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Teacher Appreciation Day Recap + Highlights | Fort Payne + Valley Head Family Photographer

A few weeks ago, I had the incredible opportunity to thank local Fort Payne and Valley Head, AL educators in celebration of Teacher Appreciation Day. I offered free family mini sessions at Town Creek Field and Farm and had the BEST time meeting all these superhero teachers. I'm so excited to share some highlights from the day and introduce you to the A+ educators who joined me with their families.

Psst, if you're interested in booking a session in the Fort Payne area, I'm now offering 20% off all available September and October dates. Reach out now, and let's get you on the schedule!

Morgan has been an educator for eight years and teaches Pre-K at Williams Avenue Elementary School. Her husband and two beautiful kids joined her!

Meet Lauren, a 3-5 Reading Specialist at Little Ridge Intermediate School in Fort Payne. She's been teaching for nine years and is a certified rockstar mom, wife, and educator.

Is that a group of models I see? Nope, it's just the Stephens family! Alisha is a second-grade teacher at Wills Valley Elementary School. I met one of my favorite teachers ever in second grade (shoutout, Mrs. Davis!), so I loved photographing Alisha and her family.

Let's give it up for Ellie, a teacher for over 20 years! She also works at Wills Valley Elementary and has the widest, brightest smile, not to mention the most adorable family.

How gorgeous is this soon-to-be mom of two? Makayla is another incredible second-grade teacher at Wills Valley who has been an educator for four years. She's expecting her second baby boy very soon, and I'm so excited for her!

Melissa and her family also joined me for Teacher Appreciation Day. She became a teacher two years ago and currently teaches second grade at (you guessed it) Wills Valley Elementary!

I photographed so many Wills Valley teachers, including Tabatha. She has been an educator for 18 years and currently works with second-graders. I'm happy I captured this special family time with her husband and kiddos.

It was an extra special treat to photograph Tiffany because she's my nephew's sixth-grade math teacher at Fort Payne Middle School! I can attest that she's an actual saint (which also happens to be her last name).

Brandi, a second-grade Wills Valley teacher, brought along her husband, daughter, and daughter's boyfriend for Teacher Appreciation Day. This was such a fun crew to photograph, even if I first mistook Jada and Blade for siblings. What can I say? I'm only human! Thankfully, everyone was a good sport, and we finished the session without too much awkwardness. 😆

HUGE thank you again to all the teachers out there making a difference in kids' lives. You truly make the world go 'round!

xo, Jessi

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Jessi is a lifestyle documentary photographer based in southern Alabama, serving the Gulf Coast from Mobile, AL to Pensacola, FL, along with the Nashville, Chattanooga, and Atlanta areas. She specializes in couple, wedding, maternity, newborn and family photography, and also enjoys commercial and creative portraiture. Available for travel worldwide. Find out more at

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