Archive for July, 2007

30
Jul
07

Caroline

Caroline & Jason were finally “hitched” last Saturday, so I can now blog some of my MANY favorites from her amazing bridal session a few weeks back!  I’m off to a doctor’s appointment, then FINALLY closing on Adam house, then two appointments & sessions, but if I have a chance, I’ll come back a write a little more about the new Mrs. Trahan!  🙂 

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25
Jul
07

Practice shots

Okay, guys… Now this post has been up for the past two days & my mom (a great blog visitor 🙂 and I have noticed that the second picture isn’t always loading. I just re-loaded it under another name… Are all 21 images showing on your computer? If you have a sec, please let me know if they’re all there, or there’s still one missing. I’d hate to be posting image for YOU GUYS and then YOU not be able to see them! How pointless would that be?! 😛 Whatever feedback you have would be most appreciated! Thanks!

Meet some family favorites from a test session… starting with Belle!

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and Gracie

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One of my two favorite cousin, Kacie with Miss Belle… aren’t they tres chic?!

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The other favorite cousins… Sarah with Miss Gracie. Aren’t the coordinating outfits perfect? (Yes, it was MY idea!)

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One of my favorites.

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Kacie, a senior @ Barbe & captain of the Varsity Barbe Cheerleaders, needed a captain’s picture, so we goofed off a little longer with those… This flyer can balance!

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Then we headed outside just for a minute… Belle finding all sorts of fun things to eat.

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Kace with her man, Josh. What a cute family! 🙂

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Gracie in one last little outfit. I really like this one. 😛

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The end! I’m working tirelessly to catch up on orders & posting, but just thought I’d share a few comical pics while I work!

23
Jul
07

Coolest Fundraiser coming up!

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25+ of these babies will be all over the Lake Area in a few days. 

So, this isn’t the first time I’ve done commercial work for billboards, but for some reason, I felt inclined to post & advertise a little more for my great new friend @ the Health Foundation, Mrs. Stephanie Morris!

The 2000 Health Foundation is hosting their annual Fundraiser, “Dancing with the Stars” in the huge L’Auberge Du Lac ballroom September 16th.  Stephanie said they go all out for this event… with red carpet, stars covering the floor, amazing decorations, and TONS of dancing!  There are several local & state wide “celebrities” that are supposed to be dancing at the gala.  I think it sounds sooo cool!  She said there will be several types of dancing, but primarily ballroom.  What a great excuse to get all dressed up & have a night out @ L’Auberge?! 

So, if you’re free on the 16th of September and feel like watching some amazing dancing, grab a friend, get “dolled up”, & head over!  I got to watch Stephanie & Gray dance the day of the shoot & they’re pretty good…  wink wink  🙂

22
Jul
07

Preparedness…

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This is close to the worst thing any professional photographer wants to see.

Now that I’ve posted several images from Morgan & Achille’s amazing day, I can show you another reason it was quite exciting. 

Although I have always been prepared the past 3 1/2 years, thankfully, nothing to this extent has ever happened during my professional career.  So what exactly happened, you ask?

I had just finished shooting all of the pre-ceremony shots & I was at the front of the Cathedral getting my equipment ready.  I was *talking* with someone about photography & mounting my camera & lens onto my tripod FIFTEEN minutes before Morgan walks down the aisle and wasn’t paying 100% attention to what I was doing.  (I have NEVER visited with someone at the front of the church, with 600+ people behind me, standing up prepping for the ceremony, about photography and this is the reason why!)

So, in mid-sentence, when I thought I had my lens locked, I let go of the camera.  In ultra-slow motion, the entire “rig” teeters backward, then forward, plumitting five feet to it’s death.  It landed in the worst possible angle- right on the egde of the lens. 

