I met up with Hunter and his family recently in downtown Lake Charles, La. to shoot a documentary photo session with him and his two shiny loves - an Acoustic Guitar and an Electric Guitar. As we mingled about, in and out of some historic buildings, we were able to connect and he shared his story of his love for music with me...
Years have now passed since Hunter first picked up a guitar and established his core knowledge of strumming and singing. In the recent (past) year he has separated his dependency from his home town to become a mature young man and begin building the essentials to take his gifted talents to the highest level. After strenuous auditioning and endless applications to one of the TOP music schools, Hunter was accepted to the Musicians Institute College of Contemporary Music in 2014. Music has become a priority to his lifestyle and everyday seems to evolve around what "could be" the next greatest and largest blessing he will ever receive.
Alongside the streets of downtown, just about the end of our photo session, Hunter found a post to prop a sit on and began performing his talent with me. He shared a beautiful song as he played his guitar. Needless to say, he attracted a small street audience!
tI had the opportune and utmost pleasure to photograph this special styled session with two beautiful sisters. Dania and Skye are both very talented young women who express themselves through their creative senses, humor and theatrical experiences. Successfully the sisters have contributed advantageously to the local town's musical theatric entertainment.
They are strongly supported by their parents. I describe my friendship with this family as a blessing.
The inspiration began when I fumbled over a photo that Skye's mother, Teresa, had posted of her over Facebook. Teresa was experimenting her new camera that was given to her by her loving uncle and Skye was practicing her creative MUA on herself. She used a very similar application as seen here and the horns (only). The remainder of her outfit was not even a thought process...UNTIL, I chimed in and asked if I could use these two lovely sisters and work off of and evolve our session around Skye's (already started) fawn theme. Then, there was this final result...
“Where words leave off, music begins.” - Heinrich Heine
"The most beautiful things in the world must be felt with the heart." - Antoine de Saint-Exupery
"Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, and dreams are forever." - Walt Disney
CW3 Steve Hasty, of A CO 5th Aviation BN(P), Fort Polk, Louisiana, soared the skies on February 13, 2014 to celebrate the ending of his military career. He is a UH-72 A Lakota Helicopter pilot shy of 10 years of service to his country. Hasty is a veteran of OEF-XIX. He is also the A CO Safety Officer.
To the Hasty family, the flight crew and his Command, thank you for allowing Chaque Bonne Memoire Photography to be a part of this celebration.
Prepare to land - Sir!
His wife, Aundrea, shares with us "Today has been a bittersweet day for our family. Army Aviation has been our life for close to 10 years now and we will definitely miss it, but we look forward to what God has in store for us in the future. Steve is an amazing husband, father, and soldier. I couldn't be more proud of him and all his accomplishments while serving our country. I am so thankful for our time as a military family and all that it has taught us. Steve, thank you for serving our country and wearing the uniform proudly. I love you sweetheart!"
Congratulations to the Hasty family. May you rely on the Lord to pave your path and pray that he protects your journey.
CW3 Hasty, though your military career seemed to be all short-lived, it will hold many memories for you. Cherish these and take your trade to the highest depths. The sky is not the limit.... Don't be afraid to dream a little bigger.
Best of luck! ~ Michelle St.Clergy | Chaque Bonne Memoire Photography, Lifestyles
Meet Cassie. A local ballerina who is attending Northwestern State University. She is studying early childhood education. It was my pleasure to be introduced to this beautiful young lady. She is simply stunning and poised.
Thank you Cassie for a great photo session.
This past fall I had the pleasure to do a very special Lifestyle Photography photo shoot for two dear friends that I had the pleasure of meeting in San Antonio, Texas. Jake and Nancy are a military family stationed at Ft. Sam Houston. Jake is a member of the Navy and Nancy is a domestic homemaker. Together they have three children.
The love that this couple have for each other is deep. And, that is all the reason that I chose this beautiful couple for my "In The Kitchen" photo project. The portraits speak for themselves.
