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The Evolution of Candid Photography

We are delighted to feature Tiffany Lemoine, owner and creative artist of Ahnvee Photography, located in the heart of Louisiana. Tiffany has been obsessed with capturing beauty through her lens for over 13 years now, but she decided to step out of her comfort zone and make photography a profession about a year ago. "It's been a wild ride, but what fun is a ride if it doesn't have it's ups and downs?" All jokes aside, Tiffany goes on to say that it's the best decision she's ever made. "I absolutely love what I do, and I finally feel like I have a purpose in life."

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Tiffany discovered she had a knack for photography in high school when she took her first class.  "It's kind of crazy, I chose photography as an elective thinking 'well, it's better than woodworking'. I had absolutely no idea how hard I'd fall in love." Tiffany goes on to explain that she started Ahnvee Photography after needing a creative outlet. "That's where 'Ahnvee' comes from. It's some sort of Cajun French slang meaning desire, craving, or hankering, and that's exactly what I had. I desperately needed to be reunited with my long lost love," she says laughing. Tiffany states that she would have never guessed her "craving" would lead her to where she is today. "I don't think words can describe it. I'll just say that I'm glad my face is hidden behind my camera at weddings because I'm ugly-crying with joy from being able to capture and share these special moments for clients."

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There's something to be said about Tiffany's style. She has a way of capturing raw emotion and personality of her subjects. "I've fussed at people before for smiling and looking at the camera. Of course it's all in fun, but I explain to them that anyone can take a photo of them smiling and looking at the camera, but I want to show their love with the world, show their personality, their passion and beauty." Tiffany says that she is slowly but surely trying to sway people away from the traditional photography by injecting her creativity into sessions. "It's not a coincidence that my best sessions (and favorite) are with the clients that give me total creative control." That's exactly why Tiffany chose to share her first ever in-home lifestyle session as her favorite session. "It was one of those rush-home-to-edit-right-away sessions. I will forever remember that day; not only did the photos come out better than expected, but we had an incredible time shooting it!"

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The idea was born when Tiffany's client came to her wanting non-traditional one year wedding anniversary photos. "I thought, what better way to celebrate a year of being married than basically doing what you do on an average Sunday as a married couple." And that's exactly what they did. The photo shoot consisted of the fun couple playing video games, watching TV, cooking, drinking coffee and sharing laughter, all in their own home. Tiffany says, "The husband said to me, 'This is the best photo shoot ever! I can sit here and play video games and watch TV!'"

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It goes without saying that this is the dream photo session for any husband succumbing to their wife's photography wishes. Plus, you just can't fake this kind of emotion. "What they didn't realize is it was the easiest session for me, too. No posing involved, I just sat back with my camera and watched the beauty unfold," says Tiffany.

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The couple couldn't have been more perfect for her first in-home lifestyle experience. Not only were they so in love, but they were competitive with each other, and made the experience a blast. "At one point while they were cooking together, the husband looked over at me and mouthed the words 'watch this' as he proceeded to pop his loving wife on the behind with a wet towel." The results are hilarious and relatable to anyone that has ever experienced the wet towel butt slap. "I'm just glad I was ready and able to catch it all on camera." Tiffany goes on to say that the husband and wife duo reminded her of her own relationship, full of witty banter, an abundance of laughter, cooking, games, and true passion. "The only difference is I am way more awkward in front of a camera, believe it or not." Tiffany explains that there is a caveat to a lifestyle session; you have to be able to let yourself go in front of the camera, almost like it's not there at all. "You have to allow yourself to be vulnerable and animated, weird faces and all."

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Tiffany states that this session gave her inspiration for her own engagement session which involved making a pizza from scratch with her fiance and son, and enjoying beverages and each other's company in a kitchen she designed herself. "I strive to capture true raw emotion as well as the personality and style of my subjects in my photographs, so naturally I wanted the same for our engagement photos." *You can view Tiffany's in-home lifestyle engagements here.

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Tiffany hopes that photography will continue to evolve into something wonderful and completely candid. "My ahnvee is to make people happy by using the talent I was blessed with. I want to continue to step outside of the traditional photography box and produce eye catching photographs while providing an experience like no other. I want to learn what makes clients unique. I don’t want to simply take a photograph, I want to capture priceless memories and turn them into art."

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You can view the full gallery of Ahnvee Photography's in-home lifestyle session here.

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