Shrapnel, Brides, and Boudoir | Knoxville Boudoir Photographer

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Shrapnel, Brides, and Boudoir | Knoxville Boudoir Photographer

I’ve always been an early bloomer.

Not in the “my boobs grew before everyone else’s” sense, more in just the life sense. I got married before all of my friends were even in serious relationships, I had a big girl job for years then quit said big girl job to work for myself. Stuff like that. While I’m grateful for all of that, years go by before I get to share my knowledge, and truth be told it probably fades. As a for instance, I know nothing about dating. Like nothing. I “dated” before Jesse but I was like 15 so can you really even call that dating? I’m not even sure I know how to flirt. Thankfully, I do have a pretty good grasp of weddings, so now that my friends and family are getting engaged and planning weddings, I FINALLY get to be back on that side of things.

A few weeks ago, I went dress shopping with my friend, Kristen. I’m 100% a people watcher, which in turn is probably why I’m a photographer, so sitting back in the dressing area and getting to watch people come out and show off their dream dresses to their family and friends is premium entertainment. I just realized how creepy that all sounded…. I mean after they’re dressed.

As Kristen went back behind the curtain to try another dress on, I watched another girl come out to show hers off. She had her mom, her mother in law, and what I guessed was an aunt all waiting with bated breath. This was it, this was THE dress. They could see it, she could see it, even I could see it. It was made for her. As she stepped onto the platform, a right of passage, and did a spin, all eyes were on her. Her mom stood up to adjust the train, primping and fluffing as she went, and then she said it -

“Its beautiful, but you’ll need to skip a few meals to make sure your hips don’t bust these seams…thats where you gain you know.”

And I watched the joy drop right off her daughter’s face. Something else replaced it, maybe agreement or acceptance. And while she did smile again, it just wasn’t the same. The damage was done. That word shrapnel had already pierced.

Mamas, what if we told our daughters all of the good things about them? What if instead of projecting our own insecurities, we reassured. If instead of spewing venom we flooded the room with kindness? What if we didn’t comment on our daughter’s figures but instead complimented their minds? My first thought when I heard her say that was how I wished I could turn back time, walk over to mom, and shake her real hard. But the truth is, mom says things like that because she herself has heard things like that. Its a vicious cycle and we have to make a conscious decision to end it. We have to raise up daughters to believe that the least interesting thing about themselves is their pant size. We HAVE to, or this won’t ever stop.

When you come into my home, into my studio, we don’t hate on ourselves. We laugh, we joke, we EAT, we drink. and maybe sometimes we cry. We work at undoing all that damage that the world has done to you, and we celebrate our victories. I’ve been shooting boudoir for a long time now, and the one thing I can consistently say is true is that you WILL leave better than when you arrived. You’ll see yourself in a new light, a fresh light. And I’ll be cheering you on all the way.

Click here to schedule your boudoir session.

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Maypop Fields | Classic Spring Barn Wedding Inspiration

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Maypop Fields | Classic Spring Barn Wedding Inspiration

Maypop Fields | Classic Spring Barn Wedding Inspiration

I’ll be honest, I’d shoot a styled shoot every week if I could. Especially when they’re THIS pretty.

Last month, Emily with EG Weddings and Events reached out to us and asked to meet up and get to know each other. We’re always excited to network so of course I said heck yes. When we met, she started describing this styled shoot she’d been designing and asked if we wanted to be a part of it and of course we said yes! Emily lined up a team of all-star vendors and put together this gorgeous spring inspired shoot at one of East Tennessee’s newest venues, Maypop Fields.

Maypop Fields is a barn, but not like any barn you’ve seen before. Its classic but modern, posh but laid back. The sweet ladies who run the barn have an excellent eye for detail, with tons of thought put into every nook and cranny of space. Here are some of our favorite things about this new barn venue.

  1. Its white on the inside and outside, so no funky color casts.

  2. Theres a suite for both the bride AND the groom…we love when a venue thinks about the groom too.

  3. Theres multiple ceremony sites.

  4. The inside is so lovely that if it rained and you could only shoot inside, you’d be totally fine.

  5. They have packages that include tables, chairs, and painted white pews. The tables are also a GORGEOUS light wood barn table design. We love them.

Theres tons more, but if you’re looking for a gorgeous venue, you HAVE to check out Maypop.

