“Not even the hands of God could hold me back from you…..” {Mississippi Wedding Photographer}

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This and who I used to be don’t matter much at all to me.The pit you dug to plant your feet’s a¬†far cry from my destiny. Not even the clouds, not even the past, not even the hands of God could hold me back from you……”~The Avett Brothers

On a sunny Saturday afternoon in Silver City, Mississippi two people, madly in love, said “I Do” in front of their family and friends…and so the rest of their story begins…

Every couple I work with shapes me in some way both personally and professionally. Bailee and Joel are no exception to this. Leaving their wedding I realized exactly what I was taking with me that night…. the knowledge that in a world of negativity and bad news, relationships can work and real love does exist. Kindness, friendships and relationships are what keep the human race going. Bailee and Joel are surrounded by family and friends who love them deeply and would do anything to support them. This is what matters. Family.

Bailee and Joel, I have enjoyed every minute working with you both. I wish you all the happiness and joy in the world. Marriage is tough, but you’ve got the right people on your team to see you through. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for trusting me with your love story.

And so the story of their wedding day begins……..

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The Ceremony!

 

And just like that they are husband and wife!!

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The Reception!

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CONGRATULATIONS

MR & MRS BELLIPANNI!!!!!

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Vendors who made this amazing wedding possible:

  • Dress: Low’s Bridal and Formal, Brinkley, AK
  • Groom’s attire: Goldberg’s, Belzoni, MS
  • Bridesmaid’s dresses: Lace Bridal Boutique, Brandon, MS
  • Groomsmen attire: Goldberg’s, Belzoni, MS
  • Flowers: Margaret Hawkins- Margaret’s Garden, Belzoni, MS
  • Catering: Cecilia Williams, Good-Day Gourmet, Merigold, MS
  • Cake: Jan Williamson, Jan’s Cake Shop, Yazoo City, MS
  • Reception music: Blackberry Breeze
  • Hair and Makeup: Tickled Pink -Jamie Wallace, Yazoo City, MS
  • Decorations: Margaret Hawkins- Margaret’s Garden
  • Whiskey Barrel Rental: Rusticated Rental Company

“You are so beautiful……” {Mississipi Delta Photographer}

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You’re everything I hope for, you’re everything I need. You are so beautiful to me…”~Joel Cocker

My business was strictly families and children for several years but this past year I’ve gotten back into weddings. Everything has taken off with the wedding side of my business and really left very little time for family sessions. This summer I’ve decided to offer Tuesday and Thursday morning sessions at a discounted price. You can get your Christmas pictures out of the way (or just update the frames on your walls), have a laid back summer session, and save a little money.

When Fisher’s mama told me she wanted some 6 month pictures of him, I jumped at the chance to photograph this beautiful baby again. He’s grown so much since his newborn pictures. I absolutely can not get over how gorgeous (and easy going) he is! Big brother wasn’t around that day but I LOVE the idea of a younger sibling getting the spotlight all to themselves for pictures every once in a while.

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“It’s moments like this that make me wish I could freeze frame time…… {Mississippi Delta Family Photographer}

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Sometimes we laugh, and sometimes we cry. Some days its hard to figure out our way in this life. But its moments like these that make me wish I could freeze frame time…..”~Brandon Rhyder

Spring mini sessions have always been my favorite family sessions of the year. I usually get to let my personality shine with an elaborate set up. For my second (and last spring date of mini sessions this year there was a real threat of rain. My plans were a bit messed up. I rolled with it and refused to reschedule a full morning of work into an already overwhelmed calendar. I’m so happy that I did because they turned out great! I recently repainted my home and felt like it could be the perfect place for pictures and I was right. Thank you to all of my patient clients for trusting me and going with the flow!!

“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.

 

“You ask me what I like about Texas……” {Mississippi Family Photographer}

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You ask me what I like about Texas, I tell you it’s the wide open spaces! It’s everything between the Sabine and the Rio Grande.¬†It’s the Llano Estacado, ¬†it’s the Brazos and the Colorado; Spirit of the people down here who share this land! It’s another burrito, it’s a cold Lone Star in my hand, it’s a quarter for the jukebox, boys. Play the sons of the mothers of the bunkhouse band!” ~Gary P. Nunn

For those of you don’t know me, I grew up in Texas. If you know any Texans, you know that we are all obnoxious about how amazing our state is. Sure, I love the Mississippi Delta and this is my home now but you know what they say…. You can take the girl out of Texas but you can’t take the Texas out of the girl. A few weeks ago I got to travel to my home state to visit friends and family. We stayed with one of my closest friends and my daughter’s godmother. While we were there we had an afternoon to just drive around a ranch and enjoy the outdoors. I took it as an opportunity to do a long overdue photoshoot with my daughter. Maggie Mae got to meet her first horse, we watched the cows, we ate dewberries straight off the vine, we picked wildflowers, and we explored an abandoned barn. It was perfect in every way.

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“Stuff that’s real…..” {Mississippi Family Photographer}

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Stuff that works, stuff that holds up , the kind of stuff you don’ hang on the wall.¬†Stuff that’s real, stuff you feel , the kind of stuff you reach for when you fall…….”~Guy Clark

Six months never seems like a long time until you meet a baby. In 6 months, they change so much they are almost unrecognizable. The first year for a child is such a big deal. They grow from this lump of clay into walking, talking human beings with amazing personalities. That’s just what happened with Tucker. I last saw him for his 6 month pictures and when I saw a couple weeks ago I was blown away by how much he had grown and how much personality he has now.

This session has all of my favorite things- nature, amazing sunlight, and a beautiful family. This may very well be one of my all time favorite sessions. Enjoy!

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“I hope you dance…..” {Mississippi Family Photographer}

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I hope you never lose your sense of wonder. You get your fill to eat but always keep that hunger.¬†May you never take one single breath for granted. God forbid love ever leave you empty handed.¬†I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean. Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens. Promise me that you’ll give faith a fighting chance and when you get the choice to sit it out or dance,¬†I hope you dance“~Lee Ann Womack

This past fall I was honored to be asked by the Mitchell family to take some candid photos of their son to capture him and his personality. I had such a good time just letting their toddler be himself and play around in a pecan orchard. So when they asked me to do the same thing for their daughter I was super excited! This session has everything I love about photography and children: real smiles, real laughs, dancing and being themselves. Who needs boring posed photos when you can have ones that capture the spirit of your child’s personality!

“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!!