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  • Erin Morrison

    Prior to sending you in front of my Nikon-firing squad, I thought you should know a little bit about me.

    I am was born and raised in Illinois and moved to Tennessee to obtain my Master's degree in Criminology at the University of Tennessee. I also obtained a full-time job, a southern-bred husband, and a great southern state that is now my home. I am a walking contradiction; a Type A personality with a creative streak, a yankee who says fixin', and a lover of comedy who couldn't tell a punch-line to save her soul.

    I would love to document the major or the minor milestones of your life. I believe that the average has the capability of being extraordinary.

Katy & Cody: Ijams Nature Center & Mead’s Quarry: Knoxville Engagement Photographer

Think back to grade school.  It’s the middle of the afternoon and you’re getting sleepy sitting at your desk.  ”Get up! Let’s do some jumping jacks to get the blood flowing again,” the teacher says.  So, you do.  And you know what, you feel better!

This engagement session was my jumping jacks.  It felt so good to get out in the spring weather and dust off the winter blues!  And, I got to hang out with Katy and Cody!  Ijams Nature Center and Meads Quarry are two beautiful location for engagement photos in the Knoxville area.   Katy and Cody snagged a great evening of spring weather; there was plenty of sun and blooming trees and plants.

Katy and Cody are getting married in June at New Hopewell Baptist Church followed by a reception at her grandmother’s property! It’s a perfect east Tennessee wedding!

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Emily’s Power for a Cure: HERO WOD at CrossFit Pistol Creek



Emily’s Power for a Cure was created after Emily Ransom lost her life to Neuroblastoma on February 20, 2006 at the tender age of 2. Neuroblastoma is a cancerous tumor that develops in the nerve tissue in infants and children.

After Emily died, Carrie Daugherty (Emily’s aunt) quickly took to fundraising for Emily’s Power for a Cure. Unfortunately, it was just two years later that another tragedy struck the Ransom and Daugherty Families. On March 19, 2008 Carrie was murdered. Her killer was successfully tried and convicted in November 2011, and is now spending the rest of his life in prison.

And that is where Barley’s Big Family came in. After Carrie’s death, friends of hers (including myself) at Barley’s Taproom and Pizzeria took up her fundraising effort; last year we raised over $20,000! This contributed to the $115,00 total that Emily’s Power For The Cure raised in 2013.

This year, we are striving to make the fundraising effort even better than ever. Our minimum goal is to raise $8,000, but we would love nothing more than to beat last year’s total! Barley’s Big Family has numerous events planned in the next couple of months and Emily’s Hero WOD at CrossFit Pistol Creek was our first event!

A BIG thank you goes out to CrossFit Pistol Creek who allowed Barley’s Big Family to take over their box for a morning!  CrossFitters in pink, glittery outfits swarmed the box for the 1st Annual Emily’s HERO WOD.  Emily’s HERO WOD was created to highlight Emily’s birthday: June 29, 2003.

10 Minute AMRAP

6 ground to overhead (65/95)

28 box jumps

3 pull ups

Thanks to all of the amazing people that came out to CrossFit Pistol Creek, Barley’s Big Family raised $700.00 for our fundraising effort.  We look forward to our final fundraising event on April 12, 2014: Carrie Daugherty Memorial Concert and Auction.  It will be a night of good food, good fun, and good times!

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If you would like to DONATE to Emily’s Power for a Cure, please click on the link! Every little bit helps!

Baby Morrison has ARRIVED!

My husband and I are thrilled to announce that our little baby girl arrived this week! We are over the moon! I will be taking time off to be with my baby, but please feel free to contact me at:

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Erin Morrison Photography: 2013 Review: Good Causes

I am a big believer that everyone out there should have a cause that they support.  Whether it’s to support a local women’s shelter, or volunteer at an animal shelter, or donate to a local scholarship, everyone can do something to make the world a better place.

I have over the years, supported causes here and there. Donated here and there. But, never have I been more devoted to fundraise than for Emily’s Power for a Cure.  And unfortunately, like most causes, I came to be a part of Emily’s Power for a Cure through tragedy.

It was a rainy, cold day on March 19, 2008.  I was sitting at my desk at work when I received a message from a friend of mine.  He told me to call him as soon as I could.  I did.  And he told me some news to this day is hard to fathom.  My friend, Carrie Daugherty,  had been murdered.  Carrie was one of the few friends I had in Knoxville at the time.  I had just moved to Knoxville in January 2006.  I was lucky to land a job at Barley’s Taproom and Pizzeria in the Old City, while I completed my Masters Degree at the University of Tennessee.  I had the pleasure of meeting, and becoming friends with Carrie. The amount of emotions that I felt that day will never, never compare to what her family has gone through…and what they continue to go through.  Over these past 6 years, I have come to know Carrie’s family.  I can say with certainty that they are a remarkable group of people.

