January 2015 Archive

A Boy and His Dog | Louisiana Family Photographer

A goldendoodle puppy, a boxer pup, and a little boy with a heart full. Shut the front door. When Ashley asked if they could bring their pups to the session and told me that she had a goldendoodle puppy, I pretty much fell out of my chair. Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes. What filled my heart even more though, was seeing how much Corbin loved prancing around in a field playing with the two of them.
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Corbin has a love for his momma just as much as a love for his pups. I just can’t even handle him–or how stunning Ashley is.
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Both of the pups are babies now, so I cannot wait to see how big they get. 2015-01-29_0006 2015-01-29_0009

Ashley, Kyle, and Corbin, thank you for entrusting me with documenting your beautiful family.2015-01-29_0012 2015-01-29_0016 2015-01-29_0013

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Scott | Louisiana Children’s Photographer

An inviting aura, hushed sounds, and cozy little nooks filled with bottles, pacifiers, and receiving blankets–and mom on speed dial. As I enter a house with a treasured new little life in it, I always know I’ll encounter these perfect little details. But what’s more perfect than such details–nothing at all but the precious life my clients have fallen head over heels with. Each one of my mommas, even if they are absolutely frazzled with what to do with this new addition, have such a perfectly enamored glow about them. A glow that quietly screams that nothing else in the entire world matters more than getting acquainted with this brand new, exciting slice of life.

Meet Scott. Meg and Brandon’s handsome new addition. He could not be more perfect.2015-01-27_0001 2015-01-27_0002

And baby yawns. That’s all. Nothing more even needs to be said other than BABY YAWNS…2015-01-27_00042015-01-27_00062015-01-27_0007

Isn’t Meg stunning? She was so abundantly enamored with Scott.

This is a little peek at a part of his nursery. I love the classic, clean look Meg designed it with. Of course, if you didn’t already know, she’s the owner of Imagine Boutique, so an eye for pretty things is something she’s rather well versed in.
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Brandon is a firefighter, so we added a little of daddy into Scott’s debut on camera. Meg and Brandon, I’m ever-grateful for your trust in my documenting your perfect boy. I cannot wait to watch him grow this year.

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A Southern Louisiana Engagement | Champagne Toasts and Giggles: Shiloh + Daniel

I’ve known Shiloh for a while now and my gracious, her talent for style and design is just jaw-dropping. She’s in charge of most styling for the work I do with Imagine Boutique, and well, in many ways, she’s my style soul-sister. She and beau, Daniel, recently got engaged, and we thought, what better way to celebrate than with a little champs and pretty clothes in the middle of a dreamy field? Duh. You know that’s how I roll.2015-01-22_00152015-01-22_0014

I mean, who doesn’t love a man in a suit ready to pour a little bubbly?2015-01-22_00092015-01-22_00132015-01-22_0012

And can we discuss how stunning Shiloh is in this Badgley Mischka gown?
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All dolled up suits these two well–and it’s a good thing because they’ll be ringing in their nuptials with the New Year this coming year.
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And while I love fancy, you know my heart just lies with cozy knits, prints, and the perfect blanket. So, naturally, we carried the bubbly party right on over to this cozy little spot for a continued celebration. I mean, it’s a sin to waste champagne, isn’t it?2015-01-22_0019 2015-01-22_00172015-01-22_0016

While I really loved her Badgley Mischka, Shiloh’s cozy Free People sweater stole my sights. I have no self control when it comes to the love of a good sweater.2015-01-22_0018 2015-01-22_0021

We shared so many giggles tra-la-la-ing around, but by far, this next moment stole the cake. Daniel decided an um, larger, celebration was in order…
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Shiloh and Daniel, you two are so beautiful together. I cannot wait to ring in the New Year with you, as Mr. and Mrs.

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What I’m Loving: Kale, Sausage, and White Bean Soup

I don’t know about you, but in the middle of a season, I often find myself cooking the same few recipes–and well, it gets a little dull. After a serious hankering for a hearty, healthy soup last week, I came across a Kale, Sausage, and White Bean Soup recipe on Pinterest. I’ve had a few kale cooking doozies before, so I was a bit apprehensive, but after trying this one, I was sold. I love kale, but sometimes it takes the right dish when cooking with it. The best part is that it was pretty painless to whip up, and Preston loves it too!

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I tend to cook large pots of things, so I actually doubled the original recipe I found and amended it a little to my liking. Feel free to half this recipe if you aren’t a leftovers person. (:

KALE, SAUSAGE, & WHITE BEAN SOUP

1 lb Jimmy Dean Breakfast Sausage HOT

1 lb Turkey Breakfast Sausage

3 TBSP olive oil (divided)

1 Yellow Onion

10 Large Cloves of Garlic

1/8 tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes

6 Carrots (finely chopped)

4 Celery Stalks (finely chopped)

4 TBSP Tomato Paste

10 Cups Organic Low Sodium Chicken Broth

4 15oz cans of Great Northern Beans

2 Large Bunches of Kale (center ribs removed, leaves chopped)

2 TBSP Minced Rosemary

Freshly Grated Parmesan (optional)

Sea Salt, Black Pepper, Garlic Powder, Cayenne Pepper

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  1. Heat 1.5 tablespoons of the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion, carrot, celery, rosemary, and a generous couple pinches of salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables begin to soften, about 6 minutes. Add the tomato paste and garlic and cook until fragrant, 45 seconds. Add the broth. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to medium low, and simmer gently until the vegetables are tender, about 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the remaining 1.5 tablespoons of oil in a 10-inch nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Combine the turkey sausage and Jimmy Dean sausage in a bowl and form small bite-sized meatballs. Add the sausage meatballs, and cook, flipping about halfway through, until browned and cooked through, about 10 minutes.
  3. Add the kale to the soup; cook 1 minute, then add the meatballs (discarding any of the rendered fat and oil) and the beans; cook for 4 more minutes to meld the flavors. Season to taste with garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  4. Ladle into bowls and garnish with grated parmesan.

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Blanchard Family | Louisiana Family Photographer

I’m not a momma yet, but the feeling I have watching my little baby clients grow just fills my heart up to the brim. I had the pleasure of meeting Lanie last year and photographing her sweet family of three. I could not be more grateful that she invited me to peek into their lives and photograph them once again this year. Pullovers, button-ups, and navy sneakers–Blake and his big brown eyes stole my heart, once again.2015-01-16_00062015-01-16_00052015-01-16_00082015-01-16_0009

This cutie is stealing other hearts too. His photo from last year is actually featured on this month’s issue of New Orleans Kids & Family Magazine. Plus, if you aren’t familiar with the magazine and you have children of your own, it’s most certainly a fabulous resource for so many family-oriented activities and resources in the New Orleans area. You can pick up a copy of the magazine at local doctor’s offices, dentists, grocery stores, and other public places in the area. You can also view it online, here.2015-01-16_00032015-01-16_00022015-01-16_0007

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Lanie and Bruce, thank you for, once again, entrusting me with documenting your beautiful, growing family.

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