Madison | Newborn :: Nashville, Tennessee

Madison Rosalie is here! This little girl has been the cherry on top to an exciting few months for my friends Beth and Jamie. Earlier this year, they bought a beautiful home to renovate, and soon after learned they were expecting! I am so glad we were able to do Madison’s newborn session in their new house – the one she’ll grow up in.

Beth was one of my very first friends, and it is such a JOY to now see her as a mother. I know they are so excited and thankful to have their baby girl!

 

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Shop Around the Corner | Ann Kelle

Shop Around the Corner is a monthly series where I share a variety of fan-tas-tic small business owners that I think you’d really dig. It’s very important to me to share the love with fellow small business folks – the welcoming community of entrepreneurs I’ve met is quite strong, and there is so much incredible talent out there! I look forward to introducing you to great photographers, designers, shop owners…the list goes on and on!

 

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I am so glad Kelle Boyd and I connected last year! She is the owner of Ann Kelle, a stationery and fabric design business full of color and life. Kelle was looking for a photographer for her superhero-inspired styled shoot to coordinate with the launch of her Super Kids fabric line, and she chose me! I’ve loved following her online the past year, and was thrilled when she asked me to photograph some of her new designs earlier this summer. You can see a couple of my favorites right here! I hope you enjoy hearing about Ann Kelle today – if you have children, you will LOVE the designs!

*All photos below are courtesy of Ann Kelle*

 

Tell us about your business!

I’m the designer and founder of Ann Kelle. I started Ann Kelle in 2007. Since this time, my stationery designs have been on the shelves of boutiques and stores across the country, including Target, Wal Mart, Barnes and Noble. In 2009, I started designing fabric for Robert Kaufman. I also design stationery for Tiny Prints and Shutterfly.

 

What made you decide to open your shop?

While working for the mayor of Nashville (and a bit stressed), my childhood dream was rekindled when I went to a local craft store to purchase art supplies as a stress reliever. Two years later, and after a lot of prayer, I took a step of faith and launched Ann Kelle Designs.

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Where do you find inspiration?

My designs are inspired by all that we have always known and loved…from my dad’s tie, spring flowers, ice cream, our favorite rock band, and even the sweaters we wore in the second grade. All the things we loved as kids.

 

Favorite item that you sell? 

I don’t sell anything directly at the moment, but one of my favorite things to draw are characters, such as my Super Kids and Girl Friends. You can find my designs on personalized stationery through Tiny Prints and fabric through Robert Kaufman.

 

Any advice for those just starting out?

When I first started out, I did a lot of research on the industry I was planning on entering. I read books, attended trade shows, talked to people in the industry, etc. I also began to prepare and plan for the transition by saving money, acquiring a part-time job, etc. Most importantly, I prayed a lot and sought direction from God.

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Three words that describe you/your life? simple, sweet, happy

 

Story or moment in business that was memorable?

There are so many memorable moments that occurred while building my business from when I made the decision to leave my full-time job to when I got one art rejection letter after another. There were a lot of hard times, but a lot of good ones as well. I’m just so grateful that I’m able to draw for a living.

 

Favorite tv show? Hmm, I don’t have a favorite. But I watch a lot of decorating shows.

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Favorite ice cream flavor? lemon sorbet

 

Favorite vacation spot? Alys Beach

 

Favorite way to spend a Saturday afternoon?

Wake up early, drink a good cup of coffee, maybe head out for breakfast with friends and then onto some thrifting/antique shopping. Oh, and there’s definitely gonna be a nap somewhere in the day.

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Favorite part of running your business? One of my favorite parts of running my business is being able to draw for a living! I also like seeing what people make with my fabric.

 

Thank you again, Kelle!

Be sure to check out her beautiful designs on her website and blog!

Eva | One Year :: Franklin, Tennessee

Eva-Beva is a whole year old! She and her twin sisters have kept me giggling for the past twelve months, and I am so grateful I had the chance to connect with their family. We did Eva’s one-year session at the beautiful Aspen Grove Park – a new favorite spot for me! Hope you enjoy these sweet smiles today.

Eva’s parents signed up for my “Welcome, Baby!” First-Year Portrait Plan. If you or someone you know is expecting, and would like to learn more about these sessions, email me at molly@simplyMphotography.com. This would be a great Christmas gift!

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Clayton | Nine Months :: Spring Hill, Tennessee

Clayton made the *cutest* faces during our entire session! Lots of scrunched-up-nose pictures were made – I couldn’t get enough! He cackled at his puppy pals and loved zooming around in his colorful walker…about as happy as a nine-month-old can be!

Clayton’s parents signed up for my “Welcome, Baby!” First-Year Portrait Plan. If you or someone you know is expecting, and would like to learn more about these sessions, email me at molly@simplyMphotography.com. This would be a great Christmas gift!

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