our family | a lifestyle session

As most of you know, I have been on maternity leave since the birth of our second baby. The time away from work has been a bit of a transition for me considering that I spent the last four or five years knee deep in shooting and editing and blogging and running my small business. Although I took some time off after Ava was born, I knew this time around had to be different. So when I finished my last 2012 wedding in December, I jumped head first into an extended maternity leave. These days you are more likely to find me taking photos of my own children in our everyday lives (though I am starting to ease back into client projects!), but as for now there is nothing else I’d rather be doing!

Although we had newborn photos made of Anna, a true lifestyle session is what I really wanted this time around. My friend Heather Knowles came over few weekends ago to photograph our family. I wanted the session to be laid back and truly capture what we would be doing on any given Saturday. While I do think there is a place for beautiful posed family “portraits”, I could not be happier with this glimpse into our everyday lives. I have included a lot of photos here, but I loved so many. And since I haven’t been blogging client sessions, I wanted to share with you where we have been and what we have been doing these last few months.


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Jess Amanda, It has been so long since I’ve checked in with you, and I didn’t know you had another baby girl! Congrats!! Both of your girlies are absolutely gorgeous and I love the idea of a Day in the Life photoshoot! I especially love the pic of Ava and Anna laying next to each other with Ava looking towards Anna. So precious!June 14, 2013 – 5:06 am

Chevin Woodruff LIFE is right. The love is gliding smoothly through these beautiful Life Style family photos. Thank you for sharing.May 6, 2013 – 9:55 am

Deb Wood Beautiful, priceless photo! I love them all. Yea, Heather!May 2, 2013 – 5:00 pm

Ashley Ahhhh! This pictures make me want to come see you guys! Both girls are beautiful! I want to squeeze Anna and those little leg rolls! Love y’all!April 29, 2013 – 5:38 am

Amy Creamer Ya’ll are just one of the sweetest and most precious families I know. Anna & Ava are absolutely BEAUTIFUL! I really enjoy getting to see the pictures of your little family growing!April 28, 2013 – 8:19 pm

:) camille what precious, priceless, beautiful memories. never doubt your choice, amanda. your joy is beautiful in every. single. image. miss you guys! :)April 28, 2013 – 9:38 am

DebZorn Such a beautiful family. This is definitely my favorite type of photography. Thank you for sharing.April 27, 2013 – 3:29 pm

Allison Awww SO cute! You have the most adorable family! :)April 26, 2013 – 6:24 pm

Amie Ezelle So beautifully sweet :-)April 26, 2013 – 3:12 pm

Melissa ohhhhh that black and white of you and Anna… be still my heart! I love all of them, but that might be my favorite.April 26, 2013 – 1:44 pm

Tina Oh Amanda, you have SUCH a beautiful family! These are so gorgeous – I want to have sessions like this one day:)April 26, 2013 – 1:33 pm

Coe Awe – you’re wearing Ava’s favorite color. Beautiful pictures; beautiful family! Great job Heather!!April 26, 2013 – 1:29 pm