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Backyard Summer Session

Backyard chalk- summer sessionA classic Florida summer, playing in the backyard with your siblings. Having fun with chalk, eating popsicles, and playing on a slip-n-slide! These times spent together with your family are where treasured memories are made.

A documentary photo session is for you as a parent, yes, but they are also for your kids. These sessions give your children photographs to look back on that show what their childhood was really like. There is nothing wrong with getting dressed up and taking a pretty portrait, but those photographs don’t show your day to day, real, honest life. They don’t show how your kids use to act, or the silly things they use to do, like making “clay” out of chalk, or coloring their doll with so much chalk that the water they were sitting in turned purple. These photographs give them a true glimpse into what their lives use to look like. They bring up precious memories, and they bring up good conversation reminiscing on the past.

Don’t wait until your lives are more put together, or you move into a bigger house. No, your family is not too crazy, or too boring.  I believe every person is inherently interesting, and valuable, and has a story to tell.  Would you give me the honor of telling your family’s story through a documentary photo session?  We all know that kids grow up fast, so don’t wait, book your summer session today by contacting me Here

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Nursing Session

“I breastfed my first baby for 19 months, my second for 2.5 years, and my third for two months and going strong. My first two weaned on their own and I plan to follow this baby’s lead, too, in terms of how long we go. All three of my babies had medical issues at birth that made breastfeeding a big challenge in the beginning but once we got the hang of it, it was wonderful. I’ve been lucky to have a very supportive husband and family and colleagues when I was working full time. I’ve nursed (and pumped) in lots of different places and situations and have never had any negative reactions. I used a cover in public for probably the first three months with my first baby, but never after that because it’s cumbersome and uncomfortable. Breastfeeding has been about much more than nutrition for us: my babies nurse for food, for comfort, for reassurance, and to fall asleep. I’m incredibly grateful to have been able to breastfeed my kids.”



Breastfeeding a Three Week Old.

“My baby Josiah is 3 weeks old and my experience with breastfeeding isn’t nearly as black and white as I thought it would be. No one explain to me how painful and frustrating learning how to breastfeed an infant was going to be. Everyone always said “it is be a rewarding experience” completely leaving out the pain that I never thought my nipples would ever experience and the exhaustion of someone pulling on a sensitive body part, that already hurts for 15 minutes every 2 hours. To give you an idea, go give yourself road rash and then rub the road rash for 15 minutes every 2 hours for the foreseeable future. I’ve had lots of friends who are mothers that tell me often the pain does go away, but at 3 weeks we don’t have that luxury. That being said I wouldn’t change it for the world my baby’s health is more important to me than any limb of my body. Getting to be his mother is the best feeling in the world.

Breastfeeding in public is something that has gotten a lot of attention in the media. And as a mother who is solely breastfeeding, being in public and having someone come up to me and try to publicly shame my for feeding my child is despicable. My baby’s health and happiness is worth more to me than a stranger’s opinion or comfort. Because If I’m feeding my child in public it’s for his sake, not mine. I’m not doing it for personal gain, if anything in this experience I’ve lost my own comfort, time and sleep. If I’m breastfeeding in public, I’ve probably only slept two to three hours total for the last couple weeks. My nipples are in pain, my body is exhausted and I have a crying baby. The last thing I need is a stranger try to make me feel shame of the most natural thing on the planet. To those people out there who think it’s gross and I should be ashamed of myself…. Where would you be toady to have this opinion if when you were an infant no one fed you? My son is my heart walking outside of my body. I never truly understood what God meant by His unconditional love for me, until I held my son in my arms and had to love him without condition. Including breastfeeding.


Why Documentary Family Photography is so important.

“Although we’ve been led to believe that our fondest memories are made in the grand occasions of life, in reality, they happen when we pause in the ordinary, mundane moments of a busy day. The most meaningful life experiences don’t happen in the “when,” they happen in the “now.” This concept is not earth shattering, nor is it something you don’t already know. Yet we still continually put off the best aspects of living until the conditions are right.” – Rachel Macy Stafford ( Hands Free Life)

This quote really speaks to me because it is so true, and it applies to my vision as a photographer so much.  Yes wedding, and birthday photographs are important,and should absolutely be captured, but what about the rest of your life? Aren’t the days spent at home with your kids important too? What about the cuddles, and the laughter, that princess or superhero outfit your kid won’t take off?  My goal is to reveal to each family how important their day to day lives are. I want them to see the beauty in the mundane moments, and the chaos of raising kids.

Real life is messy, and lacks perfection, but isn’t that what makes it great? When you look back in 20 years when your kids are all grown, what are you going to want to remember? I want you to be able to look back and remember what made your children unique. I want your children to be able to look back and remember what it was like growing up, and to see how much they were loved by their family.

I invite you to be brave. Let me capture these everyday moments for your family! They are so special, no matter how crazy, imperfect, or boring they may seem to you. Your kids are only this age for so long! Don’t put it off any longer!  Even if your hesitant, message me here, we can set up a meeting, and talk over all your concerns. I will walk through everything with you, and we will do whatever works best for your family!  I take pride in getting to know each family I have the honor of photographing. My #1 goal is to create images that your family will cherish forever.

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A day with the Hartley's

A few weeks ago I spent the day with the Hartley’s. They had their fourth baby in July. Their kids are so sweet. They spent the morning playing tennis. Then they spent some time at home, and most of the day at grandma, and grandpas house. Watching Delia, the oldest, hold the new little baby Madsen, was so sweet. She is such a natural with him. She will make a great mom some day.  I love the different interactions between family members. Having extended family adds a whole other element which I love.

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A Boy and His Gran-mommy

Here are some photos I took on our trip to see family in Jacksonville. We got to spend some time with Austin’s mom, also known as Gran-mommy, his sister Christi, and our nephew Jake.

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Austin and I were so blessed to be able to spend our thanksgiving with both of our families ( or at least parts of both). I am grateful to have most of my family live near by,  and that his was able to come down and spend a couple days with us! Two thanksgivings can be a bit much but it is so worth it!