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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.

Scottsdale Senior Portrait Photographer | Phoenix, AZ

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I just love this spot. One of our favorite people in Phoenix lives here. He has an awesome backyard. Chock full of pecan trees, peacocks, chickens, a myriad of structures and some really cool things like an Airstream, a funky camper and great vintage furniture. The combination is eclectic and fun – the perfect backdrop for a senior portrait session!

Best of luck Class of 2014!

First Child v Second Child | Baby Photography Scottsdale

baby photographyThis series of photos from a recent baby session made me chuckle. Keith has been photographing this family since the first son was in mom’s belly – and now here we are a several years later and the second child has arrived. Well what makes me chuckle is that I just love how calm, cool and collected mom is as her son is perched right above the baby about to take a jump within inches of his adorable newborn life.

I can see myself as mom in these photos. When our first daughter was born, I thought she would break no matter what we did. If I wasn’t checking her breath to make sure she was breathing while she was sleeping, then I was stressing about leaving her with anyone other than my own mother or really wondering how the hospital could send me home with this tiny little thing and actually think that I was capable of taking good care of her. Without instructions.

And then came my second daughter 2 1/2 years later. My how things change. We had a Super Bowl party at our house the day we came home from the hospital (lots of people, germs and a newborn? oh well). She slept in a crib from day one (no co sleeping like I did with the first one). And surprisingly enough, I realized she wouldn’t break that easily and I actually didn’t pass out when Isabella came near her.

So these pictures above bring me right back to that time in our lives. The way a mother changes from her first child to her second (I can’t even imagine how laid back you get by 5th or 6th!). Just like I never thought I could figure it out having two children I also never realized that my heart could overflow with this much love. My heart grows every single day. These photographs are what it’s all about.

Photos like this telling a mom’s story.

Mazel Tov | Bat Mitzvah Photography

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This was such an awesome celebration of a young girl’s journey to adulthood. What an honor to be part of this milestone in her life. Her Bat Mitzvah.

What a day. Her family was incredible. The ceremony was beautiful. The day was filled with tradition, love, lots of smiles and laughter. Oh and tons of fun at the pajama themed party afterwards. The kids (and the adults) had a blast. I love this last picture of the kids passed out. Fun was had by all!

Location: Congregation Beth Israel Scottsdale

Photography: Keith Pitts

Cake: Classic Cakes & Confections

Photobooth: The Live Photobooth

Time to Change | Healthy Eating | Personal

healthy lifestyleWell I have been a vegetarian for nearly 4 years. I don’t eat eggs and fish, but do eat cheese. Keith has fluctuated between vegetarian and vegan over the last several years, currently a vegetarian, same as moi no eggs and fish but yes to cheese. But even though we changed our lifestyle years ago, after watching Food Inc and Forks Over Knives, we never lost any weight. We have maintained the same weight for years.

I have pretty much kept my post pregnancy weight going on nearly 10 years. Yes, Bella will be 10 in August and I have never lost those 20 or so pounds that hang around. Now that I am in my mid-40’s, things are starting to jiggle that never jiggled before and it just seems that my body is changing.

I’m not sure what sparked me the other day, but I decided it was time for a change. Keith could jump on board if he wanted (and I hoped) but something had to give. I was standing at the library while Gabby and her best friend were deciding on their books and I started flipping through the “10 Day Detox Diet” by Mark Hyman. I’m not a big believer in diets but I kept reading. So what I took away from the book is a lot of what I already know: a little more attention paid to what we eat, coupled with increased exercise will lead to weight loss. That part I get. But something clicked in my head that said now is the time – we can do this – let’s skip the grains and dairy and make a change in our eating habits for 10 days and double down on the exercise and see what results we get.

The above is our morning shake, filled with lots of vegetables and fruit. This is a major step for Keith who has never embraced most green vegetables as well as orange ones, purple ones, red ones, etc. So for him to be happily drinking this smoothie every morning is just amazing. And the other photo is our lunch today. Which comprises about 6 ingredients, 5 of which Keith would never have eaten before we decided to do this.

We don’t weigh ourselves so I don’t have a beginning weight. We started our new way of eating Monday evening with dinner. By Tuesday I was trying to find a new exercise program that we would both want to attend. We were currently doing Insanity – which is tough – but I don’t put 100% into the workout because it’s me against the TV and Shaun T. I need something more. Something to get me motivated.

With a little google searching I found Amenzone. Wow, wow, wow what a kick a** workout. Incredible. No weights, no machines, just you against you. Tires, ropes, boxing, a great combination that is just incredible. Both Keith and I really enjoy it, even though it is so tough. Remember I’m the girl who never sweats at the gym, that’s how little effort I put into working out unless someone is pushing me. This place, forgettaboutit – exhaustingly awesome!

I’ll give regular updates as to how we are doing and what we do after! We are on our 4th full day, 6 to go!!! Wish us luck!

Summer is about to Begin | End of School Year | Family Travels

photo credit: moi (not Mr. Pitts!)beach photos californiaWell, it’s that time of the year. Emails are circulating from room moms asking for end of year gift donations. Both kids have had a pool party to attend (God bless the hosts I’ll tell ya, 28 kids running around your house/yard! Not sure I’m cut out for hosting a party of this size!). Summer home work assignments have come home. Official homework has ended. End of year parent/teacher conferences have concluded. Yes, the school year is coming to an end.

Bad mom, I have mixed emotions. I love my kids to death but every year around this time I get this strange feeling about the transition from school routine to summer break. I think I have it all covered. At least I have tried to balance not bankrupting the family with expensive summer camps and a healthy mix of travel while still trying to maintain the ability for us to keep working all the way through.

Being self employed has huge benefits but it also has some negatives. Just because you have a home office doesn’t make it less officey then going to an actual employer. Yet, it can be hard to remain disciplined and productive with two small children on summer break.

Solution: Camp. So off they go to camp for the first few weeks of break. Then a week in California that is 20% work/80% vacation. Well we found an excuse to turn a location job in California into our reason to justify spending a week. Why not? Then back to camp for a few weeks before we embark on our big summer adventure in Sicily. Today’s technology means we are always just an email/skype away from being in touch with clients all the while photographing our way through Italy.

This rant was a roundabout way of me realizing that I have to start thinking about what we are going to bring on our trip. Now it’s a working trip as Keith is photographing a wedding at the end of July in a picturesque village in Sicily. So we need to incorporate his gear with all we need for a family to spend 3 weeks away. And I want to travel LIGHTLY. I have decided that only two carryon pieces of luggage (plus a backpack for each kid) are going and all the family’s items have to fit (since the kids always say they will pull their own weight and only do for a short time) I’m talking 5 sundresses, bathing suit, sandals and some undies for each kid kind of light. Strategic packing.

Hard to believe the school year is coming to a close. But I’m looking forward to having the camera in hand all summer documenting the kids’ adventures and our family travels.