if you've trying to find what a real happy place looks like... this is IT. i photographed the howard family at my 'a wildflowers workshop' i held in leiper's fork, tennessee in december. i had not seen my location, moonshine hill, in person before i booked it months prior, so when i first arrived i about passed out from pure photographer bliss. the main building was an old farmhouse just beside a pond with a wooden bridge. and beside that was a barn, and then a log cabin up on the hill (where i photographed most of this session) that was over 100 years old as well as the most incredible treehouse i have ever seen in my life! a giant mossy tree was growing up right through the middle and chandeliers made from bird houses hanging inside... we had walked into a storybook. it was a cold rainy day with just a bit of snow still melting that had fallen the day before and it just felt so Christmasy and special. the little gal in this session, quincy joy, just stole my heart. the howards are friends of mine from way back but i had not yet met their girl and just seeing how happy and full of life they were now as a family and how unbelievably joyful quincy was, i about exploded. i could have kissed her all day. i wanted this session to feel like the epitome of coziness... a fire in the stove, wintery weather out the window, hot chocolate, chunky crocheted blankets, lots of vintage children's books, wool socks and games. since i was traveling from out of state i was so happy to have connected with elizabeth ulrich, stylist at stockroom vintage in nashville, that set up all the props for the shoot. it was a wonderful collaboration. working on these photos i wish i could close my eyes and be back at the cabin right now... i will forever have such dear memories in that place.