Anna & Russell | Anniversary Portrait Session Hoover-Randle Home & Gardens Birmingham

Deborah Michelle Photography Hoover-Randle Home & Gardens Portrait Session

“I love it when my two worlds collide!” exclaimed Anna as she got out of the car at the Hoover-Randle Home & Gardens. And I have to agree! Anna & I grew up in the same small town of Greensboro, Alabama & now we find ourselves in the big city of Birmingham.

She married her best friend last spring & decided to celebrate Year One with a portrait session. And I think that’s the best idea! “He keeps me laughing,” Anna remarked about her husband when I asked what’s one thing you love about Russell. During premarital counseling, our pastor told us that laughter is very important to which I would agree. Many say that the first year is the hardest, while others say it’s what you make it. Either way, Russell advised that the key to making it work is work on your schedules and ensure that they mesh well.

They enjoy traveling down HWY 280 to attend Auburn football games & finding local restaurants that serve the best craft beers. Goodness, they said a lot like my husband & I. Ya’ll, it’s so fun to be married to your best friend!

Deborah Michelle Photography Hoover-Randle Home & Gardens Portrait Session
Deborah Michelle Photography Hoover-Randle Home & Gardens Portrait Session

The Hoover-Randle Home & Gardens has so many great locations for portraits! Huge thanks to Tahara for letting us come by.

Deborah Michelle Photography Hoover-Randle Home & Gardens Portrait Session First Anniversary

This porch was totally made for Anna & Russell, wouldn’t you agree?!

Deborah Michelle Photography Hoover-Randle Home & Gardens Portrait Session
Deborah Michelle Photography Hoover-Randle Home & Gardens Portrait Session
Deborah Michelle Photography Birmingham Alabama Weddings

These blooms were my favorite!

Deborah Michelle Photography Hoover-Randle Home & Gardens Portrait Session

Anna & Russell, thank you for trusting me to capture your first year anniversary portraits! I had a blast getting to know the both of you & cannot wait to see what year TWO holds for ya’ll!


Venue: Hoover-Randle Home & Gardens Birmingham, Alabama

Hand in Paw's 10th Annifursary Mutt Strut | Birmingham, Alabama

Deborah Michelle Photographer Birmingham Alabama Mutt Strut 2019 Dogs of Birmingham

If you know me or have been following me for sometime, you know that I love all the pups. I love being an Alabama wedding photographer BUT I love being a dog mom, too.

One of the first things we noticed about Birmingham, Alabama was how dog friendly the city was. My husband & I love taking our Cavalier King Charles Cocker Spaniel around with us especially to TrimTab Brewery on Sunday afternoons. I found out about Hand in Paw when searching for upcoming dog events & fell in love with what they are doing in our community.

Hand in Paw’s mission is to improve human health & well-being through Animal-Assisted Therapy. They currently have 150 professionally-trained volunteers that bring comfort and joy to people who need it most. One of their biggest fundraisers of the year is the 5k Mutt Strut; just picture Christmas morning but for dog lovers & that’s how I would describe it.

Deborah Michelle Photographer Birmingham Alabama Mutt Strut 2019 Dogs of Birmingham
Deborah Michelle Photographer Birmingham Alabama Mutt Strut 2019
Deborah Michelle Photographer Birmingham Alabama Mutt Strut 2019 Dogs of Birmingham
Deborah Michelle Photographer Birmingham Alabama Mutt Strut 2019 Hand in Paw
Deborah Michelle Photography Birmingham Alabama Mutt Strut 2019
Mutt Strut 2019 Birmingham Alabama Photographer Deborah Michelle Photography

It was an absolute joy to be a sponsor of the 10th Annifursary of Hand in Paw’s Mutt Strut. Huge round of applause to the staff who worked so hard (even in the rain) to make this event happen.

Proceeds from Mutt Strut benefited Hand in Paw’s Animal-Assisted Therapy programs. I cannot wait for next year, perhaps I should train my pup so he can participate too!

Deborah Michelle Photographer Birmingham Alabama Mutt Strut 2019 Hand in Paw

Full Gallery of this event can be viewed here.

*If you were a participant & are looking for a photo I snapped of you & your furry family member, email me & I’ll send it to you!

