Engagements Archive

Coastal Engagement Session: Mckae + Ethan | Mandeville Wedding Photographer

“And I know you are the last thought, breath, and wish I will ever have, take, or make, because you are the daydream I am supposed to have for the rest of my life.”

I love photographing a girl in love. There are times in photographs that the heart, soul, and joy of her existence radiate right through into each snapshot in time. This is Mckae. As I sat flipping through her and Ethan’s finished gallery of images yesterday, my heart was so full of the contentment I felt from the both of them.

I hope you enjoy a few of my favorites from their beachy engagement session!

Mckae + Ethan

Mckae + Ethan

Mckae + Ethan

Mckae + Ethan

From her personality to her clothing, Mckae is so delicate and dainty–being a girly girl myself, this was quite alright with me. (:

Mckae + Ethan

Mckae + Ethan

Mckae + Ethan

Mckae + Ethan

Mckae + Ethan

Mckae + Ethan

Mckae + Ethan

Mckae and Ethan, your connection absolutely stole my heart. I cannot wait to watch you two enter into this next step of life together.

Mckae + Ethan

Mckae + Ethan

Mckae + Ethan

Mckae + Ethan

Mckae + Ethan

Mckae + Ethan

Mckae + Ethan

Mckae + Ethan

In the spirit of engagements and love, just a little reminder about the SUMMER SALE I have going on:

From now until August 31, 2017 I am offering $500 OFF of select Wedding Photography Collections!

Email me if you’d like more info! Newly engaged? Know someone who is? Share this info with them.

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Uptown New Orleans Engagement | Julie + Michael: New Orleans Wedding Photographer

I’m pretty sure 90% of the social plans I make revolve around the best places to share company over good food and good drinks. There’s something about sharing stories, laughs, and even cries over an orgasmically tasty meal that just fills up the depths of my soul. Couples that make plans around the best food + drink spots in town are MY KIND OF PEOPLE, Y’ALL.

This is Julie and Michael. We sipped wine, visited their favorite drink nooks Uptown, and had the most deep-bellied laughs, all while I basically followed them around with a camera and pretended I had funny things to say. It’s days like this that make me stop and pinch myself that I do this for a living.

Julie + Michael Engagements

Julie + Michael Engagements

Julie + Michael Engagements

Julie + Michael Engagements

Julie + Michael Engagements

Seriously, we laughed so stinking hard I’m pretty sure I got a full ab workout that day…

Julie + Michael Engagements

Julie + Michael Engagements

Julie + Michael Engagements

Julie + Michael Engagements

Julie + Michael Engagements

We went in The Columns Hotel on St. Charles for a drink in between outfits. If you haven’t been here, the atmosphere is quite a treat. I highly recommend stopping in next time you find yourself Uptown.

Julie + Michael Engagements

Julie + Michael Engagements

But anyone who knows me even just a little knows THIS was my favorite part of the day. We hung out for a bit at Julie + Michael’s house with their sweet fur babies. This sweet boy, Rascal, stole every bit of my heart.

Julie + Michael Engagements

Julie + Michael Engagements

Julie + Michael Engagements

Julie + Michael Engagements

Julie and Michael, thank you for allowing me to spend time soaking in a little part of your sweet life. I absolutely cannot wait for April.

Julie + Michael Engagements

Julie + Michael Engagements

Julie + Michael Engagements

Julie + Michael Engagements

Julie + Michael Engagements

Julie + Michael Engagements

Julie + Michael Engagements

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Celebrating L-O-V-E | February Exclusive Offer: New Orleans Wedding Photographer

If I’m being honest, lover or no lover, I’ve never been much of a fan of Valentine’s Day. Nonetheless, I AM a huge fan of celebrating LOVE of all kinds. Whether it be your significant other, your fur babies, or love for your grandma. My heart becomes a little puddle of mush on the floor when I think about celebrating those people that make this life sweet and worth living for us all.

So, with that being said, I’m doing something I almost NEVER do. I’m offering 10% off all bookings made during the month of February in celebration of ANY love that makes your life a little sweeter. Weddings, engagements, families, proposals–all of it. For anyone who books any of the aforementioned during the month of February, you will receive 10% OFF as a little thank you from me to you.

 

Bercier Family

+++ Offer valid for bookings in which signed contract + retainer are received in February 2017. Offer valid for 2017 wedding bookings and regular sessions booked through May 2017. Senior Sessions are excluded from this offer.

I’ll also be in Lincoln in April, so this offer also applies to any bookings made for those dates, as long as contracts + retainer are received during the month of February.IMG_6780

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Goldenrods, Glitz, & Glam | Liz + Brad: New Orleans Engagement Photographer

Liz has a particular aura about her, one that glows. I’m sure this sounds quite familiar to you reading this, as I’ve spoken of this “aura” in posts before. You see, I truly believe that there are clients each year that my soul was particularly meant to work with. This year, Elizabeth and Brad are undoubtedly among that bunch. When you interact with Elizabeth, her humble beauty just cannot help but seep into the veins of those around her. It’s no wonder that Brad is so clearly enamored by her.

Elizabeth and Brad were naturals in front of my camera, truly. Rarely did I have to give them much direction at all—their chemistry did the bulk of the work. (:

Liz + Brad Engagement Session

Liz + Brad Engagement Session

Liz + Brad Engagement SessionCan we talk about the S-T-U-N-N-E-R of a ring Brad picked out for her? Soft, radiant, and unique, much like his lady.

Liz + Brad Engagement Session

Liz + Brad Engagement Session

Liz + Brad Engagement Session

Liz + Brad Engagement Session

Liz + Brad Engagement Session

As F. Scott Fitzgerald so accurately articulated in The Great Gatsby, “Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the Fall.”

Liz + Brad Engagement Session

Liz + Brad Engagement Session

Liz + Brad Engagement Session

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Can I get an “Amen?” Love seems sweeter, blankets feel softer, and all of the stale worries of summer seem to fall to the wayside. I felt the same sense of rejuvenating freshness as I photographed Liz and Brad. Not because it was the beginning of Fall, no; but because, I could see the genuine affection they hold for one another so clearly in every click of my shutter.

Liz + Brad Engagement Session

Liz + Brad Engagement Session

Liz + Brad Engagement Session

Liz + Brad Engagement Session

Liz and Brad, I cannot wait for all of June’s festivities with the two of you.

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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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