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This blog is dedicated to my adventure in photography. You'll see bits of my adopted hometown, New Orleans, as well as plenty of pictures of my sons, Dylan and Logan, and, of course, the children and families that allow me to capture the special moments in their lives.

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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

i love...

1) that Dylan always says, "I love you too." Even if you didn't say it first. I especially love when he says, "I love you too sweetheart." How cute is that? He makes my heart happy.

2) that if you show Logan a photo with him in it, he points to himself and says, "Baby!" Dylan always calls Logan "Baby" or "the baby" and apparently now Logan has adopted it as well.

3) that Dylan announces the emotional impact of every decision made in our household. No more apple juice today? "That makes Dylan sad." Going to the playground today? "That makes Dylan happy!" And yes, it's always announced in the third person.

4) seeing Logan attempt more and more complex words. And he does so well with them too - "alligator" and "octopus" among them.

5) how every meal - be it breakfast, lunch or dinner - Dylan tells me he wants fish sticks, green peas and dip. (All he really wants is the dip... aka ketchup!)

6) how Logan only wants mommy to pick him up out of his crib in the morning. If Kevin goes in to get him, Logan lies back down and pretends that he's going back to sleep.

7) that Dylan loves to cuddle. Every morning tells me, "I want to sit with mommy." And he does. He just wants to sit on the sofa and cuddle until he's fully awake.

8) that whenever you ask Logan if he's sleepy, he vigorously shakes his head no, even if he can barely keep his eyes open. I ask him several times a day now just for the fun of it. :)

Sneak Peek: Jessica + Jordan [New Orleans Maternity Photographer]

These two are so cute and excited about welcoming their first child. To commemorate this time in their lives we had a wonderful session in the Quarter. I just love all the textures and colors the Quarter has to offer.

And P.S... isn't she gorgeous??? Wow. :)

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Sneak Peek: Truman [New Orleans Baby Photographer]

Just look at this cutie with the beautiful blue eyes. Truman's family was in town for the holidays and took advantage of the opportunity to get some grat images down in the Frech Quarter. R + J - I hope you enjooy the peek! I'll have the full gallery ready soon.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Have a safe, happy and love-filled holiday! And since posts with images are way more fun than posts without, here's my final Santa baby of the 2009 season, Elise. See you all in 2010!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

back from the land of the mouse

Phew! What a whirlwind the past week has been. We jetted down to Disney World last Thursday to give my boys their first real introduction to the land of the mouse. Although Dylan is already a big fan of modern Disney hits such as Cars, The Incredibles, Bug's Life, Wall-E, etc. In just 4.5 days we covered Epcot, Animal Kingdom, Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios. By no means did we see eveything, but we certainly hit it pretty hard. The boys were troopers through it all, but I have to say they napped VERY well today. I think it will take them (and us) a few days to fully recover!

I'm sure I'll have more on our Disney experience - and pictures of course! - to post over the next few days. But in the meantime, I wanted to let everyone know that I'm back. I have stacks of orders etc to sort through and packge up so please give me a day or so to get through it all. It's all coming together!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Sneak Peek: Emerson [Luling Newborn Photographer]

Little Emerson has to be one of the easiest little newborns I've ever photographed. It took a couple of tries to get him in a good sleep, but then he slept like a champ, waking up just at the end for a couple of open-eyed shots.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

happy december: part II

For the first time in YEARS, Kevin and I and the boys are staying in New Orleans for Christmas. In past years we've always traveled - either to Boston to spend the holidays with my family or to Houston to see Kevin's sister and her family. But Dylan has finally reached an age that he is aware of Christmas and excited for it so this year we want to be home with our boys when they wake up Christmas morning and run to the tree to see what Santa brought them. We bought our tree a couple nights ago and put it up last night. The boys were so excited to "help" decorate it - and we only had one ornament casualty! Dylan is fascinated by the tree. :)

happy december!

It's hard to believe that it's December already. Where has the time gone??? I'm knee-deep in the busy season, but I wanted to take a few moments for some general announcements and housekeeping.

First of all I want to thank all of my wonderful clients. It's been a busy and exciting year. I've been amazed by the demand and honored to capture all of your families.

Secondly, December is BOOKED. Beyond booked really. I've squeezed in as many last minute requests as possible, but if you're not already on my schedule, I've seriously got nothing left (exception being any newborn clients that are already booked). But I am scheduling away for January and February if you can wait until after the first of the year. Just drop me a line.

Lastly, Amy Drouet Photography will be closed December 10-16 and December 24-January 1. In the first case I will not have any access to email and voicemail and will return all messages when I get back. In the second case I will be returning calls and emails as time allows and continuing the behind the scenes work (editing, placing orders, etc.)b but no sessions will be booked during this time period.

See you in 2010!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

santa baby

Just look at this beautiful baby boy! I just had to post this picture to prove to sweet Cole's mama that he did smile (once or twice ;)) during his session!

Friday, December 4, 2009

8 weeks young

Today I met up with sweet little Jax, 8 weeks old. Jax was signed up for a true newborn session, but we were never able to do it as he arrived five weeks early and spent his first few weeks in the hospital. Although tiny, Jax was just as alert and awake as a typical 8 week ld, but I did catch this shot during the few minutes that he napped for us and I loved it so I had to share it right away. What a cutie!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Sneak Peek: Aiden [New Orleans Baby Photographer]

Look at the cutie I got to meet this week! Little Aiden needed a few minutes to warm up, but once he did, he had the sweetest expressions. I know mom has been anxiously looking for her sneak peek, so Y+T - enjoy! I'll have the full gallery for you soon.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

A note to my clients...