Hand in Paw Birmingham, Alabama Deborah Michelle Photography 2019

Jen & Chris | Downtown Birmingham Engagement Session

Railroad Park Birmingham Alabama Wedding Photographer Deborah Michelle

This Alabama Wedding Photographer met her husband at a wedding of all places! And I love hearing how other couples find their way to each other. For Jen & Chris, they met at church here in Birmingham, Alabama. After several conversations, they discovered that they had many things in common like their careers, interests, & values. They spent many weekends going on outdoor adventures, brunch dates & seeing shows at local theaters. Jen mentioned in our initial email that, “It was such an amazing year getting to know each other more.”

After nearly two years, Chris purchased a ring that he just had to give to her. Like absolutely couldn’t wait to give it to her. So within a few days he had asked everyone for their blessings. Chris proposed in Atlanta, Georgia in front of the Fox Theater. Talk about the most thought out, perfect proposal for these two!

I admit I was a little anxious about showing up to this downtown Birmingham engagement portrait session, but after nearly 10 minutes I felt like an old college friend. Jen went to the University of West Alabama (Go Tigers!) & Chris went to that other university in the state….Auburn. (My husband is an AU alumnus too!) Their smiles are contagious & their love for one another is evident in how they serve one another. He supports her dreams, while she does the same.

One thing that I absolutely loved about their portrait session was how Chris could not wipe that grin off of his face when he looked at his girl. And I love how Jen laughs from deep within her soul. In our chats Jen mentioned that they were both nurses & love the arts. So I jumped at the chance to plan out their unique engagement portrait session. Railroad Park provided the best cityscape for their scrubs - which I adore BTW! Aren’t they so stinking cute in their Converse, too?! And then we ending the evening in the Birmingham Theater District with the lights of the Alabama Theater marquee sign adding a little sparkle to their already incredible love story.

Without further ado, I present to you one of my favorite engagement portrait sessions since moving to my new city. Let me know in the comments which set of portraits is your favorite! Team Scrubs or Team Theater?

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Ok - fine we may have laughed some during this session. And by some I mean a lot. So much so, my cheeks were sore too!

Deborah Michelle Photography Railroad Park Birmingham Alabama Engagement Session
Deborah Michelle Photography Railroad Park Birmingham Alabama Engagement Session Jen & Chris
Deborah Michelle Photography Railroad Park Birmingham Alabama Engagement Session

Ah! The most perfect springtime blooms! Thank you Railroad Park for welcoming the new season so well.

Deborah Michelle Photography Railroad Park Birmingham Alabama Engagement Session
Deborah Michelle Photography Alabama Theater Birmingham Alabama Engagement Session

Ya’ll, I just adore these two so much.

Deborah Michelle Photography Downtown Birmingham Alabama Engagement Session

Jen! You look absolutely stunning in that dress, girl! I can only imagine how beautiful you will be in your wedding gown this fall. And Chris, you are so dapper!

Deborah Michelle Photography Downtown Birmingham Alabama Engagement Session
Deborah Michelle Photography Downtown Birmingham Alabama Engagement Session
Deborah Michelle Photography Downtown Birmingham Alabama Engagement Session
Deborah Michelle Photography Downtown Birmingham Alabama Engagement Session
Deborah Michelle Photography Downtown Birmingham Alabama Engagement Session

To the soon to be Martins, thank you for allowing me to serve you well during this exciting season of your life. I wish you the best as you begin this new adventure - trust me, it’s one of the best!

Deborah Michelle Photography Downtown Birmingham Alabama Engagement Session

Vendors to thank for their awesomeness:

Photography: Deborah Michelle Photography

Makeup: Made by Jhae

Dress: Lulus

Hair: Erica McNeil of Integrity Salon Spa

Venues:

Railroad Park & Alabama Theater - Downtown Birmingham, Alabama

Kasey & Dylan | Moss Rock Preserve Birmingham Alabama Engagement Session

Kasey & Dylan | Engaged 2019 DMP-155.jpg

Two years and thousands of long-distance miles later, these two are getting married this fall. Kasey & Dylan are planning a destination wedding in the mountains of Tennessee, so I found the perfect little location for them. The Moss Rock Preserve in Hoover, Alabama gave us an outdoor element along with a quaint little neighborhood tucked away from the bustle of the city.

