I want you to see what I see | Mobile AL family photographer

You know it's probably time for a new family photo session. A good image of everyone smiling at the camera, now that would be great! But for me as your photographer, I'm looking for so much more! Let me show you what I am seeing during our time together.

I see a group of people who live a busy life but whose favorite activity is to be together.

family with 2 little girls in field by Mobile photographer Laurie Hatfield Photography

I see siblings who are growing into forever friends.

two sisters whispering in black and white by Mobile family photographer Laurie Hatfield Photography
2 sisters skipping | Mobile AL family photographer Laurie Hatfield Photography
2 blonde sisters | Mobile AL lifestyle family photographer | Laurie Hatfield Photography

I see kids who are unique and precious and spunky and sweet.

4-year-old little girl | Mobile AL family photographer Laurie Hatfield Photography
4-year-old girl skipping | Mobile AL lifestyle family photographer | Laurie Hatfield Photography 
6-year-old little girl portrait | Mobile AL family photographer | laurie hatfield photography
6-year-old girl laughing in grass | Mobile AL family and child photographer | Laurie Hatfield Photography
little girl sitting in grass | Mobile AL family photographer | Laurie Hatfield Photography
little girl in grass | Mobile AL family photographer | Laurie Hatfield Photography

I see a dad whose best and favorite "work" is playing with his kids.

dad twirling little girl in air | Mobile AL family photographer | Laurie Hatfield Photography
Dad playing with little girl | Mobile AL family lifestyle photographer Laurie Hatfield Photography
little girl holding onto Dad | Mobile AL family photographer Laurie Hatfield Photography

I see a couple who still really likes each other. One who may have been through a lot over the years and still picks each other.

couple hugging by Mobile AL family photographer Laurie Hatfield Photography 
mom and dad walking together by Mobile AL family photographer Laurie Hatfield Photography

I see a mom who probably questions a million times over if things are going "ok," if she's doing it all "right," wondering how it's all turning out. But mostly I see a mom who doesn't have a thing to worry about. I see the way her kids look at her. I see the way she holds them or hugs them or knows EXACTLY what makes them smile. These are her people, and she's cultivating so much love among them.

mom and little girl by Mobile Al family photographer Laurie Hatfield Photography
mom holding little girl by Mobile AL family photographer Laurie Hatfield Photography
mom sitting with little girl on grass by Mobile AL family photographer Laurie Hatfield Photography

So I'm going to be really honest and say that lots of photographers can snap a photo of your family. They may even be able to get everyone looking and smiling! But I want you to know that I'm looking for so. much. more. I want you to SEE what I SEE when I'm with you. 

I want you to see that while life isn't always perfect or beautiful, there are so many beautiful moments. And there's a whole lot of love coursing through that chaos. I see it, and I want you to see what I see.

family of four by Mobile AL lifestyle photographer Laurie Hatfield Photography

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when love expands | baby #3 | Mobile AL newborn photographer

What a complete joy it was to take these newborn photos for this precious family! I met them for an in-home session which I LOVE because everyone's in their space. Everyone can just relax, take a break if they need to, have a snack even! And then the photos carry so much more meaning later on with the context of home.  

This family was welcoming their sweet new baby boy into their home. This little guy has 2 big sisters to love him and look after him (and probably talk him into some dress-up sessions somewhere along the way).   ;)

Adding baby #3 to the mix felt so different to me. You wonder if you'll have "enough," what the new dynamics of an already crazy life will need to be, how long it will take to find a new normal. But then he gets here, and you can't imagine he ever WASN'T here. Love doesn't have to divide; it just expands. And of COURSE there's enough.  

