April 2016 Archive

An Ormond Plantation Wedding | Courtney + Tom: New Orleans Wedding Photographer

They met when Courtney spent a year studying abroad in England, on a random night that she wasn’t even planning on going out. Consequently, it was also a night that Tom and his friends had troubles catching a bus into town and he too, did not think he’d end up where he was that night. But as the story goes, they met that night, spent the rest of her year there together, and the rest is history…

As I arrived to the plantation on that Saturday morning in April, I could tell nerves were a little high for Courtney and Tom. Not in an overt type of way, but in a minuscule, very subtle way that I could see was much different than the last time I spent time with the two of them together. As we spent a couple of hours before the first look, I noticed this demeanor in the two of them, however, the S-E-C-O-N-D the they saw one another for the first time during the first look, it was as if the entire universe shifted and the love between them was palpable.
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I’ve photographed quite a few weddings, but never have I seen such visible excitement in the particular way it was present in Courtney and Tom that day. Even as she put her dress on and the reality of the day began to sink in, her robust enthusiasm filled the room.Courtney + Tom Patrick Wedding Courtney + Tom Patrick WeddingCourtney + Tom Patrick Wedding

Can we talk about how I’m pretty sure every girl dreams of sitting like a princess on a bed like this with her wedding gown? Courtney truly soaked in every moment.Courtney + Tom Patrick Wedding Courtney + Tom Patrick Wedding Courtney + Tom Patrick Wedding

As I asked Tom to hold the bouquet while waiting for Courtney to approach, I’m pretty sure he was thinking, “Umm, is this an American thing for the MAN to hold the bouquet? What?…”Courtney + Tom Patrick Wedding Courtney + Tom Patrick WeddingCourtney + Tom Patrick Wedding Courtney + Tom Patrick Wedding Courtney + Tom Patrick Wedding

As soon as he saw his lady though, I’m pretty sure I could have had him holding a pair of dirty socks and he wouldn’t have cared one bit. Courtney + Tom Patrick Wedding Courtney + Tom Patrick Wedding Courtney + Tom Patrick WeddingCourtney + Tom Patrick Wedding

The entire day was something from a fairytale. From the chandelier hanging from the beautifully overgrown tree trunks, to the softest sprays of peonies, hydrangeas, and roses, I’m pretty sure every detail was nothing short of what Courtney imagined her wedding day to be as a little girl.Courtney + Tom Patrick Wedding Courtney + Tom Patrick Wedding Courtney + Tom Patrick Wedding Courtney + Tom Patrick Wedding Courtney + Tom Patrick Wedding

Venue: Ormond Plantation | Bride’s Gown + Bridesmaid Dresses: Ashley Renee Bridal Boutique | Florals: Blumen Lendle | Hair & Makeup: Andrea Wilke | Videography: Brock Gomez

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Spring Portrait Session Exclusive Weekend Dates | Fairhope & Pensacola

I’ll be in the along the coast in the Fairhope and Pensacola areas at the end of this week and weekend and will be offering a limited number of portrait sessions while I’m there!

**For these dates only, I’m offering Spring Sessions on a Friday and Saturday dates–something I do not generally do. As always, booking times are granted on a first come, first serves basis upon receiving contracts and retainer.

These offerings are carefully crafted portrait sessions highlighting organic emotion and special bonds between loved ones with yours truly for a $250 session fee and include a gorgeously planned session and a private online viewing gallery for ordering prints, albums, and high-resolution images.

The following dates and times are available in Fairhope and Pensacola, so if you are wanting beautiful photographs of your family this year, this is your chance!

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Contact directly at kali@kalinorton.com. Booking requires a signed contract as well as your session fee.

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Fairytale Fields & Big-Belly Laughs | Isla: Northshore Children & Family Photographer

“I want my daughter to grow up to be a strong-willed woman, I just need to be able to live with her in the meantime.”

When I came across this quote, I chuckled to myself. Oh, Isla Kate, your strong, spunky will tests your mama while your unwavering love for her and desire to be around her constantly melts her heart. Three-years-old and at the most vivacious age, you keep us all on our toes, every minute of every day. Oh, the leader you can be with those hearty skills someday. If not, you can always fall back on being a Zara Kids model.

