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These are the Good Days | Hammond Farmer’s Market Lifestyle Session: Hammond Family Photographer

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes, the ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules, and they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things – they push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

– Steve Jobs

I’ve quoted this wildly popular quote from Steve Jobs before on my blog, and undoubtedly, this isn’t the first time you’ve read it. Nonetheless, since the first time I came across it many years ago, it’s always stood out as a beautiful mantra to me. If you asked my mother, she’d tell you that from the time I could speak I was always set on doing things in my own imaginative way. From clothing shopping to the way I wished my room decor to be, even before those treacherous pre-teen years, I had a vision for certain things and didn’t let the opinions of others sway me from attacking my oftentimes out-of-the-box visions. When I’ve come across other imaginative, creative, independent-thinking souls throughout life, I always gravitate to them, so intrigued by their wildly beautiful minds. Shiloh is one of these people.

I’m sure you remember her from this session earlier this year, but if you missed that one, it’s hands-down one of my favorites. As always, Shiloh brought her creative A-game when it came to the vision she wanted us to execute for Keane’s one-year photos.

Shiloh’s husband Daniel is a baseball coach for the university here, so he’s often times working Saturday mornings during baseball season and traveling for recruiting. Shiloh and Keane have made Saturday morning traditions visiting the Farmer’s Market in our cozy little town, so we thought it to be a perfect way to start out our morning session! My Saturday mornings off are also often spent going to yoga, followed by a trip to the Farmer’s Market as well, so it was quite a treat!

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Keane doesn’t meet a stranger. Those two tiny front teeth, baby blues, and big smiles scored him all of the yummy samples.

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After the Farmer’s Market, we strolled down the street with breakfast in-hand for a little more fun. Keane was batting those crystal blue eyes and giving me the biggest smiles, so I was soaking in every bit of it.

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I mentioned Keane is a social butterfly. When he saw his friend and local business owner, Mr. Benny, passing in his new car with the windows rolled down, he took it upon himself to send some friendly waves. This boy…

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This town may be small, but it has some hidden gems that leave my little artistic heart thumping. Shiloh has begged me to execute some sort of laundromat shoot with her for years, so when my sweet, talented photographer friend Catherine came across this funky one, we had to pop in.

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Don’t worry, Keane didn’t stop making sweet eyes and giggles to entertain everyone when they moved their clothes over to the tumble cycle.

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Interested in an organic, fun lifestyle portrait session of you and your loved ones? Contact me at kali@kalinorton.com and let’s make some memories!

PSA: I will be in the Pensacola/Fairhope area and offering a limited number of sessions on the following dates…

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20TH

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21ST

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22ND

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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

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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

Dougherty Family

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.

Dougherty Family

Dougherty Family

Dougherty Family

Dougherty Family

Dougherty Family

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

Dougherty Family

Dougherty Family

Dougherty Family

Dougherty Family

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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Dougherty Family

Dougherty Family

Dougherty Family

Dougherty Family

Dougherty Family

Dougherty Family

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

Dougherty Family

Dougherty Family

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Dougherty Family

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Dougherty Family

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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