Tuesday, February 14, 2017


Happy Valentines Day!

We had SO much fun at the brand new Valentines Photobooth this year! Hearts and candy and cookies and LOVE oh SO much LOVE!

Red and pink, stud muffins and smiles, we hammed it up for the kisses and hugs at Stephanie Marie Photographie for Valentines!

LETS CAPTURE YOUR LOVES JUST AS THEY ARE! FOR BOOKING: 615.810.9048 or stephaniemariephotographie@gmail.com

Wednesday, February 1, 2017


For ALL the reasons, as they become exactly who they are, and you watch, holding on, hoping these moments will last forever...
Capture them.

Introducing the Purely IE sessions
the perfect portrait
February 11 & 19, 2017
$165 includes 11x14 canvas gallery wrap
(tax not included)

Share the love with family and friends and if your referral books, you will be entered in a drawing to win a FREE, yes FREE session!  WHOOP! 

For all the Joyful. Fun. Life.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

your soul + your FORCE, stephanie marie photographie, nashville TN baptism photographer

you've felt the moments
you are uncontrollably stopped as if frozen
in time
in the exactly present spectrum of time as only you are meant to feel it.

it happens without warning
without a plan
with insinuate reason
and power
and emotion
and FORCE.

ground shaking FORCE.

what it is to you is exactly as you are meant to be the interpreter.
my force God may be your cosmic theory or scientific dissection, your Buddha, your mother Teresa, our humanity in the moment a cosmic shift as ONE.

the understanding given with wisdom and understanding of the soul, that we are part of a miraculous speck of perfect positioning. the mere fact we exist is enough to blow what our brains are capable of fathoming. but it is great, to understand that whatever your FORCE may be, the conviction that we are but the meek portals of a great GREATNESS so much more incredible than we can even conceptualize.

once your grasp of your FORCE is within your being, you are given the ability to truly see. i don't mean sight with your eyes. sight with your senses wholly enlightened. and it. will. take. you. on. a. high...a high...so so so high.

the day you are able to feel the power of our earth, universe and human being, you start to receive gifts...personal gifts...

my gift is the ability to see light spectrum. the full color spectrum of light and its glorious living constant giving newness. light is hope, light is a new day, light is warmth and soft and beauty. without light we would fail to feel joy. our bodies actually would perform completely different if we were never exposed to the great healing power of light...and only BC our sun, a star 4.5 billion years old, provides the exact heat, to grow the perfect plants to provide the life source of water to spark what we know as life.

water. the most powerful source on our planet. the single drowning organism that can start life and swiftly take it away. 
we are created in water
we are bathed in water
we drink water to survive
our bodies are 60% water
the earth is 71% water
when we praise water is the cleansing source of all ails

so what is water is your FORCE?
how do you feel the moment when water changes your soul?

No one told MrL what to believe.
He didn't ask to be lead
but at 7 years old he requested
his moment
to open his eyes
to feel the power
to open his soul

at the same time he opened all of our souls to a powerful so overwhelming, it shook the very ground that we stood upon...

so i don't usually share what i save for my clients, but this
this deserved to be shared...

all my love my FORCE followers,


Friday, November 25, 2016

small business saturday 2016. go local. go small business. be a builder. be a dreamer. stephanie marie photographie, nashville tn lifestyle photographer

we all benefit from community
from togetherness
in the very
moment at
the perfect


small business saturday 2016. go local. go small business. be a builder. be a dreamer. stephanie marie photographie, nashville tn lifestyle photographer

we all benefit from community
from togetherness
in the very
moment at
the perfect


Saturday, October 15, 2016

mr. r, miss k, school buses, and parents who love more than can be real...stephanie marie photographie, nashville tn family photography, nashville tn conceptual photography

i always express to my clients one thing...
MY relationship with your family matters...
we get comfy and cozy,
we learn each other,
we become a safe place...

trust a photog with your family,
trust their talent,
trust their eye,
trust in your relationship with them...

and watch magic unfold before you...

bc images should evoke so much more than just the subject.
when you look at an image, it should take you there, make you feel something, make you remember...

To experience your OWN moments captured for a lifetime, contact Stephanie Marie Photographie at 615.810.9048 or stephaniemariephotographie@gmail.com

Friday, October 14, 2016

miss p, her brothers & a seriously gorgeous mama...stephanie marie photographie, nashville newborn photographer, nashville newborn lifestyle photographer

a new life
a new love
a new beginning
a new beauty
a new cry
a new heart


to high to come down

a love conquering all.