As you all know, the holidays are rapidly approaching. I've been working every spare moment, including some late, late nights to get galleries out as quickly as possible. 'Tis the busy season after all. :) I have several orders due in from the lab over the next few days and I will get those out to you as quickly as I can.

However Amy Drouet Photography will be closed Dec 10-15. All orders placed and paid for by the 9th will be sent to the lab immediately. All orders that are returned from the lab prior to the 10th will be delivered/sent out to you before I leave. Orders that are not returned from the lab by the 10th will be delivered/sent out to you on the 16th. Orders received after the 9th will be submitted when I return on the 16th.

All of this is to say, if you have not placed an order yet - or have not paid for an order yet - and you want delivery in time for the holidays (especially those ordering holiday cards!) please get those orders and payments into me as quickly as possible. Thanks!!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Saints vs. Patriots: My Dilemma

As most of my friends and long-time clients know, I'm originally a Boston girl. And that means a Patriots fan. I remember when the Patriots weren't so good. I remember when we all cheered "Squish the Fish!" (And they didn't.) So I've watched with pride and excitement as the Patriots have risen over the past several years and transformed into a powerhouse team. I've watched Tom Brady turn from a little-known back-up quarterback into one of the best quaterbacks in the NFL. (It doesn't hurt that he's drop-dead gorgeous either. ;) And I've rooted for them all along the way.

Then six years ago I moved to New Orleans. I adopted the city and its team, the Saints. Even though the Saints weren't very good back then. In fact we had season tickets when they weren't very good - go figure. (I wish we had them now!) But we still rooted for them. And in 2006, when we were all still feeling bruised and battered post-Katrina, all that love started to pay off. Our boys were playing like a whole new team. They had heart and drive and they gave us all something to root for. Something to be proud of. And we loved them all the more for it.

I've been lucky. For six years I've been able to root for both of my teams without conflict. After all, the Saints and the Pats are in different divisions and rarely play each other. But all of that changed this season. This season my husband and I immediately noted the big match-up on the schedule. This year I have to choose. And I've had the questions pouring in from friends and family both north and south.

Would I be rooting for my Patriots? The team that I have more than 30 years invested in. The team I grew up with. The team that still represtents my beloved hometown.

Or would I be rooting for my Saints? The team that I adopted. The team that I've rooted on to a 10-o record so far. The team that's done so much for the region that I've laid down roots in. Built a family in.

The answer is......

Sorry my northern loved ones... I promise I still love my Pats as much as ever and I'll be rooting for them in every other game they play this year. But the way I see it, the Patriots have kicked some serious butt these past several years. They've won championships and brought home rings. And I love them for it. I'm so glad they've succeeded. But now it's time for the Saints to have their share of the glory.


Saturday, November 28, 2009

Sneak Peek: Marion [New Orleans Baby Photographer]

Yesterday morning I met up with funny little Marion and her parents who were in town for the holidays. I'm so glad that it worked out this year. They actually emailed me for a session this time last year, but I was out of town for the holidays.

Marion was a little lady on the go, full of mischief, a little mayhem and a mind of her own. And she was oh so beautiful. This first shot is one of my recent faves. I love the serious expression. I love the big brown eyes. I love those adorable pigtails. I just love it all.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Sneak Peek: J Family [New Orleans Family Photographer]

One of the hardest things about being the photographer in the family is that you're never in any of the photos. I know that from first hand experience. So I could totally relate when a fellow photographer, the lovely and talented Jill Jones, contacted me for a holiday session for her family.

As moms our concern is documenting our children as they grow and hit various milestones. That's our gift to ourselves. To capture and preserve those moments so we have them to look back on when our children are grown. But the the photos we get in with our children... those are our gift to them. And while they may not appreciate them now, they'll treasure them down the road.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Sneak Peek: G Family [Metairie Family Photographer]

I'm running just a teeeeensy bit behind on this sneak peek, but hopefully it's worth the wait. I got to meet with the G family last week as they prepare to expand their family once again. With three lively kids, there's plenty of love and excitement to go around in this household. It will be one lucky little girl joining this family.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

a boy and his dog

I am knee-deep in editing, ordering, designing, packaging and backing up tonight. But I had to take a moment out to post this image of my Dylan and our Nola. I just love everything about it.
And boy does he love his dog.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Sneak Peek: Camille [River Ridge Newborn Photographer]

One last sneak peek for tonight and... surprise! It's a newborn. :) I recently had the opportunity to meet sweet miss Camille. She was a bit older than most of my newborns but mom and dad worked really hard to get her sleepy for our session and it worked! Camille was a perfect little angel for us.

Sneak Peek: Blake [Luling Baby Photographer]

Another sneak peek today - and it's not a newborn! But I did take Mr. Blake's newborn photos. And now he's back and 6 months old already! What a happy, smiley little guy he was for us too. Just look and see...

Sneak Peek: Shane [Algiers Newborn Photographer]

Welcome to another edition of newborn mania here on the blog today! This sweet little guy is Shane. He was 7 days old and soooo good for our session. He was wide awake (but oh-so-alert and content) for the first half of our session. And then he fell fast asleep, right on cue!

Sneak Peek: Isabella [Hammond Newborn Photographer]

I've known Isabella's mom, Crissy, for years... way back to when we were both planning our weddings on a "little" website called The Knot. So it was extra special to get to meet her new baby girl last week and photograph sweet Isabella.