The sound of my camera & lens hitting the marble floor from such a distance was enough to catch the attention of many of the guests.  To make matters worse, when I bent down to pick it up, the lady saw the lens first, making her gasp loud enough for even more of a show.  Now, looking back, I think it’s kind of funny how it all happened.  But at the time, it was what we photographers have nightmares about!  I “calmly” assessed the damage, turning everything on, focusing with the lens, etc.  The camera body itself was fine.  The lens, however, was another story.

*Thankfully, I had backup!*  I ALWAYS stress the importance of backup equipment to my clients.  What if I didn’t have any other lenses like the one that fell?  How else would I shoot what I had to shoot?  I had absolutely no time to go back to the studio, call anyone, or even run to the car!  Unlike a pre-wedding shoot or family session, it could not be post-poned or re-scheduled.  Regardless if you’re ready or not, the biggest day of this couple’s lives is about to occur and YOU are in charge of documenting it! 

So what did I do?  I put my precious lens back in my bag and put on another lens. 

I continued to document their wedding the rest of the night.  I even FORGOT that it even happened until I got home.  (I had sent Adam a text message with the news & he asked to see it that night.) 

Morgan & Achille, as well as the rest of the bridal party & family, had absolutely no clue that anything ever happened. 

19
Jul
07

Morgan & Achille

These two had an absolutely AWESOME wedding this past Saturday!  I have photographed the Cathedral more than any other church & I have NEVER seen it as packed as it was last Saturday night…. standing room only was just about all that was left of this massive church!  So, here are some of my favorites to share with you from our exciting night!

A little info:

Church:  Immaculate Conception Cathedral

Reception:  Brickhouse

Flowers:  Addy LeJeune

Cakes:  Marcel Walker

Catering:  Mrs. Francis (of Sulphur)

Entertainment:  Kevin with the big D.S.P.

One of my new favorite detail shots…!

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The flowers were absolutely stunning! 

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The boys… striking quite a pose here, one that seemed to turn up countless times throughout the entire day… (The infamous “Tommy Tate”, maybe..?!)  🙂

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The girls & their gorgeous dresses… chocolate & pink.

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Morgan’s ring & bands were absolutely stunning!  (Although, I should have known whatever she was going to have would be perfect… her uncle owns Navarra’s!) 

I have never seen so many baggets in such a gorgeous design!  (I hate to say it, but I was lucky enough to see the set awhile back before anyone else!  😛  Thanks, Morg! lol) 

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Achille was the perfect teary-eyed groom… it couldn’t have been sweeter.

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Father Whitney Miller surprised the couple by reading their letters they wrote to each other in preparation for their big day.  He was reading the awesome things Achille wrote to Morgan, which neither of them thought would be read aloud… when he got to the part where Achille said something like, “You’re the most beautiful woman I know.  (You’re HOT!)  The entire audience of about 700 just totally cracked up… including the bride & groom!  I caught several cute ones, but I loved the families laughing in this one.

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Did I mention the flowers?!

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Once again, after a quick group shot, this mysterious behavior began again!

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Achille, the football player, had the COOLEST cake!  Notice the MSU detail on the field! 

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Then again, I don’t think Morgan’s could get any better…. (Note the chandalier… they brought in a few to add even more cool lighting.)

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I’ve never seen the Brick House as soft & gorgeous as it was decorated that night.

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Guys… you should have been there!  There were more single ladies (Phi Mu’s to be exact) than one man could handle!

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I always love this part of a soroity girl’s wedding… my Chi Omega mom has a shot similiar to this one taken “way back when.”  But, what made this shot different?  I have NEVER seen so many Phi Mu’s in one place!  The girls definately dominated the floor during this song.  I love the excitement & laughter in Morgan’s face.

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The Brick House was definately slammin’!  It felt like one huge college party!  And Kevin from Deep South definately had the jam to keep everyone on their feet the entire time!

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Achille’s Mom & Dad. (Not above, but the picture below!)

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Morgan, don’t hate me for posting this pic!  I just thought it was so cute and funny!  Another pose!

