I'm so grateful for the clients that have stuck with me on this journey into lifestyle photography. Julie and Jeremy were my very first clients to allow me to experiment with the ultimate lifestyle session, birth photography. I was so thrilled that Julie was quick to come back and book me for the birth of her second baby, and for a fun lifestyle maternity session! Milton family photographer Natalie Zepp at Russell Harbor Landing. I knew that Jeremy and Julie love taking their son Jason out to Blackwater River to swim and play. I have to admit though, I didn't really understand the appeal (especially given that Pensacola Beach isn't far away). I guess I envisioned them taking him canoeing or tubing, which sounded like a logistical nightmare with a toddler/pre-schooler. But if being on the river is an important part of their lives, then I was game to shoot the heck out of it.
Driving down the side road to Russell Harbor, watching it open up into a picturesque riverside park with giant shady oak trees and Spanish moss worthy of a southern plantation, I got it. This place was beautiful. With no vast expanse of sandy beach. No infinite ocean of waves. No rip tides. No sharks. Forget the beach. This anxious, over-protective mama is taking her kids here next time!
The Roughtons played in the water, shot water guns, filled up buckets with clay...and I shot and shot. What is better than families doing life together? Press play. (EDIT: I cannot figure out why, but sometimes the video embedded in the blog will not play back at full resolution. I'm working with tech support to find a solution. But I can't wait to share! So if the images look blurry or washed out, please CLICK HERE for the best viewing experience. And then come back for more!)
Eventually Julie and I left the boys the their fun and took a few minutes to squeeze in a few dreamy maternity portraits.
Thanks guys, for always being up for anything!
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Natalie is a lifestyle family photographer serving Pensacola, FL and surrounding areas. With a passion for capturing candid family moments, she specializes in birth and newborn lifestyle photography. Natalie lives in Pensacola with her husband and two (very difficult to photograph) children. Besides photography, she has a passion for modern sewing projects and graphic design.
Contact her at [email protected] to schedule your next session.