how to surprise your girlfriend with a proposal.

so our text messages for the day went a little something like this (including typos and terrible iphone auto corrections)….

aug 7, 2010 8:39 AM

brandon: just leaving to go to Nola. we can make it four if u like

me: i think that sounds awesome ๐Ÿ™‚

brandon: k. thanks

brandon: maybe 3 moving kind of fast ill keep you posted. its gonna be between 3 and 4

me: i was just thinking about you! maps on my iphone is saying ill be there a little before three assuming we dont get into any traffic so it works out well that you guys are moving fast. ill let you know if something happens that will make us show up later that expected

brandon: yep

brandon: half way done. looks like 3:30 to 4

me: works out great. ill have time to bring my husband and son to the hotel then just wait for you to let me know when you are on your way

brandon: done about to leave to go to park

me : awesome almost there

brandon: pulling up

me: i dont see you i have a honda pilot

brandon: were coming in like two minutes. what color

me: oh shit i was scared hunter green already sitting in grass hanging out with my daughter

brandon: see us were parking

me: yes you guysxoming on this side and just say when you are about to do it

brandon: i dont see u after we eat. ill do it

brandon: where are you

me: standing behind your car but i dont see you

brandon: on left side of car walk to water

me: see you

brandon: about 100 to 200 feet

brandon: cool ill give u go ahead and u tell me when ure ready in like 10 minutes

me: k ill scoot my way over there in a few then send me a last second go time message

brandon: what are shellie and i wearing? making sure got right people

me: navy shirt baseball tee

brandon: you got it. after she lays on me its anytime after that

brandon: k

brandon: u teady

brandon: ready

aug 7, 2010 4:45 PM

me: go time

he just finished law school and took the bar exam so she was probably expecting a proposal soon BUT probably not this day.

they worked hard all morning and afternoon packing up his life into a uhaul truck and stopped at city park for one last picnic in new orleans before the move.

i love that they were so sweaty. i love that they were in working clothes. i love that he chose to propose to her on a day like that day.

this is real life people.

and i love my daughter for sitting in the itchy grass in 100 degree weather for me so ย that i could pretend i was just another mom photographing her child at the park.

i think if i were just walking around the park by myself with a giant zoom lens i might have given the surprise away ๐Ÿ™‚

go watch a slideshow of the whole proposalย here.

Melissa Surprise - What a great memory to have a photograph of. And of course the to the groom, GO SOX!!!August 16, 2010 – 1:23 pm

Anna Geissler - Wow this is awesome..made me teary eyed!!! so sweetAugust 16, 2010 – 1:36 pm

lauryl - omg. i love it!! i think i cried 10 times. this is the best idea a guy can have for a surprise like this. every girl wants to remember every detail about this moment. its almost better than the wedding itself! haha.August 16, 2010 – 1:41 pm

Crystal - thanks for ruining my makeup this morning!!! LOVED this. SO awesome. What an amazing memory they will have forever. Beautiful Kim, seriously!August 16, 2010 – 1:44 pm

Jess Wernes - Nice work!! It sounds like it went off without a hitch, I would have been sooo nervous about screwing it up.August 16, 2010 – 2:02 pm

Karen - WOW~ so impressive that he pulled this surprise off and had the forethought to have you photograph this sweet story. Definitely brought tears to my eyes, too!August 16, 2010 – 2:07 pm

Haley Wilson - This gave me chills!! Awesome job chika ๐Ÿ™‚August 16, 2010 – 2:11 pm

Laurie Fontenot - Wow! I just cried my eyes out. What a great surprise! You have the best job!August 16, 2010 – 2:16 pm

Gina Tuttle - Kim! What a small world! Brandon is my cousin (My dad and his grandfather were brothers)and it is wonderful to see these sweet and beautiful pictures. Thank you for sharing this lovely moment:)August 16, 2010 – 2:26 pm

Gammy - wow! I felt like I was hiding in the bushes right there with you. What a beautiful moment to capture.August 16, 2010 – 3:07 pm

