This family of 4 stayed at Phoenix X in Orange Beach. They wanted some great beach photos of all 4 of them including grandpa and then the family of 3. They also wanted to capture picture of little one and just the two of them. They are some of the sweetest people. I had a great time photographing this cute little 3 year old. He gave us lots of smiles and made us laugh as well. Thank you Haynes Family 😊 for a wonderful beach photography session in Orange Beach Alabama
The "W" family from Fishers, Indiana were clients from 2015. They wanted an updated family beach picture and 9 month old baby beach pictures of their newest addition. And what a cutie pie he was! He had the biggest smile and two cute dimples. He loved the sandy beach and was a super easy. This family couldn't be any cuter!
Southern Alabama is rich in agriculture, gleaming with white sandy beaches, glistening with blue emerald waters and even showcases a gorgeous downtown city life radiating historic French and Spanish architecture. The melting pot of rural, city and beach life in such a small area is Alabama's best kept secret!
Southern Snow - fields of cotton
Every fall in South Alabama we get our own version of snow. No you can't make a snowman or snow angel or even throw snowballs; its a visual "snow". No matter if we are taking a Sunday drive or going to walmart we are blessed to witness miles and miles of white balls of cotton resulting in what we call "southern snow". It is a beauty I will take with me throughout my life; This beauty cannot be explained but has to be experienced. Its a surreal beauty and I encourage everyone to take a trip down south, travel some of our country roads, slow down and take in the beauty.
Cotton pictures are quintessential of all southern photo shoots and as any Southern high schooler we had to incorporate our southern snow in Megan's High School Senior portraits. Of course Megan had to show off her "ALABAMA ROLL TIDE" shirt where she will attend next fall.
Always easy, always fun, always beautiful, always a favorite: Our Southern Snow -
MOBILE, ALABAMA - est. 1702
Fort Louis de la Mobile
"Mobile was established in 1702 by the French and later occupied by then Britain, and lastly Spain." Mobile's architectural style is similar to New Orleans as they were both founded as "brother cities" by the French Bienville brothers. Mobile's "architectural styles are "French, Spanish, British, Creole, Catholic, Greek and African" http://www.mobile.org/mobile-charm/history/"
This brings us to our city session! I'll always have a love for New Orleans; being born and raised on the bayous of South Louisiana so when I have the pleasure of visiting Mobile I am comforted by the sheer similarity of the two cities; it makes me feel at home. But I rarely get to visit either of them for one I live at the beach and two most of my clients want beach pictures. (no complaints of course :) so I was super happy that Megan was game for an hour trip to Mobile! It was surprisingly quiet for a weekday and I even got to lay in the middle of the road for a second (my signature pose; it always shocks my clients lol) And even though we didn't get one of my laying in the road Megan snapped one of me on the sidewalk lol. I enjoy my job a little to much sometimes. Here are some of our treasure from the day!
Laying on the street
yep dats the crazy cajun!
THE BEACH - ORANGE BEACH, ALABAMA
Alabama's best kept secret is out! Did you know alabama has beaches that look just like the florida panhandle? Most of us living outside of Alabama had no idea and would vacation in florida and it Wasn't util i moved to mobile that i found out alabama has beaches too. And they are beautiful! 60 miles of white sandy beaches looking out at the blue and emerald warm waters of the gulf of mexico. what a paradise!
And Of Course Every Gulf Shores High School Senior has to take a picture at the beach! we didn't have to go far to get some breathtaking pictures. Our spot was at Alabama point east; sometimes called perdido pass. (it has a few names)
Amazing skies, a touch of wind and the just the right amount of sunset to create studio like perfection!
On A Beautiful Cool October Day Travis Was Able To Pull Off The Best Surprise Engagement!
I Was Pretending To Photograph My 10 Year Old As She Was Keeping A Look Out For The Future Engaged Couple. I Was Starting To Get Concerned Because Christine And Travis Were Almost 30 Minutes Late I Later Found Out Cristine Was So Concerned About Interrupting Other Peoples Pictures That She Deterred Travis And I's Plan! Instead They Took The Long Route To Our Planned Location.
