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.

Baton Rouge Family Lifestyle Photography Session

This family. GAH!!!

Love them so much! Do you ever just meet "cool people" and know instantly that you want to be friends with them? That's what happened YEARS ago when I met this girl and her soon to be man- Katherine and Blake! We were in an internship at Healing Place Church together in 2007!!!

GASP.... I KNOW.... Where in the world does the time go? 

Back to 9 years ago... I met Katherine and she was the bookish, English, introverted type and that made me happy because I am all of those things wrapped up with some crazy Natty tendencies. Kat was immediately awesome in my book! She loved God and she loved internship and she immediately invited me to hang with her for coffee to talk life. 

Aren't those the best kind of people? Just easy going and fun to be around! Ahhhh... love a good refreshing coffee date! Well, here we are ALL THOSE YEARS later... and Katherine married a fine young fella named Blake who is the cool, sarcastic type (like my hubs but Johnny may have this guy beat) and they have since settled down and just had their third son- Knox.  

baton rouge family lifestyle session

That's right- THIRD son!! Ole Knox-y man came after their oldest, Dax and their middle child, Hendrix! Both whom Natty completely adores! 

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

Me and the littles had more fun than I imagined! We talked favorite candy and crackers and they explained to me about Ironman and Superman and how apparently there is a big difference. I just told them I loved Ironman's suit. They agreed it was cool. 

The two boys were like gold though and made this little family photography session a breeze.  

They listened to mommy and daddy with such perfection. I loved seeing how easy going this couple made parenting appear. (I know parenting has it's weaknesses but it's refreshing to see parenting done so so well.)

Back to the man of the hour- Baby Knox!

He was so smitten on his mommy and was a complete breeze to photograph. The thing with newborn photography is you have to have baby ready for it's shoot by being well fed and preferably ready for a tiny nap. All of which Knox was! We got some great lifestyle photographs with him and was able to capture their relationship oh so well. 

(Blake was entertaining the wild ones in the other room- super dad!!!

baton rouge family lifestyle photography session

He had the most darling Modern Burlap swaddle and we made the most of tailoring darling little shots with Knox-y and his Crosses and XOXOs. He complied completely <3

baton rouge family lifestyle photography session

Then I got the whole family on the bed and made sure we got some natural, quality photographs of the whole family interacting together. All the boys made it such a great time and we got some jewels! 

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

Of course the Prudhomme's live happily ever after...

Baton Rouge Family Lifestyle Session

This was a family session turned lifestyle photography for great reason! This particular family was visiting from California and the other half lived in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The father of the two kiddos was a long time mathematician at Louisiana State University. His two kiddos and family were all together for the holiday so we scheduled a cozy Sunday afternoon for our session for a group of 11. 

baton rouge lifestyle family photography- autistic

One of the mommy's was highly concerned of her two autistic children cooperating for a proper family portrait. As a client, she was worried this would be problematic but for me this is where I believe some of my best work lies... and the adventure begins!

Clients with a sense of adventure are right up my alley!

We began the session on an overcast afternoon at Rural Life Museum off of Essen Lane. This is an ideal location for photographing because it's smack-dab in the middle of the city off of Essen Lane and it's completely wooded and covered with sprawling gardens. I prepped the family that we would attempt some classic portraits and then let the kids just be kids.

baton rouge lifestyle family photography- autistic

My approach as a lifestyle photographer is always to capture the subjects as they are in real life - couple's being in love and children being themselves. So when parents seem frantic about me getting any good photographs of their seemingly disengaged child, I reassure them that this is where my skills shine.

Lifestyle or candid photography is a chance to just document subjects doing the things they love to do and I am just a fly on the wall. 

baton rouge lifestyle family photography- autistic

With families this size there will always be a classic group shots but after these are done I just say, "y'all play together and interact" and I stand back and catch the magic that happens (even in the rain!). 

baton rouge lifestyle family photography- autistic
baton rouge lifestyle family photography- autistic
baton rouge lifestyle family photography- autistic
baton rouge lifestyle family photography- autistic

Like these such jewels that will be cherished for a lifetime... 

baton rouge lifestyle family photographer- autistic
baton rouge lifestyle family photographer- autistic
baton rouge lifestyle family photographer- autistic
baton rouge lifestyle family photographer- autistic
baton rouge lifestyle family photographer- autistic

So where some moms of special needs (autistic) kiddos would cringe at the thought of corralling the littles for a family photo session, I say bring them all to me! 

baton rouge lifestyle family photographer- autistic

To me, generational portraits are an absolute favorite and I just adored the rest of the family in the background that complemented this all too well. 

baton rouge lifestyle family photographer- autistic
baton rouge lifestyle family photographer- autistic
baton rouge lifestyle family photographer- autistic

To me making a family portrait is to be fun, stylish and simple.

