Published Work Engagements

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Editorial Couple’s Session with Monica and Laveil

What is an Editorial Couple’s Session?

About three years ago, we started getting more and more inquiries for a style of engagement session that we refer to as “Editorial”.  Our Editorial Couple’s Session has since become our most sought after type of portrait session.  What do we mean by the word, “editorial” ?   To us, this means that the images are created for publication.  These sessions are designed to create magazine worthy images.  When friends and family view the images, we want them to say, “Wow!  Those belong in a magazine!”    We break out the big lights, rent out interesting locations, and collaborate with talented make up artists and hair stylists  to bring these sessions to life. Of course, clients can choose their own stylists and locations, but we  certainly don’t mind putting together a team of talented artists that we’ve worked with in the past.   These sessions aren’t limited to engaged couples- we offer them to all couples!  Whether you’ve been married 50 years, or you just started dating- we’d love to create some magazine worthy images with you and your love, give us a call!

Monica and Laveil

Monica and Laveil met up with us at one of our favorite boutique hotels in New Orleans, The Saint.   With a mixture of fun, playful, and sexy sets, we’re really proud of their images and we absolutely believe they belong in a magazine!  (You hear that Vogue?)   I’ve had a chance to peek at the wedding website they created for their guests using their images- it looks amazing!  I’d rather not share the link out of respect for their privacy, I’m sure they don’t want any wedding crashers.  This regal couple will be getting married in a few weeks, and I can’t wait to celebrate with them.  I’m itching to create more editorial portraits with them in their wedding attire.  Look out New Orleans, this couple is coming to town to host the wedding of the year!

 

So, how exactly did Leveil win the hand of this beautiful lady?   Here’s Monica’s version:

Late in the evening of October 15th, while I was in Nashville visiting, Laveil asked me to accompany him to the mall.  On our way, he nonchalantly suggested that we stop by “lovers hill” to catch the sunset.  In retrospect, a sudden request to visit the spot where he first asked me to be his girlfriend should have been a tip off, but that was 13 years ago, so I didn’t think much of it. 

As Laveil parked, he did seem a bit nervous, but I attributed it to him worrying about his car being scratched by the overhanging tree branches (if you know Laveil, then you understand).  Not thinking much of his nervous energy, I grabbed his hand and we walked up the hill together to view the sunset.    

Standing atop the hill, we talked prospectively of our future together with his arms tightly around me.  I stood with my back to his chest and listened as the love of my life detailed how much he loved and cared for me.  I listened further as he took out time to thank me for being supportive and understanding through the years. This was the moment of clarity that every girl in a committed relationship longs for.  finally I listened attentively as he shared that within the next 6 months he saw himself asking me to be his wife. REALLY?! 6 more months?! SMH. He was doing so well up until then.

Annoyed by this 6 month manifesto, I politely stated the following: “the sun has set. I’m getting a little cold. Are you ready?” 

As I turned around, again asking if he was ready, I noticed him kneeling to one knee and the next words i heard were,“Yes, I’m ready. I am ready to spend the rest of my life with you. Will you marry me?”  

I froze and stood there in shock, and he then asked for my answer.  Of course, I eventually composed myself and said “yes!”  As he placed the ring on my finger and arose from a single knee, I asked him if he had spoken with my father. He responded by informing me that he asked my father, mother, and sister for their blessings.  At that point I started to cry, for him to know how important my family is to me was just further conformation that he is the one.  I hugged him as tight as I could and told him I loved him.  As I sit here typing this story it brings a smile to my face knowing that God has blessed me to spend the rest of my life with this man.

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Editorial Couple’s Session with Monica and Laveil
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Portraits at the Tree of Life with Katie and Rob

Katie and Rob are getting married in Mexico soon, which meant they needed their engagement pics soon.  So, in order to brave the stifling heat and humidity of August in Louisiana, we scheduled their engagement session at sunrise.  That’s right, they rolled out of bed early enough to meet up with me for their portraits at the Tree of Life at 6:30 am.  They deserve a round of applause for that!   It payed off, we hardly broke a sweat- but we could definitely tell the heat was about to kick in.  For those who don’t live in Louisiana- you could say that being outdoors in August in Louisiana is not fun.  Pigs have to go indoors so they don’t turn into bacon.  Cows that are left outdoors only produce evaporated milk.  Chickens lay hard boiled eggs and people drink Tabasco sauce to keep their mouths cool.   Normally- we don’t shoot outdoor sessions in August unless we are only outside for a very short time.  But, we knew we had to make it work for Katie and Rob, so we did!

