Almost Time! | Shoot & Share- The Photographers Superbowl | Anjeanette Photography Arizona

I know what I will be doing MOST of February- voting in the 2018 Shoot & Share contest!!! You can't vote FOR my work... (its a fair, blind, & random 'draw' of photographers best images of 2018- there's no way to know which images or categories are next. I can't even vote for my work either unless it just happens to pop up!) 
...You CAN join in the fun when it starts and click on your favorite image of four possible!

I will post links on social media when February arrives and the contest opens, with this link you can head there now and join the newsletter to get notified when the frenzy begins! . Its an inspiring month for me every year. Fantastic way to enjoy gorgeous images & get inspired creatively. Its also crazy exciting IF you see one of your photos come up- especially when you consider the millions of images that are submitted!!!♥ #portraitphotographerssuperbowl#amazingimageroulette #bestof2017 #fingersplints #thumbcasts #getinspired#shootandshare

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During last year’s contest had 10,000 photographers enter and 150,000 people vote.

That means submitting is hard. Each one of us thinks, “What if I fall?” It takes courage to jump, and we’re here to remind you that you could fly!
— Shoot & Share
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AND...... the results are in! Update March 2018:

Elliot Family Sneak Peek! | Deer Valley Family portrait photographer | Anjeanette Photography

Finished wrapping up a present today! Chelsea got a gift certificate for her Mother In Law Cheryl for Christmas and yesterday Cheryl got her whole family together for family portraits to redeem it! Gift Certificates are the perfect fit. I am so grateful I am going to be able to get all of my 2016 Git Certificate customers taken care of before our move to Arizona :)


And thanks again to the Towle family at Amulet Farm for being one of my absolutefavorite portrait venues!



Terrible Twos currated by Jeff Bertrand at 40AU | The Art & Times of Anjeanette Illustration

Nashville Artist Anjeanette Illustration
The art kid life!

The art kid life!

Check out the video Megan Kelley of studiomnivorous made!!!

Directly below are progress work on the paintings

The acrylic piece was painted over four times .... I let some eyes from previous attempts to remain showing through....


Other artists in Terrible Twos!

"Super excited for this group #exhibition by @artbyjeffbertrand, showcasing the #illustration #art talents of 22 #artists from around the #unitedstates, opening this weekend at #40augallery.

#40AU #gallery #fortyau #fortyaugallery #painting #nashville — with Chip Boles, David Pound, Jeff Bertrand, Anjeanette Illustration, Burn353, Charles V. Bennett and Drew Camino at Forty AU." -Megan Kelley

Terrible 2’s, an art show curated by Jeff Bertrand will be held on June 4th from 6 to 9 pm at 40AU Gallery inside the historic Arcade building in downtown Nashville. This show will feature twenty-two of the best local and regional lowbrow and outsider artists. Bertrand, who is curating the show, wanted to challenge each artist to reflect on their childhood, to create paintings based on what they thought it meant to be an adult. Bertrand, who will be featured in the show, states that “when we were kids, we rushed to become so much older so quickly. Time seemed to take forever. Yet as adults, time seems to slip by us so quickly and it seems we wish we had that youth what we once had.” Each artist will create two paintings that will relate to two distinct themes. The first painting will show what each artist viewed their future as when they were children. The second will be looking back on how they view their youth as an adult. The artists featured in the show are as follows: Charles Bennett, Jeff Bertrand, Chip Boles, Tony Brock, Brooke E ,Burn 353, Ryan Case, Drew Camino, Abby Coppage, Erin Crissey, Jeremy Cross, Amy Elizabeth, Brandt Hardin, Dirk Hayes, Vince Herrera, Anjeanette Illustration, Elisheba Onedropink Israel , Megan Kelly, Jonny Lashley, Janet Lee, Anna McKeown, Michael “Old School” Mucker, Shaunna Peterson, David Pound, Joshua David Sarver, and Chad Spann -copy by Jeff Bertrand
Official show poster by Brandt Hardin and Dirk Hays

Official show poster by Brandt Hardin and Dirk Hays

Padilla Stolt Her Heart | Real Nashville TN Wedding | Anjeanette Illustration Photography

Danielle & Eddies weddingby Nashville Artistic Wedding Photographer Anjeanette Illustration Photography was also recently featured on Borrowed & Blue!