mom and 2 daughters on bed | Mobile AL newborn photographer
little girl in hallway | Mobile newborn photographer
mom with 2 girls on bed | Mobile AL newborn photographer
family of five on bed with new baby | Mobile AL newborn photographer
baby boy with dark hair | Mobile AL newborn photographer
mom with baby boy | Mobile AL newborn photographer
baby boy with mom | Mobile newborn photographer
mom with baby boy | Mobile newborn photographer
dad with daughter | Mobile newborn photographer
dad with 2 daughters on sofa | Mobile lifestyle newborn photographer
dad with baby boy | Mobile newborn photographer
dad holding baby boy in hands | Mobile newborn photographer
2 sisters with baby brother | Mobile newborn photographer
family of 5 on bed | Mobile newborn photographer
baby boy belly button | Mobile newborn photographer

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The H family | outdoor family session | Mobile AL photographer

This family's outdoor photo session was a little extra fun because it had 2 older siblings who were extraordinarily sweet and loving towards their adorably spunky little sister! I always tell my clients at the beginning of a session that we're going to move a lot and touch a lot, and these guys jumped right in! 

This family has a lot going on this year between having a high school senior, lots of activities, some homeschooling, and just the general busy-ness of life. I'm very sensitive to the scheduling gymnastics that have to be done for a family to make time for a photo session. But I'm SO glad this family did--what a special time in their lives! And having these beautiful moments documented is something they'll never regret! 

So maybe you haven't had photos done in a while and it's time to just get it on the calendar! I work hard to make the whole process low stress, and I promise once your images are delivered, you will be so thankful you captured a little slice of what makes your family so beautiful!

Anyway, here are a few of my faves from this session! <3

family of five walking through a field | Mobile AL photographer
mother and teenage daughter in a field | Mobile AL family photographer
dad twirling daughter in tall grass | Mobile AL family photographer
senior girl portrait in a field | Mobile AL family photographer
mother kissing teenage son | Mobile AL senior photographer
3 siblings in a field | Mobile AL family photographer
little sister looking up at big brother | Mobile AL family photographer | Laurie Hatfield Photography
little girl blowing dandelions in field | Laurie Hatfield Photography | Mobile AL family photographer

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looking for little | Mobile AL preschool photographer

I've been thinking about something lately that kind of melds parenting and photography together.

It started with thinking about how differently I've approached the "little" years of kid #3 versus kid #1. With kid #1, I was always amazed at how BIG he was. All the new things he was constantly learning to do. I would take his photo and think, "How did you get so BIG?"

Then of course when I look back at those photos, I think how LITTLE he was. But I didn't know it then. He was only always the biggest he'd ever been.

When kid #3 came along, I knew a couple things:

I knew he was the final baby

And I knew that at least for a while he would be little even while he was getting bigger. 

I feel like I've been able to see him better in his "little-ness" (is that a word?). Some of that is because he has two bigger brothers that make him seem little in comparison. But a lot of it is perspective. 

I take photos of him because I KNOW he's little. And while, just like his brothers, he's the biggest he's ever been, I am choosing to see him as little. It's the last go-around for this for me, and he won't be THIS little for long. That isn't to say that I don't teach him new "big kid" things all the time, or celebrate his growing up. I just want to SEE him being little, instead of just looking back and realizing he was.

How many Facebook memories do you see re-shared with the caption "Where did our babies go?" They're right here.  Even if they're 11 or 14, they're still smaller than they will be years from now. It's just hard to see it. Like what if I could go back for a day and have a 3-year-old version of kid #1? I'd think how little and adorable he was because now he's a big 11-year-old. So I'm trying to see it while it's happening in front of me. (Some days are easier to do this with than others, depending on tantrum levels, homework battles, and attitude choices.)

So I take photos of my little little kid, my medium little kid, and my big little kid. I do it to capture and remember how little they were. But I also do it to see it right now--because they're so big and so little.

Some photos of my littlest little kid.  ;)

3-year-old boy preschool portrait | Mobile AL school photographer
school portrait of 3-year-old | Mobile AL preschool photographer
preschool portrait | Mobile AL school photographer
preschool portrait | Mobile AL school photographer
3-year-old school picture | Mobile AL preschool photographer
preschool portraits | Mobile AL school photographer
3-year-old school portrait | Mobile AL preschool photographer

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