Venue: Longvue House and Gardens
Venue: Longvue House and Gardens
Venue: Longvue House and Gardens
Accomodations + Prep : Hotel Bienville | Ceremony : New Orleans Pharmacy Museum | Reception : Muriel's at Jackson Square | Second Line Band : | Planning : Weddings by Lulu | Flowers : Erin Steen | Reception Band : | Hair & Makeup : Holly Manders from Just Face it Beauty
I just can't even with these two. I photographed Sarah and Chris years ago when I was just getting started in wedding photography. What a blessing to have stayed in touch over the years. I had the best time with this precious duo along the Amite River.
The opportunity to experience other cultures and their rich traditions is one of the biggest perks of being a wedding photographer. Tina and Spencer's Persian American Wedding at the Westin was steeped in meaningful traditions and family moments. A big thanks to Mike Lirette for second shooting with me and capturing so many awesome shots of Spencer getting ready with his groomsmen! Stay tuned for Tina's awesome City Park bridal session. I've been dying to share it but had to wait until the wedding passed. :-D
If Heather and Dave had been any sweeter and easier to work with I think my heart may have exploded. This relaxed pace, family friendly wedding day couldn't have turned out better! Blue skies and puffy white clouds over Jackson Square during the ceremony, an awesome second line to the reception, followed up with good eats and libations at Napoleon House. It has been such a busy Spring that I'm not much for words at the moment, I'll just let the photos tell the story!
I had the BEST time yesterday at the Something Blue Bridal Show at Generations Hall. New Orleans Weddings Magazine pulled out all the stops in creating an unforgettable and beneficial evening for guests and vendors alike. I barely had time to sneak a cookie my booth stayed so busy all evening. It was such a treat to meet all of the couples, brides, family and friends who attended. Here is a little peek at my booth! Also, if you attended the show then I have a special offer for you if you book before March 31st. If you need a photographer and you like saving dollars, wahoo, send me a little note!
I'll be announcing the Engagement Session Giveaway Winner this Saturday on Instagram. Be sure to follow along, @gabbychapin_photography, to see the results and get updates on new happenings. The wildflower fields are coming this summer and that means off season mini sessions galore! Y'all do not want to miss it!!!
I want to give a special shout out and thanks to the following people for helping to make my experience at the show so successful...
I am so excited to finally let the news out, and while it may not seem like much to many, it is a BIG THING over here for the progress of my business and home life. This year marks NINE years in business and I am gearing up to serve you better than ever by cutting the clutter and refining the product and experience that I deliver to YOU.
When I created my business I wanted a name that was timeless and open ended because I wasn't certain where the road would lead. I initially chose G. Chapin Studios for four reasons and they are listed below.
I have been pondering the idea of re-branding and changing my name for about 3 years and throughout most of 2017 I gave myself a great deal of space to seriously entertain the idea and its implications. Early last fall I wrapped up an engagement session with a couple whose wedding is now just around the corner. As I was talking with the bride-to-be, Juliet / @julietmeeksdesign, I was reminded of her incredible talents. I casually dropped hints and the end of our session that I might need her services and then not so casually threw myself at her feet (in an email) and asked her to PLEASE HELP! Whatever your beliefs, the Universe, or God, knew what he was doing when he sent her to me. I took a leap of faith and took the money I was going to save after cancelling some advertising online and redirected it on this big project. Throughout the last two months of 2017 I sat with my heart in quiet, as much as one can get with young twins and a two year old, and asked myself what purpose my business was serving in my life and the lives of others. I questioned my goals, strengths, weaknesses, triumphs and mistakes. I took notes on all the important stuff and THREW THE REST AWAY in the garbage, right next to fear.
This business that I have built up is one of the biggest public expressions I have ever made of myself, but it is bigger than that. It is also an expression of every single person that I've ever photographed and that's why this change is so HUGE! I am ready to let go of fear as a decision making factor in my life, though I find it easier to start with my work than I do my personal life, fyi. When we make decisions based on fear, quite simply, we hesitate. We miss opportunities and we don't take risks. When we don't take risks we don't fail and when we don't fail we rarely make discoveries that lead to greatness or the advancement of our craft.
