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Rachel Leigh Photography | Natchitoches, Louisiana | Snowy Whimsical Portrait Session | Beyond the Wanderlust Fan Feature

Rachel Procell
Rachel Leigh Photography
Natchitoches, Louisiana

I’m Rachel, and I’m the photographer at Rachel Leigh Photography. I’m 20 years old, and love what I do. I’m married to my best friend, and love Jesus, thrift shopping, & coffee. I’m as simple as they come, and whatcha see is whatcha get.

This session is pretty darn special to me. I live in HOT Louisiana, and winter weather for us is sort of like cool summer weather for most people. It’s been a little cooler this year, so I knew that if snow was in our future, it would happen this year. I’m like an almanac, or something, because by-golly it snowed! (Granted, it was barely an inch, and stuck for less than 24 hours, but it snowed nonetheless!)

My cousin texted me at about 9:30 that evening asking if I was up for shooting her boys in it the next morning. In a nutshell, she found me the most beautiful model, lent me her white horse, and we had a shoot planned for 7 o’clock the next morning. I knew that the snow was going to melt fast, so waiting was not an option. I racked my brain trying to figure out what Kaylie would wear, and as I was dozing off to go to sleep I remembered that my high school English teacher let me borrow her daughter’s dress over a year ago, and I still hadn’t returned it to her. (oops!) I posted on Facebook to see if anyone had a fur shawl I could use, but everyone was in bed by then so I had no luck. I improvised and used a piece of newborn posing fabric that looked pretty darn close to a shawl if you ask me!
I probably woke up in the middle of the night 5 times because I kept dreaming that the snow melted, and everytime had to look out the window to make sure it was still there. I posted a preview on Facebook after we shot, and received 886 likes, 110 comments, and 86 new fans from it. That is a BIG deal for me. So here it is in all of its splotchy, Louisiana-snow glory! I hope you love it as much as I do.
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  • Michelle Johansen Gifford

    This is killing me!! Wow-zers.

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