You Are Iconic
Dec 03
Cora Wagoner Photography documenting the Lenz Family’s First Home in 18 Portraits
Lenz Photography LLC of Knoxville presents the amazing portrait work by Cora Wagoner of Cora Wagoner Photography. Cora is an amazing artist who we have followed for several years. As photographers, we have always been blown away by her creativity. Cora's portraits are fashionably outside the box. She is currently located in Rogersville, TN, and we're so glad that we were able to book her last minute. Back in May of 2018, the Lenzes were fortunate enough to purchase our first home. Obviously buying a home is a tedious process, but once we factored in moving our personal belongings AND relocating our business to our new home we knew it was going to take some hard work and elbow grease. By Fall of 2018, we at least had the place in order to document our first home through photographs. (Although 2 months later it already looks like a different place!) This session was our first time meeting Cora in person, and she didn't disappoint. Not only did we love the portraits that she created of our family, but she was a cool person that we'd love to hang out with outside of photography! Cora truly captured our personalities and documented a special moment in our lives that we will forever look back on with nothing but positive vibes. Without going into too much detail, less than 4 years ago we were struggling to pay rent on a 430 sq ft apartment with plenty of violent crime and roaches to go around. After that, we moved to Knoxville where we lived in our studio with a makeshift shower, no kitchen, and a bed in the closet. Now, we live and work out of our own home with a separate studio space in Knoxville, TN. We're truly thankful for the struggles and the experiences during those first few years of making the leap into full time self employment. It wasn't easy, but without those struggles we wouldn't be the people we are today. Thank you for documenting our journey through photography, Cora! These 18 Portraits are some of our personal favorites from the session! Please take a moment to like Cora Wagoner Photography on social media: Facebook: CoraWagonerPhotography Instagram: Corabell99 This set features Cora Wagoner Photography documenting the Lenz Family's First Home in 18 Portraits!
62 Iconic Photos ft the Washburn Boys & Girls Basketball Teams & Cheerleaders
Lenz Photography LLC of Knoxville presents the Boys & Girls Washburn Pirates Basketball Teams & Cheerleaders of Washburn High School! The following excerpt is originally from the previous Grainger Grizzlies blog, but we wanted to include it for this blog because Washburn is part of Grainger County and we're all family! "Now, some of you may be coming here just to see the awesome photos of the boys & girls basketball teams [and cheerleaders]. But for those of you that take the time to read this post, I'd like to personally give a shout out to the coaches, staff, players, & parents of Grainger County [Washburn included]. We have photographed several Grainger County Senior Portraits over the years, but this  - along with Washburn's Girls & Boys Basketball team & Cheerleaders - has been the largest sports groups we have photographed back to back. Not only was this shoot personal to me because I am an alumnus of Grainger County High School graduating from Rutledge High School in 2008, but it means the world to me that the people of Grainger County were as happy and excited about the photos as we were! I'm not just saying this because I'm partial to Grainger County, but the players, coaches, & parents were some of the most polite and respectful groups of people whom we have worked with in over 7 years of business. Since we started Lenz Photography, LLC in 2011, we have been a small business with only 2 employees - Alexandra and myself. We have been through the lowest of lows where we thought we may have to call it quits, to the highest of highs where we traveled 10s of thousands of miles in a year photographing professional athletes such as Drew Brees and Jason Witten. One thing is for sure, there's no way we could've gotten this far without the support like we've received from the people of Grainger County. Thank you for all the support, and hopefully we photograph many more Grainger County sports teams in the future! Last but not least, we can't wait to see the team shots and individual senior banners hanging in the gym!" This set features 62 Iconic Photos ft the Washburn Boys & Girls Basketball Teams & Cheerleaders!
