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  • Why, Hello!

    Thanks for stopping by. My name is Melissa and photos are pretty much my love language. I picked up a camera five years ago and fell in looooove. I am always learning more about this beautiful thing called photography, it turns out that the more you know..the more there is to know! It's one of the few things in my life that I don't mind constantly learning, relearning and educating myself on. Life is precious and so, so sweet. It's important to have memories you can cherish for years to come. Thats why I think photography is so valuable. I want you to love the images hanging on your walls forever.

    I also want to know you and your story! Where'd you come from? What do you do? Do you prefer hot or iced coffee? What do you want to name your next dog? Do you want to be friends? If someone dared you to hold a tarantula in your hand, would you? Because I really for sure do not think I would ever. Like never ever.

    Here's my story. I'm 29 years old. My husband's name is Josh. He's a hunk. We have two adorable children, Lillian (3) and Micah (9 months) and a cuddly pup, Wrigley. Originally from Chicago suburbs, we moved to Phoenix shortly after we got married in 2009 just to see what would happen. Cut to six years later, my husband is an executive director at our church, I stay home with the kiddos most of the time, we have a house, we heart our crossfit box and have lots of it seems as though we're staying in the desert for a while! All of those facts tell me that I am a responsible adult which is just odd, that seemed to have happened over night. My husband and I are borderline addicted to crossfit. I never pass up a good iced coffee drink. I love organization once it's finished. I hate socks. My heart yearns to travel. Anywhere, really. Ireland, Italy, Greece, New Zealand. Also, one day, my heart says we will go to Africa and bring home a baby.


If you ever want to play photographer be warned of this truth…
the best time to take photos is an hour before to  an hour after sunrise or sunset
also know that the sun is rising at 5:21ish right now in Phoenix
Which means I woke up at 4:30 (which is when we should have probably met but I’m slowly getting the hang of this waking up early for photos deal :))
But hey, we were shooting photos by 5:30

Here is what I thought would happen today

wake up early
take photos
go home
take a nap
coffee with friend
edit photos

all of the above have happened except for one.
take a nap

That’s what happens when you are too excited about editing
AND waking up early wasn’t that bad
it was nice to get up and enjoy some cool beautiful weather
(not to mention the sunrise)
before 112 degrees struck.
that’s right friends, 112 degrees.

But ANYWAYS, don’t you want to know for whom I woke up so early?
a precious little one year old
Her momma, Brittany, is a friend (and a fellow deaf educator. holler!)
She is a beautiful woman inside and out and makes me even more excited to be a mom one day

Vivi just turned one and it was time to celebrate with some photos
(and a scrabble square, and a pink box, and some books, and a blanket, and a cake…lot’s of things to play with!)

See? Beautiful momma who loves her daughter


Don’t you love her serious face?
She is adorable

I’ll probably post a couple more of my favorites on Facebook a little later this week
so you should be on the look out for this cute little model

June 1, 2012 - 5:31 pm

Brittany Barney - Melissa, these are awesome!! Thank you so much. Sorry you didn’t get your nap. I was sleeping soundly when these were taken :)

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