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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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An In-Home Family Portrait Session Some of the happiest times a family will experience together are when babies come into this world. I’m fortunate to live in my hometown, which allows me to be near much of my extended family. This means when it’s time to celebrate the holidays, milestones like graduations, and the arrival […]

August 21, 2019

An In-Home Family Portrait Session

Some of the happiest times a family will experience together are when babies come into this world. I’m fortunate to live in my hometown, which allows me to be near much of my extended family. This means when it’s time to celebrate the holidays, milestones like graduations, and the arrival of new family members, I’m able to document those moments with my camera.

Documenting memories for my own family was how I began my photography journey. Although I don’t take my camera to every single gathering, I almost always have batteries charged and ready to go. The day my newest cousin, Henry, made his entrance into this world, I headed down to the hospital with the rest of my family, camera in tow. There is something so special about gathering to welcome new life into this world. And we had a bit of a wait for Henry!

The wait at the hospital always seems long until that moment comes when you get the news that the baby has arrived. Then, it suddenly seems as if you haven’t been there that long. Everyone gets lost in the excitement of seeing the baby for the first time. With Henry, we were all taken with his cubby cheeks and his head full of hair! It was all we could talk about while I documented the moments of everyone meeting him for the first time.

I don’t often photograph newborns, but I of course fit a lifestyle family session for my sweet cousin into my summer schedule. Thankfully, Henry didn’t arrive during busy wedding season! I love photographing newborn family sessions in the home because that makes them so personal. Henry’s parents put together the sweetest nursery for him! Check out their maternity session post for those details!

I told Alex and Taylor (Henry’s parents and also my cousin and cousin-in-law), not to stress if Henry didn’t sleep well during his session. This is the beauty of lifestyle portraits! They’re less about squishy poses and more about relaxed photos. Well, to my surprise, Henry slept so well through the entire session that we were able to get plenty of family shots and a few lightly posed portraits. I just can’t stop smiling when I look at these photos. Little Henry has certainly brought a lot of joy to his whole family! Enjoy this preview of his first official portrait session!

Close up photo of sleeping newborn face

Alex and Taylor’s first “baby” was their fur baby, Bear. Bear wasn’t at our shoot, but I love this sweet little toy that looks so much like the real-life Bear. I just know that Bear and Henry are going to be besties. I look forward to when Henry is old enough for a portrait with him!

This is Henry just getting comfortable. He was in a deep sleep most of the shoot, but at one point he curled up in this pose on his own and I just loved capturing his expression!

Portrait of newborn baby boy wrapped in a cream swaddle blanket. Close up of newborn baby boy holding stuffed toy dog.

Taylor plans to take monthly photos in this rocker, so we made sure to use it for a few photos.

newborn laying on nursery chair

Henry says this photo thing his hard work! Is there anything sweeter than a newborn yawn?!

Of course I had to grab a photo with Henry at the end of the shoot!

Even after all the photos, he was still fast asleep!

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Introducing Henry

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A Spring Hill College Family Portrait Session It has been a crazy busy summer around here! I took a two week break from blogging to refuel my creative energy after a busy spring/summer wedding season. I love putting together my weekly posts, but it was time to rest and recharge. After a two week break […]

August 14, 2019

A Spring Hill College Family Portrait Session

It has been a crazy busy summer around here! I took a two week break from blogging to refuel my creative energy after a busy spring/summer wedding season. I love putting together my weekly posts, but it was time to rest and recharge.

After a two week break from the blog, I found myself missing the time spent writing. I am excited to get back in the swing of things this week! While all was quiet on the blog, I was out shooting quite a bit. If you’ve followed my stories on Instagram, you’ve seen a sneak peek of what I’ve been up to. If you’ve not been following on social media, I promise to share some posts in the near future about those projects!

