Just a few weeks ago (August 2016), an incredible amount of rainfall fell in the state of Louisiana which resulted in catastrophic flooding that submerged thousands of houses and businesses.  This past weekend, I had the privilege of going to assist some of these devastated areas.  I traveled down with Osyka Baptist Church, located in Southern MS, and we worked all day to help Comite Baptist Church to clean out EVERYTHING.  Everything was ruined.  Complete devastation.

We also handed out lunch plates and fed around 200 people a special homemade jambalaya…talk about delicious!  But most importantly, we attempted to give hope to people in their time of need.  We traveled through surrounding neighborhoods handing out food and although we saw ‘looters’ taking advantage of others ‘ruined treasures’, so many people were blessed.  But I must say, theres a huge possibility that I left Louisiana feeling that I actually received the blessing.

One lady said that we came ‘in her time of need’ with the food…God was working & answering our prayers.  We were able to stand right in her driveway & pray with her.  Tracey, you still have our prayers!

Men & women are going to Louisiana every day to assist cleanup and to take food & water to those in need.
If you’d like to donate directly to help, feel free to send your donation to:  Osyka Baptist Church, P.O. Box 152, Osyka, Mississippi 39657.

Here are some of the photos from the day.

Louisiana Flood Disaster 2016 - Mississippi Lifestyle Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0001 Louisiana Flood Disaster 2016 - Mississippi Lifestyle Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0002Wood pews filled this large sanctuary and every single pew was ruined.  One by one, they were cut in half and carried to the street.  Louisiana Flood Disaster 2016 - Mississippi Lifestyle Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0013Louisiana Flood Disaster 2016 - Mississippi Lifestyle Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0003 Louisiana Flood Disaster 2016 - Mississippi Lifestyle Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0004 Louisiana Flood Disaster 2016 - Mississippi Lifestyle Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0005 Louisiana Flood Disaster 2016 - Mississippi Lifestyle Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0006 Louisiana Flood Disaster 2016 - Mississippi Lifestyle Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0007 Louisiana Flood Disaster 2016 - Mississippi Lifestyle Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0008 Louisiana Flood Disaster 2016 - Mississippi Lifestyle Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0009 Louisiana Flood Disaster 2016 - Mississippi Lifestyle Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0010 Louisiana Flood Disaster 2016 - Mississippi Lifestyle Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0011 Louisiana Flood Disaster 2016 - Mississippi Lifestyle Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0012 Louisiana Flood Disaster 2016 - Mississippi Lifestyle Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0014 Louisiana Flood Disaster 2016 - Mississippi Lifestyle Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0015 Louisiana Flood Disaster 2016 - Mississippi Lifestyle Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0016 Louisiana Flood Disaster 2016 - Mississippi Lifestyle Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0017 Louisiana Flood Disaster 2016 - Mississippi Lifestyle Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0018 Louisiana Flood Disaster 2016 - Mississippi Lifestyle Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0019 Louisiana Flood Disaster 2016 - Mississippi Lifestyle Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0020 Louisiana Flood Disaster 2016 - Mississippi Lifestyle Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0021 Louisiana Flood Disaster 2016 - Mississippi Lifestyle Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0022 Louisiana Flood Disaster 2016 - Mississippi Lifestyle Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0023 Louisiana Flood Disaster 2016 - Mississippi Lifestyle Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0024 Louisiana Flood Disaster 2016 - Mississippi Lifestyle Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0025 Louisiana Flood Disaster 2016 - Mississippi Lifestyle Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0026 Louisiana Flood Disaster 2016 - Mississippi Lifestyle Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0027 Louisiana Flood Disaster 2016 - Mississippi Lifestyle Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0028 Louisiana Flood Disaster 2016 - Mississippi Lifestyle Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0029 Louisiana Flood Disaster 2016 - Mississippi Lifestyle Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0030 Louisiana Flood Disaster 2016 - Mississippi Lifestyle Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0031 Louisiana Flood Disaster 2016 - Mississippi Lifestyle Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0032 Louisiana Flood Disaster 2016 - Mississippi Lifestyle Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0033 Louisiana Flood Disaster 2016 - Mississippi Lifestyle Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0034 Louisiana Flood Disaster 2016 - Mississippi Lifestyle Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0035 Louisiana Flood Disaster 2016 - Mississippi Lifestyle Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0036 Louisiana Flood Disaster 2016 - Mississippi Lifestyle Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0037 Louisiana Flood Disaster 2016 - Mississippi Lifestyle Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0038 Louisiana Flood Disaster 2016 - Mississippi Lifestyle Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0039 Louisiana Flood Disaster 2016 - Mississippi Lifestyle Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0040 Louisiana Flood Disaster 2016 - Mississippi Lifestyle Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0041 Louisiana Flood Disaster 2016 - Mississippi Lifestyle Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0042 Louisiana Flood Disaster 2016 - Mississippi Lifestyle Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0043L


