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Michael - Class of 2017

I had so much fun working with Michael - he is absolutely hilarious and has such a wonderful personalty! Congratulations on your upcoming graduation "GQ Junior"! 

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Ali - Class of 2017

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Ali - Class of 2017

This funky, retro inspired senior session was one the funniest sessions I have ever photographed! Ali is a rockstar and I had an absolute blast working with her and bringing her vision to life. This is what being an artist is all about - taking an idea and creating something spectacular, something that my clients will forever cherish. 

Congratulations on your upcoming graduation, Ali! I can't wait to see what amazing things the future holds for you! 

Yours in Art ~ Mandy 


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Mila's Adventures in Wonderland

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Mila's Adventures in Wonderland

“No, no! The adventures first, explanations take such a dreadful time.” ~ Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass

Dress & apron by  Sew Mila

Dress & apron by Sew Mila

I had so much fun chasing after Mila as she ran and played in her own imaginary Wonderland, dragging the Red Queen and Mad Hatter along while she explored. Surprisingly, she enjoyed the Red Queen's company a lot more than Alice ever had. 

Besides her adventures in Wonderland, Mila also loves Minnie Mouse and enjoys evening wagon rides with her mom. She is an LSU Tigers fan and loves their team colors, purple and gold, but she  loves eating spaghetti and pizza with the Mad Hatter even more! When she needs a creative outlet, she creates finger-painting masterpieces and eats lots of popsicles when she is stressed. 

Thus grew the tale of Wonderland:
Thus slowly, one by one,
Its quaint events were hammered out –
And now the tale is done,
And home we steer, a merry crew,
Beneath the setting sun.

Alice! A childish story take,
And, with a gentle hand
Lay it where Childhood's dreams are twined
In Memory's mystic band,
Like pilgrim's wither'd wreath of flowers
Pluck'd in a far-off land.

~ Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

 

 

 

I hope you enjoyed Mila's adventure - follow my blog for more posts, projects & events!

Yours in Art ~ Mandy 

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Project Life: Weeks 2&3

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Project Life: Weeks 2&3

It's only the 4th week of the year, and I'm already running behind on my Project Life images. Time just flies by when you're enjoying life! The past few weeks haven't been super exciting, in terms of editorials and conceptual shoots, but the lack of excitement has given me a chance to focus on the little things. Living just outside of New Orleans gives me the opportunity to explore an amazing culture of people with a unique history, not to mention the fabulous scenery. Every time I wander around the city, I find something new to photograph. It's an endless source of beauty and inspiration! And of course I had to include some shots of my pets, family and friends - capturing everyday life is so important!

I don't know why I put this project off for so long. It's not nearly as challenging as I thought it would be. It's actually pretty darn easy - just shoot a photo or two every day and share away! At the end of each week, I print my favorites on my Canon Selphy printer, put them in my Project Life binder, add a few pretty filler cards and jot down some details. Easy as pie, right? 

Here are my favorite images from weeks 2 & 3. Enjoy! 

City Park is full of unique people, and of course, super cute fur babies. This little guy wanted to join in on my session :)

City Park is full of unique people, and of course, super cute fur babies. This little guy wanted to join in on my session :)

Poor Scrappy is still freezing. She has taken permanent residence next to my oil radiator. 

Poor Scrappy is still freezing. She has taken permanent residence next to my oil radiator. 

A few more of my week 2 favs: Japanese cherry blossoms from my in-laws tree - one of my favorite flowers; my fur baby, Aro, has taken over my editing chair; Scrappy still freezing; my collection of new dresses for conceptual shoots (yes, I have a dress buying addiction); my sister with her fur babies.

A few more of my week 2 favs: Japanese cherry blossoms from my in-laws tree - one of my favorite flowers; my fur baby, Aro, has taken over my editing chair; Scrappy still freezing; my collection of new dresses for conceptual shoots (yes, I have a dress buying addiction); my sister with her fur babies.

A sculpture in City Park's botanical gardens

A sculpture in City Park's botanical gardens

You always have fun when you shoot with me! 

You always have fun when you shoot with me! 

A few of my week 3 favs: Who doesn't take photos of their fro-yo? More flowers in City Park's botanical gardens; A model of a magazine street building along the miniature train track at City Park; beautiful autumn leaves, even though it's supposed to be winter here; a sneak-peek of one of my recent shoots; roses in City Park's botanical gardens.

A few of my week 3 favs: Who doesn't take photos of their fro-yo? More flowers in City Park's botanical gardens; A model of a magazine street building along the miniature train track at City Park; beautiful autumn leaves, even though it's supposed to be winter here; a sneak-peek of one of my recent shoots; roses in City Park's botanical gardens.

Well, that about sums it up for weeks 2-3 of Project Life. Stay tuned for my weeks 2-3 conceptual images!

Yours in Art,

Mandy 

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Project Life: Week 1/52

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Project Life: Week 1/52

BE MORE CREATIVE. TAKE RISKS. CAPTURE LIFE. 

Every year I plan on blogging more, shooting more conceptual work, and capturing more of my personal life. I'm super enthusiastic and disciplined for  few months, but life always manages to get in the way of these goals, so I put them on the side and focus on more important matters - clients, bills, health, family and friends, and so on.

This year is going to be different. This year is going to be the year of change and creativity, and what better way to start this new journey than with a super fun and creative project, right? I've decided to start Project Life, a 52-week photography project about my life. Each week I'm going to capture personal memories, something that I haven't done in years. When I get wrapped up in my business, special moments in my personal life get overlooked and forgotten. Life is precious and we should capture it, because without photos, all we will have are our memories.

This year I'm also going to be focusing more on conceptual and editorial work. Don't get me wrong, I love being a portrait photographer and working with families, children and seniors, but I can't be as creative with those kinds of sessions as I can be when I am shooting for myself. I'm not only a great photographer, but also an amazing artist. I recently realized that there is a whole other world out there, full of insanely creative, conceptual art, and I am dying to tap into it. I am great at what I do, but I can be even better if I stop taking the safe road, take risks and just put myself out there. It's time for me to put my big girl panties on and to get my conceptual work out there for the world to see. So, in addition to capturing my personal life every week, I'm going to be creating at least one amazing, emotionally stirring piece of art. 

This will be a year of family, friends and personal greatness. 


Pieces of Me I Week 1/52

Pieces of Me , a conceptual self-portrait

Pieces of Me, a conceptual self-portrait


Project Life I Week 1/52

 

Mardi Gras is almost here, and we ate an entire king cake in two days to celebrate!

Mardi Gras is almost here, and we ate an entire king cake in two days to celebrate!

Since I don't have children yet (I'm working on it!), my fur babies have taken on the role, and these three have stolen poor Nina's new dog bed. 

Since I don't have children yet (I'm working on it!), my fur babies have taken on the role, and these three have stolen poor Nina's new dog bed. 

Nina, the gentle giant

Nina, the gentle giant

My poor baby needs a haircut, but he's still adorable even when he looks this awful. 

My poor baby needs a haircut, but he's still adorable even when he looks this awful. 

Scrappy is the worst hide-and-go-seeker on the planet. She should really try to find a new hiding spot. 

Scrappy is the worst hide-and-go-seeker on the planet. She should really try to find a new hiding spot. 

I hope you enjoyed this small peek into my oh-so-boring daily life, but I promise that the majority of the time it is more chaotic than boring. This was just a slow week! 

Yours in Art,

Mandy 


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