Toni

Thank you to all that made this happen:

Iddy and Oscar’s Asante Masters Salon for hair and makeup

Nashville Senior Photographer | Fiddler's Grove

Brezeida—Class of 2019

How can this be? I’ve known Brezeida since she was little. Look what a beauty she has grown into! We started her session at Fiddler’s Grove here in Lebanon, and then we went to Lebanon High School where she plays softball. I tried to get her to look mean and tough, but she ended up just looking cute. Haha, not a bad problem to have. AND you do not understand how happy I got when she pulled out her prom dress for softball pictures!! Love this family. I can’t wait to see what happens in her future.

Nashville Photographer | Lebanon, TN

#theempoweringproject

 

This project to empower women in our community has exceeded my expectations!  Iddy and Oscars (on the square in Lebanon) and I have teamed up to empower women in our community the best way we know how, through our businesses.  It may be a small thing, but when I met the women who participated I realized it all starts with a few people being kind, strong, ambitious, gentle, and positive.  Each woman has shared her story and love with us.  Follow along this week on instagram #theempoweringproject to see what beauty they have shown. 

 

Also PLEASE stop by the store to purchase a t-shirt with these ladies' empowering words on it.  Proceeds go to help women in our community.

Clothing and Style: Iddy and Oscars----Website  

Hair: Trendz Salon & Boutique  (on fb)  

Makeup: The Beauty Room  (on fb)

 

 

Nashville Senior Photographer | Ariel

Wilson Central High School | Ariel

   This is Ariel.  She is a sophomore at Wilson Central High School.  Love that she wanted to assist in my senior model program!  She is into all kinds of things at school: Beta Club, National Youth Leadership Council, and cheer tryouts (good luck!).  She is athletic and has been cheering competitively for a while now.  Ariel will pursue a career in marine animal rescue and rehab.  I can't wait to see where her journey takes her.  That sounds so exciting!  Don't leave until you see her fabulous pictures.

  Also...

I am gifting some prizes (that you want) to some lucky high school students! Gift cards and good stuff, along with a grand prize of $50 to Starbucks! I know you're excited about that one.  Any high school student can register.

To register fill out this link, and if you share or tag a friend on social media, you'll get an extra entry.  Also please like/follow me on fb, Twitter, or Insta.  Thanks!!

Here's the link

Also if you book your senior portrait session this week (April 29-May 12th) you get $50 off collections!  

Nashville Senior Photographer | Matthew

Lebanon High School Sophomore | Matthew

 

Meet Matthew, a sophomore at LHS.  I was so glad to take his pictures during my senior promotion.  I took his pictures when he was younger, so it was time for him to get some more! Matthew is in marching band, and plays all kinds of saxophones and also piano.  He loves music and also soccer and video games.  Check out his pics!  

And if you haven't seen it yet...

I am gifting some prizes (that you want) to some lucky high school students! Gift cards and good stuff, along with a grand prize of $50 to Starbucks! I know you're excited about that one.  Any high school student can register.

To register fill out this link, and if you share or tag a friend on social media, you'll get an extra entry.  Also please like/follow me on fb, Twitter, or Insta.  Thanks!!

Here's the link

Also if you book your senior portrait session this week (April 29-May 5th) you get $50 off collections!  Crazy!  I love give-aways! 

Nashville Senior Photographer | Trinity

Lebanon High School Senior | Trinity

 

   I love this girl!  This is Trinity's feature for Senior Week.  She has modeled for me two years in a row because I just couldn't resist.  I've known her for a while because we go to church together.  She is definitely a person who is strong enough to show her individuality, and I think she is awesome.  Cats are her favorite, and you'll see her at MTSU in the fall.

And if you haven't seen it yet...

I am gifting some prizes (that you want) to some lucky high school students! Gift cards and good stuff, along with a grand prize of $50 to Starbucks! I know you're excited about that one.  Any high school student can register.

To register fill out this link, and if you share or tag a friend on social media, you'll get an extra entry.  Also please like/follow me on fb, Twitter, or Insta.  Thanks!!

 

Also if you book your senior portrait session this week (April 29-May 5th) you get $50 off collections!  Crazy!  I love give-aways!  Scroll down to see Trinity's session.  One of my favorite things about this is her red chucks.

Click here if YOU want some Chucks, too.

Check out THIS song called  "I'm In Love with a Girl Who Likes Jazz and Chuck Taylors".

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 | Christmas Mini Sessions

Christmas Minis

 

         These were so much fun this year!  We went to Cedars of Lebanon State Part and had the best time taking pictures.  There were several families that came.  Thank you to all of them!  Scroll down to see some of the cutest.

If you ever want to go take a hike, here's the Cedar Forest website:

 

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To see more of my Christmas pictures:

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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, Nashville TN | Family Photographer

Christmas Mini Sessions-Nov. 25th

   This is a last minute decision to have these this year because I just miss them.  Need Christmas cards?  Gift prints for family?  These are discounted pretty steep because...I wanted to!  There will be a Christmas set-up.  That's what these are for!  Yay, I love Christmas! (Location TBA)

     Session fee is $50.  There is a $75 minimum order.  These mini sessions are about 20 minutes long, and you'll have anywhere from 15-30 proofs to choose from. Email me at cgraviss68@bellsouth.net or text/call 615-943-8828.  Can't wait to see everybody there; scroll down for some faves from the last couple of years.

 

Nashville TN | Pictures with Santa

Santa is my favorite!

 

I know him!!!  Yes, that is my favorite scene.  BUT, yes, I really do know him!  The big guy will be here Dec. 2nd from 9:00-12:00.  I'm hoping we can get pictures outdoors, but I'm looking at the weather.  If not, he'll come to my house to meet your little.  I. cannot. wait.  

Your little elves will get to spend about 20 minutes with Santa.  Bring your lists!  Session fee is $25, and there are some great packages that I only offer with this session.  Now booking!  Contact me for more information, and scroll down to see some of my favorites from last year!  Pay attention to Santa's keys.  He tells his children that those are the keys to his heart...this guy!

 

 

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!

Watertown Engagement Portraits | Everlasting Pond

Jamie and Bo are getting married today!

 

   Today is the day! I just love a country outdoor wedding.  Jamie and Bo are getting married at The Everlasting Pond in Watertown.  I can't wait to see Jamie as a bride, and also get some more pictures of this venue with a wedding party...Woods, rock quarry, quaint little house for the bride and her people.  So, so pretty.  Here are some highlights from their engagement session.  Enjoy, and stay tuned for the wedding photos!  I can't wait.

 

 

https://www.facebook.com/TheEverlastingPond/

http://theeverlastingpond.com/

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 Tween Photographer | Wilson County Fair

Fair Mini Session | Winfree Family

       Meet the Winfrees. These guys were so fun.  Check out the "Kiss" picture!  I love Fair sessions.  The Wilson County Fair is one of the best, and I can always count on awesome vendors and rides to give me those fab colors in pictures.  We had good  weather this year for the most part, and I'm already looking forward to it next year!