Other Vendors involved in this shoot that are ahhhhmazing-

EG Weddings and Events: Emily has been in the event planning industry for years, but recently relocated to Knoxville and has begun taking lots of East TN weddings and putting her own twist on them! Emily literally thinks of everything (she had little cookie bags for everyone who participated in the shoot, um hellllooo!?!? She’s perfect.) and is so incredibly easy and fun to work with. We can’t wait to work a wedding together soon!

Echelon Florist: This gang always knocks it out of the park. I love how full their arrangements always are!

Lillian Ruth: The gals at LR helped pick the most perfect gown for this shoot. Classic but still fun. Thats part of what I love about Lillian Ruth’s selection.

Tristar Scribe: Man, Brit always kills it. She’s so insanely talented. All of the envelopes and invites are allll her. And can we talk about the gold and emerald green? Hello swoon.

Katie Carnegie: Katie was the HMUA for this shoot and wow. This was our first time working together and we LOVE her work! So fun and fresh, but still timeless. We also loved that Katie stuck around and helped adjust hair and makeup while we set up shots!

Regal Tuxedo: I’m a sucker for a well fitting suit, and so often suit rentals won’t be, but Regal goes the extra mile and makes sure their fellas look great.

Rachel Writes Fancy: Rachel made the most lovely sign! I love her work and seriously need to hire her to fill up my ginormous blackboard in my living room. I write like a toddler so I’m a big fan of anyone who doesn't.

Lastly, our lovely models, real life couple Gabe and Maleia! They’re both so beautiful and I can’t wait to see their real wedding photos!

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Sunny Magic Hour Engagement Session at Melton Hill Park

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Sunny Magic Hour Engagement Session at Melton Hill Park

Sunny Magic Hour Engagement Session
at Melton Hill Park

Magic hour. Golden hour. Glow hour. Call it what you want, its every photographer’s favorite time to shoot (though I will say I love a good sunrise session) and with good reason. It really is magical. Sloan and Christian’s engagement session is the PERFECT example of that, and their pup, Cain, just adds to the magic, because come on, who doesn’t love a good pup pic?!?

I’ve known these two since we were all babies…well, early early teens, and they’re one of those couples that you just KNEW would be together forever. Like, Christian proposed and I’m sure everyone said “finally” because they’re meant to be. We cannot wait for their wedding this summer!

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Knoxville Boudoir Photography Studio

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Knoxville Boudoir Photography Studio

Knoxville Boudoir Studio

What a freakin title.
Well ladies, I’ve done it. I’ve jumped off the deep end. Okay, its not that dramatic, but I did create a studio in my house!!!
I know, you’re shook, right? Right? Okay, but it IS cool though.

Having an in home boudoir studio is something I’ve contemplated for years, but I always assumed I’d need to wait until we moved someday and would buy a house with that in mind. Never in a million years did I think this would be a possibility in our current home, but look at me counting my lucky stars.

She’s a work in progress, and she forces me to keep my house clean-ish all the time, BUT SHES MINE. She being the studio, of course. Most of you have seen the progress on insta, but I wanted to officially introduce the space on the blog since I had my first session in it today!!


You’re probably wondering what this means for you and for Winx.
If you’re a guy, literally nothing, but if you’re a lady, be excited, be really excited! It means a more luxe experience, better deals, more frequent work being show, giveaways, and a constantly evolving and well curated exclusive space.

Intersted? Send me a message! Lets talk shop!


And lastly, two shots from earlier today!

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Modern Colorful Spring Wedding Inspiration at Knoxville Museum of Art

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Modern Colorful Spring Wedding Inspiration at Knoxville Museum of Art

Modern Colorful Spring Wedding Inspiration at Knoxville Museum of Art

The Knoxville Museum of Art boasts high ceilings and a white backdrop, perfect for dressing up exactly how you want it in any season. This Spring wedding inspiration plays with the already modern space, capitalizing on its large windows and open floorpan and bringing in fresh pops of color with a beautiful red headed bride, colorful florals, and a fun table and backdrop!

Venue: Knoxville Museum of Art | Planning & Styling: Epiphany Weddings | Florals: LB Floral | Dress: Loveliest | MUA: Beauty by Blair | Hair: Hair by Christi Piontkowski | Rentals: All Occasions Party Rentals

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Planning a modern Knoxville wedding and looking for other modern venues? Check out this recent wedding at The Standard In downtown Knoxville!

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2018 Year End Review | Knoxville Wedding Photographers

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2018 Year End Review | Knoxville Wedding Photographers

Ya know how people pick a word for the year? I’ve never really been good at that. I mean, there is NO way I’d remember what my word is and I’d 110% lose the sticky note I wrote it on. So I’m thinking that instead, I’d like to give the year a word after the fact. 2018’s word would be joy. I’m thinking 2019’s word will probably be joy too. I think that might just be MY word.

