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Moving Abroad

I was always hesitant to move.

Forget hesitant – I was scared.

Scared of change. Scared of leaving our families. Scared of all the things I didn’t know.

However we got to a place in our life where we were working more than we were doing anything else. Our family, our health, our passions were all taking a backseat to our jobs and we knew we needed a change.DCIM101GOPROGOPR1421.JPG

We slowly began to make a change, packing room to room, wrapping up things at work, and beginning to prepare for the next move. Its been 1.5 years since we moved to Georgia and while we miss our friends and family, this move has been a life changer.

We’ve begun questioning the necessity of our belongings and realized without a doubt that our time as a family matters most above all the “things” we like. We’ve realized travel with kids is not anymore complicated than every day life with kids except, but as a bonus, it comes with the benefit of a new front porch view.

Why were we ever scared?

A friend purchased a scratch off map for our kids, and we’ve quickly realized our recent travels that felt so big and widespread – have quite literally barely even scratched the surface on this beautiful place we call Earth.

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There is so much beauty in the world and we are hungry for more. Our travels have prompted us to consider trading all our “stuff” for the experience of seeing the world?

If you dream of travel, what is the ONE thing that stops you?

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Motherhood Session

I worked full time as a 5th grade math and science teacher when my first two children came along. Within those first two years, my husband and I sold our house, switched jobs, and moved to a new city. Life with 2 under 2 was definitely an adventure. Add to that the stress of work and moving, and let’s just say that the stress wasn’t kind to my body. The lack of sleep and poor nutrition didn’t help in keeping my body nourished, so while I nursed and pumped for my babies, each pumping session took its toll. I called consultants, I messaged friends, I power pumped, I spent hours feeding questions into google….but no matter what I did, I struggled to nurse.AUG_5728

I loved those moments with my kids (1 year with my daughter and 9 months with my son), but each day was a struggle to produce enough for them. It was my greatest desire to nurse them for a year and it was only with a lot of support that I came close to meeting those goals.

This time around with my third is a whole new story. I moved to Georgia and left my teaching job to pursue photography full time. Through this adventure I met lactation consultant, Charity and her sweet boys at our Black Breastfeeding Week event with The Latch Pad.

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She has devoted her body and energy into nursing twins for almost 4 years. It was such an honor to capture these beautiful moments for her. Approaching their 4th birthday, she knows these precious moments are coming to an end and she wanted to celebrate her success with a photoshoot.

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Congratulations Charity! You are an inspiration to mothers everywhere.

Next Day of Motherhood Mini Sessions with The Latch Pad will take place October 7, 2018! Spaces are limited so book today. Special swag bags for all mamas.

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Breastfeeding Awareness Month

As a nursing mom of 3, it brings me a lot of joy to help support and celebrate women who choose to  nurse their babies. Any new mother will tell you, that while it is a joy to nurse, those early days feel anything but natural. The rawness of your nipples and teaching a baby to latch while exhausted from middle of the night feedings leaves us all feeling a little vulnerable. In honor of Breastfeeding awareness month, I’ve been gifting a free breastfeeding mini session each week to Mamas in the Coweta County area. I have one more open week, if you’d like to grab a spot send an email to mckeebyphotography@gmail.com with your name, baby’s age, and a picture of you and your little love.

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Coming up at the end of the month, I’ve partnered with The Latch Pad  to participate in the 6th annual Black Breastfeeding Week  (August 25-31, 2018) here in Atlanta, GA. All participating mothers who purchase a breastfeeding mini session will receive gift bags with goodies from our sponsors! You can buy your tickets here.APR_7172(1)

The theme this year is #LoveOnTop because love encompasses parenthood from the early days of pregnancy to breastfeeding and nurturing others.  This year we invite you to join your community to put Love on Top of it all !

I recently was asked, “Buuuuuut, if you support ALLLLL women, why specifically support black breastfeeding week?”

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  1. I’ve supported ALL women by gifting free mini sessions to women regardless of age and ethnicity.
  2. While we may not like it, racial disparities in breastfeeding rates do exist and I want to be a part of change that helps all women succeed in feeling empowered to make the decision that best fits their lifestyle. That means educating and supporting the women who currently don’t have the support. Want to know more? You can read better detailed reasons here for why we need a black breastfeeding week.

Want to be a participate in our Breastfeeding minis? You can buy tickets here.

With love,
McKeebyPhotography
The Latch Pad

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Peachtree City Mommy & Me

It brings me so much joy to be able to capture moments like this. As a  mother of 3, I know the chaos of raising a family. The early mornings, sleepless nights, and endless days that all magically become years in the blink of an eye. The beauty of these motherhood sessions pulls on my heartstrings as I think back to the quiet moments of nursing my own littles. My 3rd is still breastfeeding, but at 9 months old, he is rapidly seeking independence and I know these quiet moments are fleeting.

Thank you to this gorgeous mama for braving a summer session. That morning light and breeze make it all worth it here in Peachtree City, GA.

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St. Augustine Family Session

Tonie had written me months ago asking if I would be in Florida anytime soon because she was hoping to schedule a session to celebrate their 10 year wedding anniversary. She wanted something fun and colorful. She envisioned a graffiti wall and after weeks of trading dates and ideas, we realized we weren’t going to be able to sync up our calendars and the likelihood of find grafitti in St. Augustine was slim.

I came to Florida and while driving through town, drove by this beauty! I pulled over on the side of the road and sent a message letting her know that this gem had been found and I’d be in town for one more day. Lo and behold, she was free and we brought her vision to life.

Her boys are young and strong willed and that night they took control of our session. While we lacked a lot of the poses Tonie wanted, we captured the real genuine beauty of her family.

Happy Anniversary! You’ve created such a beauty family.

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Northgate Senior Class of 2018

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R and I had a blast swapping outfits and posing along the streets of Downtown Senoia. Her smile was radiant and her personality even more beautiful.

Heading to UGA in the Fall, we had a blast celebrating this Class of 2018 Senior.

CLASS of 2019 – You’re up next.

Contact us to get your Senior session on the books.

mckeebyphotography@gmail.com

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Voyage ATL

I am so excited to be selected as Voyage ATL’s feature for this month. Moving to Peachtree City, GA has been such a great move for our family and rebuilding a business has been a fun challenge.  The downtime of the move has given me the time to perfect my craft and develop my editing style, so I can provide you and your family with a flawless and fun session from the moment we meet to the moment the images reach your home. We love calling this area our new home and can’t wait to be known as your favorite Peachtree City Family Photographer.JAN_1727

Read our feature here:

http://voyageatl.com/interview/meet-christina-mckeeby-mckeeby-photography-south-atlanta-peachtree-city/