Fort Pickens Summer Family Portraits | Lawson Family: Pensacola Family Photographer

 “There comes a day when you’re gonna look around and realize happiness is where you are.”

It’s no secret that I covet the women who have come into my life throughout the years with souls full of sunshine. Stripping down the hippie-leaning adjectives, what I mean is, I have a massive appreciation for positive, uplifting women who exude a warm persona. I suppose it’s the confidence of a lady being joyful in her own skin that I find so absolutely breathtaking, or perhaps it’s the fact that I truly believe that there is next to nothing more enchanting in this world than a happy woman. Either way, it moves me.

Kady is one of those women.

Our paths crossed seven or eight years ago through mutual friends and we instantly clicked. I knew from the moment I met Kady that she possessed character traits that uplift and inspire those around her. To put it simply, she glows from the inside out.

Kady and Brandon are high-school sweethearts, together for eleven years. When I first started my business, Kady was the first bride to ever book me for a wedding. A Santa Rosa Beach outdoor wedding in front of a beautiful historic home–basically a photographer’s dream. These types of weddings are almost NEVER the weddings new photographers get hired to photograph. I was both completely honored and baffled at her unwavering trust in my abilities. At the time, despite me being scared shitless to actually call myself a wedding photographer, I knew that she was exactly the type of client I hoped to attract–I just assumed it would take me years of establishing myself before I came across work of this aesthetic.

Kady’s trust in me stuck with me and her radiant personality still inspires me daily.

She and Brandon now have a daughter, Stella, whom I got the pleasure of meeting for the first time during their shoot. Here are a few favorites from the Summer afternoon we spent together at Fort Pickens in Pensacola…

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I cannot fully articulate how much it fills my heart to be invited into familial units to document personaliy quirks, growth, and love during various life stages.

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Lawson Family

Lawson Family

Lawson Family

It was such a joy to watch Kady so naturally embody motherhood. I was equally joyous to photograph the perfection that is Brandon’s hair styling abilities. Brandon coaches high school football, but I’m pretty sure he was a high-fashion stylist in another life.

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I was hoping that we could end the session by the water. When Kady informed me that Stella would fully embrace her inner Moana, I was not nearly prepared.

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Lawson Family

Stella saw the water and she had her mind made up that no one was going to keep her from it. This sweet baby loves the water as much as she loves her mama and daddy.

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We snuck away for a few more beach shots of Kady and Brandon before saying our goodbyes.

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Lawson Family

Kady and Brandon, thank you for inviting me to peer into your life again, this time with sweet + sassy Stella. If you’re interested in booking a session to capture the love, life, and personality of yourself and loved ones in Fairhope, Pensacola, or Navarre, I will be in the area in the month of August. Please contact me at kali@kalinorton.com for more information. Until next time…

 

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Sunset Session on Navarre Beach | Dougherty Family: Navarre Family Photographer

“Here’s the thing, effective parenting and, more specifically, effective discipline, don’t require punishment. Equating discipline with punishment is an unfortunate, but common misconception. The root word in discipline is actually disciple which in the verb form means to guide, lead, teach, model, and encourage. In the noun form disciple means one who embraces the teaching of, follows the example of, and models their life after.”

― L.R. Knost, The Gentle Parent

It may seem strange that I’m quoting from a parenting book when I am not even yet a parent myself, but after coming across a quote from one of L.R. Knost’s books on Instagram a few weeks ago, I was instantly drawn to read more of the words she’d strewn together about parenting, love, adulthood, and life. I have not yet actually read these books, but after perusing through and bookmarking much of her work online, I know that I will find her book in hand when the season of parenting arrives for me.

Nonetheless, the above quote does have everything to do with the intricately woven hearts and ever-developing personalities of our dear friends Brooke and Shane and the family they are rearing together. I have known Shane for almost a decade, as he is one of Preston’s longest and dearest friends from 3rd Force in the Marine Corps. As with most long friendships, we’ve experienced quite a bit of life with Shane over the past decade. He recently returned home from a deployment and this past week we got to spend some genuine, quality time in Navarre, FL with him, Brooke, and the kids. From getting all of my baby cuddles and coos in with Miss Maggie, to spending some genuine girl time with Brooke, I felt like I got to truly soak in the love, life, and discipline that make up their little family.

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Dougherty Family

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Dougherty Family

Dougherty Family

Dougherty Family

Dougherty Family

From watching Shane discipline the boys with friendly wall squats and sit-down talks about “why” a reprimand occurred, to observing Brooke gently work at relinquishing the reigns of parenting three children alone for nine months, Preston and I both left with observant, full hearts at how beautiful the two of them execute parenting together.

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Dougherty Family

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Dougherty Family

Usually with littles around during family sessions I’m not able to take a ton of time with mama and daddy, but we were able to step away and capture a few shots of Brooke and Shane, of which I’m quite enamored…

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Dougherty Family

“Our children are children for such a small season of life. Let their laughter ring out, their imaginations soar, their feet stomp in puddles, their hands clap for joy. Too soon they will grow up and out of their youthful exuberance and zest and settle into the life and routine of adulthood.”

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Brooke and Shane, I’m ever-grateful for your friendship, delicious meals, endless laughs, and lovin’ from your beautiful babies.

