Sammie D Journal

I love snuggling, real laughs, genuine love, fresh air, and combining it all into authentic moments to photograph! If you're into photos that feel as real as you are, you want your memories made to last, and you'd like to make a new friend in the process, keep scrolling, I can't wait to meet you. 


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I ran a mini pet photo session giveaway to celebrate National Dog day a few weeks ago and the sweet Brown family was the winner! They brought their three beautiful daughters and sweet puppy for some fun family pictures at Dunbar Cave. As a dog mom (and cat mom and horse mom) myself, I love […]

I have been dying to shoot at a sunflower field and finally had the opportunity to when Boyd’s Pumpkin Patch announced they had a large sunflower field ready for photos! Even better, it was in Clarksville, so there was no crazy hike down to Nashville for photos. The Boyds are a super sweet, family owned […]

Is there anything more cliche to summertime than running through fields barefoot, munching on juicy watermelon and cooling off in the creek?? I mean…I can’t think of anything if there is! Which is why this fun kids photo shoot was such a blast! It was right around July 4th, so we combined Americana with watermelon […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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