documentary photography

{kaleb} | kaleb turns one | marietta lifestyle family photographer

They say time flies when you're having fun, and I assure you, Kaleb had so much fun turning one! I was excited to document his first birthday party, because ya only turn one once! 

He's such a lucky little guy to have so many family members around him. From getting help looking like a cutie wearing a bow tie, to getting help opening presents, and then eating birthday cake outside, it was sure of a day!

If you'd like to enjoy your child's special day, allow me to take the pressure off and help to document the birthday! Head on over to my contact page or check out the family gallery here!

{abby lynn} | playground fun at piedmont park | atlanta lifestyle photographer

There's so much joy in hanging out with a toddler. We had this session at the park just for fun and I was happy to click during some cute moments of AL playing on the monkey bars (those are words I don't hear as often anymore!), playing with wood chips, and just running around. Last time I got to see her, I got to take some daddy daughter photos at the park. 

I love how free spirited children are at this age and it wouldn't hurt to learn a thing or two from them. They are bright eyed, happy, hyper, and just excited for all of the things. 

Looking at these images just makes me want to go to a park and have fun. I can remember the feeling of the grass and just hanging out playing with sticks! 

What I love about lifestyle sessions is the ability to allow the child to take the lead and enjoy all of the small moments. If you're interested in booking a session, head over to some of my favorite images or drop me a message on my contact page! 

these are images of a toddler playing at a playground at piedmont park in atlanta georgia. she is swinging from the bars and laughing
these are images of a toddler at a playground in atlanta georgia at piedmont park. she is tossing the wood chips from the playground into the air and jumping.
these are images of a toddler playing at a playground at piedmont park in atlanta georgia. she is running around and making silly faces.
these are images of a toddler young girl sitting in the grass, playing with sticks. she is playing at piedmont park in atlanta georgia.

{jenna & cole} | mommy and me session | atlanta lifestyle photography

This was my second time photographing this Mommy and toddler and we decided to do a Mommy and Me session! Click here if you want to see Cole's one year cupcake smash! Cole is such a fun toddler and we went with the flow during this in-home lifestyle session. What I love about this age is that it ends up being more fun and relaxed when you go with the toddler's lead and what he or she wants to do.

We had so much fun today reading books, playing with puzzles, eating a snack, playing with toys, playing airplane with mommy, and really just seeing what Cole had in mind to do. I love capturing the way she and he look and adore each other. Mom is a local photographer so it's always fun to give her some fresh images of her and her little snugglebug!

That's what lifestyle is all about. Capturing real life. If you are interested in booking a family session, get in touch with me by filling out this contact form and we can get something on the calendar! Can't wait to meet you! 

{hollis} | fresh 48 | northside hospital | fresh 48 atlanta

One thing I love about Fresh 48 newborn sessions is that I get to document the in-between moments, the snuggles, the comfort, the naps, hugs, and everything in between. Typically during Fresh 48 sessions, the photos are taken in a documentary and story telling way anytime during the first 48 hours of the baby's life.

During this hospital session, I spent some time with Mom and Dad while they admired their new baby girl. This family was previously a family of three, and it was so fun to help them welcome a new baby girl, to their now family of four. 

I got to meet big brother and he couldn't have been more excited. He would tell friends and family, "she's here!" and enjoyed holding his new baby sister. He was also really excited to help soothe her with her pacifier. I let him borrow a toy turtle and he seemed over the moon to show her the little toy.

Baby Hollis slept so well for us during our session, which made photographing her quite easy. She might have missed out from some love, hugs, and kisses from her big brother, but I'm sure there are many more moments to come in this family when big brother gets to love on baby sister. 

If you would prefer to have a lifestyle newborn session in the comfort of your home, check out the blog to see this Family of Three and this in home Newborn Session. Head on over to my contact page if there are any questions I can answer for you!

{maddie} | piedmont hospital | atlanta fresh 48 photographer

Welcome to the world, Maddie! I arrived to this hospital session being really excited to document this family's Fresh 48 session. For those of you not familiar with a Fresh 48, it's a session that takes place during the first 48 hours of the baby's life. These First 48 or Fresh 48 sessions can take place in the hospital or in the home, wherever the baby spends his or her first 48 hours. 

I arrived when Maddie was about 24 hours old. Mom and Dad had so much love for her and I was happy to arrive the next morning as they were still getting acclimated to being new parents. Most of the images from this Fresh 48 session are documentary style, so I am there to document the cuddles, nursing, adoring, fussing, and everything else that takes place in a newborn's life. 

During the Fresh 48 sessions, you also can't forget about taking images of the newborn baby in his or her bassinet, the diaper changes, hospital bands, and getting a good image of the hospital room. The hospital room might not be the prettiest, but the image of the environment helps to tell the story of the Fresh 48. 