2018 was a whirlwind. It was the most beautiful mess. We had the most incredible clients, made the most impactful connections, and set and crushed some big goals for ourselves. While I could go on for hours about each and every person we met this year, I’ll leave you with this- 2018 was awesome. 2019 is already set to be even better. Check out a few of our favorite images from the year!

xoxo
Jesse & Quinn

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Boudoir Minis and Why They're Awesome | Knoxville Boudoir Photographer

Boudoir Minis and Why They're Awesome | Knoxville Boudoir Photographer

*** Please note this post is from my last round of boudoir minis in Jan of 2019. I currently only offer full sessions. Click here to book one. ***

Extra extra, read all about it- Boudoir Minis are BACK.

Every year, sometimes twice, I get to hold a round of boudoir minis. These sessions are so near and dear to my heart because I inevitably bond with these incredibly strong, brave, kind, funny women and together we get to create some of the most beautiful portraits of them. I have brides and moms and grandmas and best friends and wives and single ladies all participate and they all have something in common- they’re all gorgeous. Everybody means every body. SO, if you’re on the fence, I thought I’d put together a few reasons why I LOVE these sessions.

  1. It lets you dip your toe into the world of boudoir without grabbing a full session. I have TONS of women come back later on for a full sesh, after they see that, hey, this self love thing isn’t as scary as it may seem.

  2. Its a perfect confidence booster disguised as a gift. Yes, you can give your session to your significant other and they’ll love it, but whats more important is that YOU will love it.

  3. They’re tasteful. I’ve had MOMS thank me for creating such beautiful and timeless portraits of their daughters. Yup, you read that right, you could even show your mom. These photos are the epitome of tasteful. My work is more suggestive than anything. I always grab gorgeous classic photos of you in the process.

  4. Discount. Seriously, need I say more?

Cozy Fall Wedding at The Lodge at Brother's Cove

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Cozy Fall Wedding at The Lodge at Brother's Cove

We’d probably fight someone for Sam and Robert, like no questions asked. I’m hoping they never ask, but if they do, hey, we’d do it. We’re not particularly “ready to rumble” type people (okay, Jesse excluded, he totally is) but we genuinely love these two. Sam and Robert are OUR people. 2018 has been so good to us, slinging us couples who love us and love us well left and right, but Sam and Robert, man oh man, they take the freaking cake. Right about here, I’d like to insert the multiple text messages that Sam has sent me telling me how grateful she is for us and how much she loves us, like unprovoked, just out of the blue. I’m not going to, because this isn’t about us, but the point is that I could. But heres the thing, I have this feeling that they’d do that for any one of the people they care about, and their wedding day shows proof of that. Every single person in attendance was JOYFULLY participating in their day. From their best friends to their siblings, the dads, mom, grandma (hey, they’re my mom and grandma too on wedding days, I have no shame) they were all so incredibly excited to witness the love these two share. We were too. Like- cry multiple times throughout the day excited because these people who were relative strangers to us several months prior were showing us exactly what true love looks like, and they were OUR people now.

Okay, mushy stuff aside, this wedding was tops. We both agreed that it was our favorite reception ever (you’re about to see the liveliest group of people dancing ever) and that we could totally merge our friend groups, which is always nice. The MAGICAL 3m Creative Consultants team (hey Jana heeeeey) put together the most picturesque day for Sam and Robert, complete with the gorgeousness of the Great Smoky Mountains backdrop. Also, Beauty by Blair and Hair by Christi (my squad) were the artists behind Sam and her squad’s look.

Sam and Robert were everything a Winx Photo couple should be- kind, real, joyful, trusting, and ready to have a really good time. If you’re anything like these two, hey, head our way. We want to meet you. As for the Gennos, we love you two. Thank you for allowing us in and thank you for always being so encouraging, so kind, and so fun.

xoxo,
Jesse & Quinn

Venue: The Lodge at Brother’s Cove | Planning/Florals/Catering/DJ: 3M Creative Consultants | Hair: Christi Piontkowski | MUA: Beauty by Blair | Dress: White Lace and Promises | Invites: Shutterfly

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Intimate Weekday Wedding at Spout Spring Estates Winery & Vineyard

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Intimate Weekday Wedding at Spout Spring Estates Winery & Vineyard

Tuesday freaking weddings.

