Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Jessica's Maternity Session

Jessica was 38 weeks pregnant at the time of her maternity shoot and gave birth to Jasey Rae only 36 hours after our session. She absolutely glowed during her pregnancy and she and Dez are now the proud parents of a beautiful baby girl! The newborn shoot will be sometime this week so stay tuned for more beuatiful baby pictures! Also, feel free to contact Caryl Lawson Photography for your own portrait needs and for a more comprehensive sampling of my porfolio, please visit my website at Thanks!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Our Beach Trip

Hi everyone! I don't post personal blog entries very often but this one serves a dual purpose - sharing my latest environmental photographs and allowing you a glimpse into our lives. Not all of these shots will appear in my portfolio but they are all special to me for one reason or another. This past weekend, Cameron and I took a trip South to Orange Beach, by way of my mom's house in Fairhope. My mom and her husband, Barry, are in the process of building a new home on the banks of Fish River in Fairhope, AL. In the meantime, they are living with my grandfather, whom I fondly refer to as "Pop". So, in the spirit of family, Cameron and I piled in on top of them, filling the already small 2 bedroom house to the point of overflowing. Cameron and I got up bright and early Saturday morning for a homecooked breakfast of bacon, egg, and cheese sandwiches and apple juice (Simply Apple - my fave!) courtesy of my mom, the cook. Then we packed up our beach bags, a cooler of drinks and snacks, and headed south to Orange Beach. We chose to lounge close to the spot where Chuck proposed 3 years ago and had the pleasure of witnessing at least 3 beach weddings over the course of our 9 hour day. We swam, sunbathed, built sandcastles, buried each other, made new friends, and enjoyed our picnic on the beach. Toward the end of the day, we were forced from the warm waters of the gulf by a large number of jellyfish encroaching on our territory. Unfortunately, my camera was tucked safely away in a plastic bag so I missed that photo opportunity. Shortly before sunset, Cameron claimed to be on the edge of starvation, so I reluctantly packed up and said farewell to our beach.As we loaded the car, Cameron said to me, "Mommy, this was a life changing day!" And so it was. After that major revelation, it was home to Pop's house for a dinner of boiled shrimp (which we had fun peeling ourselves) and shrimp salad. Yum! We were asleep before our heads hit the pillows. Sunday morning we were up and at 'em again - seeing my mom and Barry's new house and taking a boat ride down Fish river, across Weeks Bay, and into Mobile Bay. The pelicans gave us quite a show and the photo opp's were irresitable! So, after day 2 in the sun, we packed up and left with Tropical Storm Claudette snapping at our heels. This trip was amazing and after a long summer at home with all three kiddos, it gave me an opportunity to rediscover my son and how completely wonderful he is. Of course, I missed my husband and twin girls immensely, but Cam and I needed this and truly enjoyed our time together. I am so thankful for all my blessings and pray that all my family and friends will be just as blessed during their times together. Thanks for reading and allowing me to share with you. Take care and God Bless!

Friday, August 7, 2009

Baby Haley Grace

I was honored to have a session with Baby Haley Grace last Saturday. She was three weeks old and is the daughter of a classmate of mine from Hooper Academy. It was so nice seeing her mom, Kindle, again and meeting the rest of her beautiful family. It's always a pleasure to reconnect with old friends and even more so when I am able to share in such a wonderful and miraculous time in their lives! Haley was an absolute angel during the shoot - very tolerant of all of my poking and prodding. She "graced" us with some sweet expressions and of course a few baby sprinkles (aka tee tee! lol). My friend and fabulous assistant Marica came along for this shoot and saw for herself why I am so blessed to be doing more and more newborn and infant shoots. It's really very rewarding and I hope to continue this type of work for many years to come! Thank you to Kindle and her family for opening their home to us for the shoot and being so patient and hospitable as we worked to get the perfect shots. You were all wonderful and I was so blessed to have the opportunity to get to know Haley. I hope to see you all again soon!