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  • Heartfelt Welcome!!

    Hello! This is me! I started my photography business in Turkey. I had a love for photography and had some wonderful friends willing to sit in front of my lens while I learned more about my style of photography. I wanted something to watermark my images, so I went with the basic plan ... initials. m.j.c. photography.

    To this day, I still like the simplicity of the name, but there are so many people with the same initials and already branded their photography in that way.

    A few months back I attended a Shot Party in St. Louis. I heard 2 of my favorite photographers speak at this conference, Bobbi + Mike. They were awesome, just like I knew they would be. They spoke of making memories or heirlooms for people. That one day their client's great grand children would look back at their photography and see them as they were when they were young, free, in love ...

    They didn't necessarily say something that I didn't already know, but they said it in a new way. In a way that just struck me ... this is ALL about the client. These pictures showcase the LOVE people have for each other. Whether they are engagement , a newborn baby , family pictures, senior pictures, it doesn't matter. The person (or people) in front of the lens is the HEART of a family.

    I went home that night thinking ... and thought some more ...

    Then I thought, the heart of it all ... is YOU!

    I promise that when we're together for a photo shoot ... you're my family. We aren't going to just sit in front of the lens and smile. We are going to go out and have fun! We are going to pretend that you are in a reality TV show and YOU are the star. We're going to photograph you having fun with your family or significant other. We are going to have an amazing time together and make memories that you will keep forever.

    Miranda Cornett


Spaulding Family

This family … where to begin. First of all they are a strong and incredibly in love family. They have the most amazing baby boy and were awesome enough to meet me at my crazy hours. 6a … seriously  … they met me at 6a to get gorgeous light photos. I’m so in love with these images and family.

Bless you Spaulding family. Praying for a quick and safe deployment. Thank you for your service and sacrifice. <3

Seriously … 6a … isn

Seriously … 6a … isn’t it worth it??



Can’t you feel the love all the way around?


Are they not the cutest little family? <3

Are they not the cutest little family? <3



Ives Family

*whew* It sure wasn’t looking like this session was ever going to take place!! Between 2 reschedules due to rain and then my sick kiddo, it was getting close! I’m getting ready for a move to TX and this lucky family is getting ready for their move to ITALY! Lucky ducks! 🙂

I was a little nervous about 5 kids, but they were so amazing. Little models! They’re definitely ready to be discovered in Italy and I can say I knew them when!

Buona fortuna i miei amici!

Starting off with my favorite. Such an adorable family!

Starting off with my favorite. Such an adorable family!


How stunning are they? Can you believe they have 5 kids??

How stunning are they? Can you believe they have 5 kids??

Oh Abigail, you

Oh Abigail, you’re beautiful.


Sisters … love love love!

Sisters … love love love!


And we

And we’re done with family pictures!! Woohoo! 😉

BobbiMay 28, 2014 - 1:24 am

A FAMILY OF FIIIIVE?! Mom… you’re GORGEOUS! My favorite is the second one up from the bottom on the left… it’s perfection. 😀 High fives all around!

Katie WoodyMay 28, 2014 - 4:16 am

Wow, this family is GORGEOUS! These photos are so perfectly timeless and will be cherished memories for years to come!

shannonMay 28, 2014 - 4:46 am

i love photo sessions with big families!! these are so wonderful!! they make me smile looking at them. gorgeous family and gorgeous photos!!

Jen CroweMay 28, 2014 - 9:32 pm

Amazing job capturing their personalities! Beautiful images of a beautiful family!

NickiMay 29, 2014 - 7:35 am

What a gorgeous family! This whole session is perfection! LOVE the solo shot you got of mom and dad! Awesome job!

Megan DMay 29, 2014 - 4:13 pm

I LOVE big families!!! Such a fun session! These will be such a treasure to them growing up. Great job!

DestineeMay 30, 2014 - 12:44 am

These are amazing! The light is so yummy! Seriously beautiful family! I love all of these! That first image of just Mom and Dad is perfection! Love those last sibling shots too! Love!

Rachel RobertsMay 30, 2014 - 12:13 pm

Um…you nailed this. The photos are awesome. They are all worthy of being blown up and hung over the couch. Loved the first one, love Abigail’s, love the sisters, love it all! Way to go!

kimMay 30, 2014 - 5:33 pm

oh the black and white of the girl and mom — WOW!!! what a beautiful family!

Julie PaisleyMay 30, 2014 - 8:52 pm

What a beautiful family and you just ROCKED it! Amazing!

Carissa & Brian

Here are a few of my favorite shots from my cousin’s wedding. I was not the photographer, so there are no pictures of the ceremony.  I didn’t want to be ‘that’ guest.  Buuuut the flower girl is my Sweet Pea, so I couldn’t resist bringing my camera for the reception.  It was sooo much fun playing both guest and photographer. I took a few shots of fun events, and then put it down and danced with my family! Best of both worlds! 🙂

Congratulations Brian and Carissa! You guys are so perfect together. I’m so glad we were able to be apart of your day. It was a beautiful ceremony and a FUN reception!!  Love you!!!


If you know my kid, you know what her hair looks like on a regular basis. The fact that I didn

If you know my kid, you know what her hair looks like on a regular basis. The fact that I didn’t have to do it … score!! 🙂















Flower girl and ring bearer testing out the dance floor prior to the ceremony.

Flower girl and ring bearer testing out the dance floor prior to the ceremony.


The first dance. <3

The first dance. <3


Photo booth fun … best . thing . ever!  (when my brother gets married, this is going to be his wedding gift! :) )

Photo booth fun … best . thing . ever!
(when my brother gets married, this is going to be his wedding gift! 🙂 )


Nothing like the

Nothing like the ‘hokie pokie’ to get a toddler’s attention!


love this kid … he danced his heat out!

love this kid … he danced his heat out!


What does the fox say?

What does the fox say?

We are family! <3

We are family! <3

It was a great night!

It was a great night!



Carlock Family …… special announcement!

I met Karla through a mutual friend. My friend told me that I had to speak with Karla, because she was sitting on a little secret.  You have my attention. 🙂

So we got together for a few family shots. Are they not the cutest family??


This is Noah … he pretty much stole my heart and ran with it.


I love when siblings are close friends and enjoy spending time together.


Book a family session with me …… you will take some couple pictures. And you’re like it! 😛


Karla and Preston have a small secret ………….. TWINS!!


Congratulations Carlock family!!! <3

Lettrick Family

A month ago a Facebook friend, whom I’ve never met, suddenly lost her daughter. Her daughter, was just a few months older than my Sweet Pea.  And even though I never met her, this incident shook me to my core. It put everything into perspective … when Abigail is driving me crazy because she keeps calling my name, without any real reason … I think about my friend how she would give anything to hear her daughter’s voice. And it makes me stop, take a deep breath, and hold her as long as she’ll let me.

It also made me want to capture every single moment that we spend together.  So I offered a give-a-way on my Facebook page.  I had the joy of meeting Lydia, Chloe, and Mike.  An absolutely adorable family who remind me a lot of my family … loving and loyal.


Dressing a toddler … should be an Olympic sport.

Dressing a toddler … should be an Olympic sport.


Breakfast time!

Breakfast time!


Oh Chloe, you

Oh Chloe, you’re such a dolly.


Tears just need a snuggle.

Tears just need a snuggle.