Emily Rose Photography | Louisiana Portrait Photographer
I am Emily, a South & Central Louisiana natural light photographer, and I would love to have the opportunity to create a custom portrait experience for you. I pride myself on the ability to capture the beauty and personality of my subjects along with the beauty of the scenery around them. My style is warm, natural, & vibrant.
Today I was going through senior sessions from last year that are on my blog cue and realized I never blogged Teurlings senior Ashley’s session! I dontk now how it slipped past me cause it’s one of my favorites from this past Spring! Ashley was the winner of my Class of 2019 Senior Session Giveaway! She was an absolute joy to photograph and such a natural in front of the camera! She needed very little direction from me, she danced, and changed moves, laughed and posed so flawlessly and I just snap snap snapped! It was a perfect March day, the sun was shining and the flowers were in bloom, everything came together flawlessly! Class of 2020, if you’re reading this and considering booking a Spring session with me just note that I only have a couple spots left in March and I do not take senior sessions after March 31st so NOW is the time to book your date! Fall is fill super fast also! Let’s chat! But first check out Ashley’s session below!
While we’re stuck inside awaiting Hurricane Barry and still have wifi & power, I thought I could get some blogging done! Starting with Kynlee and sweet Poppy! We rescheduled their first date due to some ugly weather but it was worth the wait for the gorgeous afternoon that we shot! Poppy wasn’t feeling so well that day, teething is rough ya’ll! I’ve worked with many teething babes before and when I do I like to focus less on trying to get posed smiles and document those sweet moments of mom comforting and cuddling babe also. So that’s what we did and luckily Poppy also snuck us a few smiles! I love mommy & me sessions at this age because I know moms will treasure being able to look back on these photos one day and miss those little moments, miss comforting their babies when they weren’t feeling well, and miss those close warm snuggles! Let them be little, and document them while they are!
I’ve been photographing this little lady since the actual moment she was born! I get her in front of my camera twice a year, once around her birthday and once for the holidays! This year for her fourth birthday she got a few horses, so it was obvious what we should do for her four year pictures… photograph her with her pretty horses, Cass, Marvin, and Willie! For this session I wanted to skip out on the posed stuff and just document Quinn in the pasture with the horses playing and being herself! Although it was very hot and we had some ups & downs this session totally exceeded my vision! I love these photos and I know one day she will treasure having these memories documented! I think this is my favorite session with her so far!
The Comeaux family is one of my favorite families to work with! I’ve been photographing them since Brittany & Alex’s engagement pictures back in 2014 and I’ve seen them a few times over the years for other sessions! I’ve loved watching Bella & Kate grow in front of my camera, these girls are so sweet and at such a precious age right now! We preserved some pretty beautiful memories despite the summer heat! Here are some of my favorites from their session!
Two of my favorite bookings are when my friends book with me and when fellow photographers book with me, and my sweet friend Natasha is both of those wrapped into one so I was so excited to see her name in my inbox! Photography brought us together many years ago and we’ve been friends ever since! This summer I got to do a super fun session with her and her two loves, Trevor & Laia! She chose beautiful Lake Martin for their session and things fell into place flawlessly! It was a beautiful afternoon, and their outfits and the colors at the lake looked PERFECT together! I love this session because I think many forget about photos once their babies are older but pictures to document THIS time in your children’s lives are just as important as when they are babies! You’ll want to remember them at this age too, and one day they will want to look back at you at this age! These smiles and laughs together are worth cherishing right now and will be an absolute treasure later in life! So here’s your little reminder, document babies, document toddlers, document teenagers, and start all over again when your babies have babies! Document it all! You will never regret having photos done but the same cannot be said if you don’t have them done!
I don’t know why it took me so long to get this beautiful session up on the the blog because its one of my favs so far this year! In March I spent a super fun afternoon with my favorite Lopez family for Carly’s second session at Clark Creek in Mississippi! We did Carly’s first round of senior pictures in downtown Lake Charles and for her second session they wanted to go for a totally different and unique look. So we all decided to go hike Clark Creek for this shoot! Carly’s natural style and outfits fit this location so well and ya’ll that looong beautiful hair!!! I love this location for shooting and for hiking! There are a few light waterfalls to stop at along the crystal clear creek. The hike is very strenuous because the land is very hilly there but its still a really fun and beautiful place to explore! Pack some waters and prepare to take it very easy the day after your hike! Anyway, back to Carly’s session! We had so much fun and so many laughs that day and I absolutely LOVE these photos!
