A couple of Southerners that don't always fit the mold. One of us loves adventure, while the other is a home body. Together we work. Pretty well in fact. So if you think you might want to spend your day with a dreamer and a nerd, you've come to the right place. 

We both grew up in the South, but have called many places home. Currently we reside in MS with four kiddos, two dogs, two cats, and a couple of goats. We said "I Do" fifteen years ago after a chance meeting in the beauty section at Wal-Mart. Not having had a wedding photographer to document the moments of our wedding day is still heartbreaking. This makes us extra passionate about providing couples with beautiful photographs of their story. 

This is us

About Us

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If you haven't noticed, we're not about stiff poses and smiles at the camera. We'll leave that up to Sears. We love passion and intimacy. Kisses and strong embraces. 


We believe passionate, romantic and authentic imagery doesn’t just happen. Images like that take time and effort to create. That’s because they don’t come from hurried interactions or fake, stiff poses with awkward smiles. They come from real connections. 
And that’s what we’re interested in – we want to know who you are as a couple. Sure we want to know what your style is, but we also want to know what makes you two laugh till your stomachs hurt. 

To be completely honest, we're not like all the rest.

Klay is a 23-year-old recent graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi. She was born and raised in Hattiesburg, Mississippi where she currently lives with her husband, Harry. Klay developed her love for photography around the age of 16 and continues to grow in her passion. Apart from photography, she enjoys coffee shops, shopping, her dog, spending time with friends and family, and Jesus! She can’t wait to capture your special moments! 

Melanie has been shooting weddings professionally for over 20 years! She and her husband Jeff owned a boutique studio in North Carolina where they shot over 300 weddings and a bazillion family sessions. After having their 4th child, Melanie reprioritized and slowly began phasing out of full time shooting in order to focus more on homeschooling her kids and serving her local church. In 2017 their crew moved to Hattiesburg and added a surprise fifth baby to the mix a year later! With kids ranging from 25 down to 3, photography is her lifeline as a break from the insanity of her house! She loves keeping her skills sharp by shooting a few weddings a year as well as seasonal family sessions in the Fall and Spring. 

Joy is a wife to an incredible man, teacher, supporter and encourager, Mark. Together, they have two beautiful sons, Oliver and Leland. As dog people, naturally, they also have two fur babies (black labs because, obviously they're the best). They live in the sweetest town of Petal, MS. Joys passion is to capture the beauty in each life that she comes in contact with. She believes there is so much worth in memories being frozen in time and to look back on them for generations to come is priceless. For her, it is a true pleasure and honor to be trusted with such an incredible job.

Klay Richardson

Melanie Mansfield

Joy Wheat

Meet Our Associate Team

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Experience over production

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Meet Our Associate Team

Mississippi Wedding Photographers | Hello@aprilandpaul.com | 601.336.0001 
April and Paul are an award winning husband and wife wedding photography and videography team that creates passionate and romantic wedding photography and films.
They have been chosen as The Knot's Best of Weddings photographers for two years. Though located in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, April and Paul love traveling for Destination Weddings and Elopements internationally

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