72 Iconic Photos ft the Grainger Grizzlies Boys & Girls Basketball Teams
Lenz Photography LLC of Knoxville presents the Boys & Girls Grainger Grizzlies Basketball Teams of Grainger County High School! Now, some of you may be coming here just to see the awesome photos of the boys & girls basketball teams. But for those of you that take the time to read this post, I'd like to personally give a shout out to the coaches, staff, players, & parents of Grainger County. We have have photographed several Grainger County Senior Portraits over the years, but this  - along with Washburn's Girls & Boys Basketball team & Cheerleaders - has been the largest sports groups we have photographed back to back. Not only was this shoot personal to me because I am an alumnus of Grainger County High School graduating from Rutledge High School in 2008, but it means the world to me that the people of Grainger County where as happy and excited about the photos as we were! I'm not just saying this because I'm partial to Grainger County, but the players, coaches, & parents were some of the most polite and respectful group of people whom we have worked with in over 7 years of business. Since we started Lenz Photography, LLC in 2011, we have been a small business with only 2 employees - Alexandra and myself. We have been through the lowest of lows where we thought we may have to call it quits, to the highest of highs where we traveled 10s of thousands of miles in a year photographing professional athletes such as Drew Brees and Jason Witten. One thing is for sure, there's no way we could've gotten this far without the support like we've received from the people of Grainger County. Thank you for all the support, and hopefully we photograph many more Grainger County sports teams in the future! Last but not least, we can't wait to see the team shots and individual senior banners hanging in the gym! This set features 72 Iconic Photos ft the Grainger Grizzlies Boys & Girls Basketball Teams!
62 Iconic Photos ft the Softball Playing Costello Sisters Lyonna, Laniya, & Lyric
Lenz Photography LLC of Knoxville presents the Costello Sisters, Lyonna, Laniya, & Lyric! As we were setting up a softball session for the Costello sisters, we learned that they were cousins of Keisha Griffin Monroe who just happened to being heading to Morristown from Clarksville for a family visit. Nobody can brings out their "Iconic side" in front of the camera better than Malachi and Tahj, so the fact that these three sisters were family to Keisha and the boys, we knew that Lyonna, Laniya, & Lyric were going to shine in the spotlight! And that they did! The 3 Costello sisters may have different personalities, but they all share the same sense of humor. They channeled their game faces for their portraits, but believe us when we say that it was all smiles and laughter between sets. In their own words, they're "gooerious." When we asked them what gooerious meant, it was a combination of goofy and serious. Needless to say, we haven't stopped laughing yet! This set features 62 Iconic Photos ft the Softball Playing Costello Sisters Lyonna, Laniya, & Lyric!
33 Iconic Photos ft Greg Blankenship of Gregory’s Greenhouse Productions
Lenz Photography LLC of Knoxville presents Greg Blankenship of Gregory's Greenhouse Productions. As many of you know, the Lenzes bought our first house this past May. We were lucky enough to find the perfect location close to downtown Knoxville with a large detached garage that we converted into our new photography studio. Now, we mention that because whether you're a friend, family member, or client, the first thing everyone usually comments on is all the amazing plants! From the front yard, to the large planter pots outside the studio entrance, to the dozens of plants in the sunroom gallery we have really put some time and effort into decking the place out with as many plants as possible! A portion of our prolific plant collection wouldn't be possible without Greg. The first time we met Greg was at the local Farmer's Market where we purchased two of our most unique plants, our pineapple plant and pencil cactus. After chatting a bit with Greg, we learned that he was responsible for all the beautiful planters you see around the downtown area. [blockquote quote_type="" author_name="Greg Blankenship" width="100%" float="left"]The company began as a dogwood tree nursery in 1991. Early on, I incorporated some landscaping and lawn care into his nursery in order to generate the cash needed to become established in business. Over the years, I started building greenhouses and learned how to grow many different types of plants. Even though it was a struggle, throughout all the hard work, the love for the community and the love for plants kept the business alive. Today, Gregory’s Greenhouse Productions has about 6,000 sq. ft. of greenhouse growing space and an additional 3,000 sq. ft. outdoors and about 80% of the business is wholesale.[/blockquote] Being able to photograph Greg in his environment was an amazing experience that combined two of our favorite elements into one: plants and photography. And we can't forget about meeting his cute pup, Beamer! We truly had a blast creating portraits of Greg while competing to see who could come up with the most quick-witted comedy. Thank you for an awesome session, Greg, and thanks again for the plants! We would give Gregory's Greenhouse Productions two green thumbs up! This set features 35 Iconic Photos ft Greg Blankenship of Gregory's Greenhouse Productions!
