Emily & David’s Ole Miss Engagement Session by Mary Kate Steele Photography
At the beginning of this summer I was given the amazing opportunity to work with Collins Tuohy Smith, the little girl/sister in the bestselling book and movie, The Blind Side (true story). She is also co-owner of Whimsy Cookie Company and runs her own blog, Collins Closets.
Over the last few months, we have worked on a few different photo projects together! One was to raise money for her family's Making It Happen Foundation -- She is currently auctioning off several pieces of clothing from her and her Mom's closets. We recently did a collaboration styled shoot with Scarlett & Gold Shop -- She modeled some of their adorable new pieces for their Fall clothing line! You should check them out! I purchased their "I'm Just Saying" tee and it is the softest v-neck I own! Not to mention that it is also super cute!
Earlier this month, Collins asked if I could meet her down at Ole Miss to shoot some pieces from the oh-so-cute Southern clothing line, Draper James! Draper James is Reese Witherspoon's fashion and lifestyle brand. Of course I had to say, YES! Draper James reached out to Collins about collaborating with them, modeling some of their new Fall clothing line and representing her alma mater, University of Mississippi! It was a dream come true to work with both Collins and Draper James and shoot at Ole Miss.
I had the best time getting the grand tour of the gorgeous Ole Miss grounds and learning all about sorority houses (this Northern girl knew nothing about the true Southern sorority house ways + lifestyle!), and hearing about some of Collins' memories as an Ole Miss student, cheerleader and sorority girl. :)
It has been a lot of fun exploring a new outlet of photography and having the opportunity to dive in, meet new friends and companies, all while doing what I love! I am so excited for where this new adventure will take me next! Please take a minute to go check out Collins' interview with Draper James on their blog and peek at some of the images from that super fun shoot! :)