I've been working SUPER hard on my website the past few days and I aaaalllmost have it finished! So in celebration I'm having a small giveaway! It involves a very unique photo taken by me last fall on our family farm. I call it "Sun Dried Susans" and it's one of my favorites of my fine art collection. Visit the facebook page www.facebook.com/studioMJW. Like the page. Like the photo. And then click the "Share" button below to post it on your wall. I will pick a winner on Monday by 5 pm CT. Be looking for the website to go LIVE SUNDAY!!! Thank you everyone for your love and support!


Fall Mini Sessions!

It's that time of year again...Fall Mini Sessions! I have two dates this year, November 5th here in Florence & November 12th in Horn Lake. Sorry for the short notice but I tend to forget about my blog over here...I know, I know. Anyway, there are 4 package options to choose from with special mini session rates, custom Christmas cards, and 20% off additional prints! What an awesome deal! Also, don't forget to ask about the contest involved...this is one cool prize you don't want to miss out on! I want one for myself!! Tell all your friends!

Hope to see you there!!


Me?? Organizer?!

Maybe it's the new house. Maybe it's the new studio. Maybe it's the nesting phase starting to kick in....but I feel the need to organize. I feel like I have lived in mass chaos for the past 6 years, if not my entire life and I really don't want to bring up my children in such a way. So I've been working at getting my new house in order as much as I can (with Mom and Hubby's help) focusing on my closet and my studio. The closet is another story but today I want to share some fun organizing finds that I plan to use in the studio. So cool they actually make organizing fun!

I recently found these file boxes in the fall issue of Better Homes and Gardens "Do It Yourself" magazine. Made from vintage record album sleeves and nestled in custom-made wooden boxes they hold almost any size paper work. You can find them here at freestylegifts.com

I, along with what seems like everyone else, have become obsessed with Pinterest. If you haven't checked it out yet, you need to! That is unless you have absolutely no free time...it's quite addictive. But I came across this clever idea for storage and must say how easy! My husband and I are coffee drinkers and I think those plastic "cans" it comes in from Wal-Mart would be perfect for this project. After a pretty coat of spray paint of course.

I LOVE BASKETS!!! And while shopping for craft supplies for the nursery at Hobby Lobby I found these awesome baskets woven from recycled magazine paper! Now I admit I am the hoarder when it comes to magazines. I don't know when to get rid of them! So I think I will find a youtube video on basket weaving and put those old magazines to work! It can't be that hard, right?? I'm pretty sure the ones at Hobby Lobby looked like the one above, but while I was googling I found some pretty cool alternatives...

I hope this post inspires you to get organized as much as it does me! Happy filing and storing!!


Please Read!!

Hello All!

Today is July 1st which means a few things for me and my business. A) It has now been a little over a year since I have officially become a professional photographer! Yayyy!!! Don't think I have forgotten about that big giveaway that I mentioned before.... B) It's time to revamp the business including graphics, marketing, pricing, setting up a website, etc. & C) I'm officially on maternity leave until October 1st.

SO with that being said, the next 3 months are going to be committed to house-cleaning (so to speak) for Studio MJW. I will be catching up on all my editing, organizing the not so fun aspects (contracts, receipts, unlimited files), re-doing all my graphics, building a website and raising my prices (just a little, I think I deserve it ;) ). I will be answering e-mails during this time but shooting will be on hold until October 1st.

Starting August 1st, all sessions excluding engagements, bridals and weddings, are going to be $100. This fee includes an initial consultation, 1 hour shooting at the location of your choice, and approximately 20-30 edited photos in an online gallery for viewing and sharing with friends and family. This gallery will also be for purchasing prints. I'm no longer going to give the rights to photos (I have to pay bills too) but I am going to offer web-sized images for the purpose of social networking.

Wedding packages are going to change a little as well, with the smallest starting at $1,000. I am taking this time now to let everyone know of this change. ***IF you would like to book a wedding with my current rates I recommend doing so by JULY 31ST.*** This is only for weddings scheduled from October 1, 2011 to December 31, 2012.

I would like to thank all my clients for their business this past year and look forward to much more and lots of new clients in the years to come!

Hope everyone has a fun-filled holiday weekend!!


{Stacey & Landis}

A sneak of their southern, rustic wedding.

Summertime Mini Sessions!

Mini sessions for anyone and everyone in the Memphis/Desoto area! This is a great deal that you don't want to pass up and will be super fun! The location is going to be a natural/woodsy area with a picnic theme complete with an antique red trunk, vintage quilts, picnic basket and bright pops of color! I'm thinking lots of red apples and maybe some extra large lollipops! :)) This would be a great photo shoot for anyone and everyone! I know it's going to be hot, but that's why it's a mini session!