If you aren't sure if a Fresh 48 session is for you, I also offer in home lifestyle newborn sessions. Check out my last couple of blog posts to see how your home can be such a natural backdrop here and here

{yowler family} | two weeks new | atlanta newborn photography

I love meeting new families and learning about what makes their family special. Mom is a photographer and I am always excited to photograph another photographer because they get to actually be in the photos with their family! This was an in home lifestyle newborn session so the focus was capturing the newborn in her natural environment. The home makes the perfect backdrop for lifestyle newborn photos! 

I loved how natural the family was and baby girl got all the love! How cute is her older brother being so loving and giving her all of the kisses! 

I always like to spend time with not only the family for photos of the newborn and the family, but also the little things like the sibling playing with blocks in his room. Mom and I chatted for a while and just let him do his thing. If you're interested in a lifestyle family session, head on over to say hello and we can chat about booking a session!

{carrion family} | christmas fun | dallas family photography

Although we aren't technically family, I enjoy every bit of the time I get to spend with my best friend's family. They take me in as their own, and I get to play with the two silliest, smartest, cutest little girls (okay I might be a little biased) a couple times a year. I have watched these girls grow over the years and I enjoy the time I get to see them. I bring along my camera to document the activities and silly games because it's always a treat to look back on them even just a few months later to see how much they've grown!

We began our day outside as the girls showed me their new Christmas gifts. They were so excited to show off their new clothes and their new bikes. Don't they just look so cute? We spent a little time inside to take a break to color, and then ended up going back outside in the backyard. They live in a small town north of Atlanta and they have so much land on their property. Living in the city you wouldn't get as much land as they would, so we definitely take advantage between having the bonfire going, the 4-wheeler rides, and letting the dogs run free. The backyard was such a wooded dream! The family stayed warm between having the bonfire going and staying warm with snuggles.

What I love about lifestyle sessions is the ability for the family to carry on the way they would as if I wasn't there. I just happen to be at the right place with my camera, ready to click! With two fast-moving little girls they definitely keep me on my feet and I love the way the photos tell the story. They are used to getting their photos taken but I still sometimes try to be sneaky so I can capture the genuine expression and emotions when they are playing. 

Check out the blog for other recent sessions such as this Newborn Session and this lifestyle session at Ponce City Market in Atlanta! 

{trumbull family} | family fun | lilburn family photographer

I had a coworker reach out to me about a lifestyle in-home session of her family and I was so excited. This was actually the second time I got to photograph them and knew it would be fun to get some holiday images for them to send out! She's the only lady in the family but I will say the boys in her family have so much personality!

We spent some time outside capturing some day to day activities. The little one loved playing with the basketball and the older one loved showing me riding his bicycle. There is so much personality in these images, and I was so excited to get the gallery to this family. Our outdoor activities included playing around and of course getting tickles and snuggles from Mom and Dad. I was excited to see how the family decorated their Christmas tree, and everyone was so excited to show me all of their ornaments. It was special to photograph their family traditions. 

I love when families reach out to me about lifestyle holiday family photos because you can allow things to naturally unfold. Check out this little guy's outfit for these holiday photos!

{schmidt family} | big brother little brother | atlanta lifestyle photographer

From the two year old's that I've come across, what I notice is that they are either suuuuper outgoing or just a little shy. The way I got this little guy to interact with me was to allow him to talk about his car and we hit it off! I love the ability to add in toys, homes and hobbies into lifestyle sessions because it's a nice natural way to capture those family moments. This little guy became a big brother two weeks ago to his new baby brother and you can tell by these photos that he is already in so much love! 

Aren't they just the cutest? I'd love to meet you family and capture some special moments in your life so if you're interested in a lifestyle family session, head on over to my contact page to say hello! Soon this little guy will be a Six Month Sitter and he will have many more moments for outside playtime! 

{brian & abby lynn} | daddy daughter playtime | atlanta lifestyle photographer

Sometimes as photographers we don't spend much time in front of the camera. I had been talking to Brian about scheduling a time to get some photos of him and his daughter so I was so excited when the family session finally happened! He's an Atlanta photographer as well, but today he was a Daddy that got to go play at the park!

I got to spend a couple of hours them today and one of the things they enjoy doing together is going outside to play. The visit at the park began with them play fighting with sticks, which I thought was absolutely adorable. We then took a walk to the trail that was in the back area, where they played peek a boo behind a tree. I don't know many toddlers that don't enjoy peek a boo! The two of them enjoyed talking about what they saw on the trail and the trail walk ended with an adorable piggy back ride. We got back to the grassy area of the park and the little girl giggled her way into Daddy's lap.

I loved the lifestyle feel of this because most of the moments were candid and natural. Interested in a play session at the park? Fill in your information on my contact page so we can schedule a family session! 

