On vacation

It’s been an excellent year for Karla Cruz Photography! We offered themed mini sessions, full glamour sessions, graduation sessions, and even a 1st birthday cake smash! We had eighteen sessions, worked with three fantastic hair and makeup stylists – Alysia Faith, Ava Couture Beauty, and Angelika. Now it’s time to go on a short hiatus. For the first time in my adult life, I am taking a little time for myself! I am going on a small road trip, enjoying family time, and giving this self-care thing a try. Then I’ll be blogging, attending classes, and working to improve my photography. Need to schedule a birthday session or a glamour session by a specific date? Don’t fret! Please keep your eyes open, and I’ll be back in late Fall with new sessions themes.

Last Mini Sessions of the Season

Last Mini Sessions of the Season

This year, I was lucky enough to be chosen to be a vendor at the Clarksville Farmer’s Market this summer. Check out my side hustle. I hand make pompom accessories and other cute stuff! With that keeping me busy through September, I am excited to be announcing this will be the last mini session of the season. This extraordinary mini session will be taking place in Nashville, May 14th and 15th at the Poplar Hollow Farmhouse, and I couldn’t be more excited! You will have a choice of an outdoor mini session full of country charm and a mini horse or a very sexy rustic vintage-inspired boudoir. If you have always wanted to book a vintage-inspired boudoir session, a mini session is a beautiful start!

Contact me at karlacruzphotography@gmail.com or by text at (931)494-1260. I look forward to seeing you there!

Contact me at karlacruzphotography@gmail.com or by text at (931)494-1260. I look forward to seeing you there!

What is Karla Cruz up to?

Wow, we at Karla Cruz Photography have a busy June ahead of us! With Nashville Boogie sessions being edited, Barn mini sessions, branding sessions and a baby shower booked, we’re going to be pretty busy – and we’re incredibly excited about it. Our clients are a part of our extended family, and we can’t wait to see all the months (and in some cases, years!) of planning paying off in one grand session.  
We wanted to take a moment to thank you for asking Karla Cruz Photography to photograph you for Nashville Boogie, it was truly an honor. We have just sent out sneak previews for the Nashville Boogie Mini Sessions (we hope you loved your images, feel free to share them on social media). We had such an amazing time with all of you! And let’s not forget how amazing it was to work with the Pinup Queen herself, Sabina Kelley! Yikes! We had so much fun. We learned so much from her. Ava Couture’s hair magic and Crystal Brown’s fantastic makeup artistry were amazing! We truly had an amazing team. 

To all clients, past and present, we are so grateful for you and love each moment we get to spend with you. Thank you for being some of the most amazing people I’ve ever met!


Yikes! I finally got a pic thanks to Ava Couture! That’s dorky me next the Pinup Queen! I had several fangirl moments during our pose coaching sessions with Sabina Kelley! I had to stop and check myself to make sure I didn’t seem creepy, hahaha! Sabina was remarkable and generous with her knowledge and time. I will be forever grateful for this fabulous experience. 
Finally, one more time slot left for these amazing barn sessions.
After these sessions, we will be going on Summer hiatus and will be back in time for Halloween and the Christmas Holidays. 

Summer Mini Session!

Summer Mini Session!

Enjoy an afternoon of light, lemonade, nature, and fine photography, bring your kids or your sweetheart! 

Friday, June 14th & Saturday, June 15th at Poplar Hollow Barn

Book by June 1st 

Sessions begin at Sunset, limited sessions

All sessions include :

• 30 minutes of fine photography
• Private online viewing gallery with images hand-retouched for easy online ordering
• 3 beautifully edited high resolution images of your choice
• Guaranteed publication in Retro Lovely
• Hair and makeup available at additional cost. 

Double sessions are available for larger parties!

To book, email us at karlacruzphotography@gmail.com

Karla Cruz Photography goes to Nashville Boogie 2019

Karla Cruz Photography Nashville Boogie Mini Sessions!

I love mini sessions!
I love mini sessions. Why?
Because they give my clients the opportunity to have beautiful images taken of themselves- affordably and quickly. Mini sessions are an easy way to document your beauty without having to spend the day in the studio.
Mini sessions are quick, fun, and casual – you may come dressed up in your Nashville Boogie gear or in your sexy vintage lingerie. We offer heirloom quality images without breaking the bank. Best of all you have the chance to be Published in Retro Lovely! Who can say no to that!Nashville Boogie Mini sessions generally sell out within weeks of their announcement, so book your session soon. Included in my sessions are 30 minutes of photography resulting in 3 fully edited, high-resolution images delivered to you in an online gallery. Each photo delivered is lovingly retouched to make you look like a smoldering pinup.
Let’s do this!

Vintage Beauty Specialist

Vintage inspired Glamour Photography

Who is Ava Couture?

I have been creating beautiful images with Ava Couture since 2014. From shooting on motorcycles to shooting with a mini horse we always manage to have fun. So to help you to get to know her better I asked her a few questions! Check it out!

What is your favorite part of being a vintage beauty specialist?

It’s incredibly rewarding to transform modern everyday women into vintage inspired pinups & show them just how beautiful they already are. Performing these classic techniques allows me to carry on the vintage beauty traditions of what I consider to be the most glamorous era.

How would you define your personal style?

I feel the most beautiful when wearing a vintage dress & heels. But my everyday style is a more casual variation of vintage fashion with a few modern trends thrown in for fun.

What’s a funny or interesting fact about yourself?

I grew up as a dancer. When I was in high school I became a company member of The Nashville Ballet (way too cool, right?). I was even a soloist in The Nutcracker. But to this day I still can’t do a cartwheel.

I want to wish everyone good luck and I will see you tomorrow on instagram stories!


Click here to see more of Ava Couture’s amazing work!

Win a Pinup Makeover!

You heard it here!

Partner Studio - Karla Cruz

Big things happening for 2019! 2018 has been a transition year for Karla Cruz Photography. I am excited to announce that Karla Cruz Photography is now an Official Retro Lovely Partner Studio. What does this mean? We offer special sessions with guaranteed publication of multi-page features Retro Lovely Magazine. Retro Lovely Magazine has over 2.1 Million fans on Social Media and one of the most popular print pinup magazines in the world!

We are still running our special Pinup Portrait Pricing, book before 12/31/2018, shooting for these sessions will begin in January 2019, in time for Valentine’s Day! I am excited for things to come and so grateful everyone that has continued to support us.

Warmest regards,

We are beautiful, We are extraordinary, We are the American Dream. 

We are beautiful, We are extraordinary, We are the American Dream. 

20180702-DSC_0197-Edit.jpgPrior to the 2016 election, I didn’t think much about my brown skin or that my parents were immigrants. I have been called exotic or people have given me a curious stare because I do not speak English with a Spanish accent (maybe a California Accent). I am from Los Angeles and attended an inner city Catholic school for most of my life. All of the kids I went to school with looked liked me and if they didn’t look like me, we were for the most part Catholic with immigrant parents. Fast forward to today, I make it a point to tell people that my parents are immigrants and we are no different. I live in Tennessee (Trump Country and that’s ok). I am an American just like you. Our politics may be different but, we are all human and beautiful. All of my ideas and creativity are fueled by that Latina fire and passion. Karla Cruz Photography will not stand with bigotry and hatred, we celebrate the beauty in cultural diversity. Let me capture your extraordinary beauty no matter how it’s packaged.

We are beautiful, We are extraordinary, We are the American Dream.