1. Jonah: Rosemary Beach Photography

    Rosemary Beach, Florida

    I adore the connection between a mom and her baby.  It is one of my most favorite things to photograph.  After the light dropped during our Rosemary beach photography session and little Jonah was pretty much ready to be done with our session I saw this.  It made me so happy.  There is a song by Taylor Swift called “Never Grow Up.”  The lyrics read:

    Never Grow Up by Taylor Swift

    Your little hands wrapped around my finger
    And it’s so quiet in the world tonight
    Your little eyelids flutter cause you’re dreaming
    So I tuck you in and turn on your favorite nightlight

    To you, everything’s funny
    You got nothing to regret
    I’d give all I have honey
    If you could stay like that

    (Chorus:)
    Oh darling don’t you ever grow up, don’t you ever grow up
    Just stay this little
    Oh darling don’t you ever grow up, don’t you ever grow up
    It could stay this simple
    I won’t let nobody hurt you
    Wont let no one break your heart
    No one will desert you
    Just try to never grow up
    Never grow up

    You’re in the car on the way to the movies
    And you’re mortified your mama’s dropping you off
    At 14, there’s just so much you can’t do
    And you can’t wait to move out
    Someday and call your own shots

    But don’t make her drop you off around the block
    Remember she’s getting older too
    And don’t lose the way that you dance around in your PJs getting ready for school

    (Chorus:)
    Oh darling don’t you ever grow up, don’t you ever grow up
    Just stay this little
    Oh darling don’t you ever grow up, don’t you ever grow up
    It could stay this simple
    No one’s ever burned
    Nothing’s ever left you scarred
    Even though you want to, just try to never grow up

    Take pictures in your mind of your childhood room
    Memorize what is sounded like what your dad gets home
    Remember the footsteps, remember the words said
    And all your little brother’s favorite songs
    I just realized everything I had is someday gonna be gone

    So here I am in my new apartment
    In a big city, they just dropped me off
    It’s so much colder than I thought it would be
    So I tuck myself in and turn my nightlight on

    Wish I’d never grown up
    I wish I’d never grown up
    Oh I don’t wanna grow up
    Wish I’d never grown up
    Could still be little
    Oh I don’t wanna grow up
    It could still be simple

    (Chorus:)
    Oh darling don’t you ever grow up, don’t you ever grow up
    Just stay this little
    Oh darling don’t you ever grow up, don’t you ever grow up
    It could stay this simple
    Won’t let nobody hurt you
    Won’t let no one break your heat
    And even though you want to, please try to never grow up
    Don’t you ever grow up
    Just never grow up

    This song is exactly why I love what I do.  It’s exactly why I love capturing a momma and a baby in some of their sweetest moments.  I can’t ever stop the time, but at least I can save these memories for generations to come for families like myself.  My stepson Collin just went off to college and I keep thinking about our first years living in this house.   How it seems like it was only yesterday and now he lives in a new big city (well, it’s big compared to Destin) and how he lives alone.  All grown up.  How I’m so proud of him, but so sad that he isn’t around like he used to be. Sad that what used to be our normal is in the past.  I tell you, if the rest of my children grew up to be just like him I would be so happy.  Anyway, I hope you enjoy these images and little Jonah, don’t you ever grow up.

    Rosemary Beach Photography

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