Weekday weddings are literally the most magical thing ever. Intimate weddings are literally the most magical thing ever. Windy weddings are literally the most magical thing ever. Ok that was a lot, but this wedding had all of that and more and I’m not exaggerating at all when I say this day was exceptional.
Kelly and Anthony chose a weekday wedding surrounded by all of their closest family and friends at the always beautiful Spout Spring Estates Winery and Vineyard- seriously, peep those views. Kelly and Anthony booked us about a month before their day, so they decided against our complimentary engagement session. I’ll be honest, I was a little worried. I like to think our engagement sessions really help us to mesh with our clients and really play a huge part in making sure a wedding day runs smoothly. Y’all, it was like we had known each other for forever.
While I’m still a huge e-sesh fan, Kelly and Anthony broke the mold on cool couples. They trusted us implicitly, right down to having us pin the bout and bustle the dress. They ran, they laughed, they spun. They did all of the crazy things we ask couples to do and they did it joyfully and without hesitation, trusting that we’d get killer results.
This was easily one of the hardest blogs I’ve ever put together because picking photos was so tough- there are SO many incredible ones! I always like to sprinkle in some favorites while leaving a few to surprise our couples when they get their full gallery but this was tough because every photo is my fave.

Kelly and Anthony, thank you so much for allowing us to document all of that joy on your beautiful and windy wedding day. We still are just smitten over how much we love these photos and you both!

Venue: Spout Spring Estates Winery and Vineyard | Cake: Costco | Dress: David’s Bridal | HMUA: Piper at Salon Visage | Rentals: AOPR | Suit: Men’s Warehouse | DJ: DJ Ray

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Knoxville Interior Commercial Photographer | Our Livingroom

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Knoxville Interior Commercial Photographer | Our Livingroom

So I painted my office back in the summer.
A little backstory- we live in a rental. Our walls are a putty color- not terrible, but not me. After seeing my business coach’s studio (more on all of that another time) I KNEW I wanted to paint my office white. I’m literally here 90% of the day and I desperately wanted my space to reflect who I am- bright and joyful. I also wanted my work to really be the showcase in the office, so I knew that like my site, it’d pop best on white. So I (just kidding, it was Jesse) did it and then I immediately had an identity crisis.
THE WHITE WALLS MADE ME WANT A NEUTRAL HOUSE.
My decorating style has always been bright colors, but all of the sudden that was not the case. While yes, I love the way my work looked in my office, I also very much loved how calming the white was.
Enter fall, nesting mode, hosting an event, and my outdated living room.
Because I am a glutton for punishment, I scheduled our annual Friendsgiving in a house that hadn’t truly been cleaned in months because we were so busy. Not only had it not been cleaned (seriously, you should SEE our dust bunnies, they’re more like dust walruses) it was in need of some TLC. So again, I wanted to paint.
1 week prior to our Friendsgiving we did just that. I keep saying we, but I definitely mean not me.

So. With white walls I realized how gross our couch cover was. Unfortunately IKEA discontinued the series, and replacement covers were as much as a new couch. On a whim, I checked amazon and buddy, it was on. I found a darker grey (better for us anyway since light grey shows where our dirty dogs have put their muddy bodies before they get baths.) and it was so much cheaper than anything I’d seen before. We moved the credenza (its just a dresser), built a console table, built a giant chalkboard, ordered a new chair and light, and pulled out some of the decor I’d been hoarding with no true home for it yet. Boom. Done. And, Jesse only hated me for like 80% of the time.

All joking aside, my husband really is the most patient human and even though apparently Lowes puts him in a very bad mood, he loves the outcome and still somehow loves me.

Drumroll, here is the end result! There are still a few things I want to do (namely, find the perfect cognac leather chair at a reasonable price) but I’m super pleased with how everything turned out!

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Classic Lakeside Wedding at Tellico Village Yacht Club

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Classic Lakeside Wedding at Tellico Village Yacht Club

Classic Lakeside Wedding at Tellico Village Yacht Club

I don’t like being called an artist, or artists rather. I think its cheesy and pretentious. This isn’t some coy attempt at “omg! We’re not even that good!” pandering, its just me, a professional photographer, telling you that I don’t like being labeled that way. I like to call us storytellers.

When I was younger, and even now still, I loved to write. I don’t get to put pen to paper much (read; at all) anymore, but I do get to share a story. A wedding day is just that, right? A love story coming to fruition. The truth is, this is just one small part of your love story. It is not the climax, it is not the resolution. Its one teensy day that ends in you promising all of your days to the one person you hold dearest. Getting to write that story in our own way is the best kind of privilege.

