Baton Rouge Candid, Lifestyle Engagement Photography

Hey there!!

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. 

baton rouge lifestyle candid photography

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. 

baton rouge lifestyle candid photography

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! 

baton rouge lifestyle candid photography

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! 

baton rouge lifestyle candid photography
baton rouge lifestyle candid photography
baton rouge lifestyle candid photography

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. 

baton rouge lifestyle candid photography
baton rouge lifestyle candid photography
baton rouge lifestyle candid photography
baton rouge lifestyle candid photography

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". 

baton rouge lifestyle candid photography
baton rouge lifestyle candid photography
Working a perfect Saturday sess enables the couple or family to do exactly what they would do on a Saturday if they had nothing but time. These sessions allow us to create the memories they want to cherish for the years to come.

Downtown Baton Rouge Engagement Session

I love utilizing downtown Baton Rouge for Engagement sessions. There are so many little nooks and crannies that I feel get passed by all too quickly! This particular session was such a pleasure for me. This darling duo is a friend of mine's son, Kyle and his bride to be, Emma. First of all, let's just take a moment and adore the name "Emma". I just love it! You never hear it these days and she fit it perfectly- unique, beautiful, and strong. 

Kyle and Emma are smitten for one another and it's SO REFRESHING. Ever see those couples at tables just eating food and not talking? Ever see two people in the same place but so far from one another? Maybe, say, divided by their cellphones or a blaring tv? Well, these two would definitely not be that couple. They were so darling in love it was inspiring to see.

Emma also helps clean his teeth which is actually really true love. 

baton rouge engagement session
baton rouge engagement session
baton rouge engagement session

Another little tidbit about these two is they love terribly to goof off. Like basically taking serious pictures was painful for them two so we had to do our best at just capturing their spontaneity and fun-loving personalities.

We still got the best of both worlds.  

baton rouge engagement session
baton rouge engagement session
baton rouge engagement session

Kyle proposed on the steps of the Capitol around 8-something at night so needless to say he did not get any great images of it. We took some time to recreate some of their precious and memorable moments by walking over there and capturing the two of them being them . 

baton rouge engagement session
baton rouge engagement session
baton rouge engagement session

Their kind of love is the stuff wedding photographers love!!! They made the whole session one big blast and nothing like a photoshoot. 

baton rouge engagement session
baton rouge engagement session
baton rouge engagement session
baton rouge engagement session

Did anyone else know that they redid the front of the Capitol? If not, it's just gorgeous! I love all the new, multi-colored tiles. Emma is from good ole Loooziana and Kyle is a California guy so it was only right that we captured them on their home state step! 

baton rouge engagement session
baton rouge engagement session
baton rouge engagement session
baton rouge engagement session

Bless them so! Poor Kyle's grey shirt was black by the end of our summer eve shoot! They were both champs though and we made some pretty moments that they can hold onto forever!!

baton rouge engagement session
baton rouge engagement session
baton rouge engagement session

And they lived Happily Ever After... 

Baton Rouge Wedding

As a wedding photographer in Baton Rouge it's quite rare to actually shoot an entire wedding and not realize you used to be best-neighborhood-buds with the groom from like 20+ years back! Upon delivering their images to them some 3 weeks AFTER their wedding, Adam- the groom- walks up to me and says, "I can't believe you are going to be at my wedding the whole night and not even say hello to me!!" 

I was floored! Who, the heck are you because yes I shot your whole wedding only knowing your first name! (See what happens when the wife does all the work!) Adam Reed!! I was floored! Oh my gosh!! I felt like a fool but as we stood there staring back at each other I could literally see the young buck that used to be tiny rail-like boy with hair long and always Justin Bieber flipped to the side. There he was! Some 25 years later, a huge gigantic man!!! 

And his darling Nicole just as out of words that we were! So back to their day! Funny enough it was at my husband's uncle's house. Nicole had seen his wife like my page on Facebook and that is how she got a hold of me! And all the small business people say AMEN for Facebook!

Baton Rouge Wedding Photographer
Baton Rouge Wedding Photographer
Baton Rouge Wedding Photographer

Nicole was beautiful in her darling lace dress that swept the floor topped off with a ribbon at the waist. It was just perfect for her. Very elegant, classy and simple. Her jewelry was topped off with beautiful heirloom ornaments and all her girls helped her with the finishing touches. 

Baton Rouge Wedding Photographer
Baton Rouge Wedding Photographer

The original idea was for a backyard wedding but with this lovely Louisiana weather it was quite possibly going to pour on us so we moved everything inside till the clouds passed. 

Baton Rouge Wedding Photographer
Baton Rouge Wedding Photographer

There's Adam!!!

Baton Rouge Wedding Photographer
Baton Rouge Wedding Photographer

The two becoming one brought two incredible families together and everyone was all smiles and tears upon saying I Do. There's something so strong and beautiful about that precious moment of agreement of forever, to have and hold and through sickness and health. 

We were able to sneak to the yard and take advantage of the no rainpour just yet :) 

baton rouge engagement session
Baton Rouge Wedding Photographer
Baton Rouge Wedding Photographer
Baton Rouge Wedding Photographer

And this is when we got the party started!! I will spare you all the hilarity that happens after kegs and bottles of dark, clear, liquid magic come busting out! Just know we all had a heck of a GREAT time! 

Baton Rouge Engagement Photography Session

Where it all started. 

baton rouge engagement session

Friends of friends. A blind date. Mutual interest. Sparks. Shared smiles. And something began. 

baton rouge engagement session

A bit of like turning into a lot of like and possibly some love... 

baton rouge engagement session

And then it came... the good the bad... the all of it... everything that comes when something like this begins to unfold and you wonder if you should run and hide or stay and find out. 

baton rouge engagement session

Then it all comes out. And your greatest fears seem small when you are next to them and that is when you know something is gravely different about this one...something that you must have and hold. 

baton rouge engagement session
baton rouge engagement session
baton rouge engagement session

And then it all gets better than the day before or anything you have really thought or imagined and you wonder how life could possibly be anything without them. You wonder how anything can be anything worth anything if it means being without the one you have fallen in love with. 

baton rouge engagement session
baton rouge engagement session
baton rouge engagement session
baton rouge engagement session

So you stop trying to do it on your own and you find a way to do things different and new and perfectly perfect compared to before them and all seems right in the world with this other human by your side. 

baton rouge engagement session
baton rouge engagement session
baton rouge engagement session

A sort of perfect that should never end and so you marry them and then you found out what all those people mean when they say happily ever after... 

baton rouge engagement session

And you now have your own. 

Love is perfectly perfect.

It takes all of us, every-single-little-morsel, to truly be a part of love.