“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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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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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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