CBM Photography is pleased to introduce Brandy, our 2014 female Senior Rep. Brandy attends the Louisiana School of Math, Science and the Arts in Nachitoches, Louisiana.
She is a gifted student with a talent of art and has produced some amazing pieces. This beautiful young lady is very special to me. Her father is a 20+ year service member of the US Army and both, mom and dad, share a little in common, our home state...LOUISIANA! We are close neighbors and from the moment her family's military journey traveled them back to Louisiana, I knew in an instant that Brandy would be a "golden gem" for Chaque Bonne Memoire Photography. Her charm, beauty and being a natural at modeling was an instant attraction... She loves being in front of a camera, and well, without saying, I love being behind the lens!
Brandy has a huge future ahead of her and I know, without a doubt, that her bright sense of style and smarts will take her to big places.
Because Brandy is our 2014 Senior Rep, are you ready to book your Senior for a photo session, copy this link and send us a message on our Facebook Business Page! By doing so, you will receive a 15% discount a on "pre-packaged" portrait session.
Images captured at the Beau Jardin Gardens, Natchitoches, Louisiana
Here is Brandy's senior portrait memories...
Meet Teresa H., the 36 year old beautiful mother of three beautiful children ages 13, 8 and 6 (one boy and two girls). She is the fortunate wife of yet another service member of the CBM Photography network. Teresa and her husband, an officer in the US Army, have been married for 12 years. She is a realtor in the Leesville, La. area.
I had the wonderful privilege to take my passion of photography to another area. Teresa and I shared many planning ideas to make this fun 50's Diner Pin up shoot possible.
When I posted a "Model Call" on my Facebook Business Page, Teresa immediately responded to my request. She proceeded to mention that her (at the time deployed) husband told her when she asked "what do you want for Christmas?", and his reply was, "please don't send any gifts to me; if you are going to buy me something, then just take a picture of if and send that to me and I will receive my gift when I return home." Well, how could we NOT spend this beautiful moment together, she and I, to capture the BEST CHRISTMAS GIFT - EVER? I don't think that I need to explain more about their story and her glamorous Christmas gift to her husband. But, in the end, I think her husband has received the best picture for a gift. One that will remain a lifetime in his heart.
I owe credits to FatBoy & Skinny's Diner, Leesville, La. for allowing us to use their facility. Randy, the owner, is a businessman who appreciates local businesses and gives support to those of us who have passion with photography. His staff has been overly generous in support as well.
Of course, our photo shoot could not have been a huge success without two very talented small business woman.
Makeup Artist: Cristina Jaworski | Cristina Jaworski Makeup Art
Hairstylist: Haley Marie Harrelson | Graduate of Louisiana Academy of Beauty
I hope that you enjoy viewing Teresa's beautiful photo portfolio.
On July 20, 2013 it was a joyful day to celebrate my parent's 50th wedding anniversary. The day was gorgeous with ambient heat and natural earthly beauty in Katy, Texas. As the family gathered to celebrate the holy sacrament of this everlasting and loving marriage, we were reminded of the Lord's true grace and blessing bestowed upon us. The testament of time is proof that true love and devotion between a man and a woman can grow into a half a century milestone.
I am ever so happy to share this beautiful love story with you all. Meet my parents and the family that surrounds them...
Photographers: Michelle St.Clergy
Location: Hotel Granduca
This June I had the pleasure of meeting an adorable lady through the Ft. Sam Houston (San Antonio, TX) area playgroup. Nancy is the wife of a Navy man and the mother of three beautiful children.
After getting to know this beautiful lady, I soon come to realize that her beauty not only shines on the outside, but she has a deep inner grace and elegance that makes her a special lady. So, it wasn't long for me to figure that her style was just one that I wanted to capture digitally and share with you all.
I could go on and on how just how stunning this lady is, but it is really best if you just take a look for yourself!
"She will always worry for him and his safety, and secret tears she will cry, but through all of this, she still loves him so."
But don't let her fool you... She is a kicker and an adorable fighter! And has a huge passion for a cowgirl's society! <smile big>