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.


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

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

Springhill College Engagement Session Mobile Alabama Shelby and Bryan
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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Natalie | Springhill College Mobile Alabama Maternity Portraits

Natalie Spring Hill College Avenue of Oaks Mobile Alabama Family Portrait Session Deborah Michelle Photography

Watching a Deborah Michelle Bride take on the role of motherhood with much grace is one of my most favorite things about being a Gulf Coast photographer. Not only do I get to watch them marry their best friend, but a few years later I witness them kiss boo-boos and create belly laughter with their little ones.

If you read my last blog you know last year was sprinkled with doubts. Am I even supposed to be a photographer? Well those lies were silenced by numerous clients turned friends, including Natalie.

I met Natalie two years ago when she asked me to be her wedding photographer for her October day. Now she’s a mommy and has given the sweet opportunity to capture her first and now second maternity session. Plus I met her first born, Justin. And he is absolutely precious. I loved catching up with a past DMP Bride and look forward to meeting Baby #2!


Natalie Mobile Alabama Family Photographer Deborah Michelle Avenue of Oaks Springhill College

I am telling you - this little boy is full of personality! And loves exploring new places, Stewartfield at Springhill College included.

Natalie Mobile Alabama Family Photographer Deborah Michelle Avenue of Oaks Springhill College
Deborah Michelle Photography Alabama Family Photographer Mobile Alabama Springhill College
Natalie Mobile Alabama Family Photographer Deborah Michelle Springhill College
Natalie Mobile Alabama Family Photographer Deborah Michelle Springhill College

#tbt to Natalie’s wedding day | Apalachicola, Florida. 

AND #tbt to Natalie’s first maternity session as she awaited her first baby boy!

*Thanks for asking me to be a part of your different seasons of life; I have enjoyed cheering you on!


Lauren | Spring Hill College Avenue of Oaks Bridal Portraits

Lauren | Avenue of Oaks Springhill College Bridal Portraits

Did you know that bridal portrait sessions date back to WWII? You see it was rare to have a photographer at your wedding back then, so the bride would go into the photographer's studio a few weeks before her wedding for a portrait in her wedding gown. And those portraits would become family keepsakes adorning the hallway of the bride's home for all to see. *Read more about this tradition over on Southern Weddings!

I have no doubt that Lauren's granddaughters will one day see these portraits of her & gasp at how beautiful of a bride she was. So elegant & timeless in her ballgown dress, yet young & romantic with her hair up & long veil drifting about in the breeze.

Do you ever think of the legacy you will leave behind? The memories that you will create with your family that will be shared with generations to come. The laughter. The joy. My prayer is that the portraits I capture for my brides will remind them of this special season in their lives. And with their hair all grey & laugh lines surrounding their face, they will tell stories to those gathered around her rocking chair of how she once fell in love in the most magical way.

Lauren | Avenue of Oaks Springhill College Bridal Portraits

Lauren is one of my most joyful brides. I absolutely loved spending time with her & her mother at the Avenue of Oaks on Springhill College's campus one Sunday afternoon. Overcast no doubt but made radiant by the bride's smile. I had way too many favorites from this bridal portrait session, so enjoy a few of them!

Lauren | Avenue of Oaks Springhill College Bridal Portraits
Lauren | Avenue of Oaks Springhill College Bridal Portraits
Lauren | Avenue of Oaks Springhill College Bridal Portraits
Lauren | Avenue of Oaks Springhill College Bridal Portraits
Lauren | Avenue of Oaks Springhill College Bridal Portraits

I cannot wait to share Lauren & Justin's wedding day with you soon! Stay tuned!


Bride's Gown & Veil: Bliss Bride Fairhope, Alabama

Venue: Spring Hill College Avenue of Oaks Mobile, Alabama

Hair & Makeup: Mallory Gleason Root 43 Salon

Florals: Trayce Mathis

Ring: Lou's Jewelry

Haley & Howard | Engaged

Haley and Howard Springhill College Mobile Alabama Spring Engagement

All my life I was told to wait for God's perfect timing. Of course I would roll my eyes & ignore any wisdom from the peanut gallery. I would take things into my own hands because after all I knew what was best. Ha. But you're smart & you know what happens next. Disappointment & frustration resulted when my plans failed.

I never understood it until it happened to me. God's timely is absolutely perfect. Not a moment too soon, not a moment too late. Rest in the LORD and wait patiently for Him. (Psalm 37:7) Sweet girl lean into it. Trust me. You might think "oh I'll just be a bridesmaid, never the bride" but you just hold tight! Haley's story is similar to mine. She thought she was "too busy" to date while working & pursuing her masters degree, but she decided to give it a go.

Haley met Howard for a date. And shortly after that, a second date was planned. Original plans fell through so they decided to grab dinner at the Dumbwaiter Restaurant in Downtown Mobile. Haley described it as the most magical evening & the best date of her life. She knew. He knew. 

And watching these two together, I knew. Haley & Howard are a perfect pair. They compliment one another so well & have such kind, gentle souls. I am delighted to call these two friends & cannot wait to capture their May wedding day!

