Miss me much?

It has been a while. 2012 was a bit of a whirlwind but I am so thankful for all of the beautiful faces and lives I was able to document. It’s true, I’m a terrible website keeper-upper, so don’t expect weekly posts now that I’ve resurfaced. However, a few posts from last year that never made it to the world wide web are coming your way shortly. PS- My FB page is always more up-to-date.

2012’s craziness ended with some very exciting news! Around the holidays, right as we were closing on our first home, we found out I was pregnant! Little Baby C is due August 5th.

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We held off telling the world for a while and I refused any shoots during the first trimester (sorry if I shunned you with out giving you a good reason). I will do my first and last wedding of the season in May for a dear friend of mine with Luke’s help. Pray that goes well as I’ll be in my third trimester! It has been strange not doing so much photography, but with renovating a house, turnover at work, and doctors’ appointments, I’ve been super busy. Believe me… when this baby comes I’ll be taking A LOT of photos in between snuggles, feedings, cleanings, feedings, cleanings, snuggles, feeding, and more cleanings. At least that’s what I’m told is involved with babies! Currently I’m feeling great and have a few sessions lined up I’m very excited about. Luke even built me a tent to use for a sister session I can’t wait to try out! This second trimester has been quite normal I’d say, all things considered, and we are so thankful for all your love and support as you’ve found out our little surprise! I am likely taking 2-3 months maternity leave, but after that I will take on as much photography as I can along with my full time job if I can still be a good momma. It will be trial and error but I’m fine with that. If you’d like to follow my personal blog through this journey of renovating a house, raising a new pet (did I mention we got a kitten?!), and creating a human send me a message and I’ll send you the link.

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Team Phelps: Nashville Child and Family Photography

Way back in our newlywed Atlanta days, when I was really getting my feet wet, our friends, Melodye and Jeremy, requested and trusted me to do newborn pictures of their first baby, Abram. I was honored then and am even more honored today that after their recent move to Franklin they asked me to take family pictures in honor of Mother’s Day! Great gift Jeremy! They wanted some family, just Abram, and a few “engagement like” pictures. These need little explanation as you can just see the love and happiness this family so naturally shows each other. The photoshoot was near effortless thanks to perfect weather, happy Abram, beautiful people, and my husband who always tags along and is a genius with getting kids to laugh. Here are just a few of the many many favorites I had. They will probably make you smile and love life a little more, if you’re like me…

Introducing Latham! Harrisonburg, VA Photography

It took us 7 weeks to see our precious new nephew, but we finally made the trip in May to Harrisonburg, Virginia. Latham was the first grand-baby on the Copeland side and we were dying to see him! It was also our first time seeing their new house that was recently featured on House Hunters! I’m related to celebrities now… be jealous. We stayed for a long weekend and soaked it all in–Adam, Cathy, Anna, Luke, Latham and myself. Burgers, ice cream, cuddling with Latham, and lots of HGTV. I am partial, yes, but I think you may agree that he has the best newborn hair. Ever. In the world. In the universe. It’s that adorable.

Here are a few pictures from our weekend with them so you can soak up the cuteness also! We are in love with this little man.

His little feet and hands were dancing all the time. I see a black belt in his future.

Adam and Cathy are both professors at James Madison University, so we used their beautiful campus for pictures…

Explanation on this holding technique to follow…Side note:  This was and is the only thing that would calm him down– carry him facedown with one hand under his chest. Luke got creative with his technique as you can see.

Bath time snapshot!

Can’t wait to see our beautiful family again soon! Thank you world wide web for letting me brag a little bit and show off the newest cutie pie.

Courtney + Ryan: Mooresville, AL: Wedding

You may recognize this beautiful pair from their engagement pictures I did a couple months ago. I was so very excited about this wedding, not only because I loved the couple and their family, but also because the venue (Lyla’s), the dress, and all small details were pretty inline with my style. Vintage. Country chic. Antique. Relaxed. Cozy. Did I mention my dream home would be right on Mooresville’s historic square? Love. It.

