July 2015 Archive

Sweet Summer Romance | Anika + Stan: Baton Rouge Engagement Photography

“You see this girl in the picture she is my best friend. She is the most caring person i have the pleasure to know. She has breathtaking beauty with the perfect amount of sexiness added in. She is the person I wanna wake up with and have a bed full of kids saying “mommy daddy Santa came last night lets go open presents”. She is the person I wanna make all my memories with. She is the person I want my forever with. She is my fiancé.” – Stan

Is there any other feeling in the world a girl could wish to have than the aforementioned adoration from the one she shares her heart? GAH. Anika and Stan making me all different kinds of warm and fuzzy…

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Anika and Stan, your love just overflows so beautifully. I feel so very privileged to share a glimpse of it with the world.Anika + StanleyAnika + Stanley Anika + Stanley Anika + Stanley

As one of my most favorite writers puts it, “That’s the most beautiful thing in the world: when two people become fluent in choosing one another.” – Hannah Brencher
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An Intimate Summer Affair | Andrea + Blake: Mandeville Wedding Photography

There are people you meet in life who just radiate so much sunshine that, inevitably, you cannot help but be drawn to their person. This is Andrea. From the moment I met her in college several years ago, I was drawn to the infectious, bright presence she brought to any room. Always inquisitive as to how my day was going and always smiling, there is no question in my mind as to the genuine qualities in her that attract Blake.

As soon as I stepped foot in Andrea and Blake’s home on that sunshine-filled day in June, I felt the love that emanates between the two of them. From long, written-out, heartfelt letters to small reminders scribbled on the bathroom mirror, it was so very clear to me that Blake was PUMPED to spend the rest of his days alongside Andrea’s breathtaking soul.
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A happy girl, a genuine girl, the biggest heart–is there anything more beautiful?
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Andrea picked sunflowers for the detail of her intimate day and it couldn’t have been more fitting. Imagine Boutique Imagine Boutique Imagine Boutique Imagine Boutique Imagine BoutiqueImagine Boutique

One of my most favorite shots from the day–Andrea clasping her dad’s hand, just before walking to her groom.Imagine Boutique Imagine Boutique Imagine Boutique Imagine Boutique Imagine Boutique

And, as always, it was such a pleasure partaking in her reception at The Lake House in Mandeville. I think I’m going to throw a huge party just so I can have them cater it and eat all of the white chocolate bread pudding I can stomach.Imagine Boutique Imagine Boutique Imagine BoutiqueImagine Boutique Imagine Boutique Imagine Boutique Imagine Boutique Imagine Boutique Imagine BoutiqueAndrea and Blake, your love for one another and for people in general is just astounding. Never let that sparkle dull. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for entrusting me with documenting such a monumental time for you.

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Allie | Louisiana Senior & Lifestyle Photographer

“Fall in love with as many things as possible.”

With the smell of freshly cut grass, and the way your best friend has dramatic freak outs.

With the feeling the perfect song leaves in your soul, and the taste of a carbonated beverage.

With the irrevocable beauty and pain, of friendships and love.

With the seasons, and the perfect blend of impeccable conversation, wine, and company.

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With the taste of a cold beer, and the cleansing feeling of a good cry.

With the existence of cheese.

Yes, cheese.

With the way the one you love does that thing you absolutely can’t stand, and with the existence of human touch.

With thank you notes, and laughs.

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With beauty and pain, and all things in between in this crazy little life.

Fall in love with every single emotion.

This life is such a beautiful gift, and as humans, we have a capacity to feel such a spectrum of emotion–embrace every last one of them, my little loves.

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Happy Tuesday, my friends!

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Ashley + Becca | Whimsical & White Louisiana Engagement: New Orleans Wedding Photography

“When women got the vote, they did not redefine voting. When African Americans got the right to sit at the lunch counter alongside white people, they did not redefine eating out. They were simply invited to the table. That is all we want to do; we have no desire to change marriage. We want to be entitled to not only the same privileges, but the same responsibilities as straight people.” – Cynthia Nixon

You’ve probably heard news by now of the historical SCOTUS ruling just two weeks ago, which for the first time in the history of our nation The Supreme Court ruled that there IS a constitutional right to same sex marriage. While I’m not very politically outspoken and like to remain neutral on most topics, I do believe that this one is just too monumentally beautiful to keep under wraps. With dear friends, clients, and family alike who love so very genuinely, intensely, and whole-heartedly to another of the same sex, I choose to support love–every single time.

Ashley and Becca have been engaged for some 8 months and Becca contacted me recently with plans to surprise Ashley with an engagement session. I’ve met them once before and spent beautiful time with them the other day, and let me tell you, their genuine enamor and grace towards one another radiates so very profoundly. Adventuring life together, creating joy for one another, building a life upon a core of the most genuine love and happiness–my friends, they ARE doing it right. This, this is what this crazy life journey is all about.

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When Ashley felt a little uncomfortable during the session, Becca reassured her of her beauty in the most uplifting way.
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I had SO very many favorite shots from their session, but the one below certainly ranks. There is nothing I love more than to capture PURE, genuine joy.Imagine Boutique Imagine Boutique Imagine Boutique

Becca is an artist herself, so when we spoke during the planning of their session, we knew we wanted to end it along the beautiful cypress trees and in the water somehow. I couldn’t be more content with how the end of the day panned out…
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Dancing in the water at sunset, twirling in a girly dress, and giggling uncontrollably with the human you love most in the world–I couldn’t think of many better ways to end a day.Imagine Boutique Imagine Boutique Imagine Boutique

Ashley and Becca, from the depths of me, thank you so very much for choosing me to document your most beautiful depiction of love and life. I cannot wait to see what the future holds for the two of you, together.Imagine BoutiqueImagine Boutique

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A Sweet Summer Soiree: Jessica + Clifton

“When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.”  – When Harry Met Sally

As I entered into the hotel room of dolled-up ladies, covered in blush chiffon and smiles painted from ear to ear, I knew Jessica and Cliff were in for the most perfect day. Throughout the day, emotions of pure joy filled everyone, as they entered into every ounce of this precious day these college sweethearts had been working up to for so long. Speed WeddingSpeed WeddingSpeed WeddingClassic, soft pastels and clean sprays of roses filled the aesthetic of Jessica’s vision, and it could not have painted a more lovely picture.Speed WeddingSpeed WeddingSpeed WeddingWhat struck me most throughout the course of the day, was the obvious, uplifting support system of loving friends and family that so evidently surround Jessica and Cliff.Speed WeddingSpeed Wedding

Jessica gifted Cliff with a beautiful, engraved Bible to mark the start of their journey together as a family.Speed WeddingSpeed Wedding Speed Wedding Speed Wedding

The entire day was truly painted like a pastel dreamland.
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After the ceremony, we stopped for a few moments to capture some sweet portraits of the newlyweds at a spot every Southeastern alum knows well. Seeing as the two of them have made so many memories, friendships, and accomplishments on these grounds, it was only fitting.Speed WeddingSpeed WeddingSpeed Wedding Speed WeddingSpeed WeddingJessica and Cliff, thank you, truly, for entrusting me with documenting the enchanting start to your life together.Speed WeddingSpeed WeddingSpeed Wedding

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