Thinking of Spring...

With the yucky weather we have been having lately I am wishing for warmer weather more than ever! All the yellow in the photos below make me yearn for Spring! How about you? Are you ready for Spring? Spring also means mini sessions!! Yes, I've been thinking and planning and will be nailing down some details soon! Please let me know if you are interested in Spring Mini Sessions by Studio MJW by commenting below or sending an email! With enough interest I will plan for a day in Desoto/Memphis, Jackson, and possibly even Starkville. I've been itching to visit! And if I have enough participants for the Jackson area I might do two days, one for the Rankin Co. area and one for the Madison Co. folks. I can't wait!! 

Mississippi Coast-Backyard Wedding-Yellow and Gray-Fall Wedding


Food For Your Soul

sweater, tea and bun.

No, not tea... but music. I just thought this photo was perfect for today (it's very rainy here in central Mississippi, but not necessarily cold of course). I've been holding on to this self portrait for the perfect day. Well here it is!

So what's this about music you ask? Well a wise man once said, "Music is a world within itself with a language we all understand." What kind of music speaks to you? I myself love a wide range of music, with some of my favorites being Elvis, Patsy Cline, Railroad Earth, The Doors, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Nat King Cole, Keller Williams, the Avett Brothers and pretty much anything that was recorded under the Motown label. I'm not so much a fan of mainstream music. That's just me. Some of it yes is catchy, but does it speak to me? Not. Really. Well sometimes it does... it says to me, "Quick! Change the station!" sheesh! 

As I've been working on my new website the past couple days, changing this, updating that, upgrading this, besides the colors, brand, and message only one other thing is staying untouched. The song that plays so beautifully when you enter my site. "Might River" by Railroad Earth. It's amazing and takes me back to when I first started dating my husband. Every. Time. I hear it. And it's golden that feeling. It's definitely my favorite song of their's they have recorded and one of my top 5 top 10 of all time. Sorry I just love music, top 5 isn't enough ;)

And for some unknown reason I've stumbled across lots of new (at least new to me) music in the past week or so and it made me happy and inspired so much that I wanted to share these new discoveries with you!

First up, I don't usually support anything associated with the town of Oxford, Mississippi unless it involves good music! But you should definitely check out Danny Klimetz's new project the Oxford Sessions. Apart from the latest video they released I'm loving everything they have featured thus far. Very cool thing they've got going over there!

Next I want to talk about the new hit show "Nashville". I don't even like country music (most of it) and I'm loving this show, the characters and especially the soundtrack. Great tunes! My favorite character/voice is that of Scarlett O'Conner played by Clare Bowen. Her rendition of "Ring of Fire" is nothing short of amazing!! And when I posted a screen shot of last night's episode on instagram I got a like from katelynepperlymusic...haven't listened to her music just yet but she seems pretty cool just from her instagram feed.

Recently I shot a wedding at the Woodruff-Fontaine House and across the street is the Molly Fontaine Lounge. Through a post on facebook I came across the page of Miss Lee Taylor and had a quick listen. LOVE her voice! She is going to be playing every Friday and Saturday night there and I hope to make it by next time I'm in Memphis. This place is brilliant people! I highly recommend it if you're into cool, old, dimly lit creepy houses.

I also had the recent revelation that my favorite ever American Idol contestant Paul McDonald not only has been recording new music, but with his hot new wife, Nikki Reed aka Rosalie from Twilight. They have a song featured on the Breaking Dawn Part 2 soundtrack and I love them!!!! Their voices mesh SO well together. Everything about them as a couple is complete harmony. Cheesy I know...

And then of course for good measure I have to throw in The Lumineers. They rock my socks off!

I love that as I'm writing this I can hear "Curious George" on the TV. Love the theme song by one of the greatest...Dr. John! And while I'm thinking about it, who has seen The Black Jacket Symphony live? They are playing here in Jackson in a few weeks and I think I would really enjoy it. They are going to be doing a full cover of Pink Floyd's "The Dark Side of the Moon". Sounds legit right?! Alright so that wraps up some of the music I've been loving lately! Hope you find some new music to enjoy yourself and feel inspired! :)

OH! And you should also check out Lennon & Maisy Stella! They play the daughters of Rayna on "Nashville". Two VERY talented young ladies!!


Lovely Details | Woodruff-Fontaine House | Memphis, TN | Memphis Wedding Photographer

Please enjoy a few gorgeous details from the fall wedding I shot at the Woodruff-Fontaine House in Memphis, TN! Whitney was a gorgeous bride, inside and out!! :)

StudioMJW-Woodruff-Fontaine House Wedding-Memphis

More lovely photos to come!


This Is Your Year

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a safe and wonderful time celebrating NYE2012! I can't believe 2013 is already here!! Let me take this moment to thank all those awesome clients of mine this past year... thank you, thank you, thank you! You are, like I said, AWESOME! ;) I also want to thank family, friends, and fans for your unending love and support! Without you I would not have made it this far. And here's to another year! I do not believe this year will be better than 2012, as I believe every year and every day that I get to do what I love, create, and serve, is just as special and great as the one before. But I do believe there are bigger things in store for me and Studio MJW! Ever since I can remember I've dreamed of owning my own business and "making it big". Here's to dreaming :). And keeping your dreams alive. 

I don't make new year's resolutions per se, but I do make goals. What are some of your's? My goals for 2013 are the following (in no particular order):

1. Write more. Including but not limited to: blogging, journaling, notes, mementos, etc., etc. - a work in progress of course but getting better!

2. Draw more. Paint more. Anything artistic that doesn't involve a camera. - again progress!

3. Shoot a styled session for ME.

4. Shoot an engagement session in the rain. 

5. Find that abandoned, junky warehouse I've been searching for.

6. Get my closet space COMPLETELY organized.

7. Do more thrifting, antiqueing, and picking. - been doing it as much as I can!

8. Take more self-portraits. - do iPhone photos count?? ;)

9. Learn OCF.

10. Shoot a destination wedding. Oh wait, I did that in 2012. Ok, shoot another destination wedding! ;)

11. Look up. - I find myself doing this at every session/wedding I shoot...

12. Put my pretty and expensive degree to use through Studio MJW. More on that soon... - work in progress!

13. Learn to sew.

14. Keep smiling :) Everyday all day!

15. Have my work published.

16. Embrace the glitter. - slowly but surely.

I was inspired by Amanda Holloway for the following campaign. She is an amazing senior photographer but because I shoot all stages of life, I wanted to expand this idea beyond just seniors. I hope you enjoy these and find inspiration in them just like I did Amanda's and hope you find the sparkle, glitter, and shine in everything that crosses your path in 2013! And if you are expecting a bundle of joy this year, graduating high school, tying the knot, or anything else photo worthy (everything!) send me a hoot! Cheers!!

Celebrate 2013

Sparkle On 2013

Shine Bright 2013