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.