Josie | Lifestyle Newborn Portrait Session

Deborah Michelle Photography Birmingham Lifestyle Photographer Newborn Portait Session

There’s just something so sweet & special about being invited into someone’s home. Into a season of life that is changing yet beaming with excitement. Perhaps that’s why I enjoy love being a photographer. I can choose to be a part of the bustling wedding day or spend an quiet afternoon getting to know a family who just welcomed home their littlest member.

Miss Josie recently made her arrival into the world a few weeks ago. Changing a Birmingham family of two into a family of three. For nine months, Chelsey & Sam made preparations to their home, read all the books & even received advice from family & friends. But nothing could prepare them for that first moment when they met their baby girl. So without further ado, I’d like to introduce you to baby girl Josie.

Deborah Michelle Photography Birmingham Lifestyle Photographer
Deborah Michelle Photography Birmingham Lifestyle Photographer
Deborah Michelle Photography Birmingham Lifestyle Photographer Newborn Session
Deborah Michelle Photography Birmingham Lifestyle Photographer Newborn Session

Trooper was a little bit unsure about the his baby sis’s arrival. He had to check out everything we put her in & of course had to remind us all that he was here first. Isn’t he just too cute?!

Deborah Michelle Photography Birmingham Alabama Family Lifestyle Photographer
Deborah Michelle Photography Birmingham Lifestyle Photographer In-Home Portrait Session
Deborah Michelle Photography Birmingham Lifestyle Photographer
Deborah Michelle Photography Birmingham Alabama Lifestyle Photographer
Deborah Michelle Photography Birmingham Lifestyle Photographer Newborn Portraits
Deborah Michelle Photography Birmingham Lifestyle Photographer

Congrats Chelsey & Sam on the arrival of your baby girl!

Thanks for inviting me into your home & sharing this season of life with me.

Interested in booking your very own in-home lifestyle portrait session? Email me! Simple as that.

Jen & Stanley | Rotary Trail in the Magic City Engagement Session

Downtown Birmingham Engagement Session Deborah Michelle Photography

Momma always said you’ll “just know” when you meet the right person. And if I’ve learned anything in my 29 years of life, momma is always right.

Jen met Stanley almost two years ago at a local gym in Birmingham, Alabama. It was after their first date at IHOP (brunch dates are the best!) that she just knew. He makes her laugh & takes care of her. After a year of dating, Jen became paralyzed. Stanley never left her side & became her main source of support. It is because of him that she will be able to walk down the aisle on their wedding day.

And girls just remember, listen to your sweet Southern momma. She knows best.

Downtown Birmingham Engagement Session Deborah Michelle Photography
Rotary Trail Downtown Birmingham Engagement Session Deborah Michelle Photography

Love this black & white portrait of these two!

Downtown Birmingham Engagement Session Jen & Stanley

Jen & Stanley both love their universities & love sports, all of them. So for the second half of their engagement session, we decided to highlight those two passions. I love how playful these portraits turned out at a local football stadium. Should make for an interesting football season in the soon-to-be Crawford household.

Jen & Stanley Birmingham Engagement Session
Jen & Stanley Birmingham Engagement Session Auburn Football
Jen & Stanley Birmingham Engagement Session Auburn Football Deborah Michelle Photography

Addison | Tea Party Portrait Session Downtown Tuscaloosa

Addison First Birthday Tuscaloosa Alabama Family Photographer

Addison celebrated her first birthday as any little girl should - with a tea party. She rolled into a park nestled in Downtown Tuscaloosa in a carriage. Yep, you read that right. This princess arrived in her own carriage that once belonged to her mother & grandmother.

This girl is full of personality which comes as no surprise if you know her daddy, Joseph. And she’s got her momma, Meg, to thank for the the prettiest eyes & smile. From engagement portraits to wedding day to awaiting baby to smashing cake with their sweet baby girl, I consider it a treat to watch this family grow over the years.

Happy First Year, Addison! Thanks for letting me come to your Tea Party - it ‘twas delightful.

Addison First Birthday Tuscaloosa Alabama Family Photographer
Addison First Birthday Tuscaloosa Alabama Family Photographer Capital Park

You know there’s a Southern momma involved with all the monograms - cute little bloomers included! Peep those sweet chunky thighs, too!

Addison First Birthday Tuscaloosa Alabama Family Photographer Tea Party

It should also be noted that Meg made this cake & wanted to incorporate her grandmother’s china into Addison’s birthday celebration. Love all the family touches in this portrait session. Now let’s eat cake, shall we?!