Recap: I know this lovely bride and groom because Courtney is my sister-in-law’s sister. I was so honored to shoot their wedding and share this day! They pretty much glow when they are around each other. That fact combined with their gorgeousness makes it impossible to take a bad picture. The day was overcast, then sunny, then rainy, then overcast again. No one stressed. We even started pictures late giving them much less time than most weddings to get their shots in, but somehow it all came together. Doesn’t it always?? Sometimes a tad bit of stress (on me, not the bride/groom) is a good challenge to overcome and forces you to get creative with time and location. It all turned out just lovely. Their reception was so much fun. I couldn’t tell whose family was whose the way they all partied together. They were all so kind to me also, which I am so grateful for. It’s easy to see their family cherished them… and knew how to have fun. Enjoy this glimpse into their perfect day…






Roslyn. Nashville, TN: Baby Pictures

So, I have this beautiful cousin who lives a town over and I shamefully never see her or her sweet family. Thank goodness for photography! She asked me to do Roslyn’s pictures as well as a few family photos. Don’t you just love that name? I would steal it, but we are related. SO, we met up at one of my favorite walking spots in Nashville around 5:45, expecting it to be cooled off. Unfortunately poor little Roslyn had to suffer through blazing sun and heat, a huge spider + other bugs, and probably some allergies. She’s learning early on that beauty is pain! So I see these photos as a good testament to this sweet baby’s temperament considering all she had to deal with. Isn’t she just beautiful?! I’m hoping I somehow inherited even a smidgen of these same genes to pass on myself. Isaac, their three year old, is equally handsome with a personality all his own that I tried to capture! Thankfully my aunt and uncle (grandparents to Isaac and Roslyn) also tagged along and were a huge hit as well as Isaac’s entertainment. Laughter was abundant. It was so fun seeing them (and eating with them afterwards). I hope you enjoy these pictures of Robin, Adrien Isaac, and Roslyn as much as I do…ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

Sweet Baby James in Malibu, CA!

Hello friends! I’m behind with blog posts, so get ready. They’re about to pile in.

Back in March/April (yes, I know I’m THAT behind) we took a trip to California to visit close friends and drive the Pacific Coast Highway from San Francisco to Malibu. It was a trip of a lifetime for us. I took over 1,000 pictures (no, really), and enjoyed every minute (if you don’t count those couple days where I blew out my knees again). I apparently inherited a love for parentheses also (see?!). I digress.

I am still in the middle of blogging about it over on our family/personal blog, and have already printed a massive deluxe album with all our favorite pictures along with written details. I’m a dork, obviously, and am considering going into book making. I love it so much.

Back to the point of this post! When we arrived in Malibu, part of my “thank you” to Tyler and Rebecca for allowing us to stay with them was a little photoshoot of James and they’re little family. We never see them because they are so far away, and we just wanted to give them a special gift. Here are just a few of my favorite moments. And, yes, James is as sweet and good natured as he looks and we loved spending some major time with all of them. Makes me want a little one even more!

Courtney + Ryan: Engagement [Mooresville, AL]

What a fun day Luke and I had with Courtney and Ryan last Saturday! I am slightly partial to this couple because Courtney is sister to my sweet sister-in-law. (I really lucked out with my in laws!) We got to know the lovely and sweet couple a little over wedding festivities last year and I was so honored that she asked me to shoot her engagement and May wedding! They are the kind of people who I swear could get along with anyone. The day was just way too easy! It didn’t help that they were ridiculously photogenic and we were shooting in historic Mooresville, Alabama. What you may not know is that it was freezing!! They were troopers and I am just in love with these little moments I captured. This may have been one of the more “romantic” feeling shoots I’ve done to date and I can’t wait for their wedding!

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Wedding Photography: Huntsville, AL. Nashville, TN. Asheville, NC. Florence, AL.

Here are a few of my favorite past wedding photos!

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Engagements & Couples [from the vault] Nashville, TN. Hazel Green, AL. Huntsville, AL. Franklin, TN.

Love love love… love.

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Children Photography

Here are some of my favorite past kiddos!

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