“This is my wish…..” {Mississippi Delta Children’s Photographer}

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My wish, for you, is that this life becomes all that you want it to, Your dreams stay big, your worries stay small, You never need to carry more than you can hold, And while you’re out there getting where you’re getting to, I hope you know somebody loves you, and wants the same things too, Yeah, this, is my wish…….”~Rascal Flatts

Spring mini sessions are one of my favorite times of the year! I always do two dates and April’s sessions did not disappoint. In the past I’ve gone for bold and colorful but this year I went a different direction and incorporated natural elements which have become more my style lately. I can’t wait for next weekend for the second day of sessions! Thank you to all the families who continue to trust me to capture your stories.

 

“At last my love has come along………” {Mississippi Delta Wedding Photographer}

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At last the skies above are blue. My heart was wrapped up in clover the night I looked at you. I found a dream, that I could speak to. A dream that I can call my own. I found a thrill to press my cheek to. A thrill that I have never known…..”~Etta James

You can learn a lot about people just based on who they surround themselves with. In this sense, I learned a lot about this bride and groom at their wedding. I’ve attended and covered more weddings than I can count over the years and I can honestly say with the exception of my own wedding and a few close friends’ I have never felt so at home and at ease as I did with Meredith and Richard’s friends. They were kind, they were friendly, and they were a blast to hang out with. I know for a fact that the Mississippi Delta is full of people like this and many of them have attended multiple weddings I’ve covered, but I think size of this wedding allowed me to interact with people more than I normally get to.  I truly enjoyed myself on Saturday and I’m so thankful for the opportunities I get with my job to meet awesome people.

Meredith and Richard’s wedding was held at a family member’s home. When I told people I was having a wedding at the “Turner Mansion in Belzoni” everyone knew what I was referring to except for me. They all ooo’ed and ahhh’ed when I told them but I had no clue until I got there that day and it lived up to every expectation I had. This house was absolutely stunning with it’s large yard and front porch with dreamy light. This wedding was a southern dream.

The details that went into the day were so beautiful.

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First looks with the dad are really one of my favorite wedding moments.

Richard and Meredith chose to see each other before the wedding and it was the perfect first look.

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Their wedding party were laid back and patient with me but boy were they happy when their pictures were done.

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The ceremony took place in the front yard of the home.

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The reception took place in the backyard. The trees around this property were stunning.

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The garter got stuck in a tree on the first go round. I think most of the men would have left it there had the groom not knocked it back down for another shot.

The night got a lot more fun when the karaoke started and even the bride and groom got in on it.

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CONGRATULATIONS

MR & MRS TURNER!!!!!

DSC_8730Thank you Meredith and Richard for making me a part of your big day.  And a HUGE thanks to the following vendors for making this wedding picture perfect:

  • Wedding Planning & Flowers: Jobyna France
  • Suits: Goldberg’s
  • Bride’s Dress: Low’s Bridal and Formal Shop
  • DJ: Kevin James
  • Photobooth: Picture the Booth
  • Catering: Family
  • Cake: Kristi Smith
  • Church Pews, Doors & Chandeliers: Southern Bazaar

“I’m forever yours……..” {Mississippi Wedding Photographer}

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I’m forever yours, ever yours, faithfully….”~Journey

I was convinced yesterday that I would be shooting my second rainy wedding of the season but the weather cooperated and Jamee & Brett’s big day turned out to be amazing. Jamee was such a gorgeous bride and the details she put into her day were so simple and elegant.

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The couple decided to see each other before their ceremony so we did a first look at the Thompson House where the bride had gotten ready with her bridesmaids. The porch was the perfect setting for such a special moment…their audience thought so too.

We also did wedding party pictures at the Thompson House before heading to the church for the ceremony. The clouds made for the dreamiest light and the children in the wedding party did not disappoint when it came to being adorable.

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The ceremony was at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Leland, MS. A picturesque, little brick church with a quaint chapel. The perfect setting for an intimate, small ceremony.

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The reception was a true Delta event at the Gin in Dunleith. A night full of dancing, cocktails, and amazing food, it was the perfect way to celebrate Jamee & Brett’s marriage.

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CONGRATULATIONS

Mr. & Mrs. Zepponi!!!

Thank you so much for letting me capture your big day and I had a wonderful time getting to know you both. I wish you the best and a lifetime full of joy and happiness.

  • Flowers- Lagniappe, Greenville, MS
  • Tent and Linens- Taylor Rental, Greenville, MS
  • Band- Trigger Proof
  • Pre-Wedding Venue- Thompson House, Leland, MS
  • Ceremony Venue- St. John’s Episcopal Church, Leland, MS
  • Reception- The Gin at Dunleith

“You are the best thing…..” {Mississippi Newborn Photographer}

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“You know I hope and I pray that you believe me when I say this love will never fade away. Oh, because you are the best thing, you are the best thing, you are the best thing to ever happened to me…..” ~Ray LaMontagne

I’m so honored to be able to capture such a special milestone in the lives of these two people. Margaret’s family is truly like my own delta family and I can’t wait to shower her baby with the same kindness her family has shown my own daughter. Welcome to the world little Lidewij de Koning!

