VanAlstyne Family | Tallahassee, Florida Photographer

Tallahassee, Florida | Lifestyle Family Portraits
April 23, 2018 Family & Branding
Dorothy B. Oven Park

Lindsey contacted me about doing family photos and some personal branding / headshots for her blog and doula services, Mother Rising. Her three children were full of life and energy and her girls had the most precious personalities. One was a snuggler, the other was full of all the two year old personality you’d expect and her son gave me some of the best son-and-mama pictures I’ve taken.
I’ll be announcing details about upcoming spring mini sessions next week. Be sure you’re following on facebook and instagram to be the first to hear and sign up for the limited session slots.
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Sarah Gray Photography is a natural, lifestyle photographer specializing in maternitynewborn, baby, motherhood, and family photography. To inquire about booking your next portrait session, please contact Sarah at sarah@sarahgray.net.

Sarah provides lifestyle photography services in Tallahassee and along the Florida panhandle from St. marks to Destin, as well as throughout south Georgia, and everywhere else in between.

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Home: Baby Jack is here | Sarah Gray Photography, Tallahassee, FL newborn and family photographer

Each mama has their own, natural way with their children. Some of us are silly and playful, some are real active and vocal, others are quiet and strong. These are all excellent qualities. I tend to lean on the silly and loud side. In our house, we wear our hearts on our sleeves. This isn’t always an advantage. This session’s mama is in the quiet and strong category and a big part of me wishes I had more of that meekness in me. Her children can rest in it and their home was peaceful. I’m also under no illusion that ANY home is always like that. Life with littles in hard and we all reach our limit. I love when I get a glimpse of families whose flavor is seasoned with that gentleness I so long to taste. It is everything “home” to me.

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Milo, Age 3 | Sarah Gray Photography, Cascades Park, Tallahassee, Fl Family Photographer

The greatest compliment I can get is a family coming back to me over and over again. It is such an honor to photograph this group. Their oldest son, Ezra, was my FIRST newborn! He’s now 6 years old. In fact, this family is who helped launch me into starting my business and I love them so dearly on so many levels.

Their second son, Milo, just turned three and we met at Cascades Park on a steamy hot morning to take some pictures of him, his big brother, and their beautiful Mama. Age three is so full of spunk. Milo alternated between being a frog, a cowboy, and “a boy named Milo” throughout the session. I love him. His newborn and maternity sessions were some of my favorites.

Happy THIRD birthday, Milo man! You’ll get those three fingers figured out soon enough!

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Ava, 9 Months | Sarah Gray Photography, Dorothy B. Oven Park, Tallahassee, FL Baby Plan Photographer

Ava, this year is going by entirely too fast! HOW are you already 9 months!?!  You have beautiful blue eyes and the softest head of baby hair. You mama and daddy had better be getting ALL the kisses they can!

I can’t wait to see you in three months!

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Baby Alexis | Sarah Gray Photography, Tallahassee, FL Newborn Family Photographer

This tiny joy was photographed last year as part of a personal project for me and her mama wins an award for her patience in getting these photos from me. I’ve been wanting to re-learn film photography and the talented, Shannon from Mi Amore Foto, worked on this session with me. I’ve been chicken and haven’t sent those rolls of film into the lab yet. Those images will be shared when I finally get the courage to see how they turned out. With her help, I’m sure they’re fine. I’m just nervous. In the meantime, here are the images I took with my digital camera. They are so so lovely. My oh my do I love photographing babies!

On another note, I have been asked recently about tips for photographing your own kids so I’m toying with the idea of offering a class to share some of that info as well as teach mamas how to use their fancy big cameras to their fullest so really take great, legacy type pictures that only a mama can take of all the day-to-day happenings in a house. In the meantime, you can check out this post from my archives with a few tips.

Sarah Gray Photography | Tallahassee, FL Newborn Family Photographer

Sarah Gray Photography | Tallahassee, FL Newborn Family Photographer

Sarah Gray Photography | Tallahassee, FL Newborn Family Photographer

Sarah Gray Photography | Tallahassee, FL Newborn Family Photographer

Sarah Gray Photography | Tallahassee, FL Newborn Family Photographer

Sarah Gray Photography | Tallahassee, FL Newborn Family Photographer

Sarah Gray Photography | Tallahassee, FL Newborn Family Photographer

Sarah Gray Photography | Tallahassee, FL Newborn Family Photographer

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Sarah Gray Photography | Tallahassee, FL Newborn Family Photographer

Sarah Gray Photography | Tallahassee, FL Newborn Family Photographer

 

“Mommy-hood is such a gift.” – Tallahassee Newborn Photographer

There is nothing more beautiful to me than the connection between a mother and her child. I am so thankful to do what I do and have the opportunity to photograph mothers with their children. Newborn sessions are especially precious to me for this reason. For nearly every newborn session I do, I almost insist that I snap at least a few pictures of the mother nursing her brand new babe. Those days of nursing a child can be many or few but no matter what, it’s a precious season that no mother will ever forget.