Tim Pham - I love your story leading up to the slideshow. I felt all of their emotion through your pictures. Awesome job and way to touch it out in this crazy heat!August 16, 2010 – 4:13 pm

melanie babin - aww, that was beautiful!August 16, 2010 – 4:22 pm

Shannon Hagan - SHELLIE! Congratulations! and once again…..fantastic work…Kim you ROCK! Loved the slideshow!August 16, 2010 – 4:56 pm

Christine DeSavino - OMG – that slideshow is flippin AWESOME!!! Such an adorable couple and you did an amazing job as always, Kim!August 16, 2010 – 5:44 pm

Kelly Simmonds - Chills!!!! How sweet was that!August 16, 2010 – 8:53 pm

Matt - Very cool story. Especially cool that none of you got chiggers. Fun stuff!August 17, 2010 – 1:24 pm

Kati - Kim! I love the slideshow. What a fun job!!! I love ALL of the pics, I almost teared up. What a sweet guy and CUTE couple. I love the picture of them holding hands walking towards the Uhaul. and the pics on the truck, and…well all of them! what fun. great job girl!August 17, 2010 – 2:07 pm

kara elmore - AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! love every single part of it!! And love that you got to capture it.August 17, 2010 – 6:45 pm

sally ervin-mabry - absolutely wonderful.August 17, 2010 – 9:23 pm

Jamie Kutter - love this!!!!August 20, 2010 – 10:06 am

Lindey - dang kim! i’m all drying now. just amazing & that text commentary was an amazing build up :o) you rock!August 21, 2010 – 12:05 am

Lindey - that was suppose to read: crying, but i’m obviously a little messed up from the emotions & can’t type!August 21, 2010 – 12:11 am

haley lancaster - that made me cry- perfect! love love love itAugust 31, 2010 – 10:05 am

Adrienne - wow…what a great moment. I don’t even know these people and I am crying. I am so flipping happy for them. That is what photography is all about…they will love these forever ๐Ÿ™‚September 12, 2010 – 2:44 pm

just because.

i love love love when people book sessions for their older children. you dont really need a reason to have photos. i know senior year is a big deal because high school graduation is important but so is moving on to high school from junior high and moving on from college and turning 10 and turning 21 or getting your braces off. that was one super run on sentence but my point is that everything is worth remembering. photos are important all the time. not just when your children are cute and little ๐Ÿ™‚

this mom gets it. she just wanted photos of her children just because.

sister was such a pretty girl and so comfortable in front of my camera and brother was a really cool laid back guy. they were actually nice to each other too. bonus points for them.

Laura Hetzel - Such a pretty pair! Beautiful.July 23, 2010 – 5:05 pm

megan - kim, you always pick the coolest places for photos!! where were these taken? i especially love the dreamy look of the location for the bottom two images. love your work always!July 23, 2010 – 5:09 pm

Andrea - BEE-YOOO-TEE-FUL!!!!!
These are seriously gorgeous.July 23, 2010 – 5:17 pm

Jill - you are just rediculously amazing! these has fantastic!!! gorgeous!!July 23, 2010 – 5:33 pm

Matt - Delicious light and great subjects… beautiful images, Kim.July 23, 2010 – 8:08 pm

Christine DeSavino - Phenomenal, Kim!July 23, 2010 – 8:10 pm

Karen - Oh my goodness!!! WOW, WOW, WOW! These are ridonkulously incredible! I love all of them! Oh, how I’ve missed your bloggity blog.July 23, 2010 – 10:18 pm

amy - their momma must love these!! awesome session Kim!July 24, 2010 – 12:34 pm

Jowhara - Gorgeous!July 25, 2010 – 1:06 am

Julie Sowers - Seriously gorgeous kids!! She is so beautiful and he is gorgeous too! I love your location. Looks great in the images. I have looked over your blog and I could comment on EVERY one of the posts! Beautiful work!!!!July 26, 2010 – 1:54 pm

angelique - SO AWESOME.that girl as gorgeous!and you are just amazing, as alwaysJuly 26, 2010 – 4:09 pm

Brooke Drellos - So beautiful Kim!! I love everything about them…such amazing light, too!July 27, 2010 – 2:43 pm

