Meet the Eakes Family | Lifestyle Portrait Session | Smyrna, TN

I met Kevin + Rebecca and their beautiful boys, Ivan and Simon, for the first time when I photographed a SURPRISE PARTY for Rebecca to celebrate 10 YEARS CANCER FREE that her husband put together last year. I had such a wonderful time capturing those memories and was beyond excited to capture their family in their new home last month in Smyrna, TN.

Many times I do sessions on location, at a public park, an indoor location like The Factory in Franklin or somewhere else more “typical.” While I love all of those, nothing compares to someone opening their home to me. It’s always so refreshing to photograph a family in their element, where they do life, laugh & love!

First we started the shoot in their large backyard with some fake mowing. (Don’t tell him it was fake, he takes it very seriously)

B&W Boy mowing lawn with toy lawn mower in backyard with dog

Then the boys picked some “flowers” (aka weeds) and showed off their cute personalities.

Boy with flowers, smiling - Smyrna, TN Boys being silly, lifestyle photography, with weeds and flowers, sticking tongue out, Black and White

I love this cute blue shed they have in there backyard and the words in the window say DREAM.  I know many dreams will come true in this home. 😉

Family near there outdoor blue shed looking at each other

Simon loves being silly and he was totally cool with me capturing it all!

Boy sitting on steps sticking out tongue, black and white lifestyle photography

Ahhh… kisses from your two boys are the best!

Little boys kissing their mom on the cheek.

Ummmm, seriously can we talk about this bridge? How many people have a bridge in their backyard.  LOVE IT!

Boys standing on wooden bridge in backyard, real life

Future model?

Boy in black and white, posed very cute on wooden bridge, Nashville Family Photographer Boys sitting on a pile of rocks in their back yard, metal fence, Smiling

The dog was taking full advantage of the backyard so it was hard to get any photos with him, so I was happy when I captured this image of the whole family!

Artistic image of entire family including the family dog and two boys.

I love it when the parents get in on all the fun!

Family jumping for joy in their backyard


Portrait of the families feet

The sun was setting and it was setting fast, so I knew I wanted to grab a shot of just Kevin and Becca!

Portrait of mother and father as the sun sets, black and white

“Ok everyone, nice smiles…” This ended up being one of my favorite pics!  SIMON’s face is my favorite!!!

Family photo with a little crazy.Young family on front porch, parents kissing and little boys covering their eyesFamily walking in their front yard, mailbox in viewFamily portrait under a tree in front of home

PORTRAIT TIME! Anytime I can, I love to take a portrait with lighting.

Black and White portrait of boy, black backroundPortrait of toddler, black background, looking into the light.

Thanks so much to the Eakes family for letting me invade your home and photograph your family in all of it’s complete cuteness.

Photo of family on couch with Nashville Skyline art