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Jack-Jack is one

Alissa contacted me because she wanted photos of her and her Jack doing what we mother’s spend the majority of time doing during that first year… feeding baby.

I came over and was able to witness that magic bond between mother and child in the most intimate way. It was the end of the day, little Jackson was tired and ready for his mama to hold and comfort him. Not only did we capture those precious moments for their family but so many more as well. I pray they’ll treasure these for generations.

Sarah Gray Photography is a natural, lifestyle photographer specializing in maternitynewborn, baby, motherhood, and family photography. To inquire about booking your next portrait session, please contact Sarah at sarah@sarahgray.net.

Sarah provides lifestyle photography services in Tallahassee and along the Florida panhandle from St. marks to Destin, as well as throughout south Georgia, and everywhere else in between.

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And the winners are…

It’s been a week full of giveaways to celebrate the relaunch of my newly rebranded website! I had our winners randomly generated yesterday and they are:


There is still ONE more giveaway going on through Wednesday night. It’s a super cute one too. Heyward House was featured on the blog the other day with their adorable nursery and baby goods and I promise, you’ll want to enter that giveaway and check out their items. They’e also included a discount code for my readers. Visit that post to enter and see that code.

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Launch Day 6 • Business Spotlight: Heyward House

Heyward House is a nursery retailer who makes beautiful, soft decor and clothing. They are also the final business spotlight for the week of giveaways and today’s sponsor in helping promote the relaunch of my newly rebranded website.

When their samples arrived in my mailbox earlier this week so I could photograph them on some adorable babies (see below)… ya’ll. You will LOVE their goods. High quality, soft as can be, and seriously cute. I wish they’d been around when my girls were tiny. Thankfully they carry sizes up through 4T, so my tall four year old can fit into their two piece PJ’s. We’ll need to be keeping a pair of these. You can invoice me, Heyward House. My little man loved the hot air balloon 2-piece PJ’s.

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I’ll let Heyward tell us about their business

(Instructions for entering the giveaway are in the Rafflecopter box at the end of this post)

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Blair and I have lived in the Charlotte area for about 6 years now and absolutely love living here.  I am originally from Charleston, SC and Blair is originally from Tallahassee, FL. We travel back to Tallahassee often as Blair’s family still lives in the area. I work as a Physician Assistant for a Neurology practice in Charlotte and Blair is a professional artist and graphic designer here in the Charlotte area- and previously designed cycling apparel for companies throughout the US. We have an almost two year old son named Sullivan who is the absolute light of our lives and are expecting a baby brother for Sullivan in May. 

The birth of Heyward House

When our son Sullivan was born in 2017, we made the decision for Blair to stay at home with him and I would continue working. During this very special, but transitional time for us, Heyward House was born! Professionally, Blair had mostly been a graphic designer, however he is truly a creative spirit and studio artist at heart! I, on the other hand, had always had a love of home design, textiles, fabrics. We decided to combine our creative interests and strengths to create timeless nursery decor and custom infant/toddler clothing that people could AFFORD. Blair started by creating delicate nursery prints. We actually sold for the very first time at the Sweet South Cottage French Country Flea Market in Tallahassee.

We soon realized that Blair’s nursery designs translated beautifully onto textiles, paving the way for our first line of ‘Heyward House’ clothing and bedding. All of the patterns featured on our bedding and clothing products, as well as our custom nursery prints, are original artwork created by Blair. Each and every design is unique and carries special meaning for us. 

Sarah Gray Photography Website Launch, Lifestyle Family and baby  Photography Tallahassee, Florida Business Spotlight on Heyward House
Sarah Gray Photography Website Launch, Lifestyle Family and baby  Photography Tallahassee, Florida Business Spotlight on Heyward House
Sarah Gray Photography Website Launch, Lifestyle Family and baby  Photography Tallahassee, Florida Business Spotlight on Heyward House
Sarah Gray Photography Website Launch, Lifestyle Family and baby  Photography Tallahassee, Florida Business Spotlight on Heyward House

Our fabrics

We chose to use 100% Pima cotton for all of our products after a great deal of research-  both with our own son’s items and in comparison to other products on the market. Pima cotton is a special type of cotton that is primarily produced in Peru. It is made from extra long staple fibers, which make this particular cotton extremely gentle and soft on your little one’s skin. Not only is this one of the softest products that you can find, Pima cotton is known for its durability- it truly softens with each wash and has a longer lasting life than most infant wear and bedding. We also loved this type of cotton for children with skin sensitivities. 

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Why the name Heyward House?

My grandfather, James Heyward White, whom I’m named after, owned a business in the 1960’s called Heyward House, which mostly manufactured high-end decorative lamps sold worldwide. You can actually still find many Heyward House products throughout the US. We chose a lamp as our logo to honor his legacy. The lamp is also representative of Psalm 119:105- ‘Your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path’. Without God’s guidance and never ending grace in our lives, we would never be where we are today.  The lamp is surrounded by Camellia flowers, which is our family favorite- as Blair’s father, loved Camellia’s Blair’s entire life. Blair’s father passed 2 years ago and we wanted a to honor his influence on our lives. You may notice that we featured the Camellia on many of our little girl pajamas, making this a design that is very close to our hearts. 

Sarah Gray Photography Website Launch, Lifestyle Family and baby  Photography Tallahassee, Florida Business Spotlight on Heyward House
Sarah Gray Photography Website Launch, Lifestyle Family and baby  Photography Tallahassee, Florida Business Spotlight on Heyward House

Heyward House is giving away one of these sweet outfits to one lucky winner. They are also extending their generosity to my readers with a 20% off discount code to be used on any purchase through April 1. Use code SPRING when you checkout with your order in the Heyward House shop. Also be sure to visit their facebook and instagram pages to see announcements about their new lines as they come out.

