A Year in Review | 2016

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As the year comes to an end, one of our most favorite things is looking back at everything that took place. And wow - what a year 2016 was! 

In 2016, DMP turned it's focus on weddings & set forth a goal of 20 weddings in 2016. And y'all, that was accomplished with the help of a few dear photographer friends. (Two weddings shot with Michelle Quimby Photography & one with Ashley Brooke Photography.) Weddings are our favorite – hands down. There’s just something special about capturing one of the biggest days in someone’s life. This year we watched clients, who felt more like friends, exchange rings & become one. We laughed, we cried & we danced the night away. 

2016 Goals

  • Take the wedding industry by storm. Check.

*We have THE BEST couples around so this was super easy! ;)

  • Get published. Check. 

So incredibly excited about our partnership with Premier Wedding of Mobile Bay & super honored to have been a part of their first publication. 

The Ratcliff Wedding was featured, too! Check it out here! 


  • Give back. Check.

Recently during Rising Tides Society’s #TheRechargeChallenge & they asked us to define success. Now success means something different for everyone. For me, it means doing what you love & having the ability to give back.

In May, DMP traveled to Ghana with a team from St. Andrew's Baptist Church - Panama City, Florida. There we had the opportunity to photograph families who had never had family portraits made. What a treasure. God designed me, Deborah Michelle, with a talent. And keeping that talent to myself would be selfish.

May success for me, personally, & my business continue to be defined by that smile of seeing your family in a photo for the first time.

View entire trip with this link. 

*This trip would not have been possible without these families participating in Portraits for Ghana. How cool is it that they received family portraits all while providing someone across the globe the same opportunity? 

A few Highlights from 2016

DMP went on a CRUISE! Read more about the Segura Wedding here.

Captured this season of life for more than 20 families. 

*Including these sweet babies during their first year of life!

Photographed a family session that turned into a PROPOSAL!

*Not pictured, the shaking hands & fast beating heart behind the lens.

Consumed more coffee than one can count. (*Goal for next year, keep up with that!)

Thanks to my dear photographer friend, Anna Filly, for some new headshots! Click photo to see the full gallery. 


Witnessed 10 seniors, high school & college, accomplish a huge goal – graduate! So proud. 

Discovered that peek-a-boo can save a family photo session.

Repaired a few bouquets & pinned many boutonnieres thanks to my flower shop skills that came from that part-time high school job. Lifted hay-bales, became the best light testing model around & danced the night away with new friends. 

Traveled to the seashore (my favorite place) for 5 sessions & a wedding. *This is why we’ve planted our roots along the gulf coast. Sorry Jen, we're not moving to Birmingham. 

Photographed a very unique birth announcement for a best friend at Chick-fil-A.

But one of our favorite memories of 2016 was defining our WHY. In April, we were asked to photograph a family session composed of four generations. You see these images would freeze a moment in time that could never be replaced. Just a few short months later, the sweet matriarch of the family would take her place in her heavenly home. This is our WHY - capturing moments that last a lifetime. 


2016, you will go down in history as one of the best yet most challenging years in DMP history. But when you trust God with your dreams, He will give you more than you could imagine. We simply cannot wait to see what 2017 has in store!

*Here's a preview of some of our 2017 DMP Couples - stay tuned for their weddings in the new year!