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Welcome to New Day Photography's blog! My name is Misty Westebbe, my husband Bruce and I opened this location in Franklin Tn, Aug 2014. This has been a blessing to us in so many ways!!! With my blog posts I will be trying to give you a better look at what we have to offer, who we are personally, things we enjoy, what our clients enjoy and cherish and how that all wraps together to create a memorable experience for you and your family! We will keep you posted here as new vintage pieces arrive and new vignettes are created through the property as well!!!

 

Monday, April 03, 2017
By New Day Photography
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Save The Date: Celebration of Smiles Event this April!


What is Operation Smile?

For the past thirty-four years, Operation Smile has been providing free, life-changing surgeries to over two hundred thousand patients as well as over two million healthcare evaluations to children with facial deformities, like cleft lip and cleft palate. Cleft lip or palate occurs when a baby's lip or mouth does not correctly develop during pregnancy. The cause is unknown but these deformities are more common than one might believe. It is now one of the most common birth defects in the United States and other countries as well. These defects lead to difficulty in eating or speaking and, in many cases, cause early death.

Their Mission

The mission of Operation Smile is to give families who cannot afford the surgery a chance at a normal life for their child and, of course, a brighter smile. Mr. William P. Magee, Jr., a plastic surgeon, and his wife, Kathy, a nurse, started the organization in 1982. Since it began, more than 2,500 smiles have been healed and over $700,000 has been raised since 2001. 5,000 medical professionals in over 80 countries around the globe participate in Operation Smile. These surgeries can cost as little as $240 dollars for these children.

What We Can Do and How You Can Help

New Day Photography is honored to help with this amazing project along with the PPA (Professional Photographers of America) and be a small part of making the world a little bit brighter . For a donation of only $24, you can receive a professional portrait for yourself or your loved one for your company or even your own desk! This is such a huge opportunity for us to help make a difference in many children's lives! We hope you will join us this April for your portrait mini-session. Together, let's give these amazing children the chance to celebrate their beautiful smiles all around the world!

 
Saturday, February 11, 2017
By New Day Photography
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  It was so much fun to visit with Chris White, owner of USA Baby and Goofballs in Franklin, TN yesterday!  I was totally amazed by the selection of baby and children furniture available. I would have loved to have one of these gorgeous cribs in a sweetly decorated nursery when my kids were babies. Living in a small town in Arkansas I could have never had this kind of selection to choose from. Wow, how the time flies! I am now a grandmother of seven, seven years old and under! 

  One of the things we enjoy doing in the studio is designing ahead what you want to hang above the crib in the nursery. Planning the colors, sizes, and framing before that newborn session is even photographed makes the process of decorating the nursery so much smoother!

  You should really go check out the great selection at USA Baby. USA Baby  Anything you could possibly need to plan for your newest family addition, you can find here in many varieties! And I can't wait to go back and take the grandkids to play at Goofballs! Goofballs Family Fun Center And Oh my, I almost forgot about the playground equipment, Happy Backyards. So much to take in in one short visit.

  

 
Monday, February 06, 2017
By New Day Photography
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  Welcome to our blog! New Day Photography is a portrait studio in Franklin Tn, providing families in the Nashville Tn area with painted portraits and other beautiful art revolving around their family as the masterpiece. My name is Misty Westebbe and my husband Bruce and I are the owners, and photographers at our cottage garden studio.

  We are going to start a series of blog posts about the remodel of our small cozy cottage that we love so much. It is our home studio on 2.5 acres, a photographers playground! We purchased the house 2 1/2 years ago and began the remodel. We just finished the last major project of the bathroom and it has been my favorite of all. We debated back and forth about the flooring, the wall coverings, decor and such throughout the past year and finally decided on the best fit for the style of our home. We used as much reclaimed items as we could to keep the rustic look and feel. The walls are metal roofing and reclaimed fencing, the floor is concrete, sanded and epoxied, the ceiling tiles are a glue on plastic for a replicated look of antique ceiling tiles, and the sink top is made from barn wood. The most interesting aspect to most who have seen it, is the fact that the concrete floor is the basin of the shower and keeps the open, airy feel of the small room by not having an enclosed shower. 

  I will be going backwards and posting our past projects and ending with a complete before and after. I hope you enjoy!!!!

 
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
By Misty Westebbe
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Being a grandmother of seven little ones that are seven and under has been very rewarding and so much fun!!!! Of course as a photographer I'm excited to get those newborn sessions done in the first days to get the peaceful, sleeping, milk coma shots that aren't quite as possible to get after the first week. With the exception of one these seven, I was able to capture these moments within the first 4 days. It is amazing the difference it makes! In the studio I am prepared with extra heat, heating pads, soft blankets that are easy on their very tender skin, ready for extra feeding time, diaper changes and all that is necessary to get these sweet and peaceful shots!

I cherish my babies! They are certainly huge blessings in my life!!!! Watching them grow and recording it with portraits to pass down for the generations to come is very important to me. My great-grandmother passed down a portrait of my grandpa as a baby that is very special to me and I want to do the same, in printed form and not stuck on a computer or cd that 100 years from now can't be accessed......this is why printed portraits that I can hold in my hand are so important to me!

This last image was taken in Arkansas by my great-grandmother, she was a wife, a mother, a farmer, attending the needs of a household full of children, while her husband was off working, carrying her eggs and vegetables to the farmers market and at the same time to have the knowledge of photography and developing film! This was my grandpa Irvan with his daddy in 1908. I never knew Sarah Stover Irvan because she passed away in 1920, but I have portraits to hold in my hand that she developed in her darkroom all those years ago!

 
Monday, September 12, 2016
By Misty Westebbe
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One of my favorite times of the year is Autumn. I love that every year is different colors, and timing of beautiful artwork from God's canvas!  It is so much fun to walk around our studio property of 2.5 acres and have a memorable adventure with your children that make memories for a lifetime!!! Planning for a fall session? You need to get on the books early because it is such a high demand time of the year. I would love to show you around my playground!

 
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