Eirini
Patmos Greece Fashion Photoshoot
Lindsay Vallas Photography

Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0045
Last summer, I had the privilege of spending some quality time with Eirini on the island of Patmos, Greece, and we had an ‘impromptu’ fashion photoshoot on the top of the island in the town of Skala.  Eirini’s family owns a fashion boutique on Patmos, so we quickly grabbed some clothing pieces from the shop and began shooting.  This girl, y’all!  She is a true Greek beauty.  She’s absolutely beautiful on the inside and out, and spending time with her is always a blast!  Everything that Irene wears looks stunning on her, and she’s a natural in front of the camera, as if you can’t already tell!

I had a very hard time choosing my favorites because she looks fabulous in every single photo, but nevertheless, here are some of my absolute favorites from the shoot!

Eirini, thank you for taking time out of your summer to model for me!  No words can describe just how much I LOVE these photos…and you!

I wish I was in Patmos with you now, lying on the beautiful sand beaches!  #staybeautiful
XOXO

Irene - Greece Wedding & Fashion Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0001 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0002 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0003 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0004 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0005 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0006 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0007 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0008 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0009 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0010 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0011 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0012 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0013 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0014 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0015 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0016 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0017 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0018 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0019 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0020 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0021 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0022 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0023 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0024 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0025 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0026 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0027 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0028 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0029 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0030 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0031 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0032 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0033 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0034 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0035 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0036 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0037 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0038 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0039 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0040 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0041 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0042 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0043 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0044 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0046 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0047 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0048 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0049 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0050 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0051 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0052 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0053 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0054 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0055 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0056 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0057 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0058 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0059 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0060 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0061 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0062 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0063 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0064 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0065 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0066 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0067 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0068 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0069 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0070 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0071 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0072 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0073 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0074 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0075 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0076 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0077 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0078 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0079 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0080 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0081 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0082 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0083 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0084 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0085 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0086 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0087 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0088 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0089 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0090 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0091 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0092 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0093 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0094 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0095 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0096 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0097 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0098 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0099 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0100 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0101 Irene - Mississippi Wedding Photographer - Lindsay Vallas Photography_0102

 


Good morning, and Happy Tuesday!!  I hope y’all had a fabulous weekend, and if you were lucky enough to have the day off yesterday, I hope you enjoyed every minute of it!  Today’s post is slightly different from my usual posts, but it was just as much fun to shoot. 🙂

At the end of December, just before New Years, I traveled to North Mississippi with some of my favorite ladies to see the Dancing with the Stars Live Tour.  If you aren’t familiar with this tour, basically, it is a mini-production of the ABC television show, Dancing with the Stars.  The professional dancers currently on the DWTS tour are: Mark Ballas, Val Chmerkovskiy, Sasha Farber, Keo Motseope, Kym Johnson, Emma Slater, and reigning Season 19 champion, Witney Carson.  Also featured on this tour is her celebrity partner and Season 19 winner, Alfonso Ribeiro, a/k/a Carlton Banks from the 90s sitcom Fresh Prince of Bel Air.  

My friends and I had an amazing time watching these professional dancers do what they love.  They put their heart and soul into every dance, which is clearly evident in each step and each movement they make.  Below are some photos from the night showcasing these lovely dancers, but first, here’s a photo of my beautiful friends that were equally as excited as I was to see some of our favorite dancers.  Enjoy!

First dance of the night | Most anticipated dance of the night.  They wasted no time in getting the crowd pumped! #TheCarlton

#UptownFunk

Alfonso served as the host/MC of the night, and he also danced in a few numbers.  Right here, special guest and musician, Dylan Chambers, performed with good friend (and fellow Greek ;)), Mark Ballas.

Val Chmerkovskiy is not only a talented dancer, but he is also an amazing musician.  Below, he proved to us he is a man of many talents: playing the violin before breaking out into the Paso Doble.

