Abbey Saxton Photography bio picture

    The camera and lens have always been a comfortable place for me. A place I can express what I can't put into words.

    "If I could tell the story in words, I wouldn't need to lug around a camera." - Lewis Hine

    For years I struggled with who I truly was. As I have watched my friends and clients through a lens, I began to feel more comfortable in my own skin. Then I became a mother to two little girls and my feelings of simply being comfortable with who I was turned into a sense of belonging and pride. I want them to feel and understand it too. I go without makeup-they still tell me I'm beautiful. I forget things, make mistakes and offer apologies-they still love me. They desire my eyes locked with theirs, my arms around their bellies and my kisses upon their cheeks. I will always fight my negative inner thoughts of imperfection, but today I will focus on them amidst the glorious chaos.

    Embracing the chaos. Glorious chaos!

    As I began to embrace who I was, I began to embrace my niche of photography. It was not intentional, but after encouragement from a few dear friends, I began documenting families within their homes. I lose myself in your moments while documenting in-home sessions. There has never been a time I don't find myself smiling or tearing up behind the camera.

    Children are most natural in their own environment. It's rare that a child walks by their bed and doesn't pause to squeeze a lovie and it's inevitable that someone will need a boo boo kissed or sat in time out. There is so much beauty within the walls of your home. Beauty of daddies dancing with pig-tailed/one socked little girls in the living room. Movie night tents and exhausted mamas sitting on bubble soaked floors while babies play. Pancake making and Saturday morning bike rides. Capturing your lives truly makes my heart sing.

    I would love to document your family just as they are!

St Petersburg Lifestyle Minis…{St Pete, FL lifestyle photographer}

Round #2 of this summer’s lifestyle mini event! I’m so thrilled with how this day turned out. Rain never stops a lifestyle session since it all revolves around being cozy at home. Big thanks to these beautiful families that invited me into their homes!

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Summer 2015 In-home mini sessions!…{Brandon FL lifestyle photographer}

I get asked all the time what my favorite part of being a photographer is. Without a second thought, lifestyle.

It’s not a secret that I’m not a fan of posing and props so as I was laboring over what theme to do for this summer’s mini session event a few months back, I had the novel idea. Do away with things that cause me stress. Focus on things I love-and I love capturing families at home. My focus turned to in-home lifestyle minis and it was as if a weight had been lifted.
No worry about finding a free (or even affordable) location with ample parking for numerous clients. No worry about summer rain storms canceling the entire day or ruining rented furniture halfway through the day. No scheduling and planning for the best light of the day. No worry of what props to rent and how in the world I will transport it all to the location. Just me, my camera and your home with your beautiful babies. To be natural and unscripted. To document those moments you hold so dear in this stage of life. The chaos and quiet times. The moments you are immersed in, but never get to see what you truly look like as a parent. And let me just say, it’s a beautiful view.

The moments and events that took place with each family were based on the time of day. If they had a morning session, we ran through a morning routine of breakfast, changing diapers and getting dressed. If they had an evening session, the bedtime routine was more of the focus. Nothing was fake or acted out. When the children were put into bed, we all said goodnight and the door was closed. Each mini session was given 1 hour of time which allowed for about 3-4 activities to be documented without rushing. Of course, there is always plenty that happens in-between that deserves to be captured as well.

I am a better parent for watching these families through my lens. I learn so much and also come away feeling encouraged and reassured that I’m not alone. This is more than just a job to me-it’s my support group!
Saying that I”m humbled and honored to be welcomed into your homes sounds cliche, but it is the absolute truth. I love being a part of your lives. So thank you.

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Camlin full house…{Brandon FL In-home lifestyle photographer}

A full house equals full laps and hearts. These kids love being together and the “olders” adore their baby brother! I’m sure they argue and fight like any other family, but during my time with them, they showed nothing but respect and patience for each other. It’s never boring when you have siblings so close in age. Always someone to laugh and wrestle with. Someone to listen when you need to talk and an extra hand when you need help. We had a great time together and I loved getting to see each one’s interests. Thanks for a fun Saturday afternoon kiddos! You guys are a lovely bunch of coconuts!

Lydia & Mike…{Tampa FL wedding photographer}

What’s more perfect than marrying your love in the backyard of your childhood home with your dearest family and friends as witness?
When the day is less of a production and more focused on the commitment and love between two families being brought together. What a treat for everyone involved, including myself. When I leave a wedding day reflecting on the time I enjoyed spending with guests and feeling as if I became part of the family, I know I was in the company of truly wonderful people.
For this adventurous couple, this quote rings true.
I will remember always that marriage, like life, is a journey – not a destination – and that its treasures are found not just at the end but all along the way. -Anonymous