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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 Bragg-Mitchell Mansion Wedding Bailey and Tony had perfect weather for their engagement session! At the end of that shoot Bailey said, “I just hope it’s like this on our wedding day!” Well, their day arrived and not only was I excited to shoot at one of my favorite Mobile, Alabama wedding venues, I was […]

March 4, 2020

A Bragg-Mitchell Mansion Wedding

Bailey and Tony had perfect weather for their engagement session! At the end of that shoot Bailey said, “I just hope it’s like this on our wedding day!” Well, their day arrived and not only was I excited to shoot at one of my favorite Mobile, Alabama wedding venues, I was also excited because the weather was indeed perfect. Bailey got her wedding wish! On top of the perfect weather, the azaleas were beginning to bloom at The Bragg-Mitchell Mansion! It was a spring wedding dream!

This day was full of so many sweet moments! There’s no way I could pick just one favorite. Bailey’s first look with her dad had everyone in tears, her grandmother seeing her for the first time in her dress had us all reaching for the tissues again, and a musical tribute from friends was a highlight of the reception. Bailey’s dad said that he knew Tony was special from the first time he met him. He could tell his daughter had found her soul mate, even though she was still a teenager at the time. I love high school sweetheart love stories, don’t you?! As Bailey’s dad shared in his toast, it’s a rare thing to find “the one” at such a young age and that in itself is something to be treasured and celebrated!

Bailey and Tony did not see each other before the ceremony. I love that he was so excited to see her that he turned around to get the first glimpse of his beautiful bride the minute the doors were opened! It was such a sweet moment!

Timing the Ceremony with Sunset

When couples choose to not share a First Look, I always recommend checking the sunset time for your wedding date. It’s so important to leave enough daylight after the ceremony for natural light portraits! Bailey and Tony perfectly timed their ceremony to give us ample time for portraits afterwards. If you’re trying to figure out what time to set your own ceremony, Google the sunset time for your date and location. Then, allot a minimum of two hours between the end of your ceremony and sunset.

Many people think an hour of light is enough time, but many things can eat away time. Keep in mind whether or not your location is heavily shaded, how many portraits you’ll be taking with bridal party and family afterwards, as well as the chances of your ceremony running longer than planned. All of these factors can affect how much daylight you’ll need! Additionally, if it’s a heavily overcast day, the light will fade earlier than the official sunset time.

Bailey and Tony, thank you for being such a dream to work with! It was such a joy to capture these moments for you!

I love mother-daughter moments on wedding days! This one is going down as one of my all-time favorites!

This daddy-daughter First Look had everyone in tears!

I love this moment between Bailey, her daddy and her younger sister!

The moment Bailey’s grandmother saw her in her gown had us all reaching for tissues yet again! Definitely one of my favorite moments of the day!

My favorite portrait of the day! Thank you to my assistant, Alexis, for an amazing veil toss!

I just can’t get enough of the light in this spot during Golden Hour!

 

VENDORS

Second Photographer | Evan Davis

Photographer’s Assistant | Alexis Williams

Coordinator | Ginny McElhaney-Simmons

Venue | Bragg-Mitchell Mansion

Catering | Naman’s Catering

Florist | James Overstreet, Flowers by James

Cake | Publix

Hair Stylist | Sara, Studio 36

Makeup Artist | Sara, Studio 36

DJ | Aaron Ludlam, DJs by the Bay

Rentals | Mobile Popcorn

Bride’s Gown | Simply Elegant

Bridesmaid Dresses | David’s Bridal

Groom + Groomsmen Attire | Men’s Wearhouse

Invitations | Designed by the Bride, Bailey Parrish

Ceremony Musician | Hailey Thornton

 

 

 

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Bailey + Tony | Married

2020

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A Guide for Expecting Moms I am a wedding photographer, but when I got started in this business I thought I wanted to focus my business on newborn photography. I mean, who wouldn’t love capturing little bundles of joy during their first few weeks of life?! In those early days of my business, I studied […]

March 2, 2020

A Guide for Expecting Moms

I am a wedding photographer, but when I got started in this business I thought I wanted to focus my business on newborn photography. I mean, who wouldn’t love capturing little bundles of joy during their first few weeks of life?!

