Family Portrait Session on Redemption Square Farm in Gautier, Mississippi

It was a beautiful July evening when the Taylor’s arrived at Redemption Square Farm in Gautier, Mississippi. The humidity was high but the summer heat was far cooler than usual this time of year. I had left my camera outside for thirty minutes before they arrived, so my lens wouldn’t fog. You wouldn’t believe how hard it is to capture clear photos without prior planning during a Mississippi summer. Living on the Mississippi Gulf Coast is exactly where I want to be, but it comes with unique challenges.

I had sent that style guide to Kelli, and she had dressed everyone accordingly. I was so impressed! She was a master of choosing complementary colors that made everyone look their best. Each person photographed so well. The kids were excited to see the animals, and I promised to make the session quick, fun, and easy. Promising a farm tour afterwards is ALWAYS a good bartering chip with kids.

Everyone had fun, even the parents. Haha! I think the photos do a good job telling the story of how much they love each other and how much they have to be thankful for.

May God bless you as you do ministry and life together. May you remember the joy you share. May the laughter between you bind you together. May your good memories be long and the sorrowful ones short. May you always remember the kindness God has shown you, and may you share His love with the world you meet.

Senior Portrait Session on Redemption Square Farm in Gautier, Mississippi

Kayleigh and her family go to church with me. Years ago, they joined our family as we planted a church, Church at the Square, in Gautier. One thing most people don’t think about is that church planting is far from glamourous. It is hard work, often pays less financially than you put in, and means lots of self sacrifice. Not only does it mean that for the adults, it’s often true for the kids too. Kayleigh was close to the age my daughter is now when we started our church planting journey. I have watched her mature in the faith and grow into the beautiful woman she is today.

Getting to take senior portraits of her was so special. She had already had some great photos taken by her uncle, so I was so glad she was willing to let me take a few too. Her gentle and kind demeanor make spending time with her a joy. She warned me that this was going to be the most awkward photo shoot of my life. Not even close. When you love the Lord, His beauty wells up within you and spills out. Capturing that was easy. Kayleigh radiates joy and love.

I pray that the Lord will be your friend wherever He leads sweet Kayleigh. May His joy continue to be your beauty and your gift to the world. May He use your gifts to make His name great. May your steps be firmly planted on His path for you. His way is narrow, and it is often hard. It is the way of peace. May God continue to bless you and make you a blessing. You are loved!

Anna Cirlot is a candid portrait photographer on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Her favorite place to do portrait sessions is on Redemption Square Farm, her family owned and operated farm in Gautier, Mississippi. She loves capturing the beauty in life and loves to tell stories through her work. When she isn’t taking photos, she can be found crowded around by goats and chickens in the pasture sipping a fresh brewed cup of coffee watching her children play outdoors.

Family Portrait Session on Redemption Square Farm in Gautier, Mississippi

Family is so special. These cousins went out of their way to plan this photo session and capture all of their children together on our farm. Taking photos of 6 small children is no easy feat, but these mommas were prepared. They brought snacks, bubbles, popsicles… let’s just say the works! They even arrived early to the session. I was so impressed!

The sun was warm and radiant just like the kids I was capturing. The energy at this session was vibrant and fun. These photos speak for themselves. There was life, laughter, and lots of love. I hope these photos help these moms remember the joy and energy of this stage of life for years to come.

Of course, we made time to take some portraits of the beautiful moms too.

I pray that these photos remember you to cherish the bond you have together, the love you share, and the children who call you mom and aunt. I pray you remember the laughter, the messy fun, and the sweet days together. I pray these memories we have made together on our farm make life all the richer for you.

Anna Cirlot is a candid portrait photographer on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Her favorite place to do portrait sessions is on Redemption Square Farm, her family owned and operated farm in Gautier, Mississippi. She loves capturing the beauty in life and loves to tell stories through her work. When she isn’t taking photos, she can be found crowded around by goats and chickens in the pasture sipping a fresh brewed cup of coffee watching her children play outdoors.

Family Portrait Session | Redemption Square Farm, Gautier, MS

It was a blazing hot Sunday evening. We had scheduled the shoot as late as we reasonably could to avoid the fiercest heat of the day. I knew going into the shoot that we would have to work hard and fast or the kids would wilt before we got started. As everyone arrived, we moved over to some of my favorite places on Redemption Square Farm to take Golden Hour photos and we began our shoot.

