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I'm Elizabeth Gelineau, a photographer, dreamer, and accidental entrepreneur. Based in my hometown of Mobile, Ala., I photograph portraits, weddings and events on both sides of Mobile Bay. Grab a cup of coffee (or other beverage of your choice) and enjoy browsing around. I'm so glad you stopped by!

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A Bayfront Park Engagement McKenzie and Will are one of my 2021 couples! I usually meet with brides in person before they book, but have been holding consultations via phone call or FaceTime these past few months. I was excited to meet McKenzie and Will in person at their engagement session! Since we’d only spoken […]

June 9, 2020

A Bayfront Park Engagement

McKenzie and Will are one of my 2021 couples! I usually meet with brides in person before they book, but have been holding consultations via phone call or FaceTime these past few months. I was excited to meet McKenzie and Will in person at their engagement session! Since we’d only spoken on the phone, I didn’t have faces to go with their names. It didn’t occur to me until I was getting out of my car in the parking lot that I had no idea what these two looked like! Ironically, we happened to park right next to each other.

Before our parking lot meeting, I was on the way to our shoot location when McKenzie called with the news that they were closed. I had to think of a backup location ASAP! McKenzie and Will love the water and spending time outdoors. We needed a location close to our original meeting spot because I didn’t want us to lose out on the beautiful light.

Suddenly, Bayfront Park popped into my mind! McKenzie isn’t from the Mobile area so she wasn’t familiar with the park, but thankfully I have several sessions here on my blog that were done at the park. After a quick look at some of those posts, McKenzie and Will said it sounded like a good option to them.

The Best Laid Plans

While I was pretty excited to shoot at a new location, I have to say that this backup plan couldn’t have worked out better. The light was absolutely beautiful and we had just the right amount of light peeking through the clouds for some photos down by the water. Sometimes the best laid plans don’t work out, but what you get is better than what you initially imagined.

The beach at Bayfront Park in Daphne, Alabama is a hidden gem. It doesn’t have the white sandy beaches of Orange Beach, but it’s a generally quiet spot with a lot of variety. The day of this shoot the pier was actually busier than normal. Fortunately, a sweet couple let us use their private pier for some portraits at the end of the shoot!

When I asked permission to shoot on their pier, I was hoping to take one or two photos and then move on, but the couple offered for us to walk out to the end of the pier, which was amazing!!! We got some of my favorite shots from the session in this spot and on top of that we had a gorgeous view of the sunset!

McKenzie and Will, thank you for trusting me and going with the flow on switching plans last minute for this shoot! I know you are both going to be such a joy to work with on wedding day!

My first time seeing an alligator at this park! I’ve always known they were there, but they’ve always stayed hidden on past visits!

McKenzie has a background in Marine Sciences so when she spotted this crab and picked it up, she gave me an idea for a very unique ring shot!

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McKenzie + Will | Engaged

2020

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A Bayfront Park Engagement I first met Catherine when I photographed her sister’s wedding earlier this year! I remember taking a photo of her and Thomas during family portrait time. A few months later I received an email from her saying she was engaged! I loved working with this family the first time around, so […]

November 1, 2019

A Bayfront Park Engagement

I first met Catherine when I photographed her sister’s wedding earlier this year! I remember taking a photo of her and Thomas during family portrait time. A few months later I received an email from her saying she was engaged! I loved working with this family the first time around, so I felt so lucky to get the opportunity to work with them a second time.

Thomas proposed to Catherine at Bayfront Park in Daphne, Ala. He’d been planning to ask her in front of her family. But, that particular day, they found themselves at one of their favorite places and the timing just felt right. He proposed to Catherine while the ring was back at her parents house in the safe, waiting for the preplanned proposal date. I love that Thomas went with his gut instinct and chose a moment that felt so meant to be. Catherine said yes as they watched the sunset together on the beach.

While they were technically engaged that day, Thomas still kept to his plan of asking Catherine to be his bride with her family present. This was when he finally slipped the gorgeous engagement ring onto her hand. I thought Catherine’s ring looked like a vintage design, but it’s actually a new band that’s designed to look vintage. I thought it was just gorgeous!

These two are planning a winter 2020 wedding and I know it’s going to be such a fun day! When I asked if they’d picked a first dance song yet, Thomas started singing a line from the song. So I told them to dance a little for me while I took photos. Based on that moment alone, I know their wedding dance is going to be a fun one to photograph!

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Catherine + Thomas | Engaged

2019

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A Bayfront Park Daphne, AL Engagement Meet Lauren and Vincent, one of my sweet 2019 couples! Vincent is the younger brother of one of my sister’s friends. His aunt was my first grade teacher. One of his other sisters is best friends with one of my 2018 brides. Despite all these connections, we didn’t know […]

April 10, 2019

A Bayfront Park Daphne, AL Engagement

Meet Lauren and Vincent, one of my sweet 2019 couples! Vincent is the younger brother of one of my sister’s friends. His aunt was my first grade teacher. One of his other sisters is best friends with one of my 2018 brides. Despite all these connections, we didn’t know each other until the day of this shoot! How crazy is that?!

Lauren and Vincent have known each other since high school. After Lauren’s family bought a property next to Vincent’s family’s bay house, the two became fast friends. Soon after they started dating and have been together ever since. They both have such kind and gentle personalities, the kind that make you feel like you’ve known them forever. I love that they selected Bayfront Park in Daphne, Ala. for their engagement session. The bay is so special to them and they love taking walks together through this park.

