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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 Downtown Mobile Engagement I frequently get two questions before engagement sessions. The first is usually, “what should we wear” and the second is often “can we bring our dog?” I love when couples want to include their pup in their engagement session and if they’re as sweet as Sarah and Wes’ sweet dog, Murphy, […]

January 11, 2020

A Downtown Mobile Engagement

I frequently get two questions before engagement sessions. The first is usually, “what should we wear” and the second is often “can we bring our dog?” I love when couples want to include their pup in their engagement session and if they’re as sweet as Sarah and Wes’ sweet dog, Murphy, they’re definitely welcome!

Sarah, Wes and I met up at Washington Square park in the Oakleigh district for the first half of their session. This park is one of my absolute favorites because of the beautiful oak trees. It’s also typically a quieter park. On this day, we had the place mostly to ourselves! Sarah and I had previously met at her consultation, but this was my first time to meet Wes. I quickly learned that he is just as low key and down to earth as Sarah.

These two are planning a July downtown Mobile wedding. Like my sister, Sarah chose The Steeple for her reception. I love this venue and I’m excited that I’ll be there several times this year! To incorporate a bit of a city vibe into the second half of their session, I suggested we head downtown after Sarah and Wes changed into their dressier outfit. They were actually attending a wedding in downtown Mobile at the Cathedral this same evening. All they had to do at the end of the shoot was grab dinner before heading to the church!

For our second location, I chose the courthouse building for it’s beautiful columns, knowing the Cathedral (one of my other favorite locations) would likely be busy with wedding day portraits. I did not know when I picked the location that Wes is a lawyer. Here I am taking a lawyer to a courthouse for engagement photos! It was totally a coincidence, but we agreed it worked perfectly! Enjoy some of my favorites from my first engagement session of the new year!

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Sarah + Wes | Engaged

2020

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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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A Gulf Shores Engagement When I first started photographing weddings I did not realize what an important role engagement sessions play in the wedding day experience. I photographed several weddings where I met the groom for the first time on the wedding day. While we still got great portraits on those wedding days, I slowly […]

December 23, 2019

A Gulf Shores Engagement

When I first started photographing weddings I did not realize what an important role engagement sessions play in the wedding day experience. I photographed several weddings where I met the groom for the first time on the wedding day. While we still got great portraits on those wedding days, I slowly started to realize that the engagement session actually plays a vital role and needed to be part of every couple’s wedding experience. This is why I now gift an engagement session to every single couple who books their wedding with me!

How can the engagement session affect wedding day? It’s the warm-up, the practice round, the time where you can get used to being in front of the camera. Come wedding day you’ll be all warmed up and will know what to expect. Muscle memory is not just a thing with sports. It works with portrait posing too! Photography is a creative endeavor, so there is definitely a minimum amount of time needed to create amazing bride and groom portraits, but the engagement session means we can work at a slightly quicker pace because the poses come more naturally. On a day where every single second counts, that is definitely a bonus!

Julie and TJ live in Texas, so we had a bit of trouble aligning our schedules for their engagement session. In the end, we decided that it made the most sense to do them during wedding week. Two days before the wedding I met up with these two at the beach for this session. We were able to shoot at the same house where the wedding was held, which was amazing! I loved getting to meet their families and some of their friends ahead of the big day too! Enjoy some of my favorites from their session!

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Julie + TJ | Engaged

2019

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A Downtown Mobile Engagement I stepped out of the car and into the fierce wind that was whipping through downtown Mobile. My hair immediately swirled in front of my face and I struggled to contain it into a neat ponytail. The chill in the air seemed to have arrived so suddenly. Wasn’t it in the […]

December 20, 2019

A Downtown Mobile Engagement

I stepped out of the car and into the fierce wind that was whipping through downtown Mobile. My hair immediately swirled in front of my face and I struggled to contain it into a neat ponytail. The chill in the air seemed to have arrived so suddenly. Wasn’t it in the 70s just the day or so before? I always say that our weather can turn on a dime and it’s so true!

Doing a portrait session on a windy day reminds me of what it’s like to play a windy tennis match. It’s definitely trickier than an average shoot because you have to figure out how to work with the wind. If you try to fight it, you’ll lose every single time. Normally I select a spot first for lighting and second for location. On windy days, I select for lighting, wind and then location. It’s all about figuring out which way blows the hair away from the face!

So there I was standing in Bienville Square waiting for Resi and Jacob to arrive and trying to think about what spots would be buffered on such a blustery day. I had a few in mind and, thankfully, Resi and Jacob are the most laid back couple so they were game for following me to spots that I knew would give us a reprieve from the wind gusts. To get to those spots we had to walk through several windy areas though! These two were total troopers the whole time! I was so glad that they agreed with me that a cool wind was better than a hot, humid day!

This session marks my last engagement shoot of 2019 and it was a great one to end on! Resi and Jacob, thank you so much for choosing me to be your wedding photographer! I know we’re going to have so much fun on wedding day this spring!

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Resi + Jacob | Engaged

2019

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A Spring Hill College Engagement Tully and Drew are such a cheerful couple! At their consult we discovered we have many mutual acquaintances, so I left the meeting feeling like we’d been friends forever. Tully and Drew have known each other since their high school days, but didn’t start dating until their paths crossed again […]

December 13, 2019

A Spring Hill College Engagement

Tully and Drew are such a cheerful couple! At their consult we discovered we have many mutual acquaintances, so I left the meeting feeling like we’d been friends forever. Tully and Drew have known each other since their high school days, but didn’t start dating until their paths crossed again at a class reunion. How sweet is that?!

This Saturday Tully and Drew will say their “I Dos” at St. Joseph’s Chapel at Spring Hill College. This Catholic church is one of my favorites in Mobile and, as a Spring Hill alum, the campus is one of my favorite places to shoot! Tully suggested Spring Hill as the location for their engagement session and I realized when she did that it had been a while since my last engagement session on campus. The weather wasn’t great the day of the shoot, but these two were totally game for keeping our plans even though it was drizzling for a lot of the session. Thanks to the porches on campus it all worked out beautifully!

I love that Drew has an inside view to the wedding industry. In the past, he has worked for a wedding venue and a rental company. It was fun to pick his brain about the side of weddings that photographers rarely see. Since we’re always with the bride and groom we don’t always see the behind the scenes of what brings the day together. There are so many people who work hard behind the scenes to make everything perfect for a bride and groom on wedding day! It really is amazing how many moving parts there are to the puzzle that is a wedding day!

Enjoy my favorites from Tully and Drew’s fall engagement session and stay tuned for their wedding day blog post next week!

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Tully + Drew | Engaged

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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