Upon getting to know Kasey, who won my New City New Year Giveaway on Facebook, she told me that her & her fiance LOVED adventures. So it was no surprise to me when they agreed to go hiking through boulders for their engagement portrait session.

Dylan loves Kasey’s spontaneity. And Kasey adores how well Dylan cares for her & her family. I only spent a couple of hours with these two, but I witnessed how well they complimented one another. I consider myself lucky to have clients that trust this Birmingham, Alabama Wedding Photographer to document their season of life. Do you care to join me on an exploration of Kasey & Dylan’s Moss Rock Preserve engagement session in the images below, I promise you won’t be disappointed. Bonus: there’s a waterfall involved!


Moss Rock Preserve Engagement Session Deborah Michelle Photography Birmingham Alabama

I don’t know who’s more smitten, Kasey or Dylan?! I’d say it’s a close tie!

Moss Rock Preserve Birmingham Alabama Engagement Session
Birmingham Alabama Wedding Photographer Deborah Michelle Photography
Deborah Michelle Photography Birmingham Alabama Engagement Photographer

Kasey & Dylan are planning a destination wedding in the mountains of Tennessee this fall, so I found this second location at the Moss Rock Preserve perfect for them. They also LOVE adventures & nothing says adventure like hiking through boulders to discover a waterfall!

Birmingham Alabama Wedding Photographer Deborah Michelle Moss Rock Preserve
Moss Rock Preserve Engagement Session Deborah Michelle Photography Birmingham Alabama
Deborah Michelle Photography Birmingham Alabama Moss Rock Preserve Engagement Session

Shout out to Kasey for hiking through the rock preserve in wedges! What a champ!

Kasey & Dylan, thank you for trusting me with your love story.

I am excited to watch ya’ll move mountains over the years together. It’s going to be the best adventure yet!

Birmingham Alabama Wedding Photographer Moss Rock Preserve Deborah Michelle Photography

Engagement Session Location: Moss Rock Preserve | Hoover, Alabama

Engagement Ring: Diamonds Direct

Kasey’s Black Dress: Two Sisters Boutique | Marion, Alabama

Kasey’s Pink Blouse: Lavish | Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Grubb Family | Birmingham Botancial Gardens Greenhouse Family Portraits

Birmingham Alabama Family Photographer Deborah Michelle Photography

Have you ever tried to coordinate eight different schedules for one hour? Let me tell you it ain’t easy. But Deborah Michelle Photography’s New Year New City Giveaway winner, Morgan, made it happen.

Most of you probably remember or participated in that giveaway. I thought why not do a free session in my new city of Birmingham, Alabama?! This opportunity allow me to make new contacts & visit a new location for portraits. Talk about a win, win! But I knocked it out of the park with this one.

Morgan is the absolute sweetest soul. Upon winning she decided to include her entire family in on her portrait session & what a treat. I got to meet not only her & her husband, but also her parents, sisters, nephews & even grandparents! Rain may have dampened our original plan but thank goodness for the greenhouse at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Morgan’s nephews ended the session as every rainy day session should by jumping in the puddles outside.

Thankful that I was able to capture some long overdue family portraits for Morgan & her sweet family.


Birmingham Alabama Family Photographer Deborah Michelle Photography Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Morgan’s mom & dad have been married for 31 years. The secret, I asked them, “Keep God first.”

Birmingham Alabama Family Photographer Deborah Michelle Photography

Thirty-one years later, Rob & Shawn, have three beautiful girls; two of which have married.

Birmingham Alabama Family Photographer Deborah Michelle Photography
Birmingham Alabama Family Photographer Deborah Michelle Photography Birmingham Botanical Gardens

But it doesn’t stop there - their oldest child has three of the most adorable boys. And bonus, two of the great-grandparents were able to be there at the session. So we had to include them in a couple of portraits as well.

Birmingham Alabama Family Photographer Deborah Michelle Photography

The ladies. Love them so much! And can we just talk about their outfit choices for a second? So perfect.


Meet Morgan’s oldest sister, Jordan. Jordan & her husband, ?, have been married for six years & have the three curly haired boys you see throughout these portraits. Let’s just say the greenhouse had so much for these guys to explore!

