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    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.

Home for the Holidays | Family Portrait Photographer Phoenix

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We just love it when we hear from our past brides and grooms. We love it even more when they tell us that they are about to have twins! What an exciting time in their lives. This couple has an adorable little girl that is about to be a big sister to twin baby girls.

The extended family was in town over the Holidays – the perfect time for a family portrait session. The grandparents have a beautiful home in Central Phoenix – right in the thick of things in one of my favorite parts of the valley. Love the old Cadillac. My mom had a 1972 monster Cadillac when we were kids, but it wasn’t a convertible like this baby. What a car! And of course, the whole family could actually fit inside. They don’t make cars like they used to – or at least not the size that they used to!

Such a fun session. Kids running around, playing in piles of leaves, dogs having a blast, grandparents just admiring their adorable grandkids and not minding jumping in and running around with these cuties. Just a really great time.

Love this time of year when families are together. And love that we get to capture it forever!

A Sunny Afternoon in the Desert | Scottsdale Family Photography

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Well there’s nothing we love more than when a mom (or dad) calls us and asks if it’s ok if the family dogs are part of their children’s portrait session. Of course the dogs are welcome!! It is so much fun to incorporate these very important members of the family into the photos. After all, if it’s anything like our home the dog came before the kids and is therefore treated with a certain how shall I say… ridiculous importance. We love her so much and consider her our first-born – so without a doubt she would be part of our family portrait.

But back to the family session. Just love this family. The kids are so much fun and it is such an honor for us to see them grow year after year in front of the camera. And it was a such a pleasant addition having the pups along with us!

Reflecting on 2013 |The Little Things that Matter

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“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” —Mark Twain

As we ring in 2014, these words seem to describe how children exist. Kids always seem to have the wind in their sails. They are always exploring, dreaming, discovering. They have no regrets and disappointments.

On the eve of a new year, I think back over all that happened over the past year – the good, the bad and everything in between.

As a family we were fortunate enough to have a year of good health, togetherness and love. We explored (we crossed the country from Hawaii to Boston, San Diego to Hilton Head), we dreamed (we read books together, we planned adventures, we talked about the future), we discovered (Isabella has a talent for swimming, Gabby is a voracious reader and that as a family we can do anything together).

And you know what makes me smile as I reflect on the past year – moments like the one above. This is everything to us. The stuff that happens every single day.

These two precious little girls are what makes us dream. They make us take chances. They teach us new things. They are what makes us sail.

To another year of living the dream – one little adventure at a time!

Caroline Barkley - January 1, 2014 - 8:00 pm

That was beautiful Melissa. I showed the picture of the girls and read the piece you wrote to mom and she loved it. Love you all so much.

Courtney Comer - January 4, 2014 - 5:35 pm

Beautiful and so true!!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Yesterday, Gabby came home from school with a little message for Keith and I for Thanksgiving:

You’ve made a Difference
As Thanksgiving Day approaches,
Our blessings we recall;
The rings we are most thankful for,
We recollect them all.
You are really special,
In all you say and do.
You’ve made a difference in our lives;
We’re thankful now for you.

We are thankful for everyone and everything that makes this life so wonderful.

Happy Thanksgiving all!

First Swim Meet | Phoenix Swim Club | Children’s Photographer Arizona

I wasn’t able to be at Isabella’s first swim meet last month. I guess the hazards of working in the wedding industry is not having weekends to be part of all these special moments. It was a Friday evening, fortunately Keith was able to attend along with both grandmothers, an aunt, a cousin and a grandfather. Pretty good attendance in the Isabella cheering section. I was able to live vicariously through Keith’s photos and everyone’s recollections.

From what I was told, Isabella was off the