Anthony and Kristen planned a destination wedding from Missouri to Knoxville, TN at Tellico Village Yacht Club for the beginning of October and y’all, it was incredible. We genuinely love all of our couples and how intricately different their stories are, and Anthony and Kristen are no exception to that. We shot their “engagement” session the day prior to their wedding day since they live out of town, and when I asked Anthony if he thought he’d be emotional seeing Kristen as a bride the next day, his response was simple, “HELL YES.” He said that the two things that could bring him to his knees were their 2 dogs and Kristen. He wasn’t kidding. Anthony’s love for his new wife was so evident, so tangible. Every few minutes I’d see him glance over at her and tell her how beautiful she was and just how lucky he felt to marry her. I know all love is different, but hear me out. Your wedding day is NOT the day to skimp on emotions just because there are people around. This is your wedding day! Its completely acceptable, and really freaking cute, if you are absolutely punch yourself in the face happy. Its totally cool if you break down in tears every few minutes, and friends, its super kickass if you express your love for your partner for all of the world to see. Don’t worry about who is watching, whether it’ll be on camera, or what it’ll look like. Just GO for it. Soak it in. Live in the moment. And if you need some pointers on how to do that, check out this JOYFUL Knoxville, Tennessee wedding down below.

Venue: Tellico Village Yacht Club | Planning: Team Wedding | Florals: LB Floral | HMUA: Southern Belle Beauty | Band: The Coveralls | Cake: Publix | Rentals: AOPR | Officiant: Ken Link

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Botanical Garden Engagement Session | Sam & Robert

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Botanical Garden Engagement Session | Sam & Robert

Sam and Robert are precisely the kind of clients we’re always looking for and heres why:

A. They were literally game for whatever. Running, skipping (even though Robert didn’t know how), jumping. All of it. They were game. Trust makes for some killer photos, friends.

B. They’re really cute and really into each other. Like can you even imagine how good their wedding day is gonna be? P U M P E D for it.

Lastly. They enjoyed themselves. They approached this session ready to have a good time, and that right there makes the difference. We know that having pictures made is not everyone’s favorite thing to do, heck, half the time it isn’t even ours (Jesse HATES having his picture made) but when you make the decision that you’re gonna have fun (and, ya know, pick FUN photographers) then it shows. We know you can’t just turn off anxiety, can’t just change a lifetime of hating being in front of the camera, but there are things you can do.

-Step one: Pick a photographer you mesh with. Pick someone you can actually see yourself hanging out with. This will help big time. When we picked our wedding photographer we knew we wanted someone that was chill. Someone who wouldn’t judge us our our group of friends. Trust us when we say we are NOT judging you, your fam, your friends, or your neighbor that your grandma made you invite. We don’t care who they are, what they look like, where they’re from, what they’re into, who they’re married to, or what they talk like. You’re safe with us.

-Step two: TRUST US. I’m not even gonna elaborate. Just trust us. Trust the process, trust that we’ve got your back.

-Step three. Make a day of it. Plan a date for after, do your hair and makeup trial before if you want. Make it fun. If you know your partner hates having pictures made, plan something that will make them more at ease. For me, I always plan to go eat pho with Jesse after. Special treat because I am SO over pho. Whatever makes your day great, do that.

Above all, remember this time in your life is meant to be FUN. If you’re feeling stressed, take a step back and breathe in deep. The most important part about all of this is that at the very end, you’ll be married to the one person who makes your heart sing, and we’d be stoked to be a small part of that!

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Colorful Downtown Knoxville Engagement | Meghan & Matt

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Colorful Downtown Knoxville Engagement | Meghan & Matt

Its been a little while friends, but we're back! 
This has been a B U S Y summer for Winx, and while we're so grateful, we've gotten a little behind on some housekeeping stuff, like updating our site and blogging our work! I thought I'd kick us back off with a recent favorite of mine, Meghan & Matt's engagement session!