A year ago today I blogged the LeMaire Birth Story so it felt fitting to blog Vinny’s first birthday shoot today! I love the combination of a family session and first birthday cake smash, especially when it’s a baby whose arrival I got to document also! I absolutely LOVED seeing this sweet family again and documenting another special time in their lives! Cake smashes are one of my absolute favorite things to shoot! So hire me for your baby’s first birthday, ya’ll! Its so much fun!
I just want to start off by giving a little warning, some of the details and photos below may difficult to see/read. Please be advised but please hang in there for true beauty of this post!
My memories of that day are both vivid and blurry at the same time. I was ten years old and my youngest sister, Carissa, was 4 months old. I remember I was on the phone in the living room with my aunt who was working in Florida at that time. It was a Sunday morning, and we were having family over that day for a get together for one of my brother’s birthday. My dad was in the kitchen preparing things to cook, my mom had left for the grocery store, my two older brothers & older sister were sleeping late, my grandmother was also on another house phone talking to my aunt with me, my two year old cousin was on the front porch playing with toys and my baby sister was in there too sleeping in her carseat. The front porch was my dad’s happy place, it wasn’t so much a ‘porch’ but an enclosed room fully wrapped around in big windows on the front of our house. He loved that room so much that he moved his coffee maker in there and he & mom would sit in their chairs every morning and drink their coffee with my baby sister in her seat next to them. So in the midst of all the different things going on that day, we suddenly heard my baby sister yell out in loud shrieking cry, I remember my dad running so fast through the living room from the kitchen to get to her.. and I blur out a little bit at this point of the story.. the next thing I remember was my dad yelling ‘call 9-1-1’ to my sister who was awakened by all the screaming… then I blur out again.. my older sister, Sabrina, says she remembers dad screaming for her to call but she didn’t have any idea at the time what was going on, she recalls the dispatcher asking what the emergency was and she didn’t know what to tell her. One of the most gut-wrenching parts of her recollection of that morning was she remembers my dad just screaming ‘oh no’. My next memory is walking into the bathroom, terrified, where I saw a vision that is permanently printed, framed, and hung on the walls in my brain for the rest of my life.. my dad, my sister, my brothers, and my grandmother all gathered around over the bathtub, my dad holding my baby sister in a cold water bath, as instructed by the dispatcher on the phone. I peeked around them and saw my baby sister, much of her skin was gone exposing only bright red flesh… I can still see her face bright purple and hear the loudest screaming crying I had ever heard while also gasping for air. At ten years old it was really hard for me to grasp what I was seeing or know what to do… I feel like when people describe an out of body experience, that’s what it feels like.. and there I blur out again. I do have a visual of the ambulance parked out in front of our house but no memory of my sister being taken away or anything. She was rushed first to two local hospitals and then airlifted to the burn center at LSU Health in Shreveport. My next memories are my grandmother staying with us while my parents spent a couple weeks at the hospital. I don’t recall the moment when my sister and my parents actually came back home, but the next memory I can recall is when she was back home and my parents were having to change her bandages daily. My mom explained the process of bandage changing saying ‘We tried to do it when you kids weren’t around because of how traumatic it all was so your dad would come home from work a few times during the day while you guys were at school. We would have to give Carissa pain medicine first, then take off all the bandages, clean her up, and put on the creams and fresh bandages. I would have to hold her up and your dad would wrap, she would just scream so loud the entire time but once we were done changing them and she was wrapped back up she was okay again.’ She thinks my memories of the bandage changing may have mostly come from the weekends but now I have new perspective of what they went through dealing with all of this and also trying to protect and traumatize us other kids as little as possible.
So what exactly happened that day? My dad had just put a fresh pot of coffee on and stepped out for minute to check things in the kitchen. You guys, accidents truly can happen in the blink of an eye, you can intentionally be safe and try protect your children but sometimes things you could never predict or anticipate will happen.. While my dad stepped out, my cousin (two years old at that time), after observing the grown ups pouring coffee, decided to imitate what he had seen. While my dad was out, he grabbed a toy cup, went over to the full, fresh pot of coffee and pulled it down assumingly to pour coffee into his toy cup. The pot was obviously much too heavy for his little hands to hold and he dropped the entire pot of coffee on my baby sister whose seat was just below, beside my dad’s chair. I can still picture in my mind the little yellow toy cup that he had picked up laying in the chair. Carissa had 1st, 2nd, and 3rd degree burns covering over 50% of her tiny 4 month old body. The coffee pot hit her in the head, and poured down the right side of her body. Two of her worst burns/scars are on her stomach and her upper thigh where her diaper held the pool of coffee in place in just those few split seconds before my dad got to her.
