Mottern Family | Dhahran Family Photographer

A Film + Photo Story

I love telling stories.

But I have to be honest, when your story is just a little bit bigger than your own family unit…. when it goes just a little deeper than the typical Day-In-Your-Life… it is a rare and exciting thing.

Fly fishing with Papaw and Mamaw | Watauga, TN

I first made a family film for the Mottern family back in October of 2017. You can watch it here. That film is still one of my favorites, especially the beginning where Gemma’s Mom is talking with her new grand baby, Hannah. There is something truly special about including grandparents in your family film story. When Mike and Gemma asked me to fly to Watauga, TN a small farm town, to make another film including his side of the family on their family farm in their film story, I didn’t hesitate. I ran.

there is something truly special
about including grandparents in your family film...

The idea of preserving the significance of something that is bigger than just your immediate family is something that I’ve thought a lot about since making the Mottern’s first film. It’s made me put more of a priority on making sure that my own parents and my husband’s parents are in our personal family films. As a kid, my grandparents were a part of my life at times, but the videos and photos I have of them have kept those fleeting memories alive to this day. In fact, I “remember” moments that I’m clearly too young to remember thanks to those videos. When I see the video of me rolling in the grass of my grandparents home… I’m there. I can smell the grass and feel the giggles. It’s as fresh as the day it happened, even if I was 3 and don’t actually remember it.

 Tony, Mike’s Dad, fly fishing in the fog…

Tony, Mike’s Dad, fly fishing in the fog…

I wanted to create something with this film that told the story of Mike’s family, their farm, and the role it has played in his story so that his children, Luke & Hannah will “remember” this day even if they are really too young to.

I love this photo as it shows Luke with both his grandparents. Luke was a bit nervous to step out into the river and with good reason. It was COLD and very, very slippery!


This is the moment that Luke catches a fish! I switched to filming after this so you’ll be able to see his excited reaction in the film!

The quickest way to dry off after fishing…

Dawn at the house…

Waking up with Hannah

Those warm cheeks and the way they snuggle in after waking up…

Mike and Luke put together birthday presents

Mike walking the family land with his sister, Cathy…

Bravely feeding the horse corn freshly picked from the garden with Aunt Cathy…

 Seeing Mike’s family farm and his pride in his family’s hard work was such a unique experience…

Seeing Mike’s family farm and his pride in his family’s hard work was such a unique experience…

Luke… The Explorer

Wrapped around her finger…

Shoes off, dirt on her toes, little Hannah, independent and beautiful…

An epic game of boxing was had…

Luke won….

But only just…

Those curls

Sweet Hannah

Strong Luke

These two


I’ll be in Tennessee again for family films as well as Orlando and Texas this upcoming July/August and have only 1 remaining family film spot left for 2019…


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