Sammie D Journal

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My background with horses is primarily focused on the English riding style, but I secretly have a love-affair with all things western. I think the western style is so romantic! So of course, when my sweet friend Amanda said she wanted western-styled family photos, to include her gorgeous horse Ziva, I was over the moon! […]

Close your eyes, and imagine it’s Christmas morning. Your heart is full of excitement and anticipation, you can hardly stand still. You open your eyes slowly, your breath catches and you can’t even contain your excitement as you see exactly what you wanted standing before you-a little girl! It’s a horse’s every dream. You are […]

I love the clean, timeless look of a good equine black background photo. You really get to see the clean lines of the horse, their expressive eyes, and their personality! I recently ran a special in the Clarksville, TN area for horse sessions. Here’s a few of my favorites from the Fort Campbell Riding Stables […]

Typically, I love when you bring fur babies to your session, but as a rule, I don’t allow them for mini sessions because of the time constraint. But the sweet Pummill family was my exception to that rule after finding out their sweet Labrador wouldn’t be with them too much longer. As a mom to […]

Sometimes, being a photographer’s son means humoring your stepmom and sucking it up while she documents another chapter of your life. In this case, it meant freezing in a field beside a Walmart Market parking lot right before turning your Kenwood Knights Clarksville Jr. Pro jersey in for the season so that I could grab […]

This sweet family is another friend made through horses! Courtney and I boarded our horses together at the Fort Campbell Riding Stables, but I actually knew of her before we had even met. My neighbors are good friends with the Trosvig family, so I had seen her in our neighborhood here or there. I love […]

The biggest blessing of my job is when clients return over the years. Kara is no exception! I photographed her senior photos, with her good friend, and when she inquired about booking a vintage truck fall mini session, I was thrilled! She is navigating life through college and brought her boyfriend along for an adorable […]

So let me start by saying that I, Sammie D, got FIVE boys to look at me (without blinking or making a funny face) on the first shot of a pose! I pretty much think I can retire happy now 😉 Now, all the other poses, took a little more work, ha! But the real […]

Blended families are always near and dear to my heart, being a stepmom to one crazy teenager right now! This sweet family was such a joy to have in front of the camera. You could tell they were just crazy about each other! This year’s fall mini portrait sessions were such a blast for me. […]

Amanda was the first person to book a vintage truck fall mini session, and I couldn’t have been more excited! She warned me her daughter could be a bit shy in front of the camera, but y’all, she was a total natural-and absolutely gorgeous to boot! These two are transplants from Hawaii and now call […]

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