Families

What to expect in your portrait session

*All sessions are currently being scheduled and rescheduled for outdoor locations. In the event of rain, another day or time will be chosen. Read more here: Photo sessions during COVID.

What to expect for family and senior pictures
what to expect the day of your photo session

Misty Carter Photography, located in Franklin, TN, specializes in children and family portraits, as well as high school senior pictures.Misty Carter Photography serves Franklin, TN | Brentwood, TN | Nolensville, TN | Nashville, TN | Thompsons Station, TN | Fairview, TN | Spring Hill, TN | Columbia, TN | Belle Meade, TN | Forest Hills, TN | Murfreesboro, TN | Williamson County, TN | Leipers Fork, TN and other surrounding areas throughout Williamson County and the greater Nashville area.


Location: We will discuss where you would like to have your session (we will already have an understanding based on our prior phone chats). We might meet at your home, the local park or a beautiful green field. I also scout locations constantly, so I may have some fun, last minute suggestion for you to consider!

I’m looking forward to your session! This is such an exciting time because I have the opportunity to get to know your wonderful family and capture some fun, exciting photographs for you in the process. All work and no play make for a dull day, so here is what you can expect from Misty Carter Photography:

Fun is NOT Optional:
This shoot will be full-on fun, complete with laughs, hugs, play time and plenty of tickling. There’s no manufacturing a good time: when you’re with loved ones, exuberance and spontaneity take over for the most natural, exciting images.

Treats for the Sweet:
Bring snacks (but don’t tell kids). We keep wet napkins on hand, but be careful of foods that stain clothing! You don’t want to ruin that cute top.

Time Flies:
Please allow one to two hours for our shoot. This will enable us to get the perfect amount of images with variety and allow for an outfit change if needed.

Fast Friends:
We work quickly capturing natural images so photography doesn’t feel like a chore to even the most cynical toddler. Misty Carter Photography delights in providing a super safe setting for families to have fun!

Rain:
With new COVID restrictions, all sessions will be scheduled outdoors and rescheduled for another date or time if inclement weather develops. Thank you for your understanding during this time.

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Misty Carter Photography, located in Franklin, TN, specializes in children and family portraits, as well as high school senior pictures.

Misty Carter Photography serves Franklin, TN | Brentwood, TN | Nolensville, TN | Nashville, TN | Thompsons Station, TN | Fairview, TN | Spring Hill, TN | Columbia, TN | Belle Meade, TN | Forest Hills, TN | Murfreesboro, TN | Williamson County, TN | Rutherford County, TN | Davidson County, TN | Leipers Fork, TN | Westhaven, TN | and other surrounding areas throughout Williamson County, Rutherford County and the greater Nashville area.

6 tips – how to prepare for your photo session

How to have a great portrait session with Misty Carter Photography:

6 tips for preparing for your photo session

Misty Carter Photography, located in Franklin, TN, specializes in children and family portraits, as well as high school senior pictures.Misty Carter Photography serves Franklin, TN | Brentwood, TN | Nolensville, TN | Nashville, TN | Thompsons Station, TN | Fairview, TN | Spring Hill, TN | Columbia, TN | Belle Meade, TN | Forest Hills, TN | Murfreesboro, TN | Williamson County, TN | Leipers Fork, TN and other surrounding areas throughout Williamson County and the greater Nashville area.


