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McDaniel Holiday Session | Knoxville Family Photographer

Ashton Streifert

This was the second time I have worked with the McDaniels and I absolutely adore this family! We met up at Campbell Station Park and even though it was a little chilly and fairly busy, we managed to have a great time and get some cute photos out of it! Check out some of my favorite photos from the session!

 

 

Ehlrich Backyard Session | Knoxville Family Photographer

Ashton Streifert

Nestled off a backroad in Fountain City, is the cutest backyard I've ever seen. With plants, a cool shack, a tepee and wide open space, I would have killed to grow up with a backyard like this as a kid. Samantha and her family were down for whatever and they even had a big ole pile of leaves waiting for the boys to jump into! I had so much fun with this family during their session! Check out some of my favorite photos from the day!

 

Life Update - For Those Who Have Noticed

Ashton Streifert

It's been almost a month since I have posted a blog or probably even an Instagram post. I wondered if clients or spectators have noticed and I hope you all understand. A bunch of not-so-fun life stuff has happened recently so my mind has seriously been all over the place. My mom has been in the ICU since November 3rd with life-threatening Pneumonia and I've been traveling back and forth to Georgia every week or so to check on her and to help my dad and brothers out around the house. It's been a very stressful time for my family and to say it's been hard getting back into the swing of things would be an understatement. Her recovery has been a series of ups and downs. One minute she was stable, the next they're talking about calling hospice and I'm leaving work to drive to Georgia and then she improves and her vitals are better than they've been since. It's been a rollercoaster of emotions and I'm still on the edge every time my phone rings. 

As for my work, I love being able to take pictures for beautiful people; for smiling kids; for couples in love. I love what I do. But when life get's in the way, it really puts things into perspective. It teaches you what's most important in life...and that is ALWAYS family. I believe in family first. Family before work. Family before money. Family before everything. So, I am trying my best to get back to the hustle I was in before all this happened but it is taking me some time. I hope you all can bare with me.

For those that are wondering, as of right now, my mom is still in the hospital but she is improving so we are hopeful. We still have a long road ahead of us....months and months of pulmonary care and rehab. So, if you are the praying kind, she still needs prayer so please keep her in your thoughts. 

Fortunately, I have not let this affect my booked sessions or photo delivery (thank god) but I wanted to post this for you all to read in case something does happen to go wrong with my mom. I want my clients to know that I will be communicating with everyone who has been booked throughout my moms recovery and if things go south and I for some reason need to take time off, you know why.

Thank you all so much for trusting me with capturing your families precious moments and for the love and support you all continue to give me time and time again. You are all so special to me and are very much so appreciated. 

Hold your loved ones close this holiday season and tell each other you love one another every chance you get.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

XO

Ashton

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!