Posts in Documentary Photography
Gray | Family Documentary | Fairhope Family Photographer | Fairhope Alabama

I truly love family documentary sessions. They are hands down my favorite thing to capture. Having a family welcome me into their home and be completely raw and real with me while I’m clicking away is just beautiful.

Christy reached out to me and explained how much she really wanted everyday life photos of her and her family. She and her family had recently moved to the Fairhope, Alabama from Canada and she wanted some photos of her with her family in their new house just doing their thing. She went on to explain that she has maybe a handful of photos of her with her kids and how she desperately wanted some of her just adoring her children doing all of the mundane things that they do on a daily basis. That’s when I immediately felt connected to her because us moms are usually the ones taking photos. I knew I had to get those moments her.

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What to wear to your next family session. | Fairhope Family Photographer | Fairhope Alabama


What should I wear to my session?

I get asked all the time by clients when preparing for their upcoming session. As a photographer, it’s not only my job to capture the moments that will reveal themselves during your session. But it is also my job to help you look and feel beautiful.

So here are a few tips to help make your next session less stressful and more fun.

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Manes | Lifestyle Family Session in Downtown Fairhope, Alabama | Fairhope Family Photographer

The Manes Family contacted me and told me that they were coming into Fairhope, Alabama for a little quick getaway. They loved everything about the charm that Fairhope had to offer and wanted a laid back lifestyle family session right in the heart of Fairhope. Fairhope, Alabama is truly one in a million. It’s currently growing at a raid rate, but even through all of the growth, this little town hasn’t lost any charm or southern hospitality. It’s proudly holding onto its roots. I’m so lucky to call this place my home.

So when the Manes finally came into town, we discovered that Tropical Storm Gordon was to make landfall any day. We quickly checked our schedules and the weather radar and decided an early morning session in downtown Fairhope was best so we could avoid all of what Mother Nature had in store of us later.

The Manes Family was quite honestly fun. From getting breakfast at our local bookstore, Page and Palette, to strolling around and window shopping in some of our famous little shops.

It’s sessions like these that I’m so grateful and blessed to have families that trust me to capture and document their memories. Sessions don’t have to be stiff. Just bring your family, a whole lot of love and I’ll add the fun. The simple things are what memories are made of.

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Harper | Family Documentary | Orange Beach, Alabama Family Documentary Photographer

I was honored to have been able to document the Duncan and Harper Family beach trip this past week. Elizabeth, who is a photographer herself in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, contacted me and I immediately said yes! I was truly honored that another photographer would want me to capture her and her family enjoying their vacation.

I met Elizabeth and her family in Orange Beach, Alabama. Her mother, father, sister and her family were already at the beach soaking up the sun. The beach was packed full of beach goers enjoying their day by the sea. Elizabeth’s son was quick to jump in and find sea shells. It was such a fun day!

By the end of the afternoon, I felt so connected to this sweet family. Being able to document their annual vacation to Orange Beach was so special. As a mom and a photographer I was happy for Elizabeth because she plays double duty when it comes to capturing her family’s moments. This time, she was able to not only be in the photos, but to enjoy the day.

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Martin | Family Documentary | Fairhope Alabama Family Documentary Photographer

Home is where the pool is.

Fairhope, Alabama

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Lindell | Family Documentary | Fairhope, Alabama Family Documentary Photographer

Rachel wanted to document her family one last time in the home that meant the most to her. This was the first home her and husband bought together. This was the home that welcomed both of her children. This was the home that helped start their story.

Rachel loved her front yard. She told me that her family had lots of picnics, relaxation, and every inch of that yard has been full of laughter. So we spent the entire afternoon reminiscing on special memories that her family shared in that house, playing, and eating popsicles. It was a laid back fun afternoon. No schedule, no prompts. Just hanging out and letting the day unfold.

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Rutter | lifestyle newborn | Fairhope Newborn Photographer

Embrace the Chaos and Choose Joy.

Fairhope, Alabama

Fairhope Family and Newborn Photographer | Caitlen Babb Photography

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Middleton | Fresh 48 at Thomas Hospital | Fairhope Newborn Photographer

All their life in this world and all their adventures had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on forever: in which every chapter is better than the one before.

- C.S. Lewis, The Last Battle

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Dunne | In home lifestyle newborn session | Fairhope Newborn + Family Photographer


This is it mama. Slow down and breathe.

Take every sight & sound in. Study each detail and remember each face.

This lovely season of life goes by too quickly, so don't forget the little things.

Embrace them.

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Gardner | Family Documentary | Fairhope Family Photographer

One day we will look back on days like this and realize that the little things mattered a lot more than we ever thought.

-Morgan Harper Nichols

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It won't be like this forever. | Lifestyle and Family Documentary | Fairhope Family Photographer

It won’t be like this forever.

The days are long, but the years are short. Really short.

Being a mother is hard. Motherhood doesn’t come with vacation days or even sick days. It’s hard to describe but even through the sweat and tears, there is a a kind of joy, a joy that only a mother could really understand. It’s 3 AM feedings, scrapped knee kisses, and the ‘one more song mama’ even though you have already sang twenty.

It’s an unconditional love.

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Here I am. | Fairhope Lifestyle and Family Documentary Photographer

More of this in 2019.

More of them,  
My family will come first more than ever this year. I will be sharing more of them too. They are my muses. My inspiration. They are the reason I love what I do.

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Almond | Family Documentary | Fairhope Family Photographer

When the Almonds contacted me about doing a family documentary session, I was beyond excited! Family Documentary is my favorite genre of photography. The simplicity and authenticity of it all is not only exciting as a photographer, but as a mom, its extremely heartwarming and beautiful.

Unscripted, unposed, real moments. Those are the moments that last forever.

So after discussing what the day in the life at the Almonds house consisted of we decided to go for a #targetrun.

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What is Family Documentary? | Fairhope Family Photographer

Family Documentary is an upcoming genre that is unposed and unscripted. Instead of buying new outfits and meeting me at a gorgeous location, I will come to you where you let me in and capture perfect moments that tell your family story.

These sessions are my absolute favorite because they are so real and true. There is so much beauty in the everyday moments and these moments need to be celebrated and documented because you are enough, just the way you are.

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The Bennett's | Family Documentary | Fairhope Family Photographer

Since it's Thursday, I figured I do a little throw back to one of my favorite sessions I had last year.

Family Documentary is something that I LOVE sooo much. These sessions are real and authentic. I approach these sessions like as if I am a 'fly on the wall.'  These sessions are not posed and are unscripted. I capture everything from the sweet snuggles to the full blown out temper tantrums.

These sessions mirror what I capture of my own family and I think that is why I love them so much because I am giving my clients something real. Something they will be able to look back and remember how those days really use to be. 

I had a couple of these sessions last year, but one that sticks out the most is my time with Ric and Lauren Bennett.

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Where Have All The Cowboys Gone? | Fairhope Family Photographer

Since it's a New Year, I figure I would write a little introduction about yours truly.  I'm so blessed to be able to do what I love to do. And since I consider all of my clients my friends, why not let all of my friends get to know me a little better?

There's really no easy way to start and I'm completely awkward when it comes to introductions. Not to mention, despite being an english major in college, I'm the absolute worst at spelling and grammatical errors.  You have been warned.

....So here it goes.

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