Once a bride, now a wedding photographer. Each time I pick up the camera, my goal is to form personal connections with my couples, bringing authenticity to the images that we create together. Taking pictures shouldn’t feel awkward or uncomfortable, but like hanging out with a friend.
When I’m not behind the camera, you can find me bustling trains, finding lost bowties, sewing buttons back on wedding gowns, pinning boutonnieres on groomsmen, lettering welcome signs, holding a dog’s leash - or horse’s lead - in one hand while shooting with the other, giving bridesmaids a ride to the ceremony, or teaching couples how to cut the cake (it’s a technique!)
Think of me as your bonus bridesmaid — there to take care of you because I truly believe your photography experience is just as important as the photos themselves — and why I put such a huge focus on both.
As a young girl, I would pore over my mother’s carefully organized photo albums, numbered chronologically by year with hundreds of 4x6 prints. Her gift for preserving memories left me in complete awe. It ultimately inspired my desire to pass her legacy on.
When I have a camera in my hand, I feel most at home. I’m constantly paying attention to the honest and nuanced interactions between my clients and their loved ones — the small gestures, reactions and expressions that typically go unnoticed. Whether it’s a doting mother pinning the boutonniere onto her soon-to-be-married son, a newly-engaged couple madly in love or the way a husband looks at his bride as she walks down the aisle, my goal is to document every single detail. Not just for my clients to reflect on throughout the years, but also for generations to come.
Before making my photography business my full-time focus, I was known as Renee Lorio Adkins, CPA. Although photography had always been my dream to pursue, I originally took the “safe” route by becoming an accountant and taking pictures on the side. And then my life got turned upside down.
In one year, my husband and I suffered two miscarriages then lost both of our dads. That horrible year had one silver lining: we truly realized the meaning of “life’s too short” and committed to start living on purpose. I was no longer settling for a routine because it was safe and reliable. I threw myself headfirst into this passion and every day I'm honored to be able to celebrate life and love with my clients.
I was never a coffee drinker until I was introduced to it my senior year of high school, and it’s hard to remember life before that. I’m pretty sure I would’ve been asleep through a LOT more of my adult life without caffeine! For my South Louisiana friends: CC’s has the best lattes...but you can’t beat Starbucks’ breakfast sandwiches. I may or may not have visited both drive-thrus in the same morning.
The “farmhouse/vintage” trend is definitely going strong right now, but this love is one I've always had. For as long as I can remember, my mom has been an antique junkie who even had her own shop once upon a time. The character and quality of antique furniture is non-existent in today’s mass-produced world, and that’s why I love finding old pieces and bringing them back to life!
This one I can’t explain. I’m a neutral-lover through and through, but for some reason these bright floral patterns just get me (and my money!) every. single. time! If you order an album from me there's a 110% chance it will arrive in Rifle Paper wrapping paper.
I’ve lived in the south my entire life... vacations at the beach just don’t do it for me. Caleb and I LOVE going skiing because it’s just so different than anything you can experience here at home! Mountains are just truly incredible when you were raised at sea level.
Quite possibly the most processed and worst thing you can eat...but I’ll pick Airheads over a Hershey bar any day of the week.