Today I’m excited to share a preview of the session I had last week with the Swain family. Roberta initially contacted me for senior portraits for her second eldest daughter, Brooke. When we were emailing about the session, she asked if it was possible to get photos of her other daughters taken at the same time. We ended up settling on a session that was a combo of family portraits, and some solo shots of Brooke to celebrate her high school graduation.

I absolutely adore senior portraits and I especially love photographing close-knit families. This session gave me the opportunity to do both! Once we’d completed all the family photos, I took Brooke aside to focus on some solo portraits of her. Roberta told me before the session that her daughters weren’t super into having their portraits taken, but they were total naturals in front of the camera and I think by the end of our time together they just might like photos a bit more than they did before. 🙂 I had so much fun working with this sweet family and it turns out that we have many mutual acquaintances. It was another small-world Mobile, AL moment!

These four sisters were such a JOY to photograph! They’re beautiful ladies inside and out!

Brooke is only a couple weeks away from heading off to college. As much as I love photographing a senior at the beginning of their senior year of high school, there’s something extra special about doing the photos right before they leave for college. It’s sort of the last hurrah and the anticipation of starting that first semester of college is something you never forget. I could tell Brooke is so excited to begin this new chapter!

View more senior portrait sessions here and more family sessions here!

 

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Swain Family

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A Lifestyle Family Session There were few things my Pop loved more than a good conversation about Alabama football. He was born in Boston, but claimed the South as his home in 1955. That was the year he and my grandmother moved to Mobile. After Mass on Sundays, you could frequently find Pop talking with […]

July 10, 2019

A Lifestyle Family Session

There were few things my Pop loved more than a good conversation about Alabama football. He was born in Boston, but claimed the South as his home in 1955. That was the year he and my grandmother moved to Mobile. After Mass on Sundays, you could frequently find Pop talking with someone about Alabama football and you could often find Johnny Williams in that conversation too.

Mobile is not that small of a city, but it often feels like a small town. I knew Mr. Johnny my whole life and knew his children grew up knowing my parents, aunts and uncles. But I didn’t really get to know the family beyond Mr. Johnny and his sweet wife, Sandra, until I photographed their granddaughter’s wedding a couple years ago. It is such a JOY to get to serve a family that you’ve known for years on such a special day. It’s even more special to get to document another milestone for the same family!

This family session was in celebration of the newest member of the Williams family. Baby John bears his late great-grandfather’s name, carrying it on for another generation. I’m sure he’ll also inherit his great-grandfather’s sense of fun, which his father and grandfather also share.

I loved visiting this family’s beautiful home for this session just a few weeks after John’s arrival! He was only one month old the day of this shoot. This tiny stage is so fleeting! Even though he was only a few weeks old, John was awake for most of the session. He is already so very expressive and I think he’s going to have so much fun keeping up with his big sister as he grows up! Congratulations Williams family and thank you for having me document this special season!

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Williams Family | Introducing John

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A Lifestyle Family Session Whew! This spring wedding season has been the busiest one yet! I’m hitting pause on the wedding marathon (because 8 weddings in a row with only one break weekend is literally a marathon!) to share this sweet lifestyle family session with y’all. When Chelsea contacted me about booking this family session, […]

May 27, 2019

A Lifestyle Family Session

Whew! This spring wedding season has been the busiest one yet! I’m hitting pause on the wedding marathon (because 8 weddings in a row with only one break weekend is literally a marathon!) to share this sweet lifestyle family session with y’all. When Chelsea contacted me about booking this family session, my calendar for May was already pretty full. This booking was literally the second to the last I took on for the month. Y’all, spring is INSANE for photographers!!! Think about it – babies, engagements, weddings, graduations, the beginning of summer – all that happens in May and all of those things tend to involve photography! Some days I open my Inbox and it looks like an explosion happened. I won’t even mention the DMs on social media, or the phone calls. Yes, it’s a happy problem to have, but at times it can give your brain sensory overload.

