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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.

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.

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!