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A Day Trip to Joshua Tree National Park | Personal | Pennsylvania and Tennessee Wedding Photographer

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If you could go to any National Park, which one would you go to? That’s a tough one for me to answer. LOL. In fact, I’m not sure I could answer it with just one. I consider myself a major National Park nerd. Like Major — with a capital M. I have a personal goal to go to all of them at least once. I think it is incredible that our country has so much vast, delicate, majestic and mysterious land.

I have this hope, a dream really, that one day I’ll have the amazing opportunity to shoot a wedding or elopement in a National Park someday. So… if you’re a couple that is looking at getting married/eloping to a national park, PLEASE let this girl know! I would LOVE to be capture it!

With the recent news of Joshua National Tree Park being damaged, I couldn’t help but be so sad and heartbroken. However, I am thankful that I had the opportunity to go last year and walk amongst the park’s mysterious wonders and explore the incredible beauty of God’s handiwork. He is such an artist! I’ve been sitting here looking at pictures I took while visiting Joshua Tree and I truly cannot put into words the experience of walking through that masterpiece. So, I’m going to leave you with the images to speak for themselves. I did my best to capture a fraction of the beauty in the park. Hopefully it gives you a small taste of what there is to experience at Joshua Tree National Park. <3 MK

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Summer’s Best Wooden Watch | JORD Watch Giveaway | Fashion | Memphis Fashion Photographer

One of my favorite accessories to wear with my outfits are watches. Similar to how I change what I wear throughout the year, I do the same with my accessories. Watches, in my opinion, are classy, timeless (pun intended), and much needed accessories that should have a meaning or a story to go with them. A watch is something that you can take with you literally everywhere and have through all the fun times and the not so fun times. It will never leave you and will be your constant. In addition to that, they are sophisticated while giving you the ability and flexibility to dress up or dress down, depending on the occasion or activities!

I have teamed up with Jord Watches to do a fun summer giveaway! Jord recently sent me their Frankie series watch in Zebrawood and Champagne, and I have enjoyed wearing it this summer. It has a clean, beautiful, simplistic, easy to read watch face making it fashionable, yet easy to tell the time. The wooden design makes the watch ideal for matching with cute, summery outfits. It feels comfortable and weightless on your wrist making it perfect for outdoor activities in the summer heat and for long travels. 

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Follow this linkto be entered in to win a $100 gift code towards a Jord Watch! Everybody who enters will receive a 10% off discount code, while one lucky winner will receive a discount code for $100 towards a watch! Be sure to follow @jordwatches and @marykatesteele on Instagram as well!

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Taylor Carstens | Senior

Her Time

"She has been feeling it for a while now-- that sense of awakening. There is a gentle rage simmering inside her, and it is getting stronger by the day. She will hold it close to her-- she will nurture it and let it grow. She won't let anyone take it away from her. It is her rocket fuel and finally, she is going places. She can feel it down to her very core-- this is her time. She will not only climb mountains-- she will move them too." - Lang Leav

I've been dreaming of doing a session with miss Taylor and when the day finally came, I was ecstatic! Taylor recently graduated with a degree in Music Business from Visible Music College. Taylor is an inspiration to me, though she may not know that until she reads this. ;)  She is fearless. She has gumption. She is so kind. In her kindness, she will also tell you the truth, even if it's not everything you want to hear. She is real and genuine. She pursues her dreams with a full heart and lots of passion, but holds them with open hands. Later this Summer, Taylor is taking that fearless gumption, following her heart and dreams and moving to LA to continue pursing a career in the music business industry! This girl is going to change the world and I am so excited to watch her do that. I have a feeling I will continue to learn a lot from her, even from LA. :) 

Aside from capturing Taylor's senior session, we sat at Muddy's Grind house coffee shop, chatted about life, marriage, weddings, dreams for Mary Kate Steele Photography and her LA goals. I'm gonna miss this girl when she moves. Thank goodness family in Memphis will bring her back to visit from time to time. 

Taylor volunteered to be my guinea pig for a new project I am starting at MKS Photography. It's a little something fun, something to inspire others and myself. I don't really have a name for it (yet), but the idea is to spend a morning or afternoon or evening with different people and capture their personal fashion style and personality. Fashion is a huge interest of mine, along with meeting new people or getting to know someone better. I have a feeling this will be a fun journey and we'll see where it goes! Shout out to Taylor for collaborating with me on the idea! If you would be interested in participating in this new project, please let me know! I would absolutely love to hear from you!! :D - Email me: marykatesteelephotography@gmail.com

XOXO, 

Mary Kate 

 Isn't she just adorable and such a babe all at the same time?! <3 

Yellow floral romper: Stock & Belle 

Calvin Klein hat: Urban Outfitters

Sneaks: Puma Match Basic Sports Lo Sneakers