Okay, so: imagine this. Photographer meets client. Client says she's having twins. Client tells photographer they are not telling anyone they're having twins, and it's going to be a surprise - even for their daughter. Photographer proceeds to allllmost break out into a spontaneous happy dance at this news.
I could NOT have been any more "in" on this one, you guys. I mean, I always love shooting births, but man, was this cool. If you're having twins, why not have a blast with it? How often are you ever going to get that opportunity again?
When I met Sarah, she was just instantly one of those people you know you're going to love to pieces. She just has that presence which is so peaceful (this *may* come in handy, raising twins). Despite Sarah and Kip's birth story being a little, shall we say, "fast paced", Sarah was so calm and just overall lovely through it all. Although she shed a few tears, somehow she still seemed so at peace throughout the process.
Birth after a woman's first child typically happens pretty quickly, but these two little peanuts nearly gave me whiplash, if I'm honest! They had all of the wonderful medical staff on Sarah's team scrambling into action, with how quickly they made their appearances - but boy, was it a wonderful experience to see them come into the world. Small but mighty, they landed safely in Mom and Dad's arms just a bare hour and a half after my arrival. And I couldn't help but giggle at how excited the nurses at Woman's were to be part of the surprise for big sister Audrianna. That little bit thought she was going home with one baby - only to be surprised with two!
Check out this wonderful little family's birth story. It's one of my favs! <3
"I'm at 5cm. We've got plenty of time!" *Cue dramatic music*
Poor Sarah labored HARD - but was still the most polite, sweetest person in labor that I've ever seen!
Gotta love a sweet, sensitive daddy in waiting!
One down, one more to go!
If this kid didn't look *just* like her daddy! Sorry, Mom. Maybe in a few years!
A little celebratory cheer. Two beautiful, healthy babies = check!
I loved this heart-felt moment between these two. <3
Four perfect feet!
Dad getting double tagged. ;)
That "We did it" look.
Layla was as-yet un-named at this point! Their nickname game is going to be *on point*, though.
The big reveal!
I loved these two. Like, really, really loved them. April and Frankie are those kind of people who just instantly feel like family, and I had to much fun with them on their wedding day. They got married at the Lamar Dixon chapel in Gonzales, in a close-knit, intimate ceremony, and had a rockin' party to follow at the Orleans Room Event Center. I may or may not have teared up at April's father/daughter dance, and then again at Frankie's dance with his little girl.
I'm a sentimental - so sue me.
And how cool were all those awesome cars?? We did portraits in front of Frankie's truck, which was a photographer's dream. ;)
Check out a few of my favorites from the big day!
Loved these two's first look!
Frankie is SUCH a good daddy, it melted my heart a lil' bit. Okay, fine - maybe more than a little bit.
Cool cars abounded on this day - I'm told this one carried a hidden message to April. ;)
Hot damn, they did it!
Gotta love a man with a flask.
Loved this moment between April and her grandmother, as her grandmother discovered the photo of April's grandfather on display.
Taking his money already - may as well accustom yourself to it now, Frankie - it only gets worse! ;)
Little bit was D-O-N-E, done.
The whip and nae-nae, ladies and gentlemen!
I loved how crazy April and Frankie's friends were. The best kind of people!
What. A. Wild. Ride.
Laura and Travis are two of the sweetest people I've ever met, and over the moon excited to be parents. And let me tell you, little Beau was born with not just a cheering section waiting for him, but a full-on stadium full of people anxious for him to make his appearance so they could finally get their hands on him. A birth is always an emotional experience, but I can honestly say that this is one of the most emotional births I've ever been a part of! It was wonderful - every last wonderful second of it.
AND, can we talk about the crazy happenstance that went on for this birth which will likely never happen again in my career? One of mom's childhood friends came to visit her while she was laboring, left to go run an errand, and less than an hour later was back at the hospital, being booked in a room down the hall from Laura! They delivered their two little ones within an hour of each other. Laura was cracking me up after she got the call, so anxious to find out if her Beau was going to have a hunting buddy or a girlfriend! The wonderful nurses at Woman's were kind enough to wheel Laura into her friend's room after delivery so that they could get some images together with their babies.
How wild is that story?! And then fun didn't stop there, y'all. Check out a few of my favorite images and their stories below!
That right there, folks, is a mom who looks suspiciously un-pregnant until she stands up...and then about gives me a heart attack because she looks so close to delivering. Lo and behold, an hour later we'd have a story to tell on her!
"YOU'RE IN LABOR!?"
WAIT - let me take a break from laboring and write a card for my friend's baby gift. True BFF, right there.
A last kiss of the baby bump before things start really rocking and rolling!
The struggle of watching your baby be in pain, having her own baby! I think this hilarious grandma must have hidden behind every object in the room at one point or another before it was all over!
So much joy, and so much pride. <3
Mom and Dad, meet Beau. Beau, meet Mom and Dad. One of my favorite images ever. <3
One of the best reactions I've ever photographed! She was SO cute!
For some weddings, there are just absolutely no words at human disposal to do it justice. Laken and Zack's wedding was definitely one of those weddings. So many amazing moments made up this day - emotional moments, funny moments, crazy moments - it was a never-ending fount of awesome all day long. Their images really capture the feel of the day, and accomplishing that is only a little bit me, folks - I can't photograph magic if magic isn't there, and this crew brought the magic. Every single person there for Zack and Laken that day loved them to pieces, and it showed.
They also all loved to party, and could not have been any more "my people" if they'd tried! Helloooo, how awesome is mounting a GoPro to a bottle of Fireball? That one's going to live in infamy, folks.
Okay, so without further ado - check out the wedding that's gonna go down in history as one of the most amazing wedding of all of the amazing weddings. <3
I'm just gonna hang out in this dog bed with a book. Carry on.
To have a crew like this... <3
One of my favorite moments ever, between Laken and her Dad.
That time when a bee wouldn't leave us alone during formal photos.
Sometimes I stand on things and ask questionably sober groomsmen to hold my chair. I may not always make the best life decisions, probably.
The very best sessions of mine are the ones in which it feels like we're just a bunch of friends hanging out, while I just happen to have a camera in my hand - and Laken's bridal session was definitely one of those. She and her sister and I just wandered around the Rural Life Museum in Baton Rouge, exploring and meeting cows (Yes, cows. Bulls, specifically - yes we did). The light was perfect, the company was magical, and the day was awesome. Check out a few of my favs of this now-newly-married-badass-chick.
(Spoiler alert: lots of cows and laughing).
It's possible that someone had a crush.
Good friends help you dress in the parking lot when the changing room is locked, okay? There's your gold standard of friendship, folks.