Dream Big, Sparkle more, Shine brighter Workshop | Julie Paisley Photography | Nashville Wedding and Family Photographer

One of the things that I’m thankful for the most in this industry is the photography friends that I have made along the way.  Although this business is filled with those who are cut-throat and just plain mean, there are many who are not and actually thrive on making connections and teaching others.  It has always been my goal to help others succeed in this business and now I am teaming up with some of the BEST in the field to bring you a workshop like no other.

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YES!  Here it is!  A workshop that will focus on every genre.  Weddings, newborns, children, family and seniors.  I have hand picked these amazing talents to join me in Nashville for 3 full days (and one amazing opening night dinner) of teaching, sharing, shooting (in small groups, you will have the chance to shoot with each one of us) laughing, crying (yep, we might just get raw and the tears will flow) all for YOU!  Nothing will be held back, we are all open books and are ready and willing to share with you!

So, we want YOU to join us!  I can promise you that this week in Nashville will change your business for good.  You will leave inspired, renewed, and with a ton of new friends.  Still not convinced?  Well, let me introduce these ladies to you.

Meet Spanki Mills (Spanki Mills Photography)

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My story: Years ago before my youngest child was even thought of, my husband and I sat down and talked about the possibility of me becoming a photographer. But, with three children already we decided against a job that seemed to be primarily evenings and weekends.

Fast forward a few years… now my youngest was 3 and I was a stay at home mom just capturing the everyday moments of our lives and blogging them and it was then when the photography business found me.

It was no time before the small town I lived in got word that I was “good” at taking pictures and like many of you, before I knew it I was a full time photographer but I was NOT running my business. I was drowning, my family was suffering and I was becoming miserable. At that moment  I decided it was time for a reset and I needed to take control over doing something I loved.

Four years later here I am. Finding a work and home life balance and loving what I do again.  I specialize in seniors and families and inspiring others.


Meet Sarah Cornish (My four Hens Photography

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My Story:   I have loved Photography ever since I can remember. When I was ten I remember asking for a Polaroid Camera for my birthday. At fifteen I got to road trip and backpack across the US from CT to CA with my awesome film photographer aunt and take it all in. I dreamed of getting back to that for a long time. It has always been a huge interest, but getting married and having children at a young age, we didn’t have the means to support that fancy for years. The truth is we barely survived. We lived paycheck to paycheck. We were happy, but boy things were tight.

One year, when our son Noah was just born my husband surprised me with a DSLR when we received an income tax refund. I didn’t put that camera down from there. Every opportunity I had, I read tutorials online and watched videos on YouTube. I put my camera on manual and didn’t look back. As the economy tanked a few years later, and after having our daughter Sophia (our fourth child), I knew I had to do something to help my husband supplement our income. We were drowning. I was tempted to sell my camera, but I had been a hobbyist for years at this point and figured in a last ditch effort I would put myself out there. The response was amazing, and I haven’t gone back since. It has been nearly a decade since I truly lost myself to photography. It has been the biggest blessing imaginable. I now not only have countless beautiful images of our children, but I am able to help support our family. I am a true believer that dreams are meant to come true, if you work for it and you really want it.


Meet Courtney Weittenhiller (Blue Dandelion Photography)

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My Story:   I started with film photography in college (while getting my BSN degree) and it quickly was a hobby that got out of control. I can’t tell you how many thousands of rolls of film I went through in the early days, but I have boxes and boxes of photographs that are near and dear to my heart. I shoot both digital and film these days but my D800 is my favorite go to camera. Weddings and newborns are my specialties and I love them both for different reasons! I shoot alongside my husband and I’m so blessed to be able to share this career with him. We have four beautiful kiddos who add a sweet chaos to our lives, but I couldn’t imagine it any other way.


Meet Tiffany Bender (Munchkins and Mohawks Photography)

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My Story:   I have always taken pictures- and lots of them! I think it came from my mom. No, I KNOW it came from my mom. Back in the days of film she would have boxes and boxes of images all over our house. I could piece a decent part of my life together with just those images, actually you would probably feel like you lived my life just from those pictures. So, I guess history repeats itself.

With the birth of my son the obsession began. I took thousands of pictures his first year- I have even filled two computers with those shots. With the birth of our second child it only became more pronounced. Not only did I want to capture the moments, I wanted to do it beautifully. That is where it began. I have shot and shot and shot some more until I could replicate what was in my head.

I dream about photography. It has not only become my career, but my love, and my passion. In fact- I think about photography more than I probably should! I LOVE what I do and I feel so blessed that I have the opportunity to life this life.


