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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 Texas Sized Surprise We were on the way to ballet class when my mom told me my cousins were moving to Texas. I was about eight years old. Laura was the girl cousin closest to my age and her brother, Chris, was only a few months older than my sister, Katherine. I remember I […]

January 22, 2019

A Texas Sized Surprise

We were on the way to ballet class when my mom told me my cousins were moving to Texas. I was about eight years old. Laura was the girl cousin closest to my age and her brother, Chris, was only a few months older than my sister, Katherine. I remember I immediately started crying. Katherine would say that is because I am the dramatic one, but I know it was because even at that age I knew that I’d miss them so much! We were always doing stuff together and I couldn’t imagine them not being in Mobile. Texas seemed so far away!

After the move we all stayed close. Every time we get together we always have fun and usually a lot of laughs. One year, our extended family traveled to Texas for Thanksgiving. It is still one of my favorite holiday memories! Over all the trips I’ve made to Texas over the years, the one I made last month is definitely my favorite! I was sitting in my office working on some editing the day Laura called with the plan. I knew she wanted to give her parents (my Aunt Shari and Uncle Ike) a portrait session for Christmas, but I had no idea that Uncle Ike had figured out the surprise early. Isn’t it just like dads to guess their presents?!

Laura revealed that Uncle Ike had figured out the surprise and then they both revealed they had an idea to take the surprise to the next level. What if they secretly flew me to Texas so that I could take the portraits? Talk about such an amazingly fun idea?! I was of course DYING to go and do the session for them, but we had one problem. I was in the midst of busy season and booked solid. We also had to plan around Uncle Ike’s travel schedule. He was due to be in California for a month for business. There was literally one week where we could make it happen.

We settled on the dates. Laura booked my plane ticket. Then, between the booking of the plane tickets and the trip, my grandmother passed away. Aunt Shari made many trips to Mobile during those final weeks Granny was in the hospital. I just knew I was going to accidentally say something about the trip. Somehow, we all kept the secret, even when the entire family was together for Granny’s funeral.Ā Aunt Shari suspected nothing.

Finally, December arrived. I was flying into Houston in the early afternoon. Silly me thought that would beat rush hour. But I was thinking in Mobile traffic terms. I had no idea that I was putting us right in the midst of Houston rush hour with my arrival time. Uncle Ike and Lauren, Chris’s girlfriend, picked me up. The plan was for us to get back to the house before Aunt Shari returned home from work. But the traffic derailed those plans. We came up with Plan B. When we pulled onto the street, Uncle Ike let Lauren and me out of the car two houses away from their home. I walked up to the front door and rang the bell, completely forgetting that would cause the dogs to go into all-out protection mode!

Aunt Shari cracked open the front door and I could immediately tell she was surprised! If you want to see the video of her reaction, you can find it on my Facebook page. Y’all, it was just THE BEST! I am SO thankful that Lauren videoed the whole thing! The next day we headed out first thing in the morning to location scout and we found an amazing spot just a few minutes from their neighborhood. We also lucked out with the most perfect weather and beautiful light! I was only in Houston for one full day, so we really needed the weather to be cooperative. Everything fell into place so perfectly! Praise the Lord!

I absolutely LOVED getting to do this portrait session! Of course I had a horrible time trying to narrow down photos for this post because I had too many favorites! I decided that since this was a Texas-sized surprise that I’d do a Texas-sized blog post! Enjoy!

Y’all know I had to work in some couple portraits for Chris and his sweet girlfriend!

I’m obsessed with this one! I love all the giggles!

Laura and Lauren…say that three times fast!

The difference between a photo with your sister…

And a photo with your girlfriend…

Akira is my god-dog. Yes, that’s a thing. She’s always trying to steal the spotlight. šŸ™‚

How sweet is this little gazebo?! Wishing I could have brought this park back to Mobile with me!

Laura is a veterinarian, so the day after the family session we did some portraits of her and her fur-babies for her bio page on the vet clinic website. This trip was my first time to meet Chuck, Laura’s massive German Shepherd. We’re now besties just in case you were wondering.

But Akira will always have my heart! How could you not love this sweet girl?!