A newborn in home lifestyle session...capturing the moments, the environment, creating a lifetime together...

To experience your OWN moments captured for a lifetime, contact Stephanie Marie Photographie at 615.810.9048 or stephaniemariephotographie@gmail.com

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

DECK THE WALLS HOLIDAY EVENT 2016, Stephanie Marie Photographie, Nashville TN family photographer, Franklin TN childrens photography

Deck the Walls 2016
A Holiday Mini Session Event
20 minute on-location session
5 high resolution digital images with FULL print release
50 fine-art linen 5x7 boutique greeting card sets
16x20 fine-art canvas gallery wrap
Exclusive What to Wear Guide
Champagne & Cupcakes Event

All sessions will receive their online gallery within 2 weeks of their session.  Greeting cards will be given a proof and 1 revision.
*$225 due at booking, balance due 2-3 weeks before your session*

Orders will be distributed at The Champagne & Cupcakes Event
Friday, November 18, 2016 6-8p.

This year is a BIG year for the conceptual Deck the Walls sessions! We will be shooting at the vintage red barn of Lewisburg Pike in Franklin TN.
This session will feature a 100 year old vintage farm barn, with the classic Stephanie Marie Photographie stars concept complete with vintage seating options and true family love captured.
BOOKING: SEPT 18 3 sessions
SEPT 23 3 sessions
SEPT 25 4 sessions
OCT 15 3 sessions
OCT 30 3 sessions
Features the Nashville city skyline from the city sidewalks and pedestrian bridge.  This session is perfect for the urban family or to show off this spectacular city we live in!
BOOKING: OCT 1 3 sessions
OCT 7 3 sessions
OCT 8 5 sessions
NOV 6 4 sessions
ALL sessions are B.Y.O.T! Bring your own traditions! We will incorporate them in your photoshoot to personalize your session even more & create a new fun tradition for your family years to come!
PLEASE look closely at the date and session offered, it is specific.  Sessions will begin 2 hours before sundown or an hour after sunrise & last approximately 20 minutes each.  Times will be announced one month before your session. (Because we want that oh so yummy evening light!) Please indicate when booking whether you prefer an earlier or later session time. 
Goodies & refreshments will be served adding even more fun to our new tradition!

$225 of package total is due at the time of booking & is considered deposit to secure session.
Remaining balance is due 2-3 weeks prior to your session.
Deposit is NON-REFUNDABLE but is transferable up to one year from original date.
In the case of inclement weather, alternate dates are provided by photographer.
Mini sessions yield 10-12 fully edited images per gallery.
When booking please state your date, preferred session time, and theme.  I will do my best to accommodate everyone’s 1st choice!
A little bonus--- 2016 sessions will receive priority booking in 2017!!!

Deck the Walls Minis are subject to TN sales tax 9.25%
TO BOOK: stephaniemariephotographie@gmail.com OR 615.810.9048

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

THE SPRING MINI SESSION EVENT 2016, Stephanie Marie Photographie, Nashville TN children's photographer, Franklin TN modern family photography, Spring Hill TN lifestyle photography, Spring Mini Photography sessions

Could it be?  I can feel it, really feel it, dare I say it outloud???

Ok, everyone quietly, with fingers crossed, say it with me...
SPRING HAS FINALLY SPRUNG!  Hopefully...I promise Mother Nature...I BELIEVE!
Whew, ok I think we are in the clear now! SOOOOO, lets celebrate with the release of the
2016 April Spring Mini Sessions!!!


30 minute on-location photography session

5 digital images with full print release

set of 3 accordion mini albums


$125 due at time of booking
Final balance due 2 weeks prior to session

($1025 value)
{TN sales tax NOT included}

BOOKING & LOCATION INFO: stephaniemariephotographie@gmail.com or 615.810.9048

sessions are booked on first come first serve basis & have limited availability.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

WV 2016, Charleston WV photographer, Stephanie Marie Photographie, Charleston WV modern family photography, Charleston WV premier children's photography

Its that time of year again! Whoop! Whoop!

