I'm Dolly — a Nashville based family & branding photographer AND a systems + workflow educator (and Podcast Host) for creatives who want to be more streamlined and organized with Systems, Workflows & SOPS to better impact the backend of their businesses. I'm here to help you look awesome (for your photos) & feel great about workflows!
I recently had the pleasure of capturing the sweetness of intergenerational love in a Valentine’s Day styled shoot at Promise Manor in Lynchburg, TN. We wanted to showcase the beauty and importance of love throughout your lifetime, highlighted by the gorgeous Pantone Color of the Year: Classic Blue.
The models ranged from a couple who have been married for over 60 years to a pair of newlyweds and some sweet mother-daughter pairs. Our older couple taught us about how to celebrate love later in life, while our newlyweds explored how to celebrate Valentine’s Day on a budget. The moms and daughters showed us how to make Valentine’s Day meaningful outside of a romantic context. There are so many ways to celebrate love!
I shot using film and digital to capture the timeless, radiant, and joyful elements that define my photographs. In addition to artfully posing our models throughout the beautiful manor, I wanted to highlight their own personal love stories. Our mother-daughter couples even enjoyed a sweet tea party and some craft time! Our joyful styled shoot demonstrates the importance of celebrating Valentine’s Day with everyone you love!
The Promise Manor was a perfect location for this shoot. The historic home is owned by a sweet couple who fell in love, got married, and nurtured their dream of one day owning their own wedding venue. The Promise Manor is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and I love how the history of the home reflects the eternal nature of love.
Valentine’s Day can be seen as a purely romantic holiday for many people, but if you are a parent, you should consider showering your little one with lots of love on this holiday as well, because our little ones are so precious and important! If you are in the same season I am experiencing, you will understand that taking your little one out maybe a bit tricky and complicated due to nap times, your little one being too little to walk, or finances may also be a factor because paying for multiple meals (or tickets) for experiences can add up. Here are some creative ways you can enjoy this Valentine’s Day at your own home. (NOTE: even though the photos represent Moms with their daughters, you can also be creative and find ways to celebrate Valentine’s day with your sons too. I am a boy mom and I am already thinking of ways to make this holiday special and unique for my son, so boy-moms you can be inspired by this article too!)
So I hope I have helped inspire you to think of some creative ways to spend time with your little one this Valentine’s Day! You do not have to spend a ton of money on them to make the day special, just spend time with them and it will show them you value them! If you have a spouse, don’t forget to include them too! 🙂
Next week I will share more from The Promise Manor Valentine’s shoot, but until then, you all have a wonderful week! Thanks for reading!
Dolly DeLong is a Nashville-based family & personal branding photographer, and also serves as a business systems educator to new creative entrepreneurs (which is a fancy way of saying, she enjoys teaching how to best lay a good foundation for automating your new business). Dolly loves serving families, and business owners with her timeless, radiant photography. She loves capturing the joy and emotion in both digital and film photos.
She also has a heart for serving the larger business community. Dolly shares her knowledge of tools like Pinterest, email marketing, automation processes, and time management with fellow creative business owners in an encouraging and supportive way through her T.A.S.K.* method (an example of this can be seen in her Pinterest Foundations Mini-Course), through helpful blog posts, and other resources.
Dolly’s faith and love for her family motivate her to help other business owners find the joy and freedom she’s found in running a successful small business.
Whenever she has a spare moment, she enjoys watching TV (i.e. Survivor), eating way too many sweets, and listening to podcasts while running or walking. To work with Dolly DeLong Photography LLC, please email her at email@example.com or fill out her contact form here.
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