Christine

About Rich Blessings Photography

Rich Blessings Photography by Christine is a family lifestyle portrait photographer in the Knoxville, Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, TN area. Specializing in child and family photography, including newborn baby portraits, maternity portraits, children, families, pets, couples, and high school senior portraits. Portraits are done in a classic style with a fresh modern twist, using both natural light or studio lighting.

Hill & Will’s Smoky Mountain Wedding – Little Log Chapel, Ripley’s Aquarium, Greenbrier

March 20th, 2014

I met Hill & Will and Hill’s parents Steve & Gwen back in August 2013 when they chose me to photograph their engagement photo’s. I was delighted when they called to say they needed a photographer for “the big day”. The wedding took place at Gatlinburg’s Little Log Wedding Chapel followed by formal photo’s at the Greenbrier section of the Great Smokey Mountain National Park and the reception was held at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies! It was an absolutely BEAUTIFUL day for a wedding and everything went very well! I could NOT pick just a few to share of this big day, so this is a large share! Congratulations Hill & Will! Enjoy your sneak peeks!

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Little Lucas is Coming Soon – A Smoky Mountain Maternity Session – Gatlinburg Photographer

March 17th, 2014

Andrea and Josh came to the Smoky Mountains for a getaway before their new little bundle, Lucas arrives in May.  We had a gorgeous afternoon with perfect light for their photo session in Emerts Cove, just outside of Gatlinburg, TN.

 
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Kristen – Class of 2014 – Gatlinburg Senior Portrait Photographer

March 7th, 2014

Kristen came to Gatlinburg from Louisiana for her Senior Pictures!  She chose to have her pictures done at the Greenbrier section of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park as well as at the Emerts Cove area of Gatlinburg.  This session was so much fun! This lady did her homework and knew what she wanted and brought all kinds of neat props (thanks to Pinterest!).  She’s gorgeous and we had a really fun session!Gatlinburg Senior Photographer Gatlinburg Senior Photographer Gatlinburg Senior Photographer Gatlinburg Senior Photographer Gatlinburg Senior Photographer Gatlinburg Senior Photographer Gatlinburg Senior Photographer Gatlinburg Senior Photographer

A Frosty Cades Cove Morning with Charlie & Regen – Smoky Mountains Photographer

March 7th, 2014

Charlie & Regen travelled to the Smokies for a couples Valentine’s Day weekend and chose to commemorate 22 years of LOVE with a photo session in the beautiful valley of Cades Cove inside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  It was clearly evident that this couple is totally smitten with each other and we had such a great time!  We even had some deer join us for a few shots!   W15-Sexton021714

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Kevin & Christina – Gatlinburg Falls Wedding

March 1st, 2014

I had the opportunity to photograph Kevin & Christina’s lovely wedding at the Gatlinburg Falls Wedding Facility!  They made my job easy and were so much fun to work with!  Here are some of their beautiful Smoky Mountain Wedding Images from their special day!

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My Story. My Road. My Walk. My Testimony.

September 11th, 2013

I have never written my story for the public to view.  It has always been painful, but life over the last few years has taught me that God gives us our stories so that we can help others live theirs.  What better forum to share it on than on the public blog of the photography business that God has blessed me with.

I once  was a midwestern girl who married my prince charming and into an italian family from Queens, NY.  I was very young, naive and solely dependent upon my husband for everything.  Every emotional and financial need, I looked to him for. He was a good provider. He made sure we had the best of everything. A beautiful home, the nicest things inside of it, trips to Disney World multiple times a year, cruises, a perfectly decorated home for every holiday and presents filled the living room on Christmas.