Meghan is a small business owner in Knoxville, so when she reached out about us photographing her and Matt's wedding this September, I was A. Stoked, and B. a little intimidated. Meghan is precious, but its always a little nerve wracking working with someone so creative! That being said, I KNEW we were a perfect match as soon as she told me what her business is- she's a graphic designer with a pension for paper goods and collectables! (Check her out here.) I've never really talked about it before, but I collect an embarrassing amount of paper products. Wrapping paper, notepads, thank you cards. You name it, I own 42. So yeah, match made in heaven. Ok, but THEN she says she wants do their engagement session around some of the bright areas of town, like the painted stairs on campus and the sunsphere and gay st and wherever else we can find. Ding ding ding, sold. Icing on the cake? These two are the cutest. They're another one of our "we're awkward in front of the camera!" couples who ends up not being awkward in front of the camera at all. They're making all of us who truly are awkward look bad, right? Cause there is absolutely no way we can turn on this level of adorable once we step in front of the camera. 

Meghan and Matt, we cannot wait for your wedding in September, and to find more murals with you both! 

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Why Family Sessions are Important

Why Family Sessions are Important

Its July. Let that sink in. Half of the year? Gone. We're closer to Christmas than we are to Valentine's Day... ok no, nevermind. Not quite. But we ARE close to fall! 

Fall is when my body rejoices. Even though that's when wedding season picks back up and we start getting busy again, fall makes my heart sing. First, pumpkin scents. I'm not even a little bit ashamed to share that I got new fall plugins for my wall flowers this weekend. The leaves get crazy beautiful around here, but have you ever noticed how gorgeous they get RIGHT before they start to change? Its this shade of green that I dream about. I've affectionately dubbed it "puney green" which isn't the most appealing title. Basically it's when green is trying hard to be green but really it's more yellow. Fall is when I wanna curl up, watch Harry Potter on repeat, and prepare mentally for all the holiday festivities that are about to unfold. 

OH. And fall is when people want their family photos. 

Listen, I get it. Fall is gorgeous, it finally feels good outside, your kids are getting a little time off of school and your summer tan is still here. Here's the thing though- you can do family photos anywhere anytime, just as long as you do them.  Why? Because your little boy's two front teeth are going to grow back in, he won't always have the sweet smile he has right now. Your daughter? Oh yeah, shes about to hit full blown "sassy stage" big time and there is NO way she won't roll her eyes at you when you ask her to match you next year. This isn't meant to make you sad that your babies are growing, its meant to make you think. They're growing, y'all. They're turning into the little people you're creating them to be and that is great, but they won't be little anymore. So quit it. Stop worrying about how you need to lose that last 10lbs of baby weight, how you need to wait for your husband to be in a good mood, how your kids have been arguing nonstop for 3 weeks. Stop focusing on what you can't do right now. Focus on what you can. 

You CAN preserve this time in their lives, even the stuff that irritates you, like their ability to get a popsicle stain on EVERY shirt they own (seriously, where are they finding these popsicles?)

You CAN make memories for them, and make sure there is photographic documentation.

You CAN be present, because the best you is the you thats present. 

Time is so fleeting. Its here and then it isn't. Let them be little, let yourself be you and let your spouse be your spouse. There is always an excuse, always a reason not to, but there are 100 more important reasons to do it. Because it is already July.

 

Peachy Whimsical Kincaid House Inspiration

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Peachy Whimsical Kincaid House Inspiration

My entire life, my mom has instilled a love for the scenic route. That only intensified when she married my step dad and we moved out to the country- to Clinton. Clinton is a sleepy little town just north of Knoxville. Its quaint but vast, the kind of town you find in Hallmark movies. Far and away, my favorite street in Clinton has always been Eagle Bend. When I was younger, I would beg to drive "the pretty way" home, just to gawk at the houses and play the "which would you pick" game. One of my favorite houses, though, would oneday become the most inviting wedding venue. The Kincaid House, or as I used to refer to it, the lighthouse house, was built in the 1930s. The gardens are something out of a traditional English storybook, with lush greenery and stone walls. The inside of the house is classic, with real hardwoods and warm afternoon light spilling over, room after room. Its a home, not a house, somewhere you want to curl up with a good book and a cup of coffee, or maybe even get snowed in. Its exactly as I imagined it would be all those years ago. 

When I heard that the Kincaid House offered weddings, my heart started racing, because that meant that I could plan something special, something complimentary to the home. Styled shoots offer us a chance to flex our creativity, to work with our friends both new and old, and to craft a scene we've always wanted to set. There's a part of me that maybe in another life was an event stylist. Not a coordinator, no, I'm nowhere near as incredible as the coordinators I know, like Marvyl with Team Wedding (more about her and everyone else involved below.) Just a stylist, someone who picks out the whos and whats and whys of a scene and makes it lovely. I knew that I wanted to incorporate peaches, because nothing says summery gardeny wedding like a peach to me. That was my base point, and from there it took off. Our overall vision for this shoot was a modern southern wedding, with touches of whimsy sprinkled in. Check it out!

