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    I believe that photos tell a story and hold on to special meaning that would otherwise be forgotten. Honestly, who knows where I'd be without my camera seeing as how I have a terrible memory anyway!

    This blog will house not only sneak peeks from my sessions, but I will also post personal things. I think it's important to share some personal moments so that my current clients can get to know me better, and my future clients will feel like they already know me.

    Thank you so much for stopping by and be sure to spread the word!


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    Another Reunion at Ft. Polk | Homecoming

    Another amazing homecoming shot for a dear friend. It was an honor to be a part of their reunion and it is an honor to call them friends. I miss this family dearly. This time, I’ll let the photos do the talking:)

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    Hugs,

    ~Melissa

    It’s Snowing in Louisiana!!!! | Capturing Small Family Moments

    Ok, maybe not right now, that would be just silly. It did snow though! I have proof! Sure, it was more than a year ago, and sure, it wasn’t much, but the amount of snow we had for this area shut down the schools (even homeschool).

    The boys were awake, dressed, and out in the backyard by 7am whooping and hollering as they experienced the result of our “snow storm.” There’s something about snow as a child with a new puppy along side you that makes the day magical. It doesn’t matter that they didn’t last long outside and came in for hot cocoa. To them it felt like hours and that’s how they will remember it. It makes me wonder how long we actually played in the snow as kids. It always seemed as though we were outside creating igloos and the perfect sledding hills all day. After watching my kiddos, I wonder if it was only about 15 minutes!

    As our time here winds down before our move to Longview, TX we are busy in so many ways, yet I find pockets of time here and there. While digging in today’s pocket I came across these snapshots and felt the need to get them on here and share them with y’all. So, on this hot, humid June day I send you cool thoughts. Here’s to childhood, cold winter days, snow storms in Louisiana, and of course good old fashioned play.

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    ~Melissa

    The Pekala Family Hits Downtown Leesville

    Can you tell I’m playing catch up with the blog? Oh my, who else needs more hours in the day? Raise your hand, ok not really, but I did mentally raise my own hand.

    The Pekala Family is back together after a deployment separated them. I met up with this family in the fall for a fun mini session and I was so excited when they won one of the slots for the 2014 session giveaway! This time, we got the whole family together and had some fun walking around downtown Leesville. I truly enjoy photographing these guys. They are so fun and playful and we certainly have some jokesters on our hands here, ahem, ahem, little miss, that’s for you! You’ll see what I mean as you scroll through their photos.:)

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    This family has since moved on to bigger and more exciting places, all part of being a military family. I’m so very glad I had the opportunity to get to know them. I truly believe that each family I get to work with changes me for the better.:)

    Miss y’all! Baseball season won’t be the same with out having my hair tugged from behind followed by a little girl in pink running away ๐Ÿ˜›

    Wishing y’all all the best and many amazing adventures along the way.

    ~Melissa

     

    Have You Had Your Senior Portraits Done Yet?

     

    Can you believe we’ve already hit 2015?! This school year is flying by and you seniors are in the final stretch. So many amazing things are headed your way and your schedules are completely overrun with what has to be done before the year is out. One of the biggest things, besides ordering your cap and gown, ok, and prom, is you scheduling your senior portraits. It’s not too late! Every year I have a few people contacting me as late as March to get them in and it all works out just in time:)

    This is Braeden. This gorgeous girl graduated last May (at the age of 16!!!) and we hit downtown DeRidder for her session. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know more about her and her plans after graduation. Not too many are able to graduate so young, but this is a special lady, not to mention she could totally be a model! Below are some of my favorites from her session.

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    ~Melissa

     

    Contemplating a Boudoir Session? Things to consider…

    A boudoir session is a very personal choice and is not for everyone, however, they can be tastefully done and the results are exquisite. A wonderful opportunity for jumping into this type of session is for those brides-to-be. A boudoir session with an album full of your images makes for a perfect wedding gift for your hubby-to-be. I met up with this beautiful lady in Dallas, TX for just that reason.

    If you’re considering this type of session, here are a few things to consider:

    1. Choose the location – You need to be a place that you’ll be comfortable. If your own bedroom is put together nicely, there’s no clutter,ย there’s a window that allows a good bit of natural light, and you are most comfortable there, then that’ll work. If not, opt for a bed and breakfast or a hotel room. One thing to consider if opting for the hotel, however, is the decor. While it doesn’t have to be a room that breaks the bank, you want to consider a place that has clean and elegant decor.

    2. Determine ahead of time what you are willing to reveal and communicate that with your photographer. He/she should be able to take what you’re comfortable with and work the angles to give you the most flattering poses. Communication is key!

    3. What to wear? If you are uncomfortable showing a lot of skin, you probably don’t want to jump straight into the lacy bra and panties. Choose things that are flattering to your body type. Remember you are dressing for you, not the magazine ad. Also, bring several options to change into to give you a nice variety.

    4. Relax and even bring a trusted friend. Having someone else as a buffer is a huge help along with some music. We had both during this session and it helped everyone chill out a bit, which in turn allows for more relaxed and beautiful images. Besides, how often do you get to play model in stuff like this?! Bring out your inner model and have fun with it.

    This beautiful girl was a joy to work with. We had a great time posing and creating an incredible keepsake for her now husband. It’s definitely a gift that would be very hard to top! Our goal was to create sexy, but classy images. Some of them are little more daring, but overall we had a great balance with those and the soft, pretty shots. I had a blast and I think it’s definitely a session worth considering.

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    L, you are gorgeous, thank you for choosing me to capture these for you.

    ~Melissa

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