Monday, December 28, 2015

2015 Weddings- best of.

One of the hardest things I have to do is choose a picture for the wall, for the blog, etc. But, luckily, Adobe Lightroom helped me organize my pictures better this year and made it easier to show you some of my favorite pics from 2015 weddings and bridal portraits.
Wedding locations range from Desert Plantation in Woodville, MS, Greenwood Plantation in St. Francisville, The Cabin in Gonzales, Dunleith Plantation in Natchez, Gabriel House in St. Gabriel, Hemingbough in St. Francisville, The Pointe at Americana in Zachary, St. Mary's in New Roads, and more. Come to think of it, I've been on the road quite a bit this year.

Although I love photographing people, my favorite part is always getting to know the story and the people behind the pictures. Thank you all for letting me photograph a small part of your big story.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

My go-to bag for my gruelling workout routine. Come and Go Studio Open House and BENEFIT thirty-one party, Nov. 17, from 5:30-7:30 pm.

Every school morning except Wednesdays, I have this routine. I throw on my workout clothes at 6:30, grab a kid, grab my huge coffee mug, deodorant, makeup, and decent work clothes, and throw them all in a bag to get out the door around 7:10 (well, I don't throw the kid in a bag, usually.) At 7:20 we pick up our nephew, who is also in kindergarten with my daughter, and down the road we fly for a half hour, while they argue about whether or not they will be each other's best friend that day in the back seat.

I drop off the kids at the school and then go three driveways down to the high school stadium. I get out of the car, put in my headphones, and leap quickly up and down the stadium steps, and then run a 4 minute mile around the track..... Just kidding. I do go to the track, but I sort of groan as I walk up and down the steps twice, and then I'll walk for 3/4 of the track, and then jog the last 1/4, sometimes mixing that up depending on how much I feel like I'm dying, repeatedly for about 30 minutes or until I feel like I've raised my heart rate..... enough.

Then, I head to the studio, grab my bag, and change to get ready to be approachable for the day. The bag I grab is one my sister got me for Christmas a couple years ago. It's a thirty-one bag with one big compartment and lots of little compartments for water bottles, bananas, coffee cups, etc around the side. I use that thing all the time- not just for my workout clothes, but to pack a picnic for my family when we head to a rodeo, or to pack extra clothes for the weekend, or to pack cooking supplies when I'm headed to cook with my neighbor. It's my go-to bag.

I like it so much that when my friend and client Miranda started selling thirty-one, I decided that I wouldn't mind shopping with her for another daily carrying bag for my work stuff. But, I hate those online facebook shopping parties. I can never get a good grip on what the product really looks like. So, Brooke and Miranda and I decided to have an open house at the studio, Nov. 17, from 5:30-7:30 pm, and it's also a BENEFIT thirty-one party! It's come and go. A percentage of the proceeds will go toward our church, Cross Creek Cowboy Church in Zachary.

So, come on by that night if you'd like, whether it's just to visit, to shop for some Christmas gifts from thirty-one, or to get set up for some family portraits. I'd love to see you and visit. (Just don't ask me how fast my mile running is, because I have no idea.)


Thursday, October 29, 2015

Jacie's bridal portraits with her daughter at Greenwood Plantation. Tara Marie Photography, St. Francisville, Louisiana wedding photographer

Jacie took bridal portraits with her daughter.

And, although Jacie didn't mind taking pictures, we learned that Remi would prefer to play with frogs.
Remi did decide to wear other boots at the wedding, but at the time of these bridal portraits, the white shrimp boots is all she would wear- every. day.

I remember when my daughter would never let us put anything in her hair. Bows, barrettes, headbands, it didn't matter. She would have none of it.

I hope Jacie, David, and Remi will always treasure some pictures of their daughter in this interesting, stubborn stage of life. :)

This is too much cuteness.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

It's all in the details.. Greenwood Plantation Wedding

This wedding photographer was happily shocked to see how much Shelby and Adam (and Shelby's mom and sister) put into the wedding details. Greenwood Plantation, in itself, is beautiful enough to stand alone without decorations.
But, the details they put into this one made it even more better (is that a phrase? I just made that up.)

Adam and Shelby did a first look, which allowed us plenty of daylight and time for portraits under the oak trees.
What a sweet tribute to all of their family.
Many thanks to 2nd photographer, Danielle, for capturing this!
Greenwood plantation has a great setup for open air outdoor wedding receptions. 

Monday, October 19, 2015

My husband's luck follows me....

My husband has this luck that follows him- if it can break down, especially with a truck, it will. Well, I sort-of forgot about that and set up some family portrait mini-sessions using a borrowed old truck from a friend.
This family has multiplied since I first started photographing them.
Josh went Friday and picked up the truck on a trailer from our friends. Sunday afternoon, we arrived an hour early to get the truck in place and set up for the pictures. Then, at that point, I was reminded of his bad luck. He unstrapped the truck, started it, and tried to put it in reverse to drive it off the trailer, and NOTHING HAPPENED. The truck would NOT go in reverse!

We called the owners of the truck, but the man of the house was working offshore and unavailable by phone. His wife and son didn't know how to get it in reverse. Josh put me in the driver's seat while he pushed- nothing. He jacked the trailer far up and getting it to roll off- nothing. It was stuck in gear, which held it in place firmly on the trailer, regardless of pushing.

By this time, families were begining to show up, and I started stressing a little, but then gathering ideas on getting a ladder and photographing families with the truck still on the trailer. :)

These guys do NOT like Fords, so they came up with this pose.

Yup, that's Brooke- office manager.

Look at those amazing ears...

Finally, he found a hammer and banged on something in the back underneath the truck, and it loosened its grip. He was then able to back it off and get it in place, just minutes before start time.

Regardless, I'm thankful for my husband's willingness to help out, for the two sets of friends who were willing to let us borrow their truck, and for the other dads/guys who helped Josh unload and load up the truck.

BUT, Note to self- ALWAYS REMEMBER my husband's luck with vehicles!

Friday, October 9, 2015

My wishful girlfriend

I have photographed some beautiful girls, but Shelby takes the award for me. If I wasn't straight, I would be giving Adam a run for his money on this one. But now, despite me being attracted to men, it's too late anyway- she's married, they had a beautiful wedding, and they'll go on to have beautiful kids. There goes my crush.  :)
Shelby's bridal portraits were taken at Greenwood Plantation in St. Francisville.

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