Birmingham Alabama Family Photographer Deborah Michelle Photography
Birmingham Alabama Family Photographer Deborah Michelle Photography Botanical Gardens

Met Morgan. Morgan was tickled to have won DMP’s New Year New City Giveaway. Herself a newlywed as well, we shared stories of our hubbies via email & found out we shared a love for missions. Morgan & her husband, Jeffery, are currently renovating a house to flip & told me it’s been a great teaching tool for marriage. I can only imagine the ideas & compromises that have to be made when working on a project that big.

Birmingham Alabama Family Photographer Deborah Michelle Photography
Birmingham Alabama Family Photographer Deborah Michelle Photography

Meet Erin. The younger sister. She may or may not model for a few local boutiques hence absolutely killing her portrait time. Her & her oldest sister, Jordan, have started a hair & makeup business called Dearly Beloved Hair & Makeup. Their work is stunning; you should definitely check them out.

Birmingham Alabama Family Photographer Deborah Michelle Photography

We couldn’t leave them men out of course.

Birmingham Alabama Family Photographer Deborah Michelle Photography Mother Daughter

To the Grubb Family, thank you for sharing your rainy afternoon with me at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. I left with sore cheeks from all the laughter & felt like one of the family. I hope you treasure these family portraits for years to come.

Deborah Michelle Photography Birmingham Alabama Family Photographer

When’s the last time that you & your entire crew got dressed up & took family portraits? If you can’t honestly remember, then it’s time for a session to update those frames on the mantel. Simply email me & we will go from there.

Kaileigh & Blake | Hermitage-Rippy Estate Mobile, Alabama Engagement Session

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Two high school sweethearts are beginning their forever this Saturday with a Mobile, Alabama Wedding day. It’s wedding week for Kaileigh & Blake & I am thrilled to be their Alabama Wedding photographer.

A couple of weeks ago, I met up with the two of them for their engagement session at the same spot they will say I Do! They chose the Hermitage-Rippy Estate in Mobile, Alabama because of it’s Southern charm & its gracious hosts. And I consider the Hermitage-Rippy one of Mobile’s hidden gems. The extravagant white columns invite you in, while the oak trees encourage you to stay awhile.

I love engagement sessions because they give me the opportunity to get to know my couples before their big day. For this Alabama girl & a tall farm boy from Idaho, it all begin in one Math class at Baker High School. Blake recalled, “it’s the only bad grade” that he had in high school…perhaps because he was a little distracted by the pretty brunette next to him. It didn’t take long before they began dating, followed by a Bellingrath Gardens & Home proposal two Christmas’ ago.

Her favorite thing about him is that he keeps her laughing & how he cares deeply. And he loves that their souls feel connected way beyond their years. They share the same morals & values & will vow to keep them as they build their very own family.


Gulf Coast Alabama Wedding Photographer Deborah Michelle Photography
Hermitage-Rippy Estate Mobile Alabama Wedding Photographer Deborah Michelle Photography
Kaileigh & Blake Engagement Session Deborah Michelle Photography
Kaileigh & Blake Engagement Session Hermitage Rippy Estate Deborah Michelle Photography
Kaileigh & Blake Engagement Session Hermitage Rippy Estate Deborah Michelle Photography
Kaileigh & Blake Engagement Session Hermitage Rippy Estate Deborah Michelle Photography
Kaileigh & Blake Engagement Session Hermitage Rippy Estate Deborah Michelle Photography

See ya’ll in just a few days! Kaileigh, you’ll be the one in white. Blake will be waiting for you at the end of the aisle. And I’ll be the lucky one capturing your day one as husband & wife!

Venue: Hermitage-Rippy Estate

Church Family | Birmingham Botanical Gardens Family Portrait Session

Church Family portraits Birmingham Botanical Gardens Deborah Michelle Photography

I grew up with a brother but always wondered what growing up with a sister would be like. Sharing clothes, arguing over who gets to take the car out for a movie night, and calling dibs on the cutie down the street. Emmeline & Eleanor will share lots of memories as they grow up. But for now they spend their Sundays at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens before heading over to the Birmingham Zoo.

Emmeline celebrated her half birthday recently, so a family session was in order. She has the best of parents, Kevin & Kelsey. I loved capturing their family of four during this sweet season of their lives.

Birmingham Botanical Gardens Deborah Michelle Photography Sisters

Emmeline loves her big sister!

