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!

Becky & Chris…{Tampa FL wedding photographer}

Getting ready location: Le Meridien
Ceremony location: First Presbyterian Church
Reception location: Tampa Firefighter’s Museum
Cakes: Wrights Gourmet
DJ: DJ Felix
Florist: Joy Blooms
Caterer: Edibles by Ethel

I knew I was in for a good time when I heard music and laughter down the hall from the bridal suite. The combination of loving families, hilarious friends and a laid back bride and groom make for a perfect wedding day. The party had already started when I walked in at 1pm and I’m pretty sure it kept going after 10pm. Congratulations once more to these newlyweds! Enjoy the upcoming honeymoon! Tax season is almost history!

Quality time with the Ladd family…{Tampa FL lifestyle and family photographer}

I had the opportunity and pleasure to spend an afternoon with a beautiful family a few weeks back. It was one of those perfect Florida days where the sun was warm and air was cool. A wonderful day of nothingness and everything important.

Riding bikes, making a baby sister giggle when she doesn’t feel her best and hanging upside down on monkey bars.
At one point, Jessica asked me if they should be doing more for pictures. When in fact, they were doing everything I needed them to do to capture their lives. There is more than enough to capture in a family of 5 hanging at home!

I know it seems like the pressure is on when you have me come into your homes for lifestyle photos. The typical response is, “I don’t know if we’ll have enough time to get all we do at home.” OR “I don’t know what you would photograph. We don’t do anything at home besides eat, sleep and lay around.” ((We have to give Abbey something to photograph!)) If you are on the fence about an in-home session, let me assure you…both of those responses are perfect in my world.
I love the first response because it (often times) helps you slow down and see the smaller things that are missed because you are so busy making memories. I love the second response because it gives me a chance to prove to you how special the small moments are. As parents, we can overlook those smaller moments because they feel mundane and ordinary. Nothing could be further from the truth though.

You don’t have to GIVE me situations to photograph. Being yourselves is ENOUGH. Your family being together doing what they love to do is ENOUGH.