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October 18, 2016
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I’ve known Miranda since she was about seven years old and I could hardly believe it when her Dad, Dave, called me for her senior photos.  Dave and I have served on the board of Flagstaff Biking Organization together for a long time.  It’s a bicycle advocacy group here in Flagstaff with a mission to get more people and kids on bikes for health and the environment.   Specifically, he and I have a passion for Bike to Work Week and our elementary school children program of Bicycle Rodeos, which teaches safe riding for kids.  Dave also recently retired from the Flagstaff Police Department and has participated in the Police Unity Tour for many years.  I’ve always been thankful for his service and dedication to the public.

When I first met Miranda, she was just getting into mountain biking.  I remember her first ‘race’ in downtown Flagstaff where she and her sister rode one mile and at the end, collected a medal with hundreds of other kids.  Her big grin and laugh were contagious.   While her Dad lived in Flagstaff, Miranda, and her sister live in Camp Verde, so a couple of years would go by before I would see them again.  This was the case when Dave called for her senior session.  When Miranda showed up for her photo shoot, I almost didn’t recognize her.  She is no longer the little girl of my memory, but a beautiful and smart young lady.  However, that gorgeous smile is still the same.  Miranda will be graduating from Camp Verde High School this coming May and I can’t wait to see what the future brings for her.  Congrats Miranda!  xoxo ~ Melissa

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We chose Red Rock Crossing State Park for her senior session.  I love discovering old locations and being inspired by the changes in the landscape and foliage.   I’m usually at this park as a Sedona Wedding Photographer, and it’s always wonderful to be able to photograph seniors and families at my favorite locations.   I’m loving being a Camp Verde Senior Photographer this year and getting to know many of the students there!

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October 07, 2016
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Brittney and her family traveled from Canton, Georgia to the southwest on a business trip that also involved sightseeing and relaxing with the family.  The whirlwind trip involved a couple of days in San Francisco, some time in Scottsdale and of course, the Grand Canyon National Park.   Brittney and her family had never seen the Grand Canyon until all of us approached the rim to start her photos.  Being that I live so near, and frequent the Canyon so often, I often forget just how incredible the view really is.  As they neared the edge, I continued to talk (yes, sometimes I talk too much, lol) and I noticed no one was responding.  As I turned to look at them, I could almost hear all their hearts stop.  They were all staring into the Canyon, mesmerized.  It really is breathtaking and yet, impossible to put in words.  The Grand Canyon is just something that you need to see in person.

Brittney is graduating from Woodstock High School this coming May and I loved chatting with this beautiful and bright young lady about her future.    It’s not often that I get clients from my home state, and I adored listening to updates about my alma mater, the University of Georgia, and all the changes that  have happened in Atlanta since I left the South in 1995.  (Has it really been 21 years!?!)  This young lady has big plans for the future and I can’t wait to follow her success.

Congrats Brittney!  I hope you and your family enjoyed your visit to Arizona! ~ Melissa

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September 20, 2016
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Bailey will be graduating from Camp Verde High School this coming May and I was so honored to do her senior photos.  Bailey and her mom wanted to come up north for her session and take advantage of the spectacular landscape we have and the contracting urban area of downtown.  We were chasing the last bit of sunflowers here, but we found two beautiful areas with both the taller sunflowers and the shorter ones in a different location.  For the downtown photos, we choose a cool block in the up and coming ecletic Southside Flagstaff. Bailey was an absolute dream to work with and I loved spending the afternoon with her, her mom, sister and best friend.  I loved that she brought her sweet puppy, Cooper, who just turned one and her amazing Chevrolet Camero.  There was no way I could add all my favorite photos here, so check out her slideshow here!   Bailey has aspirations to become an ultrasound technologist and I have no doubt that this smart, dedicated and beautiful young lady will be very successful.  Congrats Bailey!

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September 15, 2016
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Jennifer got the news that all of us with furry family members dread to hear…her beloved Oswald only has a few weeks to live.  Oswald has been with Jennifer all over the world, and even enjoyed living in Germany for a while with she and her husband.  He was there when they found his doggie siblings, Macy and Panda Bear, and there when they adopted their adorable little human child, Ava.  For a soul that has shared so much, it’s hard to even think of saying goodbye.  But therein lies the only fault with our animal friends, they have such short lives.   But their time with us brings us so much happiness, so much unconditional love, so it’s the price we pay to have them by our side, if only briefly.

I was so happy that Jennifer reached out to get these photos of Oswald.  I know that in the future, these images will provide some tears and loving memories of the spirit who first captured her heart.

I hope your final days are filled with love, belly rubs and all the bacon you can eat sweet boy.  After spending only a couple of hours with you, I can see why your family adores you so much.  Truly, when you do go to heaven, you will add one of the brightest stars in the sky.  Much love ~ Melissa

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September 06, 2016
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The Naleski family is near and dear to my heart and one of the reasons I love being a Flagstaff family photographer.  I met Jerome though a friend when Jerome was his realtor for his home purchase.  After that, I joined Jerome to help form the Elevated Achievers, a networking group here in the Flagstaff.  Jerome is a natural leader and I learned so much from him during our time with that group.   I got to know Jill when she me called for a family session back in 2009 when sweet Grace was born.  And now, through the years, I feel like I’m part of this sweet family.  If you’re in the market for a home, call Jerome at FlagHomes Real Estate, and be sure to check out his website for tips on selling a home and the latest on the market.  Jill is a talented massage therapist who has an office at Flagstaff Athletic Club-West.   The family recently adopted a sweet dog from Second Chance Center for Animals and I was delighted when she showed up for the photos too!  The Naleski family photo sessions always contain a lot of laughs and I adore spending time with them.  We choose Frances Short Pond for their session, it’s always so beautiful there.  It’s always great to see you!  xoxo ~ Melissa

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August 22, 2016
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It was a pleasure to meet Dr. Lanchbury and his wife this week as he starts his new chapter in Sedona, AZ. I always love hearing my client’s stories, and Dr. Lanchbury’s is one filled with adventure. Dr. Lanchbury started out as a veterinarian in the US Army, and then decided to go to medical school to study stem cell research. He loves his new practice, Sedona Center for Complimentary Medicine, in the high desert and he and his family are loving Sedona and all the outdoor opportunities. I especially loved that his daughter joined us for the shoot and I was particuarly happy that she agreed to a couple of photos with her dad.  Congrats Dr. Lanchbury!  I look forward to hearing about your success!

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