And lastly, meet me (Julie Paisley Photography)

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My Story:  I never ever intended to be a photographer, much less a wedding photographer!  But, fast forward 5 years and here I am.  Since I was practically “thrown” into this business, I made a TON of mistakes, in fact, 2 years into the business I had to back up and almost start over because I didn’t lay the correct foundation.  I vowed right then and there that I would devote half my business to teaching and educating others (I have a degree in education, so teaching will always be my first love) and over the past 2 years I have had the privilege of teaching others all over the world.

I am obsessed with love and I strive to show the REAL you in the photographs I take.  My style can be described as dreamy, romantic and real and I specialize in relationships.  You see, when you connect with others, it shows in the images.  That my friend is my goal.


So, I hope we have convinced you to come to Nashville in October and join us for this amazing workshop!  We are already brainstorming and planning, we want it to be great, no, we want it to be AWESOME!:)

And to sweeten the deal even more, we would like to give one lucky person the chance to win a seat to the workshop along with their airfare and hotel!!! YES, you read that right!  Want to know how to enter to win?  READ CAREFULLY!

The contest will start on Monday, April 21st and will end at 11:59 CST on Thursday, April 24th.  We will announce the winner on my blog by Friday morning (April 25th)  at 10am CST.  We will also post the link to the registration that will open up on FRIDAY, April 25th at NOON (CST).  We will only have 50 spots because we want the shooting groups to be limited to 10.  This workshop will sell out quickly, so be ready to sign up!  But, back to how to enter the contest!

We are making it easy!  All you have to do is first of all like ALL of our pages on FB.  YES, we will check, so don’t cheat!  Then you have to share this blog post on social media.  FB, twitter, instagram, pinterest, we don’t care how you share it but SHARE it!  And the final thing you have to do is COMMENT on how you shared it!  Yes, you MUST comment here on the blog to be entered.  We need your first and last name and your email address!  VERY IMPORTANT!  The winner will be chosen from random.org from the comments and if we can verify that you have liked all of our pages and shared, YOU will be the lucky winner!!!  Oh, and you can enter once daily too!:) BUT, you must share the blog post link and comment again!

So, we wish you all the best and we can’t wait to meet the 50 of you who join us in Nashville!!!


Julie, Spanki, Sarah, Courtney and Tiffany

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New Look, New Workshop dates, We reached 35K on Facebook and a SALE!!!

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Exciting day friends!!!

We are officially launching our NEW refresh on my website and blog!  I’m so excited for this new and improved version of JPP!  We loved our old site but we wanted it to be a little more “grown up” and really show off our images and our love for weddings and of course Ashley with Laynie and Belle made it amazing!  So, check it out, HERE!

The next exciting news that we have is that we have added a few more of the Nashville Slumber party workshops!  We hosted our first 2 a few weeks ago and we had a blast.  Wonderful group of girls, good food, good fellowship and I LOVED having everyone here staying in my cottage!  So come join us!

And lastly, we reach 35K on Facebook over the weekend!  That’s pretty exciting news!  So, just like always, I celebrate with offering 35% off anything in my STORE (except workshops) for 35 hours!  But, today I decided that if anyone signs up for any of the workshops (except the REAL wedding workshops, read below for that discount!) use the code 100off and it will take $100 off your registration!  Read HERE for more info on the workshops and to sign up!

BUT, that’s not all.  I have 2 REAL wedding workshops left this year!  One is in July and one is in August. If you sign up today, I am lowering the price to $1500 with $500 due today and then 2 monthly payments due in May and June!  There are just 2 spots left to each workshop, so once it’s gone, it’s gone!  And we will not have anymore REAL wedding workshops this year, so don’t miss out!  You can read all about the REAL Wedding Workshops HERE and just follow the link to sign up!

So, go check out the site, leave us some love on our blog, and come see me in Nashville or for one of the other workshops!!!  And THANK YOU for your support!  You add a little Happy to my life!

Until next time!



