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Thomas Rhett and Lauren Akins | Maternity Session | Nashville, TN

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Thomas Rhett and Lauren Akins. Country music sweethearts. And, they are expecting another little girl and they asked me to photograph their maternity session. Guys, I’m so humbled. So here we go, I interrupt my regular wedding posts to bring you something different and amazing. Right next to shooting weddings, maternity sessions are high on my list of favorites. And this one, well, it’s a little special.

When Lauren texted me a few weeks ago to schedule her maternity session, I just might have squealed a little.  I first met Lauren and Thomas Rhett when I photographed Lauren’s sister Macy’s wedding last October and since then I have loved following their story and was especially partial to their recent adoption of Miss Willa Gray.  I was so excited to meet her and y’all, she is precious!  In fact, her and Matt became fast friends and they ended the night digging in the rocks. 🙂

If you haven’t heard, we have had so much rain in Nashville lately and we had to reschedule this session 3 times!  I was worried the baby was going to join us before we had the chance to do maternity pictures, but so thankful that when I met up with them last week, it was a beautiful and dry Nashville afternoon and baby was still in Lauren’s belly!

I’m so thankful for this opportunity to photograph their sweet family.  They are truly the real deal and their souls just shine.  Of course Thomas Rhett is crazy talented but what stands out to me the most is what’s on the inside and you know what, it shows on the outside too. Lauren is truly one of the kindest, sweetest people you will ever meet.  Her beauty is so much deeper than the outside and these two deserve all that life has given them. What a blessed little baby this little one is and I can’t wait to meet her.

xo,

Julie

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  1. Absolutely gorgeous! You hit it out of the park every time and I am just floored with your talent for capturing the true essence of the people you encounter ❤️????

  2. Faith says:

    Seriously gorgeous!!! Willa is so precious!!

  3. Linda Lira says:

    Beautiful pics. Lovely family!

  4. Tonya says:

    Julie!! These are amazing!! <3

  5. Madison says:

    These are so amazing Julie! Amazing subjects & you just did an outstanding work.

  6. Jennifer Mosher says:

    Congrats all around. Simply beautiful and fun photos. Yay, you and yay, them! Much love from up north in MA.

  7. Madison Jean says:

    So stunning! You truly have a gift, their sweet souls shine right through with every picture.

  8. Gregg says:

    Truly beautiful pictures. Love the simplicity of it all! Gorgeous little one!!! And the love just oozes out of y’all!!!!!!

  9. Cameron Payne says:

    Great job, Julie! Love your work!

  10. Elizabeth Rogers says:

    These are absolutely stunning!! I love following this beautiful family. You did such a great job!

  11. diane Stephens says:

    you could die a happy men with all that love you all have i love to see it glow when you all are together love you all keep me posted diane

  12. Kassy says:

    Holy Smokes! These are BREATH TAKING!!!!

  13. Jill Watkins says:

    Absolutely beautiful pictures! I love them all but two stand out. One where Mom and Dad are swinging baby as she had such a mischievous grin on her face ???? and the one with the dogs! Great work and such a pretty family to work with!

  14. Gina Stevens says:

    Thank you so much for sharing these. I follow them on instagram and also believe they are the real deal. I love how they share their life with all of us. They are a true inspiration.

  15. Theresa Glover says:

    These are absolutely beautiful. They are such an awesome couple and their love for each other is refreshing. This is going to be another special addition to their family. Willa Gray was such a special gift to these two special people but thier hearts have room for another child and many more. Love this little family. God bless them

  16. Tami Posey says:

    Absolutely beautiful! Love how Kona and Cash are incorporated into the photos. And Willa Grey is just precious!

  17. Susie Combee says:

    Absolutely beautiful pictures of this sweet family – and soon-to-be precious addition. Have known Thomas Rhett since he was about 10 and have always been impressed with his maturity and his faith. The love he and Lauren express for one another is certainly captured in your beautiful photography.

