Charleston, South Carolina | Bridal Portraits in Charleston | Jacksonville, FL Wedding Photographer If you’re iffy about whether you should take bridal portraits- let this session convince you! I road tripped up to South Carolina back in April for Colleen’s bridal portraits in Charleston with her momma and friend, and we had a ball. This […]

Colleen

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Part Three: How To Flourish In Your Photography Business- Marketing and SEO We are coming to a close of this 3-part series, and naturally the last of the three blogs took the longest to write. This is the nitty-gritty, more “advanced” advice I have to give to you, so grab a pen and paper and […]

How To Foolproof Your Photography Business

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She is FINISHED! (well, almost) Phew, what a fun project this has been! After buying our home in Jacksonville last summer, we knew we had some large house projects we wanted to tackle— starting with our kitchen renovation. Really, everything hinged on it. There was tile, there was a few funky walls we wanted to […]

Our Kitchen Renovation

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Jacksonville, Florida Photographer Maternity Session at Guana River Reserve | Spent the afternoon with these two (three) celebrating their second pregnancy with a little boy who is due later this spring! I adore this family. I sometime get to babysit their firstborn, Rylee, who is the cutest little blondie! I am thankful living in Jacksonville […]

Caleb + Leah

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La Venture Grove | Jacksonville, FL Wedding After getting to know David and Shannon this past year, I had an idea of how their wedding would be: laid back, joyful, and so much fun. What it ended up being was so much more than that! Their entire day was a reflection of how loved and […]

Mr + Mrs Tyer

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We are rounding the corner of finishing out kitchen renovation and I compiled a fun list of 10 Things you NEED in your kitchen from Amazon. You can find my full Amazon list here, but this list is the items that are in my cart to order right after we put the finishing touches on […]

10 Things you NEED in your kitchen from Amazon

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Part Two: Make Your Photography Business Your Own So, you’ve read ALL about the equipment you’ll need to have a solid photography business in my last blog. Let’s talk about how to make your photography business your own We are in a three-part series on getting started in your photography business! I am breaking up […]

How to Foolproof your Photography Business

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FLORIDA WEDDING AND LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHER | TIPS AND TRICK

Part One: Need-To-Knows + Equipment for starting your photography business I’ve been wielding a camera for probably 8 years and have always loved documenting beautiful things, but after 4+ years into my professional wedding business, I believe I’ve got some great getting-started pointers, do’s and don’ts, and recommendations for equipment for starting your photography business. […]

How To Foolproof Your New Photography Business

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Jacksonville, Florida | Atlantic Beach | Neptune Beach | Engagement Photographer in Jacksonville If you sift thought my blog, you’ll be able to spot Shannon’s sister Abbey who I’ve gotten in front of my camera lately too! Moving through the Eaves/Rutt family one couple at a time. I’m not mad about! I met Shannon a […]

David + Shannon

couple runs with their golden retriever puppy on atlantic beach

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Atlantic Beach, FL These two have been some of our first friends since moving to Jacksonville, and I adore them so much! They are so much fun, if you can’t tell by these photos. Always up for anything! I got to photograph them in their element: riding bikes and long boarding by the beach. Yet […]

Brandon + Abbey

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Neptune Beach, FL I finally got Cam and Kelly in front of my camera for the first time since their wedding in Beaufort, SC back in 2019 and it was so sweet to see them again! They came to visit Jacksonville for Valentines Day weekend, and Kelly actually surprised Cam with this shoot as a […]

Camden + Kelly

husband spinning around wife on beach | photo by mary catherine echols

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bride holding her flowers at the cloister hotel at sea island | photo by mary catherine echols

Sea Island, GA | Cloister Hotel at Sea Island | Christmas Wedding Wrapped up the 2020 Christmas Season with a pretty bow that was Dr. + Mrs. Trimas wedding. Gosh, so many good thing about this day! Their beautiful, sunny, intimate wedding was held at the Cloister Hotel at Sea Island in Georgia. Right by […]