  • JEN - April 7, 2014 - 2:36 pm

    YAY!!!! Love the new look!!ReplyCancel

  • nicole gulick - April 7, 2014 - 10:49 pm

    so exciting! your site is gorgeous julie its just perfection and so you!ReplyCancel

  • Maura - April 8, 2014 - 1:27 am

    LOVE the new look of the site! Simply perfect and a reflection of you and your photography!ReplyCancel

  • Christina Corneau - April 9, 2014 - 4:33 pm

    Love it! Looks great!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley Durham - April 10, 2014 - 12:11 pm

    Love the new layout! I want to come to a JP slumber party!!ReplyCancel

  • yvonne sanders - April 14, 2014 - 2:11 pm

    Julie! LOVE the new look! I’m still waiting for files #21 and #24…..you know what I’m talking girlfriend!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Jen - April 14, 2014 - 8:48 pm

    LOOVE the new look! :) ReplyCancel

  • Holly Frazier - April 15, 2014 - 4:59 pm

    Loving the new look!!ReplyCancel

  • Cris Passos - April 16, 2014 - 1:36 pm

    Julie, this is so beautiful and so YOU!!! Love the new look!ReplyCancel

  • Robyn Regan - April 21, 2014 - 9:51 pm

    Oh boy….I would love to win this seat!!!!! I couldn’t imagine being that lucky!!!!!! My fingers and toes are tightly crossed. Thanks for the opportunity.ReplyCancel

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Julie Paisley Photography | Nashville Wedding Photographer | Wedding Wednesday | What we wish we could tell you….

Being a wedding photographer we see a lot of the behind the scenes at weddings.  We see the stress, the tears, the moments and believe it or not, we can give some great advice when it comes to wedding planning.:) BUT, most of the time we just keep our thoughts to ourselves.:)

Well, I came across a blog today of a wedding photographer who was brave enough to share the truth.  And you know what, I 100% agree.

So, here goes.  I want you to read this blog post and know that more than likely, most wedding photographers are nodding their heads in agreement and giving a good southern AMEN.

So brides, read this and take heart.  It’s truth.

Type A Images, 25 things wedding photographers wish you knew…

Until next time,



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Julie Paisley Photography | Nashville Wedding Photographer | Wedding Wednesday | Moments

Ok, so today’s Wedding Wednesday post is going to come from my heart.  I’ve had so much fun sharing ideas with you all over the past few weeks but today I’m going to talk about moments and why I am so passionate about capturing them when I shoot weddings.

I think we as photographers get so caught up on getting “the shot” that sometimes we forget about the  real reason we were hired.  Yes, our brides want those beautiful canvas worthy images of them on their wedding day and they want you to capture all the details that they worked so hard to create, but in 30 years, what images are going to tug at their heartstrings???  It will be the moments. Yes, I just said that.

You see, everyone that is attending that wedding is important to the bride and groom.  So important that we need to not only capture the wedding party and the details but we need to capture everything else that is going on as well.  Don’t just get so caught up on “shooting to be published” or “shooting for THAT shot” so that you be recognized by your peers.  The truth of the matter is that “my peers” did not pay me to shoot that wedding.  AND, if I never get a pat on the back from everyone on FB telling me what an AMAZING image that was BUT I made my bride cry because of a moment I captured,   well, in my book, I’ve done my job.

Brides, be careful when you hire a photographer that you are truly hiring someone who cares.  YES, really cares about you,  your family, and your guests.  Don’t just hire someone because they have beautiful posed images on their website.  In fact, I will tell you from being on the inside that MOST of those “perfectly posed” images that photographers post are not even from REAL weddings.  Ask to see a full wedding.  I am more than proud to show my potential brides a FULL gallery from a wedding.  I want them to see that yes, I can capture those beautiful magazine quality images, but I can also capture moments too.  You see, a true professional knows when to anticipate those moments and I will be honest with you, they are my favorites.

And of course I can’t post a blog post without pictures.  Here are just a few of my favorite “moments” from some of my latest weddings.  Don’t skimp on your wedding photography brides.  Put on your 30 year goggles (I have to thank my friends Bobbi+Mike for this reminder) and make sure that you will have images like this from your wedding day as well.  Be smart, do your homework and hire someone who cares about every.single.aspect.of.your.day.

Until next time,



  • Monica - March 19, 2014 - 4:29 pm

    Absolutely Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Caitlin - March 19, 2014 - 5:58 pm

    Gosh, this couldn’t be more true! Shoot from your heart!!!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Gulick - March 19, 2014 - 6:04 pm

    No truer words Julie! Love how much you share your heart and how open you are! Great post followed by gorgeous images!ReplyCancel

  • LeAnne Carpenter - March 19, 2014 - 6:22 pm

    And for this exact reason is why I hired you for my daughter’s wedding! These are the images that I want to look at and remember, “the emotion of the day”! And you do a amazing job!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kate Borgelt - March 20, 2014 - 1:38 pm

    Moments. Moments. Moments. The Good stuff. :D ReplyCancel

  • Katie D. - March 21, 2014 - 12:53 pm

    wow… I teared up looking at these. There is just so much greatness in each one. Love this post!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley Durham - March 21, 2014 - 1:29 pm

