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!

Lane & Wesley said "I Do:" A Lovely Delta Wedding on a Rainy Day: Mississippi Wedding Photography

You never know what March weather in Mississippi will be like. We've had so many weeks of sunny spring weather and BAM! just in time for Lane and Wesley's wedding day, winter came roaring back! But you know what? It really didn't matter, because this precious wedding took place in one of the more beautiful church sanctuaries we've ever seen, and their reception was at the wonderful, historic Heathman Plantation Commissary. Even better, Lane and Wesley were surrounded by the love of their friends and family, so all the cold rain in the world couldn't put a damper on their day! Here's a little peek at some of our favorite moments and images of their lovely day.IMG_4001Inside the quiet sanctuary of Indianola First Baptist Church, the stained glass windows glowed softly with light. Outside, raindrops spangled the roses.IMG_4077IMG_1629IMG_4027IMG_1616As the storm clouds gathered outside, Lane and her sweet maids spent the morning safe, happy, and warm being pampered at Merle Norman.IMG_1651IMG_1701IMG_4080IMG_1715These next two photos are dear to my heart because they're REAL, y'all. To be a bridesmaid is a high calling, and on the wedding day, you're a very busy person! You're an emotional support system, you keep track of the groom so he doesn't accidentally get a peek at his bride, you carry stuff, you pack stuff, you find stuff....in short, you help carry your sweet friend to the altar.  I loved how Lane's bridesmaids surrounded her with support and love.IMG_4173IMG_4199-2And her little flower girls made sure she got plenty of hugs!IMG_4210-2Lane had a PRECIOUS First Look with her sweet daddy. Oh my goodness, there were happy tears everywhere! IMG_1835IMG_4251IMG_4257Meanwhile, the handsome groom was upstairs helping his groomsmen figure out their ties. Wesley's best man (who just happened to be his daddy) helped them get it all sorted out.IMG_1776IMG_1757Lane and Wesley had a very sweet moment together before the ceremony. I loved this idea! What a fun and special way to have a moment together without seeing each other!IMG_4440IMG_1936IMG_4433IMG_4439-3And then it was time to say "I do!" Here are a few precious moments from their ceremony.IMG_4607IMG_1987IMG_2020One of the little ring bearers wasn't sure about the acting required for this picture, but when he saw how much fun his friends were having, he came around!IMG_2065And now, I present the happy Mr. and Mrs. Weeks! Wesley couldn't take his eyes off his beautiful bride, and can you blame him?IMG_2163IMG_2204If you saw Lane and Wesley's engagement story (you can check it out here) you'll recognize their reception venue! They celebrated with their friends and family at the historic Heathman Plantation Commissary. Every inch was decorated beautifully... I wish I had enough room in this blog post to show you every single corner! (Check out the top right hand window in this next photo... Jonathan caught me at work!)IMG_2294IMG_2438It was SUCH a fun night! That beautiful old building was filled with music and laughter and so, so much love. And when you're in the Delta, you have BARBECUE for your reception meal! Oh my goodness, it was soooo good! IMG_2256Y'all, I have so many more precious moments I want to share! I am really trying to keep this post short and sweet, because I am definitely guilty of oversharing!  When it comes to a beautiful wedding, I always have a hard time limiting myself to just a few photos. I'll end with these sweet moments from Lane and Wesley's First Dance...IMG_4824IMG_4815IMG_4839 This photographer cried, y'all. Lane and Wesley's wedding hashtag, #beenwaitingforweeks, perfectly described the joy these two shared as they danced the night away. I'm so thankful that Jonathan and I were able to be a part of this day! Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Weeks!

Vendor Love

Day-Of Wedding Coordinator: Debbie Esplin, Wedding Days Exclusively

Lane's Bridal Gown: Alfred Angelo

Bridesmaids' Gowns: Azazie

Groom and Groomsmen's Attire: Abraham's, Cleveland, MS (662) 843-4541

Reception Venue: Heathman Plantation Commissary

Reception Catering: Leslie Roark Scott, The Barbecue Princess, of Ubon's Restaurant, Yazoo City, MS  601-906-4844

Bridal Hair Artist: Kelsey Pate, 662-207-4037

Bridal Party Hair & Makeup: Merle Norman of Indianola, MS 304 Highway 82 E Indianola, MS 38778 (662) 452-5115

Cake Artist: Kristi Smith, 662-207-7040

Floral Artist: Felecia Love, 662-347-1207