Birmingham Botanical Gardens Family Portrait Session Birmingham Botanical Gardens Deborah Michelle Photography
Birmingham Botanical Gardens Deborah Michelle Photography Southern Bows
Daddy's Girls Birmingham Botanical Gardens Deborah Michelle Photography

I can just picture this recreated at her wedding one day!


Birmingham Family Photographer Deborah Michelle Photography
Sisters Birmingham Botanical Gardens Birmingham Family Photographer Deborah Michelle Photography
Birmingham Botanical Gardens Deborah Michelle Photography Six Month old

Happy Six Months Sweet Girl!


Birmingham Botanical Gardens Family Portraits Deborah Michelle Photography Birmingham Alabama Photographer

Of course I had to steal Mom & Dad away for a few portraits too!

Looking for a family portrait photographer? I’d love to connect with you and your family. Contact me!

Dogs of Birmingham | Rotary Trail Birmingham, Alabama

Mac & Maisy | Deborah Michelle Photography Birmingham Alabama Photographer

By now it should be no surprise that this Birmingham, Alabama photographer loves pups! Small fluffy pups to dogs of great size. It does not matter, I love them all. So an idea was born, I should host a day of mini sessions in my new city because there must be others that love their pups as much as I love mine.

One Saturday in February, I met 9 of the most adorable Birmingham pups along with their humans too. It was woof-tastic! So without further ado, enjoy a few of my favorite portraits from the first of many Deborah Michelle Photography pup mini sessions.


First up is Bentley. He is a 4 year old Cavalier King Charles Cocker Spaniel who adores his humans, Brittney & Trey. I may or may not be biased because my Elliot is a Cavalier too!

Cavailer King Charles Deborah Michelle Photography Birmingham Alabama Photographer

I had to steal them away for a few portraits just because they were the sweetest!


Theo | Deborah Michelle Photography Birmingham Alabama Photographer

Theo’s parents might look familiar if you’re a follower of DMP. Sydni & Colton got married nearly 3 years ago & since then have adopted the most precious pup. I mean just check out that bow tie!

Rotary Trail | Deborah Michelle Photography Birmingham Alabama Photographer

Brace yourself this next pup will make you surrender all of your treats.

Sosa | Deborah Michelle Photography Birmingham Alabama Photographer

Meet Sosa. The tiniest pup of the day! He helped his mommy, Haley, through nursing school & is the fiercest protector.

Dogs of Birmingham | Deborah Michelle Photography Birmingham Alabama Photographer

Deborah Michelle Photography Birmingham Alabama Photographer

Mac & Maisy introduced me to their parents, Micah & Bailey. And boy were they a bundle of energy! Maybe one day I will share the progress of the photo above because it literally had me laughing out loud while editing. I loved catching up with a past DMP bridesmaid & receiving suggestions on her favorite Birmingham spots.

P. S. Micah wore socks with labs on them! How stinking adorable?!

P. S. S. One of my favorite couple pics is this next one.

Deborah Michelle Photography Birmingham Alabama Photographer

Deborah Michelle Photography Birmingham Alabama Photographer

Everyone meet Cosmo whose namesake comes from Seinfield (Cosmo Kramer). Samantha loves the show & knew it’d be the perfect name for her furry companion. He may me small but he is precious.

Cosmo | Deborah Michelle Photography Birmingham Alabama Photographer

Samantha introduced to her beau, Peyton, who is also a great dog dad too!


Great Danes of Birmingham | Deborah Michelle Photography Birmingham Alabama Photographer

His name might be Diesel but I shall call him the Gentle Giant. Diesel is a 5 year old Great Dane. His proud parents are Lea & Barry. Luckily his parents have several acres of land for this pup to roam, although I am certain he enjoys the comfort of the couch too.

Diesel | Deborah Michelle Photography Birmingham Alabama Photographer

Yall, it just keeps getting better!

Next up is Miss Lanie & her rather new best friend, Gunner. He is a 3 month old Goldendoodle & oh so fluffy! He was so small that I could’ve easily carried him away in my camera bag but I don’t think Lanie would’ve approved. One of Gunner’s goals is to be a service pup for his owner which will be so awesome. I am eager to watch these two grow up together.

