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Baby Luca // Cozy At Home Newborn Session

There’s really not much to say besides….OMG baby Luca is the cutest thing of life & he is a complete angel. I love this little family & I’m so happy to get to document them in various stages of parenthood.

Enjoy this cuteness. <3

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The Robertsons // At Home Family & Newborn

Two years ago, we woke before the sun & took engagement photos in the foggy, dewy light of morning. Then a few months after that, I watched as they promised forever on a St. Augustine rooftop. I was so excited when Christen told me she was pregnant & even more excited when she asked me to do maternity & newborn photos. 

Baby Clyde is a gem & it was so fun watching Bryan & Christen as parents. I'm so thankful to join them in these milestones & hope there are many more. 

Now enough words, just go look at these sweeties! 

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The Butlers // At Home Family & Newborn

My oh my, this family is the ultimate. Becca & I both grew up in Orlando & "knew of" each other through overlapping friend circles, but it wasn't until a few years ago when we ran into each other at a concert that we became actual friends. She is a super talented photographer so we quickly bonded over our jobs, our shared loved for getting as many Starbucks points as possible, & just our overall enjoyment of being ridiculous. 

Becca & her husband, Bo, bought their first home together just in time for the arrival of their baby girl, Willa. The house is amazing & beautiful- filled with minimalistic decor & the yummiest light. It only made sense that we would shoot at home, in the incredible space where they are becoming a family. 

Bo & Becca are so dang attractive & fun it almost hurts. Willa is a little treasure. And this day spent shooting with them was a downright blast for me. I love this family.

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Abby & Margot // Mom & Daughter

Get ready for some cuteness overload because Abby & Margot are next level. You might remember Abby from her maternity session in Orlando around this time last year OR her epic powder-filled gender reveal party. Well now, baby Margot has arrived & has been slaying hearts every minute of her 7 month existence. 

I was so happy when Abby asked me to capture some Mother/Daughter photos of her & Margot in their Southern California home. I love when clients want photos "just because". It's not a birthday or an event or a milestone- it's just simply life & relationship. And in my book, that is certainly something to celebrate! 

Abby & Margot have such a sweet & playful relationship. I kind of feel like they are always joking around with each other. Even being so young, Margot has a TON of personality. We had fun making these images & Margot kept us squealing from her cuteness. She hammed it up for as long as her little body could handle, then passed out in Abby's arms & slept for hours, which, of course, was also adorable. 

Enjoy!

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The Lewises // Family & Newborn

A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to spend the weekend in Birmingham, AL. Birmingham is by far one of my favorite places to be- the people, the food, the scenery- all of it is amazing! During my visit, I was able to spend a lovely Sunday afternoon with the Lewis family. They had just welcomed a new baby boy named Henry a short 7 days earlier and I was invited to capture the fun new family dynamic. 

I first met this amazing family about 2 years ago when my best friend, Kate, got engaged to Maggies' brother. Through various wedding events and family gatherings, I've been able to get to know Mitchell, Maggie, and, of course, the ever-adorable Bradford. Bradford was just about the cutest baby I had ever seen and it is no surprise that he has now grown into the cutest toddler around. He has a ton of energy which made sitting still for a photo not super high on his to-do list, but we had some fun running around the house, playing trains, and I even tricked him into smiling for me a time or two. :)

The Lewises are lovely people and I'm so glad I get to know them for a long time. A huge congratulations on baby Henry, I am so exited for you all! 

Get ready for some tiny baby cuteness, plus that Bradford really knows how to turn up the cheese. ;)

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Baby Wood // Gender Reveal Party!

A few months ago I flew up to Selma, Alabama to witness the most exciting gender reveal in the history of the world. My best friend, Kate, & her husband, Brett, live in Selma & were hosting a backyard gender reveal party to announce their coming babe. Kate is an amazing hostess & hands down the best, most impressive person in the kitchen. The night before the big reveal she casually whipped up some seriously intricate desserts. (You can see her handiwork in the photos below.) The impressive spread included, a from scratch strawberry cake,  homemade eclairs (!!!), & my personal favorite, miniature ice cream cones lined with chocolate & filled with this crazy amazing whipped cheesecake concoction. I'm not a huge dessert person, but I was stuffing my face with those things! I was not alone, it was not unusual to see a party guest double-fisting the mini ice cream cheesecake cones! 

Okay, I'm done drooling now. Back to the important part of this blog- the baby! Kate wanted to reveal the gender in a very exciting & creative way. She thought through a lot of options, but decided on filling balloons with colored confetti & hoped for a picturesque moment. The best part was Kate & Brett waited till the party to find out the news so they could share in the excitement with everyone at the same time. (Be sure to look at the slideshow below- their reactions are the best!) One of Kate's trusted friends was the only person who held the secret, she read the ultrasound sealed in an envelope by the doctor, went into the house to fill the balloons with the appropriate color, & brought them to the yard for the big moment. Kate & Brett's immediate family gathered around, while the rest of the party guests watched with great anticipation. There was a countdown, a "POP", & a lot of screaming as pink confetti rained down revealing... IT'S A GIRL!!! 

Crying, hugging, & lots of celebration followed. It was an unbelievably exciting moment to be a part of. I am so happy for my lovely friends & I cannot wait to be an Aunt.

Baby girl Wood, I hope you look at these photos one day & realize how loved, valued, & celebrated you were even before we ever saw your beautiful face. This is just a glimpse of the joy your life is going to bring to this world. Can't wait to meet you! Love you so much lil babe.

 

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Viva DREAMTOWN!

YAYYYYYY!

Welcome to the DREAMTOWN blog!!!

I’m equal parts terrified & ecstatic as I write this, my very first post on my very own brand new business website. This site & brand is something I’ve been working on for a really long time. But even longer, before the actual work began, the vision & hopes for this brand stirred relentlessly in my head. Basically, this day has been a reallllly long time coming. 

I can’t really count the amount of times I’ve doubted that I would, or even should, pursue this dream. But thankfully, I’ve been extremely blessed to be surrounded by a community of friends who’ve encouraged me & lovingly pushed me towards this dream in the moments when I was so ready to give up. Their belief in me truly kept me going & for that, I am so grateful. 

I’m terrified because it’s tremendously nerve-wracking to put yourself “out there” & present to the “world” something that is an extension of your heart, your creativity, your ability, your personality, & the list goes on. But in truth, I’m even happier because it IS scary & I’m doing it anyway.

So for me, today is the biggest step & the biggest win I could hope to come from this journey. The simple fact that I’m even sitting here, about to click ‘Publish’ on this post, is enough excitement & satisfaction for me.

You might be thinking, "so what exactly does DREAMTOWN mean"? Wellllllllll....

DREAMTOWN means nothing & everything all at the same time. A made up word with no formal definition, yet, to me, represents everything I would ever want something I create to be- adventurous, joyful, love driven, fun, hope filled, genuine connection generating, freedom seeking, & forever radiating life & light.

So here it is, here is DREAMTOWN.

 

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