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!! 

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
baton rouge wedding and family photographer

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!  

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... 

 

 

 

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!

baton rouge wedding photographer and photography

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 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...