Birmingham Family Photographer | Trussville Family Photographer | Fall Mini Session

I love being a Family Photographer in Alabama. This session at the Bass Pro Shops in Leeds is gorgeous! This is one of my favorite family sessions to date! The colors in this session are beautiful and the happiness is genuine! Have I mentioned seriously how much I love fall? Almost any location is gorgeous and it's all natural beautify. I love it so much. 

Fall Mini Session - Oneonta, Alabama | Birmingham Family Photographer

I loved working with the Holmes Family because they are seriously so full of adventure. If you guys know me, I am not an outdoorsy person. Not at all. But they got me to climb rocks to get to this gorgeous location. Which I am so thrilled they got me out of my comfort zone because LOOK! I mean amazing!! I am so thrilled to share his beautiful fall session with you all! 

Chasteen | Birmingham Newborn Photographer

I absolutely loved photographing with the Chasteen family in their beautiful home in Trussville, Alabama. Their son Caleb is beyond perfect. The love in this sweet family is truly felt in this images. I loved getting to know them better, and of course snuggling Caleb. :) 

Family Beach Photographer | Gulf Shores Photographer

It's really hard for me, and I know I say this allllll the time, but I seriously loved this session. This family is nothing but fun and you can tell just by the photos shared here. I always love a good beach session! <3 

Creek Session | Springville Alabama Family Photographer

Creek Session | Springville Alabama Family Photographer

I can't tell you what it is, but these creek sessions have been truly a huge deal in my creative heart of mine. I photographed the Brown Family at a beautiful secluded creek in Springville, Alabama. I love working at a location with water. The beach is always magical, the ocean is so majestic and insanely gorgeous on it's on that it's really hard to not have beautiful images there. But, these creek sessions... there is something like a homegrown feel to them. Or it is at least to me. I love capturing these sweet babies playing in the creek water and finding rocks. I guess just being able to capture these adventurous but also intimate moments near home and with my favorite thing involved, water, is so beautiful to me. I still have a special place in my heart for the Gulf that can never be replaced, but these creek sessions are becoming my second favorite location to shoot at. 

The Brown Family was so lovely to photograph. They have such a large personality as a whole and individually. And if you can't tell the littlest of this bunch is a free and adventurous spirit. Which I adore. I was such a mild and calm child that I think having one of my own that is fearless and adventurous makes it all the more fun, especially when I have a client who has a child just like my own. <3 This family is beautiful on their own, but their kind and openly inviting personalities makes them even more great. Not to mention I worked with Kayla's sister before so it was just so awesome to work with another part of the family and get to know them all. I am so thrilled to share this gallery with you all and hope you enjoy it as much as I have. 

Railroad Park & Big Spoon Creamery | Birmingham Senior Photographer

Railroad Park & Big Spoon Creamery | Birmingham Senior Photographer

I loved working with Madelyn for her senior session at Railroad Park and Big Spoon Creamery in Birmingham. Senior Photography is one of my favorite things to photograph because I truly get time to capture such a HUGE time their lives, but not only that, the personality and interests of every senior is so important to me. Madelyn is a "foodie". Which I love because.. I love food, haha! She took me to Big Spoon Creamery and it was my first visit at this location. The ice cream was incredible and the atmosphere really was unique. I loved being able to capture Madelyn's passion AND eat some of the most delicious ice cream I've ever had in my life. I find it to be so important to capture the passions of my seniors because this is the start of the rest of their lives and most keep these passions going for the rest of their lives, and even make a career out of them. Which is so important to me because I had a strong passion for photography in high school and here I am today literally working my dream job! 

Being Present: Introducing Myself

Being Present: Introducing Myself

There is a lot I want to do in my business. I want to do more creative shoots and spend more time getting to know my clients. Of course make more guides to make the experience more joyful for your sessions and things of this nature. Things that I will accomplish with time of course. One thing that really stick out in my mind, pretty much once a week is how I NEVER blog. Like ever. And I want to. I want to blog more of the sessions I shoot and I also want to blog more personal things. I love writing and I love telling people about thing I am passionate about or things that are new in my life. I don't know if people like following them as much as I like writing about them, but that probably won't stop me from writing, ha! 

