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Andee Bourgeois

Louisiana has been bumpin’ with photo sessions. I love being able to visit family and do what I love all in the same weekend! My favorite part about the shoots is that most of the time they reconnect me with friends that I haven’t seen in years. This weekend I got to see my friend Grace, whom I hadn’t seen since high school. Even better, I got to meet her oh so precious little girl, Andee.  We took pictures at the “Weeks” house, which is an amazing, historical house on Main St. in New Iberia. Aside from the humidity and overabundance of caterpillars, this session was another awesome one. There were so many great opportunities for fun shots…huge yards are always a plus. Andee is seriously such a sweetheart and a cutie pie, and I know I probably say that about every kid, but I can’t help it…I just love em! Here are a few photos from the shoot:

Week 3: Silent Auction. Spelling Bee.

Last Thursday, I got the opportunity to photograph for a good cause.  There was an event held at Austin Music Hall, and its purpose was to raise money for the Literacy Coalition of Central Texas. It consisted of a spelling bee, “Austin’s Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee,” and a silent auction. I took part by photographing the event and offering a children’s portrait session for the auction. For the Spelling Bee, there were 19 teams of 3, and they all brought entertainment by representing their team names with costumes to match. The costume that entertained me the most actually wasn’t on a team…it was a random bookworm whose purpose was to walk around the entire time, busting the occasional dance move. I loved it. I had no idea what to expect at an adult spelling bee, and I was left totally speechless when I heard the words these individuals could spell. I’m talking full on jaw dropper type of situation. The two teams that made it to the final round were “The Church Ladies” and “The Spelling Demons.” At this, I couldn’t help but laugh…of course it would come down to Good vs. Evil. It went back and forth for quite some time, and in the end, “The Spelling Demons” took the 1st place trophy and “The Church Ladies” took the second. It was such a fun event, and I love that it was all for a good cause. I’m definitely interested in volunteering my photography to benefit non-profit organizations, so if anyone has any suggestions, please let me know!

Avery Holleman

An old high school friend, Rebecca, moved to Austin about a week ago, and it has been nothing short of awesome! Not only was I excited to finally have a fellow Cajun join the Lonestar State, but I also got to meet her daughter, Avery, for the first time. It’s been really energizing being around someone with so much excitement for Austin. I’m realizing how much of this city I still haven’t experienced and the little advantage I take of soaking up all that it offers. Shame on me…but not to worry, I’m all over making that a thing of the past. Anyways, after Rebecca got settled into her place, it was, of course, time to whip out the ole’ Canon. Avery was a big ball of energy, and this photo session was really like a fun game of chase…more for Rebecca than for me, but participants of chase we were! I love those photo shoots where a child/children completely cut loose and run wildly. It’s freeing to watch them, and taking pictures in that manner is not too shabby, either.