Leo's Halloween Costume 2019 // Brooke Townsend Photography

In case you didn’t know, my son’s name is Leo and he’s completely obsessed with space.

He’s only 3 and a half and this kiddo knows every single planet, in order from the sun all the way out to the farthest reaches of the solar system. And can even identify dwarf planets and their locations as well.

He’s even told me the names of some of the moons of the different planets completely on his own. Some of which he taught ME because I didn’t even know they existed.

And what’s absolutely magical to me is that he’s taught almost all of this to himself thanks to his little nerdy heart constantly watching science/math related YouTube videos and the books he likes to read with us. (I seriously can’t get him interested in watching anything else right now lol!)

So, you can only guess what his answer was when I asked him what he wanted to be for Halloween this year.

An Astronaut <3_<3

And since this year’s costume is just so special to his actual loves and interests, I wanted to take the photos next level and take him on a little nature walk through Clifton Gorge and let him just play and pretend to be a real life astronaut. So we pretended to moon jump and find different specimens and looked for “space creatures” and I’m just so thankful to have these little photos to remember this time.

So, enjoy these little nuggets of my little astronaut <3

Steampunk Skull Shoot with Holly Denham // Halloween Mini Series // Brooke Townsend Photography

Well, this was a fun one. And a random one! Last month I got together spur of the moment with my sister Holly to do this fun and super random creative photoshoot with our dad’s new skull mask he picked up in Charleston this past summer. We went right up the road to downtown Middletown for our location and just kept things simple and easy for this one. But I wanted to challenge myself to one thing for this shoot and that was creating spooky/moody sunset photos! Because really, I’m usually photographing people in love under a setting sun. So I’ve never had the opportunity to create something so moody before with a sunset. So, I’m really happy with how that all turned out :) But also, dayuuuuuum to my sis for bein a great model for me!!

Also, fun story with this shoot lol

While adventuring around downtown Middletown,
someone called the cops on us. And it just so happened
that the cop pulled up to us while I was taking this photo of Holly
(because she loves dinosaurs):


Cop pulled up next to us at this spot

”You guys just doing a photoshoot?”

Me: “Yeah. Just wanting to really capture her in her truest element”

Cop Laughed and said: “I really don’t even care. Have fun!”

Oh the fun stories I’ll get to tell my son someday… haha

Chanel + Dan | Gender Reveal

Now, this post definitely deserves a heads up. 

Because this whole thing is REAL. 

Sometimes people like to do gender reveal photo shoots and stage it after they intially find out whether their baby is going to be a boy or girl. But Chanel and Dan here wanted to find out for real, at their shoot, and have their real reactions documented for their photos forever. 

So, when they they found out, a letter came from the doctor and it was given to Chanel's mom, Sandra, who had to hold the secret in for almost 2 whole weeks without telling anybody (GOOD JOB SANDRA OMG)... especially her daughter! And they are pretty much besties, those two. So you can imagine how difficult that was for both of them lol. 

 Sandra ordered confetti canons online specific to the gender of the baby and they were made to be completely secretive until they were popped open and used. She had them shipped over to Chanel and they had to patiently wait until our shoot date to find out what they were having. 

And well, even the anticpation had me super excited!! 


IT'S A GIRL!!!! 


Congrats again to Chanel and Dan! And thank you SO MUCH for having me not only capture this whole thing for you guys, but to experience it with you!! I have to admit this was my very first gender reveal and it is going down in the books as one of my favorite things ever. 


PS: If you're wondering what Tato is/means... it's their nickname for the baby. Before they found out whether it was a boy or girl, they wanted to start calling the baby something other than "it" so they started referring it to as potato. And then it just turned to tato. And I think it's the cutest frickin thing ever.