We will be shooting in Charleston this year April 29- May 1, 2016.  Only 5 sessions are available this year:

Friday April 29 1 session
Saturday April 30 2 sessions
Sunday May 1 2 sessions

Stephanie Marie Photographie is celebrating our 6th annual WV trip this year!
We will be in town April 29-May 1, 2016!
Booking is now open for the limited edition sessions!
NO shipping OR sales tax on orders $800 & up
25% off a la carte orders $1000 & up
$1650 Digital Collection (350 savings)
($195 deposit required for booking, deposit includes $100 order credit)
Sample artwork may be viewed here or here or here or by requested live links!
TO BOOK: 615.810.9048 or stephaniemariephotographie@gmail.com

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

the pink couch sessions, stephanie marie photographie, nashville tn boudoir photography, nashville tn premier custom photographer

he gives you butterflies
he watches your every move
he learns you and how to love you
in every way he aims to please you
your every need, desire and dream

he is YOUR man

it is time
time to give him a teaser
a minds drift
it is time to show him

YOU are his WOMAN

introducing an exquisite boudoir experience, each individual woman celebrated and custom posed.
super exclusive private shooting location (liquid courage will be provided!!!)
20 minute session
3 poses
leather bound custom designed 2 sided 5x7 gift folio for your lover
$149.00 + tax

BOOKING NOW: LIMITED SESSIONS AVAILABLE! stephaniemariephotographie@gmail.com or 615.810.9048

Sunday, January 3, 2016

my #1 girl and her heart of hearts, stephanie marie photographie, denver co lifestyle family photographer

she was my first college friend, my pledge sister in delta gamma, my soul mate, always an ear, always on point, she calls and i know when she calls without looking at the caller id, she is and always will be my forever friend...and here is her whole world...

FOR BOOKING AND CUSTOM PHOTOGRAPHY SESSION INFO: stephaniemariephotographie@gmail.com or 615.810.9048

Thursday, December 31, 2015

her mommas dream, stephanie marie photographie, nashville tn premier baby photography

without her momma, my life would have failed to be a success in my sons life...she loved mine as if they were her own...so now, i cherish hers as a privilege and honor...to you, our hessss...
FOR BOOKING: stephaniemariephotographie@gmail.com/615.810.9048

joyful. fun. life.

Friday, November 13, 2015

her unicorn...franklin tn conceptual childrens photographer

she is a dreamer, a dirty knees playful fairy, a spunky spitfire...

her mama has let me create my wildest dreams 3 times a year for 6 years...

their family have become close friends and THAT is the most precious gift of all... someone who sees your true colors and gives you the belief of a full heart and a dreamers dream come true...

love y'all SOOOOOOOOOOOO much!

FOR BOOKING CALL 615.810.9048 or stephaniemariephotographie@gmail.com

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

the inspiration...stephanie marie photographie, nashville tn modern family photography

because she was a true inspiration
because she loves her students
because she cares with open arms
because she selflessly gives of her self
because she is a teacher and sooooo much more...

when london started school and we were so very blessed to have the very very best teachers in the entire world we wanted to thank them with the most special of end of the year gifts...

and so london suggested we give to them from our best talents...so this is exactly what we do and we give a HUGE shout out to all the teachers out there who are THE INSPIRATION!

FOR BOOKING INFO: stephaniemariephotographie@gmail.com or 615.810.9048

Saturday, October 3, 2015

precious pippa, nashville tn first birthday photography, stephanie marie photographie

precious pippa keep smiling and let us watch the light in you shining...

FOR BOOKING: stephaniemariephotographie@gmail.com  615.810.9048

Thursday, October 1, 2015

baby blue eyes is 1, nashville tn children's photographer, stephanie marie photographie

lil miss blue, lil miss smile, lil miss lil miss you are beautifully you...

FOR BOOKING: stephaniemariephotographie@gmail.com 615.810.9048

Monday, July 27, 2015

christmas in july, stephanie marie photographie, nashville tn premier childrens photographer, nashville tn holiday mini photography sessions

ahhhhh, its my favorite time of year! the deck the walls holiday mini photography event is here! these sessions have become a treasured tradition among my clients and i welcome the challenge each year to break thru and be even more creative than the year before...
sooooo, a peek into 2014 and the blue door sessions...sigh, i am really lucky...my clients nail it EVERY time!!!

