Nashville Photographer - Inspiring Speeches

May is the month of many things, one of which is graduation. Whether you are moving on into the "real world" or your child is going to kindergarten or high school next year, graduation is a big step forward. Although it may be a tad bit scary, it should mainly be an inspirational and exciting moment.

The keynote speaker at my college graduation was interesting, but I don't recall being particularly inspired. Fortunately, one can look to YouTube for daily inspirational speeches and we've picked two to share with everyone.

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Nashville Dog Photographer - Boston Terrier Family

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I posted a portrait of Jada the Boston Terrier last week and wanted to be sure to share her gorgeous family with you! Jada has been with Cherie 12 years and Caleb joined them 4 years ago. We had absolutely splendid weather on the day of their dog session and hit some great parts of Nashville. I love being able to shoot in a client's home and then venture out to other locations. Jada was quite the character and as you'll see Caleb and Cherie are quite in love with her and each other. Enjoy these!

Nashville Children's Photographer - Wednesdays with Laura

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Summertime Fun!

Although summer does not officially begin until June 21, as the school year winds down, the summer activities begin to pick up. In Nashville there are an abundance of parks and museums to visit when there is some downtime, and I wanted to share a couple of my favorites.

The Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park is centrally located between downtown and Germantown. The 19-acre state park features a lawn space to run around on, fly a kite, or have a picnic. Afterwards, children can cool off in The Rivers of Tennessee Fountains, 31 vertical fountains each representing a major waterway in Tennessee. The park also features several monuments that highlight the significance of Tennessee's history—it is a wonderful educational tool for older children. For lunch, families can explore the Nashville Farmers' Market, which has several international food stands in addition to the farm vendors. It is an adventure just walking through the aisles of fruits and vegetables!

If it is too hot outside, the Adventure Science Center and Sudekum Planetarium is the place to go. The museum has fun and educational activities for children of all ages. I spent the day there with my four-year-old nephew and there was endless entertainment! The exhibits focus on air and space, the body and health, light and sound, and energy. The Adventure Science Center also has special summer events including National YoYo Day (June 6) and the Laser Music Show on Saturdays throughout the summer! Visit the website for additional information: www.adventuresci.com. If you've got any other summertime adventures, we'd love to hear about them! Have a great afternoon!

Nashville Children's Photographer - Stella

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This was my second time photographing this family and I am always so glad to get to see them. Stella has grown so much since the last time I've seen her and is quite the imaginative little girl. She's beautiful, creative and loves to sing. Thanks for having me, Marv and Tasha. Enjoy my favorites from our time together!

Nashville Dog Photographer - Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

I wanted to leave you with this sweet Boston Terrier for the weekend. We will be back in the office on Tuesday. Have a fun and safe Memorial Day weekend! 





Nashville Dog Photographer - Make My Heart Melt

Oh, how I wish I had a picture of Benny and me like this. I just couldn't resist sharing this sweet moment. I couldn't decide if I like color or black and white better, so I'm sharing both! What do you think? Which one do you like better?

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Car Safety for Your Dog

One of my childhood friends had two standard poodles. The poodles were a major part of her family's life, and usually accompanied her parents to our soccer practices and games. I was always fascinated (or perhaps bewildered) when the poodles would sit upright in the van's bucket seats and wait to be buckled in—talk about obedience! Perhaps it is poodle habit, but these days, car companies are developing amenities to ensure that your dog is safe and comfortable during car travel.

This month, Bark magazine published an article about the most pet-friendly cars that included examples of cars that have pet safety elements. For example, the Toyota Venza–aka the "purebred DogCar"–partnered with Kurgo, a company that specializes in pet products for the car, to include an Auto Zip Line in the back seat. The zip line harness keeps dogs secure while allowing them to travel back and forth on the back seat. The Honda Element, advertised as a "man's best friend's best friend", has urethane-coated floors, wide-open cargo doors on both sides, and a forthcoming package will include a dog bed, water bowl, and load-in ramp and rear ventilation fan, among other things. 

According to the Traffic Safety Evaluation Guide, about 98 percent of dogs travel unrestrained in a moving vehicle. Another study found that animals are the third leading cause of driver distraction, greater than cell phone use and food consumption. Keeping your dog restrained in the car is important, and, as you've learned, it is possible to do this in a way that is both safe and enjoyable for your canine companion.

If you've got a small dog, you might want to consider Kurgo's Skybox Booster. It's one way to have company in the passenger seat while keeping your pup in one place! 

We hope everyone has a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend and if you're traveling with your dog, consider some of these car safety elements. 

