Posted on May 27, 2012

Posted on January 18, 2012

What better way to start out the New Year than introducing you to some of the best vendors around and having a little giveaway celebration?! I am excited to present you with the DTP 2012 Kickoff Giveaway! I hope that you enjoy finding great new vendors and find that this giveaway was super easy to enter! Before I get started on the amazing prizes, I would just like to give a HUGE thank you {& cyber hug hehe} to the vendors who have so generously donated to this giveaway! Because of your generous support, there will be TWO awesome prize packages worth approximately $550 a piece! That is a total of over $1100! Now on to the awesome goodies!


















*note-gift certificate is for Poly Paper or Vinyl backdrops/floor drops.



































TO ENTER: Use widget below! You must complete all the MANDATORY ENTRIES before you will be allowed to complete the optional BONUS entries! {all mandatory entries are at the top!} I WILL verify that all mandatory entries have been completed by the winner. If they have not, I will be picking a new winner. So PLEASE follow the rules folks! I would hate for you to lose your awesome prize when it is so easy to enter!

Giveaway will run until next Wednesday {25th}. Winners will then be announced back here on the blog! Good luck!!




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Posted on September 2, 2011



Rachel Vanoven has been a huge inspiration to me over the last year or so! I am beyond excited to share some of her work with you as well as a little bit about her! I hope you enjoy today’s post!


These are a few random facts that Rachel provided me to let you know a little more about the lady behind the camera:

1. I was a single (young) mother for a couple of years before meeting my husband…hardest job in the world right there!

2. I spent 2 months in Africa when I was 15 and I’m trying to get back!

3. I can blow air out of my tear duct (great trick for the kids)

4. High school was M-I-S-E-R-A-B-L-E…I was overweight, played the tuba, threw shot put, and was a drama nerd before Glee made it cool…oh and did I mention I’m a hair under 6 feet tall?
5. I buy watermelons and just carve out the very middle and let my kids eat the rest. Bad mom of the year winner right here!

How long have you been shooting? 3 1/2 years

What made you want to become a photographer? I’ve always been interested in photography, as a kid, I used to dress up my little sister and drag her around the house in various poses and snap away with my cereal box prize camera! Then, later in life, I taught myself photoshop and did a little web-design for a small company, made the jump to editing my own photos and it just took off from there!

What does Photography mean to you? For me it means so much possibility…each newborn, chunky 9-month-old, freckle faced seven-year-old has an entire life ahead of them, and I get the awesome job of preserving “them” in a short period of their lives. I think someday their kids and grandkids will sit around and look at these images I captured, it’s totally crazy to think about, right?!

What struggles have you faced along the road to the success you now have? Definitely struggling with the whole stay-at-home-mom jump to being a working mom. It was really tough on my marriage and my kids. I finally had to come to a place where I made sure my family came first. It sounds so cliche, but it’s horribly difficult to achieve when you love your job and your clients are so dang awesome. But at the end of the day I love my family more and my husband/kids are even more dang awesome!

What’s in your bag? Nikon D700, 50mm 1.4G, 70-200 2.8, and 60mm 2.8 macro

What is your favorite piece of gear? My 50 mm 1.4G

Where do you draw your inspiration? From my mini-clients for sure…the newborns/kids themselves!

Describe your style in 3 words: colorful, relaxed and fun…I think that applies to my newborn AND family sessions!

Ideally, how many sessions do you take on a month? Between 12-16, I try to keep it down to 2-3 sessions per week

What’s the secret to balancing family life & business life? Like I said above…really focusing on letting the editing wait and making sure all three kids are tucked in with kisses. Or snuggling that extra 10 minutes in bed with my husband instead of running to the coffee pot and pulling up photoshop! Making sure to schedule a date night at least once every other week, and only doing 1-2 evening sessions weekly so family dinner still happens. And hiring my *uh-mazing* assistant/office manager Alicia was the best thing I ever did business wise!

Which photographer, if you had to just pick one, would you say inspires you the most? This is a REALLY awful question!!!!! I’m picking two, so there! Neener neener neener! ;)  Oh So Posh Photography and Sheye Rosemeyer. Is it weird I’ve never really been into stalking newborn photographers? I definitely have my favorites, but newborn posing/editing/styling trends are so crazy that I try to just do what I want when it comes to the newbies!

Name one photography trend that drives you insane! Only one?!?! ;)  Hmm, probably newborns hanging dangerously or just uncomfortably. It can be done, but I’ve only seen maybe 3 photographers do it where I’m not cringing.

Any secret, tips, or tricks for getting that perfect shot? Kind of like when you get in shape and everyone wants to know your secret, but they definitely DON’T want to hear, “I’ve been working out and eating healthy”. New photographers DON’T want to hear, “Play with your camera. Photograph anything that moves. Annoy your friends by borrowing their children/babies. Spend time with whatever age group you plan on photographing and learn what makes them happy!” But that’s my “secret”…I don’t get people who have had a camera for 6 months and are already complaining they aren’t good enough…like all it takes is knowing your camera. SO much goes into a session that is simply just acquired from doing a hundred or so shoots! Or taking a workshop, that’s always a fun (but pricey!) shortcut!

What is your favorite subject to work with? It’s a tie between newborns and families. Too broad? Well newborns if I HAVE to pick a favorite, but only because I only shoot newborns in the morning and in my studio. So I’m a morning person and my studio has kick butt light, so it’s easy :)

What advice would you give to beginners in the photography business? Get a good financial advisor and make sure you know what you’re getting into! This is NOT an easy job! Fun…yes, totally a fun job! But that doesn’t mean easy!

