For Current Clients Only
I've created this page to be a resource to you and aid in your upcoming session or the one that has already been completed. Below you'll find some FAQ and the most up-to-date answers that I've got.
What should I wear to my session?
I get lots of questions about what to wear to sessions. I would try to recreate all these tips I have but I've found this article to be extremely thorough.
My biggest pointers are:
- Don't wear vivid colors around the face.
- Wear transfer-proof lipstick.
- When it doubt, wear coordinating (not matching) neutrals for a very timeless look in your photos.
- Bring a backup outfit for everyone present (especially if there are children).
- Wear what you feel comfortable in. If you are uncomfortable, it will come across in photos.
- Wear makeup slightly heavier than you would, especially in cheek color and lip color. Do not put eyeliner on your lower eyelid, keep the under eye bright.
- If your clothing will wrinkle, wait to get dressed once you arrive and plan ahead for time.
How can I prepare my children for a session?
- POSITIVITY. I cannot stress enough how important it is to stay positive and upbeat the entire time before and during a session. Is your 2-year-old having a meltdown because you put their water in the wrong cup before leaving? It's fine. Today, let's just put it in the desired cup. Did you and your significant other have a disagreement while getting everyone ready? It's fine. Give a kiss and let's deal with it after the session. Kids are so intuitive about how parents are handling each other and them, so the happier you are, the happier your children will be. Discipline/threats/sharp glances should never occur during a session.
- BRIBERY. Ha! But, seriously. This isn't something desired by all families, but I do recommend it. Giving children who can understand a reward after the session really helps keep things smooth. Plan for a special treat or outing after our time is over.
- PREPARE THEM FOR WHAT WILL HAPPEN. Let them know that my name is Jennifer. I've got a puppy named Lucy, a kitty named Prim, two little girls, a little boy, and we have dance parties at our house. Let them know how excited I am to see them and that we are going to have so much fun together. Stay upbeat!
Where should I order prints?
Every session delivered from me comes with the option to order your photos directly from your digital album. I highly recommend it! It's directly linked to mpix.com, the website I recommend for all of my clients and the only website I use for my own personal photos. Of course you are free to do what you'd like with your photos, just promise me you won't send them to Target, Walgreens, Walmart, etc. Your photos are an investment, please treat the prints the same way!
What places do you normally shoot at?
Stones River Greenway
FREE—Located on the cusp of Donelson and Hermitage, the Stones River Greenway is ideal if we have rainy conditions as there is a large bridge to photograph under. **Note: there's a variety of scenery but a little challenging avoiding pedestrians.
ADDITIONAL COST—Located off of Lebanon Road in Mt Juliet, Iriswoods is an ideal location if you want a rustic, secluded location. It features an old barn, manicured trails with tall grass, the Iriswoods Cabin, and a beautiful tree swing.
Jackson Hills Greenway
FREE—Located within the Jackson Hills neighborhood in Mt Juliet lies a greenway with a large pond, open fields, and a staircase down to a beautiful creek. I've shot many sessions right in the creek itself, so bring your rainboots!
FREE—Located in the 12 South area of Downtown Nashville, Sevier Park boasts walking trails, open manicured fields, older buildings, and stone fences.
Note: There is usually heavy pedestrian traffic here but we can swing back to certain areas after people have left.
Rutledge Baptist Church
FREE—Located off Golden Bear Gateway in Mt Juliet, the open fields created by 2020's tornadoes offer light and airy photos and pops of color depending on the time of year.
Gravel Road Traditions
ADDITIONAL COST ($30/hour)—GRT is located in Mt Juliet and offers a wide variety of props and furniture to use during your session. The property features setups and also rolling open fields both manicured and wild. The additional cost is well worth the investment.
Long Hunter State Park
FREE—Located in Mt Juliet but weirdly addressed as in Hermitage, Long Hunter State Park features a beautiful lake, playground, walking trails, and open fields.
**Note: it can be fairly difficult to avoid pedestrian traffic and ticks have been known to be a problem. Pets are not allowed whatsoever.
Don Fox Park
FREE—Located in Lebanon, Don Fox Park has an amazing playground, wide manicured fields, a creek, and plenty of trees for active kiddos to climb.
**Note: There is a good deal of pedestrian traffic but it can easily be avoided.
The Discovery Center Trail
FREE—The Discovery Center is located in Murfreesboro and offers a trail around the area that includes a marsh, beautiful bridges, a small playground, open and shaded areas, and is generally pedestrian free.
Your Own Home
FREE—While it may be a bit of a pain to get a few rooms in your house in photo-ready shape, your home is always an ideal location. This is especially true when you have a newborn or young children. Don't pressure yourself, all you need is a few areas presentable, just make sure they are lit as well as possible with window light.
FREE—Located off the parking lot of the Titan's stadium, Cumberland Park is an amazing location! On one side you can get photos of downtown from across the river, free from pedestrian traffic, and on the other side you can enjoy the walking trails that make you feel like you're in a forest. There's also open manicured fields, a play area, bridges, and urbanscapes. It's one of my favorites for variety.
**Note: you may encounter pedestrians or downtown traffic closures depending on time of day.
Shelby Bottoms Greenway
FREE—Shelby Bottoms Greenway is a beautiful little area filled with open fields, rustic bridges to walk under, a large pond, a small play area, and stone fences. Lots of variety here!
**Note: there is generally heavy pedestrian traffic.