the doumbia family


A little over four years ago, I walked into Panera Bread during lunch and happened to run into my cousin and her family. She had been living abroad, and I hadn’t seen her in years. She was visiting home with her husband and son and was 8 months pregnant with her daughter.

Fast forward to a few months ago, I am once again, having lunch at Panera. I’m looking for a place to sit as I wait for my food. Then I see a very familiar man with little boy and girl. It’s Leslie’s husband. I walk over and reintroduce myself. This is only the second time I’ve met him, so I was surprised and delighted that he remembered me. My cousin was off running an errand. On a whim, I decided to offer to photograph their family while they were here and if they had time, and I left him with my contact information.

About a day later, Leslie got in touch with me. We set up a time, and were very casual about the details. I was just happy to catch up. When they finally arrive at the destination, Leslie stepped out of the car wielding a massive baby bump. I had no idea! During out text message exchange, she mentioned nothing about being pregnant. I mean, what a wonderful surprise. The last time I saw her she was just as pregnant. So this was a pretty amazing coincidence.

We ended up with a family and maternity shoot in one. It was a lovely June afternoon on the Avenue of Oaks. I was worried about it being hot and humid, despite the shoot being set late in the day. But the weather was perfect, which is a miracle for the Deep South.

Anyway, I’m very happy to finally share these photos. What a beautiful family!

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victoria + victor | family



I’ve known Victoria since middle school, so Iwas delighted when she contacted me about shooting photos of her and her son in recognition of his first year of life. For the past year, I had been able to watch him grown through the many photos Vicki posted of him on her Instagram account. I finally got to meet him a week before the shoot, at our consultation. In the week between us having a consultation and the day of the shoot, Victor started walking.

It was a hot, humid day, so we set the shoot for late afternoon. I was just praying that it didn’t rain and we would be forced to reschedule. Fortunately, the weather cooperated. The afternoon light was lovely, and Victor was a trooper. I know the hot temps and his teething were a bother to him, so with patience and lots of kisses of encouragement from his mother, we created some beautiful shots of the two of them.

We lead such busy lives, but it’s so important to take the time to document these stages of a child’s life. They are so fleeting, and kids grow so fast. You look back and wonder what happened to that chubby little person that was once so helpless. I’m so honored to be chosen to document this special time in a family’s life.

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