Kathryn and Coleman's Playful and Elegant Engagement Session in Columbus

Kathryn and Coleman's Playful and Elegant Engagement Session in Columbus

A fall engagement session doesn’t HAVE to be all about autumn leaves, y’all! Kathryn and Coleman’s October engagement session was a warm, playful, and super stylish adventure in downtown Columbus. Their session helped me fall love with our little town all over again!

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Melanie's Sweet Spring Bridal Portrait Session at Mississippi State University in Starkville

Melanie's Sweet Spring Bridal Portrait Session at Mississippi State University in Starkville

Y'all, I love bridal sessions so much! A bridal portrait session before (or after!) your wedding day is a fun, relaxed way to tell more about the places you love, and let your style and personality shine through. Melanie's sweet spring bridal session on the campus of Mississippi State University celebrated her beauty AND her beautiful personality!

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An Elegant Black and Gold Wedding by the River: Michael and Juliana's Happy Day

An Elegant Black and Gold Wedding by the River: Michael and Juliana's Happy Day

Last November, we photographed Michael and Juliana's super stylish black and gold wedding on the river on a PERFECT fall day! Their after-dark wedding was one of the most touching and unique ceremonies we have ever been blessed to witness.

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How To Prepare Your Heart for Your Engagement Session (And Some Practical Tips Too!)

How To Prepare Your Heart for Your Engagement Session (And Some Practical Tips Too!)

I don't want stress to steal your fun when you are planning your engagement session! So I've written a little blog post about how to prepare your heart (and your sweetheart) to help you both truly enjoy celebrating your love story!

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Caryn Amaris Photography is LIVE!

Caryn Amaris Photography is LIVE!

I have some exciting news, y'all - our photography business has gone live with a new name and a new look as of TODAY! We have been You Call the Shots Photography since 2009, and it's been a wonderful journey for us under that name! So let me take a quick moment and tell you about our new name, why I chose it, and what HASN'T changed. 

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Madeline + Thomas' Romantic Springtime Engagement Session in Natchez

Madeline + Thomas' Romantic Springtime Engagement Session in Natchez

I loved how Madeline and Thomas made a romantic getaway of their engagement session! They spent the weekend at Monmouth Inn, and we began their session in the garden of this beautiful antebellum home. The new green of spring and the first blush of the redbuds were just beginning to color the woods. It was truly a perfect day.

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Katy-Whitten + Brandon's Beautiful Winter Engagement Session

Katy-Whitten + Brandon's Beautiful Winter Engagement Session

They were separated by distance and the call of life, old dreams, dashed hopes, and new dreams, but they never forgot each other. She became a writer, a poet, a momma. He became a geologist and a traveller. But in spite of everything, these two found each other again.

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Tori + Justin's Sweet Fall Engagement Session At Home on the Farm: Mississippi Wedding Photography

You know what I loved about this sweet engagement session? Well, besides Duke the adorable boxer, a.k.a. the"Wigglebutt"... And besides Tori and Justin's fun, laid-back, perfectly lovable personalities.... AND besides the AMAZING and PRECIOUS way that Justin proposed to Tori (we'll get to that in a minute!) I LOVED that this couple of cutie pie lovebirds decided to begin their e-session at their future home, which they were in the process of remodeling. Not only that, their future home has been in Justin's family for generations, AND this sweet little newlywed home sits in a corner of Justin's family's farm, which has - you guessed it -been in his family for years upon years. As we rode up and down the gravel roads and explored the fields and woods around McCondy, Mississippi, Justin had a story for almost every bridge, tree, and old homesite! Since I grew up on a gravel road and love to hear a good family story, I delighted in every moment of this session!IMG_6607Y'all, almost a year ago to the day, Justin surprised his beautiful sweetheart by proposing to her RIGHT HERE. How romantic is this, to write your proposal on the wall of the house you hope to share with the woman of your dreams? (He did a good job on that ring, too!)IMG_9584IMG_9823IMG_9682Mr. Duke is a very important member of the family, and just like his mom and dad, he loves to ride in the Polaris. He's very handsome and sweet and funny and very well-loved, and this photographer could have played with him all day!IMG_6500IMG_6544IMG_6568IMG_6595McCondy, Mississippi is FULL of amazing old barns, bridges, trees, and roads - Jonathan and I loved exploring with these two! IMG_6700IMG_6647IMG_6638Just as the sun was setting in the clear autumn sky, we stopped to spend a few moments near Justin's favorite tree.IMG_6735IMG_6762IMG_9880IMG_6866Justin and Tori finished up their lovely session with a few quiet, just-after-sunset photos. Jonathan and I loved every minute we were blessed to spend with them. It always makes a session extra special when the location is so deeply meaningful, and it made me fall in love with our wide open Mississippi farm country and wild old woods all over again! I can't wait to watch these precious hearts say "I do" at Southwind in Shannon, MS in three short days! Happy Wedding Week, Tori and Justin!