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!

The journey of three…{St Pete FL lifestyle photographer}

A little over a year ago, Alison lost her husband in an accident and Cooper and Colton lost their Daddy. It has taken some time, but Alison felt she was ready to have this new stage of their lives documented. Even just for an afternoon. I was humbled and more than willing to help her accomplish this bittersweet task in pressing onward with their lives.
I’ve had many opportunities, over the years, in which I walk into repeating to myself, “This is sacred ground Abbey. This is important work. Stay focused.” This was most certainly one of them.
The pounding of little boys’ feet running from room to room, laughter, wrestling and rolling on the floor and the occasional mother’s warning from another room fills the gaps and spaces of this home. Life continues to move forward and sometimes it’s important to stop and let our hearts catch up.

Here are Alison’s words.
“These family photos represent the million small steps we have taken to get to a place with some smiles. I couldn’t begin to put into words the gravity of losing my husband & the impact to my family every minute of every day. I will forever miss being the passenger in life with Phil, but know I can now be the driver on this tumultuous road. With Phil forever in our hearts, the best way we can honor his memory is to live a very different, yet still beautiful life. Through faith, family, friends & my community, the view from our dock is finally becoming peaceful on most days again.”