MEET THE PHOTOGRAPHER | ABOUT ALANA
Hey there, my name is Alana brown, owner and operator of Alana Mae Photography based in Southwest Louisiana but always up for traveling! I started this journey in 2016.. wow has it really been almost SEVEN years.. and went full time in 2019! Going full time was easily the best decision.. Ive been fortunate to be able to stay home with my babies and see all the moments! Ready to get to know me? LETS GO!!
I am 28 years old, I am married to my high school sweetheart and have been since 2015.. and after battling infertility for three years, we welcomed our beautiful baby girl Hailey in 2019 and 14 months later welcomed our handsome son Hayden in 2020! Having two under two was stressful but I also loved it so much!!! Watching them grow together is something special, they are truly best friends!! If I was to ever explain my personality.. it would maybe be a mix of April from Parks and rec, Pam from the office, and chandler from friends. I am truly one of the most sarcastic people who acts like I want to be left alone, but I love connections and I love deeply. My family and friends are so much of who I am, and I owe so much to them!!
I am a natural light photographer who mainly shots during golden hour because its my favorite.. I am a sucker for a good sun burst and all the dreamy golden tones that come along with it! Before 2019 I was mainly a senior and wedding photographer but once I had my babies I felt such a strong pull to really focus on families, maternity, and NEWBORNS (my fav)! At the end of 2020, I decided to get mentored by a newborn photographer that had retired from shooting.. it was very educational and I was able to get hands on experience. I learn best while doing rather than watching. Once our time together was done I jumped into online workshops, mentorships, and attended an in person workshop in Texas with the wonderful Michelle Clark Photography. I have watching hundreds of training videos with everything from newborn safety to posing in a way as to not hurt the precious babies. That is so important, when you hire a newborn photographer please be sure its someone who knows all of the precautions for newborns!
I want to be the photographer that is with you from your pregnancy announcement to your family pictures for years to come! I strive to be more of a storyteller rather than someone who clicks a button and has you posed perfectly. I want to capture the moments that your toddler won't stop running around, the three year old that is going through the silly face phase, the sweet baby who just wants to eat whether breastfeeding or bottle feeding.. I always take the picture (with permission of course)! I believe that family pictures shouldn't be a stressful event so I try to make it as painless as possible. You receive a style guide to help you piece together your entire families pictures in a way that matches my editing style best, then you receive a location guide to show all of my favorite places to shoot but of course you are always welcome to recommend your own! And then to top it off, I send you an awesome tip guide for creating an amazing session for you and your family!! One of my biggest compliments is when I get messages after my sessions saying the husbands actually had fun doing pictures.. if you've ever had a session with your husbands sometimes it can be challenging haha.. because lets face it not many guys enjoys pictures haha. So lets put on a flowy dress, some cute little outfits, and lets go run in a field together or maybe some oak trees!!
After battling infertility once we had our miracle baby, I felt this deep pull to photograph babies from start to finish. I want to be there for the mamas who just found out they had their rainbow baby, who just found out they are pregnant after a child loss, I want to be there for you. I want to give the mamas in waiting the hope that I held onto. I want to hug you and tell you I know it sucks but keep fighting. We had our babies and everything shifted for me, everything was bright. I wanted to celebrate all the babies!! I have worked my butt off to get where I am with my newborn sessions, milestone sessions, birthdays, and more. I am here to show your story no matter how bumpy its been, the world deserves to see you.. so let me show you how beautiful you and your family are. <3
I hope this has given you a little insight into who i am and why i do what i do.