• Why, Hello!

    Thanks for stopping by. My name is Melissa and I like to take pictures...a lot of them really....of you. I am a semi- professional (that makes sense, right?) and am always learning about this beautiful thing called photography. Life is a bunch of adventures strung along together and it so important to be able to look back on, so why not have some photos of it? I love taking pictures, but I enjoy learning peoples stories even more.

    Here's my story. I'm 26 years old. I have a sweet husband, Josh, beautiful baby girl, Lillian and cuddly pup, Wrigley. Originally from Chicago suburbs, we moved to Phoenix four years ago for life adventure number one. During the day time, I teach children who are deaf and hard of hearing. I love that I get to laugh every single day. That also means I do know a decent amount of American Sign Language. I never pass up a good iced carmel macchiato with skim. I love organization...like a lot. I hate socks and if I must wear them, they have to be inside out. My heart yearns to travel. Anywhere, really. Ireland, Italy, Greece, New Zealand. Also, one day, we will go to Africa and then bring home a baby.

Worst DIY Blogger Ever

First of all, let me just say this

I would be the WORST DIY blogger ever.

I kept thinking “oh, I’ll take pictures with the next step. No one cares to see this”

Cut to our project is finished and no one will have any idea how we got there

This particular project started out as stairs for our dog to get on and off our bed.
a legitimate concern I’d say
We can’t have poor Wriggles trying to jump off our bed and be in a cast for a second time in his life
(yeah, that would for sure make me the worst puppy mama ever)

Then it slowly evolved into a project that could also prove useful for us as house owners with no real linen closet
enter “trunk”
or “hope chest”
or “wooden storage bench”

Between my design vision, some pinterested tutorials, and my hubsters know- how
we put this little thing together.

and, I’m not gonna lie.
I think it looks dang good.
Be on the look out for J&M Furniture Designs in the future

Josh and Wrigley enjoyed some serious cuddle time while I took some pictures of the finished product

October 28, 2012 - 1:03 pm

Brooke - All I can say is wow! That looks dang good!!

Kevin & Tricia + One

I met with Kevin and Tricia yesterday

Tricia worked as an O & M (Orientation and Mobility specialist) and provided services for one of my students the first year I taught preschool.
I always looked forward to her coming and playing with us:)

And then her and her husband, Kevin, moved to San Diego
which was sad for us but way awesome for them

since then they have moved around quite a bit, and also decided to have a baby, and are now back in Phoenix for the time being

which makes me one lucky girl because I got to shoot some photos of these two!

Tricia has such a kind heart and it was great to meet her hubby who is equally as sweet!

Also, did I mention that Tricia is 8 1/2 months pregnant and crossfits it up?
no big deal.

October 23, 2012 - 8:40 pm

Lynn - These are outstanding pictures. Evev though tese two are my kids and of course tjey sre both beautiful people in every way. As i am sure all would agree. I can only imagin how beautiful this baby girl will be. 

October 24, 2012 - 9:28 am

Brooke - CUTE pics!!

March 14, 2014 - 10:34 am

Family Mini Sessions » Melissa Ivy - […] worked as an OT and came to visit one of my students We’ve become friends since, I did their maternity shoot and she was so wonderful this past summer when I had my baby girl, bringing quick on the go snacks […]

Chris & Amy

I work with Amy
we actually share a desk
you get kinda close kinda fast when it’s tight quarters
I always look forward to seeing her in the office
and it is extremely hard to get work done when you just want to chat
but chatting is totally worth it

Amy and Chris moved from Florida just a few short months ago
(do you notice all of our new friends are from different states? I LOVE it.)

They are super sweet, Chris even has a hint of a southern twang and it is fantastic
Amy is so incredibly kind and Chris seems to know how to always make her laugh
They are getting married in March
and it seemed fitting that all four of us of hang out at the Arizona State Fair and snap some engagement photos

we had so much fun
it was full of lots of food, cotton candy (no, I do not count that as food), hats, bright colors and we even witnessed a dance off

October 21, 2012 - 7:30 pm

Mariel - Beautiful pictures, Melissa! Looks like you totally captured the feel of a sweet date night at the Fair :)

October 21, 2012 - 8:32 pm

Lani - adorbs.

October 24, 2012 - 9:35 am

Brooke - What a cool photo shoot! Very cute!

October 24, 2012 - 10:17 am

melissaivy - Thanks, Brooke! It was so much fun.

Flagstaff Roadtrip

We drove up to Flag on Thursday night to enjoy some cool fall weather

We LOVE our state
for many reasons

one being that it has taught us to appreciate cooler weather and along with that, there are many places north of us that provide cooler weather

Friday we started in Flag and did a little lava trail hike at Sunset Crater (did you know there is a volcano in Flagstaff? yeah, me neither), picked up a pumpkin and grabbed lunch
and then instead of driving straight home, we stopped in Jerome.
It is a cool little vertical like town
that is supposedly haunted
and also great place to buy way too expensive jelly bellies.
“oops” said sugar craving wife

and then got home by dinner time and finished up our fall break project
(you’ll be seeing photos of that shortly)

Isom Announcement

Marlee thought it might be cool to add text to the photo to make it all more clear
(what’s not clear about fruit in a bowl? and random math fact?)

“Be fruitful and multiply”

I’m not so photoshop savvy
after 2.5 youtube tutorials
I came up with this


pregnancy announcement.