I’ve known Allie Gay(tor) since I was 6 years old and in the first grade. With her blonde curls, amazing singing voice, and perfect southern accent, we grew up polar opposites of each other, but somehow our friendship just worked.
One of the highlights of my high school years was watching my best friend take the stage and completely losing it in the audience when senior year, she finally scored the lead as Polly in Crazy for You. It’s no surprise that today she’s a musical theater teacher; I can’t think of a more fitting career for my sweet friend!
While Nate and I lived in Nashville, Allie contacted us for photos of her and the fuzzy little man in her life- Her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Riley. Oh, and her sister Lauren came along, too. :)
Riley for the win!
I think the last time I saw Lauren she was in middle school and Allie was locking her out of her bedroom. I love how close these two beautiful ladies have become!
We also got to meet Lauren’s little lady, Elanor Rigby. <3
My favorite! <3
I love you, Allie Gaytor!! Come visit Florida soon! <3
Cousin dogs yawning in unison? Yes, please. :)
While Nate and I technically live in Nashville, you can probably tell by our blog posts that we rarely get the chance to actually shoot in our hometown. Luckily for us, when Amanda Googled for Vanderbilt family sessions, she stumbled upon our little blog. I’m so thankful she did, and even though their session took place during 35 degree weather, we had such a fun time getting to know this sweet family!
This photo of Meredith and Brody melts my heart!
There was no better session location for these guys than their alma mater!
I love hearing when siblings are crazy for each other. :)
Brody wasn’t loving our cameras being on him, but it didn’t take too long to find out the secret to getting him to smile…
Brody loves to run! :)
Luckily for us, Nate happens to be an expert at running backwards and shooting!
Brody is also a big fan of “What Does the Fox Say.” So perfect that Amanda found that little fox sweater beanie at Gymboree, and a matching little purse and fox tights for Meredith. :)
Meredith was such a good sport despite being freezing the whole time, and this photo of her crashing on daddy’s shoulder? FAVORITE. Derek, Amanda, Meredith, and Brody, thank you for such a fun time and we hope to do it again!! :)
More Vanderbilt Family Sessions :
As the summer temperatures begin rapidly approaching (especially for those beautiful Florida weddings!), I begin daydreaming about autumn. Maybe I’m alone here, but if we could just get rid of summer altogether, well… You wouldn’t find me complaining!
So while I mentally prepare for the summer heat, I’m gonna write this blog from my air conditioned living room and share some cuddly autumn photos from a Nashville session we had last fall. It’s so hard to believe we photographed Celia and Drew’s engagement session five years ago- You can find it here on our dusty old blog. :) While we were booked on their wedding date, Celia and I reconnected through Facebook and I’ve been following her love story with Drew ever since! Their family of two grew with the addition of this little cutie, Tristyn, who just adds more proof to the fact that we not only get to photograph the most beautiful couples than any other photographer, but also the cutest babies!
I thought Celia was beautiful before, but Mom-hood has brought a whole new level of gorgeous. :)
While we took a break for Tristyn to finish his “protein shake,” Nate grabbed my favorite of the session without them even knowing. :)
Celia and Drew, thanks so much for the fun time!! Looking forward to hopefully doing it again soon. :)