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Travis and Kristen are truly so lovely. They are so sweet and kind. They have been such a joy and pleasure every step of the way in working with them and getting to know them. Their wedding day was gorgeous and full of love. I loved so many moments but without a doubt my favorite was when Travis surprised Kristen by singing to her! LOVED IT. So sweet and romantic. What a beautiful memory! You’ll see the photos from that down below.

By the way, be sure to check out their engagement photos here.

Kristen and Travis: Thank you from the bottom of my heart for including me in your special day. It was an honor. xo

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A few of my favorites from my Amy’s bridal shoot!! I’m looking forward to her wedding this coming Spring.

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Whew, what a busy year!! But so full of blessings in every way. I can’t believe it’s already time for me to write this post again. It’s insane how fast time flies. I don’t like it! I want it to slow down. I remember as a child how sloooowww the weeks and months would pass and now I blink an eye, and 6 months have passed by. It’s crazy. I try so hard to slow down, breathe and take in everything. But it still doesn’t help the time slow down. It’s scary to think and I just don’t want to miss anything throughout my time on earth. I am almost 30 years old. OMG, THIRTY. It feels like yesterday I was 15. Where oh where does the time go!?

2012 was an amazing year. It was a year of hard work and hard lessons. I learned a lot in 2012. Some of it was fun, some of it wasn’t. This last year I met some amazing people and I accomplished some big goals. I had so many proud moments in this year and I look forward to pushing myself even more in 2013 to become better than ever.

One of the things I am most grateful for every day of my life is God’s unfailing love. It truly never fails… never stops. He never gives up on me and it truly blows my mind. He is so gracious and patient. Even when I am not perfect, he is there to pick me up and hold me. If it weren’t for him, I would be nothing. I could not possibly express in words how blessed I feel simply to be called his child. He plays a huge role in the woman I am, and the business I run. I really owe him my all.

My business grows every year and I couldn’t be more grateful for my clients and the many opportunities that have come my way. I absolutely love what I do and my passion only grows each and every year for my love of art with weddings and boudoir. I have enjoyed every moment I have spent with every client in 2012. You all mean more to me than you realize and I will forever cherish the memories we created together. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for trusting me and believing in me.

I look forward to 2013 and working with all of my fabulous clients!

I also look forward to meeting my next assistant. Eek, yes, I am hiring again. But shhh, more on that after the new year. ; )

To read 2009′s end of the year post, click here.
To read 2010′s end of the year post, click here.
To read 2011′s end of the year post, click here.

I leave you with a small snapshot of 2012! Happy New Year to you all.

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The last wedding of the year is always a little bittersweet. I am always so grateful for all of my wonderful clients throughout the year. It is so much fun not only capturing love, but getting to know each couple and their different personalities and stories. Being in the business of love is truly a huge blessing to me and I cherish every single wedding. Kayla and Ronnie’s wedding was the perfect way to end my 2012 weddings. The weather was perfect, the couple was in love and joy was in the air. These two have been so wonderful and easy to work with. From the moment we met, they trusted me. When my clients trust me, it makes my heart so happy. Knowing I will be able to give them something that they can cherish and remember forever is something I don’t take lightly. And a client’s trust in me is the absolute best thing they can do when they hire me. It allows me to do my job so much better. I am so happy I was able to be a part of this special day.

Ronnie and Kayla: Thank you for everything you have done. Thank you for your trust and belief in me. I hope you cherish each other and the images forever.

One of the biggest suggestions I make for your wedding day is seeing each other before the wedding. I know it can seem like a crazy idea when you first hear it, but I PROMISE you it’s one of THE BEST decisions you could ever make. No one ever regrets it. The First Look is a beautiful thing.

I love they got to share this special moment in an intimate setting. With no one else around.

Because Ronnie and Kayla took my advice on the First Look, we were also able to do all the group photos BEFORE the ceremony. The family, the bridal party, etc. It also gave us time to take tons of the couple.

We wouldn’t have had time to get all of these special portraits if they had chosen to not see each other before.

Another amazing thing is because we did all the photos beforehand, Kayla and Ronnie were able to literally walk right out to their car and head to the reception. AWESOME.

Because we did the First Look, it also allowed me the chance to beat all of the guests to the reception. Giving me the opportunity to photograph the room without guests in it. AWESOME AGAIN.

It has been an awesome year. Thank you Ronnie and Kayla for being so fabulous! xo

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If you have ever been a little curious as to what goes on “behind the scenes” at my photography company, I plan on cluing you in today. Over the many years of photographing weddings, I have collected a few photos here and there of what we look like while photographing my lovely clients. Some of these photos are epic and others are… well, just weird.

So, prepare yourself.

This is me, making sure every hair is just perfect.
Location: Baton Rouge, La

“Okay, now put your hand softly on his face…”
Location: Negril, Jamaica

“Okay, now you go over there. Now guys, give me your GQ faces.”
Location: Natchez, Mississippi

Meet Deirdre… one of my amazing second shooters.
Location: Aruba

I ask Deirdre quite often to stand in a place that I want to see what the light is looking like there. Sometimes she has a hard time just being normal.
Location: Glynn, Louisiana

Oh New Orleans.
Location: New Orleans, La

Photo bomb!
Location: Somewhere in Colorado

Shooting in snow was absolutely FREEZING, but still one of my favorite things I have done.
Location: Somewhere in Colorado

Camera, bouquet and veil all in hand. Yes, sometimes I have to do it all.
Location: Lafayette, La

Do you see me?
Location: New Orleans, La

Deirdre is a great veil fixer.
Location: Lafayette, La

“Do it like Bernie, do it like Bernie” – loved this moment with my awesome bride.
Location: Baton Rouge, La