Session is $35 and includes 15-20 minutes shooting, 5-10 proofs, 1 8x10 print, and a CD of your proofs in web-size format. I will also provide refreshments to beat the heat and as an added bonus, there may or may not be a pool to take a dip in ;)))

Contact me to book a session!!


Happy Memorial Day!

*image by me.

In honor of Memorial Day and the unofficial kick-off to summer I have put together a few things to share that just scream, "SUMMER!" to me :)) Enjoy!!

I hope everyone has enjoyed their holiday weekend! I know I have...just been lazy and did a little fishing with my hubby last night. Where I caught a few good bass and picked some fresh blackberries...yum. Life is good!


Inspiration Board: Nursery

Not sure if I have announced the news on my blog yet or not...but I'm going to be a Mommy!! Yes, baby Keller Leslie will be here soon! He is due August 13th and we couldn't be more excited to meet our little Irishman. I secretly hope he comes out a red head ;))

So what's the first thing an Interior Designer does when she finds out she's pregnant? Start planning the nursery of course!!! I have dreamed about this day for a while now and know exactly what I want for my little man's room... nature. bright colors. woodland creatures. texture. Do you get the idea? If not I'd like to share a little inspiration board I put together. First I decided the color scheme for the nursery would be based on these Sherwin-Williams paints.

Top color: Software. Bottom left: Cooled Blue. Bottom Right: Nugget.

After nailing down a color scheme I began gathering photos, images, and prints I randomly came across that looked like "Keller's Nursery" to me. I put together an inspiration board of some of these images and this is what I came up with!

Now, we may or may not be buying a house in the near future so who knows if this work of art will actually be completed before the baby arrives?? If not, I may have to create a 3-D rendering to satisfy my nesting phase. I just hope and pray that we find our house soon!! Until then, I'll just keep filling my brain with fabulous ideas!


Mother's Day Special

Studio MJW is having a Mother's Day special for all you out there that like to wait till the last minute! Give a gift certificate to that wonderful Mother in your life for a photo session! This includes 60-90 minutes shooting on location (Mom's choice) and a 5x7 custom photo book filled with all the beautiful images to enjoy for year's to come! This is a $200 value that you can snag up any day this week for only $100!! WOW, what a great deal!!! I can either mail a printed certificate to you in the mail or email a copy to print out yourself. This certificate can be redeemed anytime from one year of purchase! Don't pass this awesome deal up! She will LOVE it! :)))

Cotton District Arts Festival

A couple weeks ago I had a booth at the Cotton District Arts Festival in Starkville, MS with my good friend Nicole Wyatt of Bohemian Phoenix. We had a great time! Saw lots of old friends and met new ones too! The weather was beautiful and it was a great turn out! Here are some photos from the day!

She still has some feather extensions and really cute accessories like leather headbands and bracelets! Hit her up if interested!! And hopefully soon I'll be posting tie-dye onesies that are still available in my etsy shop along with original fine art photography prints and the cutest frames you ever did see! Stay tuned!!


"Best Photo of 2010"

And the winner is...the Little family!!

Thank you so much to everyone who voted! The contest was a huge success and definitely brought new fans and clients through my door! And thank you to all the contenders who posted several times on facebook about the contest. I now wouldn't have over 1,000 fans if it weren't for you! I am very blessed with all that God has brought into my life through my new business :) I can't believe how fast it's grown and the tremendous positive feedback I'm receiving. Now that I have hit 1,000 fans and it's almost been a year since I started Studio MJW, I'm going to have a big giveaway here in the next few months! It's going to be awesome so make sure you don't miss out on that chance. Thank you again to everyone who has supported me thus far!!

{Charlie Grayson}

On March 11th I traveled back to Greenwood to take Holley's new baby's photos. Miss Charlie is so so precious!! She did so well and slept for me the whole time! I even got to try out a few new props with her, including the adorable hat I bought off etsy! I really love the way they turned out and hope they bring me lots more newborn sessions in the future!!

Click here to see the rest of her photos. "Like" my business page, Studio MJW, if you haven't already! Thanks so much!!

Kelsey + Dave | Engaged

Towards the end of February I went back to the greatest place on Earth, Starkville, to do another love-filled engagement session. The weather was absolutely perfect and the couple couldn't have been sweeter. Kelsey, who was a fellow Tri Delta, and Dave met while attending Mississippi State University. The story is he was interested in her from the beginning and she wouldn't give him the time of day ;) But of course all good things come to end. Just kidding, just kidding! Kelsey did eventually agree to go out on a date and the rest is history. These two have such a fun and innocent love and I can't wait to shoot their Big Day in July! If only the weather could be as nice then...

Click here to see the rest of their fun photos! Be sure and "like" the business page, Studio MJW!!