Maternity Session in Baton Rouge at Hilltop Arboretum.. and me 5 Months Preggo!

First Babies and making beautiful Maternity Sessions!!! 

Man, I couldn't REALLY know how exciting this aspect of Motherhood was until I became pregnant myself! I had done hundreds of Family Photography Sessions and Maternity Sessions since starting my business full time but honestly, I didn't understand the JOY behind this slot of time to really appreciate it all! 

Until now.... when I am almost 5 month pregnant! (Picture of me with Baby Charles in tow). Some people say I don't look 5 months pregnant but let me assure you, Natty is FULLY pregnant!! That tummy was non-existent till Baby Charlie arrived on the scene and I have 3 months of sickness to vouch for his growing little self as well! 

Maternity, Baby, Lifestyle Photography

So when I photographed Karla and her hubby the other day it was so much more meaningful celebrating in their sweet joy that's on her way! 

Maternity, Baby, Lifestyle Photography
Maternity, Baby, Lifestyle Photography

Of course my sessions will always look very lifestyle and classic. I asked Karla what her desire were for their maternity session and she was all about the great outdoors and nature. This of course made me more than happy to accommodate! We went to LSU's Hilltop Arboretum off of Highland Road to begin.

Maternity, Baby, Lifestyle Photography
Maternity, Baby, Lifestyle Photography
Maternity, Baby, Lifestyle Photography

We got some many precious takes with the three of them. I could not help myself but to of course utilize the Golden Hour. Did I mention how gorgeous Karla is and how impossible it was to get a bad photograph of her? Yeah... there basically was not one. And her hubs was such a nice guy- asking me if I needed help with my bags and always helping with the set up of shots. A lot of time guys are not the enthusiast ones with photography sessions so this is a real treat! 

Maternity, Baby, Lifestyle Photography
Maternity, Baby, Lifestyle Photography
Maternity, Baby, Lifestyle Photography

We wrapped up the Maternity Session talking about potential names and finding the best spots for the end of their session. 

Maternity, Baby, Lifestyle Photography
Maternity, Baby, Lifestyle Photography

What even BLESSED me more than I have expressed is this sweet lady brought ME a GIFT!!! Do I need to remind you that this was the first time we met? She didn't know me from atom and she was so kind to think of me when we were there for her!!! 

Thank you Jesus for some of the best clients a girl can ask for!! 

Happy Motherhood, Karla!! You will be an excellent first time mommy, I am assured of it... 

 

 

 

Baton Rouge Adoption and Family Session

These two.

Known for years. Loved since I met. Absolutely no one like them. 

Barton and Heather Pickens. 

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Within the last two years God has been doing something very, very special within my friend's lives. Unbeknownst to them until recently, their little story will be involving a special addition into their family. One that could not be any more welcomed. 

My dear friends will be adopting. 

Some people build corporations, some firms, other's build other people's dreams...

Well, these two will be building a child's life.

One who could otherwise have been... without. 

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When Barton approached me about sharing their story I was beyond thrilled. To be a part of what God is building in another friend's life, there is no greater joy. I loved his creativity to help share their news with friends and family. They were full of ideas and thoughts on how to best share their news so we set a date and headed to downtown Baton Rouge to capture their story.

It is a step of faith they are stepping but it one they wholeheartedly feel they need to move into. So we got together to share their news that they would be adopting a Baby Girl Pickens within their next year! 

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They have absolutely ZERO idea what state she will come from, or who her family is now or the color of her hair or the tone of her skin but they know this... she will be theirs and she will be loved. 

Baton Rouge Photographer
Baton Rouge Photographer
Baton Rouge Photographer
Baton Rouge Photographer
Baton Rouge Photographer

I can not express enough how joyful I am for this darling, little family to begin! After much prayer and waiting and seeking they fully are prepared for the journey that lies before them. And I can't express enough how much they deserve it! 

This little duo is about to become a trio and there is just no amount of anything that can hold their joy back!!! 

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This little bebe to be, whether still in the womb, not even here yet or almost to her birthday, will be totally and outrageously loved and cared for by these two.... forever... 

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I just love documenting families and now families to be! 

