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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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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! […]

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 fall, I had the opportunity to travel to Hope Mills, North Carolina and spend the weekend with another horse friend. The Harper family invited me into their home, while I spent a few days capturing their beautiful farm and family. Melanie and her husband, Keith, run MP Sporthorses, a sport horse breeding, training and sales […]

I have the cutest friends y’all. I can’t even over exaggerate that one! Kelsey is another friend I met when I moved my horse to Harmony Horse Farm LLC. in Adams, TN. She was out there baby wearing and cleaning stalls like a total bad a** and she was super sweet from the jump! We […]

I remember talking with friends last year about how I had been itching to do a snow shoot with a couple. I wanted warm cuddles and cute smiles, lots of laughter and every shot to scream ‘hopelessly in love’. So when Clarksville, TN finally got a good amount of snow, and roads were actually passable, […]

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