Gunner | Deborah Michelle Photography Birmingham Alabama Photographer
Goldendoodles of Birmingham | Deborah Michelle Photography Birmingham Alabama Photographer

Zoey | Deborah Michelle Photography Birmingham Alabama Photographer

And last but certainly not least is Zoey. She is a 6 weeks old German Short-hair Pointer. This sweet girl belongs to Matt, Ashley & Zane. Sidenote: Zane is so great in front of the camera because his aunt is also a photographer (oh hey, Ashley Brooke Photography). I enjoyed meeting this family & their newest furry member.

German Shorthair Pointer | Deborah Michelle Photography Birmingham Alabama Photographer

Many thanks to FETCH - A Treat Truck for Dogs for making custom treats for all of the pups photographed during Deborah Michelle Photography’s first pup mini sessions.

I just had to sneak in one for my sweet pup too!

Deborah Michelle Photography Birmingham Photographer Dogs FETCH

Spoiler alert: Pup Mini sessions coming to Mobile, Alabama & Tuscaloosa, Alabama very soon!

Email me now to get on the list. I cannot wait for another afternoon of tail-waggin' & sweet puppy kisses.

Anna & Adam | Downtown Tuscaloosa Engagement Session

Deborah Michelle Photography Tuscaloosa Wedding Photographer Anna and Adam

Who would’ve guessed that as we stood in line as kindergartens that one day I would become her Alabama Wedding Photographer as she marries the love of her life.

Anna Ruth and I basically grew up together. She shared the love of softball with me & I gave it my best attempt. We cheered underneath the Friday nights lights together for 6 years. We shared many joys but also stood side by side during life’s toughest days. I am thankful for her caring nature & it seems someone else has also grown attached to the sweet blonde who once adorned pigtails & a homemade pink watermelon dress.

Adam & Anna both serve the City of Northport as police officers. They met at work one day…and that’s when the chase began. What started out as a friendship turned into something much more. One of the things that Adam loves most about his fiance is that she loves passionately & holds tight to her family. So much so that Adam included all of her nieces & nephews in their proposal! Anna was completely shocked as the kindest man she’s ever known pulled off the best moment of their lives.

She said YES & now they’re planning a Spring wedding. I loved every moment of catching up with one of my longtime friends & getting to know the man who treats her how she deserves.

Deborah Michelle Photography Tuscaloosa Wedding Photographer Anna and Adam
Deborah Michelle Photography Tuscaloosa Wedding Photographer Anna and Adam
Deborah Michelle Photography Tuscaloosa Wedding Photographer Anna and Adam
Deborah Michelle Photography Tuscaloosa Alabama Engagement Session Anna and Adam

Ya’ll their outfits choices paired with the stone of the Tuscaloosa City Hall was a photographer’s dream. Oh & Anna did her own makeup. Sign me up for a tutorial please!

Deborah Michelle Photography Tuscaloosa Alabama Engagement Session Anna and Adam
Deborah Michelle Photography Tuscaloosa Alabama Engagement Session Anna and Adam
Deborah Michelle Photography Tuscaloosa Alabama Engagement Session Anna and Adam
Deborah Michelle Photography Tuscaloosa Alabama Engagement Session Anna and Adam Capital Park

Engaged & planning a wedding?

Let’s grab coffee & chat! I would love to capture your love story just like Anna & Adam’s.

Based in Birmingham, Alabama but eager to travel!

Auntie Debs + The Faught Family | A Personal Post

Deborah Michelle Photography Family Portraits

Alabama Wedding Photographer, Pure Barre Instructor and Chick-fil-A Team Member are just some of the titles that I have held in my lifetime, but out of all my titles Auntie Debs is certainly one of my favorites. (*Wife recently taking the lead! Love you husband!)

I grew up with a camera in my face, thanks Dad, so I feel it’s only natural to do the same to my brother and his family. Randle gave me the title of Auntie Debs almost six years ago and I never knew how I could love a brown eyed boy so much. He keeps me laughing and my knowledge of all things Thomas the Train has never been greater. Ryan is the second brown eyed boy to steal my heart. He is one of the sweetest baby boys, yet keeps everyone on their toes. I love spending summers with this beach babe and his older brother.

Thankful to have a job that allows me to visit them and spoil them as an aunt should. Family portraits have become a yearly tradition for the Faught Family with Deborah Michelle Photography - tickle fights included. Today I am blogging a few of my favorites from their latest Mississippi family portrait session, while also looking back at some of my favorite moments with them over the years.