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At one point, Morgan, Achille, and several others were on the stage after passing out cowbells, ringing them, dancing, & singing to the MSU football song.  (What’s the name of it again?!)  It was so fitting for such an MSU group… mostly made up of football players & cheerleaders.  I love the bridesmaid doing the cheer!

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And we’ll end they’re night on these two of this crazy couple gettin down throughout the night.

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Congrats, you two!  I hope you’re having an awesome time in the Bahamas!

13
Jul
07

A few adjustments

I just wanted to give a little shout out to everyone about pricing.

Adjustments are being made right now to all pricing & packages. This is mainly going to affect the session fees. Since the beginning of my career over three years ago, I’ve been charging the same amount for a session. Whether it be children, seniors, bridals, or engagements, I’ve charged the same price that I was charging when I only owned about $1000 worth of equipment.

Now, only a few years later, my professional camera bodies, lenses, flash units, & mobile equipment has expanded to value in the 5 digits! Continuing education is also very important to the business and I continue to attend seminars & courses so that I can keep up with the latest trends & products in professional photography. Also, in studio viewing equipment, the large addition of my website and proofing site I use has also greatly expanded. (Unlike most photographers who use a free proofing site, mine is absolutely wonderful, but I DO pay per image per month, thus incorporating more of an expense for each client & each session I take. )

I’ve NEVER increased my session prices, but I definitely feel that it is time to do so in order to keep myself & the business running efficiently with the latest & best equipment, techniques, & products.

So, the bottom line? As stated at the bottom of every wedding packet & pricing menu, the prices are subject to change & they will be changing soon!

Thank you all for your understanding.

Sincerely,

Lindsey Janies

P. S. – The increase for sessions does NOT apply to the enlargement prices.  My print pricing has never changed.  🙂

10
Jul
07

Amanda & Matt sneak peek!

This may very well be THE longest post of my blogging career!  lol

 Amanda & Matt were married last Saturday on the most infamous 7-7-07 date.  I’ve had many many inquiries about this date… starting long ago!  But, I am absolutely thrilled that I was able to spend last Saturday night with these two & their closest family & friends. 

I know I gave you guys a peek at some of my favorites yesterday, but I have definately added to the list tonight! 

I have a blast at every wedding I shoot, but this wedding just felt like an old friend’s wedding… I definately did not feel like the hired professional that I was…. but more or less like a close friend, taking pictures, and there to just share their day with them!  Amanda & Matt – I hope y’all are having a blast in St. Lucia!

To get things started…. Amanda’s amazing bouquet.

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There were two ring bearers, thus two pillows.

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The guys

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Matt just couldn’t help himself…

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St. Micheal’s

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The Keating Coat of Arms covered the groom’s cake… along with some of his favorite law books from Harvard…. perfect Groom’s table for an attorney.  🙂

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Greywood at dusk.

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As the night continued on, things started to get a little…. crazy!

Steelshot, being the coolest, most laid back band, gave up a little of their spotlight to the guests for awhile.  The only member of the original band was the singer/pianist to the left.  The rest of this 5 member band?  All guests!  And talk about good, too!

Featured here, the F.o.B., Mr. Keating, getting down to “Born to be Wild”.  The crowd loved it!  And let the record show that this guy was good, too!  On both the guitar AND mic.  🙂

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Amanda & Matt enjoying the live music.

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The Keating men, both father & son…. Matt featured here on the air drums…. same great talent as Dad.  😛

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Desiree & Clay was another couple of mine… thanks so much for the referral guys!

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And finally, some of the images that we caught in mere minutes… right before the light left the sky…

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Have I mentioned yet that this couple is crazy?!  That’s what I have absolutely loved about them… These two pictures make me laugh everytime I’ve seen them…

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Amanda & Matt – I can only hope all of my other couples are as nuts as you two!  Thanks for such a fun night!

Check back, people, for the announcement of Amanda & Matt’s wedding album release online.  The password will be Amanda’s maiden name.  🙂

Their pre-wedding sessions:

Amanda’s bridals

Amanda & Matt’s engagement session




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