2015 DECK THE WALLS HOLIDAY MINI SESSION EVENT IS NOW BOOKING!!! Sessions are exclusive and limited for booking.  TO BOOK: 615.810.9048 or stephaniemariephotographie@gmail.com

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

a miracle will change your life...Franklin TN lifestyle newborn photography, Franklin TN cancer recovery photojournalism

as i sit writing this blog i am left to stop and think...over and over and over again...just what does it mean? for me? for life? for my beliefs? for the way i look at my children, watch them, adore them, long for them...allow them to teach me what life is about...to grasp the notion that money means nothing in the eyes of a child...or a person who just found out life is more precious than they could imagine...that life, this short period of grace we are given is fragile and mortal and unforgiving...

each morning i rise to my alarm, which i loathe...the ripping feeling of interruption right from the moment i open my eyes...a grimace on my face i stumble to the bathroom to catch a glimpse of a woman no longer a girl, but a woman with wrinkles and grey...ummm unpigmented hairs sprouting daily from her bang line...stumbling out to pull on leggings and my husbands sweatshirts to prepare breakfast and lunch in an hour while i try to keep 2 crazy little people on routine.

then out of nowhere it happens...i go into my daughters room and shes sleeping...the innocent sleep of a child...shes so beautiful it takes my breath away...her cheeks flushed from warm sleep, her long eyelashes starting to flutter, her hair a mess...she is so much and my life is swept away at a single look at her...she is so amazingly, flawlessly beautiful...and as i lay down to wake her, he walks in...

my bright eyed, no need for sleep four year old mans man boy...looking for me and only me for his start to his perfect day...his teddys still warm from a night of snuggles, his hair sticking straight up, his t-shirt too short and his pj pants to tight...he fits perfect in my arms, his eyes are dreamy and i am wrapped up in how i love them...

i love them effortlessly, timlessly, with so much that i have forgotten all about me for 7 years now...for 7 years i have let go of everything and i mean everything i ever was...my career, my dreams, my whole world is the exact opposite of what my 25 year old self thought it would be...i have never been so rich or ever dreamed i would be as rich as i am...it cannot be bought, borrowed or stolen and it is all because God saw me, the real me, the me he created...why did he steer me in a completely opposite direction for so long? bc i wasn't ready for me, bc the real me is not selfish, she is not in shape, she is not well-rested and she is not dressed to the nines in expensive clothes...the real me loves leggings, my husbands slouchy sweatshirts, movies snuggled up on our over-sized couch, the real me loves the tiny house none of us can escape one another in, the fact that budget keeps us in on a friday night and the little beauty life shows me everyday...i get to live this life, travel the bumpy path and fight through the bad days...i get to dream and dreaming is what i do...

if you have followed this blog you know about my ashley... HERE and HERE her cancer battle and how my life changed because of her...now she lives the everyday with so much respect she was rewarded by a true miracle...the miracle of michael grace...

BOOKING INFORMATION: 615.810.9048 or stephaniemariephotographie@gmail.com

Monday, March 2, 2015

mama in wait...Nashville TN modern maternity photography, Nashville TN lifestyle maternity photography

patiently waiting, waiting, waiting...
wanting, wishing, hoping...
the calm before the chaos ensues...

dreaming of the person
you've only ever imagined...

becoming everything your soul has ever daydreamed...

BOOKING INFO AT 615.810.9048 or stephaniemariephotographie@gmail.com

Wednesday, February 18, 2015


Hello again my dear WV friends! Its that time of year again and oh, I am just SO excited! I actually get to spend a great deal of time in the mountain state this year because my sister is getting married in JULY!!!

So this year Stephanie Marie Photographie will be in town JUNE 4-7, 2015.  We've had so much fun over the years and I cherish getting to travel and capture the families in a town so near and dear to my heart.  If this will be your first time joining us, feel free to check out the fun from just the most recent 2 years: {psst...this is actually the 5th travel year to Charleston!}   2014 below and 2013 and 2012

So what will be up to this year? For booking and inquiries, please request information at stephaniemariephotographie@gmail.com or 615.810.9048.  As always, these sessions are limited! So call today!

Monday, September 8, 2014

gentry ann + lifestyle newborn photoshoot, nashville tn newborn photography

and in that moment, for no rhyme or reason, time stands still...no words are needed, no explanations, just to be, to live in that very second of time, to breathe, to exhale, to experience love in its most pure form...

the newborn lifestyle session of gentry ann...to view her gorgeous full session click HERE!

