Category archives: mini sessions

Nagisa is a mom of two that got in touch with me this fall for photos of her and her family. Her kids Niko and Koh are the CUTEST and were so well behaved at their session. This Murfreesboro family photo session took place at Old Fort Park and we had some great light and nice weather to work with that day.

It was a pleasure to meet them and see those adorable little smiles! Here are a few of my favorites from their session, I hope you enjoy them!

Family photos matter! Don’t put off scheduling a session for yours – they deserve to have memories with you. Click here to contact me about a session today.

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Christina and Jacob recently celebrated their second anniversary and contacted me about shooting a Nashville cotton field photo session for them as their gift to one another. So far they have been going by the traditional anniversary gifts each year, and since the second anniversary gift is cotton they figured there was no better way to incorporate that tradition. I loved this idea, and I actually had another second anniversary cotton sessions that same week!

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This fall was a bit of a challenge with the cotton harvest schedule. Those who live in the state of Tennessee know how dry it was, ultimately leading to many wildfires in our area, and because of the weather the cotton was harvested unexpectedly early. Thankfully we scheduled just in time and had our session the week before this field was harvested. This cotton field is located at Sam Davis home in Smyrna, TN and is so beautiful during the late fall and early winter. If you are interested in booking a Nashville cotton field photo session, ideal session dates here in the Nashville/Murfreesboro area are typically between late October and early December (depending on the field).

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Cristina and Jacob decided that a mini session would be perfect for what they were hoping for, which was great because I offer mini sessions all year long (you can read more about custom photo session sizing here). They live out of town and were on a weekend anniversary getaway during their trip to the Nashville area. Christina is in the Air Force and it was so interesting learning about what she does. It was great meeting them and I hope to photograph them again next year!

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Last month I got a call from this beautiful family in need of their first Christmas card photos since the addition of their new baby girl. They graciously invited me out to their Nashville home, where we shot the photos. I had such a great time getting to know them!

Here are a few of my favorites from their session. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

  1. LORI LOPEZ said:
    These are fantastic!
    January 6, 2017  9:03 am
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I know Scott and Leannah through our local Parents of Multiples club in Murfreesboro, TN. Like them, I also have twin boys, and back when I joined the club Leannah was the president. Scott is also a fellow film lover, and we love to talk shop about cameras and film.

When Scott’s mother and brother came into town to visit, he realized this would probably be the last time they would all be together in one place for a long while, and possibly ever. So, he contacted me for a quick, casual family session – on film of course. 🙂

I love this session because nobody stressed about what to wear or if they should put on shoes, or if everyone was looking at the camera to say cheese. They just wanted to document being together. The outcome was a fun, relaxed session and images that really show their family’s personality.

Large Family Photo Session Ideas | Casual Family Photo Session  www.leannevicephotography.com

Large Family Photo Session Ideas | Casual Family Photo Session  www.leannevicephotography.com

Large Family Photo Session Ideas | Casual Family Photo Session  www.leannevicephotography.com

Large Family Photo Session Ideas | Casual Family Photo Session  www.leannevicephotography.com

Large Family Photo Session Ideas | Casual Family Photo Session  www.leannevicephotography.com

Large Family Photo Session Ideas | Casual Family Photo Session  www.leannevicephotography.com

Large Family Photo Session Ideas | Casual Family Photo Session  www.leannevicephotography.com

Large Family Photo Session Ideas | Casual Family Photo Session  www.leannevicephotography.com

Large Family Photo Session Ideas | Casual Family Photo Session  www.leannevicephotography.com

Large Family Photo Session Ideas | Casual Family Photo Session  www.leannevicephotography.com

Large Family Photo Session Ideas | Casual Family Photo Session  www.leannevicephotography.com

Mini Session season is in full swing!

This sweet family lives out of town and grandma contacted me to take some portraits of her grandkids while they were in Nashville. We photographed this session at Ellington Ag Center and the kids did so well!

Click here to see more baby and child photography and click here for an exciting announcement about mini session pricing and availability! 

