My Absolute Favorite Wedding and Photography Images in 2016 pt.1

2016 was NOT supposed to be THIS awesome!!! 

When I say awesome, I mean beyond my wildest dreams, insanely above and beyond all I could ask or imagine, crazy awesome! I mean I made a goal for my photography business at the end of 2015 for my upcoming year and al I passed that sucka up by June of the year. What did she say? Yes, JUNE OF 2016 I had made my goal for what I thought the entire year would be. Talk about make you say, hmmm... so there's perspective. Who does that? Not me! I was like last in line in my book for being insanely awesome for 2016! Well, well, well... God's plans are not ours! That's about all I can say about that. 

Not only did I exceed a goal I never anticipated for the year. It was one I never thought I would accomplish IN. MY. LIFE. That is correct. How is that? That one can literally make a goal that one does not even know if attainable. That too, is not on me. I mean, trust me, I hustled. I hustled WAY hard. Like harder than a lot of people thought I should. I was excited. I was living my dream. I was literally pursuing the one thing that I have loved since I stumbled upon it as a child. What a crazy awesome dream come true! And to top it off--- I WAS PREGNANT with our first child, Charles Robert! I couldn't not be any more jazzed about life and what was ahead for us. I really didn't even know how much awesomeness would be coming my way with that babe but I have since found out now that he was born in fall and is now almost 4 months old that he, too, surpassed my awesome-ness-meter.

WE HAVE HAD SOME FUN!!!! 

So to say 2016 was awesome is not quite going to cover the amount of awesome that truly occurred. I mean it touches the surface but that's about it. It was crazy awesome. Awesome-er than any awesome I had ever encountered. And it was all mine. It was all for me and my beautiful little family and that is an amazing feeling. So to get to the point of the post.... Here are some of my favorite, most beloved images for 2016!! 

When your wedding clients want to go somewhere adventurous and do it early in the morning to catch the perfect light and fog <3 

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When you get to work with clients for their engagement photos with the most awesome personalities and in the most beautiful Louisiana setting!! 

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Getting to photograph a newborn who was delivered almost 3 months before his due date.

(Baby Cason is doing well and getting stronger every day. God is good) 

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I had the chance to work with a lot of brides and bridesmaids this year. There were some really special and wonderful ones and there were some that just made me feel just as special and wonderful as they were. It's a beautiful thing to be able to work with beautiful people. 

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Working with this girl!!! January Hart Rizzo is a absolute favorite of mine!! I have yet to meet anyone as awesome as her in her field! Honestly! She is sweet as pie and absolutely rocks the world of fashion down here in South Louisiana!!! Girl has got style and amazing legs btw!!! Love this image too much and love the gal in it and all her styles and grace! 

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I adore this shot!! I know they all look good but even MORE they rocked their time to shine!!! I adore that!! I rarely meet whole parties that rock their images together!! This group of friends knew each other so well and gelled like it as well!! We had so much fun creating beautiful wedding memories and photos with this crew! 

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Apparently I have way too many favorites because I want to post another 10 more! I just decided this will be a part 1 and part 2 blog post! Anyways, this is the apple of my eye, my little chicken nugget, my heart, my soul, my little bit of everything. This is Charles Robert and he has bewitched me mind, body and soul (yay for Pride and Prejudice quotes). He is incredible. He is HAPPY and he is all, all ours and it makes me incredibly and immeasurably happy!!! 

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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. 

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

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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! 

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And she is happily living happily ever after.