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A FIRST DANCE | ROMANCE | LIBBY & JOHN

I love you, not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you.

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I love you, not only for what you have made of yourself, but for what you are making of me.  I love you for the part of me that you bring out;  I love you for putting your hand into my heaped-up heart and passing over all the foolish, weak things that you can’t help dimly seeing there.  And for drawing out into the light all the beautiful belongings that no one else had looked quite far enough to find.

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Katie - Lovely Amelia - perfect picture & perfect poem. Congrats to a beautiful inspiring couple!

Vera - How dear!!!

Alli - LOVELY. The lighting is perfect!

Murray - Amelia! This is so gorgeous...I absolutely love it and I can not wait to see all the amazing photos you took. I love that I get to see this especially since I missed it in person!

Ginger Stephenson - Absolutely perfect picture!

Sara DeFuniak - I love it!

Elizabeth - Beautiful picture!

MaryMargaret - Great shot! Can't wait to see more!

Vicki Gladding - Amelia.... this is SO beautiful!

LIBBY & JOHN | AN IMAGE | DESTINATION PHOTOGRAPHER

A quick raw digital favorite from tonight’s wedding…

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Congratulations Libby and John!

Betsy - <3 <3 <3

Anna - Oh my goodness, so so beautiful. Amelia, this is just flawless.

Arden Lee - Beautiful and creative!

Kate Ward Sexton - Amelia-great job-we love you!

EDITORIAL SESSION | CLAIRE | DESTINATION PHOTOGRAPHER

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Editorial shoots all over the country - I’m pretty much feeling like I just live on the road at this point (or in airports…either way).

This was an insanely fun and carefree and intimate creative session.  I couldn’t have hoped for a better way to spend my afternoon yesterday.  I’ll definitely be posting a storyboard in the next few weeks - so get ready, because this is one shoot that ended up with all the right elements.  Vulnerability, emotion, a sense of fun and fashion, and pushing the limits…all around delightful goodness.

For now, just a couple preview images of a beautiful girl.

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Claire, thank you for your open heart and love of the creative.  You are lovely.  Truly.

Blake Burton - the last shot is insane!!

Mary Elizabeth - SOO 60s MOD. Awesome. What a knockout!!!

Fan - I love these images. Good job!

emily huensch - I love all of them and mostly that last one. Way to go amelia!

claire - yep. SO WORTH IT. thanks for fulfilling my dream to be a part of some true art. incredible. dying over the black and white ones and the last one (of course).

Heidi Steakley - Nice work Amelia!

blaine - has brian seen these? also, where did you find a piece of hawaii in birmingham?

Marlar - Frigging unreal! This takes my breath away.

Marlar - That first one. That one is breathtaking!

#62 - CHECK! | NEW ORLEANS | LOS ANGELES PHOTOGRAPHER

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Go back to New Orleans - DONE.

And another item on the 101 in 1001 list bites the dust…

The last time I had been to New Orleans was with my husband and in-laws not long after Hurricane Katrina hit.  About a year later, my brother-in-law was enrolled in the Masters Program of the Architecture School at Louisiana State University.  We were living in Alabama at the time, and went over to Baton Rouge to visit and experience a LSU football weekend.  I mainly recall that the air was thick and heavy with humidity, everything smelled like delicious spices, and people screamed TIGER-BAIT at me every 3 seconds…it was memorable to say the least.  On the way back (or sort of ‘out of the way’ back), we went to New Orleans.  It was…incredible…and sobering.

The devastation left behind by Katrina was still in full effect, and the entire city evoked a strange feeling in me.  It was dark, oppressed, sad, broken.  Something about that visit shook me to the core.  I couldn’t rid myself of the emotions I experienced while we were there.  My heart hurt for New Orleans…for the Gulf Cost…but New Orleans in particular just haunted me.  I hadn’t been back since we drove home the last day of that trip.

Until this past weekend…

After arriving home from Vancouver and spending a short day and a half at my own house, I headed out from Los Angeles again and made my down to New Orleans for a job.  I landed at 9 at night and my client picked me up at the airport.  I walked out from baggage claim to meet her and felt the humidity seep into my skin.  How quickly I forget my deep Southern roots and adjust to the West Coast weather.  Every single time I go back to the South I find myself surprised by the stifling air - how could this be?!

Alice drops me off at my hotel downtown and we plan out the next morning.  The next day we shoot all day and travel all over New Orleans - it was phenomenal.  They welcome me into their home and walk me through the life they’ve made in this now bustling city.  Mardi Gras had been the weekend before - I listen to stories and learn about the history and tradition of the town and its people.  It was amazing.  And they love living there.

The morning after our shoot we all go grab brunch downtown and then walk into the French Quarter for some truly New Orleans flair.  It was just a quick walk, but the difference between this morning, and the last time I walked through this same area is remarkable.  It’s a completely changed experience for me, and I was so glad to have the opportunity to get back to New Orleans and see it, feel it, for myself again.

A huge thank you to Alice and Blake for hosting me for the weekend and showing me all around the town!

Here are a few snapshots from our walk through the French Quarter…

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And here’s my proof that I was there…

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Sara Midyette Litten - LOVE THESE!! Seriously can see life in these pictures and I love it.

Hayden - I love the 101 list! So glad you checked this one off!

Mary Elizabeth - LOVE NOLA! And your presh in that picture!

John Elrod - Gorgeous images!

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A STAIRWELL IN NEW ORLEANS | LOS ANGELES PHOTOGRAPHER

Who isn’t most comfortable in their own space? I love the feeling of familiarity and the intimacy drawn out of those places that came through in these images.

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Hayden - Are you kidding??? Unbelievable!

Mary Elizabeth - LOVE.

Alan - Great use of lines and light. Good job.

FASHION EDITORIAL SHOOT | AN IMAGE

Exciting story to come…and also to accompany this shoot when we post the complete storyboard.

For now, check out an image from a shoot we’ve been working on…

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Purnell - Is this an ad from a magazine? Because maybe it should be. Beautiful model, amazing photography. LOVE IT!

claire - agreed and agreed.

Kara - Fab. Excited to see the shoot!

Mary Elizabeth - FREAKING PHENOM.

blaine - walli for hesiman!!

Betsy - i'm going to need to see some more of this

NEW ORLEANS ENGAGEMENT | AFTERNOON BITS

Something sweet and pretty…something raw and emotional…and a singular peek into the night with something dark and interesting.

Meet Alice and Blake…

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No worries…a legit post is headed this way in the next few weeks.  We shot much of this session on film, and I’m excited to share those images, as well as some digital favorites.

New Orleans.  Much more to come!

Purnell - It's like you knew just how to capture all the best parts of Nola - great pics!

Kara - STUNNING!

Christine - The first one is so beautiful and she is gorgeous.