  18. Jackie says:

    Beautiful photos…..amazing family captured by an amazing photographer! Congrats.

  19. Karley Patricia baker says:

    these pictures are so beautiful i am crying in my bed by myself right now because I am so lonely

  20. joanna says:

    Simply Stunning and how awesome of them to allow you to share their happiness and love. Truly captured in your photos. Congrats to them and and you and thank you for sharing

  21. Julie, these are stunning! I’m so proud of you and grateful to know you and follow your amazing talent. You have captured them beautifully in that Nashville golden light! XOXO

  22. These are amazing , so much love and beauty caught in a single photograph . Thanks for sharing these with us .

  23. Heather says:

    These photos are absolutely stunning! Such a beautiful family!

  24. Kayla Lloyd says:

    The one of Lauren and Willa nose to nose is incredible. these are all gorgeous.

  25. Joy says:

    Omg!! The most breathtaking photos ever!!! Mom is gorgeous, dad is gorge, and Willa, so precious!! Omg!!!!! Love it

  26. Kaitlyn says:

    Beautiful! I met Lauren once in Nashville and sh was so sweet. Your photos are amazing! One day I hope to have you as my photographer!

  27. Johanna says:

    Amazing work!! Such a beautiful family 🙂 you are so talent! Thank you for sharing this post!

  28. Tami says:

    Beautiful pictures of a beautiful family. I can’t get over how adorable Willa Grey is. And love how Kona and Cash were incorporated in also!

  29. She is so angelic and you nailed it Julie! That light is just pure magic! Did you shoot this in film or was this digital?

  30. Jessie K. says:

    I love, love, love these! I couldn’t wait to see who they chose to do their maternity pictures and then to finally get to see the pictures! You did a wonderful job! I may be a tad but jealous but I’m oh so excited for you and your amazing talent!

  31. Miranda says:

    Absolutely love your photography! These pictures are beautiful!!!

  32. Jenny Steed says:

    Beautiful

  33. Emily says:

    Absolutely stunning !! Great job ! Keep up the GREAT work !

  34. Julie! I am obsessed! You did so great girl. So happy for you.

  35. Brenden says:

    Shut the front door! These are so beautiful!! What an adorable family. You can totally feel all the love in these maternity photos, gorgeous job!

  36. Duaa Sarayi says:

    Amazing they are all lovely and beautiful ????❤❤❤????

  37. Duaa Sarayi says:

    Amazing they are all lovely and beautiful ????❤❤❤????
    Julie thank you for posting them they are beautiful

  38. Heather says:

    Stunning talent!! You were able to capture the joy of Christ that shines through this beautiful couple!!!! Can’t get tired of looking at these gorgeous and adorable photographs!!

  39. Pamela Rutherford says:

    Wow your amazing and what a beautiful family to work with, what a blessing and thanks for sharing

  40. Holly Delage says:

    Absolutely stunning! Beautiful subject captured beautifully! Keep up the good work!

  41. April Brooks says:

    The photos that you took are truly amazing.

  42. Callie says:

    These are the most breath taking photos I’ve ever seen. I guess it also helps to have beautiful models to work with. Love Lauren’s look; so pure, angelic, and fresh faced. She is STUNNNNNING I can’t get over her beauty.

  43. Lindsey says:

    What a beautiful family❤️ You did an amazing job!!

  44. Kristy Steafman says:

    These are so beautiful. You did such a fabulous job capturing the love between them in photograph. Willa is so sweet. I enjoyed these very much. What a blessing to have gorgeous photos of such a wonderful time in their lives.

  45. […] Julie Paisley Photography had the honor of shooting the special session according to Whiskey Riff and she shared her excitement saying, “When Lauren texted me a few weeks ago to schedule her maternity session, I just might have squealed a little. I first met Lauren and Thomas Rhett when I photographed Lauren’s sister Macy’s wedding last October and since then I have loved following their story and was especially partial to their recent adoption of Miss Willa Gray. I was so excited to meet her and y’all, she is precious!” […]

  46. Kayla Rogers says:

    These pictures are amazing!! I love every single one!! You did a wonderful job!!!

