Rosemary Beach Documentary Wedding Photography by Holly Gardner » 30A documentary wedding photographer for adventurous couples

Throughout my life I’ve found certain things to remain constant. I will always manage to get myself filthy when I’m shooting. I have always been a sucker for little kid hugs. If I have a choice, I will always eat desert first. And I will always have just a few friends that will stick with me through thick and thin. You know the ones… The kind of friends that you’ll stand next to as they say “I do.” The kind that will be there to hold you up when you’re wrecked with grief… The ones that will celebrate all of life’s little joys- from a new job, a child, or even a new pair of shoes… That will take care of you when you fall ill 1,000 miles away from home… THOSE friends. The rarest ones.

Amy has been that type of friend for me. Over the past 11 years she’s been there for me through thick and thin, even when I felt like I was being a bad friend in return (it’s easy to get busy with life, isn’t it?). I have always known that all it’d take was a phone call and she’d be by my side. And so it was a great honor to spend a long weekend with she and her family as they settled into life as a family of five.

Last month I traveled to DC again and was able to take images of some amazing families, one of which was the Schrocks. I let the kids jump on beds, cuddled their newest baby, and had lots of deep chats over girly movies. I also took some pictures, of course. For their family session we traveled to Great Falls National Park, where Amy first met her husband. It was fun going back after many years of marriage and 3 kids later. I hope that these images will remind them of a very special time in their lives, as well as our time together. I love you all!

xoxo, h

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SchrockFamily GreatFalls VA FamilyPortraits Holly Gardner destination lifestyle photographer Florida Rosemary Beach 30A Panama City Beach

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SchrockFamily Great Falls VA Family Portraits Holly Gardner destination lifestyle photographer Florida Rosemary Beach 30A Panama City Beach

SchrockFamily Great Falls VA Family Portraits Holly Gardner destination lifestyle photographer father and newborn baby Florida Rosemary Beach 30A Panama City Beach

SchrockFamily Great Falls VA Family Portraits Holly Gardner destination lifestyle photographer Florida Rosemary Beach 30A Panama City Beach mother and son

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Washington DC destination family photographer Holly Gardner Rosemary Beach 30A Panama City Beach Florida newborn feet

For the first post of my newly-updated blog I knew that I wanted to do something special. And so I’m starting out with a recent session with a family that has supported me, my family and my photography over the years. I’ve had the chance to photograph their son for his newborn photos, several family sessions, and when we joined together Luft Creative last year we used him as our poster-child. Remember the bubble-blowing little man? That’s him! This session took place last weekend, but has been in the works since last spring. When one of my sessions was auctioned off at the Boys and Girls Club Second Chance Prom, Monica jumped into action and outbid everyone, much to my excitement. We quickly decided that this session should be extra-special and that a joint family field-trip to their family’s Alabama farm was in order. As summer flew by and temperatures soared, we made plans for an early-October road trip and watched as the date crept closer.

Our time at the farm was even more fun and relaxing than we’d dreamed. Our families enjoyed spending time together, riding around on 4-wheelers, and taking in the gorgeous scenery. When it came time to photograph their family we journeyed for hours, seeking out the best light. And when there finally was no more we made some.

Enjoy these images from our time together. Some of the images are sweet, some are soft, and some are just downright silly. Just like those Cramers and our time down on the farm.

xoxo,

holly

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Cramer family photo session Alabama farm 30A family photographer Holly Gardner

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Cramer family photo session Alabama farm 30A family photographer Holly Gardner son and father in field

Cramer family photo session Alabama farm 30A family photographer Holly Gardner son and father in field

Cramer family photo session Alabama farm 30A family photographer Holly Gardner family fishing

Cramer family photo session Alabama farm 30A family photographer Holly Gardner father and son fishing

Cramer family photo session Alabama farm 30A family photographer Holly Gardner little boy fishing

Cramer family photo session Alabama farm 30A family photographer Holly Gardner father and son fishing

Monica Cramer family photo session Alabama farm 30A family photographer Holly Gardner silly woman in corn field

Cramer family photo session Alabama farm 30A family photographer Holly Gardner family in corn field

Cramer family photo session Alabama farm 30A family photographer Holly Gardner family in forest

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Cramer family photo session Alabama farm 30A family photographer Holly Gardner father and son in canoe

Cramer family photo session Alabama farm 30A family photographer Holly Gardner couple at sunset

Cramer family photo session Alabama farm 30A family photographer Holly Gardner couple at sunset

Cramer family photo session Alabama farm 30A family photographer Holly Gardner backlit couple at sunset

 

  • Amy Little - Love the post and LOVE the new blog!!!ReplyCancel

  • near and dear - […] Amy- who has been there for me through thick and thin, and the Cramers – who invited us for a photo weekend up in Alabama at their family farm a few weeks ago. Last week I had the pleasure of photographing the Baber […]ReplyCancel

I make it a point to try to not complain. But lately I have been on a serious run of bad luck… Tonight as I was starting to get all frazzled I decided to step away and instead think of all my many blessings… Among them are great friends, supportive family, and health. I decided that since what happened was completely out of my control, I should instead work on something I do have control over. I tackled processing more images from my recent DC trip and made a collage with detail pictures of my friend’s new baby girl… And I have to tell you, when you stare at little pieces of a newborn child, you can’t stay upset very long. It took me a while to put this together, but I think the result is pretty adorable. And the process? Incredibly therapeutic.

xoxo,

h

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  • Mallory Archer - This is absolutely incredible! I love this concept of newborn pictures! Absolutely wonderful photography :)!ReplyCancel

Meet C’s carrots. Never before has so much love gone into such teeny, tiny vegetables.

Holly Gardner food photography 30A organic produce

They’ve been growing in our organic square foot garden for months and are now only ready to pick. The anticipation has almost been too much! Here they are with daddy’s peppers, which have been plentiful throughout the summer. We almost have enough to make more pepper sauce!

Holly Gardner food photography 30A organic produce carrots peppers