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To Live, Will Be An Awfully Big Adventure | Awaiting Baby: Lincoln Maternity Photographer

“To live, will be an awfully big adventure.”  – Peter Pan

With Peter Pan as the theme for baby boy’s nursery and having watched my sweet girl take leaps of faith, even in extreme fear, in her life, I found this quote only fitting for the introduction to this post.

Stacy and I met via a random phone call during a time of need and transitional period in both of our lives. We instantly “clicked,” but little did we know at that time, just how much value we would find in each other’s friendship from almost 1,000 miles apart. Over the past five years, not much has kept us from keeping in touch weekly on the deepest, darkest, and happiest of sentiments. Here’s to a lifelong friendship of growing old and phone calls that start with a huge sigh and “Okay, don’t judge me…”

Stacy Maternity

Stacy Maternity

Stacy Maternity

I still remember the nervous phone call I received before her first date with Chase, the texts leading up to her realizing things could be serious, and the day she called to tell me the news of their engagement.

Stacy Maternity

Stacy Maternity

Stacy Maternity

Stacy Maternity

One of the most exciting texts I’ve received though, was a completely unexpected video of her sharing with Chase that he was going to be a daddy.

Stacy Maternity

Stacy Maternity

Stacy Maternity

Stacy Maternity

Stacy Maternity

I spent the past weekend with Stacy, Chase, and her boys. Even more so than after their wedding day, I left the Midwest this time with such a full heart for the life Stacy and Chase have created with one another. We spent the weekend grilling out with close friends, eating too many chips and guac, and attending her boys’ soccer games.

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Stacy Maternity

Her boys are so lucky to have such loving, steadfast examples of men as father figures in their lives. I got to watch as they excelled in their soccer games with three wonderfully supportive parents cheering them on, practicing sports with them, and speaking words of encouragement when their spirits were down. This little boy is undoubtedly entering into an environment filled with love.Stacy Maternity

Stacy Maternity

Stacy and Chase, I cannot wait to make a trip back for my first meeting with Baby O and hopefully experiencing my first Midwestern snow.Stacy MaternityStacy MaternityStacy Maternity

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Baby It’s a Wild World | Shiloh + Keane: New Orleans Motherhood Photographer

My dear, in the midst of hate, I found there was, within me, an invincible love. In the midst of tears, I found there was, within me, an invincible smile. In the midst of chaos, I found there was, within me, an invincible calm. I realized through it all that–in the midst of Winter, I found there was , within me, an invincible Summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger–something better, pushing right back.

Falsly Yours, Albert Camus.

I’m going to get real for a minute. I LOVE every bit of my career, but to say being a creative has it’s highs and lows would be an accurate statement. Often times, the highs and lows of your own emotions seep into your work in both the best and worst of ways. The urge to create something inspiring that isn’t a replica of someone else’s, but entirely original, that invokes feeling–that’s what it’s all about.

Capturing Shiloh’s journey through motherhood so organically did something for my soul, y’all. Something it desperately needed.

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Shiloh + Keane

Shiloh + Keane

Shiloh + Keane

Shiloh + Keane

Shiloh + Keane

Shiloh + Keane

Shiloh + Keane

Shiloh + Keane

Thanks Keane for making my ovaries jump around like popcorn…

Shiloh + Keane

Shiloh + Keane

Shiloh + Keane

Shiloh + Keane

Shiloh + Keane

We did this entire session in my friend Lauren’s kick-ass farmhouse…AKA my future home goals.

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Shiloh + Keane

Shiloh + Keane

Keane knows he’s cute in his Rylee + Cru digs.

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Shiloh + Keane

Shiloh + Keane

Shiloh + Keane

Shiloh + Keane

Shi, thank you for always pushing me to create and pulling me out of creative funks. My little creative heart wouldn’t feel whole without you.

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Shiloh + Keane

Shiloh + Keane

Shiloh + Keane

Shiloh + Keane

Yall…motherhood. I truly just have no words. These images literally seep into and fill every part of my being. I hope they give you something lovely, as well. 

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Shiloh + Keane

Shiloh + Keane

Shiloh + Keane

Shiloh + Keane

Shiloh + Keane

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The 2016 Holiday Sale is HERE!

It’s pretty rare that I run a sale, so I wanted to do something this year that extends to EVERY SINGLE CLIENT I’ve ever had. Yes, that’s right…even those of you with long-archived photo galleries. In an effort to encourage my sweet clients to print those gorgeous family heirlooms we work so hard to create, I thought I’d offer some pretty significant savings to help you get those images off of your computer and onto your walls and albums–where they belong!