  47. Brittany says:

    Amazing photos ????

  48. Sandy Louderback says:

    These pictures are absolutely amazing! Lauren is, as always, gorgeous… and little Willa is adorable! The love shared by this little family is evident in all of your pictures. Great job!!!

  49. Riley matlock says:

    Such a beautiful family ????

  50. Julie W says:

    These are absolutely beautiful! Your an amazing photographer!!

  51. Elizabeth granderson says:

    Omg! The most beautiful couple I’ve ever seen!!! ???? && Willa is just perfect! Great pictures!! Can’t wait to see the newest edition. #imafacebookinstastalker LOL I love Thomas Rhett & his beautiful family!

  52. Brenda says:

    Wonderful pictures of a gorgeous family! Thank you for sharing and thank you for the tastefulness of these pictures. You are a fantastic photographer and you captured these special moments together beautifully.

  53. Allison says:

    So gorgeous!!! WHat a DREAM!!????????????

  54. Haley says:

    Gorgeous!! You captured all the beauty and love 🙂

  55. Jordan says:

    I have never seen such amazing maternity pictures in my life . These are absolutely amazing . Great job love your work !! ????????❤️

  56. Christina says:

    Wow! Your life=goals. What an honor. You’ve done an amazing job at capturing them. Beautiful family and beautiful job all around.

  57. Lisa Korba says:

    You’ve captured pure true love in it’s best forms, parent child, husband wife, pooch and their best friend… A family. This family does so much good, gives so much. Thank you for sharing them with all of us. Your work is amazing.

  58. Emilee B says:

    Absolutely gorgeous pictures, you can tell they are the sweetest, happiest in love couple. Laura is absolutely gorgeous, they are the cutest couple, and Miss Willa Gray is adorable. Can’t wait to see what her little sister looks like. Beautiful photo shoot. ???? Thank you for sharing.

  59. Ashley & Josh Little says:

    The Rhett Family is one of True Beauty and is an inspiration. You can tell how important family is to them. Thank you for sharing these absolutely Beautiful pictures with us!! Congrats Thomas and Lauren!! You guys are a Beautiful Family! Best Wishes always!! #1Thomas Rhett fans!!

  60. Angela Souza says:

    BLESSED and Breathtakingly Beautiful. From the picturesque, God’s canvased background to the amazing shots captured of such an intimate and personal moment in time, shared by soulmates…you can feel the love that surrounds their adorable family.

  61. Wendy Bramlett says:

    Beautiful pictures and precious little girl! Congratulations!

  62. Melissa Robinson says:

    Stunning! You definitely knocked it out of the ballpark with these beautiful pictures!

  63. Judy Wittmann says:

    You captured a magical time with a lovely family! Thank you so much for sharing this intimate portrait of the Akins family, Julie.

  64. Darlene Farabaugh says:

    Absolutely beautiful. Thank you for sharing

  65. Donna Rodgers says:

    Such a beautiful family inside and out and you captured their essence perfectly! Beautiful job!

  66. Tammie says:

    Wow! These pictures are amazing. You captured the beauty of motherhood perfectly. I love the way the light shines the hair and captures the silhouette. Absolutely stunning. You are a very talented photographer and Thomas and Lauren are both such down to earth people and they are building a beautiful family. Thank you for sharing. God bless.

  67. Donna Garner says:

    absolutely love the clothing choice for Willa Gray …the extreme contrast is outstanding. I think my very favorite is the headless one #4 because I love Willa’s little dark foot against the belly is a statement picture that really tells a story. The picture #11 captures such a moment. Love all of them of course. This beautiful family probably does not make a bad picture and you nailed the capturing the story. A lot of people I am sure does not realize just how hard those shots are to do….Especially in terms of keeping exposure under control and colors true .Being a good story teller and having the eye to catch it….will set you apart from so many artist. Admire your work.

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