family is so important

Chinese parents standing with their adult daughter at Vickery Creek near Roswell Mill

The Hu Family at Roswell Mill and Vickery Creek

By Kelley / September 9, 2019 /

When Dongjie asked if I would photograph her with her parents while they were visiting her this summer, of course I said, “YES!” They come once a year, or every other, and stay for close to three months. For Dongjie, it is three months of heaven in eating her Mom’s cooking. Because it suddenly became…

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Grandma's hand is straightening out newborn's LEGACY onesie while being held by Dad in LEGEND t-shirt

Benjamin’s Legacy Lifestyle Newborn Photography Session

By Kelley / August 19, 2019 /

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about our purpose. Why are we here? What is the ultimate goal? I’m a parent. Raising two teenagers. Whom I want to grow up to be kind and decent human beings. Who make a difference (for the good) in their communities. Who love others. And who know they are…

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Seyden family in front of Canton courthouse

Downtown Canton with the Seyden family

By Kelley / July 29, 2019 /

I think that network television and netflix series with families have created a common perception that sarcasm and bickering live within most homes. So every time I’m with a family that is loving, kind, and truly enjoys being with each other…it feels rather remarkable. Spending an evening with the Seyden family was exceptional. While their…

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Three Algerian children running and laughing on Lake Acworth boardwalk

The Kara family at Lake Acworth

By Kelley / July 9, 2019 /

I love the opportunity to become part of a family for an afternoon. To quietly walk among them and enjoy their dynamics. Of how they enjoy and love on each other. Leila and Amir spoke to their children in French and English. They spoke of returning to Algeria over the summer to visit family. Of…

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Cute family of four with two little blonde boys squeezing close and laughing on Piedmont Park steps

LaMont Family Rocks Piedmont Park in 2018

By Kelley / March 18, 2019 /

This is the second year I had the privilege and fun of photographing the LaMont family. Last year, Lauren’s parents joined us for fun with their grandkids. This year, Michael’s sister and her family joined us for a fall walk through Piedmont Park to make photographs of all the family members together. And separately. I…

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Two families of three generations coming together to celebrate the birth of the newest member in downtown Woodstock

Multi-Generational Family and Newborn Photography Session in Downtown Woodstock with the Justice and Nordine Families

By Kelley / February 18, 2019 /

I am having more and more grandmas call me to schedule family photography celebrations in honor of the newest members who have just expanded their family count by one, but their love exponentially. They want to document all three generations together. And this case, Donna wanted to include the in-laws and grandparents on the side…

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Stone Mountain Family Photography Session – Swahns

By Kelley / February 4, 2019 /

I’m going to share something that I’ve never shared before with anyone. Teenagers used to scare me. Even when I was a teenager. I was a nerd. I didn’t relate easily to kids my age. I was serious. I knew how to interact with adults. But teenagers? I didn’t understand them. It wasn’t until I…

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Family of four with two teenagers sitting on the shoals at Sope Creek in the morning sun

Sope Creek Paper Mill Ruins with the Entire Derenthal Family

By Kelley / January 21, 2019 /

I had the pleasure of photographing Bruce with his two kids over a year ago. It was a complete secret and one of the best because it was a Mother’s Day surprise for his wife Kristen. This time I was thrilled to photograph all four in this family and have Kristen along for the fun…

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Sri Lankan parents standing in Sope Creek with their two sons

Family Photography Session in East Cobb at Sope Creek with Ashwini, Rohan, and Their Two Boys

By Kelley / November 27, 2018 /

I love family portrait sessions. Especially with families I’ve never met before. There’s always a new level of excitement in the air. What will this family be like? Will they be quiet and reserved (no) or quick to laugh (yes)? Will the kids be crazy and running all over the place (not this time)? Or…

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