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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 University of South Alabama Engagement Last March I photographed five weddings in addition to a dozen other sessions. I also met several of my 2020 brides for the first time during this month in 2019. I’ve spent most of this March like almost everyone else in the world, watching the continuous coverage of the […]

March 26, 2020

A University of South Alabama Engagement

Last March I photographed five weddings in addition to a dozen other sessions. I also met several of my 2020 brides for the first time during this month in 2019. I’ve spent most of this March like almost everyone else in the world, watching the continuous coverage of the coronavirus pandemic and wondering when we will see life return back to normal.

It seems so bizarre that just two weeks ago I headed to photograph an event in the early afternoon. I had no idea how fast things would change in a 24-hour period of time. Suddenly, almost all of my shoots for the month were cancelled, especially those that were for events and/or commercial clients. Some of my spring brides have already had to make the difficult decision to postpone their weddings, while others hold their breath to see if we will get good news in time enough for them to keep their plans. My heart breaks for them and, like them, I hold out hope that this won’t go on as long as everyone predicts.

One of the hardest things about social distancing and this whole coronavirus situation, has been the suspension of church services. Thank goodness we live in an age where live-streaming of Mass is an option, but it’s definitely not the same. For the past 14 years I’ve been volunteering to serve coffee after 9am Mass at church. I’ve met so many of my fellow parishioners just because I poured them a cup of coffee and wished them a happy Sunday. This is how I first met Bailey’s grandparents. After seeing them for several Sundays in a row, we found our paths crossing at the State Championship game for Alabama high school football. During the pregame festivities we recognized each other from church. Since that time, Vernon and Mary Ann have become two of my favorite people!

Coincidentally, my mom knew Vernon and Mary Ann’s daughter, Deena, from the gym she was a member of years ago. It truly is such a small world, especially in Mobile! Fast forward a few months and my mom ends up being in one of Deena’s exercise classes. One day, at the beginning of class, Deena shared that her daughter had gotten engaged. Soon after that, I sat down with Bailey and her mom to chat all things wedding!

It turns out that Bailey has very similar taste to my own sister, choosing the same ceremony and reception venues! I was so happy that Bailey and Dave were keen to go forward with their engagement session as planned. I truly love what I do and just getting back out with a camera in my hand was a good feeling! We did practice social distancing during this shoot. Since I prefer using lenses with longer focal lengths, this wasn’t a problem at all. I just missed out on getting to hug my clients…so I just gave a big wave instead.

We pretty much had the university to ourselves the day of this shoot, minus a few people who passed by while on a run or walk. It was a bit strange to see the campus so deserted, but it definitely worked in our favor! Enjoy my favorites from this sweet spring session and I hope you’re all hanging in there during these crazy times!

 

 

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Bailey + Dave | Engaged

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 Spring Hill College Engagement Tony planned to propose to Bailey on the Avenue of the Oaks at Spring Hill College. This oak-tree-lined road is special to all Spring Hill College graduates. I remember marking both the beginning and ending of my college career under it’s shady canopy. Many couples have become engaged at this […]

February 11, 2020

A Spring Hill College Engagement

Tony planned to propose to Bailey on the Avenue of the Oaks at Spring Hill College. This oak-tree-lined road is special to all Spring Hill College graduates. I remember marking both the beginning and ending of my college career under it’s shady canopy. Many couples have become engaged at this very spot, but when the ring wasn’t ready on time, Tony had to rethink his proposal plan.

Luckily Bailey’s mom planned a family photoshoot for December and Tony decided it would be the perfect time to surprise Bailey. I love that the whole family was in on the surprise! Midway through their family portrait session, the photographer asked Bailey to look out to the water. A few seconds later she instructed Bailey to look back at Tony. Bailey was so surprised to see him down on one knee holding a ring. She burst into tears of happiness! I’d say the backup proposal plan worked out perfectly!

Bailey has such a vibrant personality and I love that she is so enthusiastic about photography! She has a background in art and graphic design, which means she totally gets me geeking out over gorgeous light and beautiful scenery. Tony is laid back and easy going. Not many guys would drive all the way from Nashville to Mobile and look forward to a portrait session, but Tony did. I love that he and Bailey were equally excited for their session!

These two are recent graduates from Spring Hill, so we kept running into people they knew the whole session. “Hey, I know them!” I heard someone call out across the lawn in front of St. Joseph’s Chapel. Bailey and Tony smiled and waved to the group of students as they walked by. I told them I felt like I was photographing celebrities. Haha!

Blooms are Worth the Wait

Spring Hill College is a favorite portrait location for many people in Mobile. There are always a lot of photography sessions on campus when the weather is nice. This day was no exception! I spotted this Japanese Magnolia tree when I pulled into the parking lot and knew I wanted to use it for some of Bailey and Tony’s portraits. It looked soooo dreamy in the Golden Hour light!

Since campus was crowded with photographers, we had to wait our turn to shoot under the blooms. Seriously, no photographer could come across this spot and not want to use it! I’m happy to say the wait was totally worth it! I’m so thankful that Bailey and Tony trusted that this spot would be amazing enough to wait for!

Seeing so many photographers in one spot reminds me of stories I’ve read about Cherry Blossom season in Washington, D.C., where there will be photography sessions going on at every single tree that lines the Potomac. Can you imagine?!

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Bailey + Tony | Engaged

2020

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A Downtown Mobile Engagement Katie and Kendrick met at Texas A&M University. After graduation they decided to move a few states over to settle in Mobile, Alabama. Katie says they hardly knew anyone when they first moved here, but hosting a block party introduced them to all their neighbors. Two years later, they are loving […]

February 4, 2020

A Downtown Mobile Engagement

Katie and Kendrick met at Texas A&M University. After graduation they decided to move a few states over to settle in Mobile, Alabama. Katie says they hardly knew anyone when they first moved here, but hosting a block party introduced them to all their neighbors. Two years later, they are loving life in our port city and are planning their wedding for this fall. I love that they wanted to do their portrait session in downtown Mobile. It felt like such a celebration of them adopting this place as their new home.

I am always finding new portrait locations in downtown Mobile and this session led us to discovering some hidden gems! I always find it to be a good idea to take a different route to a favorite location because this is how I find inspiration. I’m lucky that I have so many clients who are willing to trust me in exploring! When we first met downtown, Katie remarked that she loves the old iron fencing that is in front of many buildings in the historic district. As I looked across the street to where she was pointing, I decided to abandon my initial “shoot plan” and head towards the lovely building across the street from where we parked.

The next thing I knew, some golden light caught my attention. I asked Katie and Kendrick if they were up for a walk. To my delight, they happily agreed! As we meandered down the sidewalk, my mind suddenly went into overdrive. There were so many amazing portrait locations all within one block! Such. A. Dream! Katie got just as excited about the discovery as I did, which I absolutely loved.

After we finished exploring downtown, we hopped in the car and headed to Washington Square. Katie wanted to showcase her Texas roots in her portraits, so she donned a pair of cowgirl boots with her second outfit, which worked perfectly with the natural setting at the park. Once again, I used up every once of light. I can’t wait to work with these two again in October! Enjoy some of my favorites from their engagement session!

This spot was a dream! I could have stayed here the whole session!

One of my favorites from the entire session! Just look at that dreamy light!!!

Hair & Makeup by Tanja Warren

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Katie + Kendrick | Engaged

2020

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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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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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