Mr + Mrs Trimas

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Jacksonville, FL | Ribault Club Wedding What a day this was! First time shooting at the Ribault Club was a total success with Tim and Lauren. It was a beautiful December day in Jacksonville for their outdoor wedding, which isn’t a surprise. Lauren had her bridesmaids in all black which was just beautiful against their […]

Mr + Mrs Ansell

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bridal party walking by the christmas tree| Mr + Mrs Kinsey | South Carolina Christmas Wedding

Chase & Kayla had their black tie Christmas wedding at the beautiful Bleckley Station with the best vendor team. I loved all of her fun details (like that orchid bouquet!) Christmas time is my all time favorite season, and Kayla had such a fun and classy way of incorporating the holidays into her day. Downtown […]

Mr + Mrs Kinsey

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I’ll say it a million times, every couple thats navigated their wedding during COVID has been such a trouper. After the high stress of what Spring 2020 brought to Harlee & Sam with re-planning their entire wedding, it was so good to hear them say at the end of this elopement how they couldn’t have […]

Mr + Mrs Siegel

bride and groom portrait under the arch at wavering place in columbia, south carolina | photo by mary catherine echols

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portrait of bride and groom smiling at the camera. Photo by Mary Catherine Echols

Fleming Island, Florida I’ve probably said this a million times, but if 2020 brought *one* good thing to the wedding industry, it was the uptick in Micro Weddings. I was very blessed to be able to photograph the sweet Mr + Mrs Bishop for my friend Jordan Keenan, and I couldn’t be more thankful to […]

Mr + Mrs Bishop

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Christmas decorating with Amazon

Christmas decorating with Amazon

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Jacksonville, Florida Christmas Cards

Sending off Christmas Cards in the mail is one of my favorite traditions to start off the holiday season. This year with our big move to Florida, I decided to have our photos done on the beach! Our friend Jordan Keenan snapped these photos for us at way too early in the morning, and I […]

Christmas Cards 2020

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To know them is to love them! I really don’t think this wedding day could’ve been any better. Ryan and Kristen are such salt of the earth people & their wedding day was seriously so. much. fun. I have known Ryan since my freshman year of college, and I’m so thankful to have photographed this […]

Mr + Mrs Wallace

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full bridal party group photo cheer for bride and groom

I feel old to say I’ve known someone for 20 years, but that’s how long it’s been for Megan and I! We met as little girls when we became next door neighbors and I followed her around, dying to match every outfit she had and not minding her bossing me around 😂 We grew up, […]

Mr + Mrs Donovan

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Happy (almost) Holiday season! After this halloween weekend, The Echols household will be full steam ahead into Christmas spirit because I am so excited to celebrate the holidays in our new Florida home, and my husband is amazing and encourages my love for a theme 😉 First things first: Christmas card prep! Last year, we […]

Christmas Card Amazon Outfits!

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robert and monique maternity session walking and looking at eachother

I have gotten to photograph lots of baby bellies in this busy season, and I couldn’t be happier about it! Monique and Robert were dear friends in our church community group when John and I lived in Athens, GA and I got to swing through town to get them in front of my camera as […]

Robert + Monique Maternity Session

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Years ago, Jordan moved from Marion, Iowa to Atlanta, Georgia for his job where he ended up joining a volleyball team with some friends. It was Fall 2016 when Kaelin happen to join the same team through a mutual friend and little did they know they’d meet the love of their lives! Kaelin met Jordan’s […]

Mr + Mrs Stroschein

husband and wife photo with their dog at the primrose cottage

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mini sessions 2020

I am so excited to be announcing Fall Mini Sessions for this year! Whether these photos are for Christmas cards, headshot refresh, pregnancy announcements, save the dates, family photo updates, or anything in between– I am honored to get to spend time with you! Mini Sessions will be held in Greenville, South Carolina on Friday […]

Fall Mini Sessions 2020

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Sweet Callie + Robert. There are so many good things to say about this couple and their beautiful wedding day I don’t know where to begin! Callie and I knew each other from college, which is also where she ended up meeting Rob years ago before he moved to Auburn. After meeting, Callie wrote a […]

Mr + Mrs Lyew

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AMAZON PRIME DAY | MARY CATHERINE ECHOLS

ITS AMAZON PRIME DAY BABY! These Prime Day deals only apply to people who have Prime! So if you haven’t already, sign up for an Amazon prime account in order to save on all of these items (and more on the daily), and to get that amazing free 2-day shipping, etc. BONUS, they’re doing 50% […]

AMAZON PRIME DAY!

