Monday, April 25, 2011

Elizabeth - Bun in the Oven! Mississippi Gulf Coast Maternity Photographer

NOTE: Weird stuff going on. I compressed the files for the web like usual, but this batch is looking off. I assure you these look great at full size. Working on getting them right for the blog.

Elizabeth has to be one of my all time favorite brides ever. She's fearless. I love her!!! Like any photographer would love someone who is just natural and herself. Her fearless self.

She married Dave in June of 2010. Their wedding took place at Pelican Landing in Moss Point, MS. It was one of the most fun, but also most touching weddings I've photographed. Fun because their families and friends know how to have a good time, and touching because they spoke from their hearts and really made the wedding their own.

Ah, and then beautiful Liz booked a boudoir session, where she really showed how fearless and absolutely stunning she really can be.

And, as the world turns - Liz and Dave are now expecting their first child, a little boy right around their one-year-anniversary. Since they've moved to Michigan, I didn't know if I'd have the pleasure of photographing Liz's baby bump, but alas she came to town. And I had the honor to photograph her growing belly (although still quite perfectly small and cute). Now I just have to keep my fingers crossed that Baby O'Brien make's an appearance in Mississippi soon after he arrives. Because if he's anything like his parents, he'll be a natural in front of the camera. Enjoy Liz.

I never post the same picture in color and black and white, but I just couldn't decide between the two.

Monday, April 18, 2011

The Decker Family - Pass Christian Mississippi Portrait Photography

I've postponed many portrait sessions because of rain here on the Mississippi Gulf Coast - but this evening, we weren't really worried about the rain. It was the wind messing with our plans.

I was looking forward to meeting the Decker's at the beach for some lovely family portraits by the water. But mother nature had another idea in store. As I turned on Hwy 90 heading to our agreed upon location, I saw the wind whipping through the air. The sand from the beach was blowing onto the highway, and I knew we were going to struggle to get good beach portraits.

I have never seen a plow here on the Mississippi Gulf Coast (I mean it doesn't snow here). But this day, there were PLOWS plowing the sand of the roadway.

When the Decker family arrived we got out of the car to discuss alternate plans. As we were talking I felt the gritty sand between my teeth. Sand in your hair, mouth and eyes is not quite ideal for family portraits.

Luckily the Dexter's are flexible people. We moved the session inland for now, and will try the beach another day. When it's oh, not so windy! I hope you enjoy these non-beach photos!!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Meet Beautiful Rachel, the Mississippi Gulf Coast's newest floral designer

Meet gorgeous, beautiful Rachel! Don't you just love her already? Rachel Cuevas is the owner of Pine Hills Floral Designs in Pass Christian, MS. Flowers run in Rachel's veins you can say - as her family owns and operates Pine Hills Nursery.

She is just what the Mississippi Gulf Coast needed, a fresh (no pun intended) addition to the wedding and event community. Rachel just graduated from Mississippi State University with a degree in Horticulture and a concentration in Floral Management. Seriously? She KNOWS flowers!

Of course she is practically perfect in every way, except one huge giant detail that almost sent me to my knees. She. Is. A. Yankess. Fan. Not cool for this Boston girl. I bleed Red Sox all the way. But thankfully her charm allows me to look past the surface. And I forgive her for that ;)

Rachel loves weddings and flowers and so now her business combines the two! Looking for a florist (floral designer!) for your wedding? Look no further. Rachel creates beautiful bridal bouquets, centerpieces, and ceremony arrangements.

So she asked me for headshots. Headshots? No - headshots are for lawyers. I wanted to show her personality... so that's what I did. She thought I was a little insane I'm sure. But I think you'll agree these tell you who Rachel is - as opposed to a headshot. So if you need photography for your bio, business profile or website - let me show your clients who you are... don't just get a "headshot."