Kristi & Danny {maternity}

Mitch Albom once said, “Love like rain, can nourish from above, drenching couples with a soaking joy.”  If these words hold truth, then Kristi and Danny are one joy-soaked, love-drenched couple for two reasons: 1.) the ample amounts of rain in East Tennessee have been a little on the cray cray side this past July, and 2.) they are flooded with joy because they will be meeting their first born child and son, Jaxson, very soon.  As in, super soon.  As in, I was a little nervous to take Kristi’s pictures because I envisioned her water breaking as we traipsed around the Museum of Appalachia.  They birth sheep, horses, and cows at the Museum, but unfortunately not humans.  However, I bring you good news- her water didn’t break, but the rain did!  It broke long enough for a photo session, and wouldn’t you know the sun even peeped out for awhile?  You know, that big yellow sphere in the sky that has neglected us for far too long.

This shoot was just plain fun.  Danny is hilarious, so you know he was hamming it up for the camera.  Kristi was such a good, sweet sport to be pregnant in the July humidity.  It’s no wonder the rain went away and the sun came out to shine more joy down on this excited and happy couple.  Congratulations, Kristi & Danny!  We can’t wait to meet little Jaxson Lynn Sherwood.

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chastity vickeryJuly 9, 2013 - 2:51 am

Great pictures!

lharri10@gmail.comJuly 9, 2013 - 3:03 am

Thanks, Chastity! 😉

Kristi SherwoodJuly 10, 2013 - 10:27 pm

You do such an awesome job! Can’t wait for you to shoot baby Jax!

lharri10@gmail.comJuly 11, 2013 - 1:43 am

I can’t wait for him to get here!

Jenny CooneyJuly 13, 2013 - 4:01 pm

Love everything about these pictures! simpley beautiful

Covington HanleyJuly 14, 2013 - 7:03 am

I love your locations! They look unique and fun and specific to each client. Fabulous!!

Sara LawsonJuly 14, 2013 - 3:11 pm

Precious pictures! I would love for you to do a photo shoot with me and my boyfriend since we’ve never had pictures done before and he’s in the Navy. I would love love love to win this contest!

Emily JenkinsJuly 15, 2013 - 1:02 am

Love these! You do awesome work!

MaleiaJuly 15, 2013 - 2:14 am

Great job, Li!! Congrats Dan!

Rese and Raylan

Riddle me this: what’s cuter than a baby decked out for the 4th of July sitting inside vintage red suitcases?  Two babies decked out for the 4th of July sitting inside vintage suitcases.  Rese and Raylan are cousins whose  beautiful mommies, Ashley and Sara, are sisters and are both friends of mine.   It’s kind of in the genes for these babies to be ridiculously cute if you know what I mean.  These sweet little ones were great sports, considering it was a warm July evening, a crazy lady (aka me) was pointing a strange contraption known as a camera at them, and their mamas were jumping around all over the place and singing children’s songs to get them to smile.  The things we’ll do for a baby’s smile… totally worth it for the end product.  Special thanks to Coldstream Market in Clinton, one of my favorite stores, for the props and for always having such amazing items to purchase.

I’m so glad we live in a country that embraces freedom.  If you are a loved one of someone who has served, thank you for being the homeland rock that gave them love and support.  If you are someone who has served, thank you sincerely for all that you have done and continue to do for our country.  These little Star Spangled Sweethearts would also like to say thank you:

 

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Jennifer N.July 4, 2013 - 10:37 pm

Such cute girls! And you are very talented!!

Ashley PowellJuly 5, 2013 - 2:50 am

These will make a great gallery set on a wall! LOVE the backdrops and of course those sweet a babies,

Sarah MyersJuly 10, 2013 - 5:43 pm

These two are so adorable!

michele harrisonJuly 10, 2013 - 6:51 pm

These two are delicious! Def. need to have you take some family photos for us!

Misty DuncanJuly 11, 2013 - 3:14 pm

How stinkin cute are these two?!

Lilly CoxJuly 11, 2013 - 5:08 pm

Absolutely adorable pictures!

LaceyJuly 11, 2013 - 5:19 pm

Cuties!! Love the pics of Raylan and Rese!

Chastity VickertJuly 13, 2013 - 3:04 pm

Love the colors! So adorable!

Holly WebbJuly 14, 2013 - 3:59 am

Super cute red, white, & blue pics!!

Brittany FarrisJuly 14, 2013 - 4:40 am

Beautiful!! Love this set

PaulJuly 14, 2013 - 4:29 pm

such cuties

Kelly & Brandon

He hid her diamond ring inside a pumpkin and popped the question.  She said yes.  They set a date, said I do, danced the night away, and drove off in the cutest little blue truck you ever did see.

