Fall Mini Sessions 2019! Memphis TN & DeSoto County, MS Photographer

Photo by RJI

Photo by RJI

UPDATE 9/26/2019 AT 5:55pm ALL SPOTS ARE FULL!


It’s that time of year again! Fall Mini Sessions are open for booking! Here’s the details:

October 26th at my home in Olive Branch, location shared upon scheduling, 3-5 pm

November 9th & 10th, 3-430pm at the Merry Christmas Tree Farm in Nesbit* (ALMOST COMPLETELY BOOKED!)

Wednesdays in October and November at the Snowden house in southaven, ms, times varied

Details: Sessions are first come, first serve! Session fee is $125 and comes with 10 images, they will be delivered no later than a week after session. Images come with print authorization and are printable up to 11x14. Sessions are for up to 6 people. Please feel free to bring (leashed) pets. You must pay your session fee up front in order to hold your spot, no exceptions. Sessions last about 20-30 minutes. Please be on time for your session. Please let me know if you cannot make it and we will reschedule for another day.

*Reschedules will only be for increment weather, not for other rescheduling reasons as it would cost additional fees to hold a spot. Reschedules will be held the following weekend only.

** If a session previously booked becomes available again I will announce it on facebook and instagram.

To book your session, please fill out the form below, I will respond within 24 hours. Thank you and I look forward to seeing everyone!


Updates and Summer Break - Memphis, TN Photographer


Updates and Summer Break - Memphis, TN Photographer

Hello Friends! Just wanted to share a little bit about my plans for the upcoming summer season and some updates about what’s going on lately! I’ve been quiet around here.

Update on Dad

Thank you to all of you who donated to my father’s medical bills! We raised a little over $1,600! This has been a tremendous help to him and he is so grateful for your generosity. And more good news- dad had a cat scan and blood work done a couple of weeks ago and they said everything was looking great!!! They saw no evidence of anything malignant and will be doing another cat scan in 6 months for follow up! Thank you everyone for your prayers and well wishes! We are thrilled!!!

Summer Schedule

Photo by Rebecca Jaffe ©2018

Photo by Rebecca Jaffe ©2018

Starting May 22nd, I will be limiting my availability until school starts back in early August in order to spend time with family and travel. If you need a session please let me know in as far in advance as possible.

I will not be accepting any outdoor portrait sessions during the summer due to the extreme heat in order to protect my client’s health.

Starting in late August, I will be sharing the dates and times of my Fall Minis and will be accepting bookings then. I have some new locations available this year!

Going forward

I’ve decided to continue to be part-time for the forseable future. I’ve been blessed with the ability to cut back my hours in order to spend time with family, care for my dad and work on personal projects that I’ve put on the back burner. Thank you all for your understanding during this transition!


Newborn Life {Style} Session Tips at Home - Memphis, TN Photographer


Newborn Life {Style} Session Tips at Home - Memphis, TN Photographer


Every person is different.

Every baby is different.

Every family is different.

Every photographer is different.

It goes without saying then that everyone’s ideas, needs and wants will be different too. So these are just my personal and professional tips on how set up your at home newborn lifestyle session.

  1. Scheduling can be tricky since (unless you’re induced) no one knows when your blessing will make their arrival, and that everything will go exactly as planned. So here’s how I handle it: unless you are doing a Fresh 48 session, schedule your session at least a week or 2 out from the day you get home. I suggest this because by then you’ll start to have a rhythm going of feeding and sleeping.

  2. I give myself and my clients a little cushion of extra time for their session despite which package they choose. I do this because things are bound to come up- baby cries, poops, needs to be fed, fighting sleep, siblings are cooperating, the list goes on!

  3. Speaking of spots - if you have a spot in your home besides the nursery that you love and want to capture a photo there, please let me know! Otherwise I designate the spots with the most/best light.

  4. Being a new parent is tough! Some parents just want photos of their baby (or all the kids) but I implore parents to get in there too. You want to remember this special time together because trust me, they grow so fast. Don’t worry, I’ll edit out those circles under your eyes (haha!)

  5. If you need a break too, it’s ok. Do what you need to do! I am a mom too, I don’t mind feeding, rocking or changing the kiddo if you feel comfortable allowing me to. Or you can even invite the grandparents/a friend/etc. over if you want to lend a hand! It takes a village! Never be afraid to ask for help!

  6. Wear something comfortable, soft, and makes you feel confident. Go barefoot if you want! You’re at home! I love the laid back look, y’all. Moms tend to like flowy or button up tops and dresses, dad’s tend to go for a solid cotton shirt and jeans.

  7. If you don’t want to do your session at your home, but rather that of a friend or family member, that is fine and I will gladly go where you need me to. Just with the understanding that there will be no nursery images!

  8. Please do incorporate some meaningful/special items into your baby’s session, like heirlooms, blankets and outfits if desired.


I hope these tips help you out a bit! Life is a precious gift and having a tiny human come into the world is a beautiful miracle, I never take for granted the significance of that milestone in someone’s life!

