Kellie Buckner

Kellie and I have known each other for a few years now, and when she came in to celebrate her 50th birthday I was happy to make her birthday wish come true! She got the photos to celebrate herself, and to give a little surprise to her parents. Kellie, thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of your journey!

Photographer Sarah McAffry specializes in wedding, family and senior photography in the Knoxville, Tennessee and surrounding East Tennessee areas. Contact for more information about booking. 

Technical Tuesday | Natural Filters

Technical Tuesday is BACK! Keep an eye out on the blog for these photo tips that will be posted 2-3 times a month.

One of the ways I’m staying creative on shoots lately is to find natural filters to shoot through. Sure, you can buy a filter to put on your lens, but searching for natural filters while shooting is so much more fun and leads to some really interesting shots!

ABOVE: For Leah’s senior photo shoot in downtown Knoxville, we were about to wrap up and I saw this cute little market. It was too dark to shoot inside so on a whim I decided to keep her outside and I would shoot through the window. Hello, perfectly soft natural filter!

ABOVE LEFT: The couple on the left did their engagement shoot at the University of Tennessee. I always love shooting with the light coming through trees because it creates those twinkly light circles in the background. This time I got down for a super low angle and had the light coming through the bushes in front of them too. They were completely surrounded by all the twinkly lights!

ABOVE RIGHT: The shot on the right was from a wedding shoot at Butterfly Gap. It was pouring the rain that day so we made the best of it and took a bucket of water and splashed it on the window. The couple was inside and I was shooting from outside and it created a gorgeous, romantic photo.

ABOVE: Mary Beth’s senior pictures were also in downtown Knoxville. This time she was on the inside and I was outside. All of the blurry spots are reflections of things in the street. The big blurry spot on the right was actually a white car. If you make it blurry enough, anything can create a beautiful natural filter to shoot through, even cars in the street!

ABOVE: Shooting through leaves is one of the easiest natural filters to use because number one, they’re everywhere and number two, you can move the limb to place the leaves exactly where you want them. The trick is to be close to the leaves but far enough from your subject to create a wide depth of field.

Try it for yourself and post your pictures with the hashtag #technicaltuesday! You’ll be entered to win a seat at the next Camera School. New dates will be announced soon!

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Max Patch

We spent Brooks’s 2nd birthday on top of the mountain with friends. It was our first time at Max Patch but we’ll definitely be back. The 360 degree view of the mountains is absolutely breathtaking. It’s a gorgeous place for some fun, candid family pictures and would be AMAZING for a wedding.

It was a short drive from Knoxville and our only hiccup was leaving the windows down on the 8 mile gravel road. It was a beautiful September day and we were so caught up in letting our hair blow in the breeze that we somehow didn’t realize exactly how much dust was covering every surface of the car. Oh well, it was a minor issue compared to the amount of family fun we had. Thank you Bullard family for showing us this gorgeous place!

Photographer Sarah McAffry specializes in family, wedding and senior photography in the Knoxville, Tennessee and surrounding East TN areas. Contact for more details. 

Katie & Matt | Pleasant Hill Vineyards

I have known Katie forever. As in we went on family vacations together and played hide and seek together. We even had matching barbie doll houses that our dads handmade for us. Being her wedding photographer was a dream, and they are just the cutest couple. Matt and Katie laugh all the time. They tease each other and just generally make life fun. I think that’s one of the hallmarks of a great marriage. These two are destined for a happy life together!

Matt and Katie’s ceremony at Pleasant Hill Vineyard in Maryville, Tennessee was stunning. It was a beautiful September day and they were surrounded by beautiful florals by Melissa Timm Designs, the vineyard and barn at Pleasant Hill plus all of their friends and family.  Thank you Lindsay Ruggieri of Custom Love Gifts for coordinating this perfect day!

Planner: Custom Love Gifts

Dress: Wedding Wonderland

Venue: Pleasant Hill Vineyards

Caterer: Dead End BBQ

Florist: Melissa Timm

Music: Ogle Entertainment

Baker: Daisy Cakes 

Photographer Sarah McAffry specializes in wedding, family and senior photography in the Knoxville, Tennessee and surrounding East Tennessee areas. Contact for more information about booking. 

Red Pajama Sessions

Just FOUR Red Pajama Session Left!

WHAT IT IS: This is a styled photo shoot for kids where we pretend like it’s the night before Christmas, complete with Cruze Farm milk, sugar cookies and the cutest red stripey straws. Dress your little ones in their best red Christmas pajamas and we’re destined to have tons of fun. There are a few surprises in store to make sure that happens!

WHAT YOU GET: We’ll gets tons of candid shots of them having fun and some classic portraits too. In all, you will see about 20 fully edited pictures at the order session. They make the cutest Christmas cards and will become your favorite pieces Christmas decor to display every year. Some former clients even display theirs year round!

WHEN IT IS: The  Red Pajama Sessions are on November 1st and they last about 20-25 minutes. They’re at a Christmas Tree Farm just outside of Knoxville that makes the PERFECT backdrop for Christmas pictures!

HOW TO BOOK: Email for full details about booking. The session fee is $125 and prints and products are purchased separately. As of today, only 6 spots remain for the Red Pajama Sessions! Update: Only FOUR openings left! Call the studio at 865-679-2287 or email!

Photographer Sarah McAffry specializes in family, senior and wedding photography in the Knoxville, Tennessee and surrounding East TN areas. 

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