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Lifestyle Engagement Session | Starkville, MS | Natalie + Brad

engagement

Dear Natalie + Brad,

I had the best time with you guys. Spending time with you two of you felt more like hanging with friends rather than working for clients. Thank you so much for welcoming me into your home! I hope these last few months before you become husband and wife pass quickly for you – I know you’re so ready to begin your lives together. ūüôā

Untili then,

Nikki

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Now What? An Argument for a Wedding Album

photography

You’ve finished all your thank you’s, returned the gifts you received duplicates of, +¬†¬†your photographer has given you back your wedding photos. You now have hundreds of photos to look through +¬†decide what you want to do with them. Of course, you want a couple larger prints to hang in your home +¬†then a few more on the smaller side, but what about the rest of them?

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Best of Weddings 2016 | Bride + Groom Portraits

Alabama

The photos I ended up loving the most were the ones that speak to who the bride and groom are both collectively and individually. I find that in some ways, the setting is neither here nor there. It’s all about them, and their chemistry. The quite sereneness of a groom as he held his bride, the adoration in her face. A quiet moment of relief, of realization for all the has occurred, and a joyous anticipation for what will. A kiss of delight, of passion, and merriment. The act of leading, of supporting, of following. All these couples portrayed the beauty that makes a marriage that wonder that it is.

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Top 10 Getting Ready

Alabama

For the groom, the time they spend getting ready is brief.  The actual process of getting ready is not long: pants and shirts, perhaps a vest, a tie, shoes, and then the jacket. The most challenging part is without question the boutonniere. He is with his friends there are jokes, affirms slaps on the back and shakes of the hand, a few nervous laughs, and a shrug of the shoulders to shake off the nerves.

For the bride, it is entirely different. There is a quite, nervous energy. No mirror is needed to get ready; she knows how everything is going to sit, how it will feel, how it will look. When she does turn to see herself, it’s not out of criticism, but out of reflection. All the planning is about to pay off, and moments she has to see herself is a time to pause before the festivities begin.

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Mississippi Museum of Art Wedding | Taylor + Josh

Mississippi

Taylor + Josh,

There was something so incredibly sweet about getting to be your wedding photographer. I regularly have the privilege of being able to photograph couples who are in love, but photographing you two was so much more than that. The way the two of you anticipate the actions of one another was such a delight to witness.

I hope your first few weeks of husband and wife have been nothing short of splendid.

Cheers to you both,

Nikki

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Monthly Recap: 10/16, 11/16, 12/16

personal

Dear Reader,

I go back and forth. At times I think at last, the year has come to an end. The other times I can’t but wonder where oh where has the time gone. As it is for almost everyone, fall was a sprint. I wish I had done a better job at writing down the highlights, and the lows, but what is done is done. And at least I’m only playing catch up for the last three¬†months, rather than the last twelve.

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Baby Lucas | Newborn Session | Starkville, MS

family

Dearest Baby Lucas,

You are loved, so wholeheartedly, so completely. Your mom and dad are enthralled with you and it’s not hard to see why. You are¬†sweet and love to snuggle.¬†And,¬†even at the tender age of three weeks your eyes are wide and filled with wonder.¬†Welcome to the world, little one. I’m so glad you’re here.

Much love to you and your fam,

Nikki

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Chandler + Carew | Engagement | Private Estate, West Point, MS

engagement

Dear Chandler + Carew,

I’m at a loss of words when it comes to your engagement session. Sure, ¬†I could talk about the beauty of the locations that speak for themselves, the chill that reddened cheeks and encouraged more cuddles. But more than that, what comes to mind is the love and care you have not only for one another, but for all you interact with. It’s so evident by how overwhelmed with joy people are for the two of you, how excited they are for the two of you to become husband and wife. That speaks volumes to me, and having to honor of photographing your first portraits together, well…. I cannot thank you enough for that. I so enjoyed our time together. I felt more like a gathering of friends, than a meeting with clients.

Cheers to you both, and wishing you the Merriest of Christmases!

Nikki

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