Friday, April 30, 2010

Ms. Madelyn Ham

Begged by this priss-pot for the past 6months or more to take her photos, it seemed as if I were gonna miss my opportunity to do just that until Madelyn got permission from her mother to spend a morning with me in leiu of school so that I could grab an hour to capture her photos. Beginning the op in her Easter dress and long curls, this 10year old primped and posed for the camera in the spirit of a true super-model and then let her inner girly side out with a great dress and hair pom-poms for a more playful 2nd half of the shoot and I believe these actually turned out to be some of my favorite. So, I'm pleased to finally share with you a few frames from the morning. I love Ms. Madelyn and, in advance, wish her a very happy birthday coming this May!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Kimberly Leonard Bridals

I first met Kimberly via phone. She had been referenced to me by a friend of a friend and asked me to shoot her bridal shots and along with her wedding. With just a voice to go by, I wasn't expecting the long legged brunette that got out of the car to meet me at Rosedown Plantation just a couple of months ago. Standing around 6'1, Kimberly is a beautiful girl with blue-green eyes (really, one's more blue and the other's more green) and a knock-out smile. Saint Francisville, LA is a quaint, artsy town just about 30 minutes north of Baton Rouge. Filled with plantation homes and giant trees dripping with moss, arriving there almost makes you believe that you've stepped back in time. With spring in full bloom and a soft breeze, we couldn't have asked for a better day to photograph Kimberly and with mom out to help, it made for a very fun afternoon. Married just this past weekend, I can't wait to share some of the beautiful photographs from the big day. For now, here comes [photos of] the bride....

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Ashlie McEntyre's Senior Shoot

Though I've got no doubt that these photos could in fact speak 1000 words, I do feel the need to share at least a little blurb about our late afternoon photo-op. Ashlie was up for anything and determined to me that she was going to have the most original Senior portraits and so she let her fashion sense fly. Now I can stand witness to the fact that Ash has the beauty and the personality to rock a paper-sack but even I was a little cautious when she whipped out some of her "hair-ware" for the shoot which included a beaded skull cap her mother bought on a trip to Italy... Um, yeah. She was stunning in that cap and in each of her photos as she posed and cheesed and rocked her fierce face, frame for frame. With an acceptance letter from William Carey, Ashlie says that she still wants to keep her options open and with her talent, I've got no doubt she'll have the future of her choice. Congrats to you Ashlie! The class of 2010 is lucky to count you a part of it.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Michelle Stogner : Class of 2010

Michelle and I had rescheduled her Senior shoot a half a dozen times and I was so relieved we were finally able to nail down a date. Michelle has the most beautiful honey colored eyes and a sweetheart of a face but don't let that fool you. In the time I've spent with Michelle I get the feeling there is a girl with grit under that pretty exterior and I know that with those traits, she'll do well in the profession she's choosing to pursue post-graduation which is Nursing. So enjoy the photos and join with me in wishing Michelle all the very best!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Dalena Gibson : Senior Shoot

Dalena is a gorgeous girl graduating from Columbia High School later this spring. Her unique blend of blonde hair and brown eyes creates a beautiful face. With plans to attend Texas Bible College this coming fall, Dalena says she is ready to be done with 12th grade and get started on the next chapter of her life. Smart, soft-spoken and sweet, I've got no doubt that she'll succeed in doing just that.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Marla Ham Senior Shoot

So this Senior shoot was especially poignant to me as I look to this girl much like my own niece. I met this tiny powerhouse named Marla Ham when her family moved to Columbia right around the same time as we did- just a short 5 years ago. When she and I were first introduced, she had just begun the painful process of braces. Now, after 6 years and just in time for her Senior portraits, Marla got them removed to reveal a beautiful smile that I am so happy to be sharing with you all. The last of my Seniors to be shot inside the Crescent City, I had a great time with Marla as we not only captured some incredible photos of her and her sassy self but were able to hang out and enjoy each other's company- something that time and schedules rarely allow anymore. It was an awesome end to a wonderful weekend! Classy, sweet, smart, and stylish not to mention so, so pretty, Marla has got an incredible future ahead of her. With plans to go into some field of therapy, and an incredible support group of family and friends who've got her back 100%, she's sure to go far. I'm just happy to be a part of that circle. Lots of love to you Marla and all my best!!

Holdon Armstrong Senior Portraits

With a name like Holdon, I couldn't wait to get a look at this kid and when we finally met, I wasn't disappointed. He is every bit as southern as his name. At first kind of shy and quiet, with a crooked smile, this boy is full of style. He's not been dealt too bad a hand in the talent department either so I'm told- though of his numerous musical abilities, guitar is his favorite instrument to play. Holdon and his mother Toya met me downtown in NOLA and we got down to the business of the photo-op. With a variety of looks to work with in Holdon's wardrobe, I was excited that we got to really explore the breadth of the city from the heart of the French Quarter all the way to Audubon. This Louisiana boy while ever-charming and polite still has some heartbreaker in him though as he let me in on his plan to "never marry". Just graduating high school I think that may be a good thought... for now.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Lorelei & Tim are Engaged!

This beautiful couple are getting married in just 10 days! Lorelei, a recent graduate of Ole Miss is now a pharmacist which fits her self proclaimed "science loving nerdy side" and Tim is headed to law school this fall. I've had the priviledge of knowing each of these two in separate mutual friendships but hadn't really spent much time with them as a couple until the day of our shoot. But, as I did, it was my discovery that Lorelei and Tim are perfect for each other. Complementing one another in personality and so great looking together, these two were up for anything as we braved her severe allergies amidst a field of tall grass and got him to smile on many occasions despite his affinity for a more "serious" face. I loved how snuggly and comfortable they were with one another and can't wait to shoot their upcoming nuptials. Stay tuned for those pictures in the weeks to come but in the meantime...

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Kelsey Carter Senior Shoot

Congratulations to my latest Senior featured here on the BRP blogspot, Kelsey Carter. When Kelsey's mom Dawn asked if I would be up to photographing her daughter I immediately agreed and was thrilled when I found out that they were more than willing to be one of my New Orleans shoots. The Carter family are truly cool people and it was a fun morning we spent in The Crescent city. Kelsey got many cat-calls and whistles as she and her BFF, Ariel primped and posed for the shots and with her killer red boots and big baby blues it was no wonder why! I gotta say though that the Saints jersey and the messy knot may just be my personal favorite all but I'll let you readers decide... Leave me a line and let us know!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Leah Adcock Senior Portraits

When I first met Leah I immediately thought of a porcelain doll. She is long limbed and slender with the most fair skin and a kind of serious look about her face which is framed by dark auburn colored hair. Accompanied by her parents and a friend (hi Lauren!) to help her with hair and wardrobe, the 5 of us drove the city streets of New Orleans stopping periodically to take advantage of the back-canvas featuring all the local flair. Leah tells me she plans to be a lawyer and she loves Sarah Palin (we even got a photo of her with Gov. Palin's book, Going Rogue) - something totally unique that I happened to love capturing. One thing is for certain and that is Leah definately has the look for law and politics. Polished, poised and pretty.