Category archives: Family

Youmans Family | Atlanta Newborn Photographers

Hi Friends,
This sweet family. I’ve honestly stalked them since I photographed their wedding, I watched them start new jobs. Buy their first home. enjoy some fun vacations. Welcome not just one but two puppies. Ive loved seeing their love for each other, and how their heart pours out for their friends and family. I have always been in awe of what truly beautiful people these two are. So undoubtedly, watching their family grow brings me so much joy.
I love that I have the special privilege of introducing to you beautiful Rosalie.

much joy,
Alea

Whitten Family | Atlanta Newborn Photographers

Hi friends!!
Oh man, how I just wanna smile and cry when I look at these photos. There’s something so sacred about the moments that I get to share with couples days after they become parents, and it’s a thousand times more special when you have had the privilege of capturing them become parents for a second, a third….well.. you know the bigger the family the better. 🙂  My heart just overflows having clients that turn into friends, then getting to watch as those friends grow their sweet family.

Michael and Ginny, you make awesome parents. Avelynn and Baby Asher are so incredibly lucky to have you. Hope these bring a smile to your day!
much joy!
Alea

Brakebill Family | Atlanta Newborn Photographers

Hi friends,

I got to see these two about a month before they had their little one and then shortly after for their newborn session which is always so cool because I get to see them right in the middle of the anticipation of a baby, in an outwardly joyful time; and then I get to see them settle into life with baby. Also, such a joyful time, but it’s a different kind of joy. It’s usually quiet, raw, not super easy, but its wonderful, and lovely. In meeting these two at their maternity session, it was obvious that Lori Beth and William are just the sweetest: kind, personable, really easy going, good hearted people, and I knew their newborn session would be a good one because I knew those traits would carry over. I knew that they would be flexible, I knew that they would be positive and upbeat, and I knew that even if little Wills was a challenge (as babies can sometimes be for newborn sessions, but Wills was a perfect angel!), they wouldn’t let that weigh on them or change their spirits on that day. And that’s exactly how it went… they both took all the wonderful in. I love when that happens and a whole bundle of beautiful captures come pouring through the editing room.

Lori Beth and William,  I’m so happy for your sweet family of three! I hope you treasure these images for years and years to come.

Much joy!
Alea

 

Hirschel Family | Atlanta Lifestyle Photographers

Hi friends!!
I 100% understand that putting your family in the front of the camera is not easy. Lets be honest, it is really stressful. It is stressful scheduling, dad always has work things, kids school, baby’s naps, life. It is stressful to choose what to wear. Do we match, do we coordinate, are we going to be too warm, going to be too cold, and finding yourself standing in the store trying to outfit your family of 5, yes, sounds terrible. Then, the day actually comes, and it is never how you hope, baby doesn’t nap like normal, sister has a little cold, brother fell down yesterday and now has a bruise right in the middle of his face. Dad is running behind at work, so mom, you are left getting all the kids ready, and oh, yeah, yourself ready… You finally get in the car, and of course there is traffic. Of course, baby spit up, and you think, “did I remember the extra shirt”. You get to your location having to meet dad there. You throw him the shirt he needs to be wearing while pulling everyone else out of the car and saying a big prayer that no one falls in the next 5 minutes and gets mudd on their knees before you even start. You meet the photographer, your 4 year old immediate starts to pout, and the thought runs through, of gosh, “do these outfits actually look good in photos?” And you hope, you truly hope, that the photographer doesn’t think your family is crazy, hope she doesn’t think your kids are hellions because they are all running in opposite directions, and hopefully, please God, she won’t notice the spit up spot on your shirt.