Nashville Dog Photographer - Pomeranian, Chocolate Lab, Jack Russell Terrier and Miniature Pinscher

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I received the sweetest email from Monica stating that she would love to surprise her mother with a dog session of their two families for her birthday. What a great idea, right? We were a little nervous about the weather, but fortunately it stayed clear so that it could be a true birthday surprise. Our time together consisted of Monica, her mother, Precious, Zooey, Noelle, and Krystal - quite the dog family! I really had a fun time with them. Monica is such a giving person who is very involved with Nashville Humane and is actually quite the comedian as well - which always leads to a good time at a dog session! 

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We thought this session was going to get rained out (imagine that, right?), but it held off. And I'm so glad it did! This was a group session and here are a few of my favorites. Meeting multiple dogs of various backgrounds - I really couldn't have a better day!

Meet Taylor Mae and Riggs. I love the way Riggs is looking at Mary in this photo. And on the right, we have Ted and Kube. As I mentioned, I'm so thankful that the rain held off for this session. Later that evening Kube passed on. He had given a long, hard fight against bone cancer and I know he is greatly missed. Rest in peace, good boy.


Nashville Commercial Photographer - Nashville Paw magazine

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Nashville Paw is a fantastic resource for animal lovers in middle Tennessee! I've been fortunate enough to work with them on several occasions - such an amazing group of selfless women. We always have a good time together and I wanted to share the past couple of covers. Enjoy!

Nashville Children's Photographer - Wednesdays with Laura

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Miss Lynn–Fantastic Children's Musician!

As some of you may have noticed, Adrian's websites feature playful and cheerful musical accompaniments. The tunes compliment Adrian's photographic style—creative, fun, and vibrant—and carry a light-hearted feeling. The website for children's photography features music by Miss Lynn, a Nashville-based musician who creates fun and up-beat songs for children of all ages. Some of our favorites from Miss Lynn's CD are Clap My FeetEasy Peasy, and Ready to Go. The rhythm and lyrics will have your child (and you) dancing in no time! If you want to hear more, comment on this blog entry and you'll be entered in a drawing to win a complimentary "Outside the Lines" CD from Adrian Hitt Photography! I'll announce the winner next Wednesday!

A couple of weeks ago, Adrian attended Miss Lynn's concert at the Edmondson Pike Library. There was an enthusiastic group of kids and adults! Miss Lynn will be on tour in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Oregon for the next month, but you can catch her next Nashville performances at Davis-Kidd Booksellers on June 12 and 13. For additional information, click on Miss Lynn's tour.

Commercial Children's Photographer - Coco BonBons

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I occasionally do commercial photography work for Coco BonBons, a children's clothier that is carried in hundreds of fine children's boutiques across the country. Fortunately, Nashville is lucky to be the home of their warehouse. They carry both boys and girls clothes sized 6 months to 6 years. Trust me, you should definitely check out their cute clothing! Grab a few friends and outfit your wee ones for the summer.

Nashville Commercial Photographer - Fun Project

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This week I got to be a part of a really great project. I can't say much yet, but here's this sweet guy to hold you over! 

Nashville Dog Photographer - EWOK

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Just a quick post today! Doesn't this little girl remind you on an Ewok?? I think I wore out the VHS tape because I watched that movie so much as a child. Oh how I wanted to be Cindel! 

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Mother's Day is fast approaching and if you haven't quite figured out what to do for your wonderful mother, I've got a few ideas to consider. Although it is very traditional, flowers always brighten the day and add a fresh scent to the home. I always send my mom a home-made card (I have an abundance of decorative paper scraps), but this year I decided to send flowers too. While researching flower delivery companies, I discovered Organic Bouquets. In addition to offering organically-grown flowers, the company has a Flowers for Good program that donates five percent of each purchase to a charitable organization. There are several different bouquets and organizations from which to choose—I ended up sending the Nature Conservancy flowers. And of course, if your mother lives nearby, visit the local flower shop…I'm sure they've got a beautiful selection of bouquets. 

For those of you who have dog-loving mothers or just dog moms, please brace yourself for this next gift idea—a Mom Tattoo doggy collar! Bowhaus NY offers this hand-crafted collar complete with hand-painted edges, plated buckle, and of course, the Mom Tattoo in enamel and metal. No one will ever mess with you or your dog again!

Adrian shared a very special gift idea for mothers who adopted or who are waiting to adopt a child. This is particularly meaningful to Adrian because her sister is adopting a child from Ethiopia. Tracy at Junkposse creates amazing necklaces and donates thirty percent of each sale to a family adopting a child from Africa. The"Africa in My Heart" pendant is one of Adrian's favorites and Tracy also personalizes necklaces like this "I Chose You" heart pendant.

And of course, custom portraiture is a gift that mothers, grandmothers, and great-grandmothers will always cherish. If you are in the market for vibrant and creative portraits of your children, dog, or family, Adrian Hitt Photography offers nicely-packaged gift certificates for photo sessions and packages. Adrian's photographs will have a lasting impression on your mother and family.

