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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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    Carry On | Wordless Wednesday

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    Happy Wednesday!

    ~Melissa

    Light it up | Longview, TX Photographer

    Here’s to the difficult days. The ones that seem to drag on, the ones you find yourself stumbling. Here’s to the days where you remind yourself to breathe deeply. For on the horizon is a new day in which you will soar and the deep breaths will come naturally and cleanse you, body and soul. Light it up, friends.

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    ~Melissa

    I Did It!!! Project 365…Completed!

    Once upon a time, ok, ok…In 2014 I started Project 365 using my iPhone. The creators made the whole thing incredibly simple with an app that stored each photo. All I had to do was remember to take one photo each day. Just one. Seeing as how I take far more than that each day, this should have been so easy that they could have paid me to represent them!

    Fast forward exactly 1 week. I had taken exactly 1 photo and it was on a day that I remembered that I had forgotten, so I snapped a photo of something ridiculous…like my toothbrush. After this tragic beginning I vowed to do better, and I did. Along came March, three whole months later, and then the unthinkable occurred. My phone decided it needed to be restored to factory settings. I had backed it up so everything was able to be restored except, wait for it…yup, you guessed it, my Project 365 images. Well, that did it, I quit because I can’t possibly start a year long project in the middle of March. No sir, that’s not when a new year begins, therefore, done.

    Along came a new year, new goals, new adventures, and the opportunity for a new Project 365! And….I completed it!!!! It’s finished! I completed a full year of photos, each day. Here’s what I have learned after my major success…

    1. It’s not always easy to remember a photo each day, but I can back track and see specific days on my phone to fill in the blanks later.
    2. It actually does feel like a major accomplishment however trivial it may seem to be.
    3. You can set up a reminder on your phone…I realized this after finishing.
    4. It’s so fun to look back at the year’s worth of photos. These little snippets hardly tell the details of your year, but the little details captured definitely add some seasoning to your story. I love them.
    5. We’ve had a VERY busy year.
    6. And finally, I’m doing it again:)

    So, I thought I’d share my little snippets, exciting adventures, sometimes mundane moments of nothingness that built my year. I highly recommend trying a 365 challenge for yourself. Just check out all the apps available in the app store. The one I chose was called Project 365.

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    Good luck and I’d love to see your projects:)

    ~Melissa

    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

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