Kelly and Brandon are such a sweet couple that have “that look” for each other.  You know the one I’m talking about.   She smiles.  He melts.  He smiles.  She melts.  It’s even cuter than that sweet little blue truck.

This wedding will remain near and dear to my heart because it was the first wedding I captured behind the lens of a camera.  Kelly and Brandon, thank you for pursuing me for this task that I was a bit nervous about and for trusting me on one of the most important days of your life together.

The wedding was gorgeous, and the flowers Kelly put together with the help of some loved ones were absolutely amazing- peonies, roses, and hydrangeas in creams, blushes, and faint yellows.  The bridal party and the guests were all ridiculously fun.   Maple Grove Inn, a historic mansion built in 1799, was a beautiful venue and all the country chic details Kelly envisioned were spot on for a sweet Southern wedding.  Congratulations, Kelly & Brandon!  May you always have “that look” for one another and a cute little blue truck that whisks you away into happily ever after.

 


 

 

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JessicaJuly 4, 2013 - 8:35 pm

Kelly’s wedding pics are beautiful! Lisa, it’s hard to believe this was your first wedding shoot. Amazing work!

lharri10@gmail.comJuly 4, 2013 - 8:38 pm

Jessica, those words mean a lot to me! :) Thank ya, ma’am!

BlakleeJuly 10, 2013 - 5:51 pm

Gorgeous pictures!!

Kauai, Hawaii

Aloha,

Dave and I have been anticipating this vacation for awhile now.  We found ourselves saying “Hawaii” whenever we would feel the least bit of stress or worry over our jobs.  I also may or may not have practiced hula dancing in our kitchen the night before when I should have been packing instead.  Kauai is the only thing that got me through the end of the school year.  We knew we wanted some faraway tropical place we had never to, and since we don’t have kiddos yet, we decided to fly 13+ hours to the little heavenly island of Kauai.  We stayed on Kauai’s North Shore in a town called Princeville, and we traveled five minutes into our favorite little town called Hanalei.  Yes, the place where Puff the Magic Dragon lived by the sea.  Hanalei is the cutest little surfer hippie town where there are no chain restaurants or stores.  Everyone drinks smoothies, practices yoga, surfs, cares about the environment, and lives an active lifestyle.  Dave and I found ourselves asking, “How can we move down here?  What could we do for work?”  Don’t get me wrong, East Tennessee is home, but we left a little piece of our heart in Kauai.  While we were in Chicago awaiting at the gate for our flight to Honolulu, a Hawaiian lady asked us which islands we were going to visit.  I replied, “We’re going to Kauai and staying in Princeville.”  She quickly responded, “That’s my favorite part of Hawaii.  The Kauai spirit is amazing.  You will feel the atmosphere as soon as you get off the plane.”  I didn’t understand what she meant until I actually got there.  All I can say is that Kauai is physically the most gorgeous place I have ever seen- waterfalls draining off the lush mountains, rainbows appearing several times throughout the day, sapphire Pacific waves, and a constant ocean breeze.  Oh, and chickens and roosters.  There’s an overpopulation of them there because rumor has it that when they were filming Jurassic Park, the movie crew had chickens to feed the dinosaurs.  A bad storm blew through, and the chickens and roosters kind of went MIA.  If I were a chicken, I would totally go MIA in Kauai, too.  Here’s a few things I learned in Kauai:

1.) Everyone really does say Aloha (hello) and Mahalo (thank you).

2.) Wear bathing suit bottoms that fit kind of snug when trying to surf.  My precious native surf instructor, Holo, saw “A Bad Moon Arising,” but he was sweet enough to act like he didn’t.

3.) Research where you snorkel before you go there.  Dave and I went to Tunnels Beach near Hanalei, and it was incredible.  We saw a sea turtle while snorkeling and another Hawaiian monk seal resting on the beach (earlier we saw a seal on the south shore of Poi’pu).  We heard some people talking about reef sharks, which aren’t known to be aggressive.  However, this is the same beach where a tiger shark attacked soul surfer Bethany Hamilton and ripped off her arm.  I would have reevaluated our decision to go to Tunnels had I known that.

4.)  Hiking 8 rough miles to see the Hanakapi’ai Falls is totally worth every step.

5.) The Napali Coast is breathtaking.  This is where they filmed part of Pirates of the Carribean, but unfortunately I didn’t see Johnny Depp.

6.) The Waimea Canyon is worth the drive.

7.) The people of Kauai are ALL about supporting the locals, their own people.  They take care of each other, and they all put in an effort to take care of their island.  I wish we could adopt this mindset.  There’s too much litter in our beautiful state.

8.) Why did the chicken cross the road?  Because it’s Kauai.

