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About jenny


Motherhood meets simple luxury



Keeping my palette one of beautiful light, simple items, neutral & calming tones, and filled with layers of texture & emotion all helps to create the imagery I am drawn to for your art.



My love for motherhood portraiture goes far beyond my own love for my babies, and deep into my childhood of having, what I saw as, the most amazing and beautiful mother, but she would be in absolutely no photographs. Not feeling great about how she looked, her weight, etc. I can say in my late 30s now I have ZERO baby and childhood photographs with my mother.

I wanted something different for my children.

And I want something different for YOUR children.
The absence of loudness in my work allows for the tender emotion to be heard instead.



Jenny Cruger established the simple. pure. organic. brand of motherhood photography, creating the idea of organic portraits for maternity, newborn, baby, and family sessions beginning in 2010 in the Nashville area, and went on to train top photographers across the country, including those in Texas, California, Atlanta and beyond, in creating a complete experience for clients from the beginning with planning sessions, studio wardrobes, and intimate moments between moms, dads, and their tiniest loves, to ending with luxury heirloom artwork in their homes.



Since establishing her brand & training similar photographers across the United States, Jenny has been featured in various print magazines, like People Magazine, and online press features. In 2015 Jenny also established www.themotherhoodanthology.com along with partners & dear friends Allison Craig and Kim Box, training hundreds of photographers in a monthly membership.

maternity | newborn | family portraits - nashville, tn


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I live just outside of Nashville on a little piece of farmland in Thompson's Station, TN full of horse neighbors over our fences + views of hay fields with my family, including our two children and run the portrait studio full time after beginning in 2010. In my free time, I am an equally avid reader, shopper, golden retriever mama.


I would love to meet your family!
Motherhood is a wild, beautiful, hard, and amazing ride and showing my clients the simple beauty in it brings me so much happiness.

Thinking about traveling to TN for a session? Many clients visit from out of state, and I would love to help plan your trip to see me.
Also available for travel out of state.




1. I'm inspired by soft light, layers and textures in creams and whites, and YOU loving your babies.
2. I could watch reruns of FRIENDS every single day, and still laugh like it's the first time. It's kind of a gift. Or embarrassing. Take your pick.

3. Veggie sushi is my favorite meal always & forever.
4. I have 8 tattoos and didn't get my first one until after I had a baby because I was too afraid. I'm less than adventurous.
5. I'm an enneagram 6. This means I've taken care of worrying about everything enough for the both of us, planned out every scenario and how to deal with it, I keep safety in mind above anything else, and love consistency.



I believe in fairness & equality & love for all. This includes continually learning to be anti racist, denouncing white supremacy + antisemitism, being a safe space for the LGBTQ+ community, and every other marginalized group.


My Philosophy

you need portraits with your babies.
Whether your baby is 5 days, 5 months, or 5 years old.

Historic downtown Franklin studio sessions are offered for maternity, newborn, baby, and family sessions throughout the morning and early afternoon. Near the studio, field sessions are held during sunset for maternity, children, and families.

Receive a welcome package in the mail upon reserving a session for planning as well as access to a full studio wardrobe, including pieces for mamas, babies, children, and dads, as well as optional hair and makeup in the studio.

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