The Oh So Decent Proposal
Sylvia and I were very fortunate to play a role in the engagement of Kevin and Stefanie. Kevin contacted us several weeks ago about his plans to stun his love with a poolside proposal at the Hotel Monteleone. The couple currently resides in Florida. Kevin, a long time New Orleans aficionado, decided the Big Easy and his favorite hotel would be the perfect location. Kevin’s planning was meticulous and the love and affection he expressed for Stefanie when he spoke with us was inspirational. Soon enough the big day arrived. The staff at the Hotel Monteleone was fantastic. Management and support staff ensured that every step of Kevin’s plan went off without a hitch. From reserving tables to making sure all staff in the areas in play were well informed. Stefanie had no idea what was in store for her. So, at the designated time, I pretended to be taking portraits of Sylvia. The couple arrived, and after chatting, smiling, and laughing together, Kevin stunned Stefanie when he dropped to a knee. The emotions were intense and their passion for one another was unmistakeable. What a moment and experience! We were thrilled to be there to capture it. Not surprisingly, Stefanie, with a huge smile, said “YES”! After a few poolside pictures, next on Kevin’s agenda was the well known Carousel Bar & Lounge, where the couple’s engagement was announced and celebrated. After the newly engaged couple enjoyed a cocktail, Kevin had arranged for a carriage tour of the city. We tagged along and stopped at several scenic spots to take photographs to commemorate the occasion and so that generations to come can enjoy some of the happy couples “moments that matter.” Thanks to Kevin and Stefanie for allowing us to be a part of their special night, to the Hotel Monteleone, and to the Carousel Bar and Lounge for working hard to make sure everything went smoothly. Romance, my friends, is still alive and well, especially in the Big Easy!
I love working as a wedding and senior portrait photographer in New Orleans, Houma, and Thibodaux. However, my work does keep me quite busy. It does not leave much time to travel to Baton Rouge to visit my alma mater, Louisiana State University, or LSU. I recently made some time and found that the campus is as majestic as ever. Here are a few images that I believe capture the ambiance and character of this unique university.
Scott & Melissa – What a fantastic afternoon and evening with Scott Falgout and Melissa Pickering Falgout. They planned perfectly and got their desired golden hour wedding. The venue was artistically decorated to the bride and grooms vintage/traditional preferences. The whole experience was festive and the entire bridal party was so much fun to be around. We were so fortunate to have been a part of their wedding day experience.
Queen Bess Island is a small patch of land located just a couple of miles north of the east end of Grand Isle, Louisiana. Though small, the island is visited by thousands of coastal birds annually. Accessible only by boat, the island is a birdwatchers paradise. On any given day, visitors will see a mix of ibis, pelicans, seagulls, and other assorted species. The island is also a seasonal fishing spot for local sportsmen. Speckled trout, white trout, flounder, and redfish are just a few of the fish that frequent the waters around the island. Annually, the Grand Isle Migratory Bird Festival includes boat trips to this tiny piece of paradise. When visiting the Grand Isle area, a trip to Queen Bess Island is well worth the time and effort. One recommendation as a regular to the island (love to fish there), when visiting…..stay upwind. Lots of birds equals lots of…well, you know, smelly stuff!
We recently had the privilege of working with Mark Eric, a well-known and respected photographer, who works primarily in central and southeast Louisiana. He graciously allowed us to participate, as photographers, in a scheduled engagement session. The session featured Torey Ray and sing-songwriter and actress Anna Margaret. The session was held at Melady Plantation, in Alexandria, Louisiana. Everything was perfect. Not only was the location and weather amazing, but Mark was able to borrow an antique vehicle to be featured in the shoot. Torey and Anna were absolutely glowing. They meshed perfectly and it was obvious that love was in the air. It was a fantastic experience. Not only were we able to capture some great images of Torey and Anna, but it was inspiring watching Mark and his wife, Heather, work together seamlessly. We cannot express our gratitude enough for Mark, Torey and Anna for giving us the opportunity to capture some of their “moments that matter.”