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 my girls 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!

Burket Summer…{St Pete FL lifestyle and family photographer}

I’ve been itching to blog our annual “Burket Summer Session” since May and since I have some much welcomed available office time this week, I really wanted to get this session blogged. Better late than never and a sentimental look back to summer swimming, staying in bathing suits all day, bbq dinners and evening golf cart rides with Gigi and Chippy.

Breakfast with the Twinks…{Tampa FL lifestyle and family photographer}

I remember meeting with Carina and Mike when they were making decisions about a wedding photographer. Carina said one thing that stood out in my mind. “We don’t just want a wedding photographer. We want a photographer that will grow with us as we continue through life and build our family. I don’t want to have to search for a different photographer with every phase in life.” With that statement, I remember feeling as if I was in 3rd grade, jumping in my seat and feverishly waving my hand in the air while I impatiently whispered, “Pick me! Pick me! I know this one! I can do this!” I’m so grateful she saw my inner 3rd grade confidence and I have been growing with them since their wedding day. Abbey and Ella are thee sweetest and most precious little buddies. They give some very genuine snuggles and hugs as well. I’d like to think they hold them in reserve for me and I usually get a longer snuggle when I show them the back of the camera.

Henry & Arthur…{Tampa FL lifestyle and family photographer}

I’m breaking my blogging silence with these gorgeous bothers because this lifestyle session makes my heart so happy. I’m not sure if it’s these sweet boys’ little faces or knowing that Caroline is embracing every moment in this stage in motherhood. It is apparent with every image that she is so deep in love. The smell of Arthur’s hair and the squish of his rolls. The way Arthur is growing but he’s still so much her baby.

Caroline and Pete opted out of a traditional newborn session and waited until Arthur was about a month old for his first session. I personally love this idea. For my style of photography, I have found that older infants sleep much better than newborns once they content and if they don’t ever fall asleep, it’s not the end all be all. They love being close to mom and smile when they hear her voice. By a month old, they start to take on their own little personalities, their cheeks begin to fill out and they can focus on that big black camera and lady with crazy hair in front of them.

We took a few hours within Caroline and Pete’s home and simply did nothing. It’s always so wonderful when nothingness turns into “amazingness”.  Henry was still down for his afternoon nap when I arrived so we took some quality time with Arthur since he was the main reason for my visit. We focused on the little things like Caroline rocking in the afternoon light and Pete relaxing on the couch with him. Then once Henry woke up, we did a little coloring and I think we had a blast together.

On a side note…I haven’t boycotted blogging. Turning out client galleries have taken a front row seat these days, but I’m working on getting back into the swing of things.