Backyard Dinner with the Ladies

A beautiful ladies dinner doesn't have to be complicated. Just use what you have, kick your shoes off and call your local eatery to make dinner so you don't have to. When everyone brings something to the table, literally, a fancy table-scape comes together easily.

Luckily, we have an awesome community with creative ladies here in the Lafayette area. We all support each other, especially in our businesses. Mia, Sophie and Amelia run Root Floral Design, Catherine is a wedding photographer for Catherine Guidry Photography, Lindsey photographs families for Lindsey Rogers Photography, Ashley supplies wedding rentals with Pure Vintage Rentals, and I focus on photography and business branding. So when planning this ladies dinner, this pretty setting just fell into place.

Sophie had the grand idea for the jasmine floral runner that stretched down the entire 12 ft length of Ashley's custom metal and wood table. We added a rug and a few pillows for seating and vualá!

To make things easy, we ordered takeout from Lafayette’s local, Pop’s Poboys, which was perfect and elegantly paired with another local staple- Zapp's potato chips. Rosemary and mint from Amelia’s garden were added in with the fruit infused water, and Ashley brought her famed gluten free strawberry donuts. Add some mixed fruit salad and Lindsey’s cocktails and you have a feast
for queens. 

A ladies night at Jason's Deli would have been just as nice, but we had to step it up a notch. I cannot wait to see how our next dinner will turn out. 

Photography- Haylei Smith
Decor- Pure Vintage Rentals
Florals- Root Floral Design
Food- Pop's Poboys



Denver- obviously I have been underestimating this city for a long time. Recently I was able to really visit it for the first time and realized that there are SO many hidden gems. And they are all hiding in plain sight. If you like locally owned, non chain restaurants, coffee shops and book stores, you need to visit soon. Hopefully I will get around to posting a few pictures of spots that Marc and I really loved.

One of these gems is the highly talented, Anna Smith (AKA AnnaBode.) I was blessed to get to work with her while I was visiting Denver last month. Her style is everything I love in a home; Minimal, Eclectic, and intentional. And she has a particular eye for art and textiles. Here are some images from our shoot.

Baby Matthew

I had the great honor and privilege of photographing the cutest newborn baby last week. His name is Matthew, and though he may be small, he has the mightiest personality. Congrats to Fiorella and Kyle for their newest family member. He is already a stud!

Wes Holt Team head shots

The Wes Holt Team is a group of realtors in the Lafayette Louisiana area. They are fun, spunky, and are in on all the great housing locations in the area. Since they are such a fun group, they didn't the traditional stuffy realtor portrait. So, we took the shoot outdoors.

Caroline Youngblood- Cotton Abstracts

My job covers a wide range of things- from logo design, to product photography and everything in between. So I love it when something a little out of the ordinary comes along to freshen things up!  Caroline Youngblood contacted me a few weeks ago needing her art photographed for reproduction. She had set up for a show at Kelli Kaufman Studio and Gallery in downtown Lafayette and wanted wanted to document them before they were sold. The studio was so bright and airy, and her cotton abstracts looks beautiful on display.

I hope more people contact me to do so for their works of art, because I loved it.

River Ranch Styled Home: House Dressings Lafayette

River Ranch in Lafayette Louisiana is FILLLLLEEDDD with beautiful and unique homes. Some are modern, some Acadian style, but each one is so beautiful and so different from the next. House Dressings Lafayette is a company that stages houses, spaces, places... This home was up for sale, so with the help of Molly and her team, they sold at lightning speed. House Dressings used decor that was already at the house and rearranged a few things to make better sense of the space. As always, they did such a nice job.

Brooke's Head Shots

Last Monday I had the awesome opportunity to photograph this lovely lady for her business! Brooke has been chosen to be the 2016 "face" of the company she works for and was in need of some head shots for the occasion! I was thrilled that she contacted me to photograph them and am equally as excited for her accomplishment :)




TBT - The Rutherfords

Throw back Thursday to this awesome family session a few months ago. Gosh, even looking at these photos are reminding me how much things can change in just a little amount of time. These kids are growing so fast! Already their looks are beginning to change and their personalities are blooming. Hold on to your little ones while you can, because before you know it, they are off to college, then married with kids. Also, take more pictures and vow to actually print them instead of storing them on a flash drive. There is nothing like a memory on display! You will never forget it that way.

We took these family portraits on the front porch of the Rutherfords new home- a log cabin that has been in the family for years. JJ (father) helped his father build it! So, having their photos taken here was both sentimental and appropriate. PJ (big sister) didn't mind showing me a few places she thought best for her photos, while Ranger (ittle brother) was in his own little world. Crystal (momma) did an awesome job pulling the outfits together and getting everyone ready for a smooth sailing shoot. What a great afternoon full of photography and laughs!

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What's On Your Counter?

Yesterday as I was listening to the radio, a lady was speaking about the health benefits of a bowl of fruit being out on your counter. Simply having the fruit in your line of vision would increase your chances to make a better snack choice and thus would lead to better health. It made me think of the possible choices I would make if I had certain things displayed in my home as well as certain things put away. Then I realized; my camera is always tucked away in the camera bag. All the memories I fail to document because it is out of sight and out mind. If I take a few seconds to think about it... I hardly have any photographs of my sweet and lovely life, except the ones carelessly stored on my iphone that could so easily be broken. I am a PHOTOGRAPHER for goodness sake. Shame be upon me. Perhaps it is the association of work that keeps me from taking pictures on a casual basis, but I am changing my ways today.

This morning I placed my camera on the counter- literally. And then something crazy happened. I made tortillas. Homemade. From scratch. Then, I photographed.

I had to ask myself, "what's on my counter." Whether it was something missing from it, or something that needed to be taken off. I am sure there is much rearranging to do, but Rome wasn't built in a day. Today the first brick laid was my camera and the promise to take more pictures.

So with the introduction of my new website and, consequently, my new blog, I bring to you: HOMEMADE TORTILLAS