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Family Portrait Session on Redemption Square Farm in Gautier, Mississippi

It was a warm September evening when the Gray family drove up to Redemption Square Farm in Gautier, Mississippi. I greeted them at the gate and shook everyone’s hands as they got out of their vehicles. It was two brothers, their wives, and their mother.

Everyone was smiling and excited to see the goats and sheep in the front pasture. The pigs ran up to the fence line to oink in greeting hoping for snacks. Chickens ran out into the back pasture to see who the newcomers were, and the ducks quacked from a distance.

We small talked about the farm and found people we knew in common. Cathy had went to school with my husband’s aunt. Small world.

I gave everyone a crash course on posing and led them to a shaded area to begin our session. They laughed and had a blast the entire time. If every session was this fun, everyone would want to be a photographer. The love they all shared between each other was a blessing to capture. I hope they always warmly remember the time we shared together.

May the Lord bless you with many more years together to celebrate the love you have together. May you celebrate the good times and forget the ones that weren’t. May the life you live be a testimony of the beauty and value of family to your children and grandchildren that come after 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.

Fresh 48 Session at Ocean Springs Hospital in Ocean Springs, Mississippi

This Fresh 48 session was so sweet. Little Evelyn’s grandmother had texted me when they were on the way to Ocean Springs Hospital and was so excited about her arrival. Let me tell you, this little girl is so very loved.

I texted with her mom Lia that morning and made sure that a late morning session would work well for them. When I arrived at the hospital, the room was so quiet and peaceful. Evelyn was sleeping peacefully in her bassinet. Her mom had just taken a quick nap.

I opened the windows to allow lots of natural light to enter in, and Lia and I chatted about how the birth had went, how Evelyn was sleeping, and how wonderful it was to be a mom.

I captured little details of Evelyn in her bassinet before she started stirring and was ready to be closer to mom again. I love to capture how sweet these moments are, because babies grow up so quickly. Every moment is precious.

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

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.

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.

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. :)