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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).

Monday, July 19, 2010

focus : ribbon + bj {oxford engagement photographer}

One of the BEST parts about being a photographer is having the chance to shadow people around for a time and record their natural interactions with each other. It's just one of the best feelings in the world to come back home and find those images that you know the family is going to just LOVE and want to display in their home for years and years to come!

Images that record how all it takes is one sly little look from dad to make mom blush and smile for days.

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And images that record one of the biggest smiles possible from sweet baby boy...

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...that makes his parents just go gaga over him and squish his little face with kisses at the same time!

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Or a close-up image of sweet boy's little eyes that just want to melt your heart!

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Well, whichever moments are most important to you...that's what I love capturing! To see many more special moments from their session (and lives together), click HERE to see their facebook album and HERE to see their proofing gallery.

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Sunday, July 11, 2010

wedding : mary + steven {memphis wedding photographer}

It's evident by how his face lights up when she enters a room and how a crinkle in her nose forms as she laughs at something funny he just said. Or maybe it's all the millions of kisses they like to sneak in when they think no one is looking, or just don't care if they are! The love these two share is pretty remarkable and I am blessed to have been able to capture it and all the special moments of their big day as they confessed their unconditional love and lifelong support for each other in front of all their friends and family. Enjoy some of snapshots of a day that they nor their family will ever forget :)

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God bless you two!! And many special thanks to Jennie Lee for helping me photography this fun day :)

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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Engagement Sneak Peek + 2011 Weddings {memphis and north mississippi wedding photographer}

It's been a busy spring booking Fall 2010 weddings, and I'm SO looking forward to all the fun places they are going to take me like Vicksburg, the Chapel on the campus of Ole Miss and Old Waverly out at West Point, as well as the Botanic Gardens right here in Memphis. It's going to be a festive fall wedding season, and it's JUST around the corner!

And yes, you heard me right! This DIEHARD Mississippi State fan/alum/former employee is looking forward to a wedding at Ole Miss (of ALL places). In fact, I was just there this weekend for a sweet engagement session with the uber fabulous BJ, Ribbon and Jackson...IN.THE.GROVE! Enjoy a few sneak peek photos and see more HERE...

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And I can't believe it is already after July the 4th! This year is flying by, and 2011 will be here before you know it. If you or someone you know is planning a 2011 wedding, this is a perfect time to book and lock in our current 2010 wedding collection pricing. I'll also be introducing a new Digital Wedding Collection for all you brides who want to have ALL your edited images on DVD, as well as some special incentives if you choose to pay your wedding collection up front with cash or check. Contact me if you are interested in booking us for 2011 or hearing about our incentives!

P.S. Anyone who REFERS a wedding to us will receive a complimentary 11x14 canvas gallery wrap from your session (for existing clients) or a complimentary FOCUS session + small print package (for new clients). So get to dropping our name!! ;)

Oh, and....GOOOOOO BULLDOGS!!! But BJ & Ribbon...I still love you guys and will LOVE being on the campus of Ole Miss for your wedding...sincerely! :)

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