I wanted to really start my blogging journey now. I have so much coming up in my life and my families lives that I want to take this moment to write and document more than just with photographs. Photographs say a lot about an experience, but sometimes I'd like to go into more detail than just what my photos express. With my second son, Charlie, arriving in the next few weeks and our journey to find our own house... this is the time I want to tell you all about my life and show you more of myself on a personal level. Hopefully also allow you all to get to know me a little more and allow me to have an outlet to share my passions with you. Mostly, photography, my family, and my plants I'm sure, ha! 

M Y  F A M I L Y

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L I A M 

As many of your know this is my little adventurous, red headed boy, Liam. He is really getting to the fun stages. He loves being outside and exploring. He loves trucks, trains, and anything that rolls pretty much. He is ALL BOY for sure! It's been exciting to see him grow and capture these moments with my camera. My whole love and passion for photography is at a new level since having Liam. I am sure it will get even bigger once Charlie arrives and capturing them both together. 

 

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E R I C

What more can I say other than I really have no idea how I'd do life without Eric. He's such an awesome Dad and husband. Like he had just called me moments ago and said how he really wants to take some of his birthday money he receives from family to buy Liam an appropriate sized soccer ball and goals because Liam can seriously kick a soccer ball and really dribble it. Which is highly impressive for a 2 year old, or at least to us it is. Like normally I'd think he'd want to use his birthday money on himself because let's face it we sometimes don't get things we want because Liam and responsibilities comes first but, he's super excited to get out there with Liam and work with him on the whole soccer thing. This man is the best. I am so glad God blessed me with him. Eric really is responsible for Neely Creative. His support is the only reason I get to do what I do! He has made ways for me to improve and pushed me to do things I would have talked myself out of doing. That's why I love him. 

 

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C H A R L I E 

Well, as you can see right now Charlie boy is still in he womb growing. It's hard for me to believe I'm only 3 weeks out from my due date! I feel like this second pregnancy has flown by. We are so excited to meet Charlie and see what blessing God has given us. I'm also excited to see Liam with a brother. Can't wait for you all to meet Charlie too! (BTW, Eric took these photos and I can't belive how good he is! I think I need to convince him to join me.)

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M A K E N Z I E

For some reason it's always SO hard to write about myself. First off, my passions are my family, photography, and gardening. I love growing things. Babies, plants, whatever I can, haha! I have an obsession with plants and I hope to get better on my veggie garden game too. I just get so much joy out of photographing life and growing life. I think it's just so incredible to watch things grow but also to document it as well. I have always been fascinated with photography and photographs. When I was a kid I also admired old photographs my grandparents had and when I was a preteen the digital camera really started becoming a thing. I would photograph things with this little kodak point and shoot my mom had. Then in high school my mom bought me a Nikon D3200 and I started following photographers websites and just admiring the different styles of photography and editing styles. So that's really when it all began. I mostly started doing my own side work in high school. Now here I am today making my dreams reality and documenting life and memories for so many other families other than my own. It's incredible. I just can't God enough for blessing me with this gift and the people I get to work with. 

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I am excited to share more about my personal life and passions with you all. I am excited to just take some time to write again, really. I know our daily lives is one of the most uninteresting things and I may have a hard to find content but I will try to find things to share and things I truly enjoy sharing to make it interesting to read. This first post really was just to introduce myself and my family to anyone who doesn't know us personally. I hope you all enjoy things I am able to share! 

Boatwright Family Session

Boatwright Family Session

If you guys know me you know I am THE WORST at blogging. I have about 3 drafts sitting here right now from last fall that I just need to write about the session and all the photos are uploaded. I apologize that I am so bad at this, ha! But I just thought while I was editing and sending this awesome session I'd go ahead and blog it too. The Boatwright family are beyond sweet. The love between these three is so amazing. I felt like I was part of the family when I was photographing them! I just wanted to share this session because, one, they are the cutest. Two, because the land we used for this session was INCREDIBLE! I hope you guys enjoyed this session as much as I did!! 