    These are lovely!ReplyCancel

  • Maura - March 21, 2014 - 4:24 pm

    I always love the moments you are able to capture! They evoke so much emotion!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Yocum - March 22, 2014 - 6:27 pm

    What beautiful moments, and so very well said!!ReplyCancel

  • kim - March 24, 2014 - 3:30 pm

    what a great reminder! well said friend! beautiful images!ReplyCancel

  • yvonne sanders - March 26, 2014 - 2:01 pm

    You caught my attention with the very first photo of the parents hands!ReplyCancel

  • Nicki - March 27, 2014 - 6:31 am

    love the whole sentiment of this post! you do such a beautiful job capturing moments for all your couples!!ReplyCancel

  • Tabithalynn Elder - April 3, 2014 - 6:10 am

    I just want to say that you are phenomenal. I stumbled upon your website a couple days ago on account of your Pinterest, and I immediately fell in love. I have always wanted to be an event photographer, with an emphasis on Wedding Photgrapghy. And then I discovered you! Your photos not only capture beautiful moments, they capture life. You inspire me SO MUCH! I pray that one day I am able to attend one of your workshops or that you visit Los Angeles. Thank you so much for being an amazing inspiration. I hope to be a great as you some day!

    Thank you so much Julie.

    Elder, TabithaReplyCancel

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Julie Paisley Photography | Nashville Wedding Photographer | Wedding Wednesday | The First Look

So, I’ve been married to my college sweetheart for 20 years.  I know, I know, how is that possible when I’m only 29?:)

Back in the day when I got married in my VERY TRADITIONAL SOUTHERN Baptist Church, you did NOT see your groom before you walked down the aisle.  NO WAY, bad luck all around, but, I was a VERY stressed out bride and I pretty much demanded to see Matt, ALONE before the wedding because I KNEW he would calm my nerves.  And guess what, it worked.  So, I like to think that I invented “the first look” 20 years ago.:)

In the last few years, many of my couples have chosen the first look.  I never push anyone into doing one but I do highly recommend it.  There are so many pros to it!

Here’s a few of my reasons:

  1. The reactions are so sweet and sincere.  You are alone and you don’t have all the eyes of your family friends watching you.
  2. It really calms your nerves.  I promise!
  3. More time for pictures of the 2 of you.
  4. MOST of the pictures are finished BEFORE the ceremony!
  5. When I asked my brides and grooms what some of their favorites moments of the day were, most of them say “the first look”.

So, let’s take a look at some of our latest weddings and some first look moments.  I think you just might agree with me.

Until next time,




Sigh, his face and how sweet is their connection???



Pure joy…love it!


WOW, you look amazing!!!  These two were so cute!


Yep, I was crying too…



Sigh…crying again…



It’s so funny but they always ask me if they can kiss, Of course you can!!!

And this one, well, I must admit, I was crying so hard that I was just shooting blind and praying we were in focus.  Gosh I love my job!



  • Lissa - March 13, 2014 - 5:17 am

    Love these photographs and the whole post. Can’t wait for your workshop in a few weeks!ReplyCancel

  • Cris Passos - March 13, 2014 - 12:17 pm

    Oh solo beautiful Julie!!! Love the emotion here!!!ReplyCancel

  • ali - March 13, 2014 - 2:15 pm

    so beautiful julie!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Caitlin - March 13, 2014 - 2:45 pm

    Beautiful moments Julie!ReplyCancel

  • Shebli - March 13, 2014 - 3:05 pm

    I so wish I would have done a first look!ReplyCancel

  • Maura - March 14, 2014 - 1:23 am

    Beautiful photos!! Julie – I love the emotion you are able to capture in your first look photos!ReplyCancel

  • kerrie - March 14, 2014 - 3:28 am

    what special moments that you captured :) love it!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley Durham - March 14, 2014 - 11:54 am

    So true! A lot of my brides are more traditional, but it definitely less stressful and time-crunchy to do a first look.ReplyCancel

  • christine d - March 14, 2014 - 6:05 pm

    I agree, Julie…the first look is amazing! I have seen brides get so drunk that they had to be put to bed very early. Good thing they had that first look! I have also seen grooms show no reaction whatsoever as the bride comes down the aisle when all the bride wanted was a big reaction. Had they been alone for a first look, I know those grooms would have shown what the bride wanted to see, but they held it in in front of all the guests. The first look is really an amazing thing. I hope all of your Nashville brides let you photograph first looks!ReplyCancel

  • Stacy Squires Photography - April 15, 2014 - 6:41 pm

    always so emotional … beautifully doneReplyCancel

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