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A Fairhope Inn Editorial Feature This past month and a half has felt a bit like a rollercoaster ride that got stuck mid loop. There is no exit path. You just have to wait it out. It’s more uncomfortable for some than for others. When it seems things will finally get going again, we hold […]

May 11, 2020

A Fairhope Inn Editorial Feature

This past month and a half has felt a bit like a rollercoaster ride that got stuck mid loop. There is no exit path. You just have to wait it out. It’s more uncomfortable for some than for others. When it seems things will finally get going again, we hold our breaths, not knowing what is to come. We wonder if we will find ourselves unexpectedly in pause mode once again. This was not how any of us envisioned spring 2020.

I had this post planned for last week, but it honestly felt hard to write about the fun of this day during the weeks where so much was unknown and so many of my brides were having to postpone their weddings to later in the year. As we start to slowly ease back into some normalcy around here, it seems the perfect time to share the images from this editorial feature I photographed for Mobile Bay Magazine. Like my brides and fellow wedding vendors, I am looking forward to getting back to celebrating wedding days! I have missed them so much!

The day of this shoot we weren’t even thinking about the prospect of the coronavirus derailing the spring wedding season. In fact, this issue of the magazine was already off at the printer before we were under any stay at home, or safer at home orders. Looking back on this day, it truly was one of those days where everything lined up perfectly and went so smoothly. From the beautiful floral arrangements by Wildflowers, to the perfectly selected rentals from Soho, and the amazing bridal gown provided by Bliss bridal, I was in photographer heaven! We also had a stunning invitation suite from Soiree Signatures, which I loved getting to style and photograph while everything else was being set up.

On top of all that, we were also lucky to work with a delightful team of models. Tiara, Forrest and Carlie made this day so much fun! They had such a chill vibe, which is so important when it comes to shoots that last nearly a whole day. Finally, the courtyard at the Fairhope Inn was the perfect setting for this gorgeous shoot. I’ve always loved this little restaurant in downtown Fairhope, but it’s such a sweet spot for a wedding also!

I take many images on shoots like this, but only a handful make it into the published spreads. Of course I have a ton of favorites that don’t get selected! Keep scrolling for all the amazing details provided by a dream team of wedding vendors!

Photographed for Mobile Bay Magazine

Editorial Direction by Maggie Lacey

VENDORS

Planning | Blair Gewin, Blair Weddings + Events

Models | Tiara Baker, Forrest Funk, Carlie Shively

Location | The Fairhope Inn

Florals | Wildflowers Floral Design

Makeup + Hair | Hope Owensby and Anna Vial, CK Collection

Attire | Bliss Bridal + Francia’s Formal Affair

Cake | Pollman’s Bake Shop

Rentals | SOHO Events & Rentals

Invitations | Soiree Signatures

Jewelry | Sway + Zundel’s Jewelry

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Mobile Bay Bride

2020

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A Black and Gold Inspiration Wedding I absolutely love editorial shoots and I especially love when they are wedding themed! Earlier this year I photographed this inspiration wedding for Mobile Bay Magazine’s annual bridal issue. This day was so much fun. We had an amazing team of contributors, led by the editorial staff at Mobile […]

June 19, 2019

A Black and Gold Inspiration Wedding

I absolutely love editorial shoots and I especially love when they are wedding themed! Earlier this year I photographed this inspiration wedding for Mobile Bay Magazine’s annual bridal issue. This day was so much fun. We had an amazing team of contributors, led by the editorial staff at Mobile Bay Magazine. Publication space is limited in the magazine, so there are many shots that I loved that didn’t make it into the issue. I’m excited to finally share all my favorites here on the blog!

The theme for this shoot was a bit modern. Black and gold accents carried throughout all the details. It created a very sleek feel for the shoot. Some of my favorite details were the florals by Julia Greer Fobes, the beautiful invitation suite by Soiree Signatures, and the AMAZING bridal gown worn by our sweet model, Masha. Seriously, I squealed when they showed me the dress and we were all obsessed with the bow in the back!

This shoot was such a dream thanks to an awesome creative team! Even though we were tired at the end of the day, I was sad to say it’s a wrap on this one. It was just that much fun! A massive thank you to the team at Mobile Bay for asking me to be part of this shoot and to our models – Carley, Tyler and Masha – for being such a JOY to photograph.

We were finished with our shot list when I asked Masha for one more portrait. So often those ending shots turn out to be my favorites!

