Friday, May 25, 2018

Kelsey and Caleb's wedding, Jackson, Louisiana

Kelsey and Caleb have been together since high school. They got married in the little town of Jackson, Louisiana, where they met and lived (and will live) life together, which also happens to be my favorite town.
I'm so happy to have Kelsey and Caleb as part of our community and so happy to have been a part of their wedding.










TM


Hair/Makeup: Katey Slaughter @ Ruby Salon
Florist: Billy Heroman's
Cakes: Ambrosia Bakery, Surreal Creations
Catering: Charles Lanoue
Dress: Bustle
DJ/Band: Jude Quebedeaux @ Classic Sounds by Jude
Jewelry: Patrick's Fine Jewelry
Painter: Alex Harvie Live Paintings
Other: Tiger Rentals

Other services we offer.. Art digitazation, film scanning, old photo restoration, photo printing

I was talking with one of our local attorneys yesterday at a Chamber of Commerce event, and we both agreed that being a small-town photographer (or businessperson in general) often means that you need to be able to do a wider range of services. So, I wanted to share some of my favorite projects that are out of the normal "photo shoot" realm. I really enjoy these!

Art digitization. 

St. Francisville is full of talented artists, and often, those need to be able to sell prints or downloads. This project was for an estate full of family art, where the owner of the art wanted to be able to share the art with the rest of his family in book format or prints. We went to his home and photographed every piece of the heirloom art and gave him a digital copy of each, in high-resolution.


Old photograph restoration and printing

 Of course, we used to not have home computers, and photos were all processed in print format. This was a photo of Kevin Tomb (our local pharmacist in Jackson) as a little boy. His wife had me fix the photo and print a larger copy for Kevin.

This one was from Russ Wray, capturing some great memories from when he was younger. These printed beautifully on a large metal substrate for his office.






Photo and art printing, books, and canvas printing

It's hard to get quality large photos locally, especially since Kadair's closed years ago.  As long as you have printing rights, we can serve as your printing lab here at a discounted rate from our usual print prices.  We can also design and print books, canvases, on metal and wood, and can print framed products.

Film processing

 I used to photograph with film when I first started! One summer I spent at the Grand Canyon and photographed every hike with my old film camera. I just saw that my photo lab now offers film processing, which means I can send those rolls of film off for you to either get digitized, and/or get prints from them.



Let me know if I can help you or your business with any of the above. 225-721-1313 Tara@taramariephoto.com
---Tara



Friday, April 27, 2018

Who says weddings have to be big?

One side of weddings that I don't show too often is the super-small weddings that I get to do. It's not unusual for me to be one of 12 guests at a wedding from time to time. Kevin Dreher (our local small wedding officiant) and I have worked MANY of these weddings together. St. Francisville is a perfect place for small destination weddings in Louisiana. We have the oak trees, lots of bed & breakfasts, and lots of beauty and warm days.

Sheen and Tim had just their kids and a few family members and friends at their Saturday evening wedding at Shadetree Inn. Guests included the B&B owner, KW, and his dog.



The ceremony was short and sweet, held on the ridge below the swing at Shadetree Inn's back yard. Sheena made her own bouquet.

For me personally, small weddings are fabulous because 1. they're a little lower stress, and 2. the couple always allows me plenty of time for a portrait session of the two of them. They don't have 300 guests waiting to visit with them, so we can take our time and go around the facilities to look for great light and portrait locations.



After portraits, signing the license, and a toast, the family just played on the swings and visited.







Congratulations, Sheena and Tim. Thank you for having me as one of the few in attendance at your wedding!

Monday, April 16, 2018

Local wedding vendors - a styled, yet real, engagement party

Y'all, I'm a big fan of using quality local businesses whenever possible. It's not just a courtesy- it's an opportunity to help friends, make new friends, and help our community as a whole.

I live in out in the country in St. Francisville, which is on the outskirts of a few small towns that sort of run together. I get gas in St. Francisville, bank in Jackson, go to church in Zachary, and get my animal feed in Ethel, and go to Wal-Mart (if I have to) in New Roads. Weddings around here are the same way. We may not have all the vendors in one town, but we do have some really good vendors around, and many of us love the small town life, or work out of our country homes, yet want to be found.

So, I had this idea- what if we put together a Feliciana parishes wedding vendors styled shoot, to get a few of these high-quality small town wedding vendors all in one place?

First, I visited with Heather from Taylor Claire Lettering. Heather and I had worked together for another styled shoot, and that's where I discovered that her work is so beautiful! Heather does custom lettering and calligraphy for signs, chalkboards, invitation addressing, invitations, and place settings, just to name a few. If you need something written, she has 3 different styles of writing that she can do. She lives in the middle of nowhere in St. Francisville, on the other side of West Feliciana Parish from me, works out of her country home, and delivers or ships the products out to her clients.



Next, I visited with Alysia Brown, our local small town florist in her home-based business, The Sheepish Lion. Alysia and I met right before she launched her business. She is very family-focused florist who does event flowers from her home. She and I had done one wedding together, and her whimsical style is admirable, yet her customer service is even more so! Alysia focuses on weddings and events for her flowers, and does a few wreaths at our local festival, Christmas in the Country.








Last, I called some coordinators from Clinton who I've worked with for a couple weddings- Southern Standard Events by Lindsey and Brandy Hornsby. These ladies are married to two brothers and live across from each other on a country road outside of Clinton.
They were putting plans together for something they've been wanting to do for a long time- a backyard Kentucky Derby themed engagement party for Brandy's daughter, Preslie. Since they already had a date and a place together, it was so easy for us all to simply tag along and add our flair to the party.




In true coordinator form, and much to my relief, the SSE girls took the coordinating from that point on. They met with Alysia and Heather and everyone got their ducks in a row to be ready for March 24th in Brandy's back yard.

Caryn Roland of Heirloom Cuisine, who lives and works in a rural St. Francisville location, and her staff catered the party. Heirloom Cuisine may be from a small town, but the company is an award-winning, extremely popular catering company in the Baton Rouge area.

Yes, these were amazing.




I wasn't sure if people would actually dress up in derby attire or not, but surprisingly, most people did! Even the men were looking sharp in their suits, and the ladies' hats were fun to photograph. :)






Yard games were a hit with the kids, and sangria and mint juleps were popular with the adults. Lindsey's husband played a few songs while the guests enjoyed the view past the pool, and Preslie and Zach opened gifts.



One neat piece of entertainment was the "how well do you know the bride and groom" sheet for guests to fill out.  This would be so much fun at a wedding too!


So, in summary, as you can see, this party was a really fun, relaxing, beautiful event thanks to some of the fabulous small-town vendors. :)

TM




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