My nephews Luke and Zach are great kids. When Luke's Mom married Zach's Dad a few years ago, they became a blended family and the boys became brothers. Both of them will be graduating in a couple months- Luke from El Diamante and Zach from Mission Oak- and I am so proud of the two of them. Both are HUGE Star Wars fans so we decided to have some fun at the end of the session and let good and evil battle it out with their lightsabers.
Shot on my Mamiya 645J with Portra 400 and Minolta Maxxum 7000 with Fuji Superia 400, developed and scanned by Pro Photo Connection
I've said it before, I have a special place in my heart for blended families. I come from one and now have one of my own- so they are near and dear to my heart. It was such a pleasure to meet this beautiful family. We had a great time wandering around Simonian Farms in the early morning on a Sunday a few weeks ago.
Portra 400 shot on my Mamiya 645, Ektar 100 pushed +2 on Minolta Maxxum 7000, and HP5 pushed +3 on Pentax K1000 developed and scanned by Pro Photo Connection
When I initially met Marc and Brittany they stressed that they wanted their day documented with as many candid moments as possible. As someone that loves documentary type of work, I was over the moon for this opportunity and couldn't wait for their big day. They exchanged vows at the beautiful Nonini Winery in Fresno County and it couldn't have been a more perfect day. Both the bride's and groom's families were so wonderful and genuine and the entire day was about the blending of two families. Congratulations to the Armstrongs!
Film shot with Portra 400 and 160 on Mamiya 645, developed and scanned by Pro Photo Connections
I have said it many times before; the best part of my job is that I get to see old friends from years past and meet their families! Stephanie and I graduated from high school together and I was so excited to meet her husband and boys. I brought along my film camera (a Canon EF) and shot images on it as well, and I must say that I loved the results that I got with it. Many thanks to them for navigating through tall weeds and brush to get to the spots I had scouted before the session.
Film images were developed and scanned by The FIND Lab
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...”
- Dr. Seuss Oh, The Places You'll Go!
I've known this beautiful girl since she was three. Oh, how these little ones grow up so fast! She was always there with a big smile and a hug for me. Kyra has grown into such a lovely person, both inside and out. My heart is so overjoyed that I was blessed to become friends with her Mama so many years ago.
So excited that I get to share this wonderful little family on the blog today! Brittany and Marc will exchange vows in October at a beautiful little local winery.
Happy First day of Spring and Happy Birthday to my baby sister! Aren't my niece and nephew quite a pair? We took a quick trip out to the Fresno County Blossom Trail a few weeks ago to get pictures in the almond orchards. I live thid time of year, my only wish is that the blossoms would last longer because they are a such a pretty backdrop this time of year.
A few weeks ago I met up with my cousin, my sister, and their kids for a quick session in the blossoms. I'm always excited to see the beginnings of Spring come to the San Joaquin Valley. With all the fruit and nut trees blooming my allergies are horrible, but the view is one of a kind. The only bad thing is that it only lasts a few weeks. We took advantage of the weather and fit in a mini-session to update the kids pictures. And since today is my cousin's birthday I thought I'd share Miss D on the blog. Happy Birthday Kristi!
Some girls get excited about shopping for clothes, I get excited about shopping for plants. I know, it's strange but that's what I like. Last year the drought took a toll on our lawn and flowers... we stopped watering because we thought it was the "responsible thing" to do. And let me tell you, our house just looked sad. I hated driving up to see brown dead grass and no flowers. This year with things looking up we are thinking of better ways to deal with the water shortage and still have a nice yard. My hubby has been fixing up our backyard and told me we were ready to plant the fruit tree and vines that I have wanted since we moved in almost six years ago. Now I just need to get to work and get everything planted!
The last couple of weeks I found out that trying to plan and get ready for a birthday party and then taking care of a sick child combined with trying to keep up with the blog was just not going to work, so I kept snapping away and I am now trying to catch up with my Project 365... sometimes you just have to figure out the important things and go from there.
Having some fun in the sunshine! Getting a picture of my boy looking at me is difficult. Kids with Autism have a hard time making eye contact. He made an attempt to reach for the camera and I am happy to say I was in the right place at the right time to get the shot. I definitely will be printing this one.
Hoarding his cars while his sister waits for him to shift his attention and make her move.
I don't need naps!
Golden light- We went outside to plant flower bulbs and seeds in the warm light.
Hello Sunshine! We've had some amazing weather. I was actually able to open up the house for most of the day.
A trip to the Emergency Room. Quite honestly one of the scariest days of my life. Amelia had a febrile seizure... only we didn't know what a febrile seizure was when it was happening. She woke up with a fever and that is what triggered it, a quick rise in body temp that makes the brain "misfire" (this is how the E.R. doctor explained it to me). I am finding out that it is pretty common, but I had never heard of it and neither had my husband. She is fine now
His Daddy surprised him with a quick visit home during his work day. I happened to notice his reflection in the sidewalk while they played.
I'm still working on getting caught up, but at least I'm a little closer now!
Hi, I'm Melissa. I am a wife, mother, step-mother, Gigi (step-grandma) and a photographer. I started out as the family member always asked to bring my camera along and it has turned into my life dream. I just love being able to capture moments for others that they can always cherish.This is my little corner to share my sessions, projects, and a little piece of our daily life. Thanks for stopping by!