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!

Family…{St Pete FL lifestyle and family photographer}

It’s such a compliment to be continually asked back into someone’s home as the years go by and their family grows-with the request of more natural moments than portraits. Music to my ears and I can’t move fast enough to caught all that unfolds in front of me!

An evening dip in the pool with Mommy and Daddy and a swish in the tub.
Dress ups, dancing and swings with “Babi” and “Diado”.
A tea party and books with “Wheezy” and “Grumps”.

Tears where wiped, books were read, fake ice cream was ordered, tickles were had and Babi’s cooking was eaten from the kitchen counter by a very tired and hungry baby. It was a wonderful evening.

“What children need most are the essentials that grandparents provide in abundance. They give unconditional love, kindness, patience, humor, comfort, lessons in life. And, most importantly, cookies.” – Rudolph Giuliani

A morning with the Lane family…{Tampa FL lifestyle and family photographer}

Some breakfast, playing outside, temper tantrum, morning bath, post temper tantrum/prenap snuggles and horsing around.
It was a good morning! What sometimes feels routine and normal in our lives is worth so much more than we give it credit for. To stop and cherish the small stages that will soon be no more as babies grow.

Spring 2017 Greenhouse Minis!…{Tampa FL mini session and family photographer}

This year’s Springtime minis were so much fun! Not a single tear was shed by children, parents or myself! A number of factors helped with this and as “they” (whoever “they” are) say, “Location, location, location”. With plenty of room for the kiddos to explore, Kerby’s Nursery and Landscaping was the perfect fit!

I had been searching for a greenhouse location willing to let me use their business for over 2 years. Mini sessions have always proved to be a challenge and balancing act. Bad weather, expensive props and confining kiddos to one main area doesn’t sound like a recipe for “fun”. I have learned to stop fighting it. I did away with props, furniture and themes. “If it’s Spring, I’ll simply have to find flowers.” The greenhouse worked two-fold. A diffuser for sun during the brightest part of the day and plan B in case of rain.

I was thrilled when Kirby’s welcomed my proposal and even offered to set up a little work station for the children to pot their plant which allowed me to grab a few extra action photos. You know I’m all about the candids. This portion, unintentionally, turned into most of the mothers helping their children with their plants which I thought ended up being a sentimental start to celebrating Mother’s Day soon. In addition, the weather was absolutely perfect and between a fish pond, friendly cats and a butterfly garden, the day went off without a single hitch. Thank you so much to all my wonderful clients and friends for coming and a special thanks to Joey at Kerby’s!

The Allen Family

The Gaudette Family

The Hildouny Family

Logan, Callahan and their Momma

The Willis Family

The Stumpf kiddos

Plummer kiddos

The Patterson Family

The McCluskey Family

The Wagner Family

The Perkins Family…plus one.