Monday, April 14, 2014

the battle for life...Moms Who Click 10 on 10 project, Stephanie Marie Photographie, Nashville TN lifestyle photography

lean on me
when your not strong
and ill be your friend
ill help you carry on
it wont be long
til im goin need
somebody to lean on

please swallow your pride
if i have things you need to borrow
for no one can fill
those of your needs
that you won't let show

lean on me...bill withers

volumes are spoken in the chorus and verse of this song between the 2 of us...  if you missed the first volume of this battle, click when i pray to catch up.

i won't even try to lie, these images were not shot on the 10th of this month or even in the past 30 days.  i tried to use them for my February post, but couldn't edit more than 3, march i completely ditzed out for my post, so here we sit April and its time again for the Moms Who Click 10 on 10 project i dearly love and the battle for life is here finally to tell her story...

On Friday, February 7, 2014, I entered the room where I would spend the next 2 hours capturing my dear Ashley's last chemo treatment.  As I walked through the door at 12p,  I was short of breath, trying very, VERY hard not to cry.  Not to feel what my heart was aching to let out, not to break down in the face of an incredibly joyous event.  Well, in the words of Ana, I "let it go" the moment I sat down next to her.  My Ashley, already weak from her first bag of the treatment, looked me dead in the eyes with her brown eyes full of caring emotion & said are you ok? No, I most certainly was not.  I was not ok, and I was going to break down, so please ignore me while I selfishly let my eyes pour over because of my experience of pain, and sorrow and anxiety of cancer.  and oh you my dear friend lay there with poison running through your veins to kill the last of this horrible disease, weakened to a laying state, i tremble with the inability to maintain control.  however, after a 10 minute (so ok it wasn't the smallest breakdown) recoup we celebrated.  We celebrated how funny the drugs make you, how funny chicken tenders look to eat when you are forcing yourself to eat them, how funny it is that your sister has to help you to the bathroom, how much we F***ing hate that bag of poison.

We celebrated ringing the victory bell so hard it nearly came loose from the wall, we celebrated Jesus and his ability to walk us all through your battle.  We celebrated your girls and your mom and your sister and your best friend and we celebrated with tears and laughter and so much emotion I had to stop taking pictures to clear my eyes enough to see to put the camera down and embrace you and your new hope for health.  WE CELEBRATED YOU.  You, my dear Ashley, amaze me.  You are strong. You are smart. You are giving. You love. You seek love and you BELIEVE.  In you, in life, in GOD. 

I have been honored to capture Ashley's journey and her battle.  It has scared me, driven me to my knees and given me glimpses into life, I may have never experienced.  She is the epitome of woman.  Please continue to pray for our sweet Ashley as she continues her battle to recovery.  The road has many curves...

Follow the circle of lovely women celebrating life with the amazing Laura Bastien!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

SPRING MINI SESSIONS BOOKING NOW!!! Nashville TN children's photographer...

Ok, everyone quietly, with fingers crossed, say it with me...
SPRING HAS FINALLY SPRUNG!  Hopefully...I promise Mother Nature...I BELIEVE!
Whew, ok I think we are in the clear now! SOOOOO, lets celebrate with the release of the
2014 April Spring Mini Sessions!!!


30 minute on-location photography session

4 digital images with full print release

set of 3 accordion mini albums


$100 due at time of booking
Final balance due 2 weeks prior to session

($800 value)
{TN sales tax NOT included}

BOOKING & LOCATION INFO: stephaniemariephotographie@gmail.com or 615.810.9048

sessions are booked on first come first serve basis & have limited availability.


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Friday, February 14, 2014

10 on 10 Moms Who Click Project, BEAUTY IS IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER, Nashville TN modern children's photographer...

Due to this AMAZING project I am honored have been invited to last year, I concentrated my vision of the project capturing the everyday beauty of our life...I had never seen our life with more open eyes, so much beauty was waiting just in my backyard, just in our living room, just in us...it changed how i saw the simple joy of life!
That being said...I did NOT ONE styled session with my kids ALL year! So, when our cherish Aunt Carlee came home after her 3rd week of her 2nd semester at Mississippi State with deep Auburn locks (normally a light brown, dirty blonde shade) I knew...it was go time!!! So we got all sussed up & studly and hit a spot I eyed on our way back from a Sunday drive the week before...

Follow our circle around and be inspired! The fabulous Kathleen Ries is up next~!

joyful. fun. life.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014


High school senior boys often get left out of the amazing chance to capture their next chapter in life with senior photography sessions...luckily my aunt wasn't about to let my uber handsome cousin miss out!
This guy is something else and I am so excited to see what life hold for him! Love you Nick!

