After 6 long years, switching majors 4 times, and attending 3 different schools I finally GRADUATED!!!!
For those wondering, I graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. Yes, economics…(weird I know) who would have thought! Funny enough- I would have never imagined myself as an economics major, but God had a plan for me that I hadn’t realized yet. I was definitely skeptical, but I’m so glad that I listened. As my photography business continues to grow, I find myself using economics more and more. I’ve had my photography business for 2 years now and it’s been exhilarating! I am so excited about the future both personally and professionally. I want to thank everyone that has continued to love me, support me, and encourage me over these past few years. Thank you for being so supportive of my dreams. Who I am and where I am today is because of all of you. Truly.
Thank you to my amazing husband. No matter what, you’re on my side. You honestly complete me and truly are my better half. I love you sweetie! You helped me with courses I wasn’t the strongest in, pulled some late nights alongside me studying for exams, drove me to and from class on occasion, and had lunch with me on days that we were free at the same time! 🙂
Thank you to my rock star parents. From day one, you were there for me.
While attending Union University in 2008, a F-5 tornado ripped through the campus destroying nearly all the student dorms. Dad was among the first to take me and my 3 terrified room mates back to their house for the night. Mom went to the Belmont University college visit with me and always gave the hugs when I needed it. You guys helped us move out of and into our new homes in Nashville and Knoxville. You both visited me numerous times while in Knoxville, made me feel loved and appreciated, and even attended a few football games with us 🙂 I’ll never forget these memories.
Thank you to the entire Nord family. You guys gave me so much support when I expressed my desires to open my own photography business. You bought me my first camera and pushed me to go the extra mile.
Thank you to my brother, sister, sister-in-law, and brother-in-law for being amazing people that I could always count on for love and support. Lauren, you’ve always been a shoulder I could cry on and someone I could call to cheer me up. Thank you for coming to photo shoots with me and even modeling for me when I wanted to try out something new. Thank you for coming to visit me as much as possible in Knoxville, always reminding me that family will always be there when friends may come and go. Keith, thank you for finding the UTK adult professional & personal development program and telling me about it. Because of this, I’ve learned so much in photography and made everlasting friendships with students as well as professors. One of my professors became one of my closest friends! 🙂 I’ll be graduating on June 13th with the photography certificate.
Lance, thank you for being the best “little” brother ever. You never cease to make me smile or laugh when I need it. The fact that you can literally sweep me off my feet still amazes me! Congratulations on your high school graduation, bubba! I can’t wait to see you play hockey for UT Memphis this fall!
Thank you to my amazing grandmother and late grandfather who paid my way through college. Your love and support is never ending.
Thank you to my incredible neighbors, Dan, Sonya, Daniel, and Natalie Miller. Without you guys, I don’t know how Vince and I would have adapted to Knoxville so well. I felt at peace having sweet neighbors beside us and knew that you guys are people I could count on. You introduced us to your church- a place where we felt God was leading us to be. Thank you for the listening ears, late night board games, and family dinners. I love you guys so much!
As a Knoxville wedding photographer, this is definitely one of my favorite engagement sessions. Beautiful location, amazing couple, and perfect weather… What more could you ask for?
Katie and Blair’s engagement session was a blast! We met at the MoonShadow Lodge in Townsend, TN and spent the rest of the afternoon taking pictures, laughing, and having fun! Katie is a kind-hearted woman that is sweet and gorgeous and Blair is a witty man that makes it very easy to see just how much he loves Katie!
The weather a few days before the session was snowy, cold, and dreary. But as you may know, in Tennessee, the weather can change in the blink of an eye so I wasn’t worried when it was supposed to be a warm and sunny day the day of the session! Thankfully the forecast was right and we lucked out with an amazing day!
I loved this session and watching these two together. They are simply adorable! I know their wedding in June is going to be amazing and I’m so honored that I’m going to be a part of it!
Grace contacted me nearly a year ago…in December of 2011 I believe. She said she KNEW she wanted me to be her wedding photographer after seeing the engagement pictures that I did for her friends’ daughter. She has been so unbelievably sweet and caring over this past year that I’ve gotten to know her and her husband, Steve. I have such a special place in my heart for this couple!
Steve’s son, Steven, was in Iraq during the wedding. He had arrived in Tennessee on the exact day of the session, so they were very happy to have Steven join in for a few photos during this “after the wedding session.”
They’re known each other for over 30 years!
These two are my absolute favorite from this session 🙂
I have dreamt about visiting Paris since I was a little girl. Studying the French language in middle school and high school didn’t help my quickly growing obsession with all things Paris.
As I’m walking through the streets of Paris, I imagined myself as a college student living in one of the adorable, quaint apartment buildings that towered over the streets below. How I wish I would have done that- Just once. Just to see what it would have been like to live, eat, and breathe Paris. Then, I look down and I see the warm, gentle hand that is caressing mine. How wonderful my God is that he let my husband and I have this opportunity to be together in this beautiful city. It’s evident that He didn’t want me to experience this city alone and I think, deep down, I always knew that. I knew that Vincent and I were going to experience Paris together.
I had been overseas a few times before, but it was always with family. This trip was different because this was JUST Vincent and I…my HUSBAND and I. I’ve dreamt about going to Paris with my husband and there I was, living the dream. I was kind of scared (not sure why because Vincent would protect me and take care of me- no doubt!!) but I was so thrilled at the same time.