Finally They Were Getting Close And Once The Couple Passed Us I Got Into Position. Right Before It Was Go Time Travis Looked My Way With The Biggest Grin (Such Excitement In His Face; Ahhh A Man In Love :) In One Fell Swoop He Turned Cristine Around And Got On His Knee To Propose. She Was Completely Blown Away And A Little In Shock To Have The Love Of Her Life Propose At The Perfect Time On The Perfect Evening. I Hope You Enjoy A Few Of Their Memories..... And Congratulations To The Happy Couple!
One of the most significant events in our life is the passage from high school to the “real world.” Whether that be college; a job; or an adventure, the journey it took to get you to that moment was substantial in every way. Senior portraits encompass all of life’s joys, triumphs, hopefulness, and passions. The world is literally in the palm of their fingertips waiting to be experienced. I love being able to photograph seniors; to be surrounded by young, fresh, hopeful, passionate, courageous, inspiring, and full of life people. They’re inspiration inspires me! And Olivia is one of those people.
My favorite attribute of senior portraits is the genuine excitement that is emanating from the each senior. They are so enthused to share their past experiences from high school, and want to expose those accomplishments to the world. It is awe inspiring to capture these moments because we often forget how to be proud ourselves. High school is tough and so is life. Seniors embrace that toughness and are courageous to the very end. When one door closes, another one opens.
SanRoc Cay Entertainment District and Marina in Orange Beach, Alabama
During my session with Olivia, the first location I chose was the elegant and prestigious San Roc in Orange Beach. The gorgeous stone columns and elegant staircase were a perfect match for Olivia’s classic personality. Her southern charm was able to shine in this timeless venue. The entire photo shoot was like watching a ballet with the beautiful grace of the Olivia and the stunning background. We were swept away by the ambiance of the venue because it was so enchanting. Her photos truly resemble a work of art to be cherished for years to come. The combination of elegance, grace and an old-fashioned background truly exemplifies the driven nature of Olivia. To show her true sophistication, Olivia wore a black formal gown that added a sort of regalness to the entire shoot.
Southern Wheat Field - Silverhill, Alabama
My second location was a wheat field located in Silverhill, Alabama. And nothing says “Southern Charm” than a gorgeous wheat field as the background of your portraits. The way the sun hits the blades of wheat in a most glorious way that creates a shimmer of gold in every photo. This was so complimentary to Olivia’s flowy white dress, and southern blue jean jacket (What a classic look!). And as a southern lady, she wore that wide brimmed floppy hat with sass. I chose this location and outfit because Olivia is not only refined but fun, silly, and light-hearted. Her beautiful smile is now an everlasting work of art that signifies her turning of the page into college.
Olivia is a young lady with so many admiring attributes. Some of my favorite things about her is her passion in horseback riding, photography, painting, and swimming. If that isn’t enough, she wants to be a trauma surgeon or an Emergency Room physician. She is graduating from high school as an EMT-Basic and will begin EMT-Advanced this summer. In the fall, she will be attending the University of South Alabama as a biomedical science major. She definitely has a bright future ahead of her and I am so happy that I was able to capture this shinning end to an amazing chapter.
Life is all about beginnings and ends, but we must remember to focus on those significant parts in-between. We must remember what it was like to be a senior who could not wait to start life and understand everything. When you go to gulf shores, look out to the horizon and remember these dreams. Remember what you wanted for yourself when you were on the cusp of beginning life. The ocean is still there. Now, you just need to brave the waters and start your journey.
Our Magical Encounter started with a perfect dress, Of Course! I found her precious dress on etsy; a mom's best source for everything creative. The dress was reasonably priced and much to my surprise very well made with high quality fabric.
Next on the list was finding tinkerbell a house. Hobby lobby is my favorite store for well, pretty much everything! I needed a Lantern that we could see tinkerbell through so the glass needed to be clear and nothing blocking the inside. Oddly enough i found it at the checkout line. this was lantern number two. I had first purchased a cream colored one but it was bigger and in my opinion was to large for my 2 year old.
Our next step was the best, which was... the photo shoot! I attempted to make a cute tinkerbell bun but her hair is super thin and this was so cute messy and on the top of her head. I found a little tiara and voila the perfect hair-do!
