Tips for enjoying a photography session and making beautiful candid photos.
It's been a busy time of year!!
Shelby and Matt's wedding was exactly 4 weeks ago and I am about to send their lovely little gallery over of their wedding photographs. These two really made my heart happy!! They completely trusted the creativeness I have and let me set up all sorts of wonderful photographs!
All the weddings, all the joy and happiness one can imagine! Ever been in a place where all is right in everyone's world? Even the bartender? Well, this was the case for Caroline and Eric's wedding in April at Mount Hope Plantation in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Upon arriving we had just had the largest downpour in all of our Spring. The sky falling down is quite common for Baton Rouge. In fact, it's the norm. However, when it's your darling wedding day, nothing could possibly be worse. Well, Caroline and Eric had the favor of heaven shining on them because no more than 3 hours before show time arrives, the clouds cleared out and the blue came with it. It was a Christmas miracle and we were all celebrating for it.
Ladies just note that when planning that darling day in Louisiana, there is NO guarantee of no moisture! This tight-knit-crew wasn't phased a bit though and everyone dove right into having a blast! There was nothing but merry-making, jesting and champagne toasting. These lifers had known each other since high-school and carried the moments and memories of it all with them. One would ask for help, three would come to aid. Nicknames were thrown around and sweet, sister-like love was covering one end of the room to the other. It was as if they all had been made for one another and I just loved seeing it all unfold.
They popped bottles and shared memories. They gave hope for Caroline's next season and cheered her and Eric's new beginning on as if it was their own child walking down that aisle!
The time came for first look. The unconventional to your mother but very modern tradition in the making to see your spouse before you walk down the aisle. There are of course pros and cons to this moment and everyone seems to fall on the "absolutely not" or the "absolutely yes" side of the fence. As a photographer and former bride and lover of good lighting, I always vouch for First Looks. I think the moment of you walking down the aisle up to your forever love will remain sacred no matter if you just held hands and looked into each other's eyes minutes before.
There is the school of thought that first looks take away from that aisle moment but I honestly think it's so special within itself that it will not be overlooked. Everyone is different though and I always encourage brides to do what they want to do most because it's only their day and their moment to have and share. Caroline and Eric wanted to have First Look to help some of those formal pictures afterwards to go a little quicker. It landed to so very beautiful and special photos of just the two of them. And for someone like me who loves shooting very candid, natural photography it was a perfect little session with the two of them.
Next they were off to the races!!
We did some formals with all her girls and got ready for the big ceremony!!!
Been a hot minute, huh? Is everyone else running around like chickens trying to not forget to make dinner or do all the laundry that's been piling up in the guest room. I know they say the day gets ahead of you but I am quite sure the whole dang week does.
I have been blissfully engaged in the life of my 6 month old, Charlie and in the throes of my busy season- aka wedding season! When I say love is in the air I mean it's pretty much the only air I have been breathing :) Lots and lots of lovebirds have consumed my weekends. I am not complaining one bit! Every couple brings so much personality and fun to my work and I find it challenging in the best way to keep things fresh and make beautiful photos for the each of them!
THIS COUPLE RIGHT HERE THOUGH.
Y'all!! Have y'all ever heard of THEWAYWEMET ? No, if not do yourself a favor and enjoy a brain break and read some of these amazing stories they have complied. Well these two are NO exception. I ADORE their story.
Say hello to Lance and Sarah. Residing in the good ole Louisiana but Sarah a Texan at heart. Picture this... you are dining by yourself at the local restaurant of any passerby's choice- the Chimes on campus. Lo and behold the man that is also dining by himself for the evening approaches your table and asks if you are meeting anyone. You don't know whether to duck and run or to smile and flirt. Good thing for Lance, Sarah decided on the latter. Although, under the guise of being completely harmless, Lance listened to the worn out from a long day woes and even offered to help her with her car that was having trouble recently.
Y'all- I kid you not, the rest if history! What in the world?! Who does that happen to. I mean Sarah didn't just dive right in to Lance's offer of car repairs. She insisted she drive it back to Houston so her dad could take a look at it but upon the news of that not working, Sarah knew his offer was good when he showed up the next weekend and got everything working again.
This is the stuff movies are made of. The two began their "dating" with Lance's offer to wine and dine her at his home one evening. Sarah laughed under her breath things this handsome bachelor would surely be wooing her with his best RiceaRoni concoction. To her surprise, she walked into a kitchen full or aromas and a dinner out of a 5 star restaurant.
The two of them love their food so much we crafted their whole session around their favorite Saturday lineup- the Downtown Farmers Market and making pasta together- from scratch!
We started at 7:30 to bet the crowds. The two of them continued to pursue the stalls and choose their yummies for the evening. Tasting cheese, choosing flowers, bread choices, tomato options... we did it all. These two curated their afternoon within the hour and we were off to the house to start the process!
Sarah had the dough made and ready to roll (hahah--- get it) the two of them were like clockwork. They were pros. Everything for pasta making seemed like a seamless, everyday task. I was mesmerized of course because the closest thing to homemade I have been getting these days was a random green smoothie for breakfast!
Their system was endearing and charming and quick! In no time at all the little strings were hanging on their stand and waiting for the boiling water that was soon to come.
We finished up in their backyard feeding the chickens some seed. I swear one would think we step back to 1940 but these two just enjoy the simple things in life and I was so thankful to have come along for their "Perfect Saturday Sess".
Heyyyyyy party people!!! Is anyone else feeling the Spring happening around here! Just happened to come like 2 months too early but what can you say, we live in Louisiana- the most bi-polar state when it comes to weather conditions!
Spring ALSO means it's WEDDING SEASON!!! So now it's like a mad dash every day to stay on top of edits, keep up with client's timelines and be all around an awesome wedding photographer for so many of my amazing wedding clients! Trel and Steph are NO exception! From the moment I met Trel I knew we would be buddies <3
This girl right here has personality for days!! Her and Steph met at her most favorite holiday--- Mardi Gras down in New Orleans. Apparently THE holiday of holidays for Trel! Girl loves her some Mardi Gras. More than may beloved Christmas one apparently! Her and Steph met at the Zulu parade last year and have been making lovebird history ever since!
The set their wedding day for October 21st, 2017! Apparently the most popular wedding day ever of this year! I have received more than 6 inquiries for this coveted day! They are of course getting married in their favorite city of New Orleans-- not because of Mardi Gras, hahah--- but more because that's where all their people live.
One of my favorites about this Engagement session is that Trel completely trusted my artistic photography skills. When looking for your wedding photographer I would definitely always make sure your style and their style completely gel :) Some girls have very specific desires for their photography needs and meeting the right photographer that shares the same vision is super important!
Anyways, we photographed at the most perfect time of day- GOLDEN HOUR- the time most people would call dusk. This is a photographer's dream to shoot at. I actually always request this time for wedding and family photography clients because I absolutely adore playing with the light at this time. All of which Trel completely trusted me to do! We made photo magic as I like to term it!