What is even more remarkable, is that this family had gone through another death just two years before this.  Carrie’s neice, Emily Ransom, lost her life on February 20, 2006, to Neuroblastoma at the age of 2. Neuroblastoma is a cancer that create tumors in the nerve tissue in infants and children.  It has only a 30 percent survival rate.

At the time of her death, in honor of her lost niece, Carrie was preparing to run the 2008 Nashville Rock N’ Roll Marathon.  She was a member of the Pink It To The Limit team and was raising money for a foundation named in memory of Emily: Emily’s Power For The Cure.  Emily’s Power For The Cure is an organization that raises funds and awareness to fight Neuroblastoma.

Since 2012, I have fundraised as a member of the Pink It to the Limit Team, which raises money for Emily’s Power for a Cure.  Myself, and 6 other amazing people, have raised nearly $31,000 in the past two years (and have ran/walked/crawled our way across the finish line in Nashville).  Last year alone, we raised just over $20,000.  Much of that money was raised through private donations and three key events: CrossFit Lift-A-Thon, Barley’s  St. Patrick’s Day 5K, and Annual Emily’s Power for a Cure Benefit at Barley’s.

This year, we are polishing these events to make them bigger and better than ever:

March 1, 2014: CrossFit Pistol Creek will host a Hero Work Out of the Day

March 16, 2014: Second Annual Barley’s St. Patrick Day 5k

April 12, 2014: Annual Emily’s Power for a Cure Benefit

I hope you will join us for these events.  If you would like to be kept informed about all of our events and ways to donate, please join our Facebook Event! In the meantime, check out these photos from Erin Morrison Photography of the 2013 Barley’s St. Patrick’s Day 5k!

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If you are interested in other good causes in the Knoxville area, please check out the Channon Christian Memorial Foundation.  Like Emily’s Power for a Cure, this cause spawned from a tragedy.

Channon Christian and her boyfriend Christopher Newsome were murdered in January of 2007.  In the wake of her death, Gary’s (Channon’s father) company renamed their annual golf tournament from the Rick McGill’s Airport Toyota Golf Tournament to the Channon Gail Christian Golf Memorial Tournament.  The Channon Gail Christian Memorial Foundation was also founded, and through the years the foundation has provided a scholarship to a Farragut High School girl headed to the University of Tennessee.  Last year, at the 6th Annual Channon Gail Christian Memorial Golf Tournament, and the foundation awarded two $5,000 scholarships to a very deserving pair of young women: Emma Stedham and Heather Souders. The golf tournament is held the first Sunday in June.

Erin Morrison Photography had a wonderful time photographing this even in 2013.  I am sure that the 2014 Channon Christian Memorial Golf Tournament will be an even bigger success!

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For more information on either of these wonderful causes, please feel free to contact me at

Erin Morrison Photography: 2013 Review: Weddings

And the 2013 Year End Review continues.

If you would have told me on January 1, 2013, that I would have photographed weddings in 2013, I would have told you that you were nuts.  Honestly.  Photographing weddings was always something that I wanted to do, but never thought that the dream would come to fruition.  I never thought that Erin Morrison Photography would add “Wedding Photographer” to the resume.  Why?  Because I am my own worst critic.  I am. I admit it. That little voice in my head rears it’s ugly head every once and awhile.  But, aren’t we all our own worst critic?  And I guess that is one thing that I love about photography: we can always tell ourselves that we are wrong.  We can grow in this field.  We find who we “are.” The more work you put in, the better you become.  Such is life.

I had the wonderful opportunity to photograph Lauren and Wil’s wedding at Dara’s Garden in June, followed quickly by Juanita and Stephen’s wedding at Chilhowee Baptist Church the following weekend.  Both of these weddings were beautiful in their own rights, and certainly reflected the uniqueness of each couple.  I also had the opportunity to travel to Alpharetta, Georgia and photograph Auburn and Matt’s all-VOL wedding.  Orange is such a beautiful color, don’t you think?

2014 will be a little…well, ok…a LOT different than 2013.  After viewing my work with Lauren and Wil, JoPhoto approached me with an amazing opportunity: to be an Associate Photographer for their company. #amazing #totallyhonored  #myjawhitthefloor So, this year will be filled with more engagement sessions, bridal portraits, and weddings under the JoPhoto and Erin Morrison Photography name!  I am so excited about this year, and I have my brides and grooms of 2013 to thank!


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