I started her out on the wooden bench which i bought many years ago online from a photography prop company and have used it many many times. I had her pretend she was blowing pixie dust then we went looking for tinker.
i had her walk around with her Lantern and then placed it on the stone wall to peak inside. of course she was very confused as to why there was no tinkerbell to be found as you can see it on her face here:
This turned out to be one of my favorite pictures:)
But since I didn't want my sweet little 2 year old to be upset not actually seeing her favorite fairy I had to come up with a story...
"The reason we can't see Tinkerbell is because she's so little and really fast but....... When Momma puts the pictures on the computer then we will be able to see tinker bell and all kinds of pixie dust!"
I could tell she was a little disappointed though. So I got home and started working right away; referring back to easy for photoshop overlays of Tinkerbell and pixie dust (a.k.a. glitter) I found a bunch of overlays, really cheap too! After a little bit of editing I added Tinkerbell, some pixie dust, glitter and WOW!
Our Magical Encounter With Tinkerbell. The Look On Her Face When She Saw Tinkerbell Right There Next To Her In The Picture Was PRICELESS.
Tinker Bell Dress purchased from Etsy Store Design Fairies
Fairy Wing Overlay purchased from Etsy Store AsheDesign
Pixie Dust (Glitter) Overlay purchased from Etsy Store Pixel Pixie Studio
And Etsy Store ElyseBear
This Family Was So Sweet. A Dad And All His Girls; The Love, The Family, Such Beauty In This Family. I Love Seeing Such Closeness Between Sisters And With Parents. A Beautiful Family And Beautiful Evening. Our Family Portrait Session Was Taken At The Beautiful Beaches In Orange Beach Alabama. Photographer Rebecca Boquet With Boquet Beach Portraits
These guys are some of my favorite people! They hired me to photograph their wedding a few years ago and have come back every year for me to capture more memories of their growing family. I'm so glad I'm able to see them every year and maybe one day they'll make the move to Orange Beach, Alabama permanently! (fingers crossed)
I am in awe every time I step on the white powder sand. I am in awe of the colors in the sky. I am in awe of the emerald green and dark blues of the water. I am in awe of the green moss covered rocks that make up the jetty. I am in awe every time I walk on the long boardwalk. How thankful I am that this is my view almost every afternoon. How thankful I am that I can see the colors that are painted in the sky. Everywhere I look is beauty, everywhere I look are colors, everywhere I look brings a smile to my face, everywhere I look I am in awe.....
How simply break-taking is this view of "The Pass" Alabama Point East, Orange Beach, Alabama. This is where I bring my clients to photograph their memories and every time we turn the corner and they see this view they are so glad I brought them here.
(taken with pano setting in iPhone camera app)
What an adventures day we had at the day this afternoon! Taken at the Alabama point east, The pass, in Orange Beach, Alabama. We were able to get all our shots in before the skies opened up and rained on our "parade". I have never experience a sand-clone until this day. I will remember this session forever. We can laugh about it now for sure!
RED, WHITE & BLUE
Turn Burlap into a fabulous 4th of July Decoration
The 4th of July is my absolute favorite holiday not only because I am a summer baby, but because of the warmth of summer on your skin, the brightness of exploding fireworks in the starry night sky, and the sand in your toes that comes from BEACH time. So, to add a little something extra with the decorations of celebrating our country’s independence, I made burlap bunting flags in the colors red, white and blue. It’s fairly simple to make these decorative pieces, and you can save close to $60 instead of buying the plastic product from the store! Plus, burlap is real fabric that has texture, more subdue colors, and is authentic.
BEFORE YOU GET STARTED!
Here are a few side notes:
-Burlap is very messy so stay in one area and have the vacuum handy
-It goes airborne
-Takes about 4 hours from start to finish
-$36 total minus 40% (coupon) $21.60
LET’S GET STARTED!
-Go to your local Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, or craft supply store and buy around 3 yards of each color of fabric (red, white and blue)! Burlap is around $4 per yard (yes, only $4). You can even get a little creative and by burlap with stars and stripes on them to make it even more patriotic!
