Seniors Archive

Leah: New Orleans Senior Photographer

There’s something to be said for a client who comes to me desire for a style and vision similar to my own. They approach me with trust–and more importantly, with a vision that we execute together, as a team. And this, my friends, means SO much more to me than being overly booked and overly busy. This year I’m enjoying so much the idea of chasing slow–of soaking in the intricacies of the personalities that find themselves close to me and in front of my camera.

This, for me, means…more attention to each individual.

This, for me, means…more quality, less quantity.

This, for me, means…actually getting to experience what makes a senior, a family, a couple, who they are.

This, for me, means…creating a personal experience with each client, rather than a checklist of tasks.

This, for me, means…time to breathe–for living, experiencing, and documenting life; NOT being so busy that I miss the beautiful parts of life my clients, friends, and experiences have to show me.

This, for me, means…the reason I started my business in the first place.

Meet Leah: one of my beautiful seniors this year, inside and out.

Leah Wilson

Leah Wilson

Leah Wilson

Leah Wilson

Leah Wilson

Leah was channeling some serious Cara Loren vibes with this outfit and I wasn’t complaining about it. If you’re unfamiliar with Cara, she’s one of my favorite style bloggers. If that’s your jam, you should absolutely take a peek at her blog and clothing line.

Leah Wilson

Leah Wilson

Leah Wilson

Leah Wilson

Leah Wilson

Leah Wilson

Spring sessions + big smiles. Yes, please.

Leah Wilson

Leah Wilson

Leah Wilson

Leah Wilson

Leah Wilson

Leah Wilson

Leah Wilson

Leah Wilson

We ended the session with a few shots of Leah and her sister Bailey, who I photographed a few years ago. I love that I got to photograph both of them together and full of giggles for their mama.

Leah Wilson

Leah Wilson

Leah Wilson

Leah Wilson

Leah, thank you for entrusting me with documenting this time in your life.

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Jordyn | Hammond Senior Photographer

“And this is the part where you find out who you are.”

Seniors, oh my beautiful seniors. You’re more than just a high schooler with a pretty face or a fabulous style or that awesome sense of humor. Yes, to me, you are at a peak right now, on the verge of limitless potential to achieve any dream you put your pretty little mind to. YES. That’s right. A-N-Y DREAM, at all. Ever.

I felt these sentiments and so much excitement for Jordyn as we hung out and snapped these photos.

Jordyn Neal

Jordyn Neal

Jordyn Neal

Jordyn Neal

Jordyn, I cannot wait to see where that joyful spirit of yours takes you.

Jordyn Neal

Jordyn Neal

Jordyn Neal

Jordyn Neal

Of course, we ended in a soft, fairytale-like field. (:

Jordyn Neal

Jordyn Neal

Jordyn Neal

Jordyn Neal

Jordyn Neal

Jordyn Neal

Jordyn Neal

Jordyn Neal

Jordyn Neal

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Cloie | Senior 2017: Hammond Senior Photographer

From looks to temperament, Cloie holds herself with a poise I admire so much for her age. The daughter of one of my nearest and dearest friends, I’ve watched Cloie grow into the breathtaking young adult she is today and truly, she leaves me in awe. From her spunk to her style, I adore this little lady so much.

Cloie and I pranced around town giggling and searching for the cutest little nooks to snap some photos. Here are a few of my favorites from the day…

Cloie Cook

Cloie Cook

Cloie Cook

Cloie Cook

Cloie Cook

Cloie Cook

Cloie Cook

Cloie Cook

Cloie Cook

Cloie Cook

Cloie Cook

I wish I had half of the style that my seniors have when I was their age. They leave me at such a beautiful loss for words.