Romantic portraits at the Tree of Life in Audubon Park are among our favorite.  The tree is just magical, especially in the morning hours.  It has the most massive root system of any tree I’ve ever seen.  So, you can see why Katie and Rob were excited to shoot here.  After spending a little time at the Tree of Life, we headed to the French Quarter for a brief stroll to take in the beauty, culture, and ambience of one of America’s most distinct districts.

So, exactly how did Rob propose to this beautiful young lady?

He had the house decorated in rose petals and candles and was playing the song “At Last” by Etta James. He surprised me when I got home from a work trip and was dropped off at home from the airport.

Well played Rob.

Enjoy!

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Portraits at the Tree of Life with Katie and Rob
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Jessica and Brett, a New Orleans love story

Jessica and Brett, a New Orleans love story!

We asked Jessica and Brett to tell us a little about their love story, here’s what they had to say:

“We met almost 4 years ago at a happy hour bar in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, called Tap 42. Our two friend groups somehow ended up talking and we introduced ourselves. That night ended in drinks, dancing, and him asking for my number. We kept in touch and ended up going on our first date about 3 weeks later to Restaurant Timpano. We were living in different cities at that point and saw each other when we could but nothing serious. A year later Brett moved back to Ft. Lauderdale where I was still living for work and we haven’t been apart since. Our 3 year anniversary was in May of this year” 

Where did you go on your first date?

Timpano on las olas

Tell us about the proposal. We want all the details!

“On December 22, 2015 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans, LA.
Jessica and Brett were in New Orleans for Christmas to celebrate the holidays with the Palmer Family. That night they all went to the Roosevelt Hotel to look at the decorations… or so Jessica thought. Little did she know that the Bailey Family and close friends Samantha and Jamie Passariello were also in New Orleans, and they were about to sneak up on her for the surprise of a lifetime. As Brett and Jessica were taking pictures together, the Bailey’s and Passariellos came out of hiding and stood behind the almost engaged couple. When Jessica turned around she was stunned, and when Brett got down on one knee she was in utter shock.”

What are your special songs together?

Die a happy man by Thomas Rhett  &  More of you by Chris Stapleton

I can’t wait to celebrate with these two in November! Aren’t they a beautiful couple?

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Jessica and Brett, a New Orleans love story
  1. Anastasia: Beautifully captured! Love the styling and lighting! P.S. He reminds me of that guy from the Bachelorette haha July 27, 2016 at 12:18 pm
  2. Sarah Rachel Reddinger: I love the Mr & Mrs balloons! Great engagement session! July 27, 2016 at 12:15 pm
  3. Emma: Gorgeous couple and lovely photos! July 27, 2016 at 12:11 pm
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Pauline and Damion’s Editorial Engagement Session

Pauline and Damion joined us in New Orleans for their editorial engagement session.  We met up with them at the stellar Jon Vaccarri House on St Charles Avenue, one of our favorite homes to photograph in!

