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My name is Susan, and Designs by Prater is what you could call my creative outlet that pulls together my photography, art and graphic design endeavors! The most important thing you should know about me is that my life revolves around my God and my Savior Jesus Christ, my family (especially my husband Todd, son JD, and puppy Lexie), family and friends. Other than that, I am pretty much obsessed with photography, Coca-Cola, and the color green (and all shades of green for that matter, especially teal). I love sports but cannot play them worth a lick. I would not trade my time as a college student at Mississippi State for anything in the world. The friendships and memories made there will stick with me forever...Hail State and Go Dogs! And I am very picky about my chocolate chip cookies, grilled cheeses, and shaved ice (gotta be SnoBiz watermelon flavor).

Thursday, April 30, 2009

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Last weekend, Todd and I were blessed to travel back to God's Country (aka Starkville) for a co-youth-retreat with our new youth group at The Church at Schilling Farms and our old youth group at CrossPoint. Such a fun time was had by all and it was really neat to see the two groups bond so well in just a 24-hour time span. To the left is a pic of our youth group by the campground "art" on our way out of town!

I was also blessed with the chance to follow this precious little boy all around the campgrounds during the retreat for a fun mini shoot with his family. This little guy and his parents and grandparents are so very dear to our heart and we were thrilled to hang out with them again. Enjoy some sneak peeks from the session the proud grandmother booked to show off her cute as a button grandson...and go HERE to see the rest of the photos from the afternoon!

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Doc's Day Out!

Doc Holliday was our team mascot last weekend when the softball team from our church, The Church at Schilling Farms, played in the High Point Softball Tournament...he was a great good luck charm for those first 4 games, but he just couldn't compete with a heavy lunch and loss of momentum to get them that win in their 5th game...maybe next time!

Anyways, you'll be seeing more of this beloved Great Dane in the future as he is a very important member of Jeff and Lindsey's family and I hope to do a FOCUS shoot with them this summer! You already know her as one of our recent photo shoot models...and both of them as Drs. Jeff and Lindsey of Natural Potential Chiropractic.

Now, on to the pictures:

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There are a few more here...enjoy!

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focus : michelle + jay

The summer of 2006 was a great season...the best ever actually! In a span of less than three months, my lifelong best friend married the love of her life and I married mine as well. It was an absolute blessing to be able to go through the wedding planning process together and support each other as Maids/Matrons of Honor on each of our special days!

Fast forward almost three years and both couples are quickly approaching our 3-year anniversaries! And if that wasn't reason alone to warrant a fun photo shoot for this lovely couple, throw in her 27th birthday and there was no stopping us. Enjoy some of the pics from our recent FOCUS session with Michelle and Jay as we celebrated her birthday (after a much loved lunch at Bonsai Japanese Steakhouse in Flowood)!

Meet Bo, their beloved Schnauzer/Jack Russell Terrier mix puppy:
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And while most of the shoot was going to take place at her childhood home, I couldn't resist taking a few in their new house, too!
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I love pictures of feet and quite comically ended up taking 5-6 photos of their feet throughout the day...I plan to do something really neat with all those pictures this weekend...stay tuned!
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yep...you can already tell what great parents they will make...or have made already for their puppy!
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I couldn't resist getting a few snapshots of her chocolate lab, Cody!
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they gave each other tons of looks like this throughout the day...so cute
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major props to Todd and Kathryn, my assistants for the afternoon, for coming up with this location on the balcony:
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And it was M&J's idea to go visit their church to take pictures at the foot of the crosses on campus...what special pictures to take on Easter weekend:
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To see the rest of the photos, check them out here at our online proofing and ordering site!

And I can't finish out this post without a few snapshots of my wonderful assistants for the day...well, wonderful when they weren't too busy goofing around...see evidence now! haha

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Take care and God bless! :)

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Saturday, April 18, 2009

focus : photo safari with jennie and lindsey

My photog partner in crime, Jennie Lee, and I are always up for a photo safari to find new spots for photo shoots and perfect techniques with our camera! So we were really excited to hear that our other friend Lindsey was willing to be a model for one of our most recent shoots...she would go anywhere and try any pose for us. It was perfect! Here are a few highlights from the day, including some of Jennie herself in front of the camera. To see the rest, visit our online proofing and ordering site HERE!

(P.S. Just a friendly reminder that Lindsey and her hubby Jeff are opening up a chiropractic clinic in Collierville that is dedicated to helping you achieve your wellness objectives. Check them out at their new website HERE! They have been a God-send to us recently as Todd threw out his back last weekend picking up a 10 lb. dog...ha! He's doing much better now, thanks to Drs. Jeff and Lindsey!)

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