A Fun Kid's Mini Session in Nashville | Portrait Photography Pricing

A Fun Kid's Mini Session in Nashville | Portrait Photography Pricing

A Fun Kid's Mini Session in Nashville | Portrait Photography Pricing

A Fun Kid's Mini Session in Nashville | Portrait Photography Pricing

A Fun Kid's Mini Session in Nashville | Portrait Photography Pricing

A Fun Kid's Mini Session in Nashville | Portrait Photography Pricing

A Fun Kid's Mini Session in Nashville | Portrait Photography Pricing

And speaking of Mini Sessions, Fall Film Mini Sessions have been announced! Spots are limited, so contact me today to book one for your family! These are the least expensive photo sessions I offer all year and they sell out quickly. This year they are being held at the same venue as the kid’s mini session featured above.

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Nashville Fall 2016 Mini Sessions

As any mother does, I love taking photos of my own kids. Since it is summer, we have taken lots of photos of the boys outside recently, so I wanted to change it up and do something I love doing for clients that we hadn’t done yet – a lifestyle photo session.

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Since all sessions are more fun for kids when they have something to do (and snacks always help!) baking cookies seemed like an obvious choice! We have lots of M&Ms around lately since we just finished potty training, so we made some yummy M&M cookies.

The boys love to help with everything at this age and they had so much fun. You should definitely these cookies out if you get the chance, they were delicious!

The recipe was adapted from Pretty Simple Sweet and Alton Brown’s chewy cookie recipes. The secret is melted butter, plenty of brown sugar (the darker the better), and only using the yolk of the second egg. Also, chill the dough or the cookies will spread.

Fun M&M Cookies

Yields 16-24 cookies

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour (bread flour is even better if you have it)

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1.5 sticks of butter, melted

1/2 cup granulated sugar

3/4 cup brown sugar (the darker the better)

1 large egg

1 egg yolk

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup M&Ms

Directions:

Melt the butter over low heat. set aside.

In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt and set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together the melted butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar until well combined. Whisk in the egg, yolk, and vanilla extract. Slowly incorporate the flour mixture until well combined, but don’t over-mix.

Chill the dough for at least 2 hours or overnight (nap time was our perfect chilling opportunity). Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

Scoop rounded dough onto prepared baking sheet (parchment paper might be a good idea, but I didn’t use any). Bake between 12-18 minutes depending on the size of your cookies. Cookies are done when they just start to brown on the edges.

Cool, eat, and store leftovers (if there are any) in an airtight container.

Toddlers Baking Cookies | Family Lifestyle Photo Shoot on Film

Toddlers Baking Cookies | Family Lifestyle Photo Shoot on Film

Toddlers Baking Cookies | Family Lifestyle Photo Shoot on Film

Toddlers Baking Cookies | Family Lifestyle Photo Shoot on Film

Toddlers Baking Cookies | Family Lifestyle Photo Shoot on Film

Toddlers Baking Cookies | Family Lifestyle Photo Shoot on Film

Toddlers Baking Cookies | Family Lifestyle Photo Shoot on Film

Toddlers Baking Cookies | Family Lifestyle Photo Shoot on Film

Toddlers Baking Cookies | Family Lifestyle Photo Shoot on Film

Toddlers Baking Cookies | Family Lifestyle Photo Shoot on Film

Toddlers Baking Cookies | Family Lifestyle Photo Shoot on Film

Toddlers Baking Cookies | Family Lifestyle Photo Shoot on Film

Toddlers Baking Cookies | Family Lifestyle Photo Shoot on Film

Toddlers Baking Cookies | Family Lifestyle Photo Shoot on Film

Toddlers Baking Cookies | Family Lifestyle Photo Shoot on Film

Are you looking for a great place to have a photo session in The Nashville, TN area? You are not alone! There are so many great locations around town that I’ve decided to start this series of posts to highlight my favorite sessions at the best locations.

I’m Leanne of Leanne Vice Photography and I’ve photographed a number of baby, family, engagement, and bridal sessions nearby. Contact me now for help planning your next photo session or find out more about me.