So here's to a remarkable journey for a remarkable couple that will ultimately change all three of their lives forever and ever. Amen. 

Baton Rouge Family Photography Session

Ouch!! My blog game has been WEAK!!I These are Spring pictures for this darling family and I am a wee behind! I absolutely love getting to shoot this family though so I could not keep all of it's goodness to myself! 

Everytime I go to photograph a family I ask what they would like as their setting. Claire also known as Clarice is fabulous at sharing her vision! Down to the clothing choices and headpieces, this girl loves to curate moments like the best of them! She chose their neighborhood that is nestled off of Highland Road that lends to beautiful backgrounds. She also requested some cozy home photos that are more lifestyle photography . WHICH I LOVE. 

While Claire was getting the finishing touches on her Lila aka Yaya (as Louis likes to say) me and Lou stepped outside to get our spot set up. We started outdoors just stepping right out their front door where the beautiful azaleas (don't quote me on the flower bit- they could be roses for all I know) were in bloom. 

Mr. Louie boo boo was a doll and romanced Natty with some fresh picks off the bush.  We had a small lesson on what thorns were and he proceeded to show me how to choose ones that were ok to pick. (Ok, they are definitely roses because they had thorns!! I got it!)

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Their latest addition is Miss Lila Claire is pictured below in that fantastic bow! (I had the opportunity to do her Birth Photography last August. Post here. )

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Mr Lou is quite the charmer and warmed up instantly to the camera especially when it came time to give his Yaya hugs... Seems that the kid loves to love his Yaya... 

baton rouge family photographer
baton rouge family photographer

Maybe just a little too much on that one there Lou!!! 

baton rouge family photographer
baton rouge family photographer

We could not leave Gussy poo out the shoot when we came back indoors! He was missing being in the limelight! I don't know if all Dachshund's are as friendly as Mr. Gussy pants because that boy is just the most outgoing pup I have met! Not a grumpy Gussy at all! 

baton rouge family photographer
baton rouge family photographer

This girl is seriously just a babydoll and her roly poly baby bottom is the icing on the cake! 

baton rouge family photographer

If you look closely next to Claire's magazine worthy self, you can see Lila's determination gameface! Eyes bright and tongue out like she's on a mission! 

baton rouge family photographer

Louis's prayer hands are the best here! Next we will teach him business hands to take after his daddy! 

baton rouge family photographer
baton rouge family photographer
baton rouge family photographer
baton rouge family photographer

We sent the boys away to get some shots of just the girls! Does that baby face make anyone else melt like butter? Lord, Yaya! 

baton rouge family photographer
baton rouge family photographer

And this is what I love about lifestyle photography. You just capture what is happening around you. After shooting the girls together, we went to find the boys and walked into Mr Louis's world of entertainment! The kid has no lack of energy and imagination! He keeps everyone on their toes but mainly himself! 

baton rouge family photographer
baton rouge family photographer

Or on his belly. 

Like I said, he has quite the imagination. 

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Unc, my faithful assistant that day and amazing husband everyday, was watching Yaya at the end so we could get some one on one's with mom and dad. Isn't he going to be the cutest dad in the world?! Lawd!

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We ended up back outdoors for mom and dad to get a shot or two together! They of course had company! Being a parent means you are never alone again!! Ha! But really who would want to with those cuties at your heels?

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baton rouge family photographer

Baton Rouge 6 Month Photography Session

Once upon a time there was a little, tiny boy named Baby G or Gabriel or Gaby, if you like, or my personal favorite, GabyBaby. His mommy and dad are friends of mine and have had the most fun bringing this little angel into their home. 

He was born in Lake Charles last December and has graced their home with giggles and wiggles and a unending stream of filled up diapers. All the way a little, tiny bundle of joy should.

Well the big boy turned a whooping 7 months the other day so we did a little family shoot to commence the occasion. We tried to combine all of G's most favorite of things- his mommy and daddy- of course... 

And wearing his prince crown... (not so much) ... and playing airplane and reading his favorites of books, George and Jeffery the Jeep. It was the sweetest non newborn session to date :)

And as much of a fan of clothes I am, I really just love little, naked bottoms... so of course I asked if we could get him in his birthday suit. 

The end.