The kids were a little unsure about what was going to happen. I made some corny jokes and tried to act extra silly to warm them up. No success. They were not fans of the heat. The adults looked nervously at each other. No one wants a failed photo shoot. I assured them it would be okay, and we kept going.

I put my energy into the adults. The more they loosened up and had fun, the more the kids did. It was contagious. The happiness and fun was spilling over. The kids started sharing in the magic that was happening. The more one family enjoyed themselves the more it amplified. Love grew. Joy overflowed. Memories were made. Family heirloom photographs were created.

Y’all, my heart is so full. I LOVE getting to do what I do. Photography is my favorite form of art, because it captures the souls of people. This family was beautiful!

It was an absolute honor working with them. They were so full of personality and life. I pray these images will be a treasure for the coming years. I pray they see the love they have between them. I pray they remember their shared laughs- not their tears. I pray that joy will bind them together. What a beautiful legacy it will be!

Anna Cirlot is a candid portrait photographer on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Her favorite place to do portrait sessions is on Redemption Square Farm, her family owned and operated farm in Gautier, Mississippi. She loves capturing the beauty in life and loves to tell stories through her work. When she isn’t taking photos, she can be found crowded around by goats and chickens in the pasture sipping a fresh brewed cup of coffee watching her children play outdoors.

Newborn Session | Redemption Square Studio

They came through the door with the car seat in tow. They looked at each other smiling holding their dearest treasure between them. Their newborn son was perfect. His tiny pink fingers wrapped around his soft blanket, and he slept peacefully unaware of everything going on around him. Sleeping like a baby. No, sleeping like an angel was more appropriate. We all joked about how well he was sleeping now knowing that the coming night would be a different story.

How is it that newborns are always so peaceful when you can’t sleep but become the opposite when you can? It’s how cute they are that makes you forgive everything. You want to treasure every single moment, even when they are loud, because you know they will grow. You can’t protect them forever, but you can protect them now. You hold them when a thousand others things need to be done, because you know this is the only thing that should be done. It is worth it. Zero regrets.

Babies are funny, precious little beings. They have a timeline that is all their own, and you just let them run the show for a little while. When you are this cute, you can get away with anything. They do. ;)

I laughed with Amber and Zach. We almost didn’t get their maternity photos done in time. Days later and it would have been too late. We did them, and they were the stuff dreams are made of. Love, joy, and expectation. It made this newborn shoot all the more special.

Baby David couldn’t have been a better model. He slept the entire time! I’m in love with him already. I know you will be too. I blame him completely if you get baby fever. When you do, bring them to me, so I can enjoy them too. :)

Romantic Maternity Session | Redemption Square Farm, Gautier, Mississippi
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The sun was slipping down across the horizon. Golden beams were spilling across the green grass. Leaves were glowing as they caught the light. Magic Hour was beginning. I grabbed Amber for some single shots alone. She fussed with her hair with one hand as the other rested on her growing belly. She was absolutely stunning. Motherhood fit her so well. I assured her that her photos would be just as beautiful as she was. Amber relaxed a little and laughed. I was serious. She was captivating in her natural beauty, and the sun was wrapping her in angelic glory.

I only had so much time to get it right. Being a natural light photographer means every session is a game of chance. How many photos can I snap before the sun sets into the sky? How quickly can I assure my clients that I see beauty in them before our light runs out? I love the challenge and the chase of the light.

I grabbed Zach who was waiting inside and began the couple shots she had been waiting for. Let’s be honest. It’s a relief to have a partner and not to be photographed alone. I instructed them to get close and to trust me. They did. What happened next can be described as nothing less than magical. The amazing love they have for each other began to shine through until it outshined the sun that was setting behind them. It’s those moments photographers live for. When the genuine beauty of your subjects shines through so clearly, that you know every shot you take will be ones that will live on past you, it’s nothing short of amazing.

It’s in those moments that you are so grateful to be witnessing the love between two people. Photography is intimate, soul-filling, and live-giving. I am so thankful to share these with people. I pray that these moments will be a beautiful memory between them as they celebrate the beginning of their journey as new parents. What a gift they are to the world and their new baby as beautiful people who truly love and cherish each other!