Tonight I sat down with mom, dad, and Carissa, I put on a slideshow of our photoshoot and asked a few questions about the details of that day. My dad broke down very quickly into the story, having trouble getting his words out, explaining how they weren’t allowed to take the helicopter ride with her from Lake Charles to Shreveport and once they arrived in Shreveport they weren’t allowed to see her in ICU for 24 hours. It was clear that talking about it with us really brought him back to how painful that experience was. Once they were able to see her they could only see her for a few minutes at a time. After two weeks the doctor, a friend of our family, decided that he would allow mom and dad to go home with Carissa. They taught them how to change her bandages and they had to go back to Shreveport every other day for a few weeks then once a week, and so on after that. I didn’t know this detail of the story, Shreveport is 4 hours from my parents house so I can’t imagine what it was like to have to make that drive every other day. One part of the story that no one can seem quite sure of was who contacted my mom at the grocery story, but someone made the call to the store and they called my mom over the loudspeaker to their phone. I can’t imagine what kind of sinking feeling she had at that moment. She left her grocery cart in the store and went straight to the nearest hospital to meet dad, Sabrina, and Carissa. Neither of the two local hospitals they were sent to were equipped to handle her extensive burns so that’s when the decision was made to airlift her to a burn center. Mom says the moment they found out they would not be able to fly to Shreveport and they watched the helicopter fly away with her was the first time she really just broke. They both mention how fast they drove to Shreveport, making it there in only a couple hours.
Below are a few photos my parents have saved from their time in the hospital.
You may notice her scars when you see her in person, but let me tell you what you absolutely WILL see… you will see a sweet girl who never once carried herself like she was flawed or scarred, you’ll see a girl who always openly and happily answered questions when asked ‘what happened to you’, you will see a girl more beautiful on the inside than she is on the outside and she is GORGEOUS on the outside, you will see a girl who found a way to love her true self in a world that wants you to choose fake over real, you will see a girl who found confidence in her flaws when the world tells you to just cover them up, you will see a girl with a light shining so bright inside that it’s contagious to others. Over the years I’ve grown more and more proud to call this wonderful human my sister and my friend. So I was beaming with emotion and pride during this empowering photoshoot. Can you imagine being so confident having your photos taken with absolutely no makeup, hair unfixed, in simple jeans & a tank top PLUS openly exposing one of the most difficult parts of your life story? But I watched her face light up with a smile and her head shaking yes while she flipped through the photos on my computer. After all the photoshoots I’ve done with her with a full face of makeup, styled hair, and outfits we spent weeks/months planning… this seems to be the photoshoot that she really loves the most! And that speaks volumes of her true character in my opinion. But hey, I am very VERY biased ;) It was 18 years since her accident last week and this weekend my sister will graduate high school so the timing of it all feels so perfect. I’m so happy to finally have this story of my beautiful, wonderful sister on the blog. I just want everyone to know, sharing her story was not meant to be sad, or gain pity.. my sister wanted to share her story in order to empower! To show that her flaws don’t define her and yours don’t either. You were created just the way you are for a purpose and everything you’ve been through was carefully stitched into your story with good reason by The Creator of all. So listen, I’ll stop blabbering on now and allow you guys to check out these incredible photographs of this beautiful human! But first, Carissa, I am so overwhelmingly proud of the young woman you have become! You are 10 years younger than me and still inspire me in so many ways! You have a beautiful heart and I cannot wait to see where life takes you from here on!
“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” Psalm 139:13-14
Natalie booked my Seasonal Session, which is two senior portrait sessions, so this was my second session with her! She wanted a Spring feel with flowers for this session so we booked Rip Van Winkle Gardens for her shoot because the gardens were so beautiful this year! It was late in the bloom but we were lucky enough to find some beautiful flowers still hanging around! The sun light was soooo beautiful that day! It was the first week of sunshine after weeks of grey cloudy days so this session was giving me life that day! I LOVED that denim dress that we started with but I SUPER LOVED that white dress! Dresses with flow and movement like that just feed my soul! It felt so perfect for that beautiful day and location! Love this session all together!
Happy to get another one of my favorite senior sessions of the season on the blog! There was one glorious week of cool weather and gorgeous sunshine in March where I felt like I was not living in Louisiana anymore! Every session I shot that week was magical and Shelby’s session at Jungle Gardens was one of them! Although this beauty would have created her own sunshine even on a cloudy day! My camera loved Shelby and when she put on that white dress… ya’ll! She looked like a pure angel! I didnt want her to change into her third outfit, I just wanted to play in the white dress for the rest of the shoot! That was definitely one of my favorite senior outfits! I love this session!