I get it. Its not easy. But, it is worth it. My favorite is to get those emails that say, “Alea, I truly didn’t think you would have gotten one. single. good one. But, we are so blown away by how many good ones there are…'”
cause here is the thing. When you are worry about how your family is supposed to look, I love seeing how you family truly looks. You guys look like a beautiful little family. I see a lot of family and experience a ton of different types of families, but no matter how different, there are always very similar things. Every 2 year old is similar. Every 4 year old does similar things. So, my job is to allow you to be your little family, and just enjoy what I see. Even when you son yells out at me, “No!” when I asked him to go stand near dad. Know I get it. Its not the first or the last time that will happen. I didn’t expect you guys to show up and be perfect. I just ask that you show up and be you. I wanna see hugs, and laughing, and playing, and and smoochies…yes smooching between mom and dad too… holding hands, playing chase, running around, piggy backs…. and all the wonderful “not so perfect” family moments. I promise those are the best. I promise those are the ones in 5 years, you will look back and be thankful you have. It will make all the stress worth it… Please know how thankful I am that you share all of this with me. Its why I love what I do, and why I keep coming back for more. I love when I look back at mom and dad, and say that was a #reallife shot because those are the ones I promise you will appreciate. So! Know if you showed up with not one matching sock, with snotty noses, with the terrible twos or threes or fours, or a shirt that wasn’t quite the right blue…. its still going to “perfect”.

Much joy!
Alea
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Cunningham Family | Atlanta Newborn Photographers

Hi friends!
This sweet family melted my heart. Sweet wedding clients that called not tooooooo long after the wedding to say “hey alea! we’re preggars!!!” Its always a little sad to be over with a wedding because it means not getting to see the sweet new friends I had made potentially for a little bit, so new baby makes it the perfect excuse to see my sweet friends again! 🙂
And man oh man, how adorable are these guys. Mom and Dad were both such natural parents and you can see the love literally pouring out of their hearts for their new baby girl. Just so heartwarming!!
Cunninghams, hope you love these sweet captures!! Big hugs to the 3 of you and puppy! 🙂

much joy!
Alea
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Houck Family | Atlanta Lifestyle Photographers

Hi friends!!
Happy Monday!! I can’t believe its the last week of september. I always feel like this month goes by the fastest for me. Probably because of birthday and anniversary, and it just makes a week disappear. But, heres to making the most of the rest of this wonderful month!
I am so thrilled to share this darling family with you! I loved loved our little stroll through on of my favorite shooting spots. Where the light is magical and this family just warmed my heart.
Houck fam! Hope this bring such smiles to your faces today! Thank you for allowing me to bring these stills to your home,and I hope they are treasures from today on. Happy birthday sweet Joni!
Much joy!
Alea
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Dillard Family | Atlanta Newborn Photographers

Hi friends!!
Had to share this wonderful reminder from Lysa Terkeurst as my post today!! What “lasts” are you going to miss??

“Dear Moms and Dads of littles who are worn slap out. The days are sometimes so very long. But the years are so incredibly short.

So many people tried to tell me this. At the time, it felt like we had forever.

But the last bedtime story came. And so did the last carpool run, the last sleep over and the last day we all lived in the same hour… the same city.

I love where I am not with my grown kids.

But I sure do miss being able to run upstairs and watch them dreaming.

Whatever age or stage you are in… Savor the sacredness of this glorious gift called…today.”

Joy friends!!
Alea

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Hogan Family | Atlanta Newborn Photographers

Hi friends!!
Peeking back in the studio after labor day, birthday, and anniversary weekend!! Im completely full to the brim of happy, and never realized how having a wonderful time can be tiresome too, lol!
So, trying to stay focused and blog, so this may be short in words, but plenty full in photo sweetness!!! Just so much goodness in this sweet newborn session! This new family was just bursting with joy, and I loved being able to capture every second of it!! 🙂
Hogan family, you guys are so special to me, so being able to witness yet another beautiful moment in your lives swells this photographers heart! Thank you again for including me, and enjoy these sweet captures of your beautiful new family!
joy!
Alea

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Holder Family | Atlanta Newborn Photographers

Hi friends!
It really seems like yesterday that I was photographing these two’s wedding! But, it was so wonderful getting to see a baby in their arms this time and I love so much that I get to share them as a sweet new family with you!

