Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Jeny's Family at the St. Francisville in period costumes for the Pilgrimage- Mothers and Daughters...

I never really understood family dynamics that well until I had my own kids. Now that I have my own two kids, it has shed a new light on the interaction between parents and kids. It's such a difficult, delicate balance between
being firm and being soft;
setting guidelines and then breaking them sometimes;
laughing so hard at the kids and then wanting to throw them out the window (gently);

I could go on and on. I feel fortunate that before I had kids, I delved into the world of horse training. My horse, Tex, is now 6, and I've had him since he was 2. I've shed many tears over that horse- tears of joy, tears of disgust, and tears of frustration.
Horses, just like kids, are naturally going to step on every nerve you have. They will always test and try you. They will always try to take the easiest route possible. They have no understanding of wrong and right without being taught. Yet, when your horse finally learns something you've been working so hard to get through their skull, it's such a rewarding moment.

Young children, I've found, are so very similar. 

Jeny's family traveled from Texas for the pilgrimage in St. Francisville as an educational vacation for the girls. Even though they were not all together (Jeny's husband and son were missing) they still wanted some professional pictures together. The two older girls are twins, and Jeny's mom also joined them from Mississippi.

It was really fun to look through these pictures and see the way the photo shoot played out- the "bug in my eye" meltdown, the loving moments, and the "don't you dare do that" moments. :) I wish I could capture all family portraits like that.


Thursday, May 23, 2013

Heather and Adam's (Mr. and Mrs. Smith inspired) engagement pictures

Heather and Adam wanted to incorporate guns and dogs into their engagement session. Well, I am a country girl for sure, and I've done engagement sessions with lots of different props, but never have I done a gun engagement session. I have, however, done a family photo session with (mostly) hunting guns. That was a fun one.

Anyway, I found myself faced with the challenge of mixing love with guns, in a romantic plantation setting, and incorporating dogs as well. :)

So, to find some inspiration for a way to mix LOVE and GUNS together, I looked up a couple of my favorite man/woman action movies/TV shows-  Mr. and Mrs. Smith (movie) and "Burn Notice" (TV show). I found on google images some really fun inspirational poses to try out. I also thought it would be fun to throw in a "Bonnie and Clyde" photo session feel as well.

Oh, and I almost forgot! We saw a snake during their engagement session! One of us may or may not have actually utilized a weapon during this engagement session.

Here's what Heather, Adam, and I came up with. Enjoy. :) TM

This is one of my very favorites!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Brooklyn's senior portraits (and wild turkeys)

Brooklyn and her mom came together out to my house in St. Francisville in mid-April to do her senior portraits (last minute). :) And during that time....

We were on the golf cart headed toward the back of the property, and rousted up two different groups of wild turkeys! The second group I was able to get a quick shot of with the camera- there were eight turkeys in that group, I think. I see the turkeys pretty often on the road, but not very often on the property. It was neat to see them all fly together. .
If you want the wildlife experience, my house is definitely the place to come. Recently we've had a raccoon invasion at the barn. During my photo shoot yesterday, a hoot owl looked directly at me and hooted at me from VERY close to me. It's not unusual to see deer in the fields catch fish in the ponds or at the creek, or hear coyotes in the distance. At night we fall asleep to the rhythmic sound of bullfrogs on our pond. Most of the time, with the exception of the skunk-on-the-porch experiences (my bedroom still smells a little funny), or when the racoons eat my chickens, I feel so lucky to live out here and see/hear/experience all of this country life I've always dreamed of.


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