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Starkville, MS | Maternity Session |Cassie + Jiahuan

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Dear Cassie + Jiahuan,

Thank you so much for inviting me to take photos of you, to document such a special time. Your world is about to change in a major way because of a tiny, beautiful gift. I know it was chilly, and that walking around a golf course isn’t the first choice for a lot of women who are 8.5 months pregnant. So thank you. I hope as you wait for your precious baby girl, you can enjoy the few days left that you are a family of two.

Cheers to you,

Nikki

The photo shoot took place on the golf course near the home at Jiahuan’s suggestion and I’m so glad we got to do it at a place that is familiar to them.

Fine Art Maternity Photography

Starkville, MS, Portrait Photographer, Maternity, Pregnancy,  Baby, Family Photos, Outdoor, Natural Light Photographer,

Oh Cassie, you are lovely.

Fine Art Maternity Photography

Fine Art Maternity Photography

Fine Art Maternity Photography

Of the bottom two, I’m not sure which is my favorite, so for now we will just say both. ūüôā

Fine Art Maternity Photography

Fine Art Maternity Photography

Thank you again for letting me photograph you Cassie + Jiahuan! I cannot wait to meet your little girl!

Downtown Columbus, MS | Engagement Session | Julianna + Brent

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Julianna + Brent,

In some ways, I can’t believe that you’re paying me to photograph you because you are that easy and wonderful to work with. All one has to do is stand by to see that your relationship is filled with love, joy, light, and life. Thank you for allowing me to photograph you at the place where your journey together began. It truly was a delight.¬†I hope these next few weeks for you are wonderful as your wait for your wedding. I know you are so excited for it, and so am I.

Cheers to you!

Nikki

I think the best way to move forward is to state the obvious, so here it is: You guys are good looking people. Really, good looking people.

Columbus, MS Egagement Session

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Columbus, MS Egagement Session

Right before we started Julianna smiled at me and said they (specifically Brent) had one request. They didn’t want any somber faces staring deeply into each other’s eyes. I promised none would happen…which is why I had them close their eyes for the photos below ūüėČ

Columbus, MS Egagement Session

Columbus, MS Egagement Session

I’m trying to keep keep each portrait session blog post to about 10ish photos… but, sometime that rule just goes right out the window….

Columbus, MS Egagement Session

Columbus, MS Egagement Session

Photographing these next few images made me feel like I was in Italy or somewhere – the light was¬†gorgeous, the scenery comfortable, the color delectable…

Columbus, MS Egagement Session

Columbus, MS Egagement Session

Columbus, MS Egagement Session

And as of now, this photo is my favorite….. I think.

Columbus, MS Egagement Session

Julianna + Brent – you two are the best and I cannot wait for April!

 

Atlanta, GA | Newborn Session | Baby Malcolm

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Oh Little Malcolm,

People can’t help but love you when they meet you. There really is no other option. You cuddle sweetly, sleep peacefully, and are at content as can be when you’re awake. No doubt, that has a lot to do with your parents. A more relaxed first time mom I don’t think there has ever been, and your dad is so excited for you and the person you will become.

You are loved, little one.

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Malcolm Buster Newborn Session © Nikki McKenzie Photography

While Malcolm was undoubtedly the star of the show, Grace and Ransom (their papillons) made a special appearance and I think the shot below is one of my all time favorites.

Malcolm Buster Newborn Session © Nikki McKenzie Photography

Malc needed a little coaxing to keep going with the photos…

Malcolm Buster Newborn Session © Nikki McKenzie Photography

Malcolm Buster Newborn Session © Nikki McKenzie Photography

Malcolm Buster Newborn Session © Nikki McKenzie Photography

Malcolm Buster Newborn Session © Nikki McKenzie Photography

That being said, I told Jeff and Aubrey that if needed, Malcolm has a career in modeling if he’d like to do so…

Malcolm Buster Newborn Session © Nikki McKenzie Photography

Side note, they brought their¬†Nanooks with them to the hospital to make the room a little less sterile…. I think ¬†I may have to do that one day….

Malcolm Buster Newborn Session © Nikki McKenzie Photography

I think my favorite thing about their session (other than the fact that they are my cousins and their baby is super cute) was that it took place in their own home. They soaked in the light they enjoy everyday, on the couch where they read books and watch Netflix. In short, it was simple, beautiful, and intimate.

Malcolm Buster Newborn Session © Nikki McKenzie Photography

Malcolm Buster Newborn Session © Nikki McKenzie Photography

Malcolm Buster Newborn Session © Nikki McKenzie Photography

Malcolm Buster Newborn Session © Nikki McKenzie Photography

Malcolm Buster Newborn Session © Nikki McKenzie Photography

Malcolm Buster Newborn Session © Nikki McKenzie Photography

OK, I may have two favorites…. You gotta love snuggles with Dad.

