The Storybook Collection| Covington LA Mandeville LA Northshore New Orleans- Alice

"...Even with the dream of Wonderland of long ago; and how she would feel with all their simple sorrows, and find pleasure in all their simple joys, remember her own child life, and the happy summer days." - Lewis Carroll

Strong.  Independent.  Fiercely creative and imaginative.  Passionately in love with everything... possibly with too many things.  A feminist.  Thirsty for adventure but sensible enough to be grounded by something... anything.  Driven by a desire to expand and grow, yet can't deny the pull of raising a family of her own. 

I imagine Alice strong and free-spirited.  I believe the free spirit to be an earned trait, on some level.  From her earliest formative years, her upbringing was proper and full of etiquette.  Yet, she was plucked from that place and set in a wonderful land of upside-down and inside-out.  It pushed her boundaries.  She became queen, and achieved a title all but a few dream about in the end.  That led her to know herself and know what she wants.  She's no longer afraid to stand up for who she is and what she needs.  She has a voice and uses it.  She uses that voice not only for herself but to help those that are silenced.  Creating and pushing envelopes are her favorite pastimes.  She's able to channel that into mothering.  I imagine her having boys.  Rowdy, rambunctious boys that bring chaos wherever they go.  However, to Alice, it's nothing but a walk in the park.  She's seen things far beyond what anyone can imagine, and those boys are nothing but a piece of cake that help her grow in ways she wasn't prepared for.  They are her new adventure. 


This shoot was challenging and endearing and wonderfully fun.  It was all about Alice and how I thought she might be as an adult.  I was able to step in front of the camera.  It took some help and some direction, but it came out beautifully.  I must admit, I had a hard time picking which images to use.  The ones I thought would work, turned out to be a bit overthought.  I think I might post outtakes from all of these sessions after this series is over.  Might be fun to look back.  

Thank you Amanda Pohlmann for directing this session when I couldn't.  She is able to understand my vision and help it come to life.  

Thank you to SaraJane Lowery for being our photography assistant.  She's a budding photographer and was such a joy to have on set.  She fluffed skirts and even snapped a few photos for me to try her hand at this process.  She did an excellent job. 

Thanks to Kelsey Freeman for being an amazing artist that directly inspired the shot of my boys running around me.  We tried several different things with the boys, and this was a last ditch effort.  My boys are a lot like I imagine Alice to have, and literally them running in circles was all we could get them to focus to do.  

And thank you to my husband for photographing this for me!  We make a good team, my love.  I set the camera, you focus and snap.  Thank you.  Couldn't have done it without you!  Thank you to my boys for running in circles around me too!  <3