In those early days of my business, I studied newborn photography like crazy and practiced setups with a baby doll. I even paid for a newborn posing workshop and read everything I could about newborns. Some of my first client sessions were for newborn portraits.

I was never going to photograph weddings. People asked me to, but I always said no. Oh the irony!

I stumbled into wedding photography by accident via taking engagement portraits for my cousin. That stumble changed the course of my business path. I now refer out almost all the newborn session inquiries I receive, but I’ve started to realize that many moms-to-be need a guide for what’s even out there when it comes to newborn portraits. It’s a whole other world of photography!

This post is the first of a three-part series that will introduce you to two of my friends who are amazing newborn photographers in Mobile, Alabama and will explain the differences between the various styles of newborn photography. If you’re a mom-to-be, this post is for you!

 

Meet Danielle Parker + Hannah Stinson

Danielle Parker and Hannah Stinson are two amazing newborn photographers who are based in Mobile, Alabama. I’ve been friends with Danielle since high school and have followed Hannah’s work for years. We’ve all been on our photography business journeys for about the same amount of time.

When I’m asked for recommendations for newborn photographers, these ladies are at the top of my list. I was super excited when they both agreed to share their expertise (and some of their beautiful images!) for this series on newborn photography. I’ll share more about each of their specialties in two upcoming posts. For now, here is a little background on each of them. Danielle’s and Hannah’s images are watermarked so that you know which images belong to each of these talented ladies!

Danielle says she’s had a love of and appreciation for photography as long as she can remember, but her journey to newborn photography began with the birth of her twins nine years ago. After battling infertility for quite some time, Danielle feared she would never become a mother. When it finally happened, she wanted to document every step, every phase, EVERYTHING about her babies. That’s when she knew she’d found her calling.

She says, “My struggles with infertility gave me a greater appreciation for new life and just how fleeting those early moments are. I feel blessed to capture the uniquely beautiful details of this brief and special time for others before the chance is gone.”

Hannah has also had a love of photography as long as she can remember. She was born and raised in Auburn, AL and moved to Mobile after graduating from college and marrying her best friend. Hannah has been in the photography business for nearly eight years.

She says, “I knew from the very beginning of this journey that I wanted to specialize in children and family portraiture with an emphasis on newborns. I have two boys of my own and being able to look back on pictures I’ve taken of those little chubby cheeks and baby teeth smiles is one of my greatest joys. The ability to extend that to others is truly the reason why I love my job so much!”

Types of Newborn Sessions

Did you know there are several types of sessions that fall under the category of newborn photography? These most commonly include birth photography, Fresh 48 sessions, in-home sessions and studio sessions. There is also a distinction between “posed” newborn photography and “lifestyle” newborn photography. Confused? Don’t worry, I’m breaking down each of the options below.

Birth Photography

 

Birth photography is definitely not for the faint of heart. A birth session is best scheduled during your second trimester. The photographer will put your due date on their calendar and will essentially be “on call” for when you go into labor. They are there to document all the candid moments in the delivery room from the intensity of labor, to the excitement and raw emotions, as well as the moment your little one takes his or her first breath. Danielle says a birth session might be for you if you want to document the big moments, deep emotions, and small details that tell one of your greatest love stories. This way, she says, “you’ll forever have a reminder of what you’re bound to forget.”

Fresh 48 Sessions

 

A Fresh 48 Session takes place while you’re still in the hospital. These sessions really capture the newness of your little one and preserve those memories of those first couple of days as new parents. These sessions also need to be booked as in advance as possible, usually around the start of the second trimester because your photographer will essentially be “on call” to work your session in within that 48 hour window of time between when you give birth and when you head home from the hospital. Danielle says a Fresh 48 session might be for you if you want to relive the experience of those first few days with your sweet baby – the moments filled with awe, delight, and love for your tiny little miracle.

Studio Newborn Sessions

 

Studio newborn sessions take place in a studio. Typically, they include posed portraits of your newborn, as well as portraits of the family together (parents and siblings). How do you pose a newborn? Is normally the first question I hear from moms-to-be when discussing newborn photography and the option of posed versus unposed. If you’re wanting to go to a studio, then you likely want posed newborn portraits.