27 Iconic Photos of the Victory Brothers sporting Gladiator Football
Lenz Photography LLC of Knoxville presents Gladiator football players Matthew & Andrew Victory. If you thought Lenz was a cool last name for photographers, Matthew & Andrew may have upstaged us by being athletes with the last name Victory. It truly doesn't get any better than that! These two brothers were focused during their studio session, and we know that attitude directly reflects how focused they are when they're on the field. From the portraits of the brothers as a duo to their individual portraits, Matthew & Andrew brought the sauce! When it comes to being Iconic, the Victory brothers are undoubtedly victorious. This set features 27 Iconic Photos of the Victory Brothers sporting Gladiator Football!
19 Iconic Photos of Jiu Jitsu Blue Belt Courtney Burlingame
Lenz Photography LLC of Knoxville brings you jiu jitsu athlete Courtney Burlingame! When it comes to training hard, Courtney is no stranger. No wonder she had recent success in competition although she was just promoted to blue belt! Courtney's training consists of Kicktrain, Maxfit, and Jiu Jitsu at Fit Factory 5 days a week. But it doesn't stop there. Courtney also trains 5 days a week at the Pedro Sauer association, Alpha and Omega. Courtney has lost 80 pounds with Jiu Jitsu and the Kicktrain and Maxfit with Gene Click Fit Factory. Most impressively, Courtney does it all while being the wife of a farmer and badass mommy of 2! This set features 19 Iconic Photos of Jiu Jitsu Blue Belt Courtney Burlingame!
36 Iconic Senior Portraits of Garrett Gribble from Maryville High School
Lenz Photography LLC of Knoxville brings you jiu jitsu athlete and Class of 2019 Senior, Garrett Gribble, of Maryville High School! We have personally known and trained jiu jitsu with Garrett for over a year and a half. However, Garrett has been training for almost 10 years! If you can't tell from all the gold hardware, Garrett has competed in dozens of jiu jitsu tournaments since his childhood. As a matter of fact, the gold medal you see in front (photographed above) is one of Garrett's proudest accomplishment. Garrett earned that particular gold medal by locking up a guillotine submission in the first 15 seconds of a match! Not only did we create amazing jiu jitsu portraits of Garrett, but we were also able to photograph a few casual portraits of Garrett at a Maryville park that is sentimental to the family. Garrett's mom, Darlene, has taken Garrett on walks at Sandy Springs Park since he was in a stroller! Moreover, Garrett's grandfather worked for the park for 18 years and even planted the tree in the first few portraits. Now, we won't embarrass Garret by telling the "trolls under the bridge" story, or how he used to "count the light poles" from his stroller, but the list of reasons why Sandy Springs Park is sentimental to the family goes on and on! A big thanks goes to Maryville Jiu Jitsu for allowing us to shoot at their gym between classes. And also, a big shout out goes to "Baby Joe", Joesph Watson, for letting Garrett man handle him during the shoot! This set features 36 Iconic Senior Portraits of Garrett Gribble from Maryville High School!
48 Iconic Senior Portraits of Mikala Livesay of Morristown West
Lenz Photography LLC of Knoxville brings you our first Class of 2019 Senior, Mikala Livesay, of Morristown Hamblen High School West! Over the years, we have worked with Mikala and her brother C.J. creating many Iconic portraits along the way. For these portraits, Mikala was riding solo, but we don't think she minded being the star of the show. Thankfully, Julie came along to assist during the session which really helped nail the small details. After all, the more Livesays the better! As with anyone we've previously photographed, we strive to top the last portrait session. And what better way of going above-and-beyond than to photograph the session at a secret garden we discovered? We began by photographing casual shots of Mikala in various locations around the gardens and concluded with the trademark "Iconic Sports Portraits" in her Morristown West Cheerleading uniform. We think it's safe to say that these portraits of Mikala are the best to date! But don't our word for it. See for yourself! This set features 48 Iconic Senior Portraits of Mikala Livesay of Morristown West!
49 Iconic Photos of the 2018 Hardin Valley Academy Senior Football Squad
Lenz Photography LLC of Knoxville is excited to present the Senior Hardin Valley Academy Football Squad for the 4th year in a row! We love shooting the images for the team banners and locker room door wraps for Hardin Valley Academy. Each year, it feels like the shots get better and better! This year, thanks to the assistance of our friend and jiu jitsu training partner, Johnathan Rodrigues, we were even able to put together a short behind the scenes video! A big shout out to this year's group of Seniors for making the shoot easy and to the parents and coaches that helped put the shoot together! Go Hawks! This set features 49 Iconic Photos of the 2018 Hardin Valley Academy Senior Football Squad!