Q. How did you meet and how long have you been together ?

A. Damion and I met while studying at Loyola University New Orleans in 2002. I was studying English-Writing and he was a Music Business major. The campus is small and we surely crossed paths a few times during my first year. The moments that I remember include my freshman year roommate spying this “basketball guy” on campus and making me stalk out spots on campus for her to check him out as he came out of classes. At the time, he just seemed alright to me– tall, thin-muscular build, with braces, glasses, and wild hair. Months later, I was modeling in the Alpha-Phi-Alpha step show and he was the main event as the single neophyte in his semester. I saw him with new eyes, but still was not looking to date anyone in college. Fast forward…he called me during the summer of my freshman year when I hardly knew him. I agreed to see a movie with him and it turned out to be a fiasco…with my best friend and mom laughing like school girls when he arrived, my dad in the kitchen frying fish, and my brother and his friends watching warily as he introduced himself. After the film, we came back to my parents house to chat and I remember watching David Letterman through the mirror in the curio cabinet rather than listening to him talk…that ADHD really is a problem! 🙂 Months later, Damion and I were both working the same New Years Eve party with our mutual friend’s event production company. We chatted and hung out and the chase began in earnest. I resisted my feelings for a while, being a prudent student with a 3 year plan to graduate without distraction. He was clever and persistent however and made it very difficult with his kind and genuine nature, always the gentleman. The morning of my 20th birthday, a girlfriend of ours delivered a single pink rose and a pink and blue beaded bracelet to my dorm room. Damion had meticulously made this bracelet by hand (in my sorority colors :). This was too sweet and the card was just as open-hearted. I still resisted, only acknowledging the gesture but not the sentiment behind it. Finally, 4 days later, on Valentine’s Day, he had given up when I only gave him a goofy Shrek valentine from a package I was handing out to friends. Our friend Glenn, the best man in our wedding, pushed Damion not to give up! Damion gave it a last ditch effort and sent me a letter and a single red rose. Finally, I gave in to the feelings that had been growing for some time, and we went on our first real date to Camellia Grill where I was smitten with him and he was smitten with me! We’ve been together ever since! Deeply in love and getting married 13 years later!

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Q. Tell us about the proposal. We want all the details!

A. Damion and I came home to New Orleans for Christmas 2014. We drove up with my family to our house in the country in Bogue Chitto, Mississippi to spend Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. On Christmas Day, Damion was surprised to learn that we’d be traveling to Jackson, MS to visit my aunts and uncles. This wasn’t a big deal to me and I was surprised that his feathers were so ruffled that we wouldn’t be staying put in Bogue Chitto. As the afternoon turned to evening at my aunt’s house in Jackson, Damion began to get very antsy about when we were leaving. I started to suspect something was going on, as he does not usually cause a fuss, especially during family time. When we finally got in the car and headed home, he was extra affectionate on the car ride home and held me very close during the drive. Still, when we got to our house in the country in Bogue Chitto, I wandered to our room and texted some friends. He came and kept asking me what I was doing. Finally, he asked me to come and take a walk. Well, it’s freezing out and PITCH BLACK (it is the COUNTRY!). Now, I knew what was coming. I relaxed and did not let his antsy pantsy behavior get to me as he encouraged me to put on any shoes that were around. We walked outside and he began talking about how much he loves me and how he remembered that this was the place we evacuated to post-Katrina and he was forced to leave me there to return to Indiana and he hated that he had to leave me there without knowing when we’d see each other again. He then said he never wanted to be separated from me again and wanted us to be together forever, always. Just as he started to propose, a car began coming up the drive, the dogs started barking like crazy. We walked together a bit out of the way, further into the darkness behind an old shed, where he got down on one knee and proposed. I of course said YES! It was very dark, but I could see the ring sparkle in the bit of light from the back porch. I was just soooo happy!!! Engaged during my favorite time of year on Christmas Day!!

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Pauline and Damion’s editorial engagement session in New Orleans

Editorial Engagement Session 2

an editorial engagement session a the Jon Vaccari design house on St Charles

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Q. Have a passion (besides your love of course) tell us about it!

A. Damion is a DJ and is passionate about music, generally, especially music in film; he is also a burgeoning film buff; I am passionate about children’s rights and the rights of those living in poverty, particularly the right to education, freedom from exploitation of all types, and access to equal justice and economic opportunity; I also love history and 18th and 19th century British and American literature

Pauline and Damion’s Editorial Engagement Session
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Kala and Gabriel’s New Orleans Love Story

 How did you meet and how long have you been together ?

We meet in the hospital where we both work and have been together for a little over 3 years.

Q. How did he/she ask you out for your first date?

He handed me a little paper at work with his number…

Where did you go on your first date?

Barcelona Tapas

Tell us about the proposal. We want all the details!

We went to Puerto Rico to visit family and while we were getting ready to go to dinner to surprise his niece he asked if I was going to wear my ring …. i then showed him that I already had the ring on that he had given me from Mignon Faget and he said not that one …… this one….

He claims that he asked me to marry him and I said yes, but I do not recall this lol

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Kala and Gabriel’s New Orleans Love Story
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