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Melissa’s Bridal Portraits | Lake Charles Portrait Photographer

Melissa Musso

Back when I visited Lake Charles in February, I took Melissa and Jake’s engagement portraits. That afternoon, after a lovely wedding shower, Melissa and I went out to make her bridal portraits with her mom and her sister, Leslie.

It was a chilly and windy day in Lake Charles, which made some of the initial locations we wanted to try nearly impossible, but we made it work… and we ended up in a lonesome field as the sun was setting. Melissa was a trooper, and the final images are GORGEOUS.

Melissa Musso

Melissa’s mother, Ree, snapped some photographs with her iPhone as we were finishing up our portraits in this mud-filled field with the gorgeous, golden light, and she sent them to me. As someone who hardly ever has images of herself at work, this was a fun insight, and I am so happy to have these images! (You’ll note that I’m wearing Melissa’s coat, which was a little small, because it was so chilly and windy!)

We had a blast for the portraits, and everyone was thrilled when we called it a day, moving back into the warmth of the car, and then proceeding to eat delicious TexMex food that evening with Melissa’s family and their friends.

LAKE CHARLES, La.: Melissa Musso stands for her bridal portraits in a field near her hometown on Sat. Feb. 16, 2013. Melissa and her fiance, Jake Alford, are getting married in March. (Erin Parker)

Melissa, Ree, Leslie and y’all’s entire family: Thank you for being SO wonderful to me and making this engagement and bridal portrait weekend such a fun experience!

I’ll be back next week to share favorite images from Melissa and Jake’s beautiful March wedding!

Friday Favorites

Could we discuss how it’s the summertime and just how darn hot it is outside these days? (Yes, I’m bringing up the time of year AND the weather. Get excited.)

If you’re reading this in the morning, I will more than likely be out on my Friday run. Y’all, even though I’m thrilled to be running again, this summer heat is overwhelming, and the heat and humidity combination we’ve got going in Dallas these days is a challenge.

The good news? Starting a day off with activity is awesome. The bad news? Sweat and tiredness once home. The secondary good news? Showers and the ability to nap if I so choose.

So there’s that. You’re welcome for sharing, internet.

… I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite links of the week for y’all, so without further ado, here are my Friday Favorites:


  • “The photojournalist is that person who sees through a different set of eyes: the eyes of the heart, eyes of history.” Beautifully said, John H. White.
  • Mark Tipple’s The Underwater Project combines serenity with chaos, and I find it fascinating. And it makes me want to go to the beach.
  • Joe McNally photographed from the top of world’s tallest building. I about had a panic attack looking at the images and video shared… though being the PJ that I am, all a person would have to say to me is, “You know, you’d get a better picture if you scaled the building. Or hung over the edge. Or whatever.” Because that’s the proverbial carrot I need to do things that would normally make me cringe. (In case y’all were wondering…)
  • Daniel Gordon‘s exotic still lifes and portraits are fascinating and a little creepy… and hard to look away from.

Odds & Ends

That’s all I’ve got. What are some of your favorite links of the week?

Melissa and Jake | Lake Charles Engagement Photographer

Melissa and Jake

Back in February, I trekked down to Lake Charles, La., to photograph Melissa and Jake.

I met Melissa and Jake in college at LSU, and we’ve been friends through the years, hanging out at tailgates during football season and other various social events. At one point when we all lived in Louisiana, Winston and I spent a weekend in New Orleans. Melissa, Jake and some of our friends took us to Jacques Imo’s, one of my favorite and most decadent food experiences to date. We had a blast, and it was so much fun spending time with our friends and getting to experience their favorite places.

Last year, I was thrilled when they reached out to me about shooting their wedding. In preparation for their big day in March, we got together for both engagements photos and bridal portraits that February weekend.

We spent a beautiful, chilly morning in downtown Lake Charles, walking the waterfront and streets, making several beautiful images.

These are some of my favorites:

Melissa and Jake

Melissa and Jake

Melissa and Jake

I had a blast photographing Melissa and Jake, and I’ll be sharing more images from this weekend, as well as their wedding weekend, on the blog soon!

[...] when I visited Lake Charles in February, I took Melissa and Jake’s engagement portraits. That afternoon, after a lovely wedding shower, Melissa and I went out to make her bridal portraits [...]

Friday Favorites

So it’s been about a bazillion years since I pulled together my favorites for a Friday, but I’m really excited about this list for y’all this morning, and I hope you enjoy.


Odds & Ends


And that’s all I got for today. What about y’all?

NoraJune 14, 2013 - 10:10 am

Those brownies look fabulous. I love the idea; thanks for sharing. I may have to make these soon!

erinJune 20, 2013 - 7:35 am

Thanks, Nora! I haven’t made them yet, but if you do, PLEASE let me know how they turn out! Excited to whip up some deliciousness in the kitchen soon!

The Triumphant Return!

It’s been a while, huh? Long time, no write.

I could regale y’all with all the things I’ve been doing — and let’s be real, I’ve been a lot of places and done a lot of things since I last updated this little blog in December. I’ve taken some gorgeous photographs in my travels and at home, too. And I want to share those with y’all.

But first, I wanted to say hello again and reintroduce myself to you, as well as set out some goals for the rest of this year. Because even though it’s June, I really like holding myself to goals I set and when achieving them, I cross them off my list. (Hello, clearly, I’m a crazy list maker who adds the line item ‘Shower’ to her daily to-do list so she can always at least have one gimme to mark off. … Just me?)

So here are mine pertaining to this:

  1. I will update two to three times weekly, including a Friday Favorites post each Friday.
  2. I will share my favorite images from recent assignments, including, but not limited to any photojournalism/editorial work, weddings and engagements and portraits I have taken. (And I’ve got a LOT in queue to share with y’all!)
  3. I will share snippets from my personal life, as well.

Sound like a plan?



So I’d like to hear from you now. Because as fun as it is to talk into the noise of the internet, I love participation, and I think y’all are pretty awesome for reading this here blog. I’d genuinely like to know:

  • What do you look for when you read a photoblog?
  • What do you want to see from me in the coming months that I haven’t listed above in my goals?

And that’s all I got! I look forward to hearing back from y’all on this, and I’ll be back here on Wednesday to share a few favorite images from a recent shoot. I cannot wait!

phampantsJune 3, 2013 - 9:29 am


KristynJune 3, 2013 - 9:38 am

Hey girl! I would love to see some posts about photography techniques, camera settings, etc.

erinJune 3, 2013 - 10:05 am

Thanks, John!

erinJune 3, 2013 - 10:06 am

Hey! That’s a great idea, Kristyn! I’d love to chat specifics with you about this because I think this would make a fabulous little series!