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Elkmont Mini-Session

September 15, 2024

Spence Cabin in Elkmont






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Why Spence Cabin?

I am SO excited about this one-day-only event! It's my first-ever mini-photo session in the incredible Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and I'm excited! And guess what? I chose my favorite location -- Spence Cabin in Elkmont.

But why is this location in the Smokies swoon-worthy?


Effortless Parking:

No parking woes here – Spence Cabin makes it easy for you and your crew to roll in and out hassle-free. Handicap spots are available!


Convenient Bathrooms:

Stay fresh and worry-free with nearby clean bathrooms, ensuring everyone stays comfortable during your mini-session.


Handy Changing Areas:

Spence Cabin has designated changing areas, making outfit changes or touch-ups a breeze.


Photography Locations Galore:

It's not just a cabin; it's a whole photoshoot playground. From the rustic charm to the lush natural surroundings, you have a range of picture-perfect spots in one location.

In the 25-minute session, we can photograph Spence Cabin, the river, the trail, and the chimney stack! All are conveniently located nearby.


Location Options


Get ready for a whirlwind of awesomeness! I'm thrilled to let you know that you'll have the chance to hit up all the hotspots—Spence Cabin, the serene river, the enchanting trail, and the iconic chimney stacks. Yep, you heard it right! You can spend as much (or as little) time as you want at each spot, but all are accessible within the 25-minute session time.

So, let's make every minute count and create some epic memories together!

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Spence Cabin


If you're looking for a chill spot to snap some pics, Spence Cabin in the Smokies has you covered. Tucked away amidst the mountains, this place screams cozy vibes. Picture this: the cabin's got that perfect mix of rustic feels and Mother Nature's greenery. It's the ideal backdrop for a casual mini-session, capturing moments about good times and easy breezy memories. The trees, the woodsy charm, and the laid-back atmosphere—it's like the Smokies just handing you a ready-made album cover for your photos. So, if you're into making memories in a cool and charming spot, Spence Cabin is THE place for mini-session photos.

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River Views


If you're thinking about rocking a mini-session surrounded by some seriously cool vibes, the rivers in the Smokies are where it's at. Imagine this: you've got the lush greenery, the soothing sound of water flowing, and maybe even some boulders to strike a pose on – it's a total nature meets photoshoot dream. The rivers bring this laid-back vibe perfect for capturing those easygoing, candid moments. Plus, the light bouncing off the water? Pure magic. Whether you're after family pics or wanna update your gram, these river spots in the Smokies are literally perfect.

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The Little River Trail


If you're all about photo ops with a side of nature therapy, The Little River Trail at Elkmont is your go-to. It's like stepping into a real-life postcard – you got the Little River flowing, surrounded by lush greenery and peaceful vibes that make you forget your phone even exists. This trail is like a hidden gem for mini-sessions. Picture this: sunlight playing hide-and-seek through the trees. It's not just a trail; it's a photo journey waiting to happen. So, if you're down for a laid-back shoot that's a nature love affair, The Little River Trail is where it's at. Get ready for some seriously Instagram-worthy moments.


Chimney Stacks


If you're hunting for a mini-session spot that screams vintage charm mixed with a touch of wild beauty, the old chimney stacks at Elkmont are the move. These relics from the past stand tall, telling tales of days gone by in the heart of the Smokies. The vibe is like stepping into a time capsule, surrounded by nature's greenery taking over. It's like a photo adventure waiting to happen, with these chimney stacks giving off major rustic chic vibes. Imagine striking a pose against the remnants of history, capturing equal parts cool and nostalgic moments. So, if you're up for a photo shoot that's as laid-back as it is timeless, Elkmont's chimney stacks are your spot. Let the good times and the old-school charm roll!


Things to Know Before Booking

No Cell Service:

The location for these sessions in Elkmont has no cell service.


Non-Refundable and Non-Transferrable:

All mini-sessions are non-refundable and non-transferable. Once booked, no refunds or transfers to a new date will be provided for any reason. In the unlikely event that the National Park closes, all sessions will be transferred to a credit to be used by the Client at an agreed-upon date and location of photography service with EMP.


Weather Conditions:

This mini-session day is a rain-or-shine event.


Parking Permit

The cabin rental is equipped with nine parking spots. However, if the spots are full, parking permits are required to park in the main parking lot.


Photographer Friends:

This epic one-day-only event will be in conjunction with another photographer company with their own clients. Don't worry! EMP will photograph the session you booked with me, but be prepared that other families will also be in Elkmont.


Want More Time:

Want more than 25 minutes? Feel free to book back-to-back timeslots for even more adventure time in Elkmont! Some locations in Elkmont WILL require a double booking. See below for more location details.


Optional Locations

If you're feeling a little extra and want to spice up your mini-session, I've got some optional Elkmont locations that are worth the extra time. These spots are like the hidden gems within the gem – charming bridges, rustic cabins, and unique backdrops. To ensure you get all the goodness, these locations will require more than the allotted 25 minutes. But trust me, it's worth it. So, if you're down to level up your mini-session game and snag a double spot, let's make it happen! Extra time means extra memories, right?

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If you're looking for a mini-session spot that's straight-up enchanting, The Troll Bridge at Elkmont is the real deal. Picture this: a bridge not just for crossing streams but also for crossing into a new level of awesome pics. It's got this fairytale vibe, surrounded by the greenery of the Smokies. The whole scene is a photographer's dream, with the bridge adding that touch of whimsy to your shots. So, if you're down for some magical vibes and want your mini-session to be a storybook adventure, The Troll Bridge is where it's at. Let's make some photo magic happen!

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How about a spot that's a nostalgic slice of history mixed with nature's charm? Daisy Town at Elkmont is your ticket. Imagine strolling through this little time capsule of old cottages, each telling stories of days gone by. It's like a quaint village out of your fave indie film, nestled in the heart of the Smokies. The cozy and rustic vibe makes it a top pick for capturing those effortlessly cool moments. Daisy Town is like a secret Instagram spot waiting to be discovered, with its unique character adding that extra flair to your mini-session pics.

Reasons for Mini-Sessions


There is always time for great pictures-- no matter what phase of life you are in!


There are many reasons for mini-sessions. Here are just a few:


1. You're newly engaged and need an engagement session.


2. You've always wanted a smoky mountain family session.


3. Your family photos are outdated, and you need new ones.


4. It's your wedding anniversary, and you want mountain views.


5. You want a stress-free experience with your little children.


These mini-sessions offer a convenient and affordable way for individuals or families to have professional photos taken during various meaningful life phases. EMP is an all-inclusive Smoky Mountain Photographer.


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