Sammie D Journal

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As a Thoroughbred owner, I can personally attest to the squirreliness of their brains sometimes. I love my guy, but he can drive me insane with the calm in one moment, “prancing stallion” the next. Miss Dolly here totally threw me for a loop. As a Thoroughbred, and only four-years old at that, she was […]

Y’all…I’m at a loss for what to say about this session. My soul needed it, I loved every moment of it, and I’m so thankful for clients like Roberta and Frank! But really, this in-home cuddle session was something I had been dying to shoot for months now and I was over the moon when […]

I love the clean, timeless look of a good equine black background photo. You really get to see the lines of the horse, their expressive eyes, and their personality! I recently ran a special in the Clarksville, TN area for horse sessions, which brought me to Locust Run Stables in Adams, TN for Samson’s black […]

Let’s be honest for a second. Most inquiries I get come from moms who have to force, bribe or beg their spouse and kids for family photos. It’s the nature of the beast. But every so often, I get the pleasure of hanging out with a single parent and their kiddos. As a parent to […]

My favorite time of day is the 30ish minutes right before the sun totally sets. No matter what time of the year, that light always seems to warm my soul and wash away the stressors of the day. So after a particularly rough day, well rough few weeks if I’m being honest, I took my […]

I don’t think there is a more fitting word to describe a military homecoming than “finally.” Because it’s never just the deployment that is over. It’s the long months of training, the predeployment, the saying goodbye, the deployment itself, and the impatient waiting at a hanger, that is all finally over. So it was only fitting […]

As a photographer, we are blessed to be part of some of life’s greatest moments-births, senior year, engagements and weddings, but sometimes, we are asked to document the closing of a chapter- a funeral of a loved one, or the last days of a pet’s life. That was what my sweet friend Jennifer asked, to […]

Each year, I like to enter a photography contest called Shoot & Share. The Shoot & Share Photo Contest is the world’s only free & fair photo contest. You can enter up to 50 photos in 25 different categories. The Shoot & Share Photo Contest is unique because it’s all about the photos. It’s not about one […]

I guess, before you get too far into this, I should warn you, I totally overshot this welcome home ceremony, but y’all…Meredith is one of the sweetest souls I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and I swear I couldn’t help myself! This was her first homecoming, which makes everything that much sweeter and scarier at […]

Sometimes, you put a lot of time and planning into your session, and then the kiddos just aren’t on board. It happens, and that’s totally ok! I will never rush our time together, and if the kids don’t come around, we reschedule, because at the end of the day, a little extra patience is ok […]

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