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Crystal and Michael | Knoxville Wedding Photographer

Ashton Streifert

Crystal and Michael were initially going to have a beach wedding but the hurricanes had other plans. That didn't stop them from saying their vows and tying the knot. So, on a beautiful crisp fall afternoon at Melton Hill Dam, they said "I Do" to forever. Michael set up all the decorations and even laid out a path for Crystal so she wouldn't get her dress dirty (how sweet?!) They couldn't stop looking at each other the whole day, even when they had their first dance around a bunch of campers, there was no one else on that lake aside from them. I am so happy I got to capture their love. Take a look at some photos from the day.

The Buckner Family | Knoxville Family Photographer

Ashton Streifert

Early in the morning, with the dew on the ground and fog coming up from the Tennessee River, I met up with this adorable family. Decked in orange, they were ready for their closeup. They even brought along their pooch named...you guessed it...Knox! 

Check out some of my favorite photos from the session!

 

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The Riendeau Family | Gatlinburg Family Photographer

Ashton Streifert

Up into the Great Smoky Mountains, nestled between Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, lies two cute cabins off a gravel road. Danielle and her family own these cabins and were in town for the fall. They contacted me for some family portraits and of course, anytime I am requested for a mountain shoot, I jump at the chance. 

Check out the photos from our adorable mountain road family session.

 

Baby Thomson | Knoxville Lifestyle Photographer

Ashton Streifert

I had the pleasure of photographing a friend's baby announcement! The anticipation killed me as I waited and waited for them to pull the trigger and post the photos. Now that they have, I get to share them with you all! This session was so much fun and I can't wait to do more of these. 

 

Sunset On Central | Knoxville Lifestyle Photographer

Ashton Streifert

Free music. Good Food. Cold Beer. Community. That is what Sunset on Central is all about. I was so stoked to go to my first Sunset on Central event this past weekend. Put on by Born and Raised Productions, this free event raised money for the Boys and Girls Club of Knoxville and featured bands like Mountains Like Wax, Firekid, and Future Thieves. 

Check out some of the photos I took for the festival's Social Media account!

 

Modern Map Art | Knoxville Lifestyle Photographer

Ashton Streifert

I recently found this cool company called Modern Map Art and I am obsessed. I love anything that has to do with paying homage to your city within your home and decorating style. Having been a recent Knoxville transplant, I very quickly came to respect and love this city for all it's amazing offerings. That's part of the reason why I stated Knoxville Creatives - Work, Play, Live.

Anyway, I stumbled upon this website and noticed they had a Knoxville grid map. How cool is that? Turns out, the person who makes all these awesome maps is somewhat of a modern cartographer of sorts but they also traveled the world, learning and appreciating all that other cities have to offer. They have many city maps in their shop including Gatlinburg, Asheville, Manhattan and more. They even have cities from other countries like Perth, Amsterdam and the Caymen Islands! And they also do custom work if for some reason you're wanting a lesser known city (although they've got hundreds on there so your city is probably there) They also have these amazing colorful skyline prints and tons of other products to explore. All have to do with cities and I think that's awesome.

Click below to check them out and buy your own modern map art!

 

The Kendall Family | Knoxville Family Photographer

Ashton Streifert

I met up with the Kendall family at their beautiful new home in Farragut, TN, just west of Downtown Knoxville. I was greeted by a cute little blonde, a sweet old dog and 3 beautiful horses! It was a joy to meet these 3 and I'm so excited to share their photos with you!

 

TaKiyah | Downtown Old City | Knoxville Portrait Photographer

Ashton Streifert

I met up with TaKiyah and her mother, Kim, in the Old City of Downtown Knoxville. TaKiyah is really into sports and was wanting some pictures for her upcoming school year and sport seasons. We walked around the Old City and snapped some amazing shots of this cute upcoming 8th grader. 

Check out the photos from TaKiyah's session!

 

Southern Daughter Boutique | Forks of the River | Knoxville Lifestyle Photographer

Ashton Streifert

I had the pleasure of meeting up with the girls of Southern Daughter Boutique for a photoshoot of their newest line of clothing for the upcoming Fall season! We trekked through the fields of sunflowers, hoping to catch one last glimpse of yellow before they all were gone. We were lucky to find a few remaining spots that were perfect for this sweet southern lifestyle shoot. 