(A special thank you to the B, C and P families for allowing me to capture their beautiful families!)



Superman Needs Your Help! (Memphis, TN Photographer)

I’ve mentioned that I’m caring for a sick loved one and it’s affecting my schedule at RJI. Until last week, I was not allowed to share about who this person is - only those closest to me were privy to this information. They didn’t want their business out there which I completely respected but it became clear keeping it a secret was not the way to go because in times of crisis and uncertainty, you need others.

This person is my father, Randy.

My father Randy and my son/his grandson Gabe

My father Randy and my son/his grandson Gabe

He went in to have a simple outpatient procedure done on December 31, 2018 to remove a cyst from his scalp, we thought nothing about it. Until the doctor called me and said, “we think it might be malignant….” Tests confirmed Dad had a fibrosarcoma tumor, a very rare type of cancer. He had a second surgery and numerous doctor appointments. We are in the process of figuring out his next steps on treatment. He also has to have reconstructive plastic surgery on his scalp. It’s been overwhelming for both he and I because I’ve had to handle everything and he’s had to endure it.

He’s no stranger to life altering circumstances. In 2011, he suffered a brain aneurysm and a stroke which left him disabled and unable to work. However, he over came insurmountable odds and has not just survived but thrived despite everything he went through/everything his doctors said he wouldn’t do. He’s truly a walking miracle! A superman!

While he has insurance, and my husband and I are doing everything we can to help, he still has medical bills. As you know, cancer is an expensive business! I’m trying to raise some funds to help him out. If you have it in your heart to help, please know your generosity will be forever appreciated! I’ve started a gofundme page to raise money for his medical bills as he is on a fixed income of social security. Between the go fund me and private donors, we’ve raised just over $1,000! We are so grateful!!!


May I just say, this experience has been eye opening. I’ve learned so much about the business of cancer, the uncertainties that come along with it and the tactics doctors use. I’ve realized what shabby shape our health care system is in and how they treat low-income patients. My dad worked so hard to get back to a normal life and now its all muddied by this diagnosis. My heart breaks for those with this awful disease!

Thank you for taking the time to read this, I am forever grateful and humbled by your support. God bless.



Cherry Blossoms & Updates - Memphis, TN Photographer

Greetings my peeps! Just a quick little update here about March & April! This will give a little more detail but you can always find all this kind of info on my News Page, which is found at the top of my tabs.


  • RJI will be closed March 9th-12th. You may send email correspondence on those days and I’ll respond as soon as possible.

  • If anyone would like a cherry blossom portrait session or headshot please let me know this month! They only bloom for a short time!


  • RJI will be offering sessions at the Memphis Botanical Gardens starting in April for Mother’s Day, more info to come!

  • RJI will be closed April 3rd for my birthday and Easter Weekend.

Big Decisions

As I mentioned in my previous post, I’m going back to part time for now because I’m caring for a family member with some serious health issues. After alot of consideration, I have decided starting March 1st that RJI will be closed on Sundays & Mondays. I will continue to be as accommodating as possible to my clients.

Also, I am no longer offering event photography as of this year. This also wasn’t an easy decision, thanks for understanding!

Thanks for reading! Hope you all have a wonderful week! xoxo



2019- The Road Ahead

Hello Friends! I Marie Kondo-d my old blog page and started fresh. Welcome to Musings! For my first post, I wanted to share about the road ahead - what to expect from me and my business and get candid about where I’m at now.

2019 will less about “grind”, and more about relationships. It will be more about expression and less about trying to fit in with everyone else. They say alot can change in a year, that was definitely the case for me in 2018! It was a deep seeded awakening that has lent to a much needed overhaul of the soul. I’m definitely not the same person anymore! I’m becoming more comfortable with myself, where I’m at, what I want to create and how I want to spend my time (and with whom.) Speaking of time….

Although I will still be open for business, I will be scaling back to part-time again for the time being as I am having to help a family member recover from a serious illness. I’m not at liberty to discuss it but any good thoughts/vibes and prayers would be appreciated! I’ll also be carving out time for travel and long overdue home projects that have sat on the back burner for a while. I’m purposely making time to stop and smell the roses.

If 2018 + the past 6 weeks of this year have taught me anything at all it’s that being present isn’t just a nice anectdote, it’s a way of life. While this post is talking about the year ahead, going forward I want to be a person who is present, accepting whatever may come her way with grace, not judging anyone or where they may be at. I just can’t be a part of the rat race anymore. I just want to embrace life, create art and stay in my own lane. Making time for the things that truly matter. Being around people who share the same zest for life that I do. If you jive with any of what I just said, I’d love to work with you sometime ;)

Aside from that, I have made some other changes, including adding new packages to my portrait & real estate sessions; a new scheduling system to help clients book more easily; upgrades to my client portals; updated contracts and agreements; and new policies for my online galleries. I’m very excited!

I’m going to wrap up this ramble, but not before I say thank you for taking the time to read it and being an awesome human!