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2018 Behind The Scenes and Highlights | A Fun, Busy Year Recap | Destination Wedding Photographer

Hello darlings!

If you’re reading this, thank you for stopping by my small corner of the world to catch up with me! I’ll be honest, every year around this time I tell myself I should write a yearly behind the scense/recap and then it never happens. Well, this year that is changing! Thanks Rachel Hollis for inspiring me to follow through with promises I speak over myself. :)

2018 YEAR REVIEW

15 Weddings

2 Destination Weddings

300+ Fashion Shoots

25+ Family/Maternity Sessions

12 Travel Trips

-New York (3x), Las Vegas (2x), New Orleans, Utah, Wyoming, Birmingham, Pigeon Forge, Quebec City, Branson, Mystic

So, without further a do, here are this year’s highlights and some behind the scenes from weddings, fashion shoots and trips!

Enjoy!! Xoxo - MK

Wedding photographers wear so many hats on a wedding day — and to be honest, we kinda love it. Fluffing the bride’s dress is definitely high on that list. :D

Wedding photographers wear so many hats on a wedding day — and to be honest, we kinda love it. Fluffing the bride’s dress is definitely high on that list. :D

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I could spend hours styling details — that’s why I allow myself an hour on wedding days, if possible. ;)

I could spend hours styling details — that’s why I allow myself an hour on wedding days, if possible. ;)

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When Kelsey, one of my second shooters, catches me off guard shoving yummy wedding cake in my mouth. LOL.

When Kelsey, one of my second shooters, catches me off guard shoving yummy wedding cake in my mouth. LOL.

This is Laura, of NLA Weddings, and she’s seriously the best. Love teaming up at weddings together. #teamworkmakesthedreamwork

This is Laura, of NLA Weddings, and she’s seriously the best. Love teaming up at weddings together. #teamworkmakesthedreamwork

KELSEY!

KELSEY!

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2019 couple! New York City engagement session!

2019 couple! New York City engagement session!

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Fluffing that dress. <3

Fluffing that dress. <3

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Caught me, again, Kelsey! LOL!

Caught me, again, Kelsey! LOL!

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When it’s raining, you do what you have to. :)

When it’s raining, you do what you have to. :)

Loved meeting and working with Hunter Premo from Nashville during Memphis Fashion Week!!

Loved meeting and working with Hunter Premo from Nashville during Memphis Fashion Week!!

Werk it gurl.

Werk it gurl.

Memphis Fashion Week

Memphis Fashion Week

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New York Fashion Week!!

New York Fashion Week!!

Second home: New York City.

Second home: New York City.

Las Vegas!

Las Vegas!

Red Rock Canyon was breathtaking. Wish we had spent more time there!

Red Rock Canyon was breathtaking. Wish we had spent more time there!

Red Rock Canyon!!

Red Rock Canyon!!

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Editing &amp; traveling. The hustle is real.

Editing & traveling. The hustle is real.

The three traveling musketeers! Oh how I love these two!

The three traveling musketeers! Oh how I love these two!

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Christmas at Graceland Hallmark movie screening in Memphis with Collins, Megan and Laura!

Christmas at Graceland Hallmark movie screening in Memphis with Collins, Megan and Laura!

My little assistant. My son, Mark!! He tags along as much as he can and he’s really good at it. :D

My little assistant. My son, Mark!! He tags along as much as he can and he’s really good at it. :D

My mini me. &lt;3

My mini me. <3

Isn’t he just the cutest thing ever?? &lt;3

Isn’t he just the cutest thing ever?? <3

That’s a wrap on 2018!! Here’s to new adventures, more amazing client-friends and blessing all those around me! :)

That’s a wrap on 2018!! Here’s to new adventures, more amazing client-friends and blessing all those around me! :)

Megan & Kyle | A Classy, Romantic Fall Brooks Museum and Botanic Gardens Engagement Session | Memphis Luxury Wedding Photographer

Megan and Kyle Brooks Museum Engagement Session shot by Mary Kate Steele Photography Luxury Memphis Wedding Photographer

These two had me laughing so hard during their engagement session! Megan and Kyle are hilarious and that’s just one of many things I love about them! They met at Ole Miss (The University of Mississippi) and that is where they will be saying “I do”! Together, they have a love for hunting and fishing, playing outside with their fur babies, and spending as much quality time together as possible! Megan describes Kyle as protective, affable, and courteous! Kyle describes Megan as spontaneous, graceful, and adaptable! These two are busy bees. Megan is a professional dancer/ballerina, teaching lessons to little five-year olds at a local dance studio and auditioning. She has a part in Carrie Underwood’s newest music video “Love Wins”! You go girl!! I loved hearing her talk to me about that incredible experience. Kyle is busy working as a chemical engineer at Toyota.

Megan and I discovered we are both crazy about all things Christmas, the color pink, and Sugar Paper gift wrapping. #soulsisters

They had a perfect day for their engagement session, waltzing around The Brooks Museum and the Memphis Botanic Garden grounds, twirling, snuggling and goofing off. I just love these two! It has been such a honor being a part of their wedding journey and I cannot wait to capture their beautiful day in December! :)


Megan and Kyle Engagement Session at the Brooks Museum shot by Mary Kate Steele Photography Luxury Wedding Photographer
Megan and Kyle Engagement Session at the Brooks Museum shot by Mary Kate Steele Photography Professional Memphis Wedding Photographer
Megan and Kyle Engagement session at The Brooks Museum shot by Mary Kate Steele Luxury Memphis Wedding Photographer
Megan and Kyle Brooks Museum Engagement Session shot by Mary Kate Steele Memphis Wedding Photographer
Megan and Kyle Brooks Museum Engagement Session shot by Mary Kate Steele Photography Oxford Mississippi Wedding Photographer
Megan and Kyle Botanic Gardens Engagement Session shot by Mary Kate Steele Photography Tennessee Wedding Photographer
Megan and Kyle Memphis Botanic Garden Engagement Session shot by Mary Kate Steele Professional Memphis Wedding Photographer
Megan and Kyle Memphis Botanic Garden Engagement session shot by Mary Kate Steele Professional Memphis Wedding Photographer


A Classic Maternity Session with Jessica & Michael | The Brooks Museum | Memphis Maternity Photographer

I was so overjoyed when sweet Jessica reached out to me about capturing her maternity photos. She is expecting her first little one, baby Banks. Jessica has the cutest, most adorable, perfectly round baby bump. Not only is she simply stunning, but she has such poise and grace. When we decided on The Brooks Museum for the location, I was excited when her and Michael arrived dressed so elegantly. Jessica did an amazing job selecting their outfits and color scheme. Props to you, Jess! 

I know without a doubt that Jessica and Michael will be incredible parents. In fact, they already are. Baby Banks is one lucky little dude, who is so so loved. He even has precious Delta, the Golden Doodle, waiting to mother him, too! :) 

Stay close by, their Fresh 48 session and In-Home Newborn lifestyle session are to come in the next few weeks once baby Banks makes his appearance! <3 

MK

 

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Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him. Psalm 127:3

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