61 Iconic Dance portraits of Sadie Johnston
Lenz Photography LLC of Knoxville was excited to bring you Sadie Johnston's studio portrait session in 2016, but this on-location session in 2018... Just WOW! Not only is Sadie's set amazing, but today is also her 15th birthday! So, the timing couldn't be better to drop this set of portraits! There are good athletes, there are great athletes, and there are Iconic athletes. Just by examining her attention to detail and technique, we'll gladly testify that Sadie is on her way to being the best of the best. Sadie has been involved in dance since she was 3 years old and dancing competitively for 6 years. During the summer of 2018, Sadie attended the Nashville Ballet Summer Intensive. After two weeks of intense training, we were lucky enough to capture some amazing portraits of Sadie in some of the most Iconic locations in Knoxville. Iconic? Ironic? You be the judge. All we know is that Sadie is on her way to becoming a masterful ballet, pointe, acro, jazz, hip hop, and contemporary dancer. Happy birthday, Sadie! This set features 61 Iconic Dance portraits of Sadie Johnston!
Jul 16
29 Iconic Newborn Portraits of Scarlett EllaMae Davis
It's not every day that Lenz Photography LLC of Knoxville brings you a set of newborn portraits, but when you think about it, what's more iconic than being born?!? Scarlett's parents, Adam and Chelsea, have been some of our best friends for years. As a married couple, we're so excited to see them experience this new stage of life together. Chelsea and Adam adore Scarlett, and we know that they are going to be the most amazing parents ever! Whatever Scarlett choses to do in life, we're sure that she'll have an amazing set of parents that support and encourage her to be the best version of herself that she possibly can. So, undoubtedly, there will be many more Iconic portraits throughout the years! Congratulations again, to new parents, Adam and Chelsea Davis. Thanks for letting us play a small role in Scarlett's first days by creating a few newborn portraits in your new home! This set features 29 Iconic Newborn Portraits of Scarlett EllaMae Davis!
38 Iconic Fitness and Nutrition Photos of Dawn Huggins Smith
Lenz Photography LLC of Knoxville is proud to bring you a set of photos straight from the farms of Athens, TN! You've heard the phrase farm-to-table, but these portraits are farm-to-computer-screen. Either way, I think we discovered the organic way to be Iconic. We truly cannot say enough about Dawn. Not only was her portrait session amazing, but the hard work and dedication that she puts into her gardening also translates well into her fitness regimen. Dawn and her husband, Cary, have amazing landscaping, so we had no shortage of locations for environmental portraits. But that's not all! Their home gym was also equally impressive, as you would expect from a family that loves to work out and stay fit. We learned so much about plants and fitness just in the few hours that we hung out it was insane! Thanks again, Dawn and Cary, for opening up your amazing home to us and treating us like life long friends from the get go! We truly felt the southern hospitality from hanging out and sipping red wine after the shoot to the bag of veggies, fertilizer, neem oil, and plant that you sent us home with! Hopefully we cross paths again in the near future! If you're into fitness and nutrition, meal & training plans, or just want to check out all of Dawn's other amazing photos, follow her on Instagram @DawnHugginsSmith This set features 38 Iconic Fitness and Nutrition Photos of Dawn Huggins Smith!
Jun 20
28 Iconic Maternity Photos of Chelsea & Adam Davis
Lenz Photography LLC of Knoxville is proud to bring you a maternity session featuring two of our best friends in the whole entire world, Chelsea & Adam Davis! Chelsea & Adam have been together for over a decade, and we truly think they are one of the greatest couples with a relationship that most spend an entire lifetime trying to find. We're not only glad to call the Davis' our friends, but we're glad that they always let us photograph their family portraits! In the past, we've shot several portrait sessions of Chelsea & Adam including sessions with Chelsea's sister, Angelica, and her husband, Allan. Those sessions have always been some of our favorites! Now, we've moved on to maternity and (soon) newborn portraits! Documenting all of the different stages of life through photographs is fun, however, when it's with friends it's absolutely a blast! From the Lenz's with love, we'd like to congratulate Chelsea & Adam on this new stage of life they're entering together. We can't wait to meet (and photograph) baby Scarlett EllaMae!