Photographers who specialize in newborn photography are incredibly talented and patient when it comes to settling your little one into a pose. Sit back and watch while they work their magic and I promise you’ll be amazed. A studio will typically have various props, backgrounds and wraps on hand for the session. Meaning you need to bring very little with you to the shoot. Hannah says a studio session might be for you if you’re looking for a stress-free environment to deliver perfectly posed professional portraits of your newest addition!

In-Home Newborn Sessions

 

For in-home newborn sessions, the photographer comes to your home to take your newborn portraits. A variety of styles are possible for in-home sessions. Some newborn photographers offer both posed and lifestyle portraits in the same session, while others may specialize in just one or the other. If you prefer carefully posed newborn portraits, then it’s important to choose a photographer skilled in this style. For posed in-home sessions, the photographer will often bring any necessary props, backgrounds and wraps with them.

Lifestyle newborn sessions are another style of newborn photography that can take place in the home. These sessions are often less focused on posed portraits of your newborn and more focused on photographs of the family interacting with the new baby. Danielle says an in-home newborn session might be for you if you’d rather not have the hassle of leaving your home. It’s also for anyone who feels more comfortable and relaxed in their own surroundings and/or wants to incorporate their home into their session.

When to Schedule Your Session

Danielle and Hannah both agree the earlier you can schedule your newborn session, the better. Because newborn photographers are penciling you in on their calendar based on your due date, they can only take so many sessions within a given timeframe.

The start of your second trimester is the best time to reach out to a newborn photographer. If you’re already closer to your due date than that, or have already given birth, don’t panic that you’ve missed out. Hannah and Danielle both have been known to work in last minute bookings depending on the time of year and their current calendar load.

Next week we’ll be taking a closer look at Danielle Parker Photography and learning a little more about the in-home session experience.

 

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Newborn Photography | Part 1

2020

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A Bellingrath Gardens Engagement I have loved Bellingrath Gardens for as long as I can remember. I’ve been there several times, in all different seasons. If you’ve only been to this gorgeous place for the Magic Christmas in Lights, then you’re definitely missing out! There is so much to see during the daytime! I’ve long […]

February 19, 2020

A Bellingrath Gardens Engagement

I have loved Bellingrath Gardens for as long as I can remember. I’ve been there several times, in all different seasons. If you’ve only been to this gorgeous place for the Magic Christmas in Lights, then you’re definitely missing out! There is so much to see during the daytime!

I’ve long wanted to photograph an engagement session at Bellingrath Gardens. When Ashley said that’s where she and Ryan wanted to go for their session, I did a happy dance. Then I prayed for good weather! Ashley and Ryan live in Texas, so we planned their session for a weekend when they’d be here to take care of a lot of other wedding business. Mobile is known to be a rainy season, but this winter has seemed especially wet. As the date for the session drew near, the forecast didn’t look promising.

Luckily, there was one day of good weather forecasted during the time Ashley and Ryan would be in town and somehow it worked with all our schedules for us to push the session back by one day. Talk about the best decision EVER! Not only did moving the session by a day give us rain free skies, it also gave us some dreamy golden light!

Ashley worked at Bellingrath for 10 years, so she had many favorite places on property. She and I both love the Japanese Gardens, so it was a must-stop on our list. I really hoped the Japanese Magnolias would still be in bloom the day of our shoot and they were! It was such a dream! I was a bit sad when the sun set and all the light was gone because I just didn’t want this session to end!

A Quebec City Proposal

I can’t introduce you to Ashley and Ryan without sharing their incredibly amazing proposal story! I ask all my couples to share their proposal story with me because I truly love hearing those stories. Often I’ll hear the story from the bride’s perspective, but it’s extra fun when I get to hear the groom’s version of the story as well!

Ashley’s mother’s family is from Quebec, Canada. She and Ryan planned a trip to the city along with her parents. It was going to be the first time for Ryan to meet Ashley’s grandfather. Ashley says they were walking around the Old Town of Quebec when she noticed her mom and Ryan acting a bit strange. She just couldn’t figure out what was going on! Ashley wasn’t thinking a proposal was about to happen. In her mind, they were just sight seeing and she was perplexed at why her grandparents were bothering to see a place they’d been to countless times before.