Tim Pham - LOVE the 2nd to last photo!July 28, 2010 – 2:55 am

Maggie - Thanks for visiting my blog. I love Amy and her photography. Didn’t realize you were a photographer, too. Your pictures are beautiful!! I’ve enjoyed looking at them!July 29, 2010 – 9:25 pm

Rae - These are just breathtaking – you are sooooooo good!!!!August 3, 2010 – 11:48 pm

Chocolate Admirer from Austin - Kim,though we haven’t connected since you did the photo shoot of my daughter in Austin, I periodically check your blog site to see your A!-MA!-ZING! work. It doesn’t matter the frequency, whenever I log in, I’m always in awe with what you have done. Too bad you’re wrestling with work/life balance cuz girlfriend… you should be with a major publisher, if not one yourself. You are a well kept Louisiana secret! Glad I found you cuz you’re so freaking talented! Continued Blessings…August 10, 2010 – 3:42 pm

candice - Every time I stop by to take a peak at your blog I am blown away! Amazing work girl!August 12, 2010 – 7:06 pm

Amy - absolutely gorgeous kim.August 12, 2010 – 10:11 pm

i suck.

more than a month since my last blog post. wow. so lame. im embarrassed.

but i have all kinds of things to blog about now so if anyone actually still reads this then i promise to start blogging again regularly.

i photographed these awesome kids a few weeks ago before i took off on vacation. such sweet kids. the little boy loves his sister and kissed her all throughout their session. going to be a total ladies man.

and i need some help from my photographer friends please. why do these images look totally different on my blog? the color and contrast are all sorts of crazy!

Jamie Kutter - hey!!! I had that same issue for a long time! look at it in a different browser?? I get so frustrated sometimes with how stuff looks on the web! your work is stunning though…as always!!! I see no problem!July 15, 2010 – 6:50 pm

Natalie Clayshulte - Wow! These are some gorgeous kiddos and some gorgeous shots. Nice work!July 15, 2010 – 6:51 pm

Brooke - Beyond amazing – always.July 15, 2010 – 7:09 pm

Lisa T - I love these Kim!July 16, 2010 – 10:54 pm

amy - i was only able to see these on my iphone while i was away.. i don’t see anything here with color/contrast, i think they look great!July 19, 2010 – 1:26 pm

vanessa diel - Too cute. Love them all!July 20, 2010 – 10:52 pm

Amy - do you get tired of all the praise? it’s 100% deserved. i’m gah-gah over every post.July 21, 2010 – 10:14 pm

Tim Pham - OMG! I love everything about this session. The two images below the first one are SOOO adorable!July 28, 2010 – 2:56 am

kara elmore - lots and lots of words … but your pp rocks. All the time. And I”m always in awe of what you capture. brilliant. you are magazine chickadee.August 17, 2010 – 6:47 pm

Julie Sowers - How in the world did I miss this post? These are amazing!!!! Love the dreamy look and the bright colors!August 29, 2010 – 4:45 pm

Stephanie - Kim – My friend Kristin suggested I look at your site, and you’re very inspiring! I really love your style. About the web differences, I had that same problem and found out through a google search that you have to save your files in sRGB color space for them to look consistent across the web. Hope this helps!September 12, 2010 – 12:18 am

erin woolsey - where do you live, because every where around me is burnt to a crisp. i mean dead as a door nail. i had a bride request “green” and the best i could come up with were some green weeds by a body of water :-/. haha. ps. your photos are so good ๐Ÿ™‚October 4, 2011 – 10:14 pm

little miss.

this beautiful family drove in from dallas with their sweet little miss a few weeks ago for their family session and had big ideas that included a vintage stroller. sadly i didnt have a vintage stroller but thanks to facebook and a really sweet photographer from baton rouge i was able to get one in time. thank ย you so so very much chantelle!

see facebook isnt only good for posting lame status updates and wasting time and stalking people you dont know!

also this family was super prepared for their session. little one had slept all day and been fed right before we met so that she would be a happy baby…. BUT her teeth decided to start creeping out right when they stepped out of the car. no joke. she was miserable. she was in pain.

luckily mom and dad were totally ready to play silly songs on their phones and jump around like crazy people to entertain her. i love when parents are into it like that. also little one felt much better when she was sucking her thumb and she looked so very cute while doing it.