A few weeks ago I was in the home of one of my first newborn clients (whose mother is one of my closest friends). She and her family of 6 moved into their home almost a year ago and just last month she purchased a few wall prints from her newborn session with baby number 4, Lincoln. I made my way into his nursery and was brought to tears when I saw the image of her holding him in her arms at just 5 days old, nursing him during one of the “feeding / comforting” breaks during their newborn photo session. It’s a beautiful picture. In honor of World Breastfeeding Week, I texted her to ask if she would mind me posting it. Her response, “I was literally sitting in Lincoln’s room this morning looking at that picture thinking about how special it is and what it represents and how I’d like to share it.” This mama, Bambi, is the amazing mother of 4 children (ages 4 and under). To say she’s busy is a drastic understatement.

I’m so honored to have been able to provide her with this image and all the other beautiful images from their session. So, below are her words:

“Nursing went beautifully in the beginning. Aside from 3 bouts of mastitis. But, who’s counting and who cares? You get to nurse your baby right? Then at 7 months, 4 out of 6 of us got bacterial pneumonia; including me & Lincoln. When GG (one of their twins) was hospitalized, making the 30 minute drive home & back every 3 1/2 hours just wasn’t possible. He got a lot of bottles and Mommy was under a lot of stress. When all the dust settled, I had lost too much of my milk supply and he had gotten too used to the bottle. I fought hard to get it back for two weeks. Got up every 4 hours during the night to pump and almost OD’d on Mother’s Milk tea, but it didn’t work. I had to let it go. He was fine, but I was devastated. I was almost embarrassed and ashamed when I had to take out a bottle in public. Isn’t that sad? I felt like I was going to be judged by other moms. We absolutely have to be more supportive of everyone’s choices as mothers. We’re all doing the best we can. For me, that picture is so precious. It will remind me of those sweet moments and late nights where no one would due but Mommy. Moments I was blessed enough to share with each of my children… Mommy-hood is such a gift.”

Sarah Gray Photography - newborn, family photogrpher

Sarah Gray Photography - newborn, family photogrpher

Sarah Gray Photography - newborn, family photogrpher

Emery – Tallahassee, Florida newborn photographer

Emery was born on May 14 weighing 9lbs 13 oz. Yes, his mama is a superhero. At just 4 days old, he was chubby and squishy and oh-so perfect for his session. Being a healthy baby, he needed a lot of snack breaks and Caroline was calm and collected through the process. Big brother, Moses, brought energy and affection to the session and dad, Davy, showed love and pride in his eyes like I’ve never photographed. I love this family.

Congratulations guys.

Sarah Gray Photography  | Tallahassee, FL family, newborn, wedding photographer

Sarah Gray Photography  | Tallahassee, FL family, newborn, wedding photographer

Sarah Gray Photography  | Tallahassee, FL family, newborn, wedding photographer

Sarah Gray Photography  | Tallahassee, FL family, newborn, wedding photographer

Sarah Gray Photography  | Tallahassee, FL family, newborn, wedding photographer

Sarah Gray Photography  | Tallahassee, FL family, newborn, wedding photographer

Sarah Gray Photography  | Tallahassee, FL family, newborn, wedding photographer

Sarah Gray Photography  | Tallahassee, FL family, newborn, wedding photographer

Evans’ Family – Tallahassee, Florida child and family photographer

This family was such fun to photograph this weekend. Their little daughter is one of my girls’ best buddies and she was full of energy for her session. Sarah Gray Photography | Tallahassee, FL Family Photographer

Sarah Gray Photography | Tallahassee, FL Family Photographer

Sarah Gray Photography | Tallahassee, FL Family Photographer

Sarah Gray Photography | Tallahassee, FL Family Photographer

My other girl…

Big sister had a turn in front of the camera today. She’s becoming quite easy to photograph (much more cooperative than she used to be). We scouted a new location and before I knew it she had pulled me into her world. We were on an adventure exploring… first as pirates then as horses. The greatest adventure of the day was stumbling upon some train tracks just as a train was about to pass. My girl and I were able to stand to the side of the tracks (way way way off to the side) and feel the rush of wind as the engine sped past. I’m not going to lie… It was quite a thrill.

She’s getting to be so fun to take out.

Sarah Gray is a family portrait photographer capturing beautiful images around tallahassee, FL

Sarah Gray is a family portrait photographer capturing beautiful images around tallahassee, FL

Sarah Gray is a family portrait photographer capturing beautiful images around Tallahassee, FL

Sarah Gray is a family portrait photographer capturing beautiful images around Tallahassee, FL

Sarah Gray is a family portrait photographer capturing beautiful images around Tallahassee, FL

And the, “Mommy I’m done with this” face…

Sarah Gray is a family portrait photographer capturing beautiful images around Tallahassee, FL

Remember, Holiday / Family mini sessions are two weeks away! Be sure to sign up and take advantage of an awesome opportunity to have your family’s custom portrait and holiday cards made at the same time for one amazingly awesome price. Seriously, this is a great deal. There are only a limited number of spaces so if you’re thinking about it, contact me through the form on the link above and we can get you on the schedule. Remember, each referral you send gets you a $10 print credit. Those can add up fast!

Have a great weekend!

“There is no promise of tomorrow…eat out a few less times this fall, make family portraits a priority in your home. You won’t regret it.” -The Organic Bloom Company

My Girl

Sarah Gray is a family portrait photographer capturing beautiful images around Tallahassee, FL

This one… this girl is something else. She has two extreme faces… big cheesy smile or mrs. scowley-face. After dropping big sister off at school, Esther and I took a little trip to visit a location I’ve been wanting to scout out. I think I like the result.

Sarah Gray is a portrait photographer capturing beautiful images around Tallahassee, FL