Nashville Children's Photographer - Anderson Family

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Meet the Anderson family. I never blogged about their session, so I thought now would be a good time to share! Every now and again I photograph large families. The Anderson's are that and growing! A great family with kids of all ages who look after each other. I'm so glad they chose me and made it through the cold, windy day. 

Nashville Children's and Dog Photographer - New Websites!

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So, I can finally make this announcement! I have new websites! Eek!! Can you tell I'm excited? At Adrian Hitt Photography, we have undergone a few changes and our websites now reflect that. You can see screen shots below, but be sure to check out all of the new eye candy at www.adrianhitt.com We now have two separate sites dedicated to both our children's photography and dog photography. Once you visit the site, just click on which one you would like to enter. As mentioned in an earlier post, I collaborated with a few people to make this happen. I would like to publicly thank them for all of their creative and hard work put into this. You all have completed the new look!

Blog Design: Phil from Hartzog Design and Phindy Studios - good friend that was gracious enough to put up with all of my annoying questions

Logo Design: Joe from MoJo Design - fantastic work

Children's Music: Miss Lynn - local children's artist and friend  

Dog Music: written by yours truly and inspired by none other than Benny, but thanks to my talented hubby for recording it for me.

Nashville Dog Photographer - Walley Finds a Home

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Earlier this week, I blogged about my work with Dogs Dig Nashville. One little guy that was intentionally left out of that post was Walley. He is a Catahoula Leopard/American Bulldog mix who was also looking for a home. I wanted to write a separate post to share this story with you. Shortly after our session, I sent off my photographs to be printed at my professional lab. One of the lab technicians saw my order come through and immediately called and asked about this guy. Alyssa had been looking to adopt and was immediately drawn to Walley. About a week later she flew to Nashville to meet him and take Walley home with her. He is now happily adjusted to his new family and their other dog, Maynard. Alyssa reports lots of kisses and cuddles between the two!

Commercial Children's Photographer - Kiwanis International

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Some of my work has been on newsstands recently, so I thought I'd share! This is from this month's issue of Kiwanis International.  The shoot was at the Country Music Hall of Fame complete with Garth Brooks, Dolly Parton and Minnie Pearl impersonators! A really fun day! For now, check out the magazine cover and my favorite of the kids from the shoot.

Wednesdays with Laura - Pupsicles!

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When temperatures reach the 80s and 90s, we can grab an ice-cold beverage or an ice pop to provide temporary relief from the heat. But, what about our canine friends? What refreshing treats can we share with them? It's tempting to give dogs regular popsicles or other ice cream treats, but most of these contain artificial flavorings and sugars that are unhealthy for dogs. However, there are an abundance of holistic alternatives that can be made right in your home! 

This past weekend, as the temperatures reached the mid-80s, Adrian discovered a great pupsicle recipe to help keep Benny refreshed and energetic in the hot weather. The recipe (see below) contains ingredients that are safe for your dog or pup, tasty and easy to find around your home. As you can tell from the photos, Benny absolutely loved his holistic pupsicles—I almost ate one! 

Ingredients (for 3 dozen treats)

2 mashed bananas

1 c. strawberries (fresh or frozen)

1 c. organic apple juice

2 c. yogurt (plain or vanilla)


Puree all ingredients in a blender.

Pour into ice cube trays or small plastic cups and freeze for one hour or more, depending on the temperature setting.

Thaw just so slightly before serving.

Note: The apple juice can be substituted with a jar of baby food (any fruit flavor) because it has great nutritional value and is easy to digest. Just be sure to use an organic brand with no added sugars of preservatives. 

This past week we came across this great Eco-Dog Kit. The kit shows you how to cut back on using dog products that contain household chemicals. It features instructions, ingredients, and bottles/jars that make it easy to make these eco-friendly products including a 100% natural Flea and Bug Spray. Wow! Your dog and the earth will definitely appreciate these new eco-friendly products.  

Have a great rest of the week!

Nashville Children's Photographer - Sweet Maggie

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Meet Maggie. She is two years old and is now a big sister to her baby brother William. We had such gorgeous, warm light the day of her photo session. This time of year is a great time to book sessions with that nice, yummy light! Enjoy this little peak for now …

Nashville Dog Photographer - Dogs Dig Nashville

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Dogs Dig Nashville is a local rescue group that is dedicated to getting homeless and abandoned dogs off the streets of Nashville. Earlier this year, I met up with some of their adoptables for a little photo shoot in order to find them new homes. Almost everyone has a new family, but be sure to check out Luca and Toya as they are still waiting. And a special thanks to Earthdog for donating all of the collars for these pups!


Nashville Children's Photographer - Hutchins Family

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Meet the Hutchins Family. I love it every time I get to see them. We always have a great time together and their mother is as sweet as can be. This time, Toby, their Goldendoodle joined in on the fun!


