Ladies Fashion Blog by January Hart and Must Haves

Fashion. The wonderful, beautiful world of fashion! Oh how I wish I was more a fashionista! One of my friend's told me the other day, "you are like my fashion consult". I almost spit my Powerade straight out my mouth. I shook my head side to side saying, "that's impossible and quite a scary thought! Ha."

Bless her.

When I was called about doing some last minute Fashion Photography for Mrs. January Hart Rizzo I was beyond thrilled!! One- because her hubs is part of the best marketing organization in Baton Rouge- PartnersOne and I just love photographing pretty ladies wearing amazing outfits. I thought of it as to Senior Class Sessions but with a little more pizzaz!! 

baton rouge fashion photography
baton rouge fashion photography

BTWS- January is like a 10!! Like babe level!! After becoming mommy of 2 boys, she still finds the time to run 3-5 miles a day casually and keep up with a gym schedule. #momgoals if I ever had some!

I was a little curious how the session would go because I am used to lots and lots of Bridals, Engagement Sessions and Weddings and Families but aside from my Senior Sessions here and there, I have not done a TON of Fashion Photography!!! But I just adore capturing beautiful people in beautiful places so I just dove straight in and fell straight in love with it all! I knew after browsing her Instagram and website for a couple of minutes that we would be able to make some gorgeous portraits!!

She brought the beautiful and I brought my gear! 

Fashion Photography Blogs and January Rizzo
Fashion Photography Blogs and January Rizzo
Fashion Photography Blogs and January Rizzo

We made our way through Downtown Baton Rouge and changed outfits a handful of times and made some gorgeous photos. Apparently January started her fashion business through her Instagram Account. It then emerged so large that it flowed onto the blog that she created. So now companies send January beautiful clothing to talk about, give tips on and just model! 

What a day!! 

Fashion and January Hart Rizzo blog
Fashion and January Hart Rizzo blog
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She had more beautiful outfits than we had time to shoot!! I wanted to own each and every one! Sun dresses, bags... the list goes on and on of what will possibly be on her doorstep to model and chat about on her blog!! What a gig! 

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

So head on over to that doll's blog or Insta to get the latest and greatest trends for the season and I promise, you won't be sorry! She already taught me that flamingo dresses are way in!!! 

Hahaha.... Here's to gold watches, floral tops, wedge sandals, and one very awesome fashionista!  

Bridal Photography and the Best Venue for such...

I just adore a Bridal Photography Session. There is nothing more special to me than a girl dressing up in the most beautiful wedding dress she could behold and getting her hair and makeup done to have some of the most special photographs taken in her life! We ain't talking about Glamour Shots, ladies and gentlemen!! This is way cooler than that! Plus the moms that come along for the event and the best friends or the aunts, it just makes everything so much more special to have our loved ones with us on these special moments.

The whole thing is just wonderful to me! I love finding the perfect spot for each bride as well... asking them their desires and hopes for the bridal session is always a part of it all. Plus when the summer creeps into Louisiana there's nothing nice about our heat so we always have to keep that in mind. Indoor/outdoor locations and venues are ideal. And when I talked to Hollyn, we both agreed that Nottoway Plantation was the venue for her session!

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The thing with bridal sessions is you want your client to feel like a princess. They should. It's like the right of every bride- to be the beautiful princess of every aspect of their wedding. So I really try to allow the bride to choose whatever it is she would like to accomplish with her session. Hollyn was a great bride! Her expectations were all perfect and in line with what my thoughts were. She even had some beautiful ideas of her own in the White Ballroom at Nottoway. Such as this photograph. 

baton rouge wedding photographer and photography

And she let me execute so many of my little photography desires and let me just create... 

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

Quite frankly, you can't take a bad image at Nottoway. There are so many aspects of this venue that are breathtaking and ideal for weddings, engagements and bridal sessions. I just swoon over all the classic and priceless details... 

Once the sun started setting, we headed outdoors to capture some of those "Golden Hour" shots that photographers talk about. 

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

I will tell you this: my absolute favorite shot is a backlit shot. I absolutely ADORE a backlit shot. I actually aim to get at least a couple during any session whether that's family or wedding related. To me, I am admirer of light. I love the whole idea of it, symbolism and effects so it's only natural that I am so drawn to these shots. 

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

If you know anything about Nottoway Plantation then you know they have the most majestic of oak trees there... This is one of the Southern charms that is a must to include in any session... I kind of couldn't stop photographing either so we headed over to the trees and made some gorgeous images. 

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

I just adored this session!!! 

We ended up at the cabins you can rent for the weekends and allowed Hollyn to catch the sun setting. It was glorious!! 

There is nothing not magical about this venue and the effects it produces! It was so hard to leave that little slice of heaven on Earth. All the staff were so friendly and accommodating and the setting is breathtaking. I can't wait to go back this month for some Engagement photos! 

baton rouge wedding photographer and photography

And she is happily living happily ever after. 

Baton Rouge Highland Road Engagement Photography Session

Congrats to Meagan + Joshua!

I can't wait to document this darling couple's wedding day in April! Being a wedding photographer is SO MUCH FUN!!! Working with all sorts of dynamic couples, helping them to document their love beautifully, and getting to know the details that make their worlds up! 

Getting Meg and Joshua's images for their Engagement Session was nothing short of amazing!!! Let me tell you, Joshua doesn't have a serious bone in his body and it made for a very fun and lively photo session! We went to Highland Rd park area to shoot their shots because she mentioned liking outdoors and pretty areas! Haha... I just ran with it all and we spent lots of time at LSUs Hilltop Arboretum. 

The fall colors were on point and the weather was close to cold- as close to cold as Louisiana gets- so it made for an awesome time for all of us! 

baton rouge engagement photography
baton rouge engagement photography

Joshua has that awesome bulldog look that I think my hubs inherited as well!!! It goes awesome with his bearded manly face! 

Engagements are probably a favorite thing for me to shoot. It's so fun to get to know the couple's that have trusted me with their greatest day and I love hearing the stories of how they met, fell in love and the proposal. 

For these two, it was all history after first meeting. Love at the first sight kind of deal. 

baton rouge engagement photography
baton rouge engagement photography
baton rouge engagement photography
baton rouge engagement photography

And the big question was hard to keep quiet!!! Meagan was hook, line and sinker the moment they began dating! And Joshua made sure he blessed his girl's socks off! 

baton rouge engagement photography

So here's to LOVE and finding the one that makes all of our days that much better!!