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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 Spring Hill College Family Session Things are far from back to normal around here, but after so much time of staying home, I’m thankful for the normalcy of a portrait session! I still think it’s important to be vigilant when it comes to the coronavirus pandemic and practice social distancing is definitely top of […]

May 18, 2020

A Spring Hill College Family Session

Things are far from back to normal around here, but after so much time of staying home, I’m thankful for the normalcy of a portrait session! I still think it’s important to be vigilant when it comes to the coronavirus pandemic and practice social distancing is definitely top of mind for me. However, that is something that can easily be done during an outdoor portrait session. After so much time away from my camera, it has been a joy to get back to photographing my sweet clients!

I always look forward to photographing the Wolf family! They have been clients for the past few years and it has been so fun to see their family grow. The last time they were in front of my camera, their youngest was just a newborn. It is so crazy how fast the last year has flow by! Little Lucy recently celebrated her first birthday, so that meant it was time for an updated family photo. Not only is Lucy walking now, she is fully capable of keeping up with her older siblings. I loved watching her chase after Mary Helen and Gus during the session. She was keeping up and those two are fast!

Mary Helen and Gus seem so grown up since our last shoot together. These two are a bundle of energy and I love their big personalities. They love to play games and taking “silly” pictures is something that they really get excited about. When I showed them one of their “silly” photos on the back of my camera, they squealed with delight. It was the cutest thing ever! They also love talking and told me all about how they love riding their bikes and that they camped out in their backyard one night. “Everything with them is an adventure,” says their mom, Chelsea.

I can hardly believe we’re already headed into the end of May and that the summer season is just around the corner. Yes, things are still far from normal around here, but my love of documenting special moments and preserving memories has not changed! Enjoy!

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Wolf Family

2020

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A Cornerstone Gardens Family Session My friends Debby and Richard moved to Birmingham about a year ago. I was so happy for them to start this new chapter, but I was also a bit sad to see one of my best friends move away from Mobile. Debby is also a photographer and we hit it […]

January 31, 2020

A Cornerstone Gardens Family Session

My friends Debby and Richard moved to Birmingham about a year ago. I was so happy for them to start this new chapter, but I was also a bit sad to see one of my best friends move away from Mobile. Debby is also a photographer and we hit it off from the day we met. It’s been so strange to not be able to call her up for an impromptu coffee chat at Carpe Diem, one of our favorite local coffee shops.

We’re always bouncing ideas off of each other and lending one another an ear when it’s been a challenging day (it’s so important for solo business owners to support each other!). Needless to say, I was excited to catch up with these two when they were in town over the holidays. Taking portraits for someone who is used to being behind the camera is always fun, especially when they have the most adorable pup ever! Elliot is always trying to steal the show!

I’ve loved the other times I’ve been able to shoot at Cornerstone Gardens in Mobile. It was the perfect location for this mini session because it gave us a lot of variety in a quick period of time without having to change actual locations. Debby and Richard were in town for a short time over the holidays so we squeezed this session in just before they headed back to Birmingham. Elliot liked exploring the gardens too. Although, for a minute I was worried he might try to jump in the pond!

Brides to be who are planning a Birmingham area wedding, definitely check out Debby’s site! I know first hand that she’s a fun person to have around on wedding day because she’s second shot weddings with me several times over the past few years. She also took several of the portraits of me that you see on my site! Fun fact, Debby is also a master when it comes to bustling a wedding gown, a skill that I’m still working on. I should probably get her to give me lessons ahead of my sister’s wedding this coming June!

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Cullum Family

2020

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A Longleaf Pine Forest Family Session I adore this sweet family! Joanna has been friends with my sister since high school, her aunt was my first grade teacher, and I photographed her brother’s wedding last October. I was so happy that I still had a slot open on my calendar for a fall session when […]

January 20, 2020

A Longleaf Pine Forest Family Session

I adore this sweet family! Joanna has been friends with my sister since high school, her aunt was my first grade teacher, and I photographed her brother’s wedding last October. I was so happy that I still had a slot open on my calendar for a fall session when she contacted me. It is always extra special when you get the chance to work with family friends!

Fall is the most insane portrait session season. Since we don’t get cooler weather down on the Gulf Coast until closer to mid-October, everyone waits until then to schedule portrait sessions. Add the seasonal influx of family sessions to a full calendar of weddings and editorial shoots and you have what I call insanity season. Insanity season is the reason I’m just now sharing some of my favorites from this adorable family session that I photographed back in November.

It was a bit chilly the day of this session, but sweet little Annie was all smiles. The session coincided with her first birthday and was the first session for the family since Annie’s newborn photos. I just couldn’t get over how happy Annie was the entire shoot! Joanna’s mom and sister joined us for part of the session, which was definitely helpful in getting some great expressions from Annie.

Having help from Joanna’s mom and sister also meant that I could get some mom and dad portraits of Joanna and Heath. I think this is a must for all parents on a family shoot (even though most say they don’t need a portrait without the kids, I always encourage it)! The light was so dreamy! The wedding photographer in me just couldn’t pass up the opportunity for a few couple portraits!

Look at this golden light!!! Such. A. DREAM.

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McGrew Family

2020

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A Lifestyle Newborn Family Session I was in business as a portrait photographer for three years before I ventured into the world of wedding photography. My calendar back then was full of mostly family sessions and a few high school senior shoots here and there. But I was hooked on weddings from that first dip […]

October 31, 2019

A Lifestyle Newborn Family Session

I was in business as a portrait photographer for three years before I ventured into the world of wedding photography. My calendar back then was full of mostly family sessions and a few high school senior shoots here and there. But I was hooked on weddings from that first dip of the toe into the pond and it changed the course of my business.

Today I take on about one family session per month. I know that sounds extremely limited, but each wedding usually has at least one other session paired with it. Whether it’s another date for engagement portraits, a bridal session, or rehearsal dinner coverage, the calendar fills in fast with those shoots. Since I also do commercial and editorial photography, this leaves very little time for family sessions. I love the variety of work I get to shoot, so when I do have a family session make it’s way onto my calendar, it’s a real treat.

My friends Melissa and Christopher reached out with the news they were expecting their third child well ahead of his due date. With Heath, their first son, due to arrive at the end of September, we planned a lifestyle family session for early to mid October. That’s one thing about babies…you never know exactly for sure when they’ll make their appearance. Heath ended up arriving a little ahead of his due date, meaning we did this session closer to three weeks old. He was still in the sleepy stage though so it was perfect timing!

In fact, little Heath slept for most of his session, even when his older sisters were hugging and kissing him. It was the sweetest thing! It seems like yesterday that I was taking his sister’s newborn photos. I can’t believe how fast time flies! It was such a joy to work with this sweet family again. Enjoy my favorites from their shoot!

Already smiling for the camera on cue!

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Introducing Heath

2019

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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

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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