Cloie Cook

Cloie Cook

Cloie Cook

Cloie Cook

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Cloie Cook

Cloie, I cannot wait to see where this next part of life takes you.
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The Importance of Tangible Photographs: Preserving Memories in Albums

With technology being as essential as a body limb in today’s world, the debate between photo releases, preserving print images, and it being the responsibility of a professional photographer to educate the client on the importance of tangible print images is one that never seems to find a conclusive resolve. I posed a question regarding this topic on social media recently, despite the fact that this debate makes my stomach turn with anxiety. Yes, I said anxiety. Let me explain. It churns my stomach that I’m not offering the best for my clients, or that I’m not pushing them to preserve their family heirlooms in a tangible manner, OR simply that I’m not offering the exact product that perhaps fits their needs.

After my social media post, what I learned is that most of my clients DO want the option for digital high-resolution images. Nonetheless, most also stated that they rarely get around to printing the images we plan, capture, and document so meticulously. Of course, this made me rack my brain to try to find a cost-effective option that would allow them to somehow receive both components at a price that both values the quality of the work and their pocketbooks.

2016-10-05_00052016-10-05_0004While quality albums will ALWAYS be a bit of an investment, I want them to be something my clients feel is within reason of their normal photography budget. With that being said, I’ll be offering exclusive ADD-ON album pricing to my Lifestyle Collection offerings. This pricing will be exclusive to collections where the high-resolution download is purchased OR a minimum print order has already been met. Essentially, you’re getting more bang for your buck. (; 2016-10-05_0001

If you’d like to know more about this exclusive pricing, please contact me via email at kali@kalinorton.com.

Happy Fall, Y’all!

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Social Media’s Out for Summer: Why I’m Taking a Partial Social Media Hiatus

“I’m sure no one ever thinks about it…but these snapshots are our little stand against the flow of time. 

The shutter is clicked, the flash goes off…

And we’ve stopped time. If just for the blink of an eye.

And if these pictures have anything important to say to future generations, it’s this: I was here. I existed. I was young and I was happy…

and someone cared enough about me in this world, to take my picture.”

If you’ve seen the movie One Hour Photo starring Robin Williams, you may remember this quote. Watching the movie again recently, the words got me like a jab straight to the gut. But perhaps not in the way you might think. While the words did resonate the sentiment that photographs are ever-so-important, it resonated another sentiment even more. One of disconnecting in this world we live of C-O-N-S-T-A-N-T connection. Taking time to breath and to be present, without sharing every move we make in hopes of “likes” and followers.

I think things in the social media world have evolved at such a fast pace, that we sometimes don’t even realize how much it’s effected the ebbs and flows of our lives, our emotions, and our relationships. While I absolutely CHERISH social media for it’s ability to connect us with the outside world, I think most of us can agree in this age of DAILY Facebook spats, that it’s both a blessing and a curse.

I am ever-so-grateful for the parts of social media that have allowed me to expand my mind and my relationships with thoughts and people that I never before would have been able to encounter in the same ways–or on the same levels. However, I think we can all agree that the “Keeping up with the Joneses” and the Facebook aggression on topics like vaccinations, political debates, and parental critiques are at an all-time-high enough to make an onlooker sick to the stomach.

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(Photo by Jenna Kutcher)

So, what am I getting at?

Well, after much debate (and fear)–as social media does drive an inherent part of my business–I’ve decided to take a little hiatus from Facebook and blogging. It’s VERY semi-permanent, but I truly believe a break from the constant chatter to NOT document every move I make and instead observe the real-life happenings around me is essential for growth and development.

With that being said, I WILL still be present on Instagram and you can follow me @kalinorton. I’m not sure exactly what date I’ll be back on Facebook and blogging, but it will likely be around mid-August. When I do return, my hope is to share with you any insight and growth that occurred in my absence.

While this step was a little scary for me, as blogging twice a week has become such a vital part of my business, I truly believe this break is necessary. After all, the scariest things usually birth the best transformation, right?

In the meantime, if you’d like to reach out or connect with me, you CAN still do so via email, Instagram (@kalinorton) and Snapchat (@kalinorton).

Happy Summer, friends!

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