{neal family} | backyard fun | atlanta family photographer

I was so excited to meet this family for a family session. It was close to the holidays, but from meeting Mom and Dad I was able to tell they were all about the fun and just hanging out as a family. We played outside for a little bit, and let me tell you, bubbles always bring out the best in the kiddos! We were able to go inside and get some book time and doll play, and then finished in the backyard. I can't wait to share these images. You'll definitely see how much fun we had! 

this is an image of a father outside holding his little girl and the little girl is comforting herself with her blanket
this is an image of a mother holding onto her little girl outside
this is an image of a mother, father, and two little girls standing outside in front of trees in the fall
this is an image of a little girl running in the grass and smiling as she runs towards her mom
this is an image of a father holding his little girl and laughing together while outside in front of trees
this is a black and white image of a mother sitting down and reading a book to a young little girl
this is an image of a little girl sitting on the floor while she is turning pages of a book
this is an image of two little girl sisters sitting on the floor and reading a book
this is an image of two little girl sisters in the living room, one is looking at a book, and the other girl is laughing and looking at mom
this is an image of a mother, father, and two young girls sitting in the living room while the two young girls are looking at a book
this is an image of a young girl in the living room of their home, dancing with one of her life size dolls
this is an image of a father holding a flower in his mouth, while the young girl and her mom are laughing
this is an image of a young girl laying on a blanket outside and smiling
this is an image of a mother and father outside while the father is showing the mother one of their child's stuffed animals, and the mom is laughing
this is an image of a mother, father, and two daughter young girls playing outside on a blanket
this is an image of a family of four- mother, father, two young girls holding up drinks and making a cheer
this is an image of a young child playing with a toy and pretend to hit her father with the toy while they are outside sitting on a blanket

If you're interested in booking a lifestyle family session, I'd love you to drop me a line on my contact page or send me an e-mail! Here are a couple more recent lifestyle sessions that include a Sunday Funday, a Cake Smash, and a Lifestyle Newborn session! 

{krishan} | three weeks new | atlanta newborn photographer

A friend of mine mentioned she had a friend that was interested in a newborn session. I was so happy when she reached out to me and I was able to photograph their 3-week-old newborn. I was happy that we got to spend a lot of time in Krishan's nursery, where Mom and Dad put some special touches to things that were important to them. This baby is so loved already. 

This little guy stayed awake for most of the session, but it was great to document his adorable eyes! He was wide awake and it seemed like he really didn't want to miss out on the fun. 

With Mom and Dad being first time parents, it's not hard to believe that it takes lots of work and patience to comfort and soothe a new baby, that does not yet know what's going on in the world!

I couldn't help but to get some closeup shots of this adorable little munchkin. He has grown so much since being just a wee-bit 3-week-old newborn! 

These lifestyle newborn sessions are the best! If you are interested in booking a session, please say hello! If you want to keep browsing some more adorable babies and loving families, head on over to the blog here!

{jenna & cole} | birthday cupcake smash | atlanta lifestyle photographer

I got the pleasure to meet this family and take some photos in their home. Cole has such a fun time with his Mommy, and I was excited to tag along to the fun. It was Cole's birthday so we had a fun birthday cake smash for him. The photos at the end of this post, with icing on his face are the best! 

this is an image of a toddler boy getting a kiss on the cheek from his Mom
this is an image of a mom holding her toddler son while he holds his baby blanket and laughs with Mom
this is an image of a young toddler boy who is leaning on the couch and making a silly face to his mother
this is an image of a mother holding her toddler boy and kissing him on the cheek, while the toddler looks at the camera
this is an image of a toddler child boy holding onto sprinkles, waiting for his Mom to get his birthday cake for his first birthday
this is an image of a toddler child  boy that is standing next to a bench, wearing jeans over his diaper and holding his chin
this is an image of a toddler child boy sitting on the floor, in front of a happy birthday sign, with his fingers in his birthday cake
this is an image of a toddler child boy, smearing birthday cake icing all over his bare chest, with birthday cake icing on his face
this is an image of a toddler child boy, with birthday cake icing on his face, licking icing off of his mother's finger and smiling
this is an image of a toddler young child boy, sitting on the floor with birthday cake icing all over his face and body
this is an image of a young toddler child boy, eating birthday cake with his hand, and wiping birthday cake frosting onto his face
this is an image of a toddler child boy, eating his birthday cake, with icing on his face, and a dog eating the birthday cake off of the floor

I enjoy photographing the littlest of moments during in home lifestyle sessions. I'd love to join the party for an upcoming birthday or come over on a Saturday morning to capture some snuggles and snacks! If you're interested in booking a lifestyle session, head on over to the contact page to connect! Here's some more blog posts for ya!

{aronson family} | sunday funday | atlanta lifestyle photographer

I had the pleasure of documenting some silly moments with this family. The children were a bit excited with a new person coming into their home with a camera, but I was able to be a bit sneaky and tried to sit back and observe some family interaction. I loved the moments that I was able to document toy play, story time, and being silly with Mom and Dad.

If you enjoy weekend morning play as much as I do, I'd love to capture some lifestyle moments with your family! Head on over to my contact page to say hello or check out more of my work here!