Sammie D Journal

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During a long weekend trip from Clarksville, TN to Hope Mills, NC, I had several family photo sessions lined up. It was just my fortune that I got to start my weekend with the beautiful K family at Mp Sporthorses Farm. This joyful family was full of sweet smiles, despite the early morning hours! Big […]

The sweet H kids were such a joy to have in front of my camera! They were so easy to work with, all smiles and giggles, a rare treat for any photographer. It was a joy getting to know them. Their Mama is going to have her hands full in the coming years! This year’s […]

As an older sister and photographer, I understand both sides of the track when Mom says she wants photos of the kids together! For the kids, it normally means eye rolls and stiff smiles, but I like to keep things as pain-free as possible, while giving Mom those memories to treasure! The sweet C boys […]

You are never too old for photos, especially family photos! As the kids grow, and everyone starts going in their own direction, family photos are what you will have to look back on. I was so excited to see this sweet family sign up for mini sessions. I don’t often get to work with older […]

During my travels from Clarksville, TN to the Fort Bragg, North Carolina area, I stopped in at my friend’s farm and had the pleasure of photographing the adorable Waterstradt family! Hope Mills, NC is nestled just outside the Bragg area, and we had such a peaceful backdrop shooting at the MP Sporthorses Farm. These guys […]

Last summer was hard y’all. I had to say ‘see you later’ to not just one, but two amazing women as they deployed overseas. Of course, the welcome home part has been way easier and enjoyable! Meet the beautiful Roberta! She and I boarded our horses together first at Harmony Horse Farm LLC in Adams, […]

I served in the U.S. Army for nine years. And in those years, I photographer many homecomings for my Army unit, especially at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) is always deploying, sometimes full brigades, sometimes smaller units. And in all those homecomings, personally photographer or for the military, I always wanted […]

My sweet friend Courtney reached out about photos because she and her family are moving to Alaska with the U.S. Army, and her gorgeous mare Marley, was staying behind with a friend. So of course, it was a no brainer! I’ve been in those shoes of having to follow your orders, and being forced to […]

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 […]

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