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As I’ve gotten older, my home style as gone back to a bit more traditional like my mothers. Fun fact: my mom went to school for interior design, and both my sister & I have a knack for home decor because of it. Lindsay, my sister, is more modern and eclectic, mine is more traditional […]

Simple steps to style your home for fall (without being cheesy!)

MARY CATHERINE ECHOLS HOME DESIGN

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Mary Catherine Echols Amazon Lougngewear favorites

I’m pretty sure athleisure and loungewear is where my love for Amazon began years ago. As we head into cooler weather, these are some of my favorite picks for cozy clothes that everyone needs in their closet! Whether it’s hot or cold, I have to be comfortable in what I wear. Head over to my […]

My Favorite Amazon Loungewear

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Amazon Lists have been such a help for me to organize all the things. I needed a spot to have both my favorite items that I use on a daily basis and a “treat yourself” buy. With Black Friday and the Christmas season right around the corner (can’t believe I’m typing that!), these are my […]

My Amazon Must Haves!

amazon must haves for any season!

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sloan and ed portrait at hidden acres in marion south carolina

Sloan and Ed had a major pivot in their wedding plans when COVID hit, like all 2020 couples, and they maneuvered all the changes with such grace. Instead of cancelling, they decided to move some things around to elope with just their immediate family in May and save the reception for late July. They had […]

Mr + Mrs Pittman Wedding in South Carolina

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Is fall my favorite season? BY FAR. As bummed as I am that we moved to Jacksonville, FL at the tail-end of summer, giving us not a ton of time to enjoy all the things that comes with the summer season (even though its still hot here!), I am so happy to see all the […]

What’s in my Amazon cart for this Fall

transition into fall with these amazon finds

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guest room renovation | jacksonville, florida | mary catherine echols photography

I want to preface this blog by saying this literally was such an easy, budget friendly job (thanks to Amazon) that I had SO much fun doing! John and I have lived in 3 houses in 2 years since we’ve been married, and although we had a blast renovating our last 2 homes in Georgia, […]

Bathroom Reno!

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If you would’ve told me at the beginning of 2020 that not only would there be a global pandemic, but my husband and I would decide (during said pandemic) to pick up and move our lives to the beach, I wouldn’t have believed you! Well, here we are at the end of August 2020 and […]

Jacksonville, FL

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Styled Shoot | Greenville, SC | Mary Catherine Echols Photography

This styled shoot was SO much fun for so many reasons! Not only do I adore the models (Bonnie is my Sister-in-Law and Sydney is one of my girlfriends here in Athens), but my older sister who has now launched her wedding planning business was the mastermind behind this entire shoot. I have been so […]

Styled Shoot 2019

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Took a trip to upstate SC to Bald Rock where my college friends and I used to frequent back in the day for this beautiful session with Kayla and Chase! Kayla is a Clemson grad, Chase is a Citadel grad, and are getting married at the end of this year in their hometown of Anderson, […]

Chase + Kayla

Kayla and Chase Engagement Session in Greenville, South Carolina

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He deserved to breathe. After a long, painful month of May that started and finished with the news of two beautiful black lives brutally taken, it’s my duty to add to the conversation despite its overwhelm. I can’t seem to get on social media without scrolling by dozens of posts about these men, and I […]

Its not fair

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John and I have lived in Athens for a little over a year now and adore all of the friends we’ve made here so far. After joining a small group at our church, we met Tyler and Rebekah who have become fast friends. They are in the midst of planning their wedding through COVID-19, and […]

Tyler + Rebekah

Tyler and Rebekah | Athens GA Engagement Session

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Kelly and Ryan Wedding in Atlanta Georgia

