From their wedding to maternity to the baby being here, I love watching their family expand. I don't normally photograph newborns, but when Brittany e-mailed me and told me Bodie had arrived, I was there the next day. Check out some of the photos from beginning to end :)
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I met Michael and Alyssa a little over a year ago in Sucre. They met on Tulane’s Campus and are graduates at the prestigious institution. As we got to know each other, I noticed how poised and almost shy Alyssa was, and Michael just as reserved but with a sense of humor - not only were they a good match, but we were a good match for each other.
They were wed on April 15, 2017 at the Botanical Gardens in City Park. Their ceremony was intimate and the atmosphere matched it to boot - light spring weather, flowers blossoming where they exchanged vows in front of their family and friends. They signed a Ketubah, and in their Jewish tradition - broke glass. Michael & Alyssa partied the night away, and even though it rained through part of their reception, they didn't let a little water spoil the celebration.
As always, I am honored they hired me to photograph this beautiful occasion, and I am even more grateful that a dear friend, Devonte Williford with Rare Sighting Photography, agreed to be my second shooter. Check out some of the photos below.
I've known Shari since we were teenagers. We used to work at a movie theatre (we have some movie theatre concession confessions lol), but in 2005, Hurricane Katrina devastated our home. We lost touch after awhile, but saw each other for the first time in years in January. She'd started her own mental health care practice, and when she asked me to photograph her, I was elated. I love photographing my family and friends. We joked and laughed at talked about the days when things were simpler, but also confided in how much we'd grown over the years into the women we are today. I'm so proud of her and all that she's accomplished, and I'm happy that she chose me to capture her essence in photographs!
We don't get traditional September weather in NOLA. We won't even have boot appropriate weather until mid-October. Fall is my favorite time of the year though, and I can't wait to break out the fall attire. The summer to fall transition is therapeutic for me because the planet isn't the only thing that goes through changes. The falling leaves off the trees always reminds me to let dead things go: stagnant relationships, anger and resentment, weight and even bad habits. As we get older, I believe we should constantly develop our mental palettes, make it an effort to constantly learn new things and reinforce our values with action. August was a great month, but I'm going to make this a September to remember.
A couple of weeks ago, I photographed Conroy Blake and a few dishes from his restaurant, 14 Parishes, for a BMWB Beard Spotlight. I got to know the owner and the many projects he was into, and even did a little day drinking and had some jerk chicken and fried plantains - super delish btw! Check out some of the images from the shoot below!
Ann Marie, surrounded by family and friends, celebrated her Bridal Tea Party in downtown New Orleans at the Windsor Court Hotel. This was such a fun event to photograph, everyone was dressed in their best with hats to match!
Amelia reached out to me earlier this month to photograph her engagement session. After we went over the details, we decided to go to City Park, one of our favorite places in the city.
The day we shot was beautiful with a slight overcast with a soft breeze. We instantly connected as we had a lot in common, and over the course of an hour, we got to know each other and even learned we knew some of the same people (y'all know NOLA is super small).
Amelia, a Retention Specialist, and Jason, an Account for the City of New Orleans, met on Plenty of Fish about 4 years ago. They took their time to get to know one another as people and friends, and according to Amelia, took courting to a new level by dating for 8 months before they became a couple. Jason decided to surprise Amelia by proposing using black stickers are her front door. As she was leaving, she initially missed the message, so Jason had her go back inside to make sure they didn't leave anything. When she came back out, she realized what was on her door, and the rest is history! They're set to marry in May, and I wish them nothing but love and happiness!
Dara contacted me about a month ago to capture her engagement session during her student's dance competition. Immediately during our phone consultation, we hit it off like we'd known each other all our lives. I'm not sure what it is about my work that attracts my clients, but we always seem to click! My close friend and favorite Make-Up Artist, Tamara, assisted me during the session in the quarter, and we had a blast! New Orleans has some of the most beautiful architecture I've ever seen, and it complimented Dara and Victor so well. You can view their engagement images below!
I am very fortunate to have some very awesome clients. I meet so many people in my line of work and hear so many beautiful love stories. Sometimes these people become life long friends, after all, photographing your wedding is very intimate. So when I met Alaina and Bernard, even though we'd only corresponded through e-mails, during their engagement session, it felt more like I'd known them for years. Alaina, quirky and fun and beautiful has such a positive aura about her, and Bernard, or Bee as she calls him, ridiculously brilliant as he is comical, kept us laughing with his silliness. There's something so authentic about their love that just radiates from both of them. I am so looking forward to their wedding in September. In the meantime, check out the images from their session!
Megan went all out for her 30th Birthday Party! She had a disco light installed, Coffy playing on a wall projector, and good old fashion tunes from the 1970s! Her guests were decked out in some of the retro trends, everything from bell bottoms to picked out afros dancing in the soul train line. Check out the good times below!
The big 3-0 is something worth celebrating; having made it through our awkward teens, our self discovery 20s, and our 30th, the entry into enlightenment. So when Megan asked me to document her for her 30th birthday, I was beyond honored.
Megan had the concept to go retro - we’re talking about 1970’s Diana Ross. Together, we came up with a sexy look, big hair, vintage furniture and a natural feel for the shoot. Please enjoy the final product.
Impromptu photographer meet ups are always fun. Met some cool peeps and took the afternoon to just shoot for fun. We met in this dope coffee shop (Revelator Coffee on Tchoupitoulas) and ended up on the top of some random parking garage watching the sunset go down. All in all, it was a great ending to a beautiful day.
One of the first shoots that I planned with a friend, Tamara Soup, a talented Make-up Artist, was one that we came up with over the summer. We'd put together a look and locations only to have to keep rescheduling because of weather and life haha. It was kind of funny when we finally settled on a date and time only to realize that in the process of moving, one of the key elements needed for the session, the dress, ended up in storage. So, we decided to wing it. We spent about an hour on make-up before we headed to the Bywater area. If you’ve ever been to New Orleans, this area is known for it’s artistic energy. The houses are adorable, painted in various colors that really make the neighborhoods pop, and you can find just about the best graffiti in this area. As we were shooting (again, perfect weather and lighting lol), we saw a really awesome mural that said The Hip Kid (which I regretfully did not get a photo of). After we wrapped up the session and I got home to edit, I couldn’t quite figure out what to name the session. After scrolling through these beautiful images, I remembered the mural, The Hip Kid, and it fit the session perfectly, Check out the images to see why :)
Make-Up: Tamara Soup/www.www.artistrybycamille.com
Model: Anastasia Bostick