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.

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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.

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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.

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

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Deborah Michelle Photography Alabama Wedding Photographer Fairhope, Alabama Engagement
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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

Styled Shoot | Farmer Florist Birmingham, Alabama

Deborah Michelle Photography Birmingham Alabama Wedding Photographer

Styled shoots weren’t much of a thing when this Alabama Wedding Photographer got her start. Maybe they were, I just wasn’t in “the know”.

Doesn’t matter because now I am hooked on all things styled shoots! Here are three reasons why:

  1. I had the chance to release my creativity. There’s no pressure to get the perfect shot. You are simply encouraged to be the artist that you are. A nice little breathe of fresh air.

  2. I mingled with the best of the best. On this Farmer Florist Styled Shoot in particular, I got to reconnect with some photographer friends & meet new ones. I got to meet some of the vendors & personally thank them for gifting us with their talents for us to photograph. I also encouraged real brides as they plan out their very own wedding days.

  3. And if those two reasons weren’t enough, I got some really gorgeous images from the day. Ones that I can share with all vendors & ones that will be great for my portfolio!

Now for the real reason you are here - scroll through for all the prettiness that made this Farmer Florist Styled Shoot amazing!

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Deborah Michelle Photography Birmingham, Alabama Wedding Photographer
Deborah Michelle Photography Birmingham Alabama Wedding Photographer Styled Shoot

This Build-A-Bride gown & Preslie were a match made in heaven! Gorgeous!

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Deyvon was the absolute sweetest & wore a beautiful piece from Made in the Deep South jewelry. Wouldn’t you agree?

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Madison & Tristan are a real life couple! Aren’t they adorable?! Tristan was such a good sport & absolutely adores his girl. Cannot wait to see portraits from their wedding next summer.

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Huge shout out to Meagan of Alabama Eden Flowers for putting together this amazing styled shoot. She had a vision & ran with it. She chose to support local Alabama farmers to create all the bouquets & arrangements - which I absolutely loved! So naturally I had to take a few fun behind the scenes shots. All vendors are tagged below. Cannot wait to work with some of these incredibly talented people again soon!

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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.”

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^ 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.

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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

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

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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.

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Love this black & white portrait of these two!

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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.

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Jen & Stanley Birmingham Engagement Session Auburn Football Deborah Michelle Photography

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.

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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⠀⠀

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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
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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!

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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!

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.


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

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

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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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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).

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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.

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  • 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!

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  • Encouraged as many puppy kisses as possible - after all the canines are part of the family too!

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  • 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
Deborah Michelle Photography 2018 Mobile Alabama Wedding Photographer

Deborah Michelle Photography 2018 Bragg Mitchell Mansion Wedding Mobile Alabama

2018 will be a year to remember. A year full of hard lessons mixed sweet memories. A year where I learned I cannot do it on my own and lean heavily on my greatest team member, my business savvy husband.

Babe, thank you. Thank you for letting me soak your t-shirts in tears split over my business. Thank you for driving me to my sessions and reminding me of my talent. Thank you for pushing me to keep going when I was ready to quit. I know it has not been easy but I would not be the photographer I am today with your love and support.

To my clients, thank you. I started my business because I wanted to share my talents with people. I wanted to capture moments that you would treasure for a lifetime. For several years, I have poured out my passions to you over coffee and you invited me into your season of life. I will forever find joy serving you and walking alongside you in this journey called life.

*Oh and I bet you are dying to know where DMP is going next……

HELLO BIRMINGHAM! Alert the presses, DMP is in the Magic City. My husband and I are super excited about moving as newlyweds, establishing some roots and making this Alabama city our home.

Cheers to a New Year and a new city!

Deborah Michelle Photography 2018 Birmingham Alabama Photographer

The Davidsons | Greensboro Alabama Wedding

Katie and Brandon Greensboro Alabama Wedding Deborah Michelle Photography

Katie’s dream was to walk down the center aisle with her dad by her side in the church she grew up in. And sweet Katie got that dream on a Friday evening in October. Surrounded by their closest friends & family, Katie & Brandon tied the knot.

I, too, grew up at Greensboro Baptist Church in Greensboro, Alabama & have known Katie for years. When she asked me to be her photographer, I was delighted. I knew the man who hold stolen her heart would be special indeed. Brandon brings out the crinkles in her nose every time she laughs. I have never seen a bride so smitten.

