I needed some inspiration. I was craving something different. And this awesome family gave me the inspiration I was hoping for by allowing me to capture a Saturday morning breakfast. I love the story these photos tell of a laid back morning... making pancakes and memories. So simple and real. ♥
One question I ask in my pre-session questionnaire: What would you like to remember about this time in your lives? One of the things this mama mentioned was the craziness - that life isn't picture perfect and she wanted to remember that. That really stuck with me and I knew this was going to be a fun session. I love to capture "real life" moments like these - it's what inspires me.
This was so much FUN!! I love that this mama wanted to capture their personalities on their favorite playground. ♥
Here's another precious family that I've had the pleasure to photograph over and over. It doesn't seem like that long ago when I was there at the birth of their second child and now she's one!! Where does the time go?!
Capturing this family playing together was so much fun! I love when I get to photograph a family over and over and watch the child grow in so many ways!! :)
I love this family!!! They're beautiful inside and out! It's been a total pleasure photographing them the past couple of years and having Lauren photograph my family in return is an extra perk. ;) Thanks again Lauren!!
Our first try at this session, a thunderstorm chased us away. When we returned the next week, beautiful sunshine and happy baby smiles were abundant!! Lucky us!! :)
Sometimes it's the simplest sessions that I love most - just baby, Mommy, and Daddy hanging out at home. Isn't this family adorable??
Here's part 1 of this family session - We walked around downtown reading, swinging, and snacking along the way. Such a fun family! Part 2 leads us to their house for some bubble fun. :) Stay tuned. :)
This sweetie would only sleep for his session in his Mommy and Daddy's arms. No matter what we tried those eyes would pop open when he wasn't in their arms. He just knows what he wants. ;) And how can you resist those sweet eyes?!
Happy mommy + happy baby = pure sweetness!!
I've been photographing these girls since they were 6 months old and now they're walking!! I think they have started looking even more identical and more beautiful with each session. After some last minute location changes due to cold weather we ended up at the gorgeous (and warm) Winchester Manor and the girls loved exploring it!! P.S. Aren't these little coats adorable!? I think I have a new love for winter sessions now. ;)
I love the chance to take newborn photos both inside and outside of the home! And when I saw this amazing orange tree near this family's home I knew immediately where we would go for the outdoor portion. I love how real and playful these photos are. Sigh - I just love lifestyle newborn/family sessions...
I have a tiny confession: I was nervous about this mini session with teenagers. I'm used to tickle wars, chase, peek-a-boo, and all that good stuff. I was afraid the teens would think I was lame (and they probably did) but it was actually a nice change of pace from the toddler-chasing and baby-talking that I'm used to. These guys toughed out my "lame" session for their sweet mama and did awesome! And I can't even begin to tell you how wonderful and inspiring this family is! ♥
I don't think these kiddos ever really knew they were at a photo session... and that's the way I like it! :)
Ohhmygoshh how cute is this little boy! I wanted to sneak him in my bag and take him home to be best friends with my Elijah. You can tell this whole family is 100% smitted over this little boy. And how can you blame them?
These photos will soon be sent off to these adorable kiddo's Daddy in the Air Force. I'm sure he's going to enjoy looking at their photos everyday while he's out serving our country. I'm so happy that I was able to help them create such a priceless gift for their Dad. I can only imagine how much they all miss him!
Remember the giveaway I did waaay back in April? Well between busy schedules and rescheduling due to weather, I finally had the honor to shoot the winning family! After reading through so many wonderful entries, the judges and I picked one. Here's what the nominee said about Kelly: "I first met Kelly when I booked her as our wedding photographer 2 years ago. I immediately knew she was a special person when I found out she was a coordinator for the local Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep foundation. As a volunteer for NILMDTS Kelly donated her time and talent as a photographer to families who lost an infant child. Kelly also recently donated a photo session to a soldier and his family before deployment, making sure to capture beautiful memories for them before they are separated. The Baugher family has recently been through some very rough times. Kelly’s son, Luke, was diagnosed with a tumor and is still undergoing treatments at St. Jude’s Hospital. Luke’s cousin, Logan, was also being treated at St. Jude’s for leukemia and tragically lost his battle earlier this month. Despite their personal trauma Kelly has kept a loving, giving attitude. She arranged donations and cleanup for victims of recent tornados, again donating her own time and resources for others. Kelly always has encouraging words and scripture to offer. She constantly puts others before herself and never lets life’s troubles keep her from serving her community. Although Kelly is a wonderful photographer she rarely gets the chance to be in front of the camera and part of the family photographs. Kelly is absolutely one of the most inspiring people I have ever met. Her love for life, her family, her community, and God is evident in everything she does. Kelly has never asked for anything in return for all of her giving and sacrifice and deserves to be recognized as a truly unique and special person."
I finally got to meet her and she's even more wonderful than I pictured in my head! :) Things have changed since April - Luke is now tumor-free!! Woohoo!! Praise the Lord! This session was a blast! As you can tell from the photos - there was lots of laughter. Little Luke is a hoot and was cracking me up the entire time. And his big sister is just the sweetest. Their nominee was right - this is definitely a unique and special family. ♥
Kelly has put her photography biz on hold for now but she still continues to volunteer now through A Pure Focus. This is a wonderful organization here in North Alabama that provides free photography to families facing life-threatening diseases. If you know a family or are a photographer who would like to volunteer go sign up! And go like them on Facebook and spread the word! :)
P.S. How beautiful is this location at Isom's Orchard!? Gorgeous!
This is one of my all time favorite newborn sessions!! This entire session truly represents my style for newborn photography which has changed since I first started. I really enjoyed getting to know this couple from their maternity session to pulling an all-nighter with them at their baby's birth and then spending an afternoon with them here. Their maternity session took place in the Flint River so I threw the idea out there to return to the river for their newborn session and to my delight they were up for it!! And I'm so glad! I love when clients trust my ideas.... So after some shots in their home, we headed to the river and I love the results! I truly got the best of both worlds with this session - the cozy photos at home and the natural photos at the river. Thank y'all for being so awesome!!!