The Howard Family in a Tennessee log cabin!

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.

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12 Responses to The Howard Family in a Tennessee log cabin!

  1. Sara says:

    Insane location!!!! That tree house?!? Gah! So great. And the piggy tail picture tore at my heart. So great, Joy!

  2. Tracy says:

    Thank you for posting from our workshop! These photos are beautiful, Joy. Can we go back?! =) I miss everyone dearly

  3. Kate @ Songs Kate Sang says:

    Oh, Joy! These are stunning!

  4. christine rowan says:

    oh my this whole session is a would you even choose which ones to print as canvas they’re all just to good.

  5. Jenni says:

    These are so gorgeous!!

  6. Rose D. Frenchtown, NJ says:


  7. Rachel says:

    O my gracious! These are amazing!!
    Beautiful moments captured.

  8. Jill says:

    These photos are amazing!! Great job (as usual)!!!

  9. Alissa says:

    These are so wonderful joy!!! super cozy. :)

  10. Jessica says:

    LOVE the black and white shots. Itty bitty is a real ham! Everything about this shoot looks like a lesson in simple living. Great shots, Joy!

  11. Amanda Tanner says:

    These are so beautiful. My DREAM is to take one of your workshops!! :)

  12. Joy says:

    everyone looks so warm and cozy! Love these…especially the bw photos. Just beautiful.

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