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Why take family photos in the sun when splashing in puddles is so much more fun? I met up with the Dotsons for their annual family session the first day back from my maternity leave with Juniper and there’s no one else I’d rather kickstart my going back to work than these fine folks. The day we had set for their photos turned out to be drizzly but the Dotsons are the type of people who just lean in and go with the flow, no need for perfection because that doesn’t exist in real life anyway. Dotsons, I love you and your sunny dispositions, no matter the forecast.

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I love the Smiths. And I freakin love how these photos turned out of them in their home right after welcoming baby Canon into the world. My aim in every single session is for the photos to fit the people inside them — that’s more important to me than a pretty photo or even a well-composed shot, the honesty is what I’m going for.

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Here I shall list some things that are bizarre:

  • feeling like you’ve been going non-stop since April and waking up one day and there being no. more. editing. for you to do becauuuuuuuuse . . .
  • you’re LESS THAN TWO WEEKS out from your due date with your first baby . . .
  • so blogging a lifestyle newborn session and knowing that it’s going to be y-o-u in a short matter of time having your baby girl’s newborn photos taken and seeing your husband turn into a dad right before your eyes — well, let’s just say there are a whole lot of feelings being felt in my office this morning.

Lauren and Lee, thank you for inviting me into your home to document those earliest days with sweet baby Scout. I can’t believe how much she’s grown since we’ve taken these photos. It’s been beautiful watching the two of you become parents, the three of you become a family.

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My dear blog,

Please accept my sincerest apologies for neglecting you these past couple of months. I promise you that it is nothing personal! In the midst of the crazy wedding season from April until now, I just lost myself in shootingshootingshooting/editingeditingediting and sadly got out of the habit of paying you the proper amount of attention. I’m ready to change. Please take me back?


It’s been three years of photographing the Dotson family and I never ever ever want to stop meeting up with them and documenting slices of life in their darling family. There are photographers out there who can work their magic to make your life appear still and pristine in photos, but that’s not my game. I want to photograph life lived together, and all the jumping on beds and hugs that happen along the way. Dotsons, I am thankful for you.

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