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Join Our Referral Program!

Not only do I have the privilege of getting to do what I love, but I get to work with the best people ever preserving beautiful moments from their lives. It really is wonderful and I am so grateful for the opportunity! Coming from that place of gratitude, I want to say THANK YOU to all of our clients for being just generally amazing. So we’re launching our Referral Program! It’s new and exciting and definitely something that you should check out! Be sure to message the studio for all of the details on what it is, what you get, how you can participate, and how it works.

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Everest VBS

I think most kids and parents in South Louisiana love when VBS time rolls around. My kids certainly love it! It ends up really taking an army to put on these productions, so be sure to thank your church’s VBS crew the next time that your kids go to one.

The Everest team at my church asked me to photograph their event this summer, and I was so happy to. I got to see the kids jump and dance and play and sing and – most importantly – learn about the Lord. It was great!

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Section 3 Women’s Ministry Rally

I had the honor of being asked to photograph the Louisiana District United Pentecostal Church International’s Section 3 Women’s Ministry Rally. This is a service honoring and celebrating the women who live and worship within Section 3 of the LA District, although it is not restricted to just them (or women – quite a few supportive husbands came, too!).

It was a beautiful night of worship, Word, and fellowship and I thoroughly enjoyed being able to capture such a wonderful occasion. Be sure to keep an eye out for featured images and a brief article about the Rally in the Louisiana Challenger!

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Welcome, Mary Violet

If you want pictures of your sweet little one from the very beginning of their life, but aren’t quite sure if you want the intimacy of birth photography, Fresh 48 portraits are the perfect solution!

Fresh 48 sessions happen either at the hospital or in your home within the first 48 hours after the birth of your child. These are more lifestyle sessions that really just capture the natural beauty of the moment and the intense love and bond between you (and siblings, if you want them involved).

Sweet Mary Violet is the fifth baby of my best friend. I have been able to do Fresh 48 sessions for her past three kids, and if she wanted to keep having babies for me to photograph I’d be okay with it. haha!

In all seriousness, Fresh 48 sessions are really beautiful sessions and I love being able to capture that fresh love and the overwhelming beauty of the arrival of a new life.

Here’s little MV’s Fresh 48 session.

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Au Revoir, Mikala!

My sweet younger sisters came to visit this past Spring – yes, I know I should have blogged then – and I couldn’t let them go without pictures. Partly, because it was fun and I wanted pictures together. Partly, because one of them is off to college this semester and she needed some senior portraits that would be completely different than her friends. 😉

We had an absolute blast and they allowed me to style them, and boss them around a bit. I took them to my alma mater and got some shots around the beautiful grounds of LSU. It was so much fun for me to be able share that with them! They were 10 and 7 the last time I got to show them LSU, which was when they came in town for my wedding about a decade ago (they spent the night with me the night before my wedding and we watched Disney movies and ate junk food). This time it was while my oldest younger sister was applying for colleges and my baby sister is in high school and will be thinking about colleges soon.

I even took them down to the swamp and they got to see an alligator. It was a baby, but they absolutely freaked out, and I just got the greatest kick out of it.

Now my sweet sister is off to college in South Carolina – all the cries for her not going to LSU and being near me! Good luck on your freshman year, Mikala!

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Hello! Plus + Recap and A Look at What’s Coming Up

Hi, y’all!

I know, I know – I have been horrible at blogging this year. But, I have a good reason – one of the teams that I coach not only had an outstanding year during their tournament season (placing in all but one!), but they also qualified for a national tournament that just wrapped up – at which they placed 9th in the entire nation! And, if that wasn’t swell enough, my sweet husband was awarded runner up coach of the year! (We each coached a team, but we combined them so that we wouldn’t have to leave any of our awesome kids behind and he took the role of being head coach. Me? I ended up being chief registration guru, chief ticket purchaser, chief info and schedule manager, and taking care of pretty much all of the background things that helped make the trip possible. Total win for my introverted melancholy personality!)

So, what have I been up to besides that?

A few babies, a few events, and lots of plans.

Check it out!
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What’s in the plans?

With coaching and taking on births, the availability for full sessions is getting tight. Have no fear, I have a solution! I plan on offering more mini sessions! This way, you can still get quality portraits and I won’t have to keep turning people away because of conflicts with my hectic schedule. I can’t even tell y’all how much my heart was broken this past year when I kept having to turn people away because I only had one free weekday and one free weekend day a month.:(

There will be BOTH themed and non-themed Fall and Christmas minis available this year! You’ve gotta wait to for the full announcement to see the details and promo pictures, but rest assured – the themes are super cute!

If you have any preferred mini session themes for the after Christmas winter and Spring – let me know so I can plan them out in between my tournament schedule for next year!

I think this will be a change in a good direction, y’all!

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A Big Night!

I know that I have been neglecting my blogging. I promise that I haven’t dropped off of the face of the earth! I’ve just been very busy, and blogging has just kind of fallen by the way side.

But I wanted to take a moment to share a personal post. So feel free to skip over this one if you’d like.

Last night was a big night in our family. Our oldest son got baptized! He had been asking for a while to do so, but we hesitated because we wanted to make sure that he understood the importance of such a big decision. We didn’t want him to feel pressured to do so because of us or anyone else. We didn’t want him to make the decision because his sister did it when she was his age. We wanted this to be all him and wanted to wait until he fully understood.

At first, he would say he wanted to get baptized because he knew that it was essential to his salvation, but then get scared and say, “but I don’t want to go to Heaven right now. I want to stay with you. Can I go talk to Jesus and come back?” When I explained that it doesn’t mean that he goes immediately, but when Christ comes back for His Church, it was as if a lightbulb went off and the fear of having to leave his family went away. He understood that yes, you’ve got to be baptized to go, but going isn’t immediate. He was relieved and excited.

Every church service he would ask if he could, and every time I would ask if he was sure and ask him why he wanted to. Yesterday morning he said he was tired of waiting and wanted to do it at service that night. He was sure and he understood why and he was excited!

So, like a proud mama I made the arrangements and was sure to document the event for him!

Big sister was so excited for her brother!

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Changing into his baptismal robe, which was much too big even though it was the kids’ sized one. Cher.

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Sister checking out his baptismal certificate – which he can’t wait for me to hang in his room!
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The church kids all gathered around to watch the big event!

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Look at my little man all ready to make the biggest promise of his life.

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All smiles with his daddy.

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Walking up to get baptized! He asked for our Children’s Pastor to baptize him.
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Look at that smile!
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Going…
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Going…
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Gone! Baptized in Jesus’ Name!

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Sweet boy praying afterwards.
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With his friends watching. Thanks, Aunt Jess for videoing for his Nanny!

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With my sweet boy afterwards! He’s so proud of that piece of paper and what it symbolizes!

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With the best Children’s Pastor in the whole world. He and his wife are doing the most amazing job cultivating a love for God in our kids!
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Jessica - July 9, 2016 - 8:57 pm

Yay!! Congrats!!

Jessica (scottish twins)

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