In 1999 we adopted thirteen month old twins from Moscow Russia.  They became the reasons I lived and breathed, cooked and cleaned.  My life was immersed in my husband and little girls as should be with a young wife and mother. The girls…they had it all …a closet full of matching outfits, a playroom full of every toy a child could ever want and a backyard with the best play set with a twisty tube slide  that money could buy.  I thought that was happiness. I thought that was LOVE.   I didn’t know any better…but as the daughter of a Nazarene minister, I did know better…

Life went on and we continued to live the proverbial “American Dream”.   Fast forward 8 years. The girls were growing and entering middle school, the family was changing,  I was beginning my career as a professional photographer and my business was beginning to grow and my husband worked more than he lived. We became strangers living in the same home. I continued doing what I thought was right…caring for our children and our home, building my new business and pursuing that passion.   We had moved into a much larger home with even more bells and whistles than the one when the girls were little.  I was unhappy, but didn’t recognize it as unhappiness, but  I knew something was missing in our lives. I was becoming an angry person.  I was frustrated.   I thought that if my husband would just give us more of his time, things would be better. Again, depending on a human man for my happiness.

In June of 2009 our family changed forever.  My sweet Father in Law passed away.  We all loved him and had a close relationship with him, especially the girls.   The day of his funeral will live in my memory forever…it was the day that DECEPTION entered our life. To make a long story short, that was the day I realized my husband had been unfaithful to us…and had been for apparently a very long time.

There is no way to make the story short but I will simply say  that through a series of many deceptive actions and events, in November of 2009 I found myself living in East TN alone… No husband…no children…no 2400 Square foot home with beautiful furnishings…just me, my cat and a 900 square foot apartment.

I had essentially “lost everything” because I chose to put my faith and trust in a human man (my husband), Because I wanted our family to be OK…I chose to trust and believe that he wanted that too. I believed everything that was told to me.  My world literally fell apart around me. I was no longer a wife. I was no longer able to mother my children as I had since we adopted them in 1999. Who WAS I? I had a choice…to live…or to die. There were some days I wanted to die. Everything I was had been taken from me.

I chose to LIVE.

Through a friend I had met at a local theater show in town, I found out about a church not far from my apartment. I walked into my church, a completely broken woman,  just about 6 weeks after I came to TN. I will always credit my friends and church family at Pathways with helping to “save my life” in a sense. I began the long  journey of healing. I began reading and studying God’s word. I began praying. I immersed myself in music that uplifted me and brought me healing. I began putting my faith, trust in hope in a man, once again…except this one, His name is JESUS.  He held me when I cried and shook and agonized uncontrollably. He was there when I missed my children so bad that I thought I would die. He showed me what true LOVE is.    HE WAS THERE.

Though scars remain, Jesus is the one who helped me come to complete healing. I have realized that Jesus Christ alone is the true source of not just happiness, but of JOY.

Four years later… I am a whole woman, maybe for the very first time. I now have one of my 2 beautiful daughters back with me, and she is trying so very hard to live her life for Jesus. I have had to relinquish the daughter who is not with me and who I am not able to mother in the ways I would like to into the hands of Jesus every single day. I love her so much, and that will never change.

By the grace of God, I now am living my professional dream and have a growing photography business.  God began blessing this business RIGHT ON TIME and I am able to support myself and my daughter. I have so many wonderful and supportive friends and family, all of whom have shown me what love is all about.    Most of all, I have Jesus. When you have nothing else in this life, HE is there. Sometimes it takes losing everything to bring us to Him so that He can make us into the person we are to be FOR HIM. I have hope for a wonderful future, He told me so when he gave me my life verse…

For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans to prosper you, not to harm you, but to give you HOPE and a FUTURE.  -Jeremiah 29:11.

 

My Story:  Well, it’s not at all how I thought it would be when I said ” I do” at Disney World in 1997.

My Road:   It’s definitely been BUMPY and full of twists and turns I never thought I would have to go ’round.

My Walk:  That’s probably the most important part of all of this,  I’ve learned to walk closely hand in hand with Jesus Christ,  He is my VERY best friend.  I know that because I find myself turning to HIM first in every situation.