I’ve noticed quite a few companies this year not only announcing, but offering their black Friday sales starting as early as yesterday. I think this is a FABULOUS idea. Personally, I’ve felt like the focus on holiday shopping instead of leisurely and lazy downtime with family on Thanksgiving Day was getting to be a bit much. So, with that being said, here’s the “Black Friday” sale I’ll be offering until Wednesday, November 30th. So, whether you have someone to buy for that you think may love preserving their family heirlooms OR you are that person, this is for you. (:Screen Shot 2016-11-22 at 1.23.45 PM
HOLIDAY SALE 2016

If your sessions have expired with me, fear not! For this sale period ONLY, I’m reopening ANY requested galleries that have ever been photographed with me. If you have an expired gallery that you’d like to make an order from, send me over a quick little email to kali@kalinorton.com and I’ll be happy to reopen it for you at no additional archiving fee!

+++ OFFER VALID UNTIL WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2016 AT MIDNIGHT CST.

Happy Thanksgiving, friends!

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Messy Sheets and Newborn Cheeks | Keane: Hammond Newborn Photographer

“It’s all messy–the hair, the bed, the heart, life…”

Shiloh posted this quote along with a recently taken photo of her and her little babe, and oh my heart, I couldn’t shout it from the rooftops more. The more I adult, the more I learn to love the ooey gooey imperfect mess of love and life. I have adored watching her adapt to motherhood in all of its perfectly imperfect facets and learning curves–and swooning over every hiccup and drool of the little life in her hands along the way.

I’m not sure why, perhaps because Shiloh and I are alike in so many ways, but something felt different in me as I watched her go through pregnancy and the sweet love she has for her little bear. Shi, you kick ass at a lot of things, but watching you become a momma might just be the most natural thing I’ve ever seen you do.

Keane Latham Newborn

Keane Latham Newborn

Keane Latham Newborn

Keane Latham Newborn

Keane Latham Newborn

Keane Latham Newborn

You may recognize her name or face as well from my recently styled holiday sessions. Shiloh is immensely talented with an eye for styling. In fact, stay-tuned for updates in the future, as she and I are trying to figure out how to offer more of her styling and consulting within the realm of the photography experience I offer my clients.

Keane Latham Newborn

Keane Latham Newborn

We went for much more casual feel for this newborn session. I’ve wanted to do an “at home” shoot like this for a while now, but sometimes changing the way you offer a style of art for clients can be a little scary. So many fears run through your head like, “Will they like the concept? What if they hate it because it’s not like the other newborn sessions I’ve shown? What if they don’t like that every hair isn’t in place?”

Truth be told, I enjoy THIS type of photography far more than the kind where every hair and thread of clothing is perfectly placed. Organic emotion and an accurate portrayal of a particular stage in life is what fills my soul—it’s truly the type of work that makes me proud to offer as heirlooms for my clients.

Shiloh was stressed, as most of my new mommas are, that she didn’t feel as “put together” as she normally would feel for a shoot.  Really though, there is so much irrevocable beauty and glow in a new mom that I don’t think she could have done anything differently. Can I get an “Amen?!”

Keane Latham Newborn

Keane Latham Newborn

Keane Latham Newborn

This is Luna, Aster’s much more shy, cat-like big sister. She was not quite as thrilled to be a part of this family party on camera. I think she was just playing modest…

Keane, however, had no problems hamming it up with his inherited perfect hair from his momma and height from daddy.

Keane Latham Newborn

Keane Latham Newborn

Shiloh and Daniel, here’s to your sweet, happy little family of three…and your perfect hair. Definitely, your perfect hair.

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The Importance of Tangible Photographs: Preserving Memories in Albums

With technology being as essential as a body limb in today’s world, the debate between photo releases, preserving print images, and it being the responsibility of a professional photographer to educate the client on the importance of tangible print images is one that never seems to find a conclusive resolve. I posed a question regarding this topic on social media recently, despite the fact that this debate makes my stomach turn with anxiety. Yes, I said anxiety. Let me explain. It churns my stomach that I’m not offering the best for my clients, or that I’m not pushing them to preserve their family heirlooms in a tangible manner, OR simply that I’m not offering the exact product that perhaps fits their needs.

After my social media post, what I learned is that most of my clients DO want the option for digital high-resolution images. Nonetheless, most also stated that they rarely get around to printing the images we plan, capture, and document so meticulously. Of course, this made me rack my brain to try to find a cost-effective option that would allow them to somehow receive both components at a price that both values the quality of the work and their pocketbooks.

2016-10-05_00052016-10-05_0004While quality albums will ALWAYS be a bit of an investment, I want them to be something my clients feel is within reason of their normal photography budget. With that being said, I’ll be offering exclusive ADD-ON album pricing to my Lifestyle Collection offerings. This pricing will be exclusive to collections where the high-resolution download is purchased OR a minimum print order has already been met. Essentially, you’re getting more bang for your buck. (; 2016-10-05_0001

If you’d like to know more about this exclusive pricing, please contact me via email at kali@kalinorton.com.

Happy Fall, Y’all!

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