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 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 Newborn Photography Session

Ahhhh, a newborn photo session.... What is more sweet than a newborn? 

I am going to share how I come about my images for most sessions...

 I always ask my clients to shoot in their home, nursery or master bedroom. I am always looking for the best lighting in the home. Light is everything within photography. Second, I always try not to pose mommy and daddy as much as possible. I love to capture the family as they are... just them being them.... this is called lifestyle photography or maybe even, documentary photography. It's where I am not posing the frames I am capturing but more of just trying to allow the subjects to do what they always do and tell the story of what's going on. This has always been my desire even when I was 20 years old learning at LSU on my manual camera. I always stayed in the background to try to capture my subjects in my street photography.

This is my end goal always. To tell the story.

baton rouge newborn photography

To me, I think that it makes the most beautiful and raw images. For instance, this particular moment is something mommy and daddy have done for hours and hours since baby Charlotte was born and I want to capture that for them so they can always remember swooning in her nursery as they try to soothe her back to sleep.

baton rouge newborn photography
baton rouge newborn photography

Another thing you will see with this kind of photography is capturing the story of what is going on in the scene. I try to utilize all the aspects of the clients home and surroundings that make up their world. Here I added their beloved albums to the frame.

This is storytelling not posing. 

baton rouge newborn photography
baton rouge newborn photography

I added my macro add on to get some of those details that we cherish so much. 

What is more adorable that tiny little toes and baby fingers?!

baton rouge newborn photography
baton rouge newborn photography

Mommy and daddy were so happy with their images! And there is nothing more rewarding than to hand off a Gallery to clients and them respond with such love and adoration and awe.

It makes my life complete.... and hopefully theirs :)

So thankful for every client that entrusts me to tell their story <3

baton rouge newborn photography

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.

baton rouge family photography session

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.

Baton Rouge Family Session-14.jpg
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