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Michael & Alyssa

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Michael & Alyssa

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.

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Couture Head Shots with Shari

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!

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Buttermilk Beignets

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Buttermilk Beignets

As an ode to my Babes & Beignets Portrait Special, I thought it was would be cool to look up a unique homemade beignet recipe!

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INGREDIENTS (yields up to 4 dozen beignets)

3/4 cup whole milk
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
4 teaspoons active dry yeast
2 1/2 tablespoons sugar
3 1/2 cups bread flour plus extra for flouring work surface
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
Peanut oil for frying
Confectioners' sugar for serving, as much as you think you'll need—then double that!
PREPARATION

Heat the milk in a small saucepan over medium-high heat until small bubbles form at the surface. Remove from the heat, add the buttermilk, and then pour into a stand mixer bowl. Whisk in the yeast and the sugar and set aside for 5 minutes. Add the flour, baking soda, and salt, and mix on low speed, using a dough hook, until the dry ingredients are moistened, 3 to 4 minutes. Increase the mixer speed to medium and continue mixing until the dough forms a loose ball and is still quite wet and tacky, 1 to 2 minutes longer. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set the dough aside in a draft-free spot for 1 hour.
Pour enough peanut oil into a large pot to fill it to a depth of 3 inches and bring to a temperature of 375°F over medium heat (this will take about 20 minutes). Line a plate with paper towels and set aside.


Lightly flour your work surface and turn the dough out on it. Sprinkle the top of the dough with flour, gently press to flatten, fold it in half, and gently tuck the ends under to create a rough-shaped round. Dust again and roll the dough out into a ½-inch- to ¹/³ -inch-thick circle. Let the dough rest for 1 minute before using a chef's knife, a bench knife, or a pizza wheel to cut the dough into 1 1/2-inch squares (you should get about 48).

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Gently stretch a beignet lengthwise and carefully drop it into the oil. Add a few beignets (don't overcrowd them, otherwise the oil will cool down and the beignets will soak up oil and be greasy) and fry until puffed and golden brown, turning them often with a slotted spoon, for 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to the prepared plate to drain while you cook the rest. Serve while still warm, buried under a mound of confectioners' sugar, with hot coffee on the side.
Make ahead:

The beignet dough can be made up to 8 hours in advance of frying. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spray it with nonstick cooking spray. After cutting the dough, place the beignets on the paper and place another greased sheet of parchment paper, sprayed-side down, on top. Wrap the entire baking sheet with plastic wrap and refrigerate. The beignets can be fried straight from the refrigerator.

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Ann Marie's Bridal Tea Party

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Ann Marie's Bridal Tea Party

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!

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Amelia + Jason - Engaged

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!

Carie + Jonell - Maternity

I shot their engagement, their wedding, their birth announcement, and now their maternity session! I swear, these two are some of my favorite people. Kind, compassionate, fun and so so in love. I am so happy for Carie and Jonell, and I can't wait to meet baby Addison this summer!

Amiere - XULA Grad

My God sister Amiere, someone I've known since birth, is graduating next month. I've seen her grow from a kid into this smart, compassionate and beautiful woman over the years, and I couldn't be more proud of her. Nothing but amazing things for you Mimi! xoxo

Dara + Victor

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!

 

Alaina + Bernard

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!

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Bijou's Disco 30th Birthday Party

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!

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Bijou's Disco 30th Birthday Photoshoot

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.