Downtown Family Photography Spring Session

A little downtown Spring family session! 

I should just say Summer because lord knows that Spring in Louisiana very, very short lived! We got about two weeks between what some people call winter and what Louisiana calls Summer. We work with what we get around here though!

This darling couple- Mollie and Andy and their precious little, Skylar made a dreamy little family photography session. I felt like they walked off the pages of a JCREW magazine and right in front of downtown Baton Rouge. 

baton rouge family and wedding photographer
baton rouge family and wedding photography

Mollie had the most darling bonnets for Skylar. Again, note JCREW magazine. We of course had a couple bloopers thanks to children under 5 doing what they do best!! Gotta love a spontaneous kiddo.

baton rouge family and wedding photography

When it comes to my sessions whether it be a engagement session, family or newborn photography there is always, always the question of "what do I wear??" It seems that making these sorts of decisions for couples and families is labor some. 

I always always tell my clients to think "blending"  not "matching". Matching takes away from the couple or family looking like their unique self!! This is a huge loss to me as a crafter of beautiful photography. Just think of a color scheme and then let everyone be themselves and choose what they are most comfortable in! This seems to be what works best for client sessions in my eye. 

Back to the Merritt's! Like I said, JCREW models making family life look lovely and easy breezy! 

baton rouge family and wedding photography
baton rouge family and wedding photography
baton rouge family and wedding photography
baton rouge family and wedding photography
baton rouge family and wedding photography

We found a little nook by the Capital with some darling flowers in bloom. Skylar was perfect in front of them and starting exploring for four leaf clovers!! Well, that's what I like to think although I am sure she was just terribly fascinated with the itchy grass :) 

She made for a darling little baby photography model though, don't you think?!

baton rouge family and wedding photography
baton rouge family and wedding photography
baton rouge family and wedding photography

It was a perfect little family session and we got to talk babies towards the end! I got all sorts of new baby tips which was so helpful!! It's nice to get the down low from new mamas!! 

So a BIG thank you for choosing me and for sharing all your parent wisdom :) 

Y'all's little Skylar was just a doll!! 

Baton Rouge Family Photograhy Sesion

Family Photography Session for the win! 

The weather was perfect, the evening was clear... the skies were like Simpson's Skies and the family was just darling. The Rabalais. 

We chose downtown Baton Rouge for our venue because, duh! it's the best. We started by the State Capital and just sort of found all the in's and outs over there we could possibly use.

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I feel like the family were straight out of a JCREW magazine or something fancy like that. They had this sweet, Southern hospitality about them and their outfits blended instead of matchy-matchy which is a huge fashion win for this photographer!! 

Little Liam was full of life and had no problem warming up to me! What a C-U-T-I-E! Seriously, wanted to show Mrs. Natty his silly faces and had all sorts of random questions for me. He actually asked where my child was and then we realized that he thought I was one of their parents friends because Natty didn't know who "insert child's name" was.

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baton rouge family photography session

We walked over to the grassy area by the State Capital and proceeded to get a ton of amazing shots. Number one, this family was super easy to work with. Number two, the light was golden hour and perfectly setting behind them. Number three, I don't know why I number everything :)

baton rouge family photography session
baton rouge family photography session

You could tell Little Liam loved his Little Brother so much... They will be super adorable together through the years I am certain. 

baton rouge family photography session
baton rouge family photography session
baton rouge family photography session
baton rouge family photography session
baton rouge family photography session
baton rouge family photography session

These dears made shooting a Lifestyle Photography Session so stinking easy peasy! 

Thank you, Rabalais family! 

baton rouge family photography session

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. )

baton rouge family photographer

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. 

baton rouge family photographer

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?

baton rouge family photographer
baton rouge family photographer

Baton Rouge Newborn Photography Session

Well, this post is a special one for me.

I had the opportunity to shoot some photos for one of my best friends, Mollie White (Euhus), and he precious awaited gift of Baby Jackson. I still call that girl by her maiden name because that's what she will always be to me. 

I never will forget how I met this jewel. She came up to me after a Late Night service at Healing Place and said, "Hi, I am Mollie. I want to be your friend." How can a girl refuse such an offer! You just can't. She is one of those special people that enters your story and you never wish to have it another way. One of kind, Mollie. Who's name is not even really Mollie... She's actually an Elizabeth but started this Mollie thing some years back and has kept it that way since. 

Anywho... this post is about Mollie, Jeffery and their darling Jackson whom just entered this wonderful world some 7 weeks ago. Jeff and Molls were more than elated with his arrival. 

baton rouge newborn photography
baton rouge newborn photography

These two have been waiting an extra long time for their sweet bundle and the wait was well worth as far as I can see... God has a perfect way to bring about His perfect gifts in His perfect time... 

Jeff made several pieces of art for their home to help Baby Jackson feel right at home...  

-ALL GRACE, TINY FACE-

baton rouge newborn photography
baton rouge newborn photography
baton rouge newborn photography
baton rouge newborn photography
baton rouge newborn photography

I know the three of them are going to be living happily ever after... It was a long time of waiting for their sweet bundle but as Jeff told Mollie several years back, "he wished for her" and I know they stayed wishing for Jackson...

And here he is today! 

baton rouge newborn photography

Baton Rouge Family Photography Session

It's been a looooong winter down in the Baton Rouge, Louisiana and we have all been itching at the bit for the grey skies and the downpours to finally stop. So that means it's time to get back to family sessions, outside in the afternoons and azaleas strewn about the neighborhoods! 

Thank you Jesus for SPRING! Although its almost over and we are heading into the 6 months of sweltering summer that we get down in this Southern town. But we make the most of our 3 weeks of Spring around here and I was lucky enough to get to schedule a shoot with some favorite friends of mine....  

the Vicknairs... 

family photography session

This darling trio can not be summed up with mere words. Daniel, a tad over a year old, is sheer joy in toddler form. He would have been a younger brother but his precious parents lost their firstborn a couple years back- darling, little David. He was seriously a one-of-a-kind boy and made Mrs. Natty a very happy aunt.... He walked his precious self down the aisle of my wedding with a sign in his hands saying, "here comes the bride". Pictured below.... This post could not be complete without David mentioned... 

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As you can see he was perfect and he looked very similar to their precious Daniel. 

children's photography

I had such a grand time shooting with this family though... They love to just let me create for them and so they leave lots of the ideas for the shoot to my creativity. I asked for favorite books, blocks, toys and if they favored really colorful quilts... we made quite the springtime shoot!

family photography
family photography

We even had an extra- Gramdma Pippy! 

family photography
family photography
family photography
family photography
family photography
baton rouge family photography

We ended the afternoon at our house with tea and cookies. It was a great St Patricks Day indeed!

Little Daniel made himself at home :) Sometimes you just gotta get it yourself!

Well, that's how we do down South! 

baton rouge family photography