One of the absolute best parts of my job is getting to go through all of engagement season with a couple up to the wedding day. I originally met Kelly and Ryan on the morning of the proposal after sneak-photographing Ryan popping the question! He had called me a few weeks before to get a […]

Mr and Mrs Heard

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Back at the end of 2019 right after Christmas, Ryan and Kristen got engaged and I got to document their proposal in downtown Greenville, SC! They were on their way to an anniversary dinner when Ryan popped the question under a beautiful pavilion right by the water. I met Ryan back in college through mutual […]

Ryan + Kristen

Engagement Photos in Clemson, South Carolina | Mary Catherine Echols Photography | Athens, GA photographer

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Joyce and Alex Charleston, SC Wedding at the Wickliffe House | Mary Catherine Echols Photography

Joyce and Alex’s wedding day in Charleston, South Carolina truly oozed with style, joy and fun. Joyce is such an effortless beauty that was highlighted with her long sleeve vintage dress and insane flowers. Their venue, The Wickliffe House, has so much Charleston charm that Joyce wanted the venue to mostly speak for itself! They […]

Mr + Mrs Nelson

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Amanda and Zach got married on a crisp, bright November day amongst all their friends and family, and I could not be more in love with their wedding gallery that reflects all the thought and detail Amanda put into planning.

Mr + Mrs Grimsley

Zach and Mandy]i Wedding in Columbia, South Carolina | Mary Catherine Echols Photography | Athens, Georgia Photography

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Mary Catherine and John Echols

It feels almost cruel how fast time goes by. With 2020 well under way and the first month of this new decade coming to a close this week, I am holding on for dear life to time. To be honest, I haven’t had a desire to sit down and write for a large portion of […]

Goodbye, 2019

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Maddie and Kurt had the sweetest most fun wedding day despite the cold, rainy January day in Greenville, South Carolina. Anyone who meets these two instantly feels like they’ve known them forever, and it was so special to get to photograph two best friends becoming husband and wife. Could do this day over and over […]

Mr + Mrs Sittmann

Greenville South Carolina Wedding | Mr and Mrs Sittmann | Mary Catherine Echols Photography

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Maddie Garret Bridals | Greenville, South Carolina |

Sweet, sweet Maddie was a dream to get to photograph just a few weeks before her big day this January. Her bridal portraits were the first time we officially met, and I loved her within the first few seconds of spending time with her! She is so easy to chat with, so laid back, and […]

Maddie

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Shane and Megan have a proposal story that will be hard to beat! They were on vacation together in Europe and one of their stops was in Dublin– where Shane’s family is from. The day they got there, Shane wanted to show Megan Ha’penny bridge. When they got on the bridge, he said that it […]

Shane + Megan

Shane and Megan Engagement Photos | Atlanta, Georgia | Mary Catherine Echols Photography

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David and Dannah Engagement Photos | Athens Georiga | Mary Catherine Echols Photography

Every blue moon I get to put family in front of my camera and it always makes for an extra special session! David, my brother in law, and his now wife Dannah got engaged over Summer 2019 and I was so happy to get to photograph their engagement photos in our hometown. It’s been so […]

David + Dannah

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My first time visiting Chattanooga, Tennessee was over this beautiful fall wedding weekend and I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. Getting to celebrate sweet Haley and Will with all of their dear friends and family was a day I will always cherish! Their planning process was SO much fun alongside Haley who became […]

Mr + Mrs Brock

Chattanooga Wedding at Stratton Hall

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Josh and Rachel Wedding | Fall 2019 | Columbia, South Carolina

Josh and Rachel got married on a beautiful October Saturday in Columbia, South Carolina at The Millstone at Adams Pond. I knew with these two being high school sweethearts that their wedding day was going to be extra special! They both are die-hard Clemson fans, owners of a sweet Golden retriever (you know I love […]

Mr + Mrs Shook

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So many giggles happened during my session with Caitlin and John Mason and I love that so much. I met Caitlin in college years ago, and jumped out of my seat when I got her inquiry about shooting their wedding! They get married this year in August and plan on staying in the Greenville area […]

Caitlin + John Mason

Caitlin and John Mason Engagement Photos

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