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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 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. šŸ™‚ 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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Little Point Clear Senior Portraits I met Mary Kathryn when she was a freshman in high school. Her mom, Kathy, hired me to photograph her annual cotillion ball that is part of her National League of Junior Cotillions program. Mary Kathryn was and still is her assistant for the ball. I always thought she was […]

August 30, 2018

Little Point Clear Senior Portraits

I met Mary Kathryn when she was a freshman in high school. Her mom, Kathy, hired me to photograph her annual cotillion ball that is part of her National League of Junior Cotillions program. Mary Kathryn was and still is her assistant for the ball. I always thought she was such a hard worker and mature beyond her age. I have seen this young lady grow up over these past four years and cannot believe how fast those years flew by! Mary Kathryn is such a joyful girl and I knew that we were going to have such fun at her senior portrait session! I also knew that Little Point Clear would be the perfect location for this shoot. I am so thankful that scheduling worked out for us to shoot there!

Getting together for a portrait session with Mary Kathryn was just like a visit with friends where you happen to take pictures. Mary Kathryn is my second senior portrait client this year that is a horseback rider. She rides competitively and says that she hopes to one day turn her love of animals into a career. I love hearing high school seniors talk about what they are passionate about. I have no doubt that whatever she ends up studying that she will do well.

Photographing this session at Little Point Clear was such a treat. I have photographed a portion of a wedding day at this venue, but hadn’t had the opportunity to do a portrait session there before. I love the all-white exterior and the lush greenery that spills out of the flower beds. It rained the afternoon of this session, but you couldn’t tell by the time we arrived for the shoot because the sun dried things quickly!

There is something extra special about getting to work with the same families year after year. I could barely contain my excitement when Kathy emailed me about this shoot. Thank you Mary Kathryn for such a fun senior portrait session! I hope it was a great start to a fabulous senior year!

Looking for a fun senior portrait experience? Contact me for availability for senior portrait sessions!

Now booking for fall 2018 and spring 2019!

Special thanks to Little Point Clear for letting us shoot at their beautiful property!

 

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Mary Kathryn | Class of 2019

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Downtown Mobile Senior Portraits William’s mom contacted me for a senior portrait session for her son the same day asĀ Megan’s mom. Two senior portrait sessions in a row. I was excited! I LOVE photographing high school seniors. Both moms booked sessions with me the same day, within only a few minutes of each other. I […]

August 16, 2018

Downtown Mobile Senior Portraits

William’s mom contacted me for a senior portrait session for her son the same day asĀ Megan’s mom. Two senior portrait sessions in a row. I was excited! I LOVE photographing high school seniors. Both moms booked sessions with me the same day, within only a few minutes of each other. I opened up each contract to enter their contact information in my client management system and discovered both live on the same street! Crazy, right? Well it gets crazier!

Both moms also put on their initial contact form that they found out about me via word of mouth. One must of have gotten my name from the other was my initial thought, but at Megan’s session she didn’t mention giving my name to anyone. Then, at William’s session, his mom told me how they found out about me and it wasn’t from Megan. Finally, I had to tell Karla, William’s mom, about the crazy coincidence. And would you believe that these two booked their sessions completely unaware the other had booked a session with me. And they are in fact neighbors and their children grew up together. Is that the smallest of small world stories, or what?!

On top of that crazy coincidence, Karla found out about me through yet another neighbor connection! This time the connection was with a neighbor that used to live in the neighborhood I grew up in. She was a friend of my moms and although she moved away from the neighborhood before I was old enough to remember her, I’ve always known her name because mom always said she was the friend who taught her how to hang wallpaper. As Karla told me about her friend, she said, you probably won’t recognize this name…and as soon as the name came out of her mouth, I exclaimed, “The wallpaper lady!!!” Needless to say, this session was off to such a fun start and we ended up discovering we have yet another mutual friend in common before the session was over.

William is a basketball player and let me tell you he has the height for it! I loved that he brought a basketball to his session in downtown Mobile. Shooting in downtown really is so much fun. There are so many different areas and you can get a variety of backgrounds in one block alone. William wanted a city setting for his session, so my ultimate goal was to get us down to Cooper-Riverside Park so that we could really showcase the buildings of the city. Just as we arrived at the park, a train decided to come along and block the entrance. I felt a few rain drops and was worried the weather would end our session before the train moved on. But it turned out to be fortuitous because the rain brought the perfect amount of clouds over the sky that made for some fun portraits!

I love senior portrait sessions because they let me be creative with whatever the senior brings to their shoot. I get to showcase different sides of their personalities and I enjoy hearing their ideas for their portraits. Thank you William for such a fun shoot!

I saw the texture of this wall and knew I needed to stop for some black and white portraits! This is one of those times where I saw the image in black and white more than color. For my photographer friends, these shots were lit with a bit of on-camera flash to add a bit of dramatic side light. They turned out to be two of my favorites from the whole shoot!

I am obsessed with this metal wall/siding!

Another moment of me “seeing” in black and white. When I spotted this parking garage area I made a quick detour for some more dramatic portraits. William totally nailed the “model face” expression. I told his mom that I think he might have missed his calling!

