Happy Friday Folks!

Just a little something to brighten your day...took these this morning in my backyard!
 I'm packing up to leave town today...
 ...heading home to Memphis...
 ...I have a sunrise engagement session tomorrow...
 ...and a sweet maternity session in the afternoon...
...but most importantly...
 ...I get to see family and friends...
...and celebrate the upcoming arrival of sweet, Sofia Rose :)

I hope everyone has a fabulous Friday! And a wonderful weekend!!

On a side note: It's not even February people, and I already have Irises blooming??? Mother Nature must be slightly confused. But then again, this is Jackson, MS!


TAG! You're it!

My friend Whitney posted this on her blog so I thought I'd join in on the fun! And what better way to get to know me! :)

First thing's first. The rules:
1. You must post the rules.
2. Post 11 fun facts about yourself on the blog post.
3. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post, 
and then create 11 new questions for the people you tag.
4. Tag 12 people and link them on your post.
5. Let them know you've tagged them!
Fun Facts About Amelia:
1. I have never eaten breakfast at Waffle House. 
I ALWAYS order a patty melt....which leads me to fun fact #2
2. Potatoes are my biggest weakness. I LOVE them. Any shape, form, or fashion.
3. Squirrels are one of my favorites.
4. I have the biggest nostrils you will ever see ;)
5. I'm a fishin' magician
6. I have a tattoo on the inside of my middle finger. It reads "peace."
7. I love to bake
8. I hate folding and putting away clean clothes
10. My favorite show as a child was "The Late Show with Johnny Carson"
11. If my Dad didn't know any better, I was created by my Mom and an Eskimo - see picture below :) 

Whitney's 11 Questions:
1. How did you meet your best friend? 
We both worked at Doe's Eat Place in Starkville. You should read this if you want to know more.

2. What is a current goal you want to accomplish?
hmm....I have several. But I reeeaaally hope for some of my work to be published!

3. What do you consider to be your biggest accomplishment so far?
Owning a small business of course!

4. Do you own any pets?
A chocolate lab named Sallie Mae

5. Were you named after anyone in particular?
No, not really. My mom said a lady that lived on her street growing up was named Amelia and she always said that is what she would name her daughter. But she waited till her third. And then when she was in the waiting room for her first appointment while pregnant with me she heard them call a patient before her named Catherine. And there you have it.
6. What is your biggest pet peeve?
When I give specific directions or ask specific questions on facebook and people just DON'T READ or completely disregard it. Drives me crazy! I typed that out for a reason.
7. What is your biggest strength?
My artistic eye. And I'm VERRRY patient.
8. Mountains or ocean?

9. What is your favorite tv show?
Right now: Revenge. Of all time: I Love Lucy.

10. What is your favorite possession?
That's a toughie. I might have to say my home or my camera.

11. If you could change something about the world we live in, what would it be?
Morals. People just don't have them anymore.

My 11 questions: 
1. What was your most memorable vacation?
2. If you could be someone for a day who would you be and why?
3. What is your dream job?
4. What is your favorite time of day?
5. What was your most embarrassing moment?
6. Do you like your Subway sandwiches toasted or not?
7. What is your favorite holiday?
8. How do you feel about pickles?
9. What is your favorite book?
10. What is the best advice you were ever given?
11. What are your plans for the weekend?

Not sure I have 12 blogger friends to tag (that's sad, I need more blogger friends!) so here are a few.
1. Christina @ It's My Pleasure only because you need to blog more. & update it.
2. Callie @ The Good Life
4. Michelle @ Things Michelle Likes

If you read this and feel compelled to play along please do! I'd love to read :)


Peacock Perfection

The UPS man made a special delivery yesterday!! I was seriously like a kid on Christmas morning :)) 
While I was at Imaging USA I made my very first Drop It Modern purchase! This backdrop is FINE! It's called "Peacock". Please excuse the creases...I was way too excited to not take pictures right away and I don't have a steamer on hand, so... but I think it still looks good even with the creases! And Keller was just as excited to be my model! :)) What do you all think of my new backdrop??
So who wants to be my model and come play with my new backdrop?!


It's All In The Details

Happy Monday everyone! I thought a great way to start the week off would be with some detail shots of an engagement session I did over the weekend.

