Olivia | Lifestyle Newborn Portrait Session

Alabama Lifestyle Photographer Deborah Michelle Photography

It’s no secret that I love weddings BUT reconnecting with a DMP couple to photograph their newest little addition is definitely high on the list too. ⁣Amanda & Lance said 'I Do' five years ago in Demopolis, Alabama. And just welcomed a sweet baby girl into their family. 🎀⁣⁣

I absolutely loved catching up with them in their sweet home to photograph their growing family. I am so thankful that they've trusted me to capture their biggest life moments thus far.

Lifestyle Newborn Portrait Session Alabama Photography Deborah Michelle Photography
Lifestyle Newborn Portrait Session Alabama Photography Deborah Michelle Photography

Oh hey there sweet baby girl!

Lifestyle Newborn Portrait Session Alabama Photography Deborah Michelle Photography

Lucy was very protective over her little sister & of course had to make sure I was treating her well. But also wanted a few close ups of her own!

Lifestyle Newborn Portrait Session Alabama Photography Deborah Michelle Photography
Lifestyle Newborn Portrait Session Alabama Photographer Deborah Michelle Photography

Every little detail in Olivia’s nursery was adorable, wouldn’t you agree?

Lifestyle Newborn Portrait Session Alabama Photographer Deborah Michelle Photography
Lifestyle Newborn Portrait Session Alabama Photographer Deborah Michelle Photography
Lifestyle Newborn Portrait Session Alabama Photographer Deborah Michelle Photography

Welcome Olivia! We’re so glad that you are here & cannot wait to watch you grow up.

Proud Parents: Amanda & Lance

Abbie & Jacob | Mobile Bay Engagement Portrait Session

Deborah Michelle Photography Mobile Alabama Wedding Photographer

It’s no secret that I love the Gulf Coast. And it’s no secret that I have the absolute best clients.

Abbie & Jacob made my dreams come true when they asked me to capture their love story. Abbie was born & raised in Birmingham, Alabama & Jacob from Cincinnati, Ohio. The University of Mobile brought them together & after just three dates, Jacob knew he had found his future wife.

A year later, Jacob was down on one knee on the Bluff in Fairhope, Alabama asking for Abbie’s hand in marriage. He had the ring & planned to wait for a weekend when all of their friends were in town, but he couldn’t wait.

I am pretty sure I screamed like a little girl when I found out this beautiful girl was engaged. From bible studies to coffee chats, I have grown to adore Abbie & her friendship. And now I get to celebrate her in this exciting season of life.

Deborah Michelle Photography Mobile Alabama Wedding Photographer
Mobile Alabama Wedding Photographer Deborah Michelle Photography
Deborah Michelle Photography Alabama Wedding Photographer Mobile, Alabama

Aren’t they absolutely adorable?! Also shout-out to Jacob for looking dapper in his sports-coat in 90+ degrees.

Deborah Michelle Photography Alabama Wedding Photographer Downtown Mobile, Alabama

After our time in downtown Mobile, we headed across the bay to catch the sunset. And let me just tell you, it was worth it.

Deborah Michelle Photography Alabama Wedding Photographer Fairhope, Alabama

See that bench in the background? That’s the spot where Jacob asked Abbie to be his wife!

Deborah Michelle Photography Alabama Wedding Photographer Fairhope, Alabama
Deborah Michelle Photography Alabama Wedding Photographer Fairhope, Alabama Engagement
Deborah Michelle Photography Alabama Wedding Photographer Mobile Bay, Alabama
Deborah Michelle Photography Alabama Wedding Photographer Mobile Bay, Alabama

Seriously cannot wait to kick off 2020 with these two!

Deborah Michelle Photography Alabama Wedding Photographer Mobile Bay, Alabama

Kayla & Garrett | Avondale Park Engagement Portrait Session

Deborah Michelle Photography Birmingham Alabama Wedding Photographer

Being a photographer who is new to Birmingham, Alabama I love exploring all the different locations we have at our disposal for portrait sessions. Avondale Park was next on my list & Kayla & Garrett were on board for an adventure. To which I am so glad!