Commercial Dog Photographer - Brown Dog Foundation

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I recently met up with the wonderful woman, Carol Smock, who is the founder of Brown Dog Foundation. Brown Dog exists to offer pet owners in temporary financial crisis an alternative to euthanasia when their pet faces a treatable, life-threatening condition in order to restore the quality of life for pet and owner. I am so honored that she chose Adrian Hitt Photography to capture her with her two fur babies, Toffee and Goldie. We couldn't have asked for a better day! Also, because I believe in the good work that she does, during the months of April and May we will donate $50 from every dog and children's photography session to Brown Dog. We can all play a part in saving pet's lives!

Nashville Children's Photographer - Happy Earth Day!

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Happy Earth Day!

Hi, my name is Laura and I am very excited to be writing my first post on Adrian's blog. For those of you who don't know, I recently started working at Adrian Hitt Photography. Originally from Evanston, Illinois (first suburb north of Chicago), I've lived in Colorado, North Carolina, New York, and recently settled in Nashville this past December. It is a pleasure working with Adrian and I look forward to blogging about fun facts and news items every Wednesday. 

I am particularly psyched that my first post coincides with Earth Day. I hope that everyone is able to spend time thinking about the Earth and considering ways to reduce your ecological footprint–there are oh so many ways! As a child I remember reading "50 Ways to Save the Planet" and running around my house making sure the faucets didn't leak, turning off the lights, and asking my parents about recycling. Today, there are so many ways for children to be involved in reducing their carbon footprint and having a positive impact on the earth–and it is educational and fun! Why not start a compost or make an arts and crafts project using recycled materials or spend the afternoon in the garden. Visit the Earth Day Network to learn more: www.earthday.net

Have a great afternoon!

Nashville Dog Photographer - Mo the Blue Tick Dog

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I love that I get to be a dog photographer for a profession. Dog sessions are always a lot of fun, filled with surprises and I often walk away with a funny story. I first met Amy and Mo at the Dog Days Festival in Nashville. Later, Amy called to book a session. At the beginning of our session, we decided it'd be best to put on Mo's harness. I was holding his leash while Amy grabbed his harness and would you believe that he wrangled out of his collar in no time and took off in a dead sprint across the campus?! At this point I hadn't even set up one photo and there I was holding his leash and collar in hand. To make a long story short, Amy and I spent the next 5 minutes chasing him and fortunately we were able to corner him with the help of another person. After his leash and harness were back on, I couldn't help but laugh. Dog photography definitely keeps me on my toes and gives me my workout! The rest of the session went fantastic.

Nashville Children's Photography-Where the Wild Things Are

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Today I'm remembering story time with Mrs. Dix in that tiny library next to the elementary cafeteria. She often read Where the Wild Things Are to my classmates and me at the end of our library hour. It was one of my favorites then and still is :). 

On October 16 this gem hits theaters - I'll be there soaking in the wanders of childhood.

Nashville Children's Photographer-Franklin Family

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Meet the "S" family. The girls were full of personality and energy that gave way to a super fun session on this Saturday morning. It always amazes me just how different siblings turn out from each other. The older girl - bright, thoughtful, introspective and a leader. The younger girl - full of laughter, a little sassy, independent and super sweet - Both equally loved by their parents. My time with them reminded me how much I really do love what I do!  This was the first time they hired a photographer to capture their family and I'm so glad they chose Adrian Hitt Photography! Enjoy.


Nashville Dog Photographer - Goldendoodle

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When I first started my photography business, I photographed this beautiful girl as a puppy. Getting to photograph Molly again, this time with her parents, absolutely made my week! We had the most fun and I have another story to add to my running list of doggy tails. For now, enjoy this sneak peek and I will soon return with more and Molly's funny story!

Nashville Dog Photographer - Benny Turns 3!

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Nashville, TN Dog Photography 

This past week we celebrated Benny's 3rd birthday. We had a fun day loving on Benny and he enjoyed opening his doggy gifts.  (I'll later post a video of him playing with one of his new toys) Brian and Benny share the same birthday so I thought it'd be appropriate to share photographs of them together. We have so much fun with this little guy. Who knew he'd change our lives the way he has!

Benny runs like a greyhound - this is probably his favorite activity only second to squirrel and chipmunk chasing!

Nashville Baby Photographer - NEW BLOG!

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This has been a long time coming! I've been hard at work with several wonderfully talented individuals to bring together the full, new look of Adrian Hitt Photography. You will enjoy a new logo, cleaner design and a new blog. Enjoy my friends! To start things off, meet this sweet family. As you can see, they are featured in my blog header and have the cutest little girl. Peyton was eight months old when we photographed their session. I absolutely LOVE this age! In the photos you can see her sweet little teeth - and what a great personality she has! Her parents are crazy about her, as well as her older brothers, Sam and Bailey. Thank you Stacey and David - I am so honored to know you!