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.

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 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

Downtown Baton Rouge Family Photography Session

the Franks Downtown Baton Rouge Family Session. I just love this family session I got to do. I blogged earlier about their sweet family here. The Franks. Wow. What can I even say, they are like true super parents!! Terry and Breanne are pastors for Healing Place's location in the inner city of Baton Rouge referred to as the 70805. On top of giving into that community daily, weekly, monthly, this sweet couple had their Meila last year with a unique set of circumstances. 

Meila was born with a genetic disease called MMA. It is essentially a protein breakdown disability. I can not tell you how amazing it was to watch this couple stand on the promises of God for their family for weeks and months and into this year! I am positive that fight is not for everyone. And when you can truly see the strength in the midst of such a difficult situations it only points to the ONE that can give such tranquility in the midst of life's dire times. 

 Breanne really loved the look of an ivy wall so I chose a downtown Baton Rouge location- that may or may not- be in a maybe seedy area to be able to make her photo dreams come true! I think we got plenty of great stuff, your thoughts? 

Baton Rouge Family Photography
Baton Rouge Family Photography

Babyboy Eli is like the cutest little man in the world!!!!! I love his sweet personality. He was a tad shy but I would be too if some lady was in front of me with a giant clicking thing and making weird faces repeating the words CHEESE and HEY, HEY, HEY. 

Baton Rouge Family Photography
Baton Rouge Family Photography

As you can see here, Meila is doing SUPER WELL!! She was just absolutely precious for her photoshoot.

Baton Rouge Family Photography
Baton Rouge Family Photography
Baton Rouge Family Photography
Baton Rouge Family Photography
Baton Rouge Family Photography
Baton Rouge Family Photography

And they lived happily ever after :) 

Baton Rouge Family Photography Session

 Never, ever have a met a family like the Morgans. Ever. 

I can't sing their praises loud enough. I met Mallory, aka Cletus the hot mom in this picture, back when I was in Full Time Elevate at Healing Place. She was such a riot!!! I couldn't believe God made people as fun as that girl!! She kept me laughing the whole time we would be around each other!!!

Well her and that man up there, Dave, made a sweet little family since and have been blessed with the privilege of raising three girls!! And everyone said, "God bless them!!"

The oldest and sweetest little thing is Miss Elle whom is seated right there below. 

Next is Jules. Sweet Jules. I will call her "spitfire" cause she has a little flicker in her little self. Reminds me a lot of me with all her curiosity and energy :)  

And finally is baby Charley whom just made her grand entrance into the world. She is what you call, a jewel, sweet as pie :) 

We had ample space for our shoot at their house and property wayyyyyy out in a little place called, St. Amant :)

I particularly love this one although the light is a tad harsh solely cause when I said, "let's shoot in front of the wood stack", I could feel Mal and Dave thinking, "what in the world is she thinking"... Well, this was it!!! Isn't it beautiful!?

We then headed back into the house to capture some natural, family moments. 

This was the point in which we told the girls if they participated they would get GUM! This was a huge win for them but not good for the photographer with newly smiling faces and smacking lips :)

And we got some with just Charley because she's the best and sweetest and softest little one around. 

And for the win..... FAMILY TIME IN THE BEDS!!! 

Another Family Session for a win! 

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