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Dougherty Family

If you’re interested in booking a session with me in Navarre, Pensacola, or Fairhope, I will be offering sessions at these locations during the month of August. Please contact me at kali@kalinorton.com for more information.

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Welcome to the World, Sweet Girl | Kate: Mandeville Newborn Photographer

“Life is amazing.
And then it’s awful.
And then it’s amazing again.
And in between the amazing and awful, it’s ordinary and mundane and routine.
Breathe in the amazing, hold on through the awful, and relax and exhale during the ordinary.
That’s just living heartbreaking, soul-healing, amazing, awful, ordinary life.
And it’s breathtakingly beautiful.” ― L.R. Knost

Clean, unadulterated, beautiful new life. This is absolutely my favorite part of documenting these moments, especially for first-time mamas. I hope you enjoy a peek into Allison’s life as a new mama as much as I enjoyed documenting it.

Kate Lailhengue

Kate Lailhengue

Kate Lailhengue

Kate Lailhengue

Kate Lailhengue

Kate Lailhengue

This black and white image below may be one of my most favorite newborn images, ever. There’s just something about the thought of Kate looking back someday on a time when her whole head was smaller than her daddy’s hands. Yes.

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Kate Lailhengue

Happy Friday, friends!

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Historic Uptown New Orleans Wedding: Julie + Michael | New Orleans Wedding Photographer

Do you know the origins of the wedding party? According to tradition, only an unmarried woman could be a maid of honor, and only the brother, best friend, or father of the groom could be the best man.

The original purpose of the bridesmaid and the best man was to aid in the capture of the bride, get her to church on time, and keep any hostile family members away! 

The “best” in best man refers to his skill with a sword, should the need arise. His purpose was as a backup to the groom in case he had to resort to kidnapping his intended bride away from disapproving family members.

Once the flower girl’s role was not simply to spread petals down the aisle, but to protect the bride from the Devil with her shield of virginity. Today, the ring bearer can be a girl, boy, or even a dog!

Now that you’re educated on a few fun facts of the origins of the wedding party, I hope you enjoy a few photos from Julie and Michael’s stunning classic, Southern Spring wedding at The Elms Mansion in Uptown New Orleans.

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Julie + Michael Wedding

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Julie + Michael Wedding

Julie and her girls got ready at the Ponchartrain Hotel, which is full of such unique, funky vibes.

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Julie + Michael Wedding

Julie + Michael Wedding

We then headed over to Elms Mansion, where both Julie’s dad and Michael took a moment alone to see Julie for the first time.

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Julie + Michael Wedding

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Julie + Michael Wedding

Julie + Michael Wedding

Isn’t Julie’s Stella York dress matched with Michael’s seersucker some Southern perfection?

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Julie + Michael Wedding

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Julie + Michael Wedding

Julie + Michael Wedding

Julie + Michael Wedding

Julie + Michael Wedding

Can we just talk about dogs in weddings for a moment? Rascal was loving his time in the spotlight as much as everyone was enjoying him there.

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Julie + Michael Wedding

Julie + Michael Wedding

Julie + Michael Wedding

Julie + Michael Wedding

If you’ve never been to the Elms Mansion, it’s an absolutely stunning New Orleans venue. It’s classic and the courtyard provides for the most intimate ceremony.

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Julie + Michael Wedding

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Julie + Michael Wedding

Julie + Michael, wishing you a lifetime of love, laughs, and all of the happiness.

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Julie + Michael Wedding

Julie + Michael Wedding

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Julie + Michael Wedding

Julie + Michael Wedding

Julie + Michael Wedding

Julie + Michael Wedding

Julie + Michael Wedding

Julie + Michael Wedding

Julie + Michael Wedding

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Coastal Engagement Session: Mckae + Ethan | Mandeville Wedding Photographer

“And I know you are the last thought, breath, and wish I will ever have, take, or make, because you are the daydream I am supposed to have for the rest of my life.”

I love photographing a girl in love. There are times in photographs that the heart, soul, and joy of her existence radiate right through into each snapshot in time. This is Mckae. As I sat flipping through her and Ethan’s finished gallery of images yesterday, my heart was so full of the contentment I felt from the both of them.

I hope you enjoy a few of my favorites from their beachy engagement session!

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Mckae + Ethan

Mckae + Ethan

Mckae + Ethan

From her personality to her clothing, Mckae is so delicate and dainty–being a girly girl myself, this was quite alright with me. (:

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Mckae + Ethan

Mckae + Ethan

Mckae + Ethan

Mckae + Ethan

Mckae + Ethan

Mckae + Ethan

Mckae and Ethan, your connection absolutely stole my heart. I cannot wait to watch you two enter into this next step of life together.

Mckae + Ethan

Mckae + Ethan

Mckae + Ethan

Mckae + Ethan

Mckae + Ethan

Mckae + Ethan

Mckae + Ethan

Mckae + Ethan

In the spirit of engagements and love, just a little reminder about the SUMMER SALE I have going on:

From now until August 31, 2017 I am offering $500 OFF of select Wedding Photography Collections!

Email me if you’d like more info! Newly engaged? Know someone who is? Share this info with them.

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