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Now Offering Birth Photography! | New Orleans Motherhood Photographer

For anyone who keeps up with my posts regularly, you know the strong pull my heart has always had towards capturing the essence and experience of women. I cannot fully explain it, only that I know in the depths of my soul when I photograph a woman who opens up to me or lets me peer a little into her vulnerability, that there is no other place in the Universe I’m supposed to be more in that moment. Whether it’s a high school senior, a bride, a boss girl, or an expecting mama, the women and stories that have found themselves in front of my lens over the course of my career have left me impacted in the most unusual and profound ways.

For much of my career, I’d never had any stronger pull to any particular type of womanly experience–and while I still very much love photographing ALL types of milestones, I’ve noticed an ever-growing tug in my gut over the past year or so. During this time, I’ve noticed a particular and welcomed shift to clients desiring me to document their journey through motherhood. (This is in addition to weddings, of course, which I still very much photograph). Perhaps, and likely, this has to do with my age and place in my own life (no, I’m not quite ready to be a mama just yet), but, this particularly strong pull towards motherhood portraiture and the intensity of emotion captured through the experience is something I know I’m meant to delve into deeper.

After years of inquiries, pleas, and suggestions that I fearfully turned down, I have now decided it’s time for me and this camera of mine to extend my services to include birth photography and/or hospital photography. IMG_0976

 

Motherhood photography encompasses a wide scope of experiences. Currently, I document many mama moments from maternity, newborn, to growth and regular family lifestyle portraiture sessions and have many clients who purchase my Motherhood Collective which allows comprehensive documentation of these. With this, I’ll now be offering the option to add birth photography or the option to hire me exclusively for your birth experience or time in the hospital with new baby.

Many families are interested in documenting their birth experience; however, some instead prefer to have the experience documented during the first few moments of life after the birth. Whether you’d like me to document the pushes, tears, and intense emotion of your birth or the tender moments together within the first 48 hours following, I am available for either form of documentation.

As this is a brand new venture for me, I’m offering introductory pricing to the first 5 bookings for Birth Photography or “Fresh 48” After-Birth Photography. If you are interested in having me document this part of life for you, please contact me at kali@kalinorton.com for more detailed information + pricing.

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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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Lawson Family

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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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

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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

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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Spring Dinner with Lauren + Emma | New Orleans Lifestyle Photographer

“For just one second, look at your life and see how perfect it is. Stop looking for the next secret door that is going to lead you to your real life. Stop waiting. This is it: there’s nothing else. It’s here, and you’d better decide to enjoy it or you’re going to be miserable wherever you go, for the rest of your life, forever. —Lev Grossman, The Magicians S”
Erin Loechner, Chasing Slow

I was gifted with the honor of crossing paths with Lauren a couple of years ago, and every day since, I remain baffled by the humor, talent, and graceful heart she possesses. Lauren is one of those people that you see online and likely think to yourself, “There’s no way this girl’s life is real.” I’ve watched her pour her heart and soul into her daughter, her home, and the things that fulfill her most, truly content with the time, talent, and people life has given her.

For those of you who don’t know Lauren, she’s an incredible photographer and an equally amazing cook. In between busy schedules, we try to get together for yummy dinners, heartfelt chats, and some girly laughs as often as possible. I took my camera over to her house when she invited me over for dinner and captured a few sweet photos of her and Emma whipping up the best meal.

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Dinner with Lauren + Emma

Dinner with Lauren + Emma

Dinner with Lauren + Emma

Dinner with Lauren + Emma

Dinner with Lauren + Emma

Dinner with Lauren + Emma

Emma lives the most colorful life for a toddler. From art projects to gardening, cooking together to traveling the world, Lauren is always so involved with keeping her ever-developing mind active and engaged. If you’ve ever met Emma you know just how much her little voice livens up any room…

Dinner with Lauren + Emma

Dinner with Lauren + Emma

Dinner with Lauren + Emma

Dinner with Lauren + Emma

Dinner with Lauren + Emma

Dinner with Lauren + Emma

Dinner with Lauren + Emma

While we waited on dinner to cook, we spent time soaking in the sunset on the rocking chairs of Lauren’s 100+ year-old beautiful home and adventured into the woods behind the house for a little swing in the Hammock. 

Dinner with Lauren + Emma

Dinner with Lauren + Emma

Dinner with Lauren + Emma

Dinner with Lauren + Emma

On our walk towards the Hammock, Emma stopped to show me the garden they had recently planted and told me that “We have to find a way for the animals not to eat her vegetables at night!”

Dinner with Lauren + Emma

Dinner with Lauren + Emma

Dinner with Lauren + Emma

Dinner with Lauren + Emma

Dinner with Lauren + Emma

Lauren, the world truly is a little more enchanting with your hilarious side jokes, breathtaking eye for all things lovely, and graceful soul. Umm, and definitely your delicious meals…

Dinner with Lauren + Emma

Dinner with Lauren + Emma

Dinner with Lauren + Emma

Dinner with Lauren + Emma

If you are interested in a casual Lifestyle Session of this nature in your own home or on one of your family’s adventures. Please, contact me! I’d love to document the activities, places, and people that bring you the most joy in life!

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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…”

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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.

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Stacy Maternity

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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.

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Stacy Maternity

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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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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

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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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