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
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!
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)
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!
So much fun we can have at the beaches here in gulf shores and orange beach alabama with your 2017 Senior portraits. Call now to book your session or add it on to a family beach session for only $50 more.
My favorite place to bring my clients is to Orange Beach's Perdido Pass. It is a bit of a walk down the boardwalk (10 minutes at a leisurely pace - yes I timed it) but it is absolutely worth the walk. The sand is so white and almost like powder. The beauty of the emerald waters is breath-taking. In addition to the water and sand are the big rocks which are great for pictures!
I was honored to photograph the classy Ms. Olivia for her first senior activity. What a beauty!