 

Stuman Family | Mini Session

Stuman Family | Mini Session

On rainy days like today I love to sit down and blog my favorite sessions. The Stuman family are one of my favorites and I love so much about this session. The colors and the love! You can tell how tight this family is. Misty and Brian are raising two awesome, kind, and handsome sons. Luke was actually in my class when I taught daycare. He was only two then! I don't even understand how he got so big so quick!! I hope you guys enjoy this session as much as I do! <3 

Rodgers Family | Fall Session

Rodgers Family | Fall Session

I love this family, y'all. These kiddos are seriously so photogenic and so sweet to each other. I love the bond between all of them and it truly shows how much love is in this sweet family. I am the worst at blogging so this session was this past fall but I am trying to step up my game and blog some of my favorite sessions from this past fall and my most recent ones as well. I hope you all enjoy these photos as much as I do! They are so precious and I still to this day love looking through these. <3 

Hanna + Brian | Gender Reveal in Gulf Shores

Hanna + Brian | Gender Reveal in Gulf Shores

Guys. This session! It was one of my favorites for sure. You put my two favorite things together: Beaches and Gender Reveals. It was so excited to find out that Hannah and Brian are having a sweet baby girl! This session was hot and humid for it to be a July beach session, but the weather was gorgeous! I looooved editing this session so much. Getting to know this family was so much fun and there is so much love here. <3 

Hannah & Houston | Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Hannah & Houston | Birmingham Botanical Gardens

I've been friends with Hannah since I was a Sophomore in High School. I met Houston, I believe, the year after I met Hannah. Not long after that Hannah and Houston met they started dating. It has been so much fun for me to watch Hannah and Houston grow individually and with each other as well. They are 6 years into their relationship and both are very ambitious to make a life together after Houston gets out of law school. Hannah just finished her first year as a Elementary School teacher. During this session I had the opportunity to ask Hannah and Houston a few questions and it gave me some of my favorite photos I've ever shot. I asked them to look over the last 6 years together. I asked them to think of all the things they have been together, good or bad. All the emotions, whether it be happy, sad, or angry. Both of them just looked at each other and all I could see was dedication and love in their eyes. Hannah and Houston are so lovely and I am so very blessed that they allowed me to get some awesome moments of them together. 

 

The Day I Became a Mother

The Day I Became a Mother

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Almost a year ago I became a mother. To say it has been almost a year seems surreal to me because it has happened in a blink of an eye. I know the cliche thing to say is "don't blink", but I mean it. Looking back on this day and sharing it with you is special, but also very emotional. This day is a day that will forever stick out in my memory as one of the most incredible days in my life, of course, next to marrying my husband, Eric. 

I was going on 3 days past my due date and I told my doctor I wanted to be induced before the fourth of July due to not interfering with family vacations so everyone could meet my boy while I was at the hospital because when I got home I wanted to just adjust to the new life with Eric and Liam. My doctor understood and we decided that two days later, 5 days late, that I would be induced on June 30th, unless I went into labor beforehand. I agreed and we set the date for me to come in at five in the morning on the 30th. The night before I was supposed to be induced I made sure everything was packed and Eric and I went over the morning drill. I wanted to make sure we had a game plan set because I didn't want to forget anything or be late. So we decided to go to bed around 8:30 that night because we had no idea what was in store for us or how much sleep we were about to lose. I was so anxious and nervous I laid there for hours just thinking. Finally, I fell asleep around 11. Then, at 1:30 I woke up with contractions. 

I laid there thinking, "This can't be real. This can't be real." I felt like they were so close together. I started freaking out. So, I got my phone out and started counting the minutes between the contractions. It started out at 10 minutes. I was like, "AH!" Then I thought back to what people told me that unless it's 7 minutes or less there is no reason to jump up and got to the hospital. So I just laid there. Then I felt like they were even closer. So I timed it again. They were 8 minutes apart. So I started keeping time. And within 30 minutes they were 5 minutes a part. I nudged Eric and told him, " Hey, uh... I think we need to go to the hospital. My contractions are 5 minutes apart." He was half asleep and said, "Okay." and then didn't move. I smacked him and said, "WE NEED TO GO TO THE HOSPITAL! I AM HAVING CONTRACTIONS FIVE MINUTES APART!" He shot up out of bed and ran and jumped in the shower. I started getting things together and was getting ready to head out in a hurry. We called and informed everyone on our way to the hospital and everyone was freaking out because I wasn't supposed to be there until 5 and it was only 2:30. 

