Cades Cove | Engagement Photographer

Amy and Jordan.

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A few months after booking their May wedding, we ventured out to Cades Cove to shoot their engagement session. It has taken a while to get here, haha, with rain and delays. You cannot really help those situations. But I am here to tell you that everything happens for a reason. We had perfect weather for this day, and we captured perfect pictures. I couldn’t be happier that we chose to wait it out. In my random searches for new locations, I have always looked for a spot like above never being able to find that perfect spot — well we found it! And it also let to me getting stuck in a sink hole. Huge thank you to Jordan for helping me out of my little mishap!! Enjoy Amy and  Jordan’s love captured in these engagement portraits. I hope you love them as much as I do!

I bring to you the soon-to-be Mr. and Mrs. Ward…

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Stonefest | The High Watt | Concert Photographer

Stonefest – April 3, 2014

under great lights, nashville live music, the high watt, concert photographyLast Thursday night, Rob from Under Great Lights hosted Stonefest at The High Watt in Nashville, TN. The night was filled with variety of genres, fine folks, and lots of fun. I love the opportunities I have seeing so many different artists and types of music. This night is definitely one for the books! A great show with killer music that rocked the house from start to finish. Well I say finish because the buzz on social media leads me to believe the final performer, Mike Hicks, didn’t let down the crowd either. I had a long drive back to Knoxville that night; so I missed out on seeing that crew. Check out these musicians and show your support. You won’t be disappointed!

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1 Cannery Row
Nashville, TN 37204

Rob Stone - You are a gifted photographer! These look incredible!!!

Jewels Photography - Thanks Rob! I really appreciate you all letting me apart of your night, I had a blast! You know where to find me if you need more pictures :)

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One Year Old Celebration | Knoxville Photographer

Neyland is turning one! And we are celebrating his birthday with a whole lotta fun…
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This is my first time doing a cake smash and one year celebration – and boy was I excited when I was asked to do the session. I knew we were going to get down and dirty. The messier, the better! The session was held at a private residence in Townsend, TN. A beautiful country house with the horses and chickens to go with it. The setting couldn’t get better, after all, Neyland is a little country boy. His sisters, Emma and Summer, joined in on a few shots to show their sisterly love. We had so much fun with the country theme — from Daddy’s cowboy boots that were a bit too tall for little man, cowboy hats, to saddles. I couldn’t resist the shot of Neyland with his dad’s boots on. His poor booty just wouldn’t work and his facial expressions says it all: “What are you guys doing to me?” So we switched over to his size which worked a bit better. But I still love the first shot!
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Of course, we saved the cake smash until last. You cannot be messy in the beginning. Amy (mommy) said Neyland really has not had sweets like this; so that left us unsure how he would react. I will let you be the judge of it? Did he enjoy it?one year portraits, family photographer, knoxville portrait photographer, cake smash
Yes, my thoughts were about the same. A little shouting, laughing, and icing throwing for the little guy! Here is a little of how the cake smashing extravaganza went. We started out clean as a whistle. A little unsure of what the heck this stuff is. Wait, this kind of taste good. Oh definitely taste yummy. I might even share a bit with my sisters. Oh heaven! And then you see how we end up. Enjoy!

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Downtown | Knoxville Engagement Photographer

Crystal and Monte.

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Here is another amazing engagement shoot in the downtown area of Knoxville, TN. And yet another sweet couple I had the pleasure of meeting at this past January’s Pink Bridal show. You gotta love The Pink Bride!

Crystal and Monte are exchanging vows so very soon. Although this is not my first wedding of the year, this will be the first wedding of the “wedding season” for Jewels Photography. On April 5th, 2014, they will be saying their I Do’s at the All Saints Catholic Church.

There engagement session was on the perfect spring day. Beautiful, warm weather. You couldn’t go wrong. We went around Market Square, throughout the Old City, the World’s Fair Park, and the train station off of Gay Street. Who knew the train station did wedding? We sure didn’t — but we do now! I can see it now, that is where my 5 year old would want his wedding. Enjoy this lovely engagement session.

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Gluten Free Playdough | Homemade Recipe

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A few years ago during a Sunday school class, my son had his first experience with regular Playdoh. Whoops, big mistake! He quickly broke out in a horrendous case of rash and whelps all over his body. We researched what could cause this because I was under the impression it was “allergen-free.” In my research, I discovered it does contain wheat. I panicked that my son had a wheat allergy, and we would have to start a gluten-free diet. I dreaded it. After seeing the allergist, he did not have a wheat allergy. Well now what? What caused this reaction? That question still remains unanswered. Hasbro will not release the ingredients to their product. My assumption is perhaps it a dye or a fragrance used.

Years and another child later, we are having to have gluten-free diets anyways. Way to put my foot in my mouth on that one, ha! My daughter does have a wheat allergy causing a gluten intolerance. Although a gluten-free diet is difficult at times, it is not nearly as bad as I thought it would be. Yes it is a pain to go out to eat, but it forces you to eat healthier. You cannot go wrong with that – healthy mommy and healthy kids!

On to what you have been waiting for… After several different attempts at homemade playdough, I have found this to be the best. It has the closest resemblance to the texture and without the icky smell. It even works with the Playdoh toys. Almost 6 years old and my son just got his first playdoh toy machine, and he loves it! Needless to say, I am one happy mommy!
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Ingredients:

1 cup white rice flour
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup salt
1 Tbsp cream of tartar
1-1/2 tsp vegetable oil
1 cup hot water
food coloring (I used Wilton’s cake icing coloring)

Also need:

gloves (optional)
parchment or wax paper (prevents food color staining on counter)
air tight storage bags or containers

Directions:

  1. Mix all dry ingredients together in a large non-stick pot.
  2. Add the vegetable oil, then the water, and continue to mix until thoroughly combined.
  3. Heat the pot on the stove over low heat for about 4-5 minutes. Stir frequently with a silicone spatula.
  4. Once the dough starts to pull away from sides without sticking, place the dough onto parchment paper. Let it cool.
  5. Knead food coloring into the dough until you get the color you desire.

This makes approximately 2 cups of play dough. Do not double the recipe in one cooking to yield more. Instead, remake another batch separately. I learned that the hard way and ended up cooking the dough way longer than needed. Cooking to long will cause the dough to not be workable and too “plasticy.” Also, I recommend using gloves during the coloring. I didn’t and  as you can see, I am just as colorful as the playdough. I even had an engagement shoot the next day. Hopefully the couple didn’t think I was crazy with multi-color hands!

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