Be sure to check out all of links to Rachel’s work below { trust want to ;) }:

& if you aren’t already a fan of my pages, please feel free to “like” me as well!

Posted on August 23, 2011


I am so excited to kick off my weekly “Vendor Feature Tuesday”! Over the past couple of years I have found some amazing vendors and I just can not wait to share some with you all! The vendor that I am kicking this shin-dig off with is actually a completely new vendor to me, but I am so glad I found her! She is local here in middle Tennessee and is actually from my same town{Murfreesboro}! Cuddle Bug Gifts has some amazingly cute boutique style clothing! The awesome thing about this feature/giveaway is that it is not only for photographers, but mothers to little girls as well! I hope you all enjoy browsing around her shop and please be sure to enter the giveaway below to win a super cute outfit from Cuddle Bug Gifts!

{Size is 6 months to 5T, FREE SHIPPING!}

Use the widget below to enter! Please note, I will be checking to make sure that the winner has followed all rules for entry! If the winner has not completed all necessary tasks, a new winner will be drawn!


Posted on August 6, 2011


It is such an absolute amazing honor to feature this photographer on my blog! Kathleen Amelia is the main photog who really inspired me to follow my dreams and pursue photography! Katie is a young photographer, like myself, and I respected her so much for just going after her dream and making it happen! Not to mention she creates BEAUTIFUL photos! I really hope you all enjoy learning a little more about her as much as I did! So here she is, Kathleen Amelia:

Katie is a wife and mother to a beautiful little girl. She is a kind hearted, fun loving, down to earth, easy going, metal head, silly, happy person that loves life, art and photography. Her home is filled with other artists’ paintings and drawings. She loves movies, and books, traveling, going to antique shops & thrift stores, eating at a good restaurant, and spending time with my family. Straight from the mouth of miss Kathleen Amelia herself! ; )

How long have you been shooting? My father bought me my very first camera and surprised me for my 8th grade graduation. I was just 13. I took that thing everywhere with me, taking photos of just nonsense. But I loved it. As the professional aspect of photography, I started my business in 2007 when I photographed my very first photo shoot. It was a homecoming, and still to this day is my most favorite homecoming…ever.
What made you want to become a photographer? Since high school I knew I wanted to be in the medical field. I loved watching all of those doctor shows on discovery health. Sometimes I think to myself, maybe I should get a part time job as a paramedic, just to fulfill that need of wanting to help people. However, once I married my husband at 18, moved 3,000 miles away from my hometown where I was all by myself and knew no one. I did some soul-searching. I was headed in the direction of nursing school, but ended up dropping out because my heart wasn’t in it. I remembered back to the 8th grade, when my father got me that camera and how much I adored taking photographs. And the name Kathleen Amelia – Photographer was born.

What does Photography mean to you? This is going to sound cliché, but everything!!! And I don’t just mean the photographs I am taking. I love looking back on photographs that my parents had taken of me and my sisters when we were kids, and what life was like back in the day. I think that is why I love photography so much, because one day I hope that the photos I take can be shared with people from years to come. Ahhhh, memories =]

What struggles have you faced along the road to the success you now have? From the very beginning I faced struggles – but I think the biggest challenge happened 3 years ago. My husband Jimmy, (who is my biggest supporter) got dropped from Sniper School with one week left. The instructor had ordered an eye exam, because he couldn’t see what others could. In turn, we were making countless trips to Duke University for his appointments. I was just 3 months pregnant when we found out he was going blind. Miraculously, Jimmy was able to stay in the Marine Corps – and we are so thankful everyday for that. Something changed that day in me, where I was going to be the best that I could with photography – because you never know what will happen in life. He is my biggest inspiration to do better everyday.

What’s in your bag? I am a Canon girl =] Currently: 5D Mark II, 35mm 1.4L, 135mm 2.0L. My next purchase is the Canon 1V & the 50mm 1.2L!
What is your favorite piece of gear? That’s a hard choice. But I adore the 35mm 1.4L.
Where do you draw your inspiration? Magazines, blogs, traveling, people, my family.
Describe your style in 3 words: Fun. Real. Relaxed.
Ideally, how many sessions do you take on a month? About 4-6. It changes every month! Some months I will only have 1 or 2!
What’s the secret to balancing family life & business life? Family always comes first, then photography. If there is a day when I am swamped with work – but my daughter walks up and says to me “Mommy, can you play catch with me?” I will definitely take her up on her offer, because there will always be more time to work later.
Which photographer, if you had to just pick one, would you say inspires you the most? Hands down, Sean Flanigan. He captures people how they truly are, and I always strive to do the same. His work is phenomenal, and real. I love it.

Name one photography trend that drives you insane! I think we are all guilty of it at some point, but the whole selective coloring thing. Haha.

Any secret, tips, or tricks for getting that perfect shot? I really like to communicate with my clients. I think it helps a lot when you are trying to get “the” shot. I am always coming up with new ideas, and I love that my clients trust me enough to make it happen.

What is your favorite subject to work with? Couples in love. I love love.

What advice would you give to beginners in the photography business? We have all been there! Don’t be afraid to try new things, take your camera everywhere with you, practice, get a solid feel for who you are as an artist, and people will come to you.

Be sure to check out more of Kathleen Amelia’s work at the following links:!/pages/Kathleen-Amelia-Photographer/167148887306


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