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Beach Session Previews | Orange Beach Lifestyle Family Photographer | Gulf Shores Lifestyle Family Photographer | Gulf Shores Family Photographer |

I don’t question why God sends me the clients He does, but for this session, I did…

I have clients from all walks of life. I love the diversity of my clients and how even though they are all different, I get to capture their families for who they are and they can have images that show the love they share. I pray that God sends me clients I need to have to bless them with images that they can cherish for years to come. But, this year when I was thinking over my goals for 2019, God spoke something to me for my business. He told me to capture the His faithfulness, His love, and the stories of hope of His people. When Heather sent me a message for a beach session, it was not like my normal messages. She told me that she lost her daughter, Adalyn, at 8 months old and everywhere they go a beautiful pink and purple sunset follows them and it reminds her of her sweet baby girl. She wanted to capture this with her family as they traveled from Michigan to Gulf Shores, AL. I, of course, wanted to do this for them because I knew God was sending me a story and testimony to share. Before I continue with how much I adore this session and how amazing it was, let me share a little about Adalyn with you all and the amazing things the West family is doing with Adalyn’s legacy she left here on earth.

On September 21st, 2016 Adalyn West was born. It was the most special moment of her parents lives. Shortly after birth, she started struggling to breath and her oxygen saturation was lower than it should be. The family’s lives turned upside-down at that moment. Within a couple of hours, Adalyn was transferred to another hospital, and there they discovered her heart condition. They would discover over the next days and months, that Adalyn had Scimitar Syndrome, a very rare type of Partial Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return. Even though she had a laundry list of diagnosis, you would never know it by looking at her. There was something special about Adalyn…there was this light surrounding her, and they call it her sparkle. It was undeniable, and something you couldn’t ignore. She also had a way of looking into your soul, with her big beautiful blue eyes. This amazing little girl, with her bright hairbows, perfect little nose, eyebrows that could hold their own conversation with you, and a beautiful smile that could light up a room, was the most courageous fighter in all the world. She had 3 open heart surgeries, five heart catheterizations, numerous MRI’s, CT scans, and countless procedures. She was their little hero. She taught them the most important things about life in her 8 months than most people learn or experience in a lifetime. On May 18, 2017, they had to say their earthly goodbyes and they promised Adalyn that they would fight in her name for other children with CHD.

With all of this said, this brings me back to this session. I don’t question why God sends me the clients He does, but for this session I did. I did because Adalyn’s story and THIS SESSION literally touched my soul. And normally I’m not one to use these terms. This family was so kind, loving, and incredibly in touch with the present. Bring present with one another was so apparent with them, it’s rare to see this today. They are so affectionate and even the children was in tune with the strong amount of love. You could sense it. I captured this family exactly as they are. Once you see these images you will know exactly what I am talking about. The pinks and purples the family are wearing are significant. They wear these colors in memory of Adalyn’s full and beautiful life. I thought it was so important to note that because I feel like these colors add something so special to the images below.

As far as Adalyn’s story goes, she showed me last night. Yesterday was completely overcast here at the Gulf. I was devastated driving to the session as I wasn’t able to provide the sunset photos Heather was wanting. I told her I was going to add a overlay background because I was so sad I couldn’t give her what she was wanting for Adalyn’s story. You guys aren’t going to believe this…. the last five minutes of this session… the clouds moved out and a sunset came out. I kid you not, A SUNSET CAME OUT WHEN WE HAD NOTHING BUT CLOUDS ALL DAY LONG. God and Adalyn gave us such a gift last night. The last picture is of that sunset with Adalyn’s Dad, Mom, and Little Sister. I appreciate the West Family for allowing me to capture their family vacation, and not only that but to share Adalyn’s story.

I want to share with you all that if you would like to read more about Adalyn’s legacy and the amazing things the West family are doing to carry on her life and also to make awareness please see the links below to get involved. The West Family does many acts of kindness and works to help others who are also going through the same things they have. Please visit the link below to find out more about how you can get involved!

https://www.teamadalyn.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pg/Team-Adalyn-655053564682537/about/?ref=page_internal


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| Birmingham Lifestyle Family Photographer | Trussville Lifestyle Family Photographer | Springville Lifestyle Family Photographer | Gadsden Lifestyle Family Photographer |

I am so happy my friend Megan asked me to photograph her and her beautiful daughter. Megan is also a photographer of Megan Sisson Photography and she is one of my sweetest friends. I am thankful that Megan and I have become friends over this past year. She’s by far one of the kindest, funniest, and talented people I’ve met. I am grateful for a community around me that is so supportive and also let’s me photograph their family whenever, haha!

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Birmingham Botanical Gardens | Birmingham Lifestyle Family Photographer | Trussville Lifestyle Family Photographer | Springville Lifestyle Family Photographer | Gadsden Lifestyle Family Photographer |

I love working with my friends, but especially when they are photographers too. My sweet friend, Lindsey Bradford, of Lindsey Bradford Photography is beautiful and talented and I am so glad she allows me to always photograph her beautiful family. This session was by far one of my favorites this spring. The wildflowers are Botanical Gardens are insanely beautiful! It will for sure be a spot I use every year. <3

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Payton Maternity Previews | Birmingham Lifestyle Family Photographer | Trussville Lifestyle Family Photographer | Springville Lifestyle Family Photographer | Gadsden Lifestyle Family Photographer |