  1. Cool and Calm: Milestone sessions for kids are best in the morning when they’re at their happiest. Well rested and fed, a calm, fun energy should make for the perfect shoot time for kids and siblings.
  2. Get the Look: Decide before the shoot what look you’re going for. Where in your home will your portraits be displayed? If in a more formal room, be sure everyone’s clothing is coordinated to this look. If the room is less formal and more “family,” keep this in mind as well.
  3. Hair Aware: Get haircuts at least a week before the shoot. It might take a few days to grow into (or fond of) a hair cut, especially if the scissors went amiss. This buffer allows for some growth, tweaks and perfections to the hair style prior to your session.
  4. Can’t Buy Me Love: Build up the session to children as it really is – a time for fun and togetherness. There’s no need for bribes when the event itself is the reward!
  5. Chill Pill: Calm your own lens nerves. Relaxed parents have more fun, which helps kids become most comfortable for the best shots.
  6. Pets Allowed: If you bring your pet Sparky to the family shoot, make sure to get some brisk exercise with your pup before coming. This will allow for a (hopefully) slightly calmer canine during your shoot. Also, arrange a backup for your best friend if he just doesn’t want to participate. A trusted friend or family member that can take Sparky away when done will help the rest of the session move smoothly. **For larger four-legged friends, we are happy to schedule a session at your barn or stable.

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Oh you know this is one of my favorites!  Large families all gathered together always make my heart sing. And this special group just took the cake.  27 family members (and counting) – 4 generations – gathered together to commemorate a very special 40th anniversary.  They came from several towns (and states) to spend the big day together.  They worshipped together in the morning, posed for their gorgeous portraits in the afternoon and then topped it all off with a celebratory dinner.   I feel so blessed that I could be a part of their day and capture this memory for them.  I pray they will treasure these images for years to come!

This is just a small sample of the wonderful variety we captured that day:

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Misty Carter Photography, located in Franklin, TN, specializes in children and family portraits, as well as high school senior pictures.

Misty Carter Photography serves Franklin, TN | Brentwood, TN | Nolensville, TN | Nashville, TN | Thompsons Station, TN | Fairview, TN | Spring Hill, TN | Columbia, TN | Belle Meade, TN | Forest Hills, TN | Murfreesboro, TN | Williamson County, TN | Rutherford County, TN | Davidson County, TN | Leipers Fork, TN | Westhaven, TN | and other surrounding areas throughout Williamson County, Rutherford County and the greater Nashville area.

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Misty Carter Photography, located in Franklin, TN, specializes in children and family portraits, as well as high school senior pictures.

Misty Carter Photography serves Franklin, TN | Brentwood, TN | Nolensville, TN | Nashville, TN | Thompsons Station, TN | Fairview, TN | Spring Hill, TN | Columbia, TN | Belle Meade, TN | Forest Hills, TN | Murfreesboro, TN | Williamson County, TN | Leipers Fork, TN and other surrounding areas throughout Williamson County and the greater Nashville area.


From Jill C. – Misty goes above and beyond to give you what you are looking for. She is so patient with the kids and makes sure she gets the shot her client wants. She is very kind and so easy to work with. I can not say enough good things about Misty. Oh and our photos were amazing.

From Shannon S. – For a mother of multiple children, capturing a fantastic family photo is impossible. Misty manages to produce a photo in every shoot where I’m blown away. The kids were crying, no one was looking at the camera… Misty can make a difficult shoot fun for them by playing games, telling jokes and giving them small breaks. When I see the photos I always ask my husband, “did you see these smiles at the shoot? because I didn’t!” Misty not only takes great pictures but she captures who my children are as people.

From Becca P. – My experience with Misty Carter Photography was great! I loved my pictures and I especially loved how they look like me. I really appreciate how my senior pictures capture who I am along with being high quality photos. Misty was such a pleasure to work with and made me laugh at every photo shoot! I felt comfortable around her and even though some of the poses she told me to do seemed weird at first, once I did them and saw the pictures I realized she was right! She has a great eye for photography and she has a great heart!

From Meghan S. – We try to get professional family photos taken once a year and have loved our experience with Misty Carter Photography. I’m always amazed how perfect the photos turn out… even when my kids aren’t so perfect. She has a gift!

From Kim S. – We love MCP! Misty has taken some amazing photographs of our family. She seems to always get the right shot and is able to capture each child’s personality in pictures. It always melts my heart! She is patient, creative and always knows the exact way to get my kids to smile! Pleasing her clients is always her number one goal. I also love how she is involved with her community and always willing to support a local cause. We feel so lucky to have found Misty Carter Photography!


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