Val is not only a man of many talents, but he is also full of surprises!  He surprised everyone, including his dance partner, Emma, when he jumped off the stage mid-dance, began dancing with one very lucky lady in the audience, and then planted a kiss on her!  Photographic evidence is below:

There were quite a few envious ladies in the audience that night…including my friend to my immediate left, who shall remain nameless. 😉

More genuine reactions and expressions from the night…

Mark telling a never-before-heard story involving his father, professional dancer Corky Ballas, and his celebrity partner from Season 7 of Dancing with the Stars, Cloris Leachman. | Val expressing his gratitude for the tour, fellow dancers, and his fans.

One of my favorite dances from the night | Contemporary.

More musical treats from Val, Mark, and Dylan. | #selfie

Throwback to Fresh Prince | “Jump On It!”

After the show, my friends and I were lucky enough to run into Alfonso not once, but TWICE.  He was nice enough to take individual photos with us here…

…and he also took a group photo with us outside by the buses.  As you can see below, our inner 90s kids came out, and we danced “The Carlton” with the man himself.  #NightMade

XOXO ~

Lindsay

Click here if you are looking for a Mississippi Lifestyle Photographer.  Available for travel anywhere!

Be Sure To Follow Me on FacebookTwitterPinterest and Instagram!


As fall quickly approaches and the leaves are beginning to change, I’ve been thinking a bit about the things that I’m most excited about this season!  Here’s a list of the things I’m looking forward to!

  • Apple cider + Red hots = The Best & Quickest Apple Cider EVER!  In my opinion… 🙂
  • My heated electric blanket and flannel pjs!
  • Candy, candy candy! (I know..i know… i’m trying to cut out eating so much sugar, but its time for candy corn & hot tamales….my favorites!)
  • Family time…and lots of it!
  • Cozy cardigans
  • Cups Frosty’s Favorite warm cup of coffee, made only by the best…Mrs India 😉
  • Setting personal & business goals for the new year
  • My favorite Christmas tunes (this will begin the day after Thanksgiving)!

Also, as a new season approaches and we get closer to the end of the year, its always a perfect time for me to reflect on who I am and who I want to be, ensuring those two line up.  So, here are a few of the most important things to me.

 


This year, I wanted to create a post to hopefully help you with Christmas shopping while also giving back with each purchase!  Below I’ve compiled a list several companies that do just that…give back!  If you’ve ordered from these companies, please leave a comment and let us know what you think!  And if you know of any other companies that give back, don’t hold back…let us know!

 

31 Bitshttp://31bits.com/  Every piece of 31 bits jewelry is hand-made by women in Uganda.  They are committed to working with each woman until she has graduated from their program and attained a sustainable means of income within her own community.  This jewelry is so gorgeous, I want one of each piece, please!  And ladies… they also have a wedding jewelry line, perfect for my brides!  Their work is just beautiful.

FashionABLE Scarveshttp://livefashionable.com  FashionABLE makes scarves for kids, women and men in almost every color you can think of!  FashionABLE works with women who have been exploited due to the effects of poverty.  So, for every scarf that is purchased, jobs are provided for women and then they send the profits back to holistically rehabilitate more women!  Loveeeeee these scarves!

Hello Somebody Watches – Hello Somebody (http://hello-somebody.com) creates some really cool watches in so many fun & bright colors!  Hello Somebody provides food, education, clean water and freedom for children in need, and works to provide an avenue of knowledge in order to break the cycle of poverty and hunger within their generation.  Every purchase goes towards this great cause.  Aren’t these watches so cool?!

Sseko Designs (Say-ko Designs) http://ssekodesigns.com/  is a sandal company based in Uganda that offers fashion to provide employment and scholarship opportunities to women pursuing their dreams and overcoming poverty.  They have some beautiful sandals that have interchangeable fabric straps and can be styled in hundreds of ways.  This is such a neat concept, be sure to check them out!

TOMSwww.toms.com –Most of us probably already own a pair of TOMS shoes, but did you know that they continuously come out with new styles and colors?  And they also sell eyewear and apparel now!  They still carry the same business model, buy a pair…give a pair and the same goes for their eyewear.  If you buy one pair of glasses, you are also providing eyesight to a child in need.  I absolutely love my TOMS and am planning to buy another pair in the next few weeks!

Wallets For Waterwww.walletsforwater.com – Wallets for Water donates clean drinking water for an entire village for every 200 wallets sold.  Let’s be part of this great cause by donating our ties and/or materials and then purchasing a hand-made wallet!