This re-brand was a chance to make that shift visible and tangible, not just for me, but for everyone I am blessed to serve. I feel so proud to present my work beneath branding that is true to my roots. The "G" pays tribute to my original business name "G. Chapin Studios" and the leaf embellishment an elegant way to express the importance of nature in my life and art. My original logo was a singular tree and it seems fitting to move forward in this way. Juliet seriously hooked me up! Not only did she design that beautiful new logo at the top of the page but she custom designed a brand pattern I'll be using for tissue paper, personalized thank you cards, business cards, and more. She was an absolute dream to work with and while the product she delivered is stunning, the process of going through the work was even more trans-formative than the face lift on my website. With each step of the process I had to let go a little bit more. That voice in our head often wants to hold us back and play it safe, but the more I let go the more I found clarity. It wasn't long before I noticed a clear shift in the relationship I have between myself and my art, and it. was. powerful. Sometimes, in order to hold on to our most meaningful goals and dreams, we have to let go.
In order to hold on to your dreams, you have to let go of fear.
- Gabby Chapin
Nothing beats the anticipation of a proposal! Jonathan and Ashton are blessed beyond measure by each other and I am so grateful to have been their chosen photographer for this special event in their lives. It was a gorgeous day along the levee and the sunset over the Mississippi River gave us picture perfect light!
Initially Jonathan had planned a picnic proposal along the grassy area of the levee but about an hour before "go time" I got a slightly panicked text that said "She wore pointy heels, move to plan B". This message made me giggle and his flexibility proved to be a promising quality. The whole thing went off without a hitch.
Rain does not ruin.
This was a good day. It was so great to get outside and play with this energetic and wonderful family. The Sewells used to live up the road from us but now live in Mississippi. I was very excited when they agreed to meet along the beach around sunset for their family photos. It was a little windy, but I think the crazy hair made for some awesome shots!
Every year December seems to bring a handful of beautiful blessings my way in the form of elopements and surprise proposals. I look forward to this time of year with a childlike anticipation, wondering if and when I'll get a message for an event just like this. Lisa and Rock's Elopement at the Tree of Life in Audubon Park was a bowl of sweet treats. Lisa is one of my most loyal and long standing clients (I like to think we're friends too!). Years ago I met her when a mutual connection set us up for her Senior Portraits and since then I have photographed a number of life events with Lisa.
It was with great pleasure that I attended and documented this intimate ceremony under one of the most spectacular trees on Earth. If you've never been to see the Tree of Life you must make plans to spend an afternoon sitting beneath her expansive branches and breathing in the years of time she has been witness to.
Jennifer and Adam's wedding day gave me all the classic, wholesome feels. Their ceremony was at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Mandeville and their reception at the Lakehouse was just steps away. I can still feel the cool breeze embracing the night from Lake Pontchartrain. For a few hours I felt like I was vacationing on the coast of some calm body of water. Writing this I smell salty sea air, though I'm pretty sure Lake Pontchartrain has a scent unique unto itself.
Jennifer made a stunning bride and I continue to admire how gracefully she went about a day that can really leave a few folks feeling less than...calm. Her and Adam both were emotionally present with their friends and family throughout the celebrations. In a day and age when it's not uncommon to see even the bride and groom posting on instagram, it felt like a beautiful respite from the day to day grind we all feel from social media and the internet in general. This presence of mind and commitment to the moment will likely serve their marriage very well. Adam gave a heartfelt toast at the rehearsal dinner that still sits with me in spirit. He spoke of a deep appreciation and admiration for his support network of friends, family, and his soon to be wife. I hope these two are doing well and I am so grateful I was able to participate in their wedding day.
Oh yeah, this wedding was also recently featured on Southern Bride!!! I was completely surprised when Jennifer told me that she had done the work of submitting and the photos had been accepted.
Also a big thanks to Eddie Marroquin for second shooting. He snagged some awesome shots of Adam and his guys as well as loads of pretty details at the Lakehouse!
CATERER & RECEPTION VENUE: The Lakehouse
VENUE: Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church
WEDDING CAKE: Nonna Randazzo’s
GROOMS CAKE: Kazoku Sushi
ENTERTAINMENT: United We Jam Band
FLOWERS: Petals N’ Parties
GOWN: Southern Bridal
HONEYMOON ACCOMODATIONS: Treasure Travel
INVITATIONS: Wedding Paper Divas
RENTALS & DECOR: Mandeville Party Company
TRANSPORTATION: Audubon Limousine
BRIDESMAIDS ATTIRE: Bella Bridesmaids
I am thrilled to finally be sharing these images! I wanted to share them sooner after they were featured on MunaLuchi Bridal but things have been so busy lately. Shalyce really nailed it on the "less is more" theory. I absolutely love how clear and concise her overall design was. The pops of red against tasteful black and white details gives us a timeless look that will never go out of style. It was so fun working with a designer from my home state of Maryland also! To see more images from this shoot check out the Feature on Munaluchi Bridal!
