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
I can hardly believe this little man just turned one. It seemed that is was yesterday when his mom called the studio to tell us the great news that Olivia would soon get a little brother and we did their maternity photos at the Pioneer Museum. I remember how excited Olivia was when I asked if she was excited to be a big sister. I think that smile was permantely planted on her face from the moment she found out. For Sam’s first birthday, his mom arranged for a great Cake Smash in the family’s home backyard. Most cake smashes don’t go this well. Most kids stare at the cake, and timidly put a finger in and take a lick. But not Sam, he dug right in and started devouring it right away. He’s my kind of boy. 🙂 Happy birthday Sam! I hope you always love cake this much! xoxo ~ Melissa
I’m always so touched by thoughtful people, and this dad’s gesture was so sweet. Jeremy bought a gift certificate for his wife last fall, when they found out they were expecting little Sammy. In talking with him then, you could just see how excited they were on the arrival of their youngest son. Big brother, Tate, was loving the new role as well, and just lit up when he held his little brother. We chose a beautiful aspen grove, with gorgeous ferns, for their family shoot. The late afternoon light filtering through the trees was beautiful. Flagstaff really is a perfect place for family photos. I hope these photos bring you all a lifetime of memories! xoxo ~ Melissa
One of the things I love about being a Flagstaff family photographer is watching familes grow up. I remember when these two beautiful twins big brother, Nathniel, was just a small boy and served as the ring bearer in his parents wedding. And now, seeing these two learning how to walk, and loving to play in the forest is one of the sweetest things my heart has seen in a long time. Their mom has the most beautiful style and I absolutely loved the goose rocking ‘horse’, and by the looks on their faces, I’d say the twins loved it too! Thank you for making the drive from Phoenix and thank you mostly for honoring me to watch your family grow. xoxo ~ Melissa
I got to know Leslie and Cy back in 2008 when I first met them for their engagement photos. Cy had proposed to Leslie at Pine Canyon Golf Course and so we did their engagement photos there. The next year, the couple had a gorgeous and fun wedding in Flagstaff. It was my first time with police support to stop traffic for a wedding party shot; I’ll never forget that! After their wedding, Leslie and Cy moved to Las Vegas for work. This summer, they came back to Flagstaff for a visit and I was so happy they called for a family session. We decided, once again, to use the gorgeous backdrop of Pine Canyon, and we also made sure to incorporate the hole that Cy proposed to Leslie! It was a lot of fun meeting their three sweet babies and to hear their journey as a family. It was great seeing you all again and I hope it won’t be another seven years till I see you again! xoxo~ Melissa
As Flagstaff family photographers, we love scouting out new locations, and sometimes, that involves finding locations that are sometimes overlooked. This session, of the fun Naleski family, was at a neighborhood park, the Jim Cullen Memorial Park, locally known as the Tree Park, located in Coconino Estates. We love using locations that are meaningful to families and being that the Naleski’s come to this park regurally, we knew these photos would always be special to them.
We loved that they brought their bikes, and how they embraced that little Grace had a cast from being an adventerous kid. There’s always a lot of laughs doing their photos and this session was no exception. It’s hard to believe that our first family session with the Naleski’s was when little Grace was an infant and Georgia was a sweet toddler. Boy, does time fly!