Venue: The Kincaid House | Planning: Team Wedding | Florals: Melissa Timm Designs | Dress: Lillian Ruth Bride, Hayley Paige | Hair: Hair by Christi Piontkowski | MUA: Beauty by Blair | Rentals: AOPR | Cake: Cakery Bakery | Calligraphy: Tristar Scribe

 

Truth be told, I've had a vision for this shoot in my head for a long time. It wasn't until I started meeting up for lunch with Marvyl and Christi that I started to put pen to paper and get the wheels turning. Marvyl just kinda brings that out of you. She's the busiest human I know, but also possibly the most thoughtful. She goes 110mph in life, but her joy, even for simple things like southwest eggrolls from Chilis, is tangible. You can't help but love her. She is also a hell of a planner/coordinator. She shows up ready to work with a smile on her face. Her problem solving skills and creativity make her the perfect person to plan your day with, I sorta wish she'd plan all of my days for me.

Christi has become another one of my favorite people. Christi is the hair stylist for all of my boudoir clients (see her work here and here) but she has also become a good friend. She is far more talented than I think she knows, the evidence is in this shoot as well as in every client project I've ever worked on with her. She also has the most incredibly calming presence, something I think must really be awesome for her brides on their wedding days. Also, shes really funny and laughs with me about life and The Office regularly, so she's an ace.

Beauty by Blair did the makeup for this shoot. I often joke that Blair, Christi, and I are a package deal, but its kinda true. We've easily worked on over 100 clients together at this point, and they've become like family. Blair did the makeup for my own wedding, will probably do the makeup for any other event I ever do, and I'll more than likely force everyone I know to use her as well. Don't get me wrong, I've worked with lots of gifted MUAs, but again, we're just kinda a package deal. I love how subtle and feminine the look she created was. It perfectly tied in with all the little details, and especially with the soft curls Christi pulled off.

I'm gushing now, but hey, I LOVE my people. Melissa Timm and her team created the most jaw dropping floral arrangements. I actually threw my phone and squealed when Marvyl sent me a picture of them. Melissa stepped in at the 11th hour and saved the day with our flowers. With it being busy season, we had a really tough time finding a florist that was available but Melissa fit us in and really showed off. The favorite part about the arrangements was her creative use of rosemary! Every time I smelled them I wanted a steak, but hey, I like a good steak. The flowers completely tied everything else together and I cannot say enough about how happy they made me. 

Kim with Cakery Bakery was a new friend, but I'm so glad we met. I told her to have fun with it, but I wanted to have a subtle nod toward the royal wedding with multi-tier cakes. She delivered and man oh man, was that cake good. I won't even tell you how quickly we ate it. Kim and her daughter also stuck around and decorated the cakes for us with fresh flowers from Melissa and some peaches I picked up. They really did go above and beyond and were so kind throughout the whole process.

Brittany with the Tristar Scribe is another new friend that we're really excited to have gotten to work with! I've followed Brittany's work for a long time, so when I reached out I knew she'd come up with something great. I shot her a list of stuff we'd love to have be a part of the shoot and she quickly sent me back her idea, including an acrylic sign (praise be, I LOVE acrylic anything) and the coolest ribbon place "cards" for the head table. She hand lettered everything and stuck around to help us throughout the shoot, even though it got pretty humid outside. Brittany was an absolute treat to work with!

We picked a Hayley Paige dress from Lillian Ruth Bridal in Market Square and it could not have fit the scene any better. I have to admit, though I loved the Hayley Paige dress, any dress from Lillian Ruth would've been fantastic. Their collection is incredible and unique, and their showroom is one of the prettiest little pieces of downtown Knoxville. Even if all of that weren't true, Leslie and Liz make the experience of picking out a dress, even as a vendor, something special. 

All Occasions lent us all of our beautiful staple items, like the tables, linens, chairs, plates, glassware, flatware, etc. Basically everything you'd need to actually pull off a styled shoot ;) AOPR's team is always such a delight to work with. They had no problem with us coming into their showroom and laying everything out so that we could narrow down the style. They even helped recommend items. Knoxville really is lucky to have such a killer group of people.

