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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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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.    

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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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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.

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!

Falkner Family | Birmingham Family Photographer | Springville, Alabama

So funny story about this sweet family… I talked with Laura before her session and of course I knew she had girls. I knew she had 4. What I didn’t know is two of them were twins!! This was my first session EVER with twins and it was so awesome. This family is beyond sweet and the 2 oldest girls are incredible sisters! I loved meeting and working with the Falkner Family! I actually had the joy of working the other side of the Falkner family a couple weeks after this session! It was so great to meet the entire family! I will be blogging that session soon as well.

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. 

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. 

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