I recently had the opportunity to travel to Houma, LA to shoot a wedding. But this was no ordinary opportunity. If you've been following my blog, you know that I have a circle of friends who are fellow photographers - all of whom I only know online, but have "talked to" every day for about a year and a half. Well, the mother of the groom is one of those photographers. And two more of these ladies were my fellow wedding photographers. It was a chance for the four of us to FINALLY meet each other in real life (yes, there are others and I will meet them all eventually). These women are each extraordinary in their own right and I am honored to call them friends. The journey began with a road trip from Texas to Louisiana. I drove to Beth, in Houston, and she drove us to Houma. Pauline flew in from Georgia and we all met at the hotel in Houma. Let the fun begin... (Cell Phone Images courtesy of Beth Moses).
We spent the early part of the day Saturday just enjoying each other's company, laughing, and doing our own photo walk in downtown Houma. We found a lot of interesting places to shoot and only wished we had more time.
There was an incredible Coca-Cola wall mural that I wish were local to me. I had Beth be my model so I could get a cool image of her tall, leggy self looking hip in the sunshine.
Wait, seriously? She's not actually a model??? Yeah, she's got great features (I know it's hard to tell from here) and she's 5'9" - a cool 9" taller than me! Turns out, we're an eclectic little group. But then, that's what make the world go 'round, right?
Late afternoon and it was time to get ready to shoot the wedding. It was a lighthearted and joyous event. Everyone was relaxed and truly just enjoying being together. The vibe was mellow and the music was perfect (they hired a singer who was talented with many instruments - I LOVE some live music!). And the couple was just lovely!
The return home was bittersweet. I missed my kids and my husband, but I was reluctant to say goodbye to these amazing women. The laughter, the hugs, the sharing - the joy!
I am grateful for an era that embraces technology. I am grateful for friendship. And I am grateful that God placed such loving people in my life.
"Lori is an exceptional photographer, and was my first choice for capturing images of my son for his senior pictures!! She made him feel at ease immediately, traveled to the locations he was interested in, and captured who he is perfectly!" ~ Tonia R.
Lori Stead is a fine art portrait photographer in Corpus Christi, TX. She enjoys creating maternity, newborn, seniors, couples, family, children, and boudoir portraits. She is also a wife, mother of four, and adventurer.