William is a pro at spinning the ball and nailing the “model face” expression at the same time!

teenage boy with basketball with city skyline in background

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William | Class of 2019

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Countryside Senior Portrait Session I get so giddy every time I get to do a high school senior portrait session! These sessions are some of my favorite because senior year is such a special time to celebrate. Endings and new beginnings all rolled up into one. I love when seniors want to incorporate something into […]

August 13, 2018

Countryside Senior Portrait Session

I get so giddy every time I get to do a high school senior portrait session! These sessions are some of my favorite because senior year is such a special time to celebrate. Endings and new beginnings all rolled up into one. I love when seniors want to incorporate something into their session that shows their personality and/or something they love. Megan has been riding horses for nine years and she wanted to have her beloved horse, Rocky, and her pup, Molly, be part of her senior portrait experience. The result is a collection of portraits that are so Megan!

This sweet young lady loves to be out in a wide open space riding Rocky. Molly is their sidekick and roams the fields alongside them when Megan is out for a ride. Rocky has been in Megan’s life for five years, but this was their first portrait session together. To say I was excited is an understatement. I adore horses! They are so smart and majestic! Some of my all-time favorite photographs in my portfolio are from sessions that have involved horses, so I knew this was going to be another one of my favorite sessions.

When we pulled up to the field Megan wanted to shoot in, I was so excited to see the high grass. Although I was slightly worried about snakes, I knew that the high grass was going to give us such a magical look in the photos! We spent half our time in this one field before heading to a second private property location for outfit two. It’s not always necessary to have two locations for a portrait session, but in this case I love the variety that it gave to the collection of portraits. I hadn’t seen either of these locations prior to the shoot and they did not disappoint!

Megan is quite an accomplished young lady. She was recently one of 10 high school students included in Mobile Bay Magazine’s 2018 Wonder KidsĀ feature! I loved her enthusiasm for riding and I have no doubt she applies that same dedication in the classroom. Megan said she’s not sure which college she’ll be attending next year, but I know that she will do great things wherever she goes!

Megan, thank you for such a fun session! I hope it was the perfect kick-off to your senior year!

Rocky (above, left) and Molly (above, right) were superstars!

I loved Rocky’s “smile” trick! He is one smart horse!

Yearbook deadlines are often before Christmas for Mobile Alabama Senior Portraits.

Contact me today to make your reservation for late summer/early fall!

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Megan | UMS Class of 2019

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A Bragg-Mitchell Mansion Portrait Session So many Mobilians have photos of themselves as children with Azalea Trail Maids. I know there are several of me from when I was a child in our old family photo albums. When I was a little girl, I thought they were princesses. They always wore the most gorgeous gowns […]

June 6, 2018

A Bragg-Mitchell Mansion Portrait Session

So many Mobilians have photos of themselves as children with Azalea Trail Maids. I know there are several of me from when I was a child in our old family photo albums. When I was a little girl, I thought they were princesses. They always wore the most gorgeous gowns and had the sweetest personalities. Nearly every little girl from this corner of the south grows up dreaming of one day wearing one of these custom dresses as an ambassador for our fair city. However, it is a very select few young ladies who will be chosen.

Each year, 50 young ladies who are entering their senior year of high school are selected for the Azalea Trail court. As Azalea Trail Maids, they serve as official ambassadors for the City of Mobile. If you’re not from Mobile, you may have seen them in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. In their colorful, custom-made, antebellum gowns, they definitely stand out. The dresses are designed to look like flowers. Mobile is the Azalea City afterall. They look uniform from a distance, but a closer look reveals that each dress is a unique design. I have always loved these dresses and have wanted to do an Azalea Trail Maid portrait session for years!

Ramsey is the younger sister of one of my senior portrait clients from a few years ago. I was so excited for her when I found out she’d made the 2018-2019 Azalea Trail Court. I was even more excited when her mom asked me about doing this portrait session. When we decided to do the session at The Bragg-Mitchell Mansion, I knew I was going to be in heaven on this shoot. Ramsey is just the sweetest young lady and I loved taking these portraits of her. Plus, lavender is one of my favorite colors, so it was all just perfection!!!

I also got to meet Ramsey’s dress designer, Heidi Harrington! She is friends with Ramsey and her mom, so she and her daughter joined us for the shoot. Can you believe that she made four other Azalea Trail Maid dresses in addition to Ramsey’s?! Mind. Blown.

We ended up timing this session perfectly with hydrangea season!!!

The Azalea Trail Maids wear pantaloons under their dresses. Each maid gets to customize the pockets (which is where they stash car keys and cell phones) however she wants. Their shoes are even died to match the color of the dress exactly!

I just had to make one of these black and white!!!

Congratulations, Ramsey, on making the 2018-2018 Azalea Trail Court! I know you’ll do our city proud!

Ramsey is representing Mary G. Montgomery high school as an Azalea Trail Maid.

Dress Design by: Heidi Harrington

 

Now is the time to schedule summer and fall portrait sessions! Contact me for rates and availability!

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Ramsey | Azalea Trail Portraits

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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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