I met up with Whitley & Joey at Mynelle Gardens in Jackson. I had never heard of this place before but I will definitely be going back sooner than later! A gorgeous location (even in the winter)!

Now, it really is all in the details. Whitley took the time to think about her session, what type of look she wanted, and even brought along some awesome props!

I think I'm going to have to make a painting of this one below :)
I love the way this one turned out! Can you see the sweet couple sharing a smooch? ;))

So whether you are planning an engagement, bridal, newborn, or family session. Take a minute and think about the style you are looking for. Picnic, vintage, urban, industrial? And then consider some props to bring along that will serve as key details in your session. I'm all for providing what I have, but I don't have an everlasting supply of props (for now, anyways) so please feel free to bring along anything you want to include! The more you put into your session, the more you will get back. Just the way the world works people.


Imaging USA 2012

So last Saturday I hit the road to head to New Orleans for my first time at Imaging USA. It was a GREAT trip and I hope to be able to go back again next year. For those of you who don't know, "Imaging USA convention and expo, hosted by Professional Photographers of America, features the largest photography expo in North America, educational sessions on the artistic and business side of photography and the International Print Exhibit. Imaging USA is the first major photographic event of the year that brings together the forward-thinking photographers and business leaders whose ideas spark innovation and change in the industry." --Imaging USA

Erin & I meticulously picked which speakers we were going to see and for the most part I think we made the best choices. First on the list: Zach & Jody. These two were fun, hip, *southern*, and gave great advice that just made you say, "duh". Next on the agenda was Julie Klaasmeyer. This woman does exceptional, gorgeous work and is a big inspiration when it comes to babies. She knows what she is doing. 

The second day of the conference we saw two big name wedding photographers. One, Robert Evans, known as the "Hollywood Celebrity Photographer" with weddings such as TomKat and Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston gracing his portfolio of beautiful work. Two, Kenny Kim, who has only been in the business since 2005 is known for amazing destination lifestyle weddings. I need to take a tip or two from him, I mean who wouldn't want to travel all over the world shooting fabulous weddings?! 

And the third and final day of the conference we saw two more photographers, with completely different styles, but both AWESOME none the less! Joey L., now 22, has been doing commercial work since he was like 16 or 17. This guy just blows me out of the water!! He currently works with big name companies like the History Channel, FX Channel and Summit Entertainment. You know those sexy photos of Edward and Jacob that grace the movie poster for Twilight? Yea, he took those. I may never get into commercial work (maybe) but this guy definitely has me inspired to get out and shoot more for ME. His personal work is breath-taking and speaks volumes. The other awesome photographer, Sal Cincotta, has only been in the photography business since 2007! What is awesome about this guy you ask? Well first of all he is funny as shit. Yes, I said shit. And he will too. But he is very open to discussing the business side of photography, giving advice and tips on pricing, marketing, and anything and everything else you may need to know about running a successful photography business. Sal is located in St. Louis, Missouri and grossed $1 MILLION last year so he is obviously doing SOMEthing right! 
Another great thing about Imaging USA besides informative presentations is the EXPO! I walked out of there with a few free goodies, special show discounts on a gorgeous backdrop from Drop it Modern and new business cards from Moo, and yes, I did take a picture with an alligator and snake, but only to make my husband jealous! ;)

And last, but not least, what is New Orleans without a trip to the French Quarter for coffee and beignets at Cafe Du Monde? I love those things! And I love good music and art. We came across a couple of cool cats jamming on their gee-tars on our way to the French Market, so of course we had to stop to snap a few photos, but like idiots we didn't ask what they called themselves, or where we could find them online. Dumb. And then to make a trip to New Orleans complete I got to spend an evening dining with my dear friend, Helen. I love and miss this girl so much!

So sorry if I rambled a bit in this post...there was just so much exciting stuff I wanted to share with y'all! Imaging USA 2012 was definitely a success!!!


*Best Photo of 2011*

My first wedding of the year and a GREAT one! Stacey & Landis. & their dog, Rivers.


It was a tight race all week between this one and one other. My last wedding of the year but not the least :). Erica & Joe.


It was a blast working with both couples and thank you again for choosing me to tell your story! 
I love what I do :) 

A big thanks to everyone who voted! It brought so many new faces to Studio MJW :))