If I could give only one piece of advice about engagement sessions, it would be to pick a location that is special to you, or makes you so happy that you’ll love spending the time in that place taking portraits. I loved that Lauren pointed out all their favorite spots as we walked along the paths at this park. I had been to this park many times before, but Lauren and Vincent showed me spots I’d never visited before that I absolutely loved! It was inspiring!

The forecast predicted rain the day of this session, but to my surprise, the sun actually came out for part of the time. We ended up having a bit of light left at the end of the shoot, so I asked Lauren and Vincent if they were game for going to a random spot I’d been wanting to shoot at for a while. I am so thankful for clients that trust me and are game for trying out ideas like this one! We stopped at the location I’d spotted and, oh my stars, it was amazing!!! I was already so pumped about the photos we’d taken at the park, so I was over the top excited that this spot turned out to be just what I envisioned!

Thank you Lauren and Vincent for such an amazing session! I can’t wait to celebrate wedding day with you!

I couldn’t get over how blue Lauren’s eyes are! So gorgeous!

Lauren loves the outdoors and greenery. I really had high hopes for this spot and it exceeded what I envisioned in my mind! Photographers definitely see locations differently than most people. To the average person this definitely does not look like an ideal portrait location, but to me it was amazing!!!

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Lauren + Vincent | Engaged

2019

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I love meeting and working with new families! When Allison contacted me for a portrait session for her family, I literally had one date left on my calendar for fall portrait sessions. One date. With her oldest son away at college and her other two sons busy with multiple school activities, combined with Allison and her husband having busy schedules, it was not easy for her to find a date where everyone in her family was available for a portrait session. Luckily, the stars aligned and the only date I had open worked for the whole family. We marked the date on our respective calendars and I prayed that we would not get rained out because rescheduling would be tricky.

January 3, 2017

Bayside Family Portraits | Daphne, AL

I love meeting and working with new families! When Allison contacted me for a portrait session for her family, I literally had one date left on my calendar for fall portrait sessions. One date. With her oldest son away at college and her other two sons busy with multiple school activities, combined with Allison and her husband having busy schedules, it was not easy for her to find a date where everyone in her family was available for a portrait session. Luckily, the stars aligned and the only date I had open worked for the whole family. We marked the date on our respective calendars and I prayed that we would not get rained out because rescheduling would be tricky.

We decided to shoot at Bayfront Park in Daphne because of the close proximity to work and after school activities. I have loved the weddings I’ve done at the park, so I thought it would be a perfect location for a portrait session. I arrived a little early to give myself time to explore some new areas I hadn’t shot in before and I’m so glad I did. I made friends with a nice lady, Cindy, who was walking the boardwalk area for exercise and I asked her about the trail. She not only told me about a great spot for pictures, she also walked me down to where the area was to make sure I knew which turn to take on the trail! I am still so thankful to her for going out of her way for someone she didn’t even know!

I was so glad the Hixson family was up for a little walk to get to the spot Cindy showed me. The spot was a hidden beach area just off the path that is covered with trees. It was so peaceful by the water and the beach setting really gave that coastal Christmas feel to the portraits that Allison was wanting for her Christmas card photos. I also loved that the beach area was so close to an area with trees because it allowed for two totally different backgrounds at the same location. We shot the first half of the session in the boardwalk area while the sun was still higher in the sky and the second half on the beach at sunset when the light was lower in the sky and softer. I think this might be a new favorite location for me! Enjoy this preview of the Hixson family’s session!

Now is the time to contact me for spring portrait sessions! Dates will go FAST!

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Hixson Family

Portraits

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She Said Yes! I’m celebrating the end of the year with a look back on some of my favorite engagement portraits from 2019! It’s so hard to believe how fast this year flew by. When I look back on these sessions I feel like we were just doing most of these photos last week! Some […]

December 27, 2019

She Said Yes!

I’m celebrating the end of the year with a look back on some of my favorite engagement portraits from 2019! It’s so hard to believe how fast this year flew by. When I look back on these sessions I feel like we were just doing most of these photos last week! Some of these couples were married this year and some are 2020 couples! They are all so special to me and I am so thankful to have worked with each of them this year!

When I leave a shoot, I always have a ton of favorite images I’m excited to share. But, over time, there are often certain images that stand out in my mind when I think about a couple and their session. I can usually remember these without even having to look back through the pictures. These are the photos that are often sneak peeks, blog post header images, or those that I just can’t hold myself back from sharing multiple times in my Instagram feed. These are the portraits that make my heart sing!

If I wasn’t careful, this post could be massive! To keep myself from going overboard, I restricted myself to choosing just one portrait per session. Talk about the hardest task ever!!! A massive thank you to all these couples for such a fun and JOYFUL year! To see more from each couple’s session, click on their names under their portrait!

Sharon + Brandon

Mackenzie + Christopher

Lauren + Vincent

Katherine + Phillip

Ginny + Michael

KayLyn + Sudduth

Jill + Cooper

Marlye + Peyton

Libby + Hunter

Cassidy + Noah

Tully + Drew

Sally + Travis

Annie + Christopher

Mila + Tyler

Catherine + Thomas

Elizabeth + Jeff

Resi + Jacob

Ann + Joseph

Michelle + David

Julie + TJ

Anna + Michael

Brooke + Geoffrey

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Best of Engagements 2019

2019

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I'm Elizabeth Gelineau, a photographer, dreamer, and accidental entrepreneur. Based in my hometown of Mobile, Ala., I photograph portraits, weddings and events on both sides of Mobile Bay. Grab a cup of coffee (or other beverage of your choice) and enjoy browsing around. I'm so glad you stopped by!

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