If you like what you see, click here or if you are local, visit their store front in Oak Ridge, TN at 106 Administration Rd. 

 

Savannah Georgia | Knoxville Lifestyle Photographer

Ashton Streifert

A few weeks ago, I went on a family vacation with Tim and his family. We spent a week at Tybee and traveled to Savannah twice to enjoy the city and check out all it's wonders. We walked all around the town and even went on a "Boos and Brews" haunted tour. We visited Wormsloe Plantation and Bonaventure Cemetary. It was so much fun! Here are some photos from the trip!

 

The Lowe Family | Knoxville Family Photographer

Ashton Streifert

Earlier this year, I volunteered at a charity event for the American Cancer Society. I had a drawing for a free photoshoot and Holly won! I love being able to give away free photoshoots, especially to those that give their time to charity. I met Holly and her sweet family at Melton Lake in Oak Ridge. Here are some photos from the shoot!

 

My Top 5 Places To Take Photos In Knoxville, TN

Ashton Streifert

When I first moved to Knoxville, I fell in love with the nature and history of the city. Everything was so old yet had a modern charm to it and the fact that we are so close to the Smoky Mountains is just the cherry on top for this camping and hiking enthusiast. 

Here are my 5 favorite places to take pictures in Knoxville, TN

 

Mead's Quarry

 

Located just south of city center, Mead's Quarry is a tranquil escape for anyone looking to get away and do some hiking or paddle boarding. There are many spots around the quarry that are perfect for snapping that perfect photo, whether it's on the trail, on the water, or on the rocks!

 

Ijams Nature Center

 

Just a hop, skip and a jump away from Mead's Quarry is Ijams Nature Center. Full of rocks, rivers, trees, trails, owls and salamanders, Ijams is a sanctuary for all visitors to learn and connect with the natural world. Settle down in the big grassy area, take a stroll through the trail, or say cheese with the wildlife. Ijams is an ideal spot for a tranquil photoshoot. 

 

Forks Of The River Sunflowers

 

While you're in south Knoxville, head east to the Forks Of The River Wildlife Management Area. There you will find a field of wild sunflowers just begging you take their picture. This serine and out-of-this-world landscape is at full peak during the month of July. 

 

Cades Cove

Photo Cred: Andrew and Erin Photo

Photo Cred: Andrew and Erin Photo

 

Okay, so Cade's Cove isn't exactly in Knoxville but trust me, it's worth the drive. Head south, past Maryville, into the Smoky Mountains. Here you will find open landscapes and mountain backdrops. This location is ideal for engagement photos or even adventure elopement ceremonies

 

Old City

 

If you're more of a city person, then this is the spot for you. Old City is located north of city center and is full of local bars, restaurant, history and more! While you're there, head over to the Jig and Reel for a pint then over to Barley's for some amazing pizza! The city may be old, but your pictures will be alive with the backdrop of this beautiful neighborhood. 

 

Celine's UT Senior Session | Knoxville Portrait Photographer

Ashton Streifert

I met Celine and her roommate on the grounds of the University of Tennessee this past Sunday. We met up at Neyland Stadium and walked around the grounds capturing moments for her senior photoshoot in some of her favorite spots on campus. Graduating college is such a monumental occasion and should be celebrated as such. After 4 years of hard work at one of the top schools in the country, Celine is ready to face the world bravely, boldly and beautifully. Congratulations Celine!

 

When Should You Book Your Photo Session?

Ashton Streifert

I have clients ask me all the time when the best time to book their session is and sometimes the answer is cut and dry and other times I have to reply the dreaded “it depends” which I know you all hate hearing. So, to make it easier, here are some tips on how to know when to schedule your session!