After just a matter of days they seemed like such naturals the way the held and took care of their brand new little dude. They both were so laid back, and I’ll tell you what… the apple didn’t fall far from the tree: Bowen was so calm and sweet and was such a little champ for his solo shots. It’s kind of amazing how temperaments just kind of transfer from parents to baby, not every time, but this time it was definitely evident!

Holder’s, thank y’all for letting me capture this time for you! Loved getting to spend some time within your walls, and certainly look forward to seeing how Bowen grows into such a cutie!!

much joy!
Alea
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Watson Family | Atlanta Newborn Photographers

“Having a child is surely the most beautifully irrational act that two people in love can commit.” Bill Cosby

Hi friends!

Hope your Sunday evening is providing you much rest, so you are pumped and ready to go for this week! Trying to stay caught up on the blog, so I’m posting while snuggled in bed, watching an episode of Friends and in my PJs. 😉

So excited to share this sweet family! They made parenting a new one look so easy. They were just so comfortable and complete naturals. But, most importantly, they were such a team! I loved how getting to watch the simple acts of how they worked together, supported and encouraged each other! It was so sweet, and I have no doubts they are going to enjoy parenthood together!!

Hope you enjoy this sweet little sneak peek!

joy!

alea

 

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Bartlett Family | Atlanta Newborn Photographers

Hi friends!
I drove down to montgomery al to visit this sweet family and spend some time photoing their little love. It is definitely one of my favorites to watch a couple who I knew from their wedding and then getting to see them in parent mode. It is such a cool perk to my job. And my sweet Bartlett family was a wonderful example of that. Their wedding was incredible, the two of them were so much fun, and now seeing them as parents truly just made my heart so happy. My favorite part of the session was talking with mama and she was telling me, “you never fully realize a love you have for your spouse until you see them holding your baby. its magical.”  I completely agree, and I am so thankful to have witnessed these two so happy, so in love, and a wonderful little family of three!

much joy!
Alea

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Schoals Family | Atlanta Newborn Photographers

Hi sweet friends!!
I have had so many wonderful newborn sessions lately, and have loved meeting and reconnecting with some of the most amazing families! It is truly such a neat experience to be a part of watching a new fam in the beginning of it all, it truly never gets old.
This sweet fam has been no strangers to our blog, and with the addition of their son, I am just so excited to share a little glimpse into what goes on inside their walls. 🙂

much joy!
Alea

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Fitzpatrick Family | Atlanta Lifestyle Photographers

Hi Friends!
As I shared in my last post, my biggest nemesis this season has been the weather! I have had so many days where we couldn’t tell what the weather was going to do. And going into a session, felt like, if we said it was going to rain, it wouldn’t, and if we said it wasn’t going to rain, it would. I can’t trust the weather report, and I certainly don’t trust the weathermen. I have had more sessions that I can count that we have gotten rained out while in the middle of the session, and we find ourselves running for cover. Which in some cases has been fun, but in some cases has been a big bummer. but, the coolest part about all of it are my amazing clients. They are ok with what they get, and happy to just have some time together, not matter how long, regardless of the weather! Truly the coolest clients I have!!
This sweet family is another one that has been on our blog many times!! We went back and forth on whether of not we should go for the session because the weather report kept going back and forth, but we decided, lets do it! We did get rained out, but I still feel like there were plenty of treasures despite that.

Fitzpaticks! So thankful for you guys! I have loved watching your adorable family grow and can’t believe its been a whole year already!! Loved celebrating the occasion and hope you love these as much as I did!
(despite the rain!)
much joy!
Alea
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Dillard Family | Atlanta Lifestyle Photographers

Hi Friends!
This family has been on our blog pages many many times, and I love it every time. We met at The Hill in Athens, and played in the grass, swung from tire swings, and just enjoyed the peace and tranquility of such a beautiful spot. It definitely made me realize that summer days are ahead….
“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the tees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar condition that life was beginning over again with the summer.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Dillards,  I am SO excited to celebrate a new chapter with you guys, and I am confident it will be a beautiful one!!

much joy!
Alea

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Lewin Family | Atlanta Newborn Photographers

