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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.

Two Sisters | Phoenix Family Photographer

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I love these two photos. I love the sister/sister dynamic. These two photos were taken during a family session and I just adore them. This says so much about not only the fun in children’s photography but the joy and not so joyous moments between siblings.

This photo to me is the perfect example of the imperfect moment. We love these moments. This is why we do what we do. We love that this little girl is carrying the pillow around with her teeth. We love that her sister decided to just come over and hug her in the middle of it. We love that this happened smack dab in the middle of their family session. And we love that mom liked these photos as well. This is such a great example of the type of photo that is going to remind you of exactly who your kids were at a certain age. This isn’t a perfectly posed photo, coerced by a mom wanting her kids to appear perfect. Au contraire. This is a photo of her first and second born kids (little brother is out of the frame) interacting, being sisters.

In our house these sorts of moments seem to happen daily in varying degrees. The push and pull of sibling wills. The heartfelt interactions. The senseless arguments. The independence. The co-dependence. All wrapped into two adorable sisters trying to establish their personalities as they grow up.  I can’t wait to see how strong the ties are as the years go on. How they will grow to become best friends (well I think they already are even though they don’t realize it yet!).

This is one of those sets of photos that puts a smile on my face. As a mom I cherish this.

 

Small World | Dog Photography Paradise Valley

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It’s not everyday we get to hang around with such handsome pups (hopefully our adorable dogs didn’t overhear me type that!). So much fun to have the dogs be the stars of the show. These two love to play with each other – and play and play!!!

It is such a small world. It turns out that the dog handler for these dogs actually helped rescue one of our little adopted dogs. Millie our Mini Pin was indirectly rescued by Scottsdale Strays – through this woman, who had fostered and cared for Millie prior to her being adopted by us. How crazy is that? Of all the dogs in the valley and of all the great people that help with rescued dogs finding forever homes, that we would happen to be photographing a family session with their dogs and this woman would be their personal handler! (hopefully you aren’t offended by run-on sentences!!!)

Sometimes I can’t believe how close the degrees of separation are amongst people that you randomly meet.

Needless to say another day where we absolutely wouldn’t trade what we do for anything else. Being around great people with awesome dogs isn’t the worst way to spend an afternoon! :)

 

Carrot Apple Ginger Soup | My Made up Soup Recipes

carrot soup recipesI know why I’m not a baker because you need to be EXACT with everything you do. That just doesn’t necessarily suit my personality. I don’t love to read directions and I’m not a fan of recipes that don’t have really good photos because I need to know what my dish should look like when it’s done. It may never look as good as the photo but at least it gives me hope… so so I tell myself.

Maybe it’s all these beautiful foodie blogs I keep running across but boy is food photography beautiful these days. Even though I don’t love to cook – I do love to look and eat beautiful food.

Since Keith and I are vegetarians (vegan on and off here and there – but currently eating no dairy, eggs, etc.- trying to eat as clean and plant based as possible) I am always looking for easy ideas for our lunch. In my opinion there is nothing easier than soup. Yes you have to peel and chop but for the most part as long as you have a vegetable in your fridge you are good to go.

Lately, I haven’t really been interested in recipes either. I just throw in what I feel. Keith hates the taste of most vegetables so I need to be a little thoughtful as to what my combos are but it usually works itself out. One of my go to favorites is carrot ginger soup. Today’s variation, add apples.

So literally my soup is this easy:

1/2 onion (chopped and added to the olive oil, sauteed till clear)

1 lb carrots (peeled and chopped)

1 inch piece of ginger, chopped

2 red apples

6 cups of water

salt and pepper to taste, dash of seeds on top

Cook until carrots are tender, pour in the Vitamix and blend away. Done. And so so good I had to take a picture of it! The best part is there is some leftover for tomorrow!

The Duce | Phoenix Family Photographer

 

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For some reason I was digging through the great archives of our organization – and started clicking through family sessions from this past holiday season. One of our most favorite families popped out at me. I just love this shot. I love how even though this family had no idea we were going to end up walking by the Duce and seeing this adorable vintage camper – that they had dressed to perfectly complement the camper’s colors. It was too good to pass up. And I’m glad we didn’t.

The perfect downtown Phoenix scene – adorable family + vintage set. We couldn’t have set it up better if we tried.

 

Little Girl with a Hula hoop | Kids Photography Phoenix

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Gabby came home from school the other day and announced “I’m going to write a book”. And guess what, she has been working on it for over a week. Very determined. Much more determined about finishing this book then finishing her school report on Sicily I must say. It’s funny how easy it is to accomplish something when you really want to do it as opposed to when you have to do something!

She will not let us read her “chapter book” as she is calling it. We called it a novel and she didn’t like that descriptor, she said novels are small and her book is big, after all, it’s a chapter book for crying out loud. (Funny the perspective that kids come from sometimes!) She read a little bit to her sister before bed and of course I was listening from the hallway. It sounds really good.

Shocking to those that know her, she is writing about a dog. I think it is based on the series she has read by Erin Hunter called Survivors. But Keith and I will not be able to read it she said until it is published! Imagine that. Apparently even her grandparents will have to buy a copy. Funny how entrepreneurial little kids are today.

(Actually that just reminded me of my entrepreneurial ways as a kid. My 2 cousins, my sister and myself would “host” dinner parties for our parents and grandparents at my Nana and Pep’s house on occasion. The caveat of course was that Nana did all the cooking and of course the grocery shopping, etc. but we charged our parents for the dinner and kept the money! Similar business model I guess.)

We will help her get her “chapter book” published and will happily buy an advance copy to keep as a souvenir of her early entrepreneurial ways.

(I know this portrait of my little girl doesn’t have much to do with this blog post, but I just love it and thought I should share it! Thank you Mr. Pitts for giving me the gift of so many beautiful photos of my kids!)