Happy Birthday America!

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Twinkle Light Studios is closed for the holiday.

WE NEED A VACATION! I haven’t seen a beach since I left California almost two years ago. I want to feel the sand in my toes. Happy 4th of July! Enjoy with your families, have fun and be safe! 💜

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Hello Spring!

My blog post title feels a little odd, as it’s been pouring rain the last few days; however, it was a very beautiful Saturday, and we had a wonderful family trip to Charlie Daniels Park. My son got to play on a train, and I got some quality time with him in the wildflowers. I wish he would have looked up at the camera more, but he was busy enjoying the rocks and grass

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So far, spring with a baby has been lovely. I’ve enjoyed experiencing the changing seasons with him as he grows. Soon my baby will be a toddler! Sometimes I still feel like I just got home from the hospital.

My neighbor’s mother said to me the other day, “When you have a baby… the days are long, but the months are short.” Very profound, and very true.

Robinson Park Photo Session {The S Family} – Sneak Peak

There’s a lovely little park that I never knew existed until after living in Mount Juliet for six months! Last week I got the privilege of photographing a wonderful family at Robinson Park, and they made for a perfect late autumn portrait session. The best part? They styled themselves in coordinating outfits of burgundy and black… so cute!

I’m just starting the process of launching my photography business. One of the first steps is taking weekend photo shoots! Hopefully by the time the weather warms up, I’ll be booking up lots of weekend slots. 🙂

Finding the Perfect Tree

I love traditions, especially holiday ones that you get to experience year after year — those traditions that leave you feeling incomplete without fulfilling them. My grandparents started this tradition of photographing the whole family with our empty stockings every Christmas Eve, and another photo with full stockings on Christmas morning. My grandpa always operated the camera, fussing with the self-timer and then running over to join us all in the shot. We never questioned it — it was just a thing we did. This will be my first Christmas without my grandpa, and being so far away from California, I definitely have a need for my own traditions this year.

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Now that I have a baby in a different state, I’m trying to start traditional things we can do as a family. We just made our second trip to Country Cove Christmas Tree Farm (last year we had just relocated and I was pregnant). It was really cold! Luckily, there was some complimentary apple cider and hot chocolate to help warm us up.

We found a tree tucked in the back of the farm that belonged in our home.

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It was very quiet and peaceful out in the tree groves, probably because it was such a cold weekend and most people were staying cozy at home.

Some tiny snowflakes started fluttering down on us as we were loading up in the car to leave, making our day an authentic winter experience.

See you next year, new holiday traditions!

I Love the Nashville Flea Market

Have I mentioned that I love the Nashville Flea Market?

On the fourth weekend of every month, there is an incredible flea market at the Nashville Fairgrounds. It is way better than some little city swap meet. Visiting the market has become a family routine for me and my husband, and we try to go as much as we can. We love the thrill of the hunt, and finding that unexpected treasured item you didn’t even know you always needed…

I planned to work this morning at the hospital, but in an unexpected turn of events I wasn’t needed, so my husband suggested we head to the flea market instead. So far, Black Friday weekend has been my favorite visit to the flea market yet! There were more vendors than usual, and a lot of items were priced to sell for the holidays.

And then I saw it, that shiny little red reincarnation from my childhood…
There was a beautiful little red tricycle, just like the one I used to ride, sitting on its lonesome next to piles of old wicker furniture and rusty antiques.

Kids flocked to the tricycle, one after another. One girl sat on it and then clapped her hands gleefully. A sweet little boy tried to take the trike for a spin, and his mother pulled him away. I could hear the poor little guy whimpering all the way to the other side of the market.

“We can’t afford it,” my husband said. He was thinking what I was thinking. The trike was retro, it was adorable, and kids flocked to it like it was made of candy. It had to be more than we wanted to spend.

“Shouldn’t we at least see how much it is?” I asked, “What if it’s something crazy, like twenty bucks?”

He reluctantly hunted down the trike’s owner, and the lady said it was $25, but for us she would let it go for $20. My husband and I looked at each other, and we knew we had to take the little bike home.

I looked down at my baby in his stroller, picturing him riding the tricycle some day in the not-so-distant future.

So yes, I love the Nashville Flea Market. Today I scored a beautiful little tricycle straight out of my own childhood for twenty bucks, and I can’t wait to use it as a photography prop. I’m already planning ahead to do my first official mini sessions in the spring, and the tricycle will be my shining little star.

Impromptu Photo Shoot with Father & Son

It was one of those things that just sort of happened. My husband decided to match clothes with our son yesterday morning, and by the evening it became a spur-of-the-moment photo shoot.

We’ve had a big empty room sitting unused in the front of our new house — having a baby means buying new furniture is an unnecessary expense and low priority. My sights have been set on other things, such as gradually accumulating the parts for an in-home photo studio. After our son was born, I became employed as a newborn photographer at the hospital, and my passion for photography has been climbing. It is my dream now to have my own family photography business.

So when my flash speedlight arrived at my door yesterday, I got my lights and umbrellas all set up in that unused empty room — a.k.a. — my new home studio. When hubby got home from work, he and the baby were still in their matchy-matchy getup. I was messing around with my camera, taking pictures of them on the couch, and the lighting was terrible.

“Step into my studio,” I told my husband, and that’s when a casual evening turned into a fifteen-minute casual family photo shoot. The dog even stepped into the room, curious about what we were doing, and inserted herself into a couple of photos. The whole thing was spontaneous and fun, and the controlled lighting was so great that the photos maybe required 5-10 minutes of simple edits. I think I may have finally found my calling.

Engagement Photos at Crystal Cove

When one of the most wonderful couples I know asked me to do an engagement photo shoot for them in California… I was honored. It is such a privilege to capture the happiest moments of people’s lives.

Oh how I miss my beautiful home state. There is no greater natural backdrop than a beautiful ocean! This photo shoot took place at Crystal Cove State Park in Newport Beach, California. It is a fantastic state park with breathtaking cliffside views.

Although the weather was gloomy first thing in the morning, the sun began to peek out from the clouds and gave me some glimmering shots in the sunshine. I truly enjoyed this photo shoot and hope I get to do more photos for them someday soon (maternity photos would be good *wink*)

(Engagement Photo Shoot with Lex + Aren)

After our photo session, we visited Huntington Beach, and I took one last shot at the pier (see bottom right photo). That one was mostly just for fun.