Family photography is a means of documenting all those fleeting moments as your kids grow up and preserving the emotional rollercoaster of family life. While it used to be all about perfectly posed portraits, in recent years, it’s transitioned into a more authentic style of photography, with genuine moments and emotions documented.

In the Nashville area, you’ll find some of the best family photographers that Tennessee has to offer, each of which has developed their own style. Whether you’re after gorgeous lighting, candid emotions or someone to document your “beautiful mess”, here are 10 photographers to keep your eye on.

Crystal Freemon Photography

Capturing a genuine family embrace [Crystal Freemon Photography]

Like many family photographers, Crystal Freemon developed a love for the genre after having her own baby and a desire to capture the earliest moments of its life. She says that she loves documenting the “crazy, beautiful mess” of her client's lives, rather than perfectly posed portraits that aren’t real. Crystal’s family portraits are infused with authenticity and capture the beauty of the moment. She has a knack for making her subjects feel comfortable in front of the camera so she can do what she does best - photograph natural interactions and genuine moments.

Harmony Designs Photography

A creative family portrait on a city bridge [Harmony Designs Photography]

April is the owner and lead photographer of Harmony Designs Photography, which opened its doors in 2004. She has established the company as one of the top newborn, family, and pet portraiture businesses in Nashville and the central Tennessee area, with the photographer working both in the studio and on location. Whether you want to capture the first days of your newborn’s life, a portrait of your four-legged family members, or the whole gang together, April’s images are second-to-none.

Liza Hippler

A family walk hand-in-hand down a ranch driveway [Liza Hippler]

Liza Hippler says that a family portrait session with her is all about “playing, laughing and enjoying your family”. While she understands that everyone wants gorgeous images, she also stresses the importance of authenticity and telling your family’s story in a truthful way. Liza combines some posing with a focus on capturing spontaneous moments and has the ability to ensure that both kids and dads (who often aren’t that keen on the idea of a family portrait session) have fun along the way.

Ace Photography

A black and white portrait of a couple and their two children [Ace Photography]

Douglas Beets is the lead photographer at Ace Photography, a husband and wife team that has been serving Nashville and its surroundings since 2004. While their main focus is on weddings, they also offer family portrait sessions and have garnered a reputation for their gorgeous use of light and posing techniques. The couple has more than 10 years of experience under their belts and delivers high-resolution images that can be transformed into prints and albums.

Elizabeth Clements Photography

A family of five enjoying time together [Elizabeth Clements Photography]

Born and raised in Knoxville, Elizabeth Clements settled in the Nashville area in 2005 after marrying her husband. It was when they began talking about having a family that she decided to invest in a good quality camera so she could capture all the moments from her first-born’s earliest years. Elizabeth Clements Photography has been in business since 2011, with an impressive portfolio of work that features both classically posed portraits and candid moments of families enjoying themselves.

Meredith Teasley

A black and white portrait of a couple and their two children [Meredith Teasley]

Also making our top 10 list of Nashville family photographers is Meredith Teasley, who is really committed to her clients. She says: “I fell in love with photography because of the incredible opportunity it has given me to really get to know my clients and tell their story through beautiful, timeless photos.” While her background is in accounting and theology, she’s always been driven to learn and we love the results, with gorgeous use of natural light and soft tones throughout her portfolio.

Caitlin Claire Studio

A loved-up couple relax with their kids beside a river [Caitlin Claire Studio]

Caitlin Kiley is the photographer behind Caitlin Claire Studio, which has been operating since 2014. She believes that life isn’t as complicated as we often make it out to be and that’s what she strives to capture through her photography. Spending time with people she loves is one of her great joys in life and something that translates into her photographic style. Caitlin’s images are always filled with emotional expressions that reflect what makes families who they are.

Greg and Jess

A family and their dog relax on a jetty [Greg and Jess]

Husband and wife team Greg and Jess have based their family photography business in Franklin, Tennessee but they love to travel for destination shoots. Aside from offering photography, they also provide videography services at weddings and events. We absolutely love their lifestyle-inspired family photos and beautiful use of light, particularly during outdoor sessions. They also love working with animals and are more than happy for your furry family members to join you.

Jen Wood

A mom with her son on his first birthday [Jen Wood]

With around 30 years of experience behind the camera, Jen Wood is one of the most experienced Nashville family photographers on our list. She loves spending time with family and great friends, something that has driven her desire to work with people. Rather than focusing on posed portraits, her style is more documentary, capturing families as they naturally interact and enjoy one another’s company. Whether you’re after a family photographer to document a birthday party or for portraits to hang on the wall, Jen always delivers exceptional results.

Cortney Smith Photography

A family embrace in a green field [Cortney Smith Photography]

Cortney Smith says that her family portrait sessions focus on “light, energy and you”, with the photographer particularly passionate about shooting in the late afternoon and just before sunset. This is immediately evident in her portfolio where you’ll find richly colored backdrops and high-contrast lighting, resulting in images that really “pop”. Cortney strives to capture portraits that are true and authentic to her subjects and that families can feel a connection with when they hang them on their walls.

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