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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.

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    What A Difference Four Years Makes | Longview, TX Child Photographer

    There’s so much more to this. Saying goodbye to a home along with all the memories made there is emotional and really is going to be saved for another blog post. I did have to share this though now that we have Internet again. The day we arrived in Louisiana for our 4 year stay, the twins were 7 months old. We drove separately from Charley because he needed to meet the moving truck in a timely manner, and I don’t move three children and a dog in a timely manner. Passing the “Welcome to DeRidder” sign on the way into town I half-heartedly announced it to the kids. No one responded. We were sad to leave our last home, tired of driving, and it was hot. We were used to the last part, but man that seems to make everything feel heavier.

    We arrived to our new home, which I later lovingly called our oasis in the middle of nowhere. Drew hopped out of the car and was instantly zipping through the rooms. I slowly unloaded the twins and as we got to the front door I set them down. I watched them crawl into our new home and new life. I snapped this picture and I’m so very thankful that I did.

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    Four years later and time seems to have both flown by and stood still. I thought of the picture above a few weeks before the movers came and after more trouble than there should have been, I found it. As we walked out of our house that I truly loved to head to Longview, I snapped one more picture. There’s no denying the passing of time now. They crawled in and walked out. With that I feel the heaviness of moving again, but also a bit of contentment. We’re bringing up some amazing kiddos, even if they do make me occasionally want to hide in the bathroom. There weren’t the tears like our last move, at least not for the same reasons, but there is the weight of the book, the one that’s closing on one adventure. Thankfully, there’s always another one to pick up and start fresh.

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    With that we say a big goodbye to our oasis, our friends that became family, and a bigger goodbye to the military. It’s been good to us and an amazing experience I wouldn’t trade for the world.

    ~Melissa

    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 😛

    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

     

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