I have a little secret, I have a big soft spot for adult family gatherings. I grew up in a family that used to gather every Sunday at my Grandmother’s house in Trion, GA. She made a feast that was so large, it could have fed 50 people, instead of the 10 people who attended. We did that up until I was 14, and then my mother was diagnosed with cancer and passed within a year. When mom was sick, she didn’t have the energy to make the 20-mile road trip to Granny’s house, so we stopped the tradition. I suppose it was grief and the fact that my brother and sister had married and moved on after mom had passed, but we never had those family gatherings again. During those years after, I missed my uncles, aunts, and cousins, but I suppose, life went on. I went to college and then moved to Arizona after I graduated. I didn’t even know what I was truly missing out on until I was much older.
When I started to regularly photography family gatherings, it hit me like a brick wall. These relationships, these moments, you never get them back. At every shoot, I’d soak in the laughter and giggles, and even sometimes the tears as I reminisced on moments of my own family’s memories lost. I love these shoots and it’s so nice to capture these moments for families. I know they’ll cherish these moments in 40 years, even more than they do now.
I love spending the morning with the Berthelsen Family in Oak Creek. This little piece of paradise has always been a reminder of home, with the cool streams and beautiful riparian environment. Plus, this family was just so happy to be together, to smile and laugh and reminisce. Thank you for having me as part of your family history 🙂 ~ Melissa
On a beautiful day in Sedona, AZ, I met Celia and Sergio for a maternity shoot to celebrate the birth of their first child, a baby girl. Sedona is a magical place, and somehow, it seems that every time I photograph there it looks different. It’s almost as if the landscape is matching the mood of my clients. On this day, the skies were muted and dreamy, just like this loving couple so excited for the arrival of their new baby girl. Being a Sedona maternity photographer is so much fun, watching clients get married and grow into families is so rewarding and heartwarming. I could almost feel the love permeate from both Celia and Sergio and I couldn’t help but think, what a lucky baby to have chosen this amazing couple to be her parents.
Congrats you two and I can’t wait to meet her! ~ Melissa
The Casey family wanted to come to beautiful Sedona, Arizona for their annual family photos and who could blame them? The red rocks, beautiful vistas, and the gorgeous sunsets are unrivaled in the Southwest. I love shooting in Sedona because at every turn there’s something that will take your breath away. There are many reasons why so many people make the pilgrimage to Sedona…from acclaimed vortexes to the healing waters and sounds of Oak Creek to the peace you get when you find a trail all to yourself. If you’ve never been, make the trip!
Jessica and Gerry are expecting their second baby in December and big brother, Elvis the Bernese mountain dog, and big sister, Delaney are very excited! I loved the custom signs for Delaney and Elvis! But mostly, I adored how much this family loved one another. There’s nothing quite like being able to observe a close family and how they make each other laugh and smile. The Casey family were adventurous and wanted to go to the summit of the Sugarloaf trail and Jessica hiked it like a pro! The views were definitely worth the effort!
It was great meeting each of you! Thank you for coming to Sedona! xoxo ~ Melissa
I’m not only lucky to have this beautiful family as clients, but also as friends. This family has been entwined in my life for over 13 years. (where does the time go??). It’s been quite the journey…from having Adam as my roommate in 2003, to him and Kristen dating, getting engaged, married and the birth of their sweet munchkin Kensie, not to mention all the wonderful, crazy moments in between all the milestones. We’ve all been through a lot together and they’ve all shared some of my most joyful, precious and even sad moments of my life. They were cheerleaders to me to start my own photography business in 2007 and I’ll always be so thankful for their support and love. I always look forward to photographing them and watching Kensie grow up really has been a privilege. It was wonderful spending the afternoon with them and their parents. Love all you lots!! xoxo ~ Melissa
As Sedona and Flagstaff Portrait Photographers we love seeing our clients grow up! One of our favorite kiddos just celebrated his 2nd Birthday! Crew and his mama came into our downtown Flagstaff studio for some birthday photos and fun. Crew’s birthday session was full of smiles, some tears and his obsession with bikes! We had to hide the tricycles from little Crew until we were ready because he LOVES them so much! Crew wore an adorable vintage paper boy hat and suspenders to finish off his look with our vintage tricycle. Happy Birthday sweet boy!
We love being Sedona Family Photographers and especially when we get to build relationships with wonderful families like the Langhofers. We’ve been photographing this delightful family for the past few years and it’s been so much fun to watch these kids grow up. Bill is a veterinarian in Scottsdale and owns the Scottsdale Veterinary Clinic, a large multi -veterinarian clinic. Our favorite feature of the clinic is it’s animal ambulance. Even though we’ve never been able to see it, we love how the kids light up when they tell us all about it, down to the doggie stretcher. We did these photos at L’Auberge in Sedona along the beautiful creekside. Love this family so much, can’t wait till the next time!