I have known this first time momma since the "young and dumb" years. I was absolutely thrilled when she shared their journey with me and her want to have me capture it. You can imagine the nostalgia. Roots. I love documenting the life path's of those I call friend. This is photography. Noseeums and all. This is how mermaids are made.
I have known Brittny for almost 10 years and when she contacted me about booking a session I was ecstatic. It was the first time she hired a photographer and I wanted the experience to be awesome. Of course day of it is grossly hot and humid leaving everyone agitated. A true Louisiana summer session, totally miserable, but glowing with love. Because isn't love spending over an hour in the heat with a photographer?
In the end the final images answer that question with a YES! Things are never as bad or chaotic as they seem. There is beauty. ALWAYS. Look for it. Appreciate it.
On March 11th Amber contacted me about her upcoming wedding. The catch? Her wedding was in 13 days. Billy her fiancé was facing deployment orders and last minute this couple decided that there is no time better than the present. I happened to have the date open so on March 24th just days before he was shipped out I watched Billy and Amber share smiles that even I could feel in my chest as they stood in front of their closest family and friends on a perfect spring day in New Orleans vowing to always fight for one another. The right timing is not real. We make a choice. It will never be the right time and life will never roll smoothly. There will always be a snag a bump. Something you didn't see coming. Jump. Share this beautiful adventure that is life with all of its ups and downs. Cheers to all of the military couples out there like Billy and Amber who understand the value of a partner in crime, that life is hard and military life has its own set of kinks to add to it, but team work makes the dream work.
I spent a few hours with Two Birds Create recently, a mommy daughter duo that like to get lost in the creative process as a team. There is actually a really cute story that explains how their name came to be that you can find here.
Early last year the momma bird of this duo, Whitney a fellow mom, and hustler who I had previously clicked with on various projects wanted to collaborate. Looking to not only document the beauty of her right now, but also create content for her heath and wellness blog a lifestyle session made all the sense. My camera and I hung out while the two birds went on about their normal routine because everyone has their own story and their is always beauty to be found. You can find that session here.
One year later. Whitney is ready for the new year and another round of freeze frame with me. My job as before document the beauty of everyday life we take for granted by always living in every moment, but the present and provide content for the Two Birds' new website (COMING SOON!).
My camera. Two Birds. 4 hours.
I present Bird and Birdie create....
Near the top of my, "things I want to experience as a photographer list" was birth photography. Some people say, “Why?” looking at me baffled, sometimes mortified when I share this aspiration. That response always makes me smile. It is a reminder that “beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder”.
On March 13th, 2018 for the very first time a live birth fell into place for me. On my way to the hospital I was freaking out with excitement and I’ll admit I was a little nervous too, being my very first time navigating the birth of a human being with my camera. I had never witnessed a birth outside of giving birth to my own child. Completely different experience. The raw authenticity of giving birth would be the same, but this time I would get to watch the miracle unfold before me through my lens and had no idea what to expect.
So what is it like to shoot a live birth? Intense. Those who know Kierstin know she has a heart condition that makes giving birth a very tricky event to navigate through. Birth is an incredibly intimate moment that has been placed on a roller coaster and everyone in the room is on that roller coaster. There are peaks and valleys. Triumph and defeat. Moments of uncertainty and fear. moments when mom wants to give up, she is done, she can’t do it, but then she finds the strength to breathe, to gather herself back together try again and guess what she COULD do it. I was there. It was beautiful. Forever grateful to my couple Kierstin & Blake who trusted me to be a part of this moment with them. I am truly beaming with pride over my first birth session and in awe still that I took these. That I was present in this moment.
This type of photography is not for every photographer nor every client, but it is the type of photography that showcases a real moment completely unscripted, posed or directed. A moment that changes everything for a two people who have created a life together comes full circle after 9 months of anticipation right in front of you. A moment you can’t redo or fake. I will always chase moments like this with my lens because they are the moments that tell every beautiful part of their story just as it is. When this couple looks back at these in 20 years my goal is to have exactly how they felt in this moment will wash over them. When I do that, when I am able to give my clients images that take them back vividly to a different chapter of their story I feel I have succeeded in the most important way as a photographer.