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Standing in a line, we watched the older girls and struggled to keep up. Shaking my scrawny little legs and flat chest, I wondered how I would in four short years I could ever be as poised, confident and mature as the older girls. Even for the least-shy fourteen year old, entering high school is scary. Signing up to be a cheerleader at said school was doubly-scary. There were new routines, new outfits, and a sea of new faces, many of which just turned their noses up at me. Except for one upcoming senior… I can’t remember her exact words, but I recall her pulling me aside and saying something to the effect of “Come on, baby girl. Let me show you the moves. I’m Tina.” And it was then that I knew I’d be ok in this new school and that among the coolest of the cool remained a few leaders that put others first. It made a genuine impact on me and made me think a) about how a simple thing could mean so much to someone and b) how you never know who’s looking up to you.

A few years ago, Tina and I reconnected. I’m not sure if I’ve told her since how much I appreciate that simple gesture from way back in the fabulous 90’s. I’m sure that she doesn’t even remember it. But I do. When we reconnected as adults, I was pleased to learn that Tina was every bit of the vivacious, kind, funny (seriously… she’s hilarious) and genuine girl I’d met back before I’d hit puberty.

Several weeks ago I had the chance to photograph her with her sweet husband Peter and their new little love. They are building a house along 30A and so we decided to do something a little different and do their session in and around their house. There was dust, scaffolding, and drywall everywhere but we just rolled with it. Where there was no light, we made it.

I love these images of an old friend with her newly expanded family in their future home. Things look bright for the Romaines and it couldn’t be for more anyone more deserving. Cheers!

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With the spring portrait season in full-swing and wedding season kicking into gear, there are lots of albums, prints, and canvases going out the door. Today I wanted to share the Newberry family’s portrait album! These albums are the perfect way for families to remember this time in their lives again and again. They come in distinctive boutique packaging and are available in two sizes, feature 20 lay-flat pages, and come in two size options – 10″ x 10″ and 8″ x 8″. (The 8″x8″ is shown here with another package).AlysBeachPortraitSessionPhotoAlbum001The average album has between 20-30 images and comes in a variety of color options. The one shown below is black premium suede.AlysBeachPortraitSessionPhotoAlbum002

Each page is thick and juicy, unlike regular albums that you can print yourself. When you turn the pages you can feel how sturdy they are, made to stand the test of time.

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One of my favorite things about the albums is that, just like the wedding albums, the pages lay flat!

AlysBeachPortraitSessionPhotoAlbum003A variety of cover options are available, from fabric, floral fabric, suede, vintage leather, and faux leather. The vintage leathers are my favorite!

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If you’re interested in learning how I can help your family document and preserve their most precious moments, contact me and we’ll chat!

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I wanted to go ahead and share a little preview of what I’ve been working on today… My friend, Stephen Counts, has worked with me several times throughout the years and a few weeks ago he proposed a little project. He was looking for a headshot, but not a “normal, boring headshot.” He sent me a few examples from the fashion world so I could see what he had in mind and then I dissected them to see if I could come up with something comparable. What he liked was the lighting – which from my quick analysis was at least two lights with one overhead. Because I’m working out of my home, I built this crazy scaffolding system across my living room with lights hanging every which way. I took test shots with my husband and made a bunch of adjustments, but then I decided it just wasn’t the look I wanted.

In the end, I brought it back to the basics. The final shot was taken in my kitchen with a Speedlight in a gridded softbox and a small reflector. I’m really pleased with how it turned out and it taught me a lesson about how sometimes simpler can be better. Enjoy!

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  • Kimberly Bishop - This reminds me of a movie poster…very Hollywood, very stylish, very intriguing.

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When I was in college we had an exchange program with some European universities. They would send students to Florida to study and have some fun in the sun. I very quickly realized that the exchange program only went one way though. “Why are none of our students going over there? I think I need to change this…” And so after a long application process, I packed my bags with just enough money to barely scrape by and headed across the Atlantic. My time in France was one of the most life-changing experiences to date. I would work late into the night and arrange my schedule so I could take long weekends, hopping on trains with a baguette and snacking my way through most of Western Europe. It opened my eyes to different cultures and left me with a wanderlust that I have yet to shake. In all of my travels though, I have yet to see a place that compares to the beauty of the beaches of South Walton. Our emerald green waters and sugar-white sand still get me every single time… It really is one of those things that you have to see to believe.

A few weeks ago I had the chance to meet up with the Garrett family while they were here enjoying our natural beauty. We tromped around Alys Beach and captured some really colorful and spirited photos of their family. The clouds were out that day, but the Gulf was still a beautiful pale turquoise color, which made for a wonderful backdrop for their family photos. Here are a few of my favorites. Enjoy!

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Are you interested in capturing colorful editorial-style photos of your family during your 30A vacation? Contact me for further information and to get the ball rolling!

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Because it’s rainy and gross, I wanted to put a little something on the blog that’s sure to make you smile – a sweet little baby boy! Katie and Jay are two friends of mine that recently welcomed a new tiny human into their lives. They asked me to come hang out with them and take a few photos of this time in their lives. I think what we captured really shows them and their personalities. Enjoy!

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Are you interested in capturing timeless documentary-style lifestyle photos of your growing family? Contact me for further information and to get the ball rolling!

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