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Eickelman Family

Portraits

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A Washington Square Portrait Session Spring wedding season has come to an end. I think it went by faster than ever this year! Photographing weddings is such a joy, but after a season of shooting eight weekends in a row I am happy for a little break. I might be on a short hiatus from […]

June 13, 2018

A Washington Square Portrait Session

Spring wedding season has come to an end. I think it went by faster than ever this year! Photographing weddings is such a joy, but after a season of shooting eight weekends in a row I am happy for a little break. I might be on a short hiatus from weddings for a few weeks, but things are definitely still busy. I’ve been doing some fun commercial projects and magazine shoots that I can’t wait to share more about soon. I’ve also been spending some time in the kitchen. Cooking for fun while I have a less demanding shooting schedule is one of my favorite things to do. I also completely decluttered my desk, which had turned into a mountain of paperwork, wedding huggers (yes, I collect them from weddings I photograph), and sample prints (because I’m a bit OCD about color checking for correct calibration). I spent the whole morning getting my desk back into ship shape and I feel so refreshed!

Today I’m sharing the sweetest family session with y’all! Chelsea’s mom contacted me to arrange gifting this session to her daughter for her birthday. Photographs are seriously the BEST gifts that you can give because they are something that will always be treasured. It’s even more special to give the gift of having professional portraits taken. I loved being in on the birthday surprise!

Chelsea and Brandon have the most adorable and well-behaved children. Gus, who is a little over a year old, started waving at me right as I walked up to meet them in the park. I could tell right away that he was not going to be shy of the camera. Chelsea taught Mary Helen, who is only two, to say my name before the session. She said they practiced saying “Elizabeth” when they would talk about getting photos taken. I was so touched when I heard her little voice saying my name. Elizabeth is not an easy name for little kids!

This session was just pure fun! I can’t look at these images without smiling! Despite the warm weather and the crazy gnats that were swarming in the park, these little ones were happy throughout our entire shoot. Mary Helen loved playing with the sticks and Gus loved watching neighbors walking their dogs. He was also intrigued by the random bird that was visiting the park that afternoon. I love when kids are this age how they are a bit aware of the camera, but they still let their personalities shine without reservation. Enjoy my favorites from this sweet summer time session!

Chelsea is not only a sweet momma of two adorable kiddos and wife to her husband, Brandon. She is also the co-host of Today’s Homeowner with Danny Lipford and host of her own web seriesĀ Checkin’ In with Chelsea! Both shows are full of home improvement tips and DIY projects. I’m always amazed at how they can take jobs that seem intimidating and make them approachable for the average person. You can follow Chelsea on Facebook here!

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Wolf Family

Portraits

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At Home Lifestyle Portraits | Mobile, AL I love getting to work with the same families over and over. The last time I photographed the Hanlon family, little Sarah was inside her mommy’s tummy. I was so excited to get to meet her in person the day I went to their home for this lifestyle […]

March 30, 2018

At Home Lifestyle Portraits | Mobile, AL

I love getting to work with the same families over and over. The last time I photographed the Hanlon family, little Sarah was inside her mommy’s tummy. I was so excited to get to meet her in person the day I went to their home for this lifestyle family session.

Years ago I used to dream about being a newborn photographer. In fact, when I started my business, I did everything possible to avoid weddings and studied newborn photography like crazy. Crazy how things work out, right?! One of the very first workshops I purchased was actually a newborn workshop. I loved the idea of creating these beautifully posed newborn portraits, so that was my focus. I booked a few newborn sessions and I was on my way…or so I thought.

It turns out that even though I love newborn snuggles, I don’t have the talent for getting little ones into a deep sleep. The sweet, squishy poses started to stress me out. I LOVED capturing all the newness of this age, but I was forcing myself into a style that just didn’t fit my personality. About three years into business I discovered wedding photography and never looked back. But then my cousin had a baby and I found myself back in the world of newborns.

This time, I decided to check my perfectionist nature at the door. I went into my cousin’s session open minded. In the end, some of my favorite photos from the day were those that were more organic and natural in style. Photos of baby being held and photos of the family together made my heart sing. So when my sweet friends, Christopher and Melissa asked me about photographing the newest addition to their family, I asked them about a lifestyle approach and they happily said that’s what they’d prefer.

I absolutely adore working with this sweet family, so taking these photos was such a treat! It turned out to be super rainy the day of this shoot, which I think helped with little Sarah staying asleep for a good portion of the time. All the windows in their midtown home allowed for great natural light despite the cloudy skies. I loved taking photos in the nursery! It’s the cutest little room. Big sister Claire was certainly excited to give me the tour!