-Now, get out your sharpest scissors because you are going to have to cut the burlap in half (long ways)! I use sharp scissors with a safety button, so little fingers don’t get a hold of them. Again, make sure you are keeping the burlap still since this fabric is super messy (no one likes to clear during a holiday).
-Get out that sewing machine! Next, you will have to serge all around each piece (6 total). I just love the vintage look the white edges give to the fabric, and it looks even better once you hang it up!
-I know that ironing is literally the worst, but when it’s craft time, it’s not as bad! So, iron 2 inch pleats (heat on level 6 with steam). This is what really gives the flags depth, and that rustic feeling. Pleating is a classic look that will hopefully never go out of style.
-You’re almost done! The last step is to sew the end and hang with a 50 lb. fishing line! You now have a decoration that will make you stand out, and give you a little something extra for your 4th of July celebrations!
With the step-by-step instructions, you can have a bit of lagniappe (something extra) with authentic burlap bunting flags for your celebrations. Nothing shows your American pride more than displaying the colors RED, WHITE and BLUE in every way possible especially when you can save money at the same time! I hope you have an amazing 4th of July and that this little tutorial can help you make it even better!
Sometimes you just get rained on.....
But we made decided to make lemonade from lemons and got some great shots from it! We started out taking family beach pictures at the beautiful pass in Orange Beach Alabama but the threatening thunderstorms ran us off the beaches. We were able to get a few shots in but we were rushed and decided to re-do the Farrill's family beach session at their private beach house on Lagoon Ave in Gulf Shores, Alabama the next day.
Wow, the scenery was breathtaking! So colorful, greens, pinks, yellows, blues; we found a gem! I'm so excited we got rained out and had to retake the Farrill's family pictures; and I'm super excited I got to experience the beauty of their private home. Next time you get rained on look for the rainbow!
Gulf Shores Orange Beach - Drumwright Family
A family is more than who you share your genes, your relatives, or last name with. Family can be any set of people who make you feel special, happy, or complete. To capture the essence of “family” is incredible, and can be cherished forever. You can capture this in your favorite place to visit or the place where you feel most at home. This beautiful group of people are two families from Lakeland, Tennessee that came together to share their time to take portraits in Gulf Shores, Alabama - The Pass, Alabama State Park in hopes of capturing this very concept.
Our session began at the gorgeous Gulf Shores an hour before the sunset, and the outside conditions were absolutely perfect. The soft lighting from the setting sun gave the family a more authentic look, which was flawless in its ability to exemplify the “family” element they were searching for. There is pure love in the photos this family created. Their smiles are genuine, and it is amazing that you can feel the love just from looking at the photos. Each family member brings a little something to the glow that shines from this session.
In all families, you have new love, old love, and new adventures that give depth to the relationship with old memories and future endeavors to look forward to. The young couple on the left give new life to the family by adding someone special that everyone can share their experiences and continue to grow with. The couples in the middle show the power of lasting love, and how that love is the backbone of any family. Their ability to be happy together have created an atmosphere that they all want to share with one another. As for the young man at the end, he will be facing a new adventure, which comes after graduating high school, and will need to seek counsel from his family. A family perfectly embodies the past, present, and future in every aspect.
Night fell upon the session, but the joy that came from this family was able to shine through the darkness. It is true that you can feel emotions, and you see how those emotions live within people. Every photo from this session tells a different story of love, happiness, compassion, and security that this family feels towards one another. It was inspiring to be able to capture love in its purist form at Gulf Shores during the sunset.
As some of your know I am originally from Houma, louisiana and often travel back home. However I was a little surprised when I received a call from Montegut, Louisiana. This lovely lady said she wanted me to photograph her and her fiancé on their special day. She had looked around at local photographers but really liked my work. I had photographed her sisters wedding and she didn't want anyone else. So.... Of course I would! What an honor:) A quick 4 hour drive from my home in Orange Beach, Alabama and we were ready for their special day. The pictures were taken outside of Houma's beautiful courthouse on a perfect overcast day. Two of her family members got to join in on the fun holding my diffuser when the sun would peak through the clouds. Wedding days are always such a happy day. Here are is one of my favorite images from their day. Congratulations Candy and Guy!