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cake smash fun [one year old cake smash session] | Nashville Franklin Green Hills Cake Smash Studio Baby Photography

It doesn’t matter if they step in cake, stuff their face, refuse to touch the icing or cry, capturing a one year old with their first birthday cake is always a memorable experience!

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updating your look [professional headshot] | Nashville Brentwood Professional Headshot Head Shot Studio Outdoor Photographer

This month is National Headshot Month.  Ok, so I made that up, but by the end of the month I will have shot nearly 30 headshots for a variety of professional needs.  Yoga instructors, Real Estate brokers, an author, attorney, guest speakers and models.  The needs vary from client to client, from relaxed, casual, fun images, to professional but approachable natural light based or studio light based images.  I’ve been outdoor and indoor this month and am grateful to have the studio and surrounding area to handle a variety of requests.  Individuals, small businesses and large businesses alike.  You can come to the studio or I can arrange to do the headshots at your office.

What makes a great headshot?  Complimentary clothing (colors great for your skin tone, smooth lines and something of interest like a tie, scarf or necklace, in fabrics that are not likely to wrinkle,) a fresh haircut (not too fresh, for best results get a trim 7-10 days before your session,) and for the gentlemen a close shave and for the ladies, a professional application of makeup (getting your hair styled is great, too!)   You might think it isn’t necessary to get your makeup and hair professionally done, but I will tell you that it looks better on camera and you’ll feel more confident and attractive after a professional hair and makeup session!  You can have your hair & makeup artist meet us at the studio or arrive already styled.  I can even provide names of hair & makeup artists if you don’t already know of one.  Yes, it is an additional expense that you could skip but the look that exudes from you when you are feeling and looking your best is priceless.  And chances are you’ll be using this image in some marketing capacity, whether to promote yourself, your business or your book/product.  Don’t you want people to see your best you?

Along with looking your best, I coach you to be as relaxed and comfortable as possible and provide flattering posing instruction.  Once the images are taken, I use some light Photoshop editing to subtly enhance your best features and downplay the ‘tricky’ spots.  We all have them!

The final product is a gallery of images that allows you to select your favorite, though I can’t promise the choice will be easy!  My current headshot package provides for 3 digital files with your session, so you don’t have to choose just one!

Mary Cady arrived on location having professional makeup applied sporting a great Spring look.  She’ll be speaking at a few events in the upcoming weeks and wanted a new head shot to give to the promoters.  She chose a location that was near to her heart and we were able to capture exactly what she was looking for in a matter of minutes!

Her gallery provided her with these images:

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Which did she ultimately choose for her upcoming speaking engagements?  Take a look:

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Here are a few of the different looks captured this month from those who didn’t mind sharing…

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To see a gallery of some of my headshot work, go to or click here

When was the last time you updated your look?  Does it still look like you?  Contact me to book your headshot session today.

parting shot of the lovely and talented Tesha Davis:

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here comes peter cottontail [easter mini session] | Nashville Brentwood Franklin Easter Mini Session Photography

There is nothing more adorable than a little boy dressed up in his finest Spring attire looking like a boy twice his age.  Two year old Will was no exception.  His Simple mini session captured his adorable personality and infectious smile with ease.

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Indoors or out, mini sessions are available to capture your children for Easter, Spring, or simply because.  Contact me to book yours today.  Mini session packages start at $200.

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happy valentine’s day | Nashville Child Family Couple Portrait Photography Studio

whether today finds you just starting out…

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in love with someone a bit younger…

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or comfortably celebrating your 51st valentine’s day together…

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we are family [cousins] | Nashville Franklin Family Studio Kids Photography

what’s cuter than a family’s kids?  all the kids in the EXTENDED family!  These ridiculously adorable kiddos are all cousins.  And this was a surprise gift for Grandma.  I saw their Grandma last week and she shared with me how much she cherishes this canvas that now hangs in a prominent place in her home.  In fact, she said she’s considering moving it because she stops and stares at these beautiful faces EVERY TIME she walks by.   She said she hasn’t gotten anything done at home all month!

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Want to stop a family member in their tracks every day?  Give them the gift that you know they will cherish.  Studio sessions available.


hudson [sneak peek] | Nashville Newborn Studio Baby First Year Photography

meet 5 day old Hudson, the newest baby planner of 2014 for karenhalbert photography.

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welcome to the world, Hudson!  You are already so very loved.

Home Sales Images | Nashville Franklin Brentwood Home Realty Interior Exterior Images

New for 2014, I was asked to photograph a client’s home as they prepare to place their home on the market.  I was excited to be able to collaborate with my client to be sure the images represent her home in the best “light.”

On a dreary January day, the sky opened up with white, puffy clouds and a gorgeous blue backdrop for all of 10 minutes that morning.  Lucky?  You bet!  It looks like we ordered it just for our session (or photoshopped it, which I didn’t!)

Thinking of selling your home?  Call your favorite photographer.  Get 25 professional images for your home from php and attract buyers quickly!

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If this Franklin home looks like the perfect place for your family, give me a call.  I can hook you up with this sweet family and this gorgeous home!

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Happy New Year! A look back at 2013…Nashville Franklin Brentwood Family Baby Child Newborn Studio Photography

Happy New Year!!!!    Before we get too far into all the magic and newness of 2014, lets take a moment to look back at some of the great moments at khp in 2013…

Thank you for making this year, and the 4 years prior, such a success!  I couldn’t do it without you!

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merry christmas to you and yours 2013 | Nashville Brentwood Franklin Studio Family Child Photography

Merry Christmas to you from me and my family.  May you hold each other close and remember the reason for the season.  See you in 2014!

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taking time to stop and give thanks [thanksgiving 2013] | holiday hours Nashville Family Child Photography

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