“We’ve got everything we need right here….” {Mississippi Documentary Family Photographer}

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We got everything we need right here and everything we need is enough. Just so easy when the whole world fits inside of your arms. Do we really need to pay attention to the alarm? Wake up slow.…..”~Jack Johnson

There’s a famous quote that says “do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” Last year I spent every week documenting my family with my camera and capturing my little girl’s life through my lens. At the end of the year I made this gorgeous book of our year together as a family and it really made me cry looking at the images (it still does). At that moment I decided that I wanted to do this for other families on a smaller scale. I wanted to capture life as they are living it now to freeze these little moments so that when their kids are grown these memories will never fade. So I started offering documentary Story of Us sessions.

The Hawthorne family is my first family to do one of these 4 hour sessions this year and it has completely reinforced that I have found my calling. This is what I was meant to do-to document people’s lives whether it’s their family just hanging out in their pj’s or a wedding.

I welcome you to take a look at their story. Their family spending a Saturday morning doing exactly what they always do and it’s absolutely perfect and beautiful.

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“Isn’t she lovely……” {Mississippi Infant Photographer}

 

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Isn’t she lovely. isn’t she wonderful. Isn’t she precious………”~Stevie Wonder

I had the best time hanging out with Emory and her mom, Amanda, a few weeks ago. Rarely do I get to do shoots with 3 month olds and I must say it was a lot of fun! Babies this age are awake and starting to interact with the world more. Smiles are hard to come by but once you get one- it’s so worth it!! I can not wait for our next session in a few months!!

 

“You are my home….” {Mississippi Delta Engagement Photographer}

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You are my home wherever you go. Anywhere you stand is my piece of land. You are my home…..”~Amanda Shires

Meredith and Richard are just one of those couples who seem like they have already been married for years…in a totally good way. They are just natural around each other and so relaxed that if you had to guess you’d think they had been together forever and a day. I had so much fun doing their engagements and they have two gorgeous kids so we did some family shots as well (previewed at the end of the post)!

I can not wait for their May wedding!!

 

“Baby you’re my sunshine…..” {Mississippi Wedding Photographer}

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Baby, you’re my sunshine, first light find your way to places that only know lies. Failed tries and bruised skies with hardly time to hold on or be strong. Now I’m strong cause like the dawn you push it all away. I tell ya, you’re my sunshine, everybody needs a little sunshine……”~Steve Azar

Honestly I don’t know if I could come up with the words to describe how magical Billy & Lacey’s wedding was yesterday. After a winter of no cold weather, we had rain AND cold yesterday but these two didn’t miss a beat. They carried sunshine with them the whole time and it was infectious. Their love for each other was and is so obvious. I am privileged to have been a part of such a special moment in their lives.

I wanted to get a preview up before they left town for their honeymoon… these are just a small snippet of so many amazing moments yesterday.

I wanted to start with some dancing in the rain  because these pictures legit made me do a happy dance yesterday when I was taking them:

 

And now the story begins……

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CONGRATULATIONS Mr. & Mrs. Brozovich!

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“I get to come home to you….” {Mississippi Family Photographer}

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“I get to come home to you….”~John Michael Montgomery

I’ve said this a hundred times and I’ll say it again, the absolute best part of my job is watching people’s kids grow up. I met up with the Jones family to capture Ethan’s 1 year milestone and I just can’t get over how grown up his brother Elliot is now! It’s fascinating to me how kids grow into little people with amazing and unique personalities. Thank you Jones family for trusting me the last couple years to document your lives.

“Baby get ready……….” {Mississippi Lifestyle Photographer}

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Lazy yellow moon comin’ up tonight shinin’ through the trees. Crickets are singin’ and lightning bugs are floatin’ on the breeze. Baby get ready….”~Nitty Gritty Dirty Band

What do you do when your work for the weekend get rescheduled? You go on an adventure! Last weekend we went on a spur of the moment camping and hiking trip. In another life, my husband and I used to pick up and go camping fairly often but since the birth of Maggie Mae we haven’t been able to do it as much for various reasons. One of my goals for 2017 is to make more memories for myself and to make time for the things that bring me joy. When Maggie Mae was 9 months old we took her hiking in Big Bend National Park and we had a blast. We bought the pack/carrier you see in these pictures and it hasn’t been touched since then. So when my husband suggested we use these two unexpected free days to go outdoors, I figured there was no time like the present.

With just one night to spare, we did not want to drive far but as everyone in the Mississippi Delta knows, there’s not much hiking around here. We saw a state park called Cane Creek on the Arkansas map that was about an hour and a half away so we decided to give that a try. It had everything we wanted and it was close enough that if the night was a total disaster we could pack up and come home. We all know that doing new things with toddlers can turn out really great or really awful. Turns out, camping with a toddler is pretty freakin awesome. Was it a lot of hassle? Yes. Was it a huge headache? Absolutely. Did I find myself annoyed more than I should have been? Of course. But man, she was so excited about the tent and being outside and so enamored all of the wonders of the outdoors that it made every annoyance worth it.

If you feel like you’ve lost yourself in your children and your day to day life there’s no time like the present to include your kids in the things you love and the things that make you happy. I promise it will be worth it in the end. And I really think the more often you do those things, the easier it’s going to get! Go find your adventure!!