“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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“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

“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!

“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 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!!

“You’re never fully dressed without a smile…… {Mississippi Family Photographer}

 

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“You’re never fully dressed without a smile….”~Annie

I can’t stress enough how special it is when clients include their older family members in their sessions. What an amazing way to preserve this time in your life for future generations. I always say that we do not take pictures for ourselves but for our children and their children and so on and so forth. These aren’t just nice things to hang on your walls, they are frozen moments in time and a very real and tangible memory to pass on. When this family asked if they could bring along a grandparent I was so excited.  I hope I was able to freeze this moment in time for Kirby and capture his elegant and kind great grandmother perfectly.

Happy half birthday Kirby, I can’t wait for the one year pictures!!!

“To be young at heart……” {Mississippi Family Photographer}

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Don’t you know that it’s worth every treasure on Earth to be young at heart…..”~Jimmy Durante

A couple of weeks ago I was privileged to do a 90th birthday session for one of the most beautiful women I’ve met in a long time. Chloe was one of the nicest people I’ve worked with. I thoroughly enjoyed doing this session and I’m honored to have captured such a special moment in time for their family!