So I made a promise to myself. I was going to draw a line in the sand and limit the non-wedding/engagement May bookings I took on. It’s the only way that I can serve my clients to the best of my abilities. Loving what you do makes it really, really hard to say no. I’m so glad Chelsea did contact me about this session well in advance because I adore photographing her family! My last session with them was just a year ago and it’s amazing to see how this sweet family has grown in that short period of time. When baby Lucy arrived earlier this month they became a party of five! To say that Lucy’s older siblings are excited about their baby sister is a HUGE understatement. I can tell these siblings are going to be the three musketeers growing up! Mom and dad better watch out, haha!

I don’t photograph family sessions that often these days because my calendar is mostly filled with weddings, editorial and commercial work. This was a nice change of pace and so much fun! I love getting to visit client homes for sessions like this one. I love getting to incorporate a family’s home into their images. It makes the photographs so personal. Fun fact, I remember watching Chelsea renovate this house on the Today’s Homeowner TV show several years ago (Chelsea is one of the co-hosts and also hosts her own web series, Checking in With Chelsea). It was so neat seeing this home in person! I love how she decorated the nursery in light tones. It made the perfect setting for a lot of the photos! Scroll to the bottom of this post for a link to Chelsea’s blog where you can see the full nursery tour!

Y’all, between that new baby smell and those newborn yawns (the cutest thing ever), this session had me smiling the entire time. Prepare yourself for all the sweetness! Meet sweet Lucy.

She’s not too sure about the camera yet. 😉

Big brother, Gus, has figured out how to climb into the baby’s crib…not sure if his parents knew he could do that so quickly prior to this shoot. He was quite proud of himself!

See the full tour of Lucy’s adorable nursery on Chelsea’s blog.

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Introducing Lucy

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A First Birthday Celebration I love working with couples on their wedding days! I also love getting to know my brides during the months before the big day. Houda is one of my former brides who turned into a friend. We’ve stayed in touch since I photographed her wedding a few years ago. I’ve worked […]

February 15, 2019

A First Birthday Celebration

I love working with couples on their wedding days! I also love getting to know my brides during the months before the big day. Houda is one of my former brides who turned into a friend. We’ve stayed in touch since I photographed her wedding a few years ago. I’ve worked with her family several times, including photographing two of her cousin’s weddings! I was so excited for her when she shared the exciting news that she and her husband, Abrar, were expecting little Naia. Last year I photographed her maternity and lifestyle newborn photos, so when she emailed me saying she wanted to mark Naia’s first birthday with some portraits, I was totally game. And, bonus, I got to celebrate with the whole family at Naia’s first birthday party!

This little princess truly was the star of the birthday festivities. Before guests arrived to celebrate with cake and presents, we did a mini family portrait session. We took the portraits at Houda’s parents’ home…in the same spot where we took many portraits on wedding day and their maternity session. It holds a special place in Houda’s heart and I love that sentimentality of returning to this same location for more milestones. I also love the gorgeous window light in this room. Talk about a photographer’s dream!

There is something so special about working with the same clients over and over again. In many ways you start to feel like you’re part of the family. Naia probably won’t remember her first birthday party. Our memories don’t tend to go back that far. But one day she’ll look at these photos and she’ll see just how much love her parents have for her. She’ll see how much JOY she’s brought to their lives. And she’ll laugh at how thoroughly she enjoyed her “cake smash” – the party’s big finale.

During their maternity session, Abrar shared with me an old Arabic saying. The phrase translated into something like this: God loves him most who gave him daughters. I immediately loved that quote and came home to write it in my journal. I couldn’t help but thinking of that beautiful phrase as I took these photos. Naia, you are so loved by your family! Happy First Birthday!

Y’all isn’t she just a doll?! Her daddy certainly knew how to make her giggle!

You know I couldn’t do family portraits without working in a few of just mom and dad! These two are such pros at being photographed by now. I love every chance I have to get them in front of my camera!

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Naia | Turning One

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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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