Deborah Michelle Photography Family Portraits
Deborah Michelle Photography Family Photographer
Deborah Michelle Photography Family Portraits
Deborah Michelle Photography Family Photographer Birmingham, Alabama

Alabama Family Photographer Deborah Michelle Photography

Randle and Ryan, I have loved every minute of watching you grow up. Thanks for the endless belly laughter and I cannot wait to see the young men that you will become. I just hope you’re never too cool to hang out with your Auntie Debs!

Looking for a family portrait photographer? I’d love to connect with you and your family. Contact me!

Shelby & Bryan | Springhill College Mobile Alabama Engagement Session

Springhill College Engagement Session Mobile Alabama Shelby and Bryan

The love story of two athletes was revealed to an audience of one Alabama Wedding Photographer and several of Mobile’s grand oak trees that line a drive on Springhill College’s campus in south Alabama. Shelby a softball player. Bryan a baseball player. These two met in high school and Bryan recalls the moment he first saw Shelby, “She was the prettiest girl I’d ever seen.” To which she now smirks and holds his hand a little tighter. He would later sneak a kiss in the hallway and take her to a school dance.

A couple years later, Bryan planned the perfect proposal with two diamonds in mind. One made of dirt and grass and the other sparkled. That’s right, he proposed to Shelby before one of her softball games that she helped coach. He completely surprised her by involving players and former teammates. Talk about the perfect proposal for these two! Getting to know them throughout their session, I can tell they balance each other out well. She holds the quiet, nurturing spirit while he is the most outgoing gent who brings a smile to anyone who will look his way.

I am delighted that they chose me to capture their love story that is four years in the making and look forward to having a front row seat at their June wedding day.


Avenue of Oaks Engagement Session Mobile Alabama Shelby and Bryan
Springhill College Engagement Session Mobile Alabama Shelby and Bryan Avenue of Oaks

Ah! Forehead kisses are my favorite. So gentle, so kind.

Springhill College Engagement Session Mobile Alabama Shelby and Bryan
Springhill College Engagement Session Mobile Alabama Shelby and Bryan Deborah Michelle Photography

Bryan picked out the prettiest ring for his girl. Wouldn’t you agree?!

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Natalie | Springhill College Mobile Alabama Maternity Portraits

Natalie Spring Hill College Avenue of Oaks Mobile Alabama Family Portrait Session Deborah Michelle Photography

Watching a Deborah Michelle Bride take on the role of motherhood with much grace is one of my most favorite things about being a Gulf Coast photographer. Not only do I get to watch them marry their best friend, but a few years later I witness them kiss boo-boos and create belly laughter with their little ones.

If you read my last blog you know last year was sprinkled with doubts. Am I even supposed to be a photographer? Well those lies were silenced by numerous clients turned friends, including Natalie.

I met Natalie two years ago when she asked me to be her wedding photographer for her October day. Now she’s a mommy and has given the sweet opportunity to capture her first and now second maternity session. Plus I met her first born, Justin. And he is absolutely precious. I loved catching up with a past DMP Bride and look forward to meeting Baby #2!


Natalie Mobile Alabama Family Photographer Deborah Michelle Avenue of Oaks Springhill College

I am telling you - this little boy is full of personality! And loves exploring new places, Stewartfield at Springhill College included.

Natalie Mobile Alabama Family Photographer Deborah Michelle Avenue of Oaks Springhill College
Deborah Michelle Photography Alabama Family Photographer Mobile Alabama Springhill College
Natalie Mobile Alabama Family Photographer Deborah Michelle Springhill College
Natalie Mobile Alabama Family Photographer Deborah Michelle Springhill College

#tbt to Natalie’s wedding day | Apalachicola, Florida. 

AND #tbt to Natalie’s first maternity session as she awaited her first baby boy!

*Thanks for asking me to be a part of your different seasons of life; I have enjoyed cheering you on!


A Year in Review | 2018

Deborah Michelle Photography 2018

So you know how everyone is doing their Top 9 right now? Well of course I did mine and it was all pictures of me and none of my work. And honestly that hurt as an artist. Did no one like my work? Did no one see all the portraits I captured this year? Lies. All lies. You, my friend, spent the past year celebrating with me as a person. Sure you loved my work but you were invested in my personal highlights even more so. 2018 was a big year for just that. I got the chance to be the bride for once and wear the white dress. I walked down the aisle and exchanged vows with my best friend.

