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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3 Month Zoey | Sarah Gray Photography, Dorothy B. Oven Park, Tallahassee, FL Baby Plan Photographer

Zoey, Zoey, Zoey. You petite little thing. This doll baby was a sleepyhead for her session. I don’t usually get to photograph sleeping 3 month olds but poor Zoey just couldn’t keep those sweet blue eyes open for a minute longer. Is there anything so peaceful as a sleeping baby? I think not.

PS-Dorothy B. Oven Park has been my jam lately. That place never disappoints.

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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 Kolton | Sarah Gray Photography, Tallahassee, FL, Newborn Family Photography

Sweet, sweet Kolton. You are a doll baby and you are my cousin! We’ve had several new babies in our family this year and to say I’m excited doesn’t do it justice. Round little face, chubby chubby cheeks. I could kiss them all day. I take photos of baby’s toes at every newborn session I do. They are so small, so fully, perfectly formed. Baby toes, and the little wrinkles on the bottoms of their feet just leave me in awe. So much detail. So much perfection in such a small part.  If such care was taken on such an unnoticed detail, imagine the planning that went into the character of each child. I’m amazed every time.

For you created my inmost being;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you
    when I was made in the secret place,
    when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed body;
    all the days ordained for me were written in your book
    before one of them came to be.” -Psalm 139:13-16

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Newborn Baby Abigail, Studio Session | Sarah Gray Photography, Tallahassee, FL Newborn Family Photographer

This little girl was just shy of one month old when we took these last week. Her mama is a longtime friend of mine and Abigail is baby number three, and girl number one to join this amazing family. Photographing these two amazing and beautiful ladies was a blessing. Kelli, you’re beaming with joy. Abigail is a precious jewel.

This was also one of the first sessions photographed in my new STUDIO! I’m just a little excited. I’d love to photograph you in it. Be on the lookout for open house info in the coming weeks!

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Alex and Kyle, Maternity | Sarah Gray Photography, Tallahassee, FL maternity, newborn photographer

Alex and Kyle are expecting their first baby next month and I photographed them at Dorothy B. Oven Park. That park has been one of my favorites lately. I keep finding new little spots and nooks that I either hadn’t noticed before, or the groundskeepers are sneaky and keep adding. Either way, it’s been my go-to location this spring and I’m really loving it. As for these two, parents-to-be, they were awesome and I have no doubt they will be amazing parents  when their little girl arrives. Congratulations, Kyle and Alex! You have so much joy ahead of you!

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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 and Me – My Little Reider is 4 Months | Sarah Gray Photography featuring Ais Portraits

I am in love! I’m in love with my baby boy. I’m in love with these pictures and I’m so thankful for my sweet friend, Aislinn, of Ais Portraits, for sharing her talent with me to take some pictures of me and my sweet Reider.

You cannot imagine how nervous I was about doing these. Nervous about wanting to lose more baby weight first, nervous about not having time to get ready (hello, dry shampoo!), nervous about being awkward in front of the camera… yes, even photographers feel that way. But, ladies, I am SO stinkin’ glad I did these! I mean, seriously! Who wouldn’t want sweet mama-baby snuggle pictures of yourself with your little one? This is was that first year is full of! This is what you’ve waited for 9 treacherous months! This! The snuggles. The cuddles. The sweet baby smell, may it supernaturally linger longer than it should (I legitimately prayed that).

There aren’t enough words for how glad I am that I put those nerves aside and let a pro (who knows women’s bodies and how to use flattering angles) capture this amazing, and short, season that is infancy.  I cannot say enough about how thankful I am that I shut my inner self conscious voice up for long enough to do these. I dream of offering this service to Tallahassee mamas (hint hint, I will be), and ladies… I watch my angles like you wouldn’t believe.

Thank you so much Ais Portraits for your amazing talent, and thank you to The Fount Collective for featuring this session with your beautiful collection of photography. You and I are kindred hearts.

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“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

Matt and Allie, take 2 – Tallahassee, Florida wedding photographer

A few weeks ago I had the honor of “second shooting” for a few hours with a photographer who was in town working a beautiful wedding. Aislinn Bailey of Ais Portraits has a great eye for couples’ photography and we had fun photographing this beautiful couple.

To see many more images from this beautiful wedding, see Aislinn’s post. You’ll be glad you did.

Sarah Gray Photography | Tallahassee, FL Wedding photographer.  Wedding by Ais Portraits and second shot by me.

Sarah Gray Photography | Tallahassee, FL Wedding photographer.  Wedding by Ais Portraits and second shot by me.

Sarah Gray Photography | Tallahassee, FL Wedding photographer.  Wedding by Ais Portraits and second shot by me.

Sarah Gray Photography | Tallahassee, FL Wedding photographer.  Wedding by Ais Portraits and second shot by me.

Sarah Gray Photography | Tallahassee, FL Wedding photographer.  Wedding by Ais Portraits and second shot by me.

Sarah Gray Photography | Tallahassee, FL Wedding photographer.  Wedding by Ais Portraits and second shot by me.

Sarah Gray Photography | Tallahassee, FL Wedding photographer.  Wedding by Ais Portraits and second shot by me.

Sarah Gray Photography | Tallahassee, FL Wedding photographer.  Wedding by Ais Portraits and second shot by me.

 

Sarah Gray Photography | Tallahassee, FL Wedding photographer. Wedding by Ais Portraits and second shot by me.

Sarah Gray Photography | Tallahassee, FL Wedding photographer.  Wedding by Ais Portraits and second shot by me.

Sarah Gray Photography | Tallahassee, FL Wedding photographer.  Wedding by Ais Portraits and second shot by me.

Sarah Gray Photography | Tallahassee, FL Wedding photographer.  Wedding by Ais Portraits and second shot by me.

Sarah Gray Photography | Tallahassee, FL Wedding photographer. Wedding by Ais Portraits and second shot by me.

 

Sarah Gray Photography | Tallahassee, FL Wedding photographer.  Wedding by Ais Portraits and second shot by me.

Sarah Gray Photography | Tallahassee, FL Wedding photographer.  Wedding by Ais Portraits and second shot by me.

Sarah Gray Photography | Tallahassee, FL Wedding photographer.  Wedding by Ais Portraits and second shot by me.