Franklinton High School Senior Portraits – Sarah

I knew I was going to enjoy photographing Sarah when I broached the idea of rescheduling because of 25 mile-an-hour winds.

It didn’t bother me, but, you know? The hair?

“Nope,” she said. “We’re doing this today!”

On top of the blustery weather, Sarah was on the verge of missing school the next day because she was sick.

Neither being in the weather nor under it made a difference to her.

We got started in the middle of the football field where she popped off several silly poses that broke the ice.

Then we climbed the bleachers.

And then under the bleachers.

She waded in water while wearing her prom dress.

And turned into pure country.

Then she dared to go where few go – even if she did chicken out half way to the top.

Through it all, she dared to be what she wanted to be rather than what others wanted to see.

I din’t like the wind, but I loved Sarah’s spirit.

Pam Reid - We looked forward to this day, after rescheduling so much due to weather. We are very proud of our photos!!!! They paint the picture of her and show who she truly is!!!

Franklinton High School Senior Portraits – Kaley

It’s always funny to me how the photos from a senior portrait session wind up looking just about exactly like the senior I’m shooting.

Of course, I know the person in the photo looks the same; it’s the aura around the photo, and how it fits a particular senior, that intrigues me.

Such was the case with Kaley, a 2014 senior at Franklinton High School.

Her sweet personality is soft and seemly.

Therefore, I made the conscious decision to photograph Kaley with all natural light.

In fact, I did not take out my flash one single time.

The natural light filtering through the trees in Bogue Falaya Park in downtown Covington captured her natural beauty.

The natural light outside Smith’s General Store surrounded her essence.

The natural light in a courtyard beside The Tap Room sparkled in her eyes.

In fact, the way I see it, natural light fit this natural beauty naturally.

 

Mount Hermon, Louisiana Family Portraits – Lourigan

“Where do y’all spend most of your time?” I asked the friendly voice on the other side of my cell phone.

“We don’t go anywhere, really,” she replied. “We’re always at the school.”

It didn’t take me much longer to figure out where we should schedule this family session – Mount Hermon School.

Scheduling a family portrait session wherever your family spends most of its time is important because it keeps the kids interested.

If they’re used to being some place, they tend to let loose and just enjoy being there one more time.

It becomes more like another family outing rather than a photo session with some bearded guy asking you to say “cheese” over and over again.

Whether on his baseball field, in his classroom, or perched atop a set of bleachers that had treated her so very badly only weeks before, these three kids got comfortable really quickly.

And there’s no better time to photograph kids than when they are comfortable.

Getting Mom in the mix is important, too, even if she was under threat of a friendly beat-down if she tried to back out.

Franklinton Kids Photography – Bella

I don’t deride props, but I am no prop junkie.

It’s my opinion that babies and toddlers like Bella here don’t need anything else to make them look any cuter.

Put these young folks in different situations within their natural environments, and they’ll shine all on their own.

Of course, in the interest of full disclosure, Bella has been with me since the beginning.

This is the fourth time I have photographed her if you count her mother’s maternity photos.

Therefore, she has learned what it means when I walk through her front door with my camera in my hand.

These are her nine-month photos, and we were able to expand a little bit because of her newly acquired ability to sit up on chairs, crawl in truck, and even drive a truck…

 

Abita Springs Wedding Photography : Jeffries + Parker

A buddy of mine told me not too long ago that he was terrified to shoot weddings.

Remembering my technique for playing Madden 25 versus my son, I told him that shooting weddings wasn’t any different.

“Just hit a bunch of buttons until something good happens,” I told him, “Then remember which buttons you hit so you can do it again.”

Wedding photography may not be that random of a process, but it does require making near instant decisions under pressure.

That’s why it’s so important to learn how to drive your camera.

Rather than turning the dial to the green box and letting your camera make decisions, a wedding photographer has to know which buttons to hit when – and when to ignore the camera when it’s screaming that you’re doing the wrong thing.

Only by putting a camera in manual mode is this possible.

Granted, it’s a little daunting to be in control of so many settings when that computer inside that black box could do it for you.

But if you leave it in the green box like everybody else, you’re going to get pictures that look like everybody else’s.

I was so excited to be giving the opportunity to shoot the sister of one of my former students and her fiancee this past Saturday and drive my camera to capture their wedding day in photos.

Inside a hotel room getting ready for the wedding – one set of settings.

Inside St Jane De Chantal Church in Abita Springs for the ceremony – another set of settings.

Inside Abita Brewery for the reception – a third set of settings.

Combined, knowing when to change what resulted in a series of photos that tell the story of Holly and Robert’s wedding day.

Is it terrifying?

The answer depends on your command of camera settings.

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