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Shaquana: Baton Rouge Lighting Workshop

Right before I flew off to New Zealand I hosted my final lighting workshop until late September. The beautiful, smart, and ambitious Shaquana Lewis graced me with her modeling skills. She did a fabulous job modeling in front of so many photographers! Time and time these ladies impress me with their confidence. The workshop was hosted primarily indoors due to 60%-70% chance of rain… and well it never rained, so for the final hour I moved the class outside and had my students implement the techniques they had learned earlier in the day. If you’re interested in attending a future lighting workshop please click here for more information.


Makeup Artist: Eric Vosburg
Model: Shaquana Lewis
Laura Merikay Lighting Workshop

Brandon Jr

The winners of my portfolio building newborn shoot are Amy & Brandon Burris! Below is their precious new baby boy. Brandon Jr was remarkably good for this shoot. I did lots of research and discovered what made babies comfortable and easier to work with during photography sessions. Let me tell you, a white noise machine is a gift from God himself! It put little Brandon Jr straight ot sleep- to my and his mom’s excitement!:)White noise mimics the noises the babies hear when inside their mommies, helping to lull them into a comfortable state. I’m very proud of these images considering it’s my first full length newborn session.
I cannot wait to photograph more babies, so bring em on!;)

Pam Mitcham - June 1, 2012 - 9:31 pm

Um, yep… those are freakin’ ADORABLE!!!! Well done, as usual!

Laura - June 1, 2012 - 10:23 pm

Thank you Pam!! It was a lonnnggg session. :)

Rebecca Owens - June 2, 2012 - 7:02 am

I love the photos where Brandon rests in more natural elements. I’m not opposed to the blue, but it is a little glaring. Maybe a softer blue to go along with the notion of newborn innocence? The crown didn’t add anything to the shoot. What types of headgear, if you use it, would make sense for a boy? A small baseball cap? A mini football helmet? As far as those go, they could possibly be used as “cradles” depending on baby’s size, especially a full football helmet. Also, what types of things are important to the parents? Special mememtos, clothing, jewelry, that you could incorporate so that when they look at the photos they smile double. Just suggestions…

Laura - June 2, 2012 - 9:48 am

Thank you for the feedback Rebecca! The natural element shots are by far my favorites as well. This was a portfolio building session, not one that revolved around the client. I used the crown because I made it and wanted to photograph it, tried to make it tiny so it could be a little prince like crown. The parents foster animals and adored their dogs. Initially, we were going to pose a dog or two with the baby, but the dogs hadn’t been introduced to the infant yet and I did not want to risk the baby’s safety for a few precious shots… although they would have been so adorable! I agree with the mementos and themes pertaining to the parents/family in the future. Thank you so much for being such a fan! :)

Raptor Physicals

As many of you may know, I’ve been volunteering at the Raptor cages at LSU when possible. These birds are magnificent and intelligent creatures. The vet students have been so accommodating when I volunteer and enjoy sharing their new found knowledge with me. It’s so refreshing to meet like-minded individuals with a common goal… and reminds me why I strive to get accepted to vet school. Working with these, and all creatures, brings me so much joy and self-fulfillment. For that reason, I can never give up on my dream. One day soon, I hope to be working with these birds all the more often. Hope you enjoy the images, I did not take a lot of pictures considering I was aiding in the processes. Whereas these birds may seen adorable- because they are- they are not too fond of being handled, even when kept in captivity due to injuries that prevent them from surviving in the wild. Handling them is vital to a physical examination, restraining them is far different than restraining a cat or dog and you do not wish to get slashed by those talons. The beak, eh, no where near as sharp. I’ve been taught how to restrain them and have done so successfully. Sydney the vulture is the only bird that somewhat unnerves me. She has a monstrous beak you don’t want to get caught by!:)

***Please Note: No birds were harmed during the physical examinations and please do not contact Louisiana State University in hopes of visiting these birds. These educational animals are not available for public viewing.***