My Testimony:  I pray my story will touch someone, especially other broken and wounded women who have lost so much through deception of a human man. I pray it will give someone the courage to turn to Jesus Christ in their life today

Blessings,

Christy

From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another -John 1:16

 

Below is a song by not only one of my favorite Christian bands, The Sidewalk Prophets whose music, along with Mandisa  helped bring me up out of the pit on some of the hardest of days.   Help Me Find It by Sidewalk Prophets is a beautiful song about praying to the Lord about finding the road the Lord wants us to be on, and to be still while we’re waiting for it to be revealed.

 

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Welcome to the world, Autumn!

February 24th, 2013

I photographed Amanda and Randy for maternity portraits back in December, and now little Autumn has arrived.  She came into the world weight 9 lbs. 8 oz. and 21 3/4 inches long!  She’s a sweet little chubby cherub and looks like an absolute angel in her newborn portraits!  Enjoy!

 

 

Gorgeous Family of Five

May 6th, 2012

This is the 2nd year I’ve photographed the Wallis family!  They are always so much fun and the kiddo’s keep me laughing and on my toes!

 

 

 

 

March Madness Special & Easter Pet Portraits & News

March 30th, 2012

Hi Everyone!

Spring has definitely sprung here in Sevier County!  I’m excited about all of the great things this year holds and wanted to share some of it with you!

I have an awesome “March Madness” special running.  This is great for families, individual milestone photo’s of the kiddo’s, etc.  The “March Madness” special is a great way to try out my professional services and have portraits made at an amazing price!

Here’s how it works:

Purchase a certificate for only $20 now.  You will receive and email with your personalized / numbered certificate.  You have the rest of the year until 12/31/12 to complete your session.  Their is a balance of $65 due on the day of your session making the total price $85.

 ”What do I get for $85?” you ask…

  • A custom portrait session for up to 5 people within the same household (pets are welcome too, but please limit the furkids to 2 for this deal)

  • Choice of Location:  Downtown Sevierville for fun and modern look or a Country Setting for a more classic laid back portrait

  • A CD  professionally edited and enhanced images with a print release

  • Web sized images for sharing online.

    to take advantage of this offer, please drop an email to richblessingsphoto@gmail.com or give me a call at (865) 325-9241

    I know this is short notice, but I wanted to get the word out!  Tomorrow,  Saturday 3/31 I will be at my Studio (located inside of  ”The Barker Lounge”) shooting Spring / Easter Pet Portraits! For only $35 you can have a short session with up to 2 pets with spring / easter props and recieve a portrait package consisting of 2 – 5×7′s and 4-3.5×5 prints.  This is a great opportunity to have your furbaby photographed for Easter!  Portraits will be done first come / first served from 9-2 pm.  The address is 1301 E. Main in Sevierville.  $5 of every package will go to Pets Without Parents Shelter in Sevierville.  There will also be a HUGE Tag Sale going on at the Barker Lounge to support the shelter as well…come by and see us!

    Last but certainly not least I want to share about the 2013 “PAWS OF LOVE” Calendar project!  I’m so excited to be heading up this project to support Pets Without Parents Shelter!  We are in need of Local businesses to sponsor an Ad within the calendar as well as Local families to submit their pets to be featured in the calendar.  You can read more about the project, apply to have your pet featured, or read about how to sponsor the calendar project at  the calendar website  www.pawsoflovecalendar.com 

    Are  you a fan of the Rich Blessings Photography Facebook Page?  This is a great way to stay up to date with what’s happening, portrait specials, and see recent work!  Find our fan page at facebook.com/richblessingsphotography

Sweet Little Liliana Rose

February 10th, 2012

 

Welcome to the world little Liliana!  What an absolute bundle of PRECIOUSNESS!  Can you believe this is the first baby girl I’ve shot in this studio?  I’ve had an influx of boys…and while I ADORE the baby boys, I had SO MUCH FUN doing girly things with baby L.  She was a perfect little subject!  Congratulations, David & Jessica on your 6th little one!!

 

 

 

 

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