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But really. I mean, I feel like I’m looking at a miniature style blogger for Zara. Er, or perhaps I’m biased…Isla Kate Ducote Isla Kate Ducote

Oh, Isla Kate, what fun it’s been to watch you grow. Isla Kate Ducote Isla Kate Ducote

 

SavvyRoot | Spring-Summer 2016 Campaign: New Orleans Commercial & Fashion Photographer

“Designing leather goods for the downtown woman who plays an uptown sensibility, is often like living a dream. Seeing my sketches come to full fruition, as they do through my manufacturer, makes my job often feel so surreal.”   Celeste Austin – Founder & Designer, SavvyRoot

With my love for all things girly and fashion-forward, you can imagine my excitement when Celeste, founder of SavvyRoot contacted me about doing a shoot for her SS16 Brand Campaign. I’ve watched this girl boss KIIIIIIILL it since the infantile days of her business launch in which she hit the ground running.

From the very beginning, Celeste presented a brand in SavvyRoot that offered high-end, classy handbags at an affordable price. From her packaging, to her intricate attention to detail in each leather bag, to her features in Huffington Post and Southern Living, she is rocking the scene with her designs.Savvy Root Spring 2016Savvy Root Spring 2016Savvy Root Spring 2016Savvy Root Spring 2016Savvy Root Spring 2016

Her designs are fashion-forward and loved by women of all ages–which makes them a fabulous gift if you weren’t sure about what to get mom for Mother’s Day (in a few short weeks, cough cough).
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If you’d like to take a peek at more of what SavvyRoot has to offer, you can view all of her collections, hereSavvy Root Spring 2016Savvy Root Spring 2016Savvy Root Spring 2016 Savvy Root Spring 2016SIGNATURE

Awaiting Isaiah | Mandeville Maternity Photographer

“There are so many former versions of myself that I barely recognize now. The teenager, the girl learning to become a woman, the one who had yet to experience the love for a child; they are versions of myself that I vividly remember but feel so far removed from now. But the version I never expected to meet and couldn’t have dreamed of looking back on with a new perspective, was the woman I was, wrecked with grief and in complete despair… the one standing by the coffin of her son, tightly hugging his blanket, wondering how this could possibly be real. The woman who had innocence ripped from her life through the death of her 3-month-old baby boy. This is a woman that didn’t believe life could ever be okay again, one that didn’t want it to be. I didn’t think there would ever be a version of myself that could laugh again. A version that could smile when thinking of his perfect face instead of falling apart. A version that could desperately love him and miss him with every beat of her heart but continue to see the beauty in this life.” 

(Excerpt above from THIS ARTICLE written by another client and dear friend of mine, Angela for the On Coming Alive Project. You can learn more about the mission and manifesto behind the project, here.)

I’ve watched Angela and Daniel’s family grow since the very beginnings of my business. Quite literally, she was one of my very first clients and one of only a handful that I can say has seen (and stuck with) my growth as much as I’ve seen hers. I’ve photographed them since their first baby girl Elliana was in Angela’s belly. That seems like an eternity ago. In retrospect, I guess it was. Now awaiting their third sweet babe, their rainbow baby, Isaiah, I’ve never been filled with quite so much emotion in watching the evolution of a family through my lens.

You may remember perfect Noah’s newborn session from a couple of years ago. Perfection is every bit of what that little flirty blue-eyed boy is. Noah gained his angel wings at 3 months old, but he is so so SO far from forgotten. He’s so very much alive in the hearts and minds of everyone who surrounds Angela, Daniel, Elli, and soon-to-be Isaiah.

Angela has the eyes and heart of a giver and her personality shines SO radiantly. Seeing the genuine smiles on their faces as we played in the sand, and as Elli whispered to her mama how much she loved her, and how she spoke of BOTH of her brothers that day just filled my heart.
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I had several photos from that day that I genuinely love, but this one below is absolutely one of my favorites. Angela with that big smile and all of her babies present, in one way or another.Ledet Maternity Ledet Maternity Ledet Maternity
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Angela, Daniel, and Elli released the big white balloon with butterflies trailing behind it at the end of the session just for Noah–and Elli sent it off all while blowing him the biggest kiss.
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Angela and Daniel, there are no words to accurately describe the genuine love I feel for having gotten to document so many raw moments for your family. It’s a heartwarming reminder of this crazy, beautiful life we live. I cannot wait to meet Isaiah.Ledet Maternity Ledet Maternity Ledet Maternity

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