Last but certainly not least, a massive thank you to our real couple, Kelsey and Saxon. We always use real couples for styled shoots because they bring an extra level of emotion, intimacy, and, our favorite thing, joy. Kelsey is photographer in Knoxville as well and we met by both being Preferred Photographers at The Hive. We instantly clicked, because I'm not sure who wouldn't click with Kelsey. Shes a precious human being and an excellent photographer. When she volunteered herself and her husband, I knew it was kismet. 


PHEW. I know. I ramble. I just feel like thanking people for their time and talent is really important, especially in this industry. If you're looking for any vendors, please check out our friends. They really are second to none and they all care massively about the time it takes to make you day spectacular. Plus, hey, we all work really well together :)

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Why I'm bringing boudoir BACK to Winx.

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Why I'm bringing boudoir BACK to Winx.

I'm nothing if not real, and in an attempt to share my realness with you, I want to make sure I share my shortcomings.

Heres the thing about business, there is no one right way to do it for everyone. We learn as we grow, situations mould our ideas, and plans change. Boudoir has been my passion for a long time, and a few months back, I got this idea to move my boudoir work into its own entity, enter Alexandra Quinn Photo. My hope in doing this was that A. I wouldn't offend the fine folks who don't wanna see a booty pic when searching out their wedding or portrait photography and B. I would be MUCH more organized. 

WELP. I'm here to tell you, I am in no way, shape, or form any more organized than I ever was. I also could've alleviated the booty pic problems by, oh I don't know, making a seperate insta for my boudoir work? Something super creative, like @winxphotoboudoir probably would've done the trick. Also, upon creating a beautiful site and setting up all the social media platforms, I learned that I share a name with.....drumroll please.... a porn star. Yep. You read it here first. SO, for anyone just typing in something innocent like "Alexandra Quinn Boudoir" google would pull something that...well... is kindof boudoir? 
Whatever. I digress. 

Aside from all of that, one of the most visited posts on this site is my post about being a Knoxville Boudoir Photographer. It also polls pretty high SEO wise when googling, higher in fact than my dedicated boudoir website. 

With that being said, I'll be transitioning boudoir work BACK to Winx Photo in June. I guess theres nothing I love more than revamping my site (if you visit frequently, you'll probably notice that I quite literally change SOMETHING every single week) so I'm up for the challenge.

As for a studio space, thats still on the horizon, but in the midst of wedding season it just isn't as pressing. I am, however, officially a preferred photographer at The Hive in Knoxville, meaning I have access to that beautiful space without any additional fees for you. While I can use it for anything, it definitely suits boudoir well.  

To kick off this reintroduction, I thought I'd share some recent boudoir work with you from our last minis. Heres Kristen at the Honeybee Loft, lookin' fine. 

Hair: Hair by Christi Piontkowski | Makeup: Beauty by Blair


xoxo
Quinn
Knoxville's top boudoir photographer.
Just kidding about that part.
I'm alright though. 

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Contemporary Country Wedding at Country Manor Acres

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Contemporary Country Wedding at Country Manor Acres

Every photographer has an ideal couple. For some, that couple is incredibly wealthy and polished, for others, that couple wants to elope. Some photographers love a detail heavy wedding, others just need two people. Us? We love a laid back couple, everything else is secondary. If you love each other and you're more excited about the marriage than the wedding, then we're probably the Knoxville photographers for you. 

Enter Chelsea and Andrew. I could gush about our connection for days, but I think its best to let their photos speak for themselves. Being a part of their wedding day felt like being a part of an old friend's wedding. We laughed together, cried together, and cheered for one another throughout the day. My favorite part of their wedding day was the inclusion of Chelsea's biological daughter, Emma, as well as Emma's adoptive parents and little brother. At one point, Chelsea had a special reveal of her full wedding look just for Emma, then they shared a special moment, one I truly felt privileged to capture, where Chelsea gave Emma a necklace she had worn while pregnant with Emma. Em was clearly excited, squealing, "I'm gonna keep it in my sock drawer so its safe!"  Andrew and Chelsea also surprised their guests with a foot washing ceremony, signifying their devotion and humility toward one another, just as Jesus did with his disciples. 

The love and joy on C & A's wedding day was tangible. It was one of those days where every bit of achey bones and sore muscles was 110% worth it. We feel so incredibly blessed to call this a job, and to call our couples friends. 

Venue: Country Manor Acres | Dress: Lillian Ruth / Kenneth Winston | Florals: Betty Longworth at Countryside Gardens | Suit : Jos A Bank | HMUA: Audrey & Miriam at Salon Aquarius | Rentals: AOPR / Campbell's | Catering: Rosa's | Cake: Sugarbuzz Bakers

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