Our adventure began by getting lost. Anyone that knows me knows that I H.A.T.E. getting lost! My frugal husband refused to spend money on a taxi, so we asked several pedestrians if they knew where our hotel was. Neither of us are fluent in French and since I hadn’t had French class since 11th grade… Needless to say, I was a little rusty. We eventually found our way (thanks to the taxi driver! ha) 2.5 hours later and discovered a local burger joint on the same street as our hotel. It was 11pm and we hadn’t eaten dinner yet so we were starved! Nothing was open, except for a local grocery store where I spoke a little bit of French to the old man and bought some bread and Nutella for the morning, and the burger place. We had the hardest time ordering because I didn’t know the word for lettuce…or tomato…or oh heck, I only knew the word for cheese- fromage. Despite our lack of knowledge for French cuisine words, our “Monster Burger” was the best thing we’d tasted all day. Sitting in our hotel robes on the balcony of our room, we ate our burgers and listened to the neighbors speaking French and playing music.
The next morning, all I wanted to do was go see the Eiffel Tower. I couldn’t wait! Sure, it’s the tourist thing to do, but I WAS a tourist! I didn’t care. We hopped on the nearest underground subway train and after getting out of the Trocadero train station, I saw it. That magnificent 1,063 foot tower didn’t disappoint. It was beautiful.
(Taken on another day from the view of The Arc de Triomphe, I believe)
Later that night, after we ate dinner at the famous Pasco’s restaurant, we went back to the Champ de Mars where we sat on the green with everyone else to watch the hourly light show where the tower is known to “twinkle.”
(This shot was taken from Montparnasse on another night during the light show)
Of course we visited museums like Le Louvre and Musee d’Orsay, amazing restaurants, and local “patisserie’s” like Pierre Herme (has delicious macrons!) and Amorino (as many ice cream flavors as you’d like- shaped like a rose!).
Amorino Ice Cream
Two buildings we were very excited about visiting were the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Pantheon (and the Crypt below where Voltaire, Rousseau, Victor Hugo, Emile Zola, and other famous French persons were buried).
Famous landmarks that we visited:
The Arc de Triomphe
Pont des Arts
Where to begin!? So much to say! London and Paris was, by far, my favorite European trip to date.
Let’s begin with London… My mother in law and I ventured out into the Cotswolds (about 2 hours outside of London) with a small bus tour. The following are a few of my favorite images from the Cotswolds.
The town of Bibury
Bourton on the Water
The town of Burford had thing AMAZING restaurant. It had the best fish and chips…best in England!
That cool guy on the left here is my father-in-law. He was one of the doctors for the USA men & women’s boxing team this year. Even though he was there for the boxing team, he “floated” and went all over the Olympics going where he was needed. He got to meet some amazing athletes! The guy in the middle is my brother-in-law, Keith and the girl on the right…? You guessed it! It’s me 😉 I was still suffering from jet lag so excuse the look I have going on. We three went to the USA women’s volleyball match one night.
Big Ben!! This upshot of Big Ben was taken with my wide angle lens. I found this perspective to be really interesting!
Honestly? I was scared to stand next to the Royal Guards…so I posed with a policeman instead! 🙂
This was as close as I got. haha (Excuse the terrible picture of me!!-I was sick!)
The Tower Bridge was all over T.V. in the U.S. while the Olympics were going on. I was so excited to see it in person! That handsome man standing next to me is my sweet husband, Vincent.
My husband is a huge soccer fan so he was thrilled to visit Chelsea Football Stadium. Yes, the English call soccer, football! Still confuses me sometimes!
Vincent and I went to see what his dad gets to see every day- men’s boxing!
Windsor Castle- definitely worth the train ride out there. Loved this place! If you ever go, check out the doll house!!
Vince and I got to go to the Gold Tournament!! USA v. Japan Women’s Soccer
I got to photograph Tony Dungy with my husband and father-in-law…
…and go to the USA house. EEK! I was so excited!
Favorite things about London:
-Fish and Chips
-Riding in the double decker buses
-Learning how to use public transportation throughout the city: underground, overground, buses, etc!
-Living in a local’s home, truly feeling like an English family!
-Going to the USA Women’s Gold Soccer Match at the 2012 Olympics!
-Sitting at the press desk in the Chelsea Football Club press room
-meeting Tony Dungy and his wife
-meeting Susan Francia who was a part of the “Women’s eight” (USA Women’s rowing team) and won Gold
-going to the USA house where all the athletes celebrated their victories and went to hang out
-Seeing a royal guard crack a smile! Even though I don’t like that the kids made him smile (they find it VERY disrespectful to mess with the guards), it was still an experience! Kind of felt bad for him afterwards though.
I met this lovely bride, Alicia, nearly 2.5 years ago over a game of trivia at Mellow Mushroom. She, my husband, and several other people at the trivia night attend the University of Tennessee’s College of Law. This is their last year (YAY)! Alicia wasn’t engaged at the time that we met but it wasn’t long before Alicia was engaged to her longtime boyfriend, Brandon, who is in Graduate School at UT for English.
Brandon proposed while walking around Market Square one night in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Alicia chose to do her bridal portraits at the Knoxville Botanical Gardens, where she was also getting married on June 8th, 2012. Alicia was absolutely stunning and was so much fun to photograph!
On their wedding day, they were both so excited. God blessed them with a beautiful day for their outdoor wedding at the gardens.
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