Hi friends!
Truly, the coolest thing, it getting to witness sweet fams change their family dynamics. Going from being a couple, to adding one, to three…  and so on. I saw them as a family of four, and now they are a family of five.  Truly that is so neat and so special. Why I have the coolest job in the world.
This sweet family started with two boys, which was pretty awesome! Now they have three boys…which is pretty perfect. You will love them as much as I do, I promise.

much joy!
Alea
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Pippen Family | Atlanta Newborn Photographers

Hi Friends!
The past few weeks have been a whirlwind, so much, that I am still trying to keep track of what day it actually is. How its friday already is beyond me. Its the end of the school year, we have two out of our four that are graduating, and I’m afraid of opening emails because their teachers keep saying things like “their last walk down the halls of elementary…” and it creates an instant ugly cry.  Just another case of how time flies so fast.
I know this sweet family can relate. Especially when you are holding a sweet newborn and remembering that big sister was just that big not too long ago. I had so much fun with this sweet fam, photographing such a sweet time. I just love Amy’s style too, and loved the girls rooms! Perfect backdrops for such sweet memories.
much joy friends!!
alea

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Allen Family | Atlanta Lifestyle Photographers

Hi Friends!!
Oh for the joy of mondays!! We got home from our wedding last night at one and then had to be up and at’em bright and early to get our girlies to school. So, I’ve been feeling a little bit like I have been chasing the day this entire monday! I am knee deep in emails, editing, blogging, mommying, but it has been my goal to get a blog up all day, so Im just so proud of myself because here ya go!!
Danielle and Donald were absolutely the sweetest! These two are definitely the type of people who love big and spread joy. The type of people you know are such treasures, and you find yourself feeling so lucky you found them some how. We had so much fun running, well, hiking around Sope Creek, and cerebrating their anniversary with some photos!

Much joy!
Alea

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Mayo Family | Atlanta Lifestyle Photographers

Hi friends,
Oh, I just love having this beautiful family filling our blog pages. I loved my time with them, and a chance to get to know them better. It was so fun getting to chat about new babies, where they met, travel adventures, and how we are all just striving to get the most happiness out of our lives by focusing on doing what matters most. such a great life outlook!
I just loved watching how well these three loved and supported each other, and such sweetness with their little one!!

much joy!
Alea
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Brimmell Family | Atlanta Newborn Photographers

Hi Friends!!
I so loved spending some time with these new parents!! They had such a fun laid back attitude, and would just laugh at the comedy of parenting a newborn, which includes getting tinkled on, and poo’ed on, and tinkled on again. I loved that they just embraced it all, and worked together with big hearts. It truly is such a beautiful thing to witness!!
I know that baby Jack is one loved little one, and I already can’t wait to see him again to see the little man he will grow into! 🙂

Much joy!
Alea
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Strickland Family | Atlanta Newborn Photographers

Hi friends!!
Happy monday!! Couldn’t have thought of a better way to start out my week and getting to share this session! These two have been another couple who aren’t unfamiliar to our blog.. and Im going to admit.. Just love this beautiful little family… i mean love love love them! I was obsessed with their little man, what a cutie!!! Had so much fun trying to figure out who he looked more like… mom or dad.. his light features were throwing me off… I know sooner than later, as this little man grows, we will be able to see who he looks like more and more! but one thing for certain, he will have his own wonderful personality all his own and though i don’t want to rush this season for mom and dad, I just can’t wait!
Much joy!
Alea

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Bipps Family | Atlanta Newborn Photographers

Hi Friends!
This gorgeous family has been on our blog before, and I am always so thankful to be able to share their family highlights. This time they are welcoming a new addition, a boy! If I could have walked out of their house with this cutie pie without them noticing, we may have a boy right now too, buuuuut I figured they’d want to keep him.
We had so much fun with this shoot, and I just loved getting to take some captures on their Spearmint baby swaddles.
Bipps family, you guys are one gorgeous family. Thank you for allowing me to put you on the other side of my camera, and hope you just love these sweet captures.
joy!
Alea
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