9.) The north shore of Kauai where we stayed is the second rainiest part of the planet.  This worried me before we went, but I just thought, “Well, I’ll just buy a rain jacket if it’s really that bad.”  It honestly was not bad at all.  It would barely sprinkle at various parts of the day, but it was refreshing.  It’s not the kind of rain that hangs around like we’re used to in East TN.  Princeville is so green and lush in vegetation, and the waterfalls and rainbows would not be possible without all the rain.  There is always something beautiful in the things we often perceive as negative.

10.) I met an older native surf shop owner in Hanalei named Mitch when Dave was golfing at The Prince Course. Mitch and I talked about various subjects, from the art of paddling while surfing to taxation in Hawaii.  At one point, crazy haired, barefooted Mitch quoted scripture about having faith as small as a mustard seed and moving mountains.  Although I thought I understood those lines fairly well, Mitch made me think differently about them.  He said that it’s often the mountains we create for ourselves that we have the power to move.  He went on to say that we must take time to breathe and experience the breath of life itself.  This just goes to show that the people we meet in life, even just the ones we encounter for a few minutes and will never see again, have the ability to influence us.  Here’s to creating less mountains and taking more time to breathe.  Mahalo, Kauai, Dave and I needed just that.

(Images are taken with my Nikon and iPhone).

 

 

 

 

 

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Rhonda PhillipsJune 24, 2013 - 4:31 pm

Beautiful pictures! Makes me want to pack up and go…

CPTJune 25, 2013 - 6:05 pm

LOVE ALL OF THIS. PROUD OF YOU.

lharri10@gmail.comJune 25, 2013 - 8:38 pm

Love you, CPT. Forev and always.

KateJune 26, 2013 - 12:11 pm

I want to go to there. I also want a giant shel-horn… I could use it to wake the girls up every morning.

lharri10@gmail.comJune 26, 2013 - 2:51 pm

Lol! That would be the perfect alarm clock to wake up the girls… or Caleb. lol!

LaCole SmithJune 28, 2013 - 2:48 pm

Beautiful pictures! I enjoyed reading your blog! I have always wanted to go to Hawaii!

Whitney DurfeeJune 28, 2013 - 3:04 pm

Your photos are gorgeous! Hope I can make it to Hawaii someday :)

MelindaJuly 10, 2013 - 5:13 pm

Great pictures! Hopefully I can go back there and rediscover the islands someday.

lharri10@gmail.comJuly 10, 2013 - 5:17 pm

We loved every bit of Kauai and want to go back so bad!

Tiffany EdenfieldJuly 10, 2013 - 6:16 pm

Beautiful work. Hope I win the free giveaway. :)

Amanda FairchildJuly 10, 2013 - 8:38 pm

I love the pics from your trip!!! So amazing!!!

Esther SmithJuly 11, 2013 - 1:11 am

LOVE your work!

MistyJuly 11, 2013 - 1:36 pm

You took some beauties girl!!!

A New Day, a New Chapter, a New Leaf

I’ve avoided purchasing my own website/blog because of a little voice in my head (yes, I just admitted to voices in my head in the very first sentence of my blog but disregard and please keep reading) that would often chant “You don’t have the time” and “You need to get better first.”   However, I felt a strong pull at my heart when my sweet friends and family members would ask me, “Do you have a Facebook page or a website for your pictures?  You don’t?  Well, you need one.”  You see, I’m a little stubborn at times and want to do things my way.  Yes, Mom, I’m finally admitting that. For example, I did not want to go back to school in year six of my teaching career to get my Ed.S. (Education Specialist Degree).  I thought about it when my dear friend Randi Russell talked to me about it, but I started to close the door on that thought because of time, money, and other excuses I created for myself.  However, in the course of two hours on a rainy day when I was shopping at Marshall’s and Lowe’s, I literally ran into three different people who told me I needed to think about going back to school for a license in administration without me even bringing up the subject.  I remember walking out of Lowe’s, looking up at the rain clouds, and smiling while thinking, “Well, God, this is obviously Your plan for me.  You’ve got my attention.”  I’m sure anyone who saw me in the Lowe’s parking lot thought look at that weird girl smiling at the rain clouds.   But, well, what else do you do when several coincidences turn into a full blown sign and you feel like the GPS in your heart found the right direction?  The point of all this is I’m beginning a new day, a new chapter, and turning over a new leaf by finally giving my pictures a home to call their own.  As a high school English teacher, I often tell my students to go out on the limb because that’s where the fruit is, express yourself with creativity and freedom, and don’t be afraid to take risks in life.  So I guess it’s about time I start practicing what I preach.  I look forward to pursuing and getting better at an art that can never truly be perfected, and hopefully I’ll find myself smiling up at the rain clouds along the way.

