The Gulf Shore is as American as apple pie! The salty ocean air, the warm gulf stream waters, the shells and the sand.
You can almost taste the TwisteeTreat (extra sprinkles!)
A trip to the gulf coast is a tradition that continues for many American families today.
But this American family is anything but traditional…and don’t you love that? The story these pictures tell is one of a modern family, bonded together by LOVE not just just blood.
Several years ago, after an extremely challenging and life threatening pregnancy with her oldest daughter (that ultimately led to a diagnosis of Ulcerative Colitis), this gorgeous momma thought it best if never carried naturally again. Their hearts were still wide open and they had so much more love to give, so they made the decision to adopt sweet Roger from an unplanned teenage pregnancy.
As anyone with a diagnosis like her’s knows, it’s a constant battle. However with the help of her amazing husband (who runs the wildly successful blog and podcast www.LeanGreenDad.com), together they set out on a journey to change their health and their lifestyles and become vegan. With the help of her doctors, this beautiful momma was able to tame her disease enough to feel comfortable carrying another child.
She cast her fear completely to the ocean breeze, and the found their way to a complete family.
I love the symbolism of the waves crashing upon this family and washing back out into the sea. It’s such a picture of life! One obstacle comes and knocks you off of your feet, and then just like that it’s gone. It’s all about how we take the waves, isn’t it?
I challenge you to let them crash over you with the joy and fearlessness this family does, taking each wave together and facing them head on. Finding the joy and fun in the ebb and flow of life.
It was a terrific honor, to capture this family.
– Location: Indian Shores Beach, St. Petersburg, FL- Greater Tampa bay
– Lens: Sigma Art 35mm