Ice Cream Family Session | Stumpff Family | St. Elmo, Chattanooga, TN

So you’re probably aware by now that I tend to shy away from “normal” sessions. I’m way more inspired by the real moments of life, and much less so by the perfectly posed, matching outfits in a field sort of shoot. Nothing wrong with those, of course! But how often do you, as a family, go sit in a big open field together? Unless you own a farm, it just doesn’t seem very true to who you are as a family.

Instead, I’ll work with you to find something that actually IS you, something you actually would do as family even if it’s just sitting outside and enjoying a cup of ice cream from Clumpie’s! I asked Kyndel to bring a few of Louie’s favorite toys to the session. I already knew they were an urban-dwelling family, adorned with well tattooed artworks, a family who spends the time at the many summer events Chattanooga has to offer. So I was in no way surprised when their son, Louie, came rolling up on his BMW K1300 kid’s bike. Okay, is that thing not just the coolest?! It has gears, it goes in reverse, and clearly Louie feels like a regular Sons of Anarchy member.

We walked around the block, letting Louie show off his mad motorskillz. St. Elmo is my neighborhood, and while it’s a small town, it is a historic town that is now filled with plenty of young artists and entrepreneurs, so it’s not uncommon to come across beautiful wall murals like the one below. Plenty of brick buildings with ivy running away at large, it really is a quaint and charming Chattanooga neighborhood.

Later, after we picked out ice cream flavors and enjoyed some people watching as the tourists came and went from the Historic Incline Railway (America’s Most Scenic Mile!), Louie serenaded passersby and his parents with a song on his guitar. Plus, he showed off his mad Michael Jackson moves - no, seriously, this kid is a legit MJ fan, I love following this family on social media. Seriously, the coolest.

Want equally BA family photos!? Talk to me about what you enjoy, what your hobbies as a family are, what your kids are into, and we’ll find a way to make it a session that is uniquely you - something you’ll love so much more!

Taylor English

Wedding + Portrait Photographers for the wild at heart, capturing connection and genuine stories. Available for worldwide travel + rad couples + adventure.