Addison First Birthday Tuscaloosa Alabama Family Photographer Smash Cake
Addison First Birthday Tuscaloosa Alabama Family Photographer Cake Smash

We just had to get in a few mother/daughter portraits too! Meg, thank you for allowing me to love your family as it grows. I love watching you & Joseph parent Addison well. Ya’ll are rock stars. And well Addison is so stinking adorable of course!

Shelby | History Museum of Mobile Bridal Portraits

Shelby Mobile Alabama Bridal Portraits Deborah Michelle Photography History Museum of Mobile

A dream come true is what this Mobile bridal portrait session was. For years, Shelby has dreamed of a portrait on the grand marble staircase at the History Museum of Mobile in downtown Mobile, Alabama. Now you might be thinking, that’s an odd request…until you see it.

Shelby just received her education degree from Springhill College with a focus in history, so this session combined all of her worlds. And to top it off, All A Bloom made a stunning bouquet centered around the bride’s favorite flower - a sunflower.

Oh & her dress! Ya’ll, it’s what every Southern girl dreams of. Shelby, I had so much fun playing “dress up” with you before your June wedding day.

Shelby Mobile Alabama Bridal Portraits Deborah Michelle Photography

In case you were not aware, the History Museum has the cutest little courtyard that we just had to take advantage of. Hello white walls with greenery growing up it for days! #photographersdream

Mobile Alabama Bridal Portraits Deborah Michelle Photography
Mobile Alabama Bridal Portraits Deborah Michelle Photography

As we were about to make our transition to a new location, a small rain shower came out of nowhere. #soMobile We pulled together resources & umbrellas & made a move across town. Huge thanks to the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion for having one of the best covered porches in Mobile, Alabama. Eventually the rain stopped & we got a few more lovely bridal portraits along the oak drive.

Shelby Mobile Alabama Bridal Portraits Deborah Michelle Photography
Bragg-Mitchell Mansion Mobile Alabama Bridal Portraits Deborah Michelle Photography

Vendors for Shelby’s Bridal Portrait Session

Venues: History Museum of Mobile & Bragg-Mitchell Mansion

Bride’s Dress: David’s Bridal

Hair & Makeup: Taylor Ladnier at Salon Whairhouse

Florlist: All A Bloom

Styled Shoot | Swann Lake Stables Birmingham, Alabama

Deborah Michelle Photography Birmingham Alabama Wedding Photographer Swann Lakes Stables

From the moment Hannah texted me to the moment I was standing in a creek, I absolutely loved every second spent being a part of this Birmingham, Alabama styled shoot.

I met Hannah while speaking to a photography class at the University of Mobile. She wanted to shadow me at any weddings I had coming up that season to which I gladly replied, YES! I got my “start” second shooting for someone in Mobile, Alabama, so why would I not return the favor?! Hannah actually helped me with the wedding where I ended up meeting my husband! I remember giggling with her about how cute the brother of the bride was.

Since that wedding day, I have watched Hannah develop her passion of photography. She absolutely loves documenting people’s stories & it shows in everything she produces. Seriously follow her @tharpvisuals!

One of Hannah’s business goals for this year was to create & execute a styled shoot. And she put together a really awesome crew of vendors that I loved connecting with too. Okay enough chit-chat…let these photos speak for themselves about how stunning this Swann Lake Stables styled shoot was.

Deborah Michelle Photography Birmingham Alabama Wedding Photographer Swann Lakes Stables
Deborah Michelle Photography Birmingham Alabama Wedding Photographer
Deborah Michelle Photography Birmingham Alabama Wedding Photographer Tharp Visuals
Deborah Michelle Photography Birmingham Alabama Wedding Photographer Styled Shoot
Deborah Michelle Photography Birmingham Alabama Wedding Photographer Styled Shoot Swann Lakes Stables
Deborah Michelle Photography Birmingham Alabama Wedding Photographer

The Creative Team who made this styled shoot happen:

Planning & Main Photographer: Hannah of Tharp Visuals ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Second Photographer: Debby of Deborah Michelle Photography ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Venue: Swann Lake Stables ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Florals: Maddie of Kindred Events⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Models: @stacibledsoe & her handsome hubby⁣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Dress: Imperial Formal Wear⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Hair & Makeup Artist: @hairandmakeupbyak⠀⠀

Deborah Michelle Photography Birmingham Alabama Wedding Photographer

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