It’s been over a month since I’ve posted any of my work to my website. The first quarter of 2017 was the busiest I’ve ever been in ten years and I’m so grateful to all my clients with trusting me with their memories. And then there came new equipment to learn and new computers to install, a new employee to train and priorities were just redirected. Being a full-time photographer for the past ten years in Flagstaff has been a blessing. But, I’m always amazed at how much time I spend doing other things than actually photographing. When I had college photography interns, that was their greatest disappointment, they were not using their camera. I crunched the numbers one afternoon and found out that I only click my camera shutter about 12% of my working time. While it wasn’t a surprise to me, seeing that small number stare back at me was an eye-opener to how I spend my time. However, I’m getting into a rhythm now and I wanted to kick off my return to posting with one of my most cherished clients, the Byers Family.
Amee has been my hairstylist for the past ten years and owns Shanti Salon here in Flagstaff. When I’m in her chair, I feel loved and with a friend. Her husband, Thomas, owns Thomas Byers Guitar Studios and teaches music to students and adults in Flagstaff. I’ve been with this couple every step of the way from their wedding to their first baby, Cohen and their rescue dog Maple. Amee and her family are now expecting their new little boy any day now and I can’t wait to meet this little angel! I love that they are going to wait to name him until they get to meet him face to face. What a lucky soul to have chosen these kind and loving people to be its parents. Congrats! I can’t wait to see him! ~Melissa
Amee chose the gorgeous Oak Creek Canyon as her backdrop and it was so fun watching Cohen play in the creek while we did her photos. If you’ve never been to Oak Creek, I highly recommend you go, but on a weekday. The secret is out about this enchanting slice of Arizona and the weekends are crowded and chaotic. Amee’s rose colored maternity gown was gorgeous and her gold headband enchanting. Amee has always been very stylish! Amee was even brave enough to step into the creek for a few photos despite the creek being freezing! (Snow melt is very cold, lol). Thanks for being so adventurous Amee!
Congrats to the Byers Family! I can’t wait to see him! ~Melissa
George and Julia wanted to celebrate the arrival of their little girl by having maternity photos at the gorgous Slide Rock State Park. They live in Phoenix, but have always loved the red rocks of Sedona, and especially Slide Rock. Kristen and I had never done a photo session there before (I know-I have no idea how it has evaded us all these years!) and were particurally excited to shoot there. When Julia texted us her outfit choices for the day, we became even more excited. That red dress!! She looked absolutely gorgeous and we loved that she was adventurous and got into the water! The day was not without some drama, however, as we were escorted out by the State Park officials. It seems that we got so caught up in the session that we lost track of time and were in danger of getting locked into the park after closing. But, it was totally worth it! Congrats Julia and George! Thank you for choosing us as your photographers!
Kristen and I photographed Stephanie and Eugene’s wedding in gorgeous Lake Tahoe three years ago at the Zephyr Cove Resort. We were amazed then, at the magnitude of how much this couple adored each other. They are one of those couples that by just being around them, you leave feeling surrounded by love. When Stephanie contacted us about doing her maternity session, we were ecstatic! What a lucky and blessed little soul to be born to these sweet and devoted parents. To add an element of surprise, they have decided to wait to find out the gender of the baby. We can’t wait to find out too! Steph and Eugene, congratulations! You’re going to be two of the most amazing parents ever and we’re so blessed to be a small part of that journey.
In the summer of 2011, two of my dearest friends got married. It’s an amazing thing to see two people meet, fall in love and start a family, and this time, being that it’s Carrie and T.C., well, it’s really amazing. Of course, when Carrie told me she was pregnant, I asked her about maternity photos. She seemed a bit reluctant, so I didn’t mention it again. But then, I got lucky, all her other friends started to bug her about them. I then told Carrie about a photo I have of my own mom; she was pregnant with my brother and it’s definitely one of my favorites I have of her. I’ve always said, I shoot for the kids in 40 years, just as much as I photograph for the parents. I want this little girl to know just how happy her mom was to have been given this wonderful gift, a precious life to love. And Carrie, well, you can see just how much she radiates happiness. It’s pretty amazing to look at all the photos and feel all the love seeping through. And the best part? This is our first baby girl Chippy! We have a group of gal pals in Flagstaff, and we’ve named ourselves Chippies. (Our mascot is a Chipmunk) It’s kind of a silly adult sorority, but one that we all rely on for strength, support and love when we need it the most. So here’s to this little baby Chippy who is expected to arrive in early May; we’re all so excited to meet you and to shower you with love! ~ Melissa