Picking favorites from this session was so hard! Congratulations Hanlon family! Your girls are the sweetest!

Peek-a-boo! This age is so much fun to photograph!

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Introducing Sarah

Portraits

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Spring Hill College Portrait Session I am primarily a Alabama wedding and editorial photographer, but I started out my photography career photographing little ones. I thought I would never photograph a wedding back in those days. One of my favorite things about photographing families are the personalities of the children. I love how expressive they […]

March 16, 2018

Spring Hill College Portrait Session

I am primarily a Alabama wedding and editorial photographer, but I started out my photography career photographing little ones. I thought I would never photograph a wedding back in those days. One of my favorite things about photographing families are the personalities of the children. I love how expressive they are and I love their curiosity. My very first clients were parents who wanted their children’s childhood preserved. Some of those first clients hired me year after year and it was a joy to see these families grow.

When I started photographing weddings and editorial/commercial work, it started getting hard to find room on the calendar for family sessions. There are only a limited number of weekends in any given month and so my family sessions gradually became few and far between. When I received an email last fall from a former classmate, Lauren, asking about availability for a portrait session for her daughter, I was so thankful that she was contacting me well in advance of the holidays when I still had room on my calendar.

It was so fun to catch up with Lauren during this session and to meet her adorable baby girl, Sophia. Lauren and I hadn’t seen each other since high school! It’s a little scary to think that has been 15 years ago! But, at the same time, it seemed like yesterday. Lauren was still the same sweet friend from our McGill days and we even ran into another of our high school classmates during the shoot, which was also fun! That’s just Mobile for ya. We’re like a big small town, where everyone either knows everyone, or is somehow connected to everyone.

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Sophia

Portraits

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A Washington Square Park Family Session This time last spring I was busy with dance rehearsals for the first annual Dancing With the Stars – Jacket Style fundraiser. I almost said no when I was asked to dance in the fundraiser benefiting my alma mater, McGill-Toolen Catholic. But they assured me that I would have […]

February 28, 2018

A Washington Square Park Family Session

This time last spring I was busy with dance rehearsals for the first annual Dancing With the Stars – Jacket Style fundraiser. I almost said no when I was asked to dance in the fundraiser benefiting my alma mater, McGill-Toolen Catholic. But they assured me that I would have a good partner and that it would be fun. I had not danced in a “performance” in over 10 years. Suddenly, the prospect of getting on stage and performing a choreographed routine seemed as crazy of an idea as jumping out of an airplane. In the end, I said yes. And that is how this sweet family walked into my life.

Baby Claire had just been born when her daddy and I were partnered up for the dancing fundraiser. I couldn’t believe that Chris said yes to a bunch of dance rehearsals after just bringing a newborn home, or that his wife, Melissa, was totally ok with all the extra time needed for practice, but they are just that awesome. I remember Chris telling me that he would practice his waltz steps while holding his baby girl. It made me think of all those daddy-daughter dances I photograph at weddings. That will be these two one day. I bet she will be a good dancer from those early lessons!

When Melissa contacted me for a portrait session for her family, I was thrilled to get to spend the afternoon photographing them. It was so fun to not only catch up, but to see how much Claire had grown since I’d last seen her! These photos were taken just before Christmas and now Melissa is nearing her due date with baby number two! I’m so glad she let me take a few maternity shots during this session because she was absolutely glowing! Claire was so full of smiles and giggles. I just love babies at this age when they are just starting to show their personality.

Without the dancing fundraiser, I might not have met this family and taken these photographs. I’m so excited to meet the newest addition to their family this spring!

One of my favorite family shots I’ve ever taken! When I took it, I knew I was going to love it in black and white.

I think someone is excited about being a big sister!

This year I will be enjoying the Dancing With the Stars – Jacket Style fundraiser from behind the camera instead of in front of it. I’m so excited to photograph this event in a few weeks, which serves as the main fundraiser for the year for McGill-Toolen Catholic High School. For more information on tickets to this fabulously fun event, check out the official website for the fundraiser here.

 

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The Hanlons | Family Portraits

Portraits

Welcome! I'm Elizabeth.

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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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