Friday, January 17, 2014

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Playful Hearts Mini Sessions, Nashville TN 2014 Valentine's Day theme mini photography sessions...

Ahhh, its that time of year again!  The season of LOVE!
The Playful Hearts Mini sessions are back to capture this sweet time of year!
Looking for the most intimate way to show your lova lover they make your heart skip a beat this year?  Sure to impress, the 30 minute, in home session, features unlimited wardrobe changes & captivating artistic photography. 
Beautiful, soft boudoir sessions are a fabulous way to make Valentine's Day spectacularly unique for your special love!
$350 includes:
2 high resolution digital images with print release + 8x8 custom designed fine-art presentation folio
($600 value)
*to protect our clients privacy, please request sample artwork*
The kiddos just love Valentine's! They always feel SO special showing us how much they love us, don't they! Give them your love frozen in time, their moments captured with images of mommy & me, daddy & me, siblings as best friends, & a family full of love!
Playful Valentine's feature a 20 minute, urban or sun drenched field locale with floating hearts backdrop and custom Valentines theme props!
$325 includes:
2 high resolution digital images with print release + set of 25 3x3 custom designed fine-art Valentines OR set of 3 custom 3x3 accordion mini albums
($500 value)
FOR BOOKING: 615.810.9048 or stephaniemariephotographie@gmail.com
Playful Hearts sessions require $125 deposit upon booking & do not include TN sales tax.
Sessions must be held by February 7, 2014. 

Monday, October 14, 2013

10 on 10 circle, this photogs life in 30 days, Nashville TN lifestyle photography

Its that time of the month again! I just LOVE being a part of this fabulous group of photogs, documenting OUR lives! 
Lucky for me, the group opened up to not only shooting on the 10th of the month this time, but to showcase our life over the last month...not going to lie, with Christmas season in full swing insanity and just life in general, I needed the room to post from the entire month! 
This month, London was chosen by Ally the Alligator to have a VERY treasured sleepover! Which means a lot.  It means my miss priss exemplified exceptional behavior in class...if you know my girl, this is a HUGE deal! 
I also had the honor of being the maid (or matron, rather, bc im married, but that just sounds too old for me! lol!) in my best friends wedding! We did her bridal session at the location of the wedding 4 days before and she truly left me speechless...it was an amazing experience...there is something SO wonderful about feeling utter happiness for someone you love so much...it will be a treasured experience for me!
Being the token family photog, I also got to shoot my aunt-in-laws (is that a thing?!?) wedding.  The 2nd for both, it was truly an eye opening experience getting to witness that we as humans beings will always seek love and happiness.  We strive for it and it was amazing getting to watch their union and their 2nd chance at true love!
Grab a cup of joe and follow the circle around to experience your own glimpse at some remarkable women starting with the uber fabulous work of Eva Creel Photography CLICK HERE!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

when i pray...capturing ashleys battle...franklin tn lifestyle photography

every night when i lay my head on my pillow i pray.  i thank God for allowing me another day to live in his presence.  then i thank him for giving me the blessing of my photography talent.  then i ask him to keep leading me so i may use his gift to me to do his work...3 months ago, i was called upon to show him i was listening and to use my talent...so here it goes...my most challenging project to date.  it has nothing to do with my business, nothing to do with $.  it ONLY has to do with God, and his call to do HIS work, to push my insecurities and fears aside and to capture what scares me the most...

ashley is my best friends best friend.  she is to christi what april is to me.  but me and ashley, we get along...and not just a little bit.  i loved her within minutes the same way my christi does and i have treasured her friendship since.  this summer she found out she has stage 2 Hodgkins Lymphoma.  she is 2 years younger than me.  she is a single mother.  she has 2 girls well old enough to understand the worst word in the dictionary...CANCER.  at christis 34th birthday party, she pulled my husband aside and told him what was going on...he never breathed a word of it to me.  we texted that week and that sunday on my way home from a senior session i was on cloud 9 about i called her.  her 1st words were i have something to tell you...i knew what she was going to say...(i know its weird, but i have a really, i mean kinda scary 6th sense) i blurted out, don't say it, please don't say it...what is it? how sick are you? for the next 10 minutes she went on and on about Hodgkins Lymphoma while I had to pull over 3 times bc the tears were pouring so fast i couldnt see.  we got off the phone and i was numb.  i cried and cried for the next 2 days.  i was beside myself with sadness for her 2 girls and for her.  cancer has plagued my life.  i watched God take my nana after she battled breast cancer and while her closest family surrounded her holding hands singing amazing grace, i witnessed Jesus come get her so she could be my most fierce fighting angel.  this year my father in law was diagnosed with liver and lung cancer.  his liver was so poisoned with the disease, he looked like a pregnant man. i watched him suffer as the chemo stripped him to 90 lbs.  now ashley, a strong, amazing woman...