To view some of my favorite photos of some of my all-time favorite people from past sessions, please check out the gallery section.   I’ll list a few of them in this post as well.  Thank you so much for your support and time!  :)

 

 

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Sarah RayJune 23, 2013 - 6:07 pm

Wonderful work! Can’t wait to do a shoot with you.

Melinda SpivaJune 23, 2013 - 6:53 pm

So excited for you! Your pictures are lovely! Maybe I will be lucky enough for you to photograph me sometime!

Amanda FairchildJune 23, 2013 - 6:57 pm

Lisa,
Your work is truly beautiful!! So happy to see you taking it to the next level with the website! Congratulations!!!! Hope to have you take my family’s pictures one day!

Elissa AaronJune 23, 2013 - 7:13 pm

You’ve taken gorgeous pictures. I like how they are all so natural looking. I’m so happy for you that you discovered this amazing talent :)

Amory CannonJune 23, 2013 - 7:19 pm

Gorgeous pictures, Lisa! I would love to work with you when I’m ready to have my first author photoshoot. :)

Megan Harmening ThomasJune 23, 2013 - 7:26 pm

Website looks great Lisa! Best wishes on your new endeavor :)
Megan

Rhonda PhillipsJune 23, 2013 - 7:46 pm

Love her and love her pictures!!

DebbieJune 23, 2013 - 7:57 pm

Good luck in this new venture!

Misty TannerJune 23, 2013 - 8:26 pm

Pick me! You have defiantly found your calling….you haven taken some beautiful pictures. My fingers are crossed!! Haha!

AshleeJune 24, 2013 - 12:09 am

LOVE! LOVE! LOVE THEM ALLLLLL!!!! You are amazing!!!

Caroline BrayJune 24, 2013 - 12:30 am

Great new talent! You take beautiful photos!

RachelJune 24, 2013 - 12:33 am

Lisa, I love the website! It looks fantastic. I hope you get tons and tons of business. With your personality, this will take off!! Good luck and have fun doing something you really enjoy. With lots of love and prayers, Rachel

Ryan HumphreyJune 24, 2013 - 1:48 am

Your pictures are fabulous. I happen to have a 3 week old that could ham it up for your camera…

lharri10@gmail.comJune 24, 2013 - 2:41 am

Oh my goodness, I would love to see that precious baby girl! :)

lharri10@gmail.comJune 24, 2013 - 2:42 am

Thank you, Rachel! You always got a sister’s back, and I love you for it. I sincerely appreciate all your support! 😉

lharri10@gmail.comJune 24, 2013 - 2:42 am

Thanks, Caroline!

lharri10@gmail.comJune 24, 2013 - 2:43 am

Love you, Ashlee!

lharri10@gmail.comJune 24, 2013 - 2:43 am

Thank you, sweet Sarah!

lharri10@gmail.comJune 24, 2013 - 2:43 am

Awwww, thanks Melinda!

lharri10@gmail.comJune 24, 2013 - 2:44 am

Amanda, you’re too kind. Thank you!

lharri10@gmail.comJune 24, 2013 - 2:44 am

Thank you so very much, Elissa!

lharri10@gmail.comJune 24, 2013 - 2:45 am

Thank you, Author Amory! :)

lharri10@gmail.comJune 24, 2013 - 2:45 am

Thanks, Megan!

lharri10@gmail.comJune 24, 2013 - 2:45 am

Thanks, Rhondy!

lharri10@gmail.comJune 24, 2013 - 2:46 am

Thank you, Debbie!

lharri10@gmail.comJune 24, 2013 - 2:46 am

Misty, you crack me up. I would love to capture you and your too cute of a family.

Brandy ChambersJune 26, 2013 - 1:52 pm

Website looks great! The Hawii pics are a dream. I have always wanted to go there. Love to look at the pictures you post they are always so good. Erin and Ashley suggested I should talk to you about getting preggo/family pictures with you. Interested… I am only about 4 1/2 months along due in November but would love to have pictures with Matt and the kids outside before it gets too cold. I guess I need to be talking to you pretty soon.

lharri10@gmail.comJune 26, 2013 - 2:52 pm

Brandy, I would LOVE that. I’ll send you a message! Your whole family is so beautiful, and I just know the new little one will fit right into that.

Courtney DurrettJune 28, 2013 - 2:50 pm

LOVE LOVE LOVE these photos! I’m so glad you have a website now so I can tell all of my friends how AMAZING you are! Love it!

Krista MackJuly 1, 2013 - 10:18 am

Love your awesome photography!! Amazing work

CarolJuly 4, 2013 - 8:44 pm

Would love to win the picture package contest posted on your Facebook Page. The pictures on this blog are great!!!!

PaulJuly 14, 2013 - 4:33 pm

Awesome work

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