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January 07, 2015
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This special couple traveled to Sedona from the mid west to say I do and honeymoon. Karen and Steve love the outdoors and hiking so they thought Sedona was the perfect spot. The only requirement was that there had to be water involved:) Karen & Steve had their intimate ceremony with red rock views and then strolled along the creek at Crescent Moon Ranch. Congratulations Karen & Steve, we hope you have a blast at your reception back home!

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January 07, 2015
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Over labor day weekend I had the honor and pleasure of being a Maui Hawaii wedding photographer for my dear friends, Kelly & Jordan. The Maui locals had their outdoor ceremony and reception at the Bailey House Museum in Wailuku. This venue was a perfect, the architecture and landscape showed off traditional Hawaii. Kelly was a stunning bride with her light flowing dress and sparkly flip flops. Overall it was a perfect day in paradise! I wish Kelly and Jordan a lifetime of love and happiness!

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December 17, 2014
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We’re so honored to have been voted by the readers of the Arizona Daily Sun as the Best Photographer for 2014!   Thank you to everyone who voted for us and who have always been our biggest supporters and cheerleaders through the years!  We appreciate you so much!  The Arizona Daily Sun even did an article about our studio, check it out below!  Thanks to each of your for your support!

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October 27, 2014
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Kaitlyn is another one of our beautiful Flag High Seniors. Kaitlyn and her family just moved to Flagstaff from Dallas so we took her to a iconic Flagstaff location, Aspen Corner. The late afternoon light was perfect the day of her session and the changing leaves gave a gorgeous pop of color. We wish Kaitlyn a fantastic senior year and hope you enjoy your new town!

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October 16, 2014
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“A person who has never owned a dog has missed a wonderful part of life” ~ Bob Barker

Some dogs find themselves homeless through no fault of their own, and Star Bright is a perfect example.  As a puppy, Star was found as a stray and turned into the Yavapai Humane Society.  She was soon adopted and enjoyed a short life with a family.    But then, Animal Control found here again as a stray and Star found herself again a resident of the shelter.  Star was adopted again shortly after her second stay at the shelter, but then the unimaginable happened-Star’s family moved away and left her all alone in the back yard.  A kind neighbor fed her and gave her water for two weeks until it was evident that her neighbors were not returning for Star, so once again, Star found herself back in the shelter.

Star lived in the shelter for many months, but no one ever picked her.  As someone who has spent many hours in shelters volunteering, being the dog never picked takes it’s toll on the animal.  Imagine being in a cage for all hours of the day, and seeing your neighbors getting out to visit with a family, and sometimes going home forever.  That never happened for Star.  She waited and waited, but no one came for her.   Star was starting to shut down emotionally until a volunteer chose her to be her partner in the Blue Ribbon Training Program.  Star was shining with her new found friend and her personality blossomed  learning basic obedience skills, leash walking  and working very hard to overcome her shyness of strangers learning to trust again.  However, all her hard work was in vane.  Star soon found herself on the euthanasia list.

A kind individual, who volunteers for many animal organizations, met Star during her various stays at the shelter and instantly fell in love.  She couldn’t bare the thought of poor Star being euthanized.  She made some phone calls and found boarding for Star and so Star spent the next few months at a kennel.  While it was a solution to keep her alive and healthy, the stress was taking a toll on Star, she was getting depressed.  A proper foster parent had to be found.

Once again, this wonderful woman, Vikki, came to Star’s aid.  Through networking, she’s found Star a foster home where she can get the stimulation, comfort and love needed to cheer up this sweet dog.

But while a foster home is wonderful, Star needs and, more importantly, deserves a home and family of her own.

After following Star’s history on Facebook, I contacted Vikki to see if we could photograph Star as part of our Adorable Adoptable program.  I was thrilled that we were granted this opportunity.  Vikki was kind enough to drive from Chino Valley all the way to our Flagstaff office for this photo session.  We were elated to be able to meet them both.

When I heard of Star’s history, I imagined a broken animal coming to the studio.  Having the history of being returned and/or abandoned many times, I assumed she must have physical and/or behavioral problems.  But what walked into our studio was anything but a broken dog.

Star truly was a perfect dog.

Star is a big American Bulldog mix and is six years old who has impeccable house manners, with no food or toy resource guarding. Star knows not only voice command, but also some sign language.  She is fully house broken and has even been trained to eliminate on command.  She  loves to walk, and is wonderful on a leash.  She’s active and loves hiking and swimming but is just as content to cuddle with you on the couch.  Not once did she bark on our photo session outside.   She knows all the basic commands and her intellect is ready to learn more.  She’s wonderful with children and adores being with them.  Her foster mom is currently working with her to see how she reacts with other dogs and smaller animals.  At six years old, Star is ready to settle down and find her best friend.

This dog, who’s been thrown away so many times in her life, deserves better.  She deserves a chance.

She wants what all of us want, someone to love her.  And, she wants a forever home.

If you, or someone you know, would like to meet Star, please contact Vikki McLaughlin at 954.292.9740  or ez2beme61az@aol.com .  She can make the arrangements for a meeting and tell you more about this sweet dog.

Thank you for reading and thank you for sharing Star’s story.   Blessings to all of you ~ Melissa

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October 14, 2014
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Sage is a senior at Coconino High School and will be graduation next Spring.  We met Sage years ago when we met his mom, Christine, who owns Northern Arizona Glam Squad.  We did a family session for them a while back and we were surprised just how fast her kids have grown up.  We can’t believe he’s a senior!  Sage is a very bright and determined young man who plays football as a lineman and is a self taught guitarist.  He has aspirations to join the Coast Guard after graduation.  We can’t wait to see what the future holds for this wonderful young man!  Congrats Sage!

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Photography:  Tangled Lilac Photography