Yesterday, I had the honors of photographing the Hays’ at Birmingham Botanical Gardens in such a special time in their lives. They are just weeks away from meeting their sweet baby girl! Welcoming your fist child into the world is such a fun, exciting, and also uncertain time. You are so ready to meet this little person, this little stranger, who you’ve been wanting to see for 9 months. You are excited to see her, but at the same time the uncertainty of parenthood is in the back of your mind. Not knowing what comes next. What giving birth will be like, what do you do when you come back home and it’s just you two with this tiny little human? But what’s also so funny in this time is you find that God has instilled these natural instincts for you to have. As a mother you just know this person so well that you just met. Even though you just met, you know everything this little one needs and it comes from you. Your body and your being was built for this. God doesn't make mistakes and he didn’t make a mistake by giving you this child. Being a new mom is a crazy experience, but it’s the most rewarding thing you will ever do. Payton, I am so excited to see you come into this role and how awesome of a mom you are going to be! I know you are going to be so blessed by this sweet baby and you two are going to be awesome parents! Congratulations!!

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LYLE WEDDING PREVIEWS | MATHEWS MANOR | BIRMINGHAM WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER | SPRINGVILLE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER | TRUSSVILLE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER | ALABAMA WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER |

There might have been a little rain in Springville, Alabama at Mathews Manor yesterday, but that didn’t stop Brittany and Matt from having a fantastic wedding day! These two really know had to just roll with it! Everything was beautiful and thank the Good Lord above that it did stop raining for us to grab a few images of these two before their beautiful reception. And I might be a little bias, but having your wedding on May 4th and going with the Star Wars theme for the day is pretty awesome.

My prayer for this beautiful couple is that they continue to grow closer to The Lord and each other. That their 3 beautiful boys see what love is by the example they set for them by loving one another. That God’s love, peace, and grace is with them all the days of their lives.

Now introducing… Mr. and Mrs. Lyle!

HOWARD WEDDING PREVIEWS | BIRMINGHAM WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER | GADSDEN WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER | SPRINGVILLE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER |

When Michelle sent me a message earlier this week and asked would I be interested in shooting her adorable courthouse wedding I said, HECK YES. And I’m so glad I did because it was perfect. Seriously a huge Congratulations to this sweet family. The live between these two as a couple is magical, but adding in the live for their precious baby girl is just icing on the cake. Now, introducing, Mr. and Mrs. Howard! ❤️

Beckham Newborn Previews | BIRMINGHAM NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHER | BIRMINGHAM LIFESTYLE FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER | GADSDEN LIFESTYLE FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER | SPRINGVILLE LIFESTYLE FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER |

Yesterday I got to spend time with the sweetest little baby. Y’all, this is Beckham and he’s so cute I can’t even handle it. Such a big thank you to Ashley and Gabe for allowing me to document such a special time in their lives. Welcoming a new baby is seriously so special and so important to document. Ashley and Gabe are killing it in the parent game right now and I am so thrilled for them. I can’t wait to share more of this sweet session. It was seriously so much fun and keeps my baby fever rolling thats for sure. <3

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!

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Dickson Maternity Previews at Birmingham Botanical Gardens | BIRMINGHAM LIFESTYLE FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER | TRUSSVILLE LIFESTYLE FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER | SPRINGVILLE LIFESTYLE FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER |

A new baby is like the beginning of all things wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities.    

Eda J. Le Shan

I had such a wonderful time with the Dickson Family this past Sunday. Casey and her husband, Matthew, are expecting a sweet little boy in a few weeks!! I might be a little bias, but boys are awesome! Haha! Even though it was FREEEEZING Sunday we had such a great time and got some gorgeous photos. Their youngest daughter, Ava, was such a hoot. She reminds me of my oldest son, so full of personality and totally fearless. But, she has a huge heart for her Mama and Daddy. I am so excited for this sweet baby boy and this family. Praying many blessings over Casey’s pregnancy and the birth of their sweet boy.

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Alabama Wedding Photographer | Birmingham Wedding Photographer | Gulf Shores Wedding Photographer | Orange Beach Wedding Photographer |

I photographed Ashton + Joshua at the always beautiful Birmingham Botanical Gardens for their engagement session. Their wedding is this fall and I only found it so fitting that the Gardens had this insanely gorgeous yellow tree. I love fall because of this reason, the insane colors.

I love capturing my couples just as they are in this moment of their lives. Only because when you look back on the photos together you will have grown so much over the years and your lives will be so totally different. New careers, new houses, new cars, kids, more kids, and with all of this comes time, wisdom, and growth in your love. Ashton and Joshua have been together for a while so I know they already see a strong growth in their relationship and themselves together and separately.

Finding the person to spend the rest of your life with truly is a God given gift. Embrace the journey and all that comes with it.

“But let there be spaces in your togetherness and let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love: let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.“
Khalil Gibran

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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Christmas with the Slaughter Family | Preview | Birmingham, Trussville, and Springville Family Children Lifestyle Photographer |

If it’s not already apparent… I adore this family. I mean this is the most kind hearted family I’ve ever met. These babies are so precious too if you can’t already tell! I am so happy Heather allowed me to come capture these moments of her family for Christmas. Heather and Shannon sing bluegrass when they aren’t busy being parents and their special Christmas tradition is to sing Christmas carols as a family. It is so sweet and I loved watching the kids sing with their parents. It was so special to capture these moments . I can’t wait to edit the rest of the session!!

Merry Christmas!