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  • Welcome to Our Journal

    Keith is a photographer who believes that kids are nearly perfect and that great images capture a bit of that perfection for all eternity. He loves that children don’t filter their emotions. Living loud is their power. And his job is to capture a moment of their uncontained imaginations: your children, unscripted.

    Melissa is the studio manager, adoring wife, busy mom and occasional writer that believes she is living the most beautiful life in the whole world.

    Keith and Melissa have two amazing daughters, Isabella and Gabriella and a little Jack Russell named Pooch.

    This journal is our personal blog about our family, photography, travel and how we are inspired by children in all their authenticity, one beautiful photograph at a time.

The Stein Sisters | Small Dog Rescue | Phoenix Arizona

foster a dog scottsdale strays phoenix arizona dog rescue(This adorable photo by Keith has prompted me to show off these two dogs yet again on our blog!)

We have had these two cuties for a few months now, about 7 months actually (my time flies). We have grown so fond of them that our family can’t imagine life without them. There are times when they frustrate the heck out of us because just when you think you have them trained, you realize that they are only quasi trained and may never ever be trained like our Jack Russell Pooch. Oh how she spoiled us these last 15++ years with her just about perfect bathroom skills. Then come these two. But even if they are not so perfectly potty trained – they melt our hearts every single day.

To think that these adorable dogs were rescues – on their way to be euthanized. Who would do that to these two? They were rescued by Scottsdale Strays (via other small dog rescues local and in California that do incredible work finding homes for these dogs that no one wants).  We fostered them in August (read my blog post about that HERE) and fast forward all these months later we are more in love with Tinkerbelle and Millie than we could ever have imagined. Even Pooch has taken a very strong liking to the two of them!

They started with other nicknames, Sheddy (because Tinkerbelle shed so much due to her being nervous when she first arrived) and Skinny (Millie has those long legs and she is skinny as a stick). Well things have changed (yes Tink may have gained a few pounds – ok – look at the photo of her on the older blog post v this photo, she has gained a neck!) but she has settled in just fine. Millie still has a little bit of a nervousness to her, but she is so darn endearing you just want to swallow her up.

Now these two are the Stein sisters. Millstein and Tinklestein. They have all sorts of other nicknames from the kids (and us, yes we call them all sorts of silly things!). We love that they sleep in our room each night in their little Babuska to keep them warm. We love the pitter patter of their little tiny paws on the wood floors. We love when they sometimes know to let us know that they have to go to the bathroom. We love how they snuggle with us. Most of all, we love that they will be happy in our home for many years to come!

Family Session | Scottsdale Children’s Photographer

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This family is awesome. So many great things to say about them I could go on and on. It is an honor to capture these memories for a family. To document their lives together. To tell their family’s unique story.

How lucky are we?

Hard to believe that this little girl is about to turn 3. It seems like just yesterday that Keith photographed her birth. The old cliche is so true, time flies.

{CLICK HERE to see her birth photography}

Family Photography | Downtown Phoenix

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One of our most favorite families in the whole wide world! Is it possible that these kids get cuter every time we see them??? And mom gets younger looking each year. Not sure what her secret is!!!!

Downtown Phoenix is a super fun spot for a family session. Kids get to run and run, they get to stand in the middle (of a not so busy) street, hang on train tracks, easy to keep them busy with all sorts of cool kid things to do!


Children’s Photography Phoenix | Holiday Photos

kids photography phoenixfamily photography scottsdalephoenix childrenphoenix kids photographydowntown kids photography phoenixkids photography phoenixT’is the season for lots of holiday sessions! Boy oh boy where to begin with all these incredible families that we were fortunate enough to photograph this holiday season!

I love when we get to photograph a family with kids exactly the same ages as our children. I love the dynamics. How do the siblings interact? Do they fight as much as my kids do when having their photo taken? How bout bribing, did mom have to promise them anything to behave? Why yes she did. Just like I would have to if my kids were getting their photos taken! Except hers cooperated!

It’s always so reaffirming for me to be around other children and see that kids are just so much better behaved for a family portrait session when they aren’t your own kids!  And of course I am reminding myself that it has been at least 4 years since our last family session! Tons of great photos of our kids taken by Keith – documenting their childhood one day at a time. But it’s high time for a family photo!

Happy New Year!

kids sessionsThis is just a tiny sampling of all the wonderful family sessions we had in 2014! Thank you families that continue long traditions as well as those that have just started a new one!

We have so many great clients, friends and friendors that my heart is full just thinking of all the amazing families that we are lucky enough to document throughout the year!

Lots of laughs, tears, running, jumping, climbing and just pure fun. Tons of improvisation and just letting kids be kids. That’s what we love.

Thank you everyone! Happy 2015!