 

Weddings

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So you’ve planned your big day and you’re shopping for a photographer. What an exciting time! You’ve already got the date set so deciding what time of year to schedule your session isn’t an issue, but now you need to book your photographer. This is where the “it depends” response comes into play. Some wedding photographers book as far as a year out and that could mess up your plans if you are getting married in the busy wedding season (June – September) So book as soon as you know the date! You aren’t crazy if you book it a year out (actually your photographer will thank you) but we also know that sometimes, wedding planning isn’t always as drawn out and maybe you’re getting married in 6 months or 3 months. There are plenty of wedding photographers available at a few months notice and depending on the date, you may even get lucky with one of the bigger ones who usually books a year out. My advice is book as soon as you know the date and shop around for photographers willing to work with a shorter deadline than usual. No matter what, your day will be special so enjoy the planning and get the hard work out of the way first!

 

Christmas Card Shoots

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It’s easy for time to slip away from you and before you know it, it’s already November and you haven’t taken your Christmas card photos yet. Your usual photographer is booked and you’re scrambling to find someone with an opening. This can be nerve racking and frustrating. To avoid the mad rush, contact your photographer and book your Christmas card shoot in September. Most non-wedding photographers fill their books 2 months out, so booking in September will guarantee that your photos will be taken no later than October, which I believe is the best time of year for not only Fall photos but Christmas Card photos (which a lot of my clients intertwine the two). Maybe try asking your photographer if they allow outfit changes, that way you can take your cool-toned Fall photos, then have the family switch into their Santa sweaters!

 

Senior Photos

This is another one that parents tend to ask me a lot. When is the best time to book my child’s senior photos? Knowing when to book your senior’s session can be a daunting task, especially when school, sports and extra-curriculars get in the way. Some factors go into the timing of your senior’s shoot and those include anywhere from when they get their cap and gown, to when they have decided what college to attend or even when they get their braces off (it happens!) If none of those are a factor for your child, then you pretty much have the freedom to book whenever. Some people book the Fall of their child’s senior year, as far as 8 months from Graduation, because they like the look of Fall photos. Other’s wait until the Spring, about 2 months out from Graduation. Springtime assures that the flowers are blooming, the cap and gown have arrived and your child has more than likely picked out the college of their choice. In the end, it’s truly up to you as to what you want the photos to look like. Do you want flowers and green spring time? Do you want cool tones and sweaters and red and orange leaves covering the ground? Do you want cap and gown photos? Do you want your child holding a sign that says “UT BOUND!” or “NURSING SCHOOL AHEAD!”? Once you’ve decided what the photos should look like, then going back through the suggestions I just wrote should help you out with decided when to do the photoshoot.

This is another one that parents tend to ask me a lot. When is the best time to book my child’s senior photos? Knowing when to book your senior’s session can be a daunting task, especially when school, sports, and extra-curriculars get in the way. Some factors go into the timing of your senior’s shoot and those include anywhere from when they get their cap and gown, to when they have decided what college to attend or even when they get their braces off (it happens!) If none of those are a factor for your child, then you pretty much have the freedom to book whenever. Some people book the Fall of their child’s senior year, as far as 8 months from Graduation, because they like the look of Fall photos. Other’s wait until the Spring, about 2 months out from Graduation. Spring time assures that the flowers are blooming, the cap and gown have arrived and your child has more than likely picked out the college of their choice. In the end, it’s truly up to you as to what you want the photos to look like. Do you want flowers and green spring time? Do you want cool tones and sweaters and red and orange leaves covering the ground? Do you want cap and gown photos? Do you want your child holding a sign that says “UT BOUND!” or “NURSING SCHOOL AHEAD!”? Once you’ve decided what the photos should look like, then going back through the suggestions I just wrote should help you out with deciding when to do the session

 

Engagement Photos

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Most wedding photographers will include an engagement session with their wedding packages, so if you book your wedding photographer in time, booking will not be an issue. If you’re wanting a different photographer for engagement photos or if you want engagement photos before you’ve started even planning your wedding, then following the 2-months-ahead guideline will suffice. Obviously, brides-to-be (or grooms-to-be) don’t always know when the engagement is coming and so planning ahead for that is nearly impossible as far as the time of year goes but booking your engagement session soon after the question is popped is as safe bet. Hopefully, if you’re wanting something soon, and it’s not a busy time of year, your photographer will be able to squeeze you in.

 

 

I hope that this guide has helped put you at ease for your future photo booking needs. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions regarding when to book your session! It can be confusing and I love helping you all find the perfect time to capture your moments.

 

Love,

Ashton