Yesterday three things came colliding together in a way that made it pretty hard to ignore. 1.) I met Entrepreneurs to collaborate and shoot this beautiful styled wedding. IS WAS GORGEOUS. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 2.) I asked one of my favorite authors @jensincero an in-person question and she told me to get entrepreneur friends. This resulted in my leaving the book reading with new friends and invitations to join women-in-business groups. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 3.) My wife reminded me that my homework from therapy (yep therapy <3 No shame in my self improvement game here) was to make to make more friends in business. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So it is time! Being an entrepenure can be LONELY and I am getting close to fully stepping into my entrepure life. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ My DMs are always open, I seriously chat business, life and strategy all day in there with like minded entrepreneurs. Slide in anytime! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ..Beautiful styled shoot brought to you by.. Photography @Kallistiaphoto Planning & Event Design @feteplanningco Planning & Stlying @chelsearouseyphotography Floral Design @wearegathered Invitations @kelsiewolfleydesigns @harkcreative.co Rentals @lovegoodrentals Gown @lvdbridal @sarahseven Grooms Attire @stitcheandtie Hair Stylist @alimvasquez Make up Artist @melissavaccaro Cake @saltandlightpastryco Venue @thedrifterhotel Jewelry @brillianceindiamonds Models @mollyolwig @aitor_solorzano
Yesterday I did a “Pilates workout.” (Keeep reading 😂😂😂😂) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It was called “lay on the ground and use your core strength to hold your body at a super awkward angle to get the cute flowers and your cute clients all looking CUTE” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Successful or na? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ These two were the winners of my giveaway and their session did not disappoint! Coming to the blog once I get my new site up! . . . ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #neworleansphotographer #NewOrleansWedding #NewOrleansWeddingphotographer #nolaphotographer #neworleansphotography #louisianaphotographer #NewOrleansEngagement #NewOrleansProposal #NolaPhotographer #KallistiaPhotography #radstorytellers #pensacolaweddingphitographer #californiaweddingphotographer #chicagoweddingphotographer #wynweddingphotographer #buffaloweddingphotographer #myperson #love #loveinnola #frenchquarter #onetimeinnola #visitnola #blackdresswedding #jacksonsquare #iminlove #myperson #muchlove_ig #offbeatbride #mastinlabs #2019bride #2020bride
Heya! I am Tia. Kallistia is my full first name but I’ve been Tia since I was 12 (I was Kalli before that.) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ My name Kallistia comes from a gravestone in a cemetery where generations of my family are buried. When my Mom was little, she was walking with her sister in that cemetery saw “Calistia” on the stone and said “one day one of us will name a daughters that.” My Moms sister passed away far too young, long before I was born. I was almost named Theresa for my Moms sister but that still felt to close. Then my mom remembered this story and named me Kallistia. If you swipe, you can see the stone of the OG Calistia. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I love my name and it means the world to me. But I never use it day to day and honestly it doesn’t feel like “me.” Tia is easy, Tia is a bit less femme, Tia feels right. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I say this to say two things: 1. Tell me your name, is there a story behind it? There are over a thousand of you and honestly I have a hard time thinking about in “growing my followers” until I get to know y’all better. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 2. In the next few weeks, Kallistia will no longer be my business name. It’s served me well over the past year but I’m launching my new brand SOON and it feels perfect. I was feeling sentimental letting “Kallistia” go but the name has done well by me and I am ready for what’s next! Now tell me your name :) xx Tia . . . . . #communityovercompetition #thatsdarling #theeverydayproject #solopreneur #thepursuitofjoy #our_everyday_moments #justgoshoot #exploretocreate #entrepreneurlife #lifeofaphotographer #dowhatyoulove #livefullyalive #calledtobecreative #flashesofdelight #nothingisordinary #seekthesimplicity #selfcare #selflovefirst #womensupportingwomen #theeverygirl #anxietyrelief #anxietyhelp #healingthesoul #healingprocess #mentalhealthmatters #babeswhohustle #NewOrleansPhotographer #onetimeinnola #nolaentreprenuer #thisislove
Reception photos 👏👏 the underdogs of wedding photography. Rarely featured on instragram/marketing but always some of my favorites. What doe you think? When you’re choosing a photographer do you care about seeing their reception photos? . . . . . . . . #neworleansphotographer #NewOrleansWedding #NewOrleansWeddingphotographer #nolaphotographer #neworleansphotography #louisianaphotographer #NewOrleansEngagement #NewOrleansProposal #NolaPhotographer #KallistiaPhotography #radstorytellers #pensacolaweddingphitographer #californiaweddingphotographer #chicagoweddingphotographer #wynweddingphotographer #buffaloweddingphotographer #myperson #love #loveinnola #frenchquarter #onetimeinnola #visitnola #blackdresswedding #jacksonsquare #iminlove #myperson #tianash #mastinlabs #2019bride #2020bride
It’s the season for newly engaged cuties and new year resolutions. I wanted to share one thing. (And my Facebook feed is literally FULL of weight loss ads and it’s blaahhh) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ You do not need to loose weight or change yourself to have a “beautiful wedding” or be a “beautiful bride.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ You are going to look like the babe in love that you are at whatever size you are. You can be a fat, thin, tall, short, dark, pale, whatever. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ There is NO rule saying you must reach X size to wear a wedding dress, suit, or outfit of your choice. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ •Fat brides/grooms have beautiful weddings that deserve to be beautifully photographed. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ •Queer brides/grooms have beautiful weddings that deserve to be beautifully photographed. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ •Masculine/femme brides/grooms have beautiful weddings that deserve to be beautifully photographed. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ •Brides/grooms that are not sure they want to be called “bride” or “groom” have beautiful weddings that deserve to be beautifully photographed. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ •Brides/grooms that feel like they look “alright” but wish they could loose 15lbs have beautiful weddings that deserve to be beautifully photographed. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If you’re totally jazzed about losing weight in 2019, cool! But just know that there is no requirement that you have to be ANYTHING to have a kickass beautiful wedding. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I chose this picture to share with this thought because 1. I spent most of my life being too afraid to wear shorts because of the fat on my thigh. 2. I’ve got that cellulite showing and I still look cute 💅 3. I really love big trees and the jungle in Belize stole my heart ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If you’re feeling these thoughts. I 100% suggest checking out @thelindywest and read everything she has written about being fat and being a happy bride in love. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Xx Tia
Looking at my top nine from 2018 three things are clear. 1. Y’all love @to__the__max and @jeffiej2 ♥️ (I do too, they are great) 2. The days of only featuring couples who fit the mainstream mold are over. Weddings are not mainstream, weddings cannot fit in to molds, relationships come in many shapes and sizes and they are all beautiful. 3. My decision to be very out and visible as a queer person from day one of my business was the right decision ♥️ 2018 has been beautiful. Thank you for supporting me. 2019 is the year I go full time. Rebrand coming in January, get excited.
