Autumn Engagement Session

I love, love, love when people are adventurous. I’ll be photographing this couple’s wedding in November, so when it came to scheduling their engagement session, I asked if they’d be open to a little mountain climbing.

So glad they said yes.

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Throwback to camping, and hello autumn

Hey, remember when we used to go camping? Circa 2012?

Millers and Prichards

I am so ready for this again.

It’s nearly my favorite month and there’s much to look forward to. Our wedding anniversary, SEC conference football, an evening with Liz Gilbert. My heart swells at the thought.

Come October 1, I’ll officially be in the holiday spirit – the sort of spirit that enjoys eating copious amounts Brach’s candy corn while ignoring tooth pain. The kind of spirit that burns autumn harvest candles and orders Salted Caramel Mochas. The kind of spirit that opens up all the windows in the house so the temperature drops to brisk 60 degrees. Hello fuzzy blankets and wool socks! Hello boots and skinny jeans! Hello chili on the stove and slow-cooked roast in the oven!

Hello, autumn. I’m so glad you finally showed up.



Michele bought wax lips for the boys when she was here and they could hardly wait to try them. They’ve never experienced wax lips before and it’s been eons since I had, so of course I grabbed my camera. While they winced at the taste, they wasted no time running around with them in their mouths.

I just love how the sun is peeking through the trees in the background. East Tennessee is so beautiful right now, though winter is slowly making itself known. The big bursts of orange, red and yellow are tumbling to the ground, so it won’t be long until the trees are barren and the autumn colors fade. Chuck and I remarked that fall has lasted longer than usual, it seems. Instead of two weeks, it feels as though we’ve (rightfully) had a full month of it. If anything, I’ve definitely had a full month of eating candy corn. My waistline confirms it.

The Best Month

Welcome, October! You are loved in this house.

The boys are already talking about Halloween costumes and trick-or-treating plans, but I’m having none of that just yet because I plan to enjoy all the other 30 days of October first. Yesterday I brought out the ceramic and blown-glass pumpkins from the holiday containers, as well as the faux autumn leaf garland and pumpkin spiced candles. Fall is here, and I’m not going to wish it away so fast just to get to Halloween.

This truly is the best month to be in east Tennessee. Spring time is a close second, but there is nothing like watching ripe green summer leaves turn every shade of orange, red and yellow.  The temperatures are perfect for open windows, evenings on the front porch and star gazing. (Camping trip to come!)

Halloween will certainly be celebrated, especially because our favorite feline will turn another year older and we wouldn’t miss an opportunity to spoil him rotten.  Of course, we don’t know Salem’s real birthday, but October 31 seemed appropriate, so I declared it as such.
But first, there is much to do in the way of visiting pumpkin patches and getting lost in corn mazes. There’s also an anniversary to celebrate (12 years!), friends to visit, and a slew of great football games to watch. Happy Best Month of the Year! Let’s celebrate with a new bag of candy corn, shall we?

October First

My favorite month! My favorite month! Autumn is officially here. The green-turned-yellow leaves in my front yard prove it.

We went to a local pumpkin farm and corn maze on Saturday to officially celebrate October. It was an overcast, chilly afternoon and I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. East Tennessee is about to explode with color and we’ve got a front row seat to watch.