On the way to the hospital I became at complete peace as we worshiped and prayed. Listening to Hillsong and just praising the Lord for the little bitty life that he was about to reveal to us. The little human he created in my womb was about to be in the world and we were so excited. I can remember just feeling so peaceful even during my contractions. It is so wild to think about how calm I was during the whole process. We arrived at the hospital at 3:30 a.m. and they already had our room fixed for us to arrive at 5. My mom arrived not too long after we did and the process began. As we waited for me to dilate to so many centimeters family started rolling in and the contractions started to get worse. I think at 6 cm they gave me my epidural. And I thank the good Lord above for it too. After that everything was smooth. I was not in pain and I felt like having a baby. It was seriously great I highly recommend it, ha. Around 12 I think the nurse told me we needed to start pushing. I started to get nervous, but I had my husband and mother in there so I felt a little okay about it. 

I initially didn't want my mom in there, but I am glad I did have her. My husband told me the day of to have my mom because I will one day wish I did have her, and he was so right. Having my mom in the room was awesome and I am glad she was in there. So, we started pushing. I was feeling some pain, but I toughed it out. I was about to meet my son and see his face and that's all I wanted at that moment. I pushed maybe 30 minutes when finally the nurse said, "Uh... I think he's about to come out let me get some help in here." The other nurses weren't in there but maybe 10 minutes when one of them told me I need to hold in the baby as long as I could because they needed my doctor to come down. I told them I can't hold him in and they were gonna have to deliver the baby. And a minute later, he arrived! 

My sweet little 7 lbs 2 oz, red headed baby boy appeared in my arms seconds later and I was in love instantly. I couldn't believe I was staring into my son's face. After months of wondering what he would look like, if he would look like me or Eric, if he would be a mix of us both. I was looking at the most precious little face and he looked like both of us. To this day sometime I catch myself watching him play and I just feel an overwhelming sense of joy come over me and that is how I felt the entire day, and pretty much weeks after Liam was born. 

When Liam was born he has a small amount of fluid in his lungs and family was not allowed to hold him most of the day he was born. He had to do skin to skin with me and I was sad that no one else could hold him, but I was also thrilled I got to snuggle him pretty much his full first day on this earth. It was such a sweet time. Thank goodness, Liam was fine hour later and they said he was able to be held by all family members. 

Flash forward to today and I have this beautiful, playful little 10 month old who is into anything and everything he can find to be into. He is so big and grown. He blesses me every single day with all that he is learning and all that he does. Liam has been such an incredible baby that I honestly don't even know where to begin on thanking the Lord for such an incredible and sweet baby. So, here I am on my first mother's day just soaking in every little ounce of Liam I can because time is flying by. Looking back on the day he was born seems like it was just a few days ago, but when I look at my child he is not looking like a baby anymore. He is starting to walk and can feed himself finger foods. He loves crawling and climbing. He jibber jabbers and giggles. He chases our sweet Ira dog around the house and runs from her when she wants to lick his face. He loves Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and anytime the Hot Diggity Dog song comes on he has to stop what he's doing to watch it. So many sweet things that he does that by this time next year I will be emotional over because he will be so grown by then as well. Every mother's day my son is going to give me new things to be proud about and I am excited to make sure every mother's day I am proud to be his Mama. 

 

Garrett + Katlyn | Prom on Morris Ave

Garrett + Katlyn | Prom on Morris Ave

Guys. This shoot! Not only did I have so much fun shooting these photos, but I also had so much fun editing them. I have been dying to share these with you all! I hope you enjoy them as much as I have! <3 

Good Friday!

Good Friday!

“For as Jonah was in the belly of the great fish for three days and three nights, so will the Son of Man be in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights.”

— Matthew 12:40

Welcome!

Hello every one! 

I welcome you to the Neely Creative blog! This is going to be a lot of fun for me! I love writing. Before I decided to settle down and become a wife and mom I had a dream of being a comedy writer. Of course you will see I am not 100% grammatically correct, and this is totally not the same as writing a sketch for a funny video. ;) Either way, this is exciting for me to let you in to see a lot of my work, and of course some of my personal life through photos! 

I wanted to explain to you what you're going to be mostly seeing on my blog. I will be sharing my photo session in full on my blog. This will be fun for anyone who is wanting to share their photos on their Facebook and just hasn't been able to upload their session yet. My blog will also feature a lot of my personal photos of my family that I share on my personal Facebook page. For example, in my personal life I am doing the 365 Photo Challenge. I will probably share my photos on here every month for you all to see! 

This is exciting for me to get started. I love sharing my work, and this will be a much more organized way of doing so. :) Anyway, I hope you enjoy! It's going to be awesome!