Designer: Shalyce Tyson of Sensational Soirees
Event: Inspire Design Workshop
Photographer: Gabby Chapin Cowsert of G. Chapin Studios
Bouquet: CeCe Designs
Centerpieces: Dawn Hubbard
Bridal Gown: Pedram Couture
Cake: Bittersweet Confections
Stationery: Kristen Leigh Lettering + Design
Beauty: Just Face It, LLC
Model: Bianca Finch of Launch Model & Talent
Venue: Il Mercato
Furniture & Linens: Event Rental
Calligraphy: Melissa Benhoff
Clients that happily begin their engagement sessions at a coffee shop for a quick meet and greet always make my heart sing. Heather and Scott were no exception to this! We began by saying our hellos at CC's in the French Quarter and from there (iced coffee in hand!) we meandered at a relaxed pace around the colorful streets of this New Orleans neighborhood. I really enjoyed getting to know this NY couple in person. Heather and I had spoken on the phone a couple weeks prior to the shoot and it felt like chatting with an old / new friend! We immediately hit it off and found ourselves laughing and expressing common interests. I can't wait to watch them marry each other next year!
Sometimes I have a wedding day that is so smooth I am constantly on the edge of my seat just waiting to see when things will start to wiggle off course. I should stop that, because Ian wound up forgetting to grab the rings from their Airbnb. It took me 20 minutes to notice though, because everyone was so relaxed and calm about it. In a swift effort to try and remedy the faux pas, Ian jolted back to the Airbnb only to learn he was locked out and without a key. Woops! The ceremony started about 30 minutes off schedule, but that just meant a little extra time for friends and family to socialize with each other. The ring exchange portion of the ceremony got some great laughs and further cements the notion that unplanned and unexpected moments cultivates an environment for some of our best memories.
I loved listening to the words spoken by friends about Claire and Ian's relationship and all of the travel adventures they had shared already. I couldn't help but think about how if they could meet other future hiccups with the same level of joy, laughter, and togetherness as they gave to their forgotten rings, that they would surely be set on a course for land through any rough waters. It was a true pleasure to photograph the celebration of their marriage...and secretly I hope I run into the two of them on the trail one day.
Laid back + happy: check. Stylish but approachable: check. Giant Disney fans: check! Katie + Clarence came to me for the Engagement Photos just a few weeks ago and I am so glad. We had a string of rainstorms the days leading up to their shoot so Audubon Park was a soppy wet mess. They weren't afraid of a little mud even in their Sunday dress. It was a beautiful morning spent together laughing, talking about their relationship, and enjoying the soft humidity of August in New Orleans.
I have been itching to share this gorgeous intimate wedding designed by Lulu Alexander of Weddings by Lulu. From Elizabeth and Andy's emotional first look all the way to the second line this event is full of pretty touches and candid moments. Their invitation suite is one of the most beautiful I've ever seen.
Planner // Weddings by Lulu
Venue // Beauregard Keyes House
Flowers // Erin Steen
Caterer // Pigeon
Invitation Suite //
Cake // Bittersweet Confections
This session holds a special place in my heart for so many reasons. I was so happy when Jen agreed to this Mommy + Me Maternity session at my favorite childhood river spot along the Gunpowder. Things turned out even better than I had envisioned. Big thanks to my mom, Mary-Ruth Chapin, for the perfect flower crowns!
I look forward to this trip more and more each year. As my children grow and they become easier to travel with, I find myself blessed to revisit families I love each year. Here is a little snippet from a session with the Riefler Family.
It has been raining cats and dogs here for a few days but I'm still doing a little celebrating as this was my last session before a little early summer break. I can't wait to catch up on editing, blogging, and a few other work related things. I'm FINALLY back in my studio after sharing it with my Mom-in-Love for a living space while she waited for her apartment to be finished. I hardly know what to do with the space now that I have it. I'll be sure to share little snippets here and there as it starts to come together...or not. Life has a funny way of making the important things either happen faster than you intend or much, much slower than planned. Anywho, onto the photo goodies!
Every time I am connected with a couple through Weddings by Lulu I find myself surrounded by lots of laughs and of course, great style. Arusyak and Edward were no exception as we found ourselves cracking up at the New Orleans Board of Trade for most of the shoot. I think Arusyak giggled through 90% of the photo shoot and I absolutely love how much that translated to joyful imagery! Enjoy this little sneak peek and Happy almost Friday!