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Oh little Malc, you are LOVED! ūüôā

Top 15 in 2015: Family

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You can kiss your family and friends good-bye and put miles between you, but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach, because you do not just live in a world but a world lives in you.

Frederick Buechner

I love photographing families. The sessions have a tendency to be more spontaneous, more honest, more wild, and by extension, more beautiful.

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Starkville, MS | Senior Session | Emmy

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Emmy,

It’s amazing to think that just 6 days ago we said goodbye at a Starbucks. Now you’re back in Australia, running the gin and prepping for other adventures. I (and by I, I mean all of us), miss you. We wish you were here. But, we are so proud of you, and want nothing but the best for you. You are so incredibly smart, and brave, and beautiful. I hope you know that you can if something doesn’t work out, it doesn’t mean you’ve failed. It just means that God has something better for you.

Love you so much, Ems.

Until we are together again,

Nikki

Emmy Robertson Senior Portrait Session© Nikki McKenzie Photography

Emmy Robertson Senior Portrait Session© Nikki McKenzie Photography

Emmy Robertson Senior Portrait Session© Nikki McKenzie Photography

Emmy Robertson Senior Portrait Session© Nikki McKenzie Photography

Emmy Robertson Senior Portrait Session© Nikki McKenzie Photography

Emmy Robertson Senior Portrait Session© Nikki McKenzie Photography

Why Vogue Is Wrong

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You’ve seen the article.¬† It is fluttering around the internet ¬†and I’m sure there are people who whole heartedly agree that wedding photographers are a huge waste of money. ¬†Everyone knows that at least one person with a decent camera and why not just have them do it? Or as Molly Guy suggests, “let your drunken guests go to town”.

Well, I am a wedding photographer and so it makes sense that this would be a battle that I would choose to indulge in. But I’m not going to argue it as a photographer, but as a girl who was once a bride.

There are about half a dozen arguments that come to mind but the bottom line is this: when it comes to the wedding photos that I value, the order goes¬†my husband and I, our families, friends, then details. Why? Because my wedding wasn’t about me providing alcohol so my friends and I could get plastered. It was about a marriage, two families joining together, a union being forged, and lifetime to come. If all that there was too look back at from my wedding photos was a bunch of my friends drinking, and my husband and I tiredly smiling for the group photo, with a few blurry ceremony shots, I’d be ticked. As a person (and by extension a photographer), I believe that photos are most treasured when the soul of a person is captured in the image, when the spirit of an event is felt. And no offense, but that isn’t something I’m going to leave to friends to capture on cell phones, inebriated or not.

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Starkville, MS | Family Session | The Robertsons

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Truth be told, we rarely get through a family dinner without some sort of toilet humor coming up. My mom will slap my dad’s arm and say (while giggling) that it wasn’t funny. My brother will make some witty remark and then my older sister feed off of it. Someone will point out that my mom is still laughing and then it’s just a matter of time until someone is trying to tell a story, but is choking on laughter, and we laugh at them, laughing at their untold story.¬†Yup. Those are my people: quick to laugh, stubborn to the core and as hard headed as all get out, beautiful, lovable and mine.

Some of you may have seen this photo on Facebook…. Let’s just say that when Cameron found out that family photos were mandatory, he freaked a little bit.

Christmas Family Photo 2015 © Nikki McKenzie Photography

But, we told him it’d be quick so he calmed down a little….

Christmas Family Photo 2015 © Nikki McKenzie Photography

I share this photo aware that my mom won’t be happy it’s in public, but it’s one of my favorites of her.

Christmas Family Photo 2015 © Nikki McKenzie Photography

Someday, Cameron will probably be mortified that he showed so much leg in a photo, but does it get any squishier than that?? I think not. Christmas Family Photo 2015 © Nikki McKenzie Photography

Christmas Family Photo 2015 © Nikki McKenzie Photography

And Matt – the first to marry into the crazy. Bless him.

Christmas Family Photo 2015 © Nikki McKenzie Photography

Ems, you’re pretty gorgeous.

Christmas Family Photo 2015 © Nikki McKenzie Photography

David insisted that he must be photographed with his beloved pup, so here he is.

Christmas Family Photo 2015 © Nikki McKenzie Photography

And this photo is probably my favorite from the whole session.

Christmas Family Photo 2015 © Nikki McKenzie Photography

Happy New Year’s, Y’all.