Meet Michael, another one of my awesome second shooters.
Location: Natchez, Mississippi

He is really good at fixing dresses.
Location: Avery Island, La

See, he knows how to do it well.
Location: Natchez, Mississippi

He even knows how to carry them superbly.
Location: Lafayette, La

I truly love what I do.
Location: Baton Rouge, La

Michael is really great at making sure the grooms look perfect too.
Location: Negril, Jamaica

Sometimes we help out the grooms when the tie is tricky.
Location: Ponchatoula, La

No matter how cold it is, I am going to make sure your photos are perfect.
Location: Atlanta, Georgia

I am really good at making little tiny flower girls smile too.
Location: Livingston, La

We are always there, capturing those special moments on your big day.
Location: White Castle, La

Do you see me? Or are my invisible ninja skills working?
Location: Darrow, La

“Alright guys, serious faces!”
Location: Baton Rouge, La

Me: “Hey go sit over there and let me test the light.” Him: “Come see how good looking I am.”
Location: Livingston, La

This is what we call wrong place, wrong time. No worries, I got the shot in the next frame. Also, did you notice? The bride is our Deirdre!
Location: Natchez, Mississippi

“Here let me help you out with that thing.”
Location: Baton Rouge, La

Michael: “let me show you how it’s done” – Deirdre: “teach me oh wise one”
Location: Baton Rouge, La

That’s me, rocking it in high heels. You can tell me I’m awesome now.
Location: Baton Rouge, La

This little girl came right up to me and wanted to dance. It was pretty much the cutest thing ever.
Location: New Orleans, La

Deirdre and I.
Location: Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Like I said, she struggles with being normal sometimes. We still love her though.
Location: New Orleans, La

“I see you”
Location: Playa del Carmen, Mexico

“I see you too”
Location: Playa del Carmen, Mexico

People can’t help but like Michael.
Location: Lafayette, La

Deirdre, me and the 2 videographers making magic.
Location: Cabo, Mexico

We provide sweat towels when needed. You can call us full service photographers.
Location: Lafayette, La

I like to call this photo, “no one wanted to dance with me at prom”.
Location: New Orleans, La

Like I said, we do whatever it takes.
Location: Hammond, La

She’s an odd one… but at least she makes us laugh.
Location: Gonzales, La

“Testing one, two, three… over and out”
Location: Natchez, Mississippi

“She totally can’t see me behind this awesome chair” — can we say, CREEEEEPY?
Location: New Orleans, La

Capturing love, one frame at a time.
Location: Baton Rouge, La

I will do whatever it takes to get that perfect shot.
Location: Somewhere in Mexico

Do you see me?
Location: Covington, La

FAIL. (don’t worry, I got the shot in the next frame ; )
Location: Dixie, La

Welcome our newest team member. Or so she thought… I think she was trying to steal my job. Wedding crasher 101.
Location: Baton Rouge, La

FAIL. (Don’t worry, I got the shot in the next frame.)
Location: Baton Rouge, La

“I’m sexy and I know it… bop be de dom”
Location: Fluker, La

“Look into my lens… yessss!”
Location: Baton Rouge, La

“Daaaang that’s a nice shot!”
Location: Baton Rouge, La

I really and truly have so much fun with both Michael and Deirdre. We all make a great team.
Location: Darrow, La

“You two get close, and I will make this shot look perfect with my veil fixing skills”
Location: Lafayette, La

Seriously, I am just so blessed to have been given this gift… and amazing clients.
Location: Darrow, La

“You like my squinty eyes I make when I shoot?”
Location: Hammond, La

Making magic.
Location: Darrow, La

Do you see me?
Location: New Orleans, La

HEY THERE!
Location: Dixie, La

Dancing with my brides is one of my favorite things to do.
Locations: Aruba & Lafayette

Last but not least here is a behind the scenes shot in my studio of me and my other passion… boudoir. (To see more of this work go here: The Boudoir Vixen)
Location: The Boudoir Vixen

On a serious note:
I am so grateful for not only my wonderful clients, but for Michael and Deirdre. They have both been so great in helping me capture each of my couple’s love stories. We do have a lot of fun together… but ultimately, we make an awesome team. We love working together and it has been a fun journey to create lasting memories together. I will cherish these photos forever.

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  • Those pics are awesome!!! Love that you go far and beyond :-) you are a true rockstar!!

  • Brandy

    Looks like too much fun! I loved this post from behind the scenes…maybe one day I’ll be behind the scenes. Would be awesome to work with y’all, if only I was that talented! Keep up the fantastic work…

  • Joslyn

    These are so much fun! One of my good friends occassionally posts behind the scenes photos on fb/instagram as well, and I just LOVE see that. It’s so much fun to see what you do – and while I only tend to shoot photos of my children and real estate, it makes me feel less weird when I’m lying in a front yard in mud and leaves knowing that others do the same types of things. (Although I’m so far from Mexico it’s not even funny.)

    Loved the post!

  • Evlyn Lary

    Omg I cant hardly wait to be able to be in these behind the scenes photos. I absolutely love your work! Every picture is so gorgeous!

It was maybe the most beautiful day I have ever seen for a wedding. There was a slight breeze, the sun was shining and the temperature was more than perfect. The day had finally come for Astrid and Blake. The two veterinarians met in vet school, hit it off and the rest is history. Their wedding day was nothing short of a celebration of happiness and love. It was so much fun to be a part of their story and I am thrilled to be able to share their photos with you today.

Astrid and Blake: Thank you for everything. It has been a joy and pleasure working with you from day one. xo

See their engagement photos here.

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