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?!

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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.

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!

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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.


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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.

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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.

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.

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Emmeline loves her big sister!

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


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

Happy Six Months Sweet Girl!


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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!