To enter the giveaway follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter box below and we’ll announce the winner on  Thursday.

If you don’t already, like my photography page so you don’t miss out on one last massive giveaway coming next week. I’ll be giving away one photography session and some of the beautiful new print products that I’m beginning to offer this year. I can’t wait!

Be sure to check out the other five businesses participating in this week of giveaways who have already been featured. Their giveaways are still active for entering through midnight tonight! And… not sure if you noticed, but we got a day off with our schedule due to a very important family event in my world yesterday. My daughter had her first gymnastics competition and I was one proud mama watching her compete. I’ll be sharing some of those pictures on my social pages shortly.

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Launch Day 5 • Business Spotlight: Cottage Letters

Today’s business spotlight is on Cottage Letters. This is the week of giveaways as we celebrate the launch of my new website. When I was honing my craft as a newborn and motherhood photographer in Tallahassee, Elizabeth of Cottage Letters was having her first son. I went down to West Palm Beach where they were living at the time to photograph her, her husband Nathan, and their new baby.
(Instructions for entering the giveaway are in the Rafflecopter box at the end of this post)

She has since added two more boys to their brunch and four more moves throughout the Southeast onto their punchcard. They recently settled in Cordele, Georgia where her husband took a position as student pastor at First Baptist Church Cordele.

Elizabeth, like so many creative mamas who are home nurturing babies, found herself in need of an outlet. She took to the craft of hand lettering and has blossomed and bloomed. She does incredible work and custom pieces for all different occasions. You can see her designs on her Facebook and Instagram pages where she shares videos in her stories often. She’s done classes in the past and I hope she’ll be doing more in the future because she definitely has the heart of a teacher and I’d love to sit and learn this beautiful art from her.

As I was re-branding my website, I immediately thought of Elizabeth to hand letter a phrase that is near and dear to my heart personally. It is a phrase that is included in the end note of many emails I send to new mamas and mamas to be. It was a phrase that was said to me in my earliest days of motherhood by my aunt, and I have carried it with me ever since. It has held true to this journey, and in the more challenging seasons of parenting it has been a shining reminder of another season to come that will bring light after what may have been a shadow filled hike with roots and rocks trying to trip me along the way.

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Elizabeth has lettered this precious for message for one lucky winner. It will be printed as an 8×10” ready-to-frame. It’s simple and beautiful.

To enter the giveaway follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter box below and we’ll announce the winner on  Sunday.

If you don’t already, like my photography page so you don’t miss out on the upcoming giveaways the rest of this week from other amazing Tallahassee loving businesses. There is more to come!

Be sure to check out the other four businesses participating in this week of giveaways who have already been featured. Their giveaways are still active for entering through Sunday afternoon! Winners will all be announced here on Sunday evening.

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Launch Day 4 • Business Spotlight: Beanpress Cards

Sarah Gray Photography Website Launch, Tallahassee, Florida Business SpotlightBeanpress Cards was named after owner, Selena’s, two boys. When she was expecting them and didn’t yet know their genders, she called them “beans.” From it’s very roots, Beanpress Cards has the heart of motherhood stamped all over it. They were a natural partner for Sarah Gray Photography from the beginning. more on that here…
(Instructions for entering the giveaway are in the Rafflecopter box at the end of this post as well as a discount code to the Beanpress shop just for Sarah Gray Photography readers).

Selena started her business almost 6 years ago when her second son was about six months old. Like many artists, she needed a creative outlet. In those early days, a mutual friend of ours (who happens to be another vendor we’ll be highlighting tomorrow) connected us and suggested we collaborate. It has been a match made in heaven as Selina has used my photos on her sample card designs in her shop (always with my clients model release).

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A Florida native, Selena and her family made the move this past July to a suburb of Raleigh, North Carolina when her husband was transferred for work. Even through the move her shop continues to produce beautiful, fresh card designs.  Beanpress Cards on Etsy has just over 2200 sales. When you take a look at it, it’s easy to see why. Her designs are fun, and she’s always adding new ones.

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Her valentine cards are my favorites. We’ve used them for my girls the last several years and they’ve always been a hit. Selena also designs custom cards for my clients holiday cards each year when they purchase through me. She’s incredible to work with and is quick to turn orders around. I could spend hours looking at her birth announcement designs… but then again, I’m kind of partial to newborn babies.

Selena is generously participating in the week of giveaways to help promote the relaunch and refresh of my website and is giving away a personalized stationary set of 20 notecards and a matching notepad. It is adorable! I may need to order one for myself.

Sarah Gray Photography Website Launch, Tallahassee, Florida Business Spotlight

She is also extending her generosity to my readers with a 20% off discount code to be used on a digital purchase through the month of February (excludes printed cards). This is perfect for those valentine cards you may still need to order. She’s able to fulfill Valentine orders up until the day before Valentine’s day (ALL THE PRAISE HANDS). Use code SARAHGRAY20 when you checkout with your digital order in her Etsy shop.

To enter the giveaway, follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter box below and we’ll announce the winner on Sunday.  Best of luck to you!!

If you don’t already, like my photography page so you don’t miss out on the upcoming giveaways the rest of this week from other amazing Tallahassee loving businesses. There is more to come!

Be sure to check out the other three businesses participating in this week of giveaways who have already been featured. Their giveaways are still active for entering!

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