The Park at Harlinsdale Farm is a great option for portrait sessions. Learn more about Harlinsdale Farm:

Harlinsdale Farm has been called the most significant historic farm associated with the modern Tennessee Walking Horse industry.[…] The City opened the park’s first phase for the Community’s enjoyment on September 22, 2007. All activities at the park are limited to passive activities such as walking and picnicking. Park Entrance onto the 200 acres is located inside the Public Parking area. The Park is closed from dark to dawn daily.

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Tips for your session at Harlinsdale Farm

This post features the bridal session of one of my gorgeous brides, Macy. I can't wait to share her wedding soon! Click here to view their beautiful engagement session at another one of my favorite locations: Rutledge Falls!  This post features the bridal session of one of my gorgeous brides, Macy. I can’t wait to share her wedding soon! Click here to view their beautiful engagement session at another one of my favorite locations: Rutledge Falls!

Pick the Right Time of Day

Macy came to her bridal session at Harlinsdale Farm with hair and makeup done and she looked absolutely stunning! Macy came to her bridal session at Harlinsdale Farm with hair and makeup done and she looked absolutely stunning!

The time of day your session is held is crucial to how your photos will turn out. The most flattering light is typically the hour or two before sunset and after sunrise. Seek open shade, especially if you have to have your session at a time when the sun is harsher. This bridal session was photographed in the summer, and it was quite warm even at sunset. A session at noon would definitely make for some sweaty photos!

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Have a Plan if You Need to Change

Macy brought a sheet to change behind and later was able to use it to keep the hem of her wedding dress clean.  Macy brought a sheet to change behind and later was able to use it to keep the hem of her wedding dress clean.

The Park at Harlinsdale Farm has portable restrooms near the dog park, but that might make for an awkward changing situation. I have been told that they recently completed an indoor restroom, but I was not able to find it, so be prepared with whatever outfits you need and come dressed in your session attire if you can.

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Keep the Park Rules in Mind

Harlinsdale Farm currently has NO FEE to photograph your session there! However, it is always best to call ahead of time and make sure their policy hasn't changed and be sure they are aware you are coming. Harlinsdale Farm currently has NO FEE to photograph your session there! However, it is always best to call ahead of time and make sure their policy hasn’t changed and be sure they are aware you are coming.

According to the official park website these are the rules for The Park at Harlinsdale Farm:

  • Respect and protect wildlife and natural features.
  • Please remain in designated areas only when posted.
  • Safety is a priority. Enjoy the park with a friend.
  • Passive Park Only – No organized ball playing of any kind.
  • All dogs must be kept on a leash at all times.
  • Parking in designated areas only.
  • THE FOLLOWING ARE PROHIBITED: no climbing fences; fireworks; loud music; metal detectors; golf littering; alcoholic beverages and illegal drugs; going inside or around farm buildings, or fires or grills.

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Don’t Forget the Details

Macy made a small bouquet to complete her bridal session look. Macy made a small bouquet to complete her bridal session look.

Make sure to bring any items that you want photographed during your session. Props, chairs, a blanket or quilt to sit on, anything that may be important or relevant for your session.

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Find the Best Light

For Macy's bridal session we stayed in an area near some small buildings. The trees in that area provided great shade and beautiful filtered light for her session. For Macy’s bridal session we stayed in an area near some small buildings. The trees in that area provided great shade and beautiful filtered light for her session.

There are some great structures at the park including the barn, fences, a long tree-lined road, and some beautiful flowers. Make sure the light is flattering at whichever areas you decide to take photos.

I hope you enjoyed these photos from The Park at Harlinsdale Farms. Get in touch to book a session or just say hi! I’d love to hear from you!

  1. Mathieu said:

    This session is magnificent. For this one have you use your Hasselblad ?

    August 21, 2016  2:38 am
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    • Leanne Vice said:

      Thank you! Its a mix of Hasselblad + portra 400 and digital :)

      August 21, 2016  3:01 am
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We snuck out of town while our house is being renovated and got to squeeze in a short session with my sister and nephew Levi. He is so cute and is growing so fast!

I had a great time shooting Nashville TN mini sessions this year! Here are a few snaps of two of my families from that day. I’d love to have you join me next time! If you are interested in a mini session email me at leannevicephotography@yahoo.com and like my Facebook Page for updates on when the next minis will be taking place!