Y’ALL, my last clients of 2018 brought all the 🔥 these two were in town with family but stole an hour away to get glammed up and hit the French Quarter for their seriously beautiful engagement session. This is probably my last client photo I’ll post of 2018! 8am tomorrow the wife and I board a flight to Belize. Happy winter holiday season to all!♥️
Funny story, this is a beautiful ring on a random doorknob. 😂 I lit the photo by sitting on the ground, with my face about 6 inches from the doorknob bouncing a flash up to the door frame overhang. While I was snapping this picture, the knob turns and I catch the ring quickly! Then we all burst in to a fit of laughter as the homeowner caught us using his doorknob for this dramatic shot. He was so friendly and laughed the whole thing off! I use architectural details allll the time in my photography, this was a great reminder that there are still so many home owners and residents (not just hotels and time-shares) in the French Quarter! And that I always need to be respectful and grateful towards the people who keep the French Quarter beautiful. Tell me I’m not the only one who’s been caught using someone’s house for a photo. Who else has a funny story for me? 😂😂😂
Look 👏 at 👏 these 👏 two 👏 pose 👏 looking natural af despite there beings about 50 tourist watching and snapping pictures while we got portraits. 👏👏👏The comfort these two found in each other was lovely to bare witness. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ My goal is always to get my couples and relaxed and comfortable as possible. Usually that means finding areas with few people around and letting them be themselves. On Saturday’s wedding at st Louis Cathedral there was NO escaping the many many tourist enjoying the city. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It’s not my ideal to pose my couples near so many people but sometimes you have to go with it! These two killed it and looked stunning on their wedding day!
And the award for most photogenic and well well dressed wedding guest family goes to... This family!! 👏👏👏 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ At weddings my first priority is always you and your boo, my next is getting great candies of the ones you love. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Poses or candid, what’s your favorite?
These two were my final surprise proposal of 2018. This year has been filled with love and surprises proposals all starting back on January 8th When i posted this on my personal Facebook-> ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “Just putting it out there, I would love to photograph a proposal. If you are out there in New Orleans thinking of proposing to your boo or know someone who is, lets chat. :)” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Now, I have success helped planned and photographed 8 surprise proposals in 2018! Forever grateful for all of my clients, especially the ones who trust me with their most vulnerable moments (like freaking asking someone to marry you!) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I can’t wait for all my 2019 couples 😊️😁#happytears #kallistiaphotography
Yesterday was perfect and these two (and all of their friends) need to move to New Orleans from Portland Oregon ASAP so we can all do more nights at Kajuns. Please and thank you 🙏
These two get married TODAY!! . Forever hiding in trees while you and your boo get cute 💅
Meet Katelyn and Kacie, two of my 2019 brides bringing all the cozy realness to your feed this morning. ✨✨ double tap for cozy ✨✨
These two just arrived from Portland and they are getting married on Thursday! I met these two for the first time yesterday but they honestly already feel like old friends and I couldn’t be more excited for their wedding. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Whenever possible, I meet my wedding clients before their big day. I love getting to hang out and spend time together with zero stress of a wedding day. To me, weddings are all about my couples and making sure they have the best day and get images they love. Doing what I can to minimize any stress is huge for me! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Also, I got to teach them alllll my posing tricks so on wedding day we’re ready to roll!!
Christmas card material?😂 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ My wife @marielanecreates lovvvveeesss kisses 😘
"When you give in to fear, you are under the illusion that you can predict the future." ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ One of my favorite Jen Sincero quotes that I have been keeping front of mind this week. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It's one that I say to myself to convince myself to do thinks I am afraid of. Here is a short non list of some of these things. - Asking for help - Entering networking events - Introducing myself to strangers - Asking a stranger I just met at a networking event for a business card - Ordering food that might make me sound too picky ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Ok, reading through that list these are SILLY things to be afraid of. Honestly, voicing fears publicly takes away some of their power and when you're fears loose power that feels great. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Shit is scarrrry my friends. But the only way to grow is to get up and go on. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Can anyone Relate to having silly fears that are holding you back? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ —— Photo from a beautiful family session I did in November ♥️