i think they like her ๐Ÿ™‚

Cristina - LOOOOVE that last one. too perfect!June 8, 2010 – 2:24 pm

Natalie Clayshulte - Oh my WOW! So fantastic. Love the props and the beautiful eyes.June 8, 2010 – 2:40 pm

Jamie Kutter - perfect as always! love them all!June 8, 2010 – 3:02 pm

Leslie Houx - Oh my…I am in love with all of them!June 8, 2010 – 3:02 pm

Mollie Kendall - these are wonderful! I love each one but that last one is amazing!!June 8, 2010 – 3:10 pm

Christine DeSavino - So beautiful! Love them all, but the first and last are my favs!June 8, 2010 – 3:24 pm

amy - these are faboosh! awesome as always. Awesome light going on here!June 16, 2010 – 10:26 pm

ashleym - She is a DOLL!!! SO so so precious!!June 17, 2010 – 12:19 am

Karen - gorgeous, kim! swooning over that golden light and TDF stroller!June 17, 2010 – 9:50 am

Tim Pham - the first 3 are just priceless! Love the last image also.July 9, 2010 – 9:37 pm

Lindey - omg…these are gorgeous! what a precious baby girl and family! and your light…aaahhhh!July 23, 2010 – 12:11 am

what the world needs is…

less hate and more hugs.

less fake and more real.

less “me” and more “you”.

and a whole lot more teenage girls like this one.

p.s. i also created a facebook page for my business right here. so go check it out. its sort of on the lame side right now because its new but soon it will be a happening place to be for sure ๐Ÿ™‚

Natalie Clayshulte - I love the jump shot! She seems so vibrant and full of life. Beautiful pictures!May 20, 2010 – 12:38 pm

Leslie Houx - Everything you said is so true!! She is such a beauty and that last shot is awesome!May 20, 2010 – 1:18 pm

kara elmore - are you kidding me?? OHHH MY!!!! AHHH the one of her JUMPING – and her laughing at the doors w/ her hair like this???????????????????? dying. love it. freaking out. wanting to be a teenager again for someone like you to capture me like this so I would know/feel I was pretty EVERY DAY!May 20, 2010 – 9:14 pm

rachel - shut up! these are fantastic! love, love the jump shot…and the yellow sweater on the yellow stripe. and the green door shot. ok, all of them. fabulous!May 21, 2010 – 9:38 am

Stephanie - AWESOME!!!!!!!! the last shot is amazing! She’s a doll!May 21, 2010 – 6:29 pm

amy - love all these… esp the last one! Awesome:)May 21, 2010 – 7:46 pm

Amy - You never disappoint Kim! These are beautiful! I love your variety. You nailed it. She practically jumps off the page. The pp is gorgeous! They are so yummy!May 22, 2010 – 10:56 pm

Sarah Castor - FABULOUS! You are fabulous! You are so wonderfully talented! May I ask what you shoot with?May 23, 2010 – 11:30 pm

Cristina - These are SO. DARN. GOOD. love!!!May 26, 2010 – 8:37 pm

Molly W. - They are all beautiful but that last one is especially captivating!May 26, 2010 – 10:53 pm

lauren gauthier - these are ALL lovely, kim. but that final shot? OMG <3 <3 <3May 31, 2010 – 10:06 am

Karen - oh my goodness! i just made a end of yr slideshow for ethan’s class and i used this song for part of it: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0011NE7SG/ref=yml_dmt you have to get it!! <3 btw – amazing images, as always!May 31, 2010 – 1:21 pm

michele - holy goodness! i am sad to say i haven’t peaked over here in a while, but i am completely blown away with your work – yet again!! dang girl…i didn’t think you could make it any better ๐Ÿ™‚ all of these sessions are nothing short of amazing. love you!August 10, 2010 – 9:03 pm

caroline cryer - this is my bestfriend jillian. i went through all of your shoots just to find this one and brandon and shellie’s. i love it. i have pictures and everytime i go to their house, i look at them, theyre truely amazing. we bought that exact shirt together, last year. im truely obsessed with this one.December 13, 2010 – 10:40 pm