It weighs so heavily on my heart as a photographer to talk about the part of photography that I am most passionate about. Lifestyle photography is so much more than a portrait.

As a mom you may feel overwhelmed taking care of your babies, children and toddlers, but I am confident of this. ONE DAY, you will wish you were overwhelmed again. Overwhelmed of having their arms around you pulling every ounce of love out of you, overwhelmed by their need of you to be in their life every waking or (sleeping) moment, and overwhelmed by them constantly saying “mom, mom, mom!”.  Mom’s, please don’t be so obsessed with having magazine picture perfect shots of your children. They may capture beauty, but they don’t really capture character in the same way. Lifestyle photography captures motherhood and childhood as it REALLY is… from snuggling up reading books, to swimming or even tantrums or spilled cereal! You will miss this time and one day you will want to look back through a book of photos that shows not only your children but your relationship with them and you can re-live them being in your arms again and loving you more than anyone else in the world. Remember how wedding photography evolved from stiff posed shots, to amazing candid and romantic shots? I have nothing against a few posed shots to show what everyone looks like but I think the majority of the photos should show more than that. Lets not wait any longer to get photography to evolve to the much better “lifestyle” photography.

I can count on one hand the times that someone has asked me to do a lifestyle session. This HAS to change! I am wanting to evolve my photography into what I care most about. Preserving your REAL memories with your children. So, please take the chance and on your next session, ask me to come document your family! You will wonder why you didn’t do it sooner and I PROMISE you won’t have one regret!

We all have a different story. I have 6 sons, and so a whole lot of my own lifestyle photos include wrestling and video games! Haha

 

Some examples of Lifestyle sessions can be:

Just a normal day in your everyday life

A swim day with the kids

A day at the beach

Capturing the holidays

A special tradition that you and your family enjoy…

 

 

This was a sweet family I photographed several years ago but it’s still one of my favorite sessions. We documented a morning in their lives with their two sweet kids!

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This is the “stone cold” expression my 2 year old gets quite often. Love his serious self!

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This is my oldest with his baby brother. He loves his little brothers and they love him!

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Playing in the yard! This was themed session with a lifestyle approach.

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Dad of the year! Little Gabe thinks so anyway!

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Cousins hanging out in the ocean!

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A little arts and craft time!

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Wrestling wars break out in my house all the time!

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Sometimes the little guys can’t quite hang…

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My sister Kim with her kids, getting ready for Christmas. Her boys break out the instruments all the time at her house and we get to enjoy their talent!

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Just a little Thanksgiving Eve game of Pie in the Face.

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We have a tradition that we call the “all nighter”. On Thanksgiving Eve the boys stay up the whole night smoking turkeys with their cousins and playing games.

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What a sweet couple and awesome day! Leslie and Justin have been so great to work with and I enjoyed being able to capture their wedding day. I met Leslie last year through photographing her family and then her best friend’s wedding and it has been so great being able to now photograph her wedding! Here are a few photos from the day! Congratulations, Leslie and Justin and thank you so much for having me!

 

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These girls just never run out of cuteness! I have loved photographing them since they were born! They have such a different personalties and it is so fun capturing it! We tried setting up a lemonade stand and sitting the girls in the grass but Addalyn was NOT on board with that plan! She acted like we were torturing her when her feet would hit the grass! lol

So we ended up improvising with a rocking chair which she tolerated just fine. Meanwhile Brooklyn was completely chill the whole time. Even when we gave her lemons, she didn’t even scrunch up her face once. She actually got so mad at us when we tried to take away her lemon! haha Addalyn on the other hand was giving sour faces right and left! Their favorite part of the shoot was the pool, and the cookies at the end were a close second!

 

 

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What a gorgeous day at the beach for a wedding! Jordana captured Julie and Matt’s wedding at St. George Island and said it was so great working with the two of them! Looking through these photos makes me want to be at the beach! I love Julie’s dress blowing in the wind and all of the blue clouds in the background. I am so happy to share a few photos from their wedding day!

 

 

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I am so happy that Jennifer and Tyler had me photograph their beautiful wedding! It was such a fun day and we captured so many great moments! We finished bride and groom photos literally seconds before the rain poured! Here is a sneak peak of the day!

 

 

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May 30, 2017 in Newborns

My cousin Rachel just had her 3rd baby and I was excited to come and photograph his newborn session! Rachel’s house is perfect for photography. Lots of light and gorgeous textures everywhere! Here are a few favorited form his session.

 

 

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It was a gorgeous day at Gin Creek and Josh and Amanda were just awesome to work with! I loved spending the day with them, capturing their wedding. They have the most adorable little baby girl, Amelia! She was a big part of the day as well and so we have plenty of photos of her too :) . Thank you Amanda and Josh for having me!

 

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Jamie and Samuel’s wedding day was so relaxed and enjoyable. There wasn’t the usual crazy business that surrounds a typical wedding. The scenery of Pebble Hill matched with the weather to create the perfect day! I am so happy to finally share a few photos from their lovely, spring wedding!

 

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What a beautiful wedding and sweet couple! Jessi and Bear have been so awesome to work with! I loved looking through the photos that Jordana captured! Jessi has the most beautiful smile and such a  light in her eyes! Jordana was telling me how photogenic she was and clearly she was right! Thank you so much for having us document your day, Jessi and Bear! It has been such a pleasure!

 

 

 

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I have really had fun photographing Amanda and Travis! I shot their engagement session a few months back on their farm and it was gorgeous property. Their wedding was outdoors and out in the country as well! I am so excited to share some of the sweet moments captured from their wedding day!

 

 

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