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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.