Haley and Howard Springhill College Mobile Alabama Spring Engagement
Haley and Howard Springhill College Mobile Alabama Spring Engagement
Haley and Howard Springhill College Mobile Alabama Spring Engagement
Haley and Howard Springhill College Mobile Alabama Spring Engagement

Haley and Howard Springhill College Mobile Alabama Spring Engagement
Haley and Howard Springhill College Mobile Alabama Spring Engagement Avenue of Oaks
Haley and Howard Springhill College Mobile Alabama Spring Engagement

Cassie & Logan | Engaged

Cassie and Logan Engagement Session Springhill College Mobile Alabama

She walked into their home to find a jewelry box covered in the living room. Still in her work clothes & messy bun, he asked her to be his forever.

Often times you read of extravagant proposals but my favorite are those that take place in the simplicity of everyday life. That could be going for a walk together after brunch on a Sunday or sitting at the table in the coffee shop where you had your first date. It's your story & that should be celebrated. 

Cassie & Logan love for one another shows in every touch & every smile. Cassie's son, Ethan, even joined in on their Springhill College engagement session.

Cassie and Logan Engagement Session Springhill College Mobile Alabama
Cassie and Logan Engagement Session Springhill College Mobile Alabama
Cassie and Logan Engagement Session Springhill College Mobile Alabama

Congrats you two! I cannot wait to celebrate yall this weekend!

Catharine & Kevin | Engaged

Catharine & Kevin Springhill Mobile Alabama Engagement Session

Early morning sessions normally aren't my thing but between these two & that light, I might schedule them more often.

Catharine & Kevin met in college during an anatomy class & have been dating for nearly 3 years. Now they are planning a small & intimate Spring wedding. I have photographed them both individually but never together. And what a treat that was to finally have that opportunity.

We met up for their engagement session at Springhill College & walked along the avenue of grand oaks with their precious pup, Ava. Enjoy a few of my favorites from their session!

Catharine & Kevin Springhill Mobile Alabama Engagement Session
Catharine & Kevin | Springhill Mobile Alabama Engagement Session
Catharine & Kevin Springhill Mobile Alabama Engagement Session

Catharine & Kevin Springhill Mobile Alabama Engagement Session
Catharine & Kevin Springhill Mobile Alabama Engagement Session
Catharine & Kevin Springhill Mobile Alabama Engagement Session
Catharine & Kevin Springhill Mobile Alabama Engagement Session

Christy & Tyler | Engaged

Christy & Tyler Springhill Mobile Alabama Engaged

I knew the moment that I met Christy (over coffee of course) & we started talking about our boys that we'd have so much fun together.

Christy is finishing up her degree in Physical Therapy & Tyler is working on his PhD in cancer research, both at the University of South Alabama. She grew up in Louisiana & completed her undergrad at LSU, while he chose one of her rival schools in Alabama - ahem, Roll Tide! Which actually brings us to how they met! These two met at a tailgate party for the LSU/Bama game a few years ago & agreed to look beyond each other's flaws. ;) Tyler's best advice to surviving football season in a house divided? Watch the game separately.

We met for their engagement session at the Avenue of Oaks on Springhill College's campus. And they brought their pup, Scout, along too! Enjoy a few of my favorites from their session as you & I both eagerly await their spring wedding. 

Christy & Tyler Springhill Mobile Alabama Engaged
Christy & Tyler Springhill Mobile Alabama Engaged

Fun fact: Christy & Tyler share their wedding date with one of Britain's royal couples, Meghan Markle & Prince Harry. May 19th, 2018 will certainly be one for the books & I cannot wait!

The O'Berrys | 05.20.17

Savannah & Robert May Wedding Mobile Alabama Springhill College Stewartfield

If I could only describe this wedding with one word it would be sweet. From the baby's breath tucked into the bride's hair to the groom's disposition as the church doors opened. The entire day was laced with joy & happiness as Robert & Savannah became husband & wife.

One of my favorite parts from their wedding day was when those closest to the couple gave speeches during the reception held at Stewartfield in Mobile, Alabama. Each one told of funny stories, including the moment Robert asked Savannah's Marine Corps father for his daughter's hand in marriage. Tears abounded from all in attendance, including me. Every word spoken reminded you of why everyone loves this couple.

Their wedding day was simply sweet in every way imaginable - rain showers included.



Ahhhhh! I simply adore this moment. Robert's dad reaching out to comfort his son the moment Savannah began her walk down the aisle towards him. So sweet!

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Moments after this photo was snapped underneath the oaks trees known as the Avenue of Oaks in Mobile, Alabama, it started pouring. I am so glad that we got these in just in time & for a couple willing to risk a few sprinkles for portraits.

Savannah & Robert - it was a delight to witness your day one! Cheers to many more years of laughter & happiness with your best friend by your side.


Weddings take a team & here's who made this May Wedding possible:

Rings: Hayes Jewelers

Ceremony: St. Joseph's Chapel at Spring Hill College

Reception: Stewartfield at Spring Hill College

DJ: Phillip Worthy

Bride & Groom Cakes: Cakes by Judi

Pianist: Billy Kavula

Cantor: Tim Aguirre

Photographer's Assistant: Meredyth Greening

Savannah & Robert | Engaged

Savannah & Robert are getting married in just four days! Ah!

Last month we met up at their wedding reception venue, Stewartfield, for a sweet engagement session. We laughed & embraced the cooler weather brought on by a few early morning showers.

These two met as freshman in college & they've been together ever since. They knew early on that marriage was in their future & are looking forward to saying 'I Do' surrounded by their closest friends & family. I loved getting to know Savannah & Robert better, so enjoy a few of my favorite photographs from their engagement session.