This is the Taylor family. Aren’t they purty!? Christie was the one to contact me first. She had booked a session with a photographer for her annual vacation photos, but the photographer had to cancel on them at the last minute. When she I heard from her, I had just come off of my maternity leave (early) and had some room to take her session the next day. All things work out for a reason, right?! We met at Beasley park on Okaloosa Island. If you aren’t familiar with the Destin area that’s on the west side of the Destin bridge just before you get into Fort Walton Beach. The weather was beautiful and we had a great time. I brought along an assistant for this session since it was going to be such a big family to shoot. Thankfully, my assistant had no issues with me telling her to sing Frozen’s “Let it Go” in order to grab the little girls attention for the group photo. :) We had a blast. In fact, time flew by so quickly when the light started to drop I was shocked that my light was almost gone. I love getting out on the gorgeous locations we have here on Florida’s Emerald coast and meeting new friends whilst hanging out and taking pictures of how beautiful their kids and families are. As one of the many Destin Family photographers, I have the best job ever and I believe the love of what I do is apparent to my clients and friends. Take a peek at this awesome family and leave them some love! xoxo
So it’s been a little quiet over here on this blog, but I can promise that has not been the case at my house. :) On July 16th at 8:39am my family and I welcomed our newest baby Burnett into this world. We named him Caden Skye Burnett and he was 6lbs 2 oz of absolute perfection.
His birth was a little unexpected as I was only 37 weeks along. I had had a doctors appointment the morning of the 14th and was told that my blood pressure was high and that I had proteins in my urine. I have a long list of complications that I’ve had with each of my pregnancies so honestly this wasn’t a huge surprise. In fact, this had happened while I was pregnant with my son Caleb.
I went home and started a 24 hour urine collection only to start seeing “stars” around 11 o’ clock in the evening. I had been told by my nurse that if anything unusual occurred during the next 24 hrs to come right in to be admitted so that’s what I did. On the 15th of July (after my 24 hour collection was up) my doctor decided that my protein count was too high and so was my blood pressure. They told me that they would go ahead and start pitocin at midnight and that I should try to get some rest. Honestly, I couldn’t sleep. My mind was racing. I hadn’t packed a hospital bag (that had been on my to-do list for that week), I hadn’t cleaned my house, I had so much left to do.
Thankfully, I had tons of friends and family visit me at the hospital and keep me from worrying about things I couldn’t do anything about. Fast forward to the next day. I woke up on the 16th around 6:30 am and at 6:45am the doctor broke my water. My pain level before they broke my water was about a 2-3 and instantly after breaking my water it was about a 7.
In my dream world I had wanted an all natural child birth. I wanted to go into labor when my body decided to, I wanted to have a hospital monitored water birth with no pain medication, but that was me just dreaming. I’ve had an epidural with all of my births, but during the birth of my second child I discovered that my spine was full of blood vessels which made the epidural process much more complicated.
I had decided before I went into labor that I would pass on the epidural this time because honestly, there isn’t anything worse than being poked in the spine over and over while trying to remain completely still during what seems like the worst pain ever. Well, that was what I had planned… after my water was broken I was visited by the epidural fairy and asked if I wanted the some pain relief. I had explained that I had a weird spine and that I wasn’t sure I wanted it. She felt confident with the warnings that I gave her that she would be able to help me out. So I opted for the epidural.
In her defense, I really am a freak of nature and she just had no idea what a complicated patient I really was. At this point it was 7 am and I got ready to get my sweet epidural relief. Fast forward and hour and 25 minutes, and 5 spine pokes later and I requested that they quit trying (at this point it was a ‘they’ because she had to call for back up) because I knew it was almost time to start pushing. They asked me to give them 5 more minutes and I did. They told me that I should start feeling good and that they were done. WELL, I still felt my contractions and everything else, but the edge was sort of taken off. Nine minutes later I had him. It was beautiful.
As weird as it sounds I’m sort of thankful that I felt all of it. I had originally wanted that after all. See. I really am a total freak of nature. ;)
Anyway, it’s 7 weeks later and I am finally blogging his newborn pictures… My oh my, has he grown a ton since I took these. I promise to share more as I get into my new groove with this little guy. xo
This was such a fun family photography session in Destin! This session took place at Henderson Beach in Destin, Florida. When Crystalynn contacted me for a session my auto reply replied telling her that I was on maternity leave. It had been 5 weeks since I had my baby and I was itching to get back to work, so I decided to come back from my maternity leave early. She told me all of her ideas and for what she wanted and I was instantly inspired. For one of the pictures she wanted me to capture all I could envision was tons of light and laughter. Well, the weather wanted to be moody and we ended up having to reschedule our session. The day we had rescheduled for was equally as moody, but I begged to press on. I’m so glad that we were able to have our session on this particular evening. The colors were gorgeous and the water looked so ethereal. I’m seriously in love with this whole session.
And I thought it would be fun to share a little bit about this session from Crystalynn herself:
“I started looking for photographers a week before we left for vacation. I didn’t give myself much time, but I knew I wanted to have family photos taken on the beach with my husband, mom and two kids. I also knew I needed someone who would work well with VERY active children. After asking a couple photographers that I knew personally and coming up with nothing, I ended up Google-ing Destin photographers. I sent out inquiries to several, but when I found Nichole’s page I knew she was the one! The style of her art was just absolutely amazing! It was EXACTLY what I had envisioned in my head. When I got her message saying she was on maternity leave I was bummed. I was on the verge of just settling for another photographer because I was running out of time, but then I got the message! She was coming back early from maternity leave and was able to do the session! I WAS SO EXCITED! I spoke with her several times before we even left for Florida and she was absolutely wonderful to work with.
After rescheduling one time due to weather (FL weather is VERY unpredictable) We finally did it! (Actually we were trying to decide on whether or not to reschedule again.) I spoke with Nichole SEVERAL times that evening contemplating what to do. We ended up going ahead with the session. I was nervous that the weather the next day would have been better, but she insisted that if the next evening was nicer, then we would shoot again. I thought that was absolutely wonderful of her to offer especially after having a baby mere weeks ago.
We met, shot, and it was WONDERFUL!!! The experience was EXACTLY what I wanted it to be. The lighting was BEAUTIFUL, and she was fabulous with my kids. She was a very ‘hands-on’ photographer getting in the water, and getting sandy with the rest of us! I would absolutely work with her again, and– as a matter of fact, I look forward to the next time! Thank you so much for capturing these amazing moments of my family!”
Thank you Crystalynn! You all are awesome. xo :)
This lovely children’s session took place at the Emerald Coast’s beautiful Eden State Gardens. This beautiful little girl is Ava. Last year we had her 2 year old session at the beach and it was absolutely gorgeous. You can see that session here. It is crazy how quickly they grow! Ava’s momma, Anna, wanted this session to be organic with an enchanted forest feel to change things up from the last children’s session that we did. I think Eden was the perfect place to achieve that look as the trees are so big you can’t help but to look at such a tiny little girl next to the giant landscape without thinking of fairies and all things make believe. The light was just perfect too. (Part of why I Love being a Children’s Photographer in Santa Rosa Beach and Destin areas) I love the images with the light shining on just Ava as if she was the only thing that mattered in this enchanted forest. The whole session was truly magical. I can’t wait to continue to watch this little one grow. These enchanted sessions really are some of my favorite sessions to do.
*All of these images were edited with my Make Believe Actions. If you are a photographer make sure to check those out! I hope to be releasing a new set here in the next few months. :)