Capturing a family as they engage is the most rewarding form of photography to me.

Everyone exactly as they always are. Such as life. 

Baton Rouge Family Photography Session

Bre emailed me around June to talk about Baby Meila coming in August. I was absolutely thrilled to take her family on as a client because she wanted the full package- the Bundle- with a Hospital Session, my absolute favorite and Newborn sessions and a Fresh 48. 

That was the summer. Meila decided to come the day before me and my Hubs headed across the ocean to Africa to visit friends. I hated to miss her birthday but I knew I was coming back to plenty of Newborn love upon returning. 

Baton Rouge Newborn Photography
Baton Rouge Newborn Photography

Upon coming home I found out that sweet Meila was not responding to her parents like normal and sleeping an awful lot. Breanne and Terry went back to the hospital with their little newborn just days of being sent home. And so their journey began. 

Baton Rouge Newborn Photography
Baton Rouge Newborn Photography

Sweet Melia was in the hospital for days being tested and treated to try and figure out what exactly was going on inside of her little body. 

I couldn't imagine the strain on one's heart to watch their sweet, new baby undergo all that Melia did. After relentless testing and poking and prodding they decided the best case scenario was to head to New Orleans where she could be seen by the best of the best- a geneticist. 

Baton Rouge Newborn Photography

Probably the best decision they made. Within a short amount of time they were being given information about Meila's condition that was all new. The doctors explain she could possibly have the MMA disease in which your body can not breakdown proteins. This was causing her to have different reactions in her little, newborn body that were causing the out-of-touch sense and sleepiness. 

Baton Rouge Newborn Photography

Having an ANSWER is all those two parents were asking for!!! And they are still believing God to move in Sweet Melia's life for the very best outcome!!! Their faith never wavered. Their hearts, though weary, were not moved. They plowed on. They moved forward and they hoped for the very, very best. 

Baton Rouge Newborn Photography
Baton Rouge Newborn Photography

So Meila got to finally, officially come home and live with her big brother, Eli and get loved on by mommy and daddy. 

Baton Rouge Newborn Photography

Well, maybe a little playing by big brother Eli ^^^^^^

Baton Rouge Newborn Photography
Baton Rouge Newborn Photography

And I finally came over and did those pictures we emailed about all those weeks ago :)) 

Baton Rouge Newborn Photography

And they are living happily ever after...

The end. 

Baton Rouge Family Photography Session

The infamous Dinkel boys. Are there any kids cuter? Probably not. But I am super partial. 

Children's Photography

Abram- almost 3 yrs old- to the left and big brother Brody- just made 5- to the right.... they could be in a magazine with that sort of cuteness. 

Silly faces pics was of course their favorite and I am pretty sure we lost all of them after this part. 

children's photograhpy
Children's Photography

John Robert met Chad many a years ago... I think they were 14. Yeah. So they have been the best of friends all these years since... that's at least double not to get into their ages and all. So I feel super blessed to have these people as family and mostly to have those two, sweet boys as my nephews. Double, triple win. 

Children's Photography

Brody was apparently very tickled during this particular one and Abe was completely distracted 

Children's Photography
Family Photography
Family Photography

I pray this brotherly love stays forever. 

Family Photography

And that they always play with each other, too. Which means throwing punches in boy world. 

Family Photography

Such a good-looking bunch. Abe obviously takes much pride in his hair. Like his daddy. 

Family Photography
Family Photography

OHMMMYYYYGGGGOOOSHSSSSSHHHHH!

Family Photography
Family Photography
Family Photography

Another Family Session for the books! 

The end.