Even though this past year was a great year personally it was not my favorite professionally. Moving my small business was hard, but luckily I have a team here to help me. If I could put a title on 2018 for my business it would be, ‘Growing Pains’. Stepping back and reevaluating everything is not easy. You are a failure. You are not good enough to make it. Lies. More lies. As I type this I hear my best friend say, “Not today Satan, not today!” Y’all it’s hard. And it’s taken me awhile to realize it’s ok to admit that. One of the many reasons I adore established photographers like Katelyn James and Jenna Kutcher is because they are so open and honest about their struggles both personally and professionally.

Often times I question why I am a photographer, but then I am quickly reminded why. I have a faithful few clients who I photograph year after year. One I have photographed for 10 years and three children later! They are the reason why. They believed in this girl with a camera and continue to support me.

One photographer I follow posted this the other day on Instagram and I completely agree. “If 2018 taught me anything it’s to feel the moment - the hurt, the disappointment - forgive (yourself or others) and MOVE ON. Stop living in a permanent state of punishment for a temporary choice. You’re allowed to fail. Hell. You NEED to fail. Failure teaches us grist and purpose more than success ever will.” (@alisha_crossley_photography)

Goodbye 2018, this girl is eager and expectant of good things to come in the new year. Some might even say magical (*hint to where DMP is relocating to).

Deborah Michelle Photography 2018 Fairhope Alabama Wedding
Deborah Michelle Photography 2018 Citronelle Community Center Mobile Alabama Wedding

Highlights of 2018

  • Created laughter between a bride and her best friends.

Deborah Michelle Photography 2018 Bragg Mitchell Mansion Mobile Alabama Wedding Bridesmaids
  • Captured 12 families during this season of life. A few brought me to the sea shore where I could wiggle my toes in the sand, another allowed me to announce their families’ big news, and all brought about tickle fights and mighty laughter.

  • Played dress up with three of my Deborah Michelle Brides as we awaited their wedding days.

Deborah Michelle Photography 2018 Bridal Session Bella Sera Gardens Alabama
  • Shared quite a few tears. Moments shared between a bride and her mom get me every time; first looks too!

  • Fueled my love of floral design by assisting Lisa of Thorne and Thistle for a couple of weddings in Auburn, Alabama. Upon arriving to a new city, I reached out to several local vendors to try to connect. Lisa took me in and showed me a different side to weddings. It was a treat to work with such a talented floral designer. I could not help myself but to take a few iPhone pictures here and there.

  • Celebrated two college seniors from opposing universities.

  • Consumed a lot of coffee and several slices of wedding cake. After all that’s the REAL reason why I shoot weddings. Ha!

  • Photographed the most dapper of men.

Deborah Michelle Photography 2018 Groomsmen Watson Farms Mobile, Alabama Wedding
  • Reconnected with DMP brides as they take on the role of mommy!

Deborah Michelle Photography 2018 Maternity Portrait Session
Deborah Michelle Photography 2018 Mobile Alabama Maternity Portrait Session
  • Worked with some of the best in the business. Shout out to Toni Goodie, Joanna Lee, Ashley Mason and Sara Grace McClain for helping me out this year.

Not only did Ashley assist me this fall during wedding season, but she gave me the honor of photographing her fifth anniversary with Weston. They are the cutest!

Deborah Michelle Photography 2018 Auburn Alabama Photographer
  • Encouraged as many puppy kisses as possible - after all the canines are part of the family too!

Deborah Michelle Photography 2018 Opelika Alabama Family Photographer
  • Cut many rugs on the dance floor!

  • Shared this season of wedding planning with several couples and discovered what they love most about their partner.

Deborah Michelle Photography 2018 Greensboro Alabama Engagement Portrait Session
Deborah Michelle Photography 2018 Springhill College Mobile Alabama Engagement Portrait Session
  • Was invited to be a part of the most intimate moments in one’s life. And I will forever treasure those opportunities to capture their beginning as husband and wife.

Deborah Michelle Photography 2018 Mobile Alabama Wedding Photographer