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  • Louisiana roots with a West Coast soul.

    Pure.
    I want black coffee paired with a dash of cinnamon. I love it natural. My knack for natural beauty in life goes hand in hand with my desire to capture your beauty as is. The way the day was in itself. How the sunlights streamed through your hair putting off a natural glow. The way you laugh with your eyes closed and grin spread wide. I want to highlight the beauty found in your scars and freckles. My job is to capture the essence of you and in that, I keep it simple and pure. You are enough.

    Passionate.
    I love what I do. Seriously. I get such an adrenaline rush from making sure timelines flow correctly. When there is an independent souled toddler running around without a care in the world. When the grandmother of the family gets herself out on the dance floor. Those moments..I love. They fuel my passion for my business as well as my relationship with my clients. I care more about you guys than I do about the perfect composition. I want to make sure you are cared for, loved, and relaxed before I begin my job photographing your day.

    Personal.
    I’m happy to say most of my clients are dear friends of mine. To share such an intimate time with someone, I can’t help but keep up with them. By the time the wedding day rolls around, we have enjoyed dinner or coffee together. We have laughed about favorite TV shows and nonsense happenings from day to day. I have cried with them during hard times and have held on to several when they have received the worst news. I take you with the joys and the utter lows of life. Above all, I care about you first.

Hunter & Kristen | Wedding | New Orleans, LA

What a sweet couple. From the very first meeting, it felt like me and Kristen were the best of friends. You are probably thinking “she says that for everyone”, but let me just tell you how rare it is to immediately hit it off with a bride from the very first hello. Kristen is the type of soul that is so overly joyful and thankful that it’s convicting. I mean seriously. Even on her wedding day she gave the sweet limo driver a big hug and kiss on the cheek. I have countless images of her hugging the hired vendors. That my friends is NOT common on a wedding day. Hunter is so lucky to have found such a sincere, beautiful young woman to call his wife. Take a look at what Kristen had to say about her day

“Kristen is insanely amazing. I am beyond thankful to have had such a wonderful and talented photographer for engagements, bridals, and day of pictures! When I first met Kristen, I felt like I had already known her for way longer than just a few minutes. She is such a kind and sweet person, it’s easy to warm up to her in seconds. Her & I talked about what I wanted out of the photographs and she discussed with me how we could accomplish that. At each of the shoots, she had either a second shooter or assistant.Each one of them was also just as delightful and helpful as Kristen. With our engagement session, she brought my husband (then fiance) out of his shell and was able to make him feel so comfortable and we were able to get great pictures. We had also brought our dog for the engagement session, and Kristen and her assistant worked great with him and got some amazing shots of his wild self too. For bridals, Kristen made me feel so gorgeous and special. I have absolutely no modeling skills and laugh when I’m trying to be serious, but Kristen worked with me to get some really terrific shots. On the day of, when Kristen arrived, I was so happy to have her with me and all my bridesmaids. We had a blast taking pictures before the ceremony! At the reception, the person who was in charge of keeping things on time was seriously lacking, but Kristen stepped in and helped keep the night in order. If that’s not going above and beyond, I don’t know what is. A few short days after the big day, we had our photos, and WOW. Kristen captured every moment so perfectly and I am forever thankful to have them to cherish forever.

I can’t reccommend Kristen enough for any moment in your life that you want to capture.

Thanks a million Kristen for all that you did for Hunter and I.”

It doesn’t get better than that people!

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Special thanks to:

Hanna Smith, my beautiful intern

Kaylynn Marie for being a fabulous second shooter

Jakes on the Avenue (florals)

The Columns Hotel (venue)

Allure Bridal (dress)

The Anteeks (band)

Swiss Confectionary (cake)

Just Face It Beauty (hair and makeup)

 

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Grace, Chase, & Emma | Family | Lake Charles, LA

What a sweet little family.

My favorite shoots are sometimes the simplest ones. We met at a park on a summer afternoon and just had fun. I always joke with my families that they are so easy to impress. But in all honesty…it is. They have a little baby that they unbiasedly think is the cutest thing in the world. I mean I can’t disagree  just look at little Emma! So when I provide portraits to these smitten parents they just love them all! It’s a great confidence booster that’s for sure:)

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Dominique & Jo | Engagements | Lake Charles, LA

This has got to be one of my all time favorite engagement shoot. Like love every last second, shoot for three hours kind of shoot. Let me give some context. I’ve known Dominique for quite some time. Attending a private school for life tends to do that. I always remember looking up to her. She was always the cool, flirtatious, quirky girl who ALWAYS went all out for homecoming dress days. She was also a cheerleader and a total track star. Fast forward a few years she is still rocking at life. Dominque sings for her fiance’s cover band, the Flamethrowers. She has the voice of a total femme rockstar. Of course Dom would belt out rock star songs from the likes of Alanis Morissette wearing a crop top and teased hair. Gotta love that gal. I was THRILLED when she hired me as her photographer. So many exciting things to come. Her and Joseph’s wedding will be to die for. Seriously, I may need CPR when the night’s over. I’m done drooling. *drops the mic*domjo_engagements__2_blogstompeddomjo_engagements__5_blogstompeddomjo_engagements__6_blogstompeddomjo_engagements__10_blogstompeddomjo_engagements__9_blogstompeddomjo_engagements__14_blogstompeddomjo_engagements__15_blogstompeddomjo_engagements__16_blogstompeddomjo_engagements__20_blogstompeddomjo_engagements__19_blogstompeddomjo_engagements__26_blogstompeddomjo_engagements__27_blogstompeddomjo_engagements__28_blogstompeddomjo_engagements__29_blogstompeddomjo_engagements__32_blogstompeddomjo_engagements__33_blogstompeddomjo_engagements__35_blogstompeddomjo_engagements__36_blogstompeddomjo_engagements__38_blogstompeddomjo_engagements__40_blogstompeddomjo_engagements__41_blogstompeddomjo_engagements__43_blogstompeddomjo_engagements__45_blogstompeddomjo_engagements__48_blogstompeddomjo_engagements__51_blogstompeddomjo_engagements__50_blogstompeddomjo_engagements__52_blogstompeddomjo_engagements__53_blogstompeddomjo_engagements__56_blogstompeddomjo_engagements__58_blogstompeddomjo_engagements__62_blogstompeddomjo_engagements__65_blogstompeddomjo_engagements__67_blogstompeddomjo_engagements__68_blogstompeddomjo_engagements__69_blogstompeddomjo_engagements__71_blogstompeddomjo_engagements__72_blogstompeddomjo_engagements__73_blogstompeddomjo_engagements__76_blogstompeddomjo_engagements__78_blogstompeddomjo_engagements__77_blogstompeddomjo_engagements__81_blogstompeddomjo_engagements__83_blogstompeddomjo_engagements__84_blogstompeddomjo_engagements__89_blogstompeddomjo_engagements__90_blogstompeddomjo_engagements__91_blogstompeddomjo_engagements__93_blogstompeddomjo_engagements__97_blogstompeddomjo_engagements__95_blogstompeddomjo_engagements__98_blogstompeddomjo_engagements__101_blogstompeddomjo_engagements__107_blogstompeddomjo_engagements__105_blogstompeddomjo_engagements__108_blogstompeddomjo_engagements__110_blogstomped

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