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Mommy + Me Session Previews | Birmingham Botanical Gardens | BIRMINGHAM LIFESTYLE FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER | GADSDEN LIFESTYLE FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER | SPRINGVILLE LIFESTYLE FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER |

I had the opportunity to photograph so many beautiful Mama’s yesterday at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. I decided to do these sessions because I know how easy it is for me to get photos with my babies, and I believe every mother should have photos made with her kiddos and no the one making the photo! Each one of these moms has such a beautiful and unique relationship with her children. Each child loves their mother just the same. So thrilled to share just a few previews with you all! Here’s to all the beautiful, brave, strong, and incredible mamas!

Reynolds Maternity Session Preview | Birmingham Family Photographer | Avondale, Alabama

I had such a great time photographing Alex and Levi for their maternity session in Birmingham! They are like a breathe of fresh air. They just enjoy each other and life. I love maternity sessions. My new parents are always so fun to photograph. So much adventure in front of them and they really don’t know what their future holds but they are so excited regardless.

I love shooting in downtown Birmingham because even in the winter this location is so beautiful. Something is so magical about Birmingham in the winter. I am so glad so many couples choose this location. You can see from the photos how beautiful it truly is.

Birmingham Lifestyle Family Photographer | Trussville Alabama Lifestyle Photographer | Springville Lifestyle Photographer

I had a chance to photograph the Gonzalez family in Birimgham. Their family was so close and so sweet together during the entire session. Even with the adventurous toddlers at hand they still showed so much love for their parents.

Things like this are so special to me to document. I want to make sure I can capture those moments for all my families to remember these babies at this age. Adventurous, tender, innocent, and yet again so brave and full of courage at such a young age. That is what I want my kids to see in their photos and what I want your children’s to look back and remember as well. Love, adventure, and comfort.

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Reflection.

As 2018 comes to a end I think back on all that I have experienced, accomplished, learned, and also failed. This year was a true journey of self discovery. Right after having my second son, Charlie, I really questioned if I could juggle it all. I became overwhelmed, but extremely thankful all at the same time. My emotions were scattered as I was worried I couldn’t mange my family life and a business. Of course with much prayer and so much support from my husband I made it through. This season has been a hard one. I still am learning to manage my time between two babies, keep my business rolling, and also keep laundry and house work under control (this truly is last on my list. I hate laundry.)

This morning I was laying in bed looking at Charlie sleeping and just reflecting on this year trying to not give myself the mom guilt by how much I’ve missed on photographing him this season because I’ve been so busy with work. I was reminded of how little I get behind the camera with them. Which is so silly because that truly is my heart. My passion is to capture families exactly as they are. Sure, I know every one of my families loves dressing in their finest clothes and all he colors and patterns coordinate perfectly. You brush your child’s hair for picture day even though they had yogurt stuck in it for two days prior to that. I get it. Trust me I do. I want nice photos of us too. But I also want the ones that one day my kids will look back and get sense of comfort and love in their soul because it reminds them of their childhood. They don’t remember the yogurt that was stuck in their hair for two days. They remember how mom always bought their favorite yogurt for a snack. They remember that even though they didn’t match you let them pick out their favorite pjs. They remember snuggling in bed first thing in the morning and watching a movie just because we could.

I got emotional thinking how I want my kids to have photos of me doing those things with them. Even if my hair hasn’t been washed in two days and I look like a mess. I want them to have that forever. I might literally suck at putting together their baby books, but they will have their memories in photos. And it will be REAL, RAW, and AUTHENTIC. That’s not just my goal for my kids, friends. It’s for yours too. Your sessions are not for your Facebook friends. They are not to make your family look perfect. They are to make you look exactly like you are. Even if you are a mess like me. I love the mess. I love the craziness. I love the REAL you. I want your kids to look back on the photos I take for you and remember exactly what they remember as their childhood. Not the fake smiles dressed in your sundays best. I want you to look back and remember the love and emotions. I want them to look back and remember the smell of their home and how much they loved being the age they are in those photos. That’s my true goal for your family photos, friends. I am so excited for 2019 and to see what God has in store!

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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 

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. 

 

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