We started their Birmingham engagement portrait session in Avondale Park. From the stone amphitheater to the little creek, treasures were everywhere. It’s like we jumped across the pond to somewhere over in England, you know the cute little towns where epic love stories are written.

Kayla & Garrett have been dating for 6 years. They met through mutual friends & after just three dates she knew. Garrett was soon to follow, “I love how she loves me for me. She doesn’t try to change me.”

Avondale Park Engagement Portrait Session Birmingham Alabama Deborah Michelle Photography
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Avondale Park Engagement Portrait Session Birmingham Alabama Deborah Michelle Photography

^ Adding this portrait to my all time favorite black & white portraits.

Avondale Park Engagement Portrait Session Birmingham Alabama Deborah Michelle Photography
Avondale Park Engagement Portrait Session Birmingham Alabama Deborah Michelle Photography

We stumbled upon this little sunflower garden & had to stop. Garrett used a bouquet of 24 sunflowers, her favorite, and one rose to propose.

Avondale Engagement Portrait Session Birmingham Alabama Deborah Michelle Photography
Avondale Engagement Portrait Session Birmingham Alabama Deborah Michelle Photography
Avondale Engagement Portrait Session Birmingham Alabama Deborah Michelle Photography

Thanks for spending your afternoon roaming around Avondale with me! I cannot wait for your fall wedding in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Venues: Avondale Park & Avondale Brewing Company

Lauren | University of Alabama at Birmingham Senior

Deborah Michelle Photography Magic City Photographer Birmingham Alabama

Mini marathon mixed with many vibrant colors is how I would describe this downtown Birmingham, Alabama senior portrait session. Lauren is a small town girl who came to the big city of Birmingham for college & completely fell in love. So much so that she has plans to stay.

Lauren came with me with this idea of including several of Birmingham’s murals in her college senior portraits & then let me run with the route. *Literally. We started out at Railroad Park for a view of the city including the Regions building where she will soon take her first job out of college with a Bachelor’s in Accounting from UAB.

We made stops at the Color Tunnel & the Rotary Trail, before jumping for joy at John’s City Diner with the popular “It’s nice to have you in Birmingham” mural. Scroll through & let us know which stop is your favorite!

Deborah Michelle Photography Magic City Photographer Birmingham Alabama Senior Portraits Color Tunnel
Deborah Michelle Photography Magic City Photographer Birmingham Alabama Rotary Trail

LOVE this Friends reference! *Also, decorating your caps wasn’t a thing when I graduated but I think it’s super cute to add a little personality.

Deborah Michelle Photography Birmingham Alabama John's City Diner

Congrats Lauren! Thanks for allowing DMP to celebrate this exciting season with you!

Deborah Michelle Photography Magic City Photographer Birmingham Alabama John's City Diner

Olivia | Summertime Birthday Portrait Session

Deborah Michelle Photography Mobile Alabama Photographer

My how fast a year goes by! Olivia turned ONE & brought along her parents to celebrate.

You might recognize her parents as one of my DMP couples. Two years ago, the Roberts danced the night away on the boardwalk of the Five Rivers - Alabama Delta Resource Center. And a year ago, we snuck away to Dauphin Island for their maternity portrait session before their baby girl’s arrival.

Olivia just so happens to be my niece & it has been so much fun to watch her personality develop over the year. Excited to see her grow up!

Deborah Michelle Photography Mobile Alabama Photographer  Olivia Roberts Family
Deborah Michelle Photography Mobile Alabama Photographer Roberts Family
Deborah Michelle Photography Mobile Alabama Photographer  Mommy & Daughter
Deborah Michelle Photography Mobile Alabama Photographer

Ruffle butts are hands down the cutest thing ever! Add little thigh rolls & you’re golden!

Deborah Michelle Photography Mobile Alabama Family Photographer

You know I had to sneak just one couple photo in their family session.

Happy One Year Olivia! Excited to watch you grow up!

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!

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

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

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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