Isn’t this set of rings stunning?!

THE CREATIVE TEAM

Styling | Maggie Lacey & Abby Parrott, Mobile Bay Magazine Staff

Location | Alabama Contemporary Art Center

Models | Carley Hooks, Tyler McIlwain, Masha Poling – Barefoot Modeling

Makeup | Olivia Fryfogle

Hair | Adelaide McAleer

Florals | Julia Greer Fobes

Invitations | Soiree Signatures

Bridesmaid Dress | Bella Bridesmaids

Bride’s Gown | Monique Lhuillier, Ivory & White Bridal Boutique

Wedding Bands & Engagement Ring | Zundel’s Jewelry

Rentals | Port City Rentals

Cake | Pollman’s Bake Shop

Groom’s Suit | Metzger’s Clothing

Table Setting | The Ivy Cottage , Living Well

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Mobile Bay Bride Feature

2019

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Pets & Their People Confession, I’ve never had a pet (not even a fish). I’m pretty sure it’s because I had allergies from a very young age. For my whole life I’ve just adopted other people’s pets. My first adopted pet was Thor, a large, older German Shepherd that lived in the backyard behind us […]

December 12, 2018

Pets & Their People

Confession, I’ve never had a pet (not even a fish). I’m pretty sure it’s because I had allergies from a very young age. For my whole life I’ve just adopted other people’s pets. My first adopted pet was Thor, a large, older German Shepherd that lived in the backyard behind us when I was a kid. I loved that dog. I remember I’d run up and down the fence line and Thor would chase after me. I pretended he was my dog. He never seemed to be the guard-dog that most German Shepherd are. Maybe he was just used to me.

I loved Thor, but I feared the Doberman Pinschers that lived next door to us. They always figured out how to escape the confines of their yard and were seemingly always on the verge of an attack. One of them snapped at me once, scratching my face just below the eye. It cemented a fear of the breed in my mind to this day.

Despite the unfortunate experience with the Dobermans, I have always loved dogs and animals in general. I just have too many allergies to have one living with me. I do, however, love when my sweet clients bring their adorable, loving and friendly pets to their sessions. I love these furry clients! I also love how excited their parents get about including their fur-babies in their portraits. If I were a dog mom I’d want my pup included in my portraits too!

Dogs are the most popular furry friends amongst my clients, but I also adore horses. I have always been fascinated by their regal nature and intelligence. Plus, I’ve yet to meet a horse that was not photogenic. I pinch myself every time a client asks to include these beautiful animals in a session. I had two sessions with horses this year!

As we celebrate what a great year 2018 was, enjoy this look back at some of my favorite sessions from the year, featuring some of the sweetest pets around! Also, scroll to the bottom of this post for my tips for including your furry friends into your portrait session!

When the sweetest pups ever make an appearance on wedding day, it’s just the best! I’m pretty sure Nova and Elliot would be friends if they ever met!

My cousin, Laura, is a veterinarian. She has always had the sweetest dogs! I call her German Shepherd-Husky mix my “god-dog” because I’m just that obsessed with her. When I flew out to Houston this week for a surprise portrait session for my aunt, I got to spend lots of time with this sweet fur-baby. I also got to meet her brother, Chuck, who is such a gentle giant. We were instant besties. Chuck obviously took posing lessons from his sister because he nailed the whole “smile for the camera” thing.

Tips For Including Your Furry Friends In Your Portraits

  1. Let your photographer know in advance you want to include your pet. I always advise my clients to not begin the session with their furry friend present. It’s best to get warmed up and in the groove of the session before trying to get those shots with your furry friend. It will make you both more relaxed.
  2. Bring treats and a special toy. We all get a little nervous in front of the camera and so do your pets. Treats and/or a special toy will go a long way towards getting your pet’s attention. It’s also nice to be able to reward them for a job well done!
  3. Bring water, especially if it’s hot outside. Pets often get so excited with the activity of a portrait session;. All that excitement can also make them thirsty. Be sure to have some water on hand in case they need it.
  4. Bring a friend to help. I recommend arranging for a friend, or family member, to bring your pets by for a portion of the session. This way you can focus on your portraits and not be worried about your sweet pet needing attention.
  5. Don’t worry if your pet won’t sit still. When working with animals, I like to see what their natural personalities are like. Some are great at sitting still for a posed shot and others are more likely to want to explore! It’s best to work with their natural instinct.

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Furry Friends | 2018 Favorites

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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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