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  • Hello!

    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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    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, 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

    Welcome Home | Ft. Polk Homecoming Photographer

    Almost a year ago I received a message from this sweet woman whose husband was coming home. Coming home. Music to any military spouse’s ears. A sweet friend referred her to me and after speaking with her briefly, I felt giddy! Homecoming sessions are such an indescribable event. Months and months of anticipation are built up and when you step into the airplane hanger it hits you like nothing you’ve ever felt. It’s almost tangible.

    If you’ve never experienced a homecoming ceremony, you’re missing out. Countless families are sitting, then standing, then bouncing from foot to foot. The energy is bottled up tightly, but threatening to blow any moment. These families have done the alone thing. Those with children have been both mom and dad. They’ve been everything to the children and often they’re left with very little for themselves. Except hope, that is always there. The military community is a powerful thing. Even in those moments when you feel most alone and tired, so tired, you are embraced and cared for by those that understand in a way others cannot.

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    Throughout these deployments those at home get to see what they’re made of. Often you get to see parts of yourself you didn’t know existed for good and for bad. But, you get to see the incredible blessings in your life more clearly. Those are the ones that you hold on to so tightly, the ones that keep you going.

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    The room that holds all this hope, all this excitement is nothing extravagant, it’s not fancy. However, you cannot help feeling patriotic and so very proud to be part of the military. The sacrifice is real in so many ways, but the pride, that’s also real. It’s a beautiful thing.

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    Best of all, our children learn what it’s about. They learn not by being told, but by seeing and living in this reality. They are given the gift of pride in one’s country and service like no other. I can’t think of a better lesson.

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    And then those doors begin to open. Slowly from the ground up, as if they know the suspense they are creating and they feel the pride and joy unfolding themselves.

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    And the time has come to be reunited with the ones we’ve been praying for so frequently. The feeling cannot be contained.

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    And that long wait is over and the tears are flowing. Whether you’re there to welcome them home or there as support, there’s no holding back the tears. I knew this sweet woman for two weeks and met her in person just hours before the ceremony. I was crying as though we had been lifelong friends.

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    To every one of you that serves our country. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. To the families of those that are serving or have served. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.  To this precious family, I thank you for your service and for allowing me to be a part of such and incredible moment.

    Love,

    ~Melissa

    Wanderlust

    The travel bug seems to bite me more frequently than ever before. You’d think I would have my fill traipsing around with all three kiddos in long car journeys. It’s not as if we have nothing else going on at home. I’m on the brink of overwhelmed much of the time, but not so much that I can’t squeeze in a bit more procrastinating. Many times right on the edge of the cliff, just when I’m busy checking things off the list one by  one, I get the itch. I get a little distracted with what I was doing and mid check mark I find myself perusing travel photos. I have thousands upon thousands of images on my computer along with others on three hard drives, and I confess, I have no idea what many of them are. You see, despite my best intentions they become buried deep within my computer.

    Every now and again, however, when that wanderlust feeling starts knocking from within, I find myself digging through the mines of my computer to seek a few gems. A few images that will quiet the restlessness inside for one more day. I thought I’d share a few in the event that your restlessness is scratching from within, as well. Perhaps, it will buy us all a bit more time simply by saying, “Shhhh, just look and I promise to wander soon.”

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    ~Melissa

    Playful Sessions are the Best!

    You want your family session to be an honest reflection of personalities? A reflection of how you interact with one another? Well, here’s my best advice…Go Play!

    Yes, you spent time coordinating outfits and have expectations of what you want your session to be, but the best way to achieve beautiful portraits, is when you don’t think of them as portraits! Crazy, right?!

    Go play in the woods, go jump into the leaves, have tickle fights, make jokes and funny faces. All of these things will create the most real moments, the ones you will treasure and make you smile each time you pass by them hung on the wall. In addition, you may even find me jumping in some leaves because I’ll do anything for a smile from the kiddos and I can’t resist a pile of leaves, even if it means losing my keys in them and having to create a mini post session search party;)

     

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    ~ Melissa

     

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