Katie & Brandon’s wedding day brought me back to my hometown & made me feel like part of the family. It’s funny how coming home will do just that. I loved every moment of this wedding day from the first look in a local coffee shop’s courtyard to sweet momma zipping up her gown in the most fabulous white walled bathroom to dancing to jazz music at their Beauty & The Beast themed reception, it was the day every little girl dreams about.

Katie and Brandon Greensboro Alabama Wedding Deborah Michelle Photography

Greensboro Alabama Wedding Deborah Michelle Photography
Greensboro Alabama Wedding Deborah Michelle Photography
Greensboro Alabama Wedding Deborah Michelle Photography

Ya’ll won’t believe that these getting ready images were taken in a bathroom! Yes, you heard that correctly. A bathroom, ugly toilet & all. See my Instagram post to see what it looked like without a blushing bride involved.

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The sweetest first look! I was in tears too!


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Katie and Brandon Greensboro Alabama Wedding Deborah Michelle Photography

Shout out to The Stable for allowing us to crash their beautiful courtyard for these portraits.

Katie and Brandon Greensboro Alabama Wedding Deborah Michelle Photography
Katie and Brandon Greensboro Alabama Wedding Deborah Michelle Photography
Bridesmaids Greensboro Alabama Wedding Deborah Michelle Photography
Katie and Brandon Bridal Party Greensboro Alabama Wedding Deborah Michelle Photography
Groomsmen Greensboro Alabama Wedding Deborah Michelle Photography
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Katie and Brandon Greensboro Alabama Wedding Deborah Michelle Photography
Katie and Brandon Greensboro Alabama Wedding Deborah Michelle Photography

Katie framed pictures of their grandparents who are no longer with them & I absolutely loved that idea.

Katie and Brandon Greensboro Alabama Wedding Deborah Michelle Photography
Katie and Brandon Greensboro Alabama Wedding Deborah Michelle Photography
Katie and Brandon Greensboro Alabama Wedding Deborah Michelle Photography
Katie and Brandon Greensboro Alabama Wedding Deborah Michelle Photography

Vendors who made Katie & Brandon’s wedding day a dream come true.

Photographer: Deborah Michelle Photography

Photographer’s Assistant: Ashley Mason

Wedding Ceremony Venue: Greensboro Baptist Church - Greensboro, Alabama

Getting Ready & Wedding Reception Venue: Martin Stewart Building - Greensboro, Alabama

Bride’s Dress: David’s Bridal

Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal

Hair & Makeup: Brittney Johnson

Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse

Cake: Kelley Whatley

Caterer: Evelyn Seale

First Look Venue: The Sable - Greensboro, Alabama

The Huggins | Fairhope Alabama Wedding

Tori and Trey Huggins Fairhope Alabama Wedding Deborah Michelle Photography

Oh where do I even begin?! Tori and Trey’s wedding day was such a delight to be a part of. First of all, it brought me back to the Gulf Coast which I holds a special place in my heart AND I got to catch up with so many of my friends, too!

Tori is one of the most laid back brides that I have been blessed by lately and I am oh so thankful. She understand how crazy my life had been since getting married myself and moving and extended me grace after late night emails. So when I walked into her hotel room on the morning of her wedding day, I was greeted with excitement from her and her squad.

One of my favorite moments from their day took place during their ceremony when they chose to wash each other’s feet just as Jesus did with the disciples. What a humbling way to start off your marriage - a promise to love, serve & submit to one another. And of course my second favorite part of the day was their time spent along the Eastern Shore after their ceremony for some ‘Just Married’ portraits! *Keep scrolling to see what I am talking about.

Tori and Trey, what an honor is was to be a part of your day one. Thank you for sharing in this season with me and my prayer is that these photographs captured on your wedding day will be treasured for generations to come.

Tori and Trey Huggins Fairhope Alabama Wedding Deborah Michelle Photography St Francis at the Point Church
Tori and Trey Huggins Wedding Fairhope, Alabama

Oh sweet momma! I love these moments shared between the bride and her mom especially when I personally know the two.

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I must confess, I cried during Tori & Trey’s first look. All the feels! So, so sweet!

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