Ryan had selected Chateau Frontenac for the proposal location the day prior when they had been touring the city. Ashley’s mom had arranged a day of sight seeing so that Ryan could choose the perfect place for his proposal. Ryan says Ashley loves surprises, so he knew from the beginning that he didn’t want her to suspect anything. In fact, he found the perfect ring only two weeks before the Canada trip!

When they arrived at the overlook at Chateau Frontenac, Ryan took Ashley aside, got down on one knee, and asked her to be his wife. Ryan remembers hearing gasps from the crowd of tourists who were watching their magical moment. Everyone cheered as soon as Ashley said yes! She was one hundred percent surprised!

 

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Ashley + Ryan | Engaged

2020

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A Mobile, Alabama Bridal Portrait Bridal portrait sessions are such a beautiful Southern tradition. I love that they give the bride the opportunity to wear the dress ahead of wedding day. You spend all that time searching for the perfect one. Why not wear it as much as possible, right?! I also love that bridal […]

February 18, 2020

A Mobile, Alabama Bridal Portrait

Bridal portrait sessions are such a beautiful Southern tradition. I love that they give the bride the opportunity to wear the dress ahead of wedding day. You spend all that time searching for the perfect one. Why not wear it as much as possible, right?! I also love that bridal sessions let me spend time getting to know my brides even better ahead of wedding day. Normally, I’ve already worked with them and their groom on their engagement session. But, in Annie’s case, this was her first time in front of my camera.

Annie was living and working in Texas ahead of her wedding day. Christopher was stationed in Oklahoma. His military schedule, combined with her work schedule, added to a busy schedule of events leading up to their December wedding, meant that it was tricky scheduling sessions. Ultimately, it worked out that we did the bridal session before their engagement session and I have to say that reversing the typical order was pretty fun!

I love when I have the opportunity to photograph bridal sessions on private property. It’s especially helpful when that same location will be part of the wedding day. Annie’s childhood home was perfect place for this portrait session. It adds an extra layer of sentiment to the portraits, which I love. I also love that this home has a lot of natural light. The house is framed around a courtyard, and the floor to ceiling windows provided us with a lot of soft natural light for these portraits.

After spending part of the session inside, we headed to the front lawn for some outdoor portraits during Golden Hour. This is the time of day when the sun is getting close to setting, which means the light is softer and slightly diffused from the tree line. I LOVE shooting during this time of day! Capturing the “Golden Hour Glow” in portraits gets me so excited every single time! Enjoy this look at some of my favorites from Annie’s session!

One of my favorite portraits from the session!

Click here to see Annie and Christopher’s wedding post!

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Annie | Bridal Portraits

2020

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A Washington Square Maternity Session I remember the day I met Rachel and Alex as if it were yesterday. We sat outside the now closed Cream & Sugar cafe in the Oakleigh District, a place we all loved. The conversation flowed easily. I loved their vision for their wedding day, an intimate ceremony followed by […]

February 13, 2020

A Washington Square Maternity Session

I remember the day I met Rachel and Alex as if it were yesterday. We sat outside the now closed Cream & Sugar cafe in the Oakleigh District, a place we all loved. The conversation flowed easily. I loved their vision for their wedding day, an intimate ceremony followed by a reception with family and friends. Working with them was like working with friends. How is it that we didn’t know each other already? As much as I love creating beautiful portraits, it’s ultimately good people, their stories and their families that make me love my job so much.

A few months ago I watched a video Rachel shared on Facebook. In the video, she and Alex were announcing the happy news that they were expecting to Rachel’s mom. I LOVE baby announcement videos, but this one had a twist. Rachel and Alex are expecting not one, but two babies! TWINS are on the way! I sat with tears in my eyes and a huge smile on my face as I watched Rachel’s mom’s reaction. Their joy was contagious!

Needless to say, I was delighted when Rachel reached out to me for a maternity session! It is such a privilege to work with the same clients over multiple seasons of their lives. It was also really fun to just spend time visiting with these two, who share my love of local restaurants, historic homes and Golden Hour light! Enjoy this look at some of my favorites from their session!

I think we can all agree that Rachel selected the perfect dress for this session!

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Rachel + Alex | Maternity Portraits

2020

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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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