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Hello and welcome to my studio journal!  I'm so happy you stopped by!  This is the place to come to see what's new in my world.  

I am a children and family photographer based out of Birmingham, Alabama.  I specialize mostly in natural light, and I have a natural light studio in historic downtown Homewood.  Some of my favorite things to do include searching for cool vintage fabrics and furniture, spending way too much time on Etsy's website, and spending way too much money in Anthropologie's store!  I am also drawn to beautiful design and modern, clean lines.  My biggest "loves" are children and photography, and I am so blessed to be able to combine those loves with my other interests to create art every day!  My style is contemporary, yet classic.   When I shoot, my goal is to capture the heart of my subject(s).

I hope that you will check in often to see what's going on in my world.  Bookmark me or add me to your google reader.  And I especially love to hear your comments!  Come back, and come back often.

Kathryn Taylor & Sullivan (Birmingham Children’s Photography)

Guess what?  This is my 3rd post of 2014!  I’m doing this thing!  I’m going to try to keep up the momentum for as long as I can.  I LOVED this sweet session with these two gorgeous girls this fall.  I knew Mom had a Ralph Lauren look in mind, and in their adorable Petit Trousseau outfits, I think we pulled that off!  We only THOUGHT it was cold on this day in October when these pictures were made.  Fast forward to today’s 9 degree temps, and it makes that day in October look like a hot August day on the beach.   But it WAS cold for October, and these girls completely rocked this quick session!  They are naturals in front of the camera!DSC_3361

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Needing to warm up a little? (Birmingham Children’s Photographer)

Well, look no further!  On this cold, cold day in January, I couldn’t think of a better session to post.  I am really, really missing summer right now.  These pictures are of two of my very favorite kiddos in the world, taken in one of my very favorite places.  I’d give anything to be back on the beach with them right now.  This had to have been one of the most laid back sessions of the year as “Mom” and I sat on the beach and talked, and I shot a little while Sam and Charlotte ran circles around us (you can totally do that when you are shooting one your best friend’s kids!).  Okay, maybe there was a little bit of directed positioning, but for the most part, Sam and Charlotte were just who they are.  I’ve never met two kids who love each other more than these two do….and that makes for an incredible session.  Hope these bring a little warmth to your day.  Happy weekend!

Now, how many more days until summer???

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“Praise God, from whom all blessings flow” (Birmingham Family Photographer)

First of all, Happy New Year!  Second, I’m back (again).  I realize that my last post was …like…forever ago, but a lot has happened since May.  Right after my last post, the kids got out of school for the summer, we moved out of our old house and then proceeded to “live” a number of different places until our new house was “finished” in August.   All the while, I was up and down the road carting kids back and forth between camps, the beach, the lake….and wherever else they wanted to go.  While I kept a full work load over the summer, something had to give…and the first thing to go was my blog.  I had thought once the kids got back in school that I would resume business as usual, but unpacking and a crazy fall schedule just never allowed me to catch up.  So here I am on this second day of January 2014 pledging to attempt to catch up on all those blog posts I missed over the last seven months.  I figure that if I say it out loud (or write in here) that maybe, just maybe, it will happen.  We will see.  I know that I’ll never completely catch up, but I’ll try to at least give you some highlights of what’s been going on around here the last several months.

Before I catch you up, I want to first say thank you so much to all of my precious clients who have been with me these last 8 1/2 years.  You guys mean the world to me, and I cannot tell you what it means to be able to watch your families grow.  I am looking forward to a wonderful 2014 with all of you.  I do anticipate making some changes this year to my schedule and the way I shoot in order to carve out a little more time for my family.   Once the kids are back in school and I have a minute or two to catch my breath and develop a plan, I’ll elaborate a little more.  🙂  I feel like I begin every year talking about wanting to achieve balance…however, this is the year I intend to make it happen!

Considering that it’s been so long since I last posted, I had tons and tons of sessions to choose from when I was trying to determine my first post of the year.  However, when I really sat down and thought about it, I knew that I had to post about my longtime friends, the Sneckenbergers.  If you’ve followed my blog for a while, they’ve pretty much been regulars here.  My husband and I have been friends with them since they were all in medical school together years ago.  I remember vividly the text we got from them last fall that Julianne had been diagnosed with advanced stage breast cancer.  I was on my way to a shoot….and literally was stopped dead in my tracks.  She was the first of our close friends to be sick.  Julianne went through several months of intense treatment and thought she was out of the woods (for a while) until she found another questionable spot.  Further testing revealed that the cancer had spread even further, and her diagnosis looked grim.  Friends rallied around the “Snecks” and prayed over them.  A month or so after her last biopsy, her pet scan revealed no cancer.  More testing has shown the same.  My prayer is that future testing will continue to show the same thing.  I guess that once you are diagnosed with cancer, you never completely feel like you are out of the woods.  However, I am thankful that God has decided to bless us with Julianne.  Her strength and determination is such an inspiration to me and to anyone else who knows her.  Did I mention that she helped start a women’s soccer team this fall….in a league of all men’s teams no less??  🙂

When planning her family’s annual pictures this year, we opted to wait as late as we could to do them so that her hair would have a chance to grow.  Of course, we also waited until the weather decided to be cold and wet.  After rescheduling a few times, we finally found a warm and not rainy day (it was by no means sunny, but it worked) to sneak in a few pictures for their Christmas card.  Their card was simple and sweet and contained the phrase, “Praise God from whom all blessings flow”.  I’m sure that everyone who received it couldn’t agree with that phrase any more.  So, without further ado,  I introduce you to the beautiful Sneckenberger family.  Praise God from who all blessings flow.

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Meredith (Birmingham Senior Photographer)

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before, but I LOVE shooting high school senior girls.  Part of the reason is that sometimes I still think I’m 17….but my body aches and the lines on my face say otherwise (perhaps it’s time to amp up the Botox).  I also remember like yesterday the apprehension and pure excitement I had about leaving home for college and becoming independent.  I may have mentioned that I taught high school before I got into photography, and my senior students were always my favorites.

Meredith is the daughter of some dear friends of ours, and I’ve watched her grow up (mostly via yearly holiday cards) so much over the past several years.  It was such an honor to be able document such a special time in her life.  As you can tell from the pictures, she has a TON of personality and both inner and outer beauty.  This was most definitely one of my favorite sessions of the year so far!

If you are an upcoming senior girl, make sure to watch the blog next week as I will be posting info about some limited edition sessions I will be doing for senior girls over the summer!  🙂
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