3 days later she called me.  she said for 2 days in a row God had woken her at 3a and i was the reason.  he was telling her to ask me to capture her journey.  she said he told her no one but me could do it and no one could be the one except for me.  she was actually afraid to burden me with the request! can you imagine? her burden me? i immediately accepted even though it scared me to death.

the 1st session was at the wig shop.  i got in my car and drove to my moms.  i left my kids got back in my car and cried the entire 15 minute drive to the shop.  when i got there she was surrounded by 7 women laughing and carrying on trying on the craziest of wigs in the shop.  the owner was a miracle in herself.  ill never know how she has the strength to continuously show women how gorgeous they truly are when they are losing what they consider a part of being "a woman." you never realize how much your hair means to your self esteem.  its something we take for granted as natural and being stripped of it causes severe internal devastation...

my hands were shaking so much i couldnt obtain focus in my camera, i tried 6 times to set my white balance before ashley came over to me, hugged me and said, i know you will show me, me.  i know God put you here.  then she turned around, put her hand on her hip, pointed her other sassy finger at me and said..."gggguuuurrrrllll you know you like me in this wig, you think i'll land a new man looking this hot!???" instantly, i remembered this is what this was about...i was there for her and damn it, i was going to give her all i had.  the 1st image is the ashley i know and cherish.  her eyes are mesmerizing, her sexy smile reveals a voice of strength and wisdom, and her wit..oh that smart ass wit...

the next challenge sent me to the alter of my church.  no lie i skidded tires in the parking lot, the keys were left in the ignition and i ran in the sanctuary only to lay on my hands and knees on the steps to the choir stage crying, hands clasp, begging for strength, begging for her, begging for God to lead me. 

the loss of ashleys hair left me floored.  it left her oldest daughter on the floor crying picking up the shaved locks on the floor...then it left naked beauty i have never witnessed before.  seeing my nana get her angel wings was the single most beautiful event i had witnessed in my young 21 years, holding my daughter and seeing my nanas nose on her face as though my nana had herself helped create her brought so much love in my heart it baffled me, but seeing ashley with no hair made me SEE true beauty.  i LOVE her shaved head.  I didn't want her to wear her wig, she is more beautiful without it bc this way all i can see is her.  every single God given shred of beautiful.  i felt like i did when i realized what love was.  i saw what God sees.  I saw perfection. 

HIS PERFECTION...and he chose ME to capture it.  she knew it and she knew i was the only one he wanted to be there.  that is powerful.  that is faith...that is something i hope i can show my children one day.  blind faith, blind believing, blind love.

no these images are not my perfectionist perfection.  its too hard when your hands are shaking, knees are weak and eyes are full of tears, but these images are perfect, bc they are exactly what HE gave me this talent for and i can only hope HE is proud...

You can help my Ashley.  Please share this with all of your friends and help tell her story.  You can read her blog HERE and you can help HERE.  Please remember, none of us are accidents.  We all have a path.  We all have a story.  We are all here for a reason...mankind believes in hope and love conquers all.

Ashley, I love you.  Thank you for being my witness...
love to you all,

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

10 on 10 circle, The last day of Summer 2013, Stephanie Marie Photographie Nashville TN lifestyle photography

Im not going to lie.  I had completely different images for this project this month. But...today was GORGEOUS.  Perfect weather and we went out to enjoy it and I realized...
It is officially our LAST day of summer 2013...tomorrow my baby girl starts Kindergarten.  My baby boy starts preschool...we won't have toddler toys in our back yard next year and we won't be the same size or age or innocence or anything we are now.  We will have grown and tomorrow we leave all the joys of summer behind.  we flex our wings and we grow...this momma is longing for the dog days of summer and sad over the reality that life goes on no matter how hard you try to hold on to every second...

To follow all the lovely ladies of the Moms Who Click 10 on 10 project, click HERE to experience the ever amazing Eva Creel Photography!!!

summer 2013 lifestyle photography