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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 23, 2009

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:

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!




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!

yep...you can already tell what great parents they will make...or have made already for their puppy!


I couldn't resist getting a few snapshots of her chocolate lab, Cody!

they gave each other tons of looks like this throughout the day...so cute


major props to Todd and Kathryn, my assistants for the afternoon, for coming up with this location on the balcony:



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:



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



Take care and God bless! :)

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