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!

Christmas camping…{St Pete FL lifestyle and family photographer}

Every time I get a message from Shannon, I get excited with possibilities. The possibility of growing and maturing in the skills I have acquired over 15 years and the opportunity to break away from the grind of posed photo sessions. Selfish, I know.
Don’t get me wrong, posed photo sessions aren’t a negative thing. Even I occasionally want photos of my own family looking pretty and smiling at the camera, but when you turn your hobby into a business, the time to be creative and play like you used to becomes less and less. Shannon gives me the freedom to shoot with very little expectation or a preconceived idea of what I’m capturing. She also has an amazing, artsy eye for different angles and light in photos so I never want to leave her disappointed with our end result.

I’ve had the opportunity to shoot a few family vacations for the Cho family. Each one capturing stages in their lives. At our very first session, Fisher was still a nursing baby and now he’s a little boy, learning to fish. There’s very little posing and the sessions are not grand in locations, clothing or style. I think Shannon almost told me not to come for this session because 30 minutes prior to my arrival, the kids had dirty hands and faces, she wasn’t wearing makeup and everyone was in rain boots. It goes to show that the people themselves and the relationships between them are where our attention lies and it’s what my lens is drawn to immediately. These are the memories we hold close to our hearts. Thank you Shannon and Min, for setting the example of where we should be placing our values. Creating quality family time and preserving the memories.