Belmont was where the met, and where they pledged their lives to each other. Congrats Dani & Eddie! Rain couldn't dampen the beautiful service at the new Academia buildings Belmont Chapel and reception at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens!  I had already met several times with Danielle, you can see from Dani's Bridal session here and the engagement session here how gorgeous and in love she is!

A note about rain, which is fast becoming one of my favorite conditions to shoot in!-it does not have to ruin your day! It is still your wedding day, and at the end you are pledged to your soul mate. You totally win. You start your marriage that day and nothing will show how well you will weather life together like a a few drops!

Sandy Malone for Huffington Post had these words to say about a rainy wedding day
Rain on your wedding day is supposed to be lucky. It's a symbol of fertility, of new starts, unity and renewal-it's all about how the bride and groom handle the necessary shift to the inclement weather Plan B that makes the difference in whether or not everybody ends up having fun at the wedding.

Thank you so much to Chelsea Rochelle for her fabulous work!  I knew I could just let her make her magic!

Amazing design & amazing students make for amazing photos at the Academia Building

Eddie and Danielle were happy and excited from the start, a quick first touch before walking down the aisle, in the unbelievably stunning Belmont Chapel. The new chapel was only recently opened at the Christian University, Dani & Eddie are only the 5th couple to be married there! The impressive two-story layout includes arched, double height clear glass windows on the exterior that are mirrored on the interior and are veiled by a layer of art glass. The art glass includes the motif of three crosses and creates a sanctuary experience filled with both breathtaking beauty and peaceful stillness. An art glass rosette, named the Holleman Rose Medallion, provides the focal point for the front of the chapel and is named in loving memory of Christa Holleman, wife of Belmont Trustee Jim Holleman.  

After the ceremony I had the chance to make stunning dramatic images of the two as newlyweds on the shimmering grounds of Cheekwood. The dinner & dancing reception was amazing, beautiful draping, decor, names in lights and delicious food-all capped off by a wild party of dancing and groom tossing! I certainly felt blessed to be a part of their day, and hope you enjoy looking through a few of my favorite captures.

This image can also be seen as featured on THE SOUTHEAST'S FINEST VENDOR DIRECTORY

If it rains on your wedding day

  • Trust me- I have been there and I am not worried about getting wet! I love the artistry and magic of a rainy kiss, and you will be stunning no matter the weather! Because I am both a natural light AND flash photographer I will get a variety of photos for you regardless of light conditions. Soft romantic natural light is perfectly captured under a giant grey sky softbox- and frozen drops glimmering around a dramatically flash lit couple is one of my favorite images to create!

  • Have coordinated umbrellas or we can use my clear bubble umbrella! Colourful galoshes, buckets and props! Have FUN with whatever comes your way.

  • Do not be afraid to get a little wet- and I will be flexible with the schedule of your newlywed couple photos so that is you do get wet there will be time to freshen up or they can be taken later in the evening before you leave. We do not have to do them right after the ceremony leaving you soaking for the reception!

  • Really really consider that first look! Several couples I have photographed were able to get drier photos early before the clouds opened after the ceremony.

  • If a rainy backdrop is not what you want then make two backup plans, and remember to schedule them with the venues a week at least before hand if not sooner! If a venue has several weddings on your day the options of where to go for photos may be limited!

  • Relax and enjoy the moment whatever the circumstances. Your getting married! Nothing as silly as a little rainis gonna come between your love!


Nashville Wedding Photographer  for Creative, Dramatic, & Affordable Fine Art
"5 star Best photographer! She was a joy to work with. Very highly recommended. She worked with us on our Engagement pictures (which was on a rainy day) and made the very best of it, while capturing breathtaking photos that even made it onto the weather channel! I also did a Bridal session with her, and we (my sister, mom, and myself) had so much fun. Finally, on our Wedding day,(it rained again) and she went above and beyond to make sure we had the most beautiful pictures. Anjeanette is so sweet, and such an incredible artist. I am so happy we found her!
January 29, 2016 "- Danielle

Florist Savoir Faire and Reception Decor

DJ Premier DJ

Catering Savor The Flavor

Draping Visual Elements

Coordinator Kayln Stephens

Deserts by Dulce Deserts

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Nashville art show FAMN Art Show | Anjeanette Illustration | Turnip Green Creative Reuse |

Excited my work will be a part of an excited Free Art Movement group show this week!

Here is the press release info

"Please join us in the Green Gallery Thursday, December 17, for a very special exhibit featuring friends of the Free Art Movement Nashville (FAMN). FAMN is a group that is committed to sharing art in Nashville. Artists in this group make art for anyone that is willing to seek it out. This show honors their dedication to making Nashville and art-filled city. The art featured was created with reuse in mind, and is reasonably priced, most below $100. Each piece supports the local artist that created it and Turnip Green Creative Reuse. Local educator and musician, Ryan Mullenix, will be providing music for us.
We will have a full artist marketplace, a make it and take it project, membership sign-ups, and as always, food, drink and great friends will be in the house. Our friends at Platetone Printmaking, Paper and Book Arts will host a fun art making open studio."

Whats FAMN? I have talked about it a lot beforehere and on my Instagram

Check out the other posts and the

FAMN Facebook page for more info.

I grabbed a bunch of stuff to create on at TGR- and was seriously overwhelmed with options. I felt like touching everything in the various bins and boxes. TGR is basically a magical thrift shop art store of tools and possibilities! I learned something about myself, which I pretty much do every time I create- but this time I learned about incorporating levels, made goals about how much more practice with different mediums and shapes I needed, and realized how much I loathe painting on ceramic. Love wood, sticking to that from now on!


2015, ceramic & glass tiles, acrylic paint, on wood. 

This piece is significant for me as it represents dependence on devices, and my disconnection from self, environment, and spirituality. What makes us always available and connected to each other results in rooms of silent people communicating only with their thumbs. Being active on social media and hyper aware of each others lives also allows people to trance out from reality. Service or battery disruption leads to a person disconnecting from their thoughts, feelings, memories or sense of identity. Its personal-the screen goes blank and the connection to life seems ‘unreal’ and is lost.

As always influenced by traditional Iconography style and colours.

Artistic Middle Tennessee Family Photographer | Cathy & Fredrick | Nashville Photographer Anjeanette Illustration

I have know Cathy for a few years from, and it is pretty apparent how much in love her husband and she are. We spoke at this family session about the popular Pinterest photo where a mom is glad her children will grow up knowing their dad loves their mom! And look at that happy glow on these kids! Beautiful children inside and out.

We met up by the library in Hendersonville where there were puppies, photographers, and families everywhere taking advantage of the beautiful warm December day to play outside! One of the many things I love about Tennessee are the parks on warm days, with greenery and slate bottom creeks. This is a gorgeous spot with several bridges and a gazebo. We dressed for fall, but the bright sunshine warmed up us by the end of the session! I like taking a mix of posed photos with silly and and playful candids- and it was pretty darn easy with this photogenic bunch! No forced smiles here!

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Suprise Nashville Skyline Proposal | Nikki & Daniel | Anjeanette Illustration Photography

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Anjeanette Illustration | Matryoshka | Nesting Doll Portraits

Matryoshka Nesting Doll Portraits by Anjeanette Illustration

What are


? You may have seen these beautiful little 'dolls' in grandparents attics or Greek Orthodox festivals- and they are regaining their popularity as intricate artisan objects. The first

Russian nesting doll

was born in 1890 in the workshop "Children's Education" situated in Abramtsevo estate new Moscow, but the original of the figurines if Japan as you can read



Today there are many versions, from




, to

extremely avant gaurd


Heck, there is even a


?!? So cool!

I create mine to be whimsical portraits- commission your unique Matryoshka today!

Portraits of my step daughters Amber & Brianna, 1" faces.

Matryoshka Nesting Doll Portraits by Anjeanette Illustration

2015 Created for the

Car Part Art

show curated by

Andee Rudloff

at the

Corvette Museum

in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Featuring car, muffler parts and lug nuts with the portraits of Corvette inventor Harley Earl, Designer Helen Emsley, and test car racer Betty Skelton.

Matryoshka Nesting Doll Portraits by Anjeanette Illustration

I am not entirely sure what it is about them that appeals to me the most. The intricate tiny nature, the surprises inside, the history. As far as I know there is no Russian ancestry in my background, yet as a proud All American Mutt who even knows! I have always been reverent and enamored of Orthodox religious imagery, and of course of painting directly on wood or wooden panels. Maybe it is just the possibilities they each offer, the time love and craftsmanship in each one.

For more information or to order your own custom dolls, contact me via

Anjeanette Illustration Photography

Yolandi Matryoshka Doll by Anjeanette Illustration