Posts in Family 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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Robertson | Lifestyle Family | Fairhope Family Photographer

Celeste and I were complete strangers until Monday afternoon. We both just happened to be at the same beach and at the same time

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Koehler | Lifestyle Family in Downtown Fairhope Alabama | Fairhope Family Photographer

Allison contacted a couple of weeks ago and said her and her family will be traveling from West Virginia and staying in Fairhope for a couple of days to visit family. During her stay she wanted to capture the charm of our sweet little town with some family photos. Her son was going to turn two and she wanted to document this little time before his birthday.

I was not only honored that she asked me to do this, but I was thrilled to do this for her. She was so sweet and kind and I knew our session was going to be lovely.

I love lifestyle sessions. Especially sessions like Allisons. No fuss, no props, just great conversation and authentic emotion. Plus, this town of mine has a lot to offer and is a beautiful backdrop for photos.. Why not take advantage and explore the town!

We strolled and window shopped, took the iconic clock photograph that is truly a must for locals and visitors a like, and ended our session at Mr. Genes Beans Ice cream shop.

It was a wonderful afternoon and I walked away feeling like Allison and her family were more like friends than clients.

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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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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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Eason | Fresh 48 | Fairhope Newborn Photographer

Meet Bowen. 

This sweet adorable little babe is just too cute for words.  

I was so touched and honored to have been able to capture this moment for the Eason's. 

The Eason's and I met earlier this year when I captured a mama and me session for Jordan and her son, Barrett. We quickly realized that Zach and my husband served alongside in the Alabama National Guard. It was a fun moment between us all!

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Williams Family | Fairhope Family Photographer

I've known Caroline and Greg for many years now. In fact, we went to high school together! My husband and Greg graduated together and Caroline and myself were one year apart. Not to mention, Greg and my husband, Andrew, are both Captains in the National Guard and are both police officers at the same department! Caroline and I have been friends for almost 7 years now, she was even my matron of honor at my wedding. 

So needless to say, I love this family.

Our session couldn't have gone better. The light was AMAZING that evening, Caroline had all of her boys so well dressed, and everything just fell into place. 

Their session was simply perfect. 

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Sudduth | Fairhope Newborn Photographer

I met Caitlin two years ago at Thomas Hospital in Fairhope, Alabama. If you know me personally, than you know that the past 4 years have been pretty tough on me and my family. My first son, Patrick, was born at 26 weeks due to me having severe pre-eclampsia and post-HELLP syndrome and we have dealt with a lot of medical issues since then. 

Fast forward to two years ago. We were trying every which way to help my son to not only talk but to eat. Early Intervention recommended we go see a feeding specialist, so we asked our doctor for a recommendation to help us find a specialist.

 Enter Caitlin.

Caitlin became my family's hero. She gave my son the confidence and tools to not only talk but to eat. She also gave us a referral to see another specialist to laser off a tongue tie that we had no idea he even had! Caitlin will always have a special place in my family's heart. She helped give my son a chance and helped him to not get left behind.  How do you know not love someone like that. 

So when Caitlin told me she was expecting and asked me to take her newborn portraits of her son, I immediately said yes! After all that she had done for my son Patrick, I knew I wanted to capture this precious time for her. 

When I arrived at our session, we chatted about what moms chat about-our kids. We laughed and exchanged parenthood tips. She was truly glowing during the entire session.

Motherhood looks beautiful on her.

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VanNahmen Family | Fairhope Family Photographer

I met Cathy and her family the day after Easter in Orange Beach. The weather couldn't have been more perfect. Not only was the weather amazingly beautiful, but the beach was surprisingly quiet and only a handful of people were there. Everything was perfect. The VanNahem's family session was my first session back after having my third child and I was so excited to hear that Cathy found me on instagram and wanted me to take their vacation photos. Nothing makes me happier than to know I'm capturing memories for someone. 

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Cauley | Lifestyle Mother & Daughter | Fairhope Family Photographer

There is something special about the bond between a mother and daughter. As a mother of two boys and another boy due very soon, I personally love capturing the moments between a mother and daughter. I love watching the bond that is constantly blooming. A bond that will blossom into a forever friendship.

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Grissom | Fairhope Family Photographer

Meet the Grissom Family.

 

I had SO much fun hanging out with this family. We laughed, played games, and really got to know one another. One thing that connected me to this family is how similar our families are. Sarah and I have had similar pregnancies, we love the same names, and we both love large families. 

I consider this family more like friends after our session.

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