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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.

Summer Travel Sessions

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Summer is right around the corner!

Like every year – we take to the road - here’s where we are going to be

June 6th – 14th Southern California

July 6th – 7th  Los Angeles

July 8th – 28th Bali

August 6th – 9th San Francisco

{email me: melissa@keithpitts.com if you would like to book one of our special travel sessions}

 

Always Engaged | Children’s Photography Phoenix

Gabby little girlI think I’m going to look back at all the thousands of pictures taken of my kids and cherish all of them. I’m sure there is one photo out there where their hair is brushed and they are dressed perfectly. But for the most part that’s just not who our kids are or who we are as parents.

Most of our pictures are of our kids just being kids, being themselves. We generally never have a session planned or much thought put into when or how they are going to be photographed. It always seems to unfold naturally. Much the same way Keith’s sessions seem to unfold. Let the kids be who they are and document them along the way.

I think Keith was testing a new film camera after school one day and Gabby happened to be close at hand. And fortunately for us, she is generally a willing participant.

She looks right at you. Those big blue eyes grab me every time. The cock of her head. The way she is pursing her lips. Gabby to a T. And Keith captures the essence of her. every. single. time. Her soul. Exactly who she is.

My heart sings when I look at this photo.

The Modern Playdate | Our kids

This little vignette at our home kind of sums up the good and bad of today’s playdates. Thank goodness there is still lots of playing…with each other…outside. They run around, invent games, walk the dogs,  swim, draw, color and read. We don’t even have live television in our home, so I never worry that the kids are glued to the TV.  But invariably a device makes it’s way at some point into the fold.

It’s funny, I go back and forth with this whole electronic thing for kids. There are times when I’m ok with certain aspects of it and there are other times when I just can’t stand how prevalent these gadgets have become in our children’s lives.

We haven’t given in on our kids having phones but we do let them play with our iPads and kindles. They are laughing, interacting and just being plain cute. Then I have to remind myself that this is playing. This is the 21st century way to play a game. I guess moderation and supervision are key.

But there is something about this scene that I just adore. The kids are so relaxed. The ying and yang of the dogs laying with one another. The concentration of cousin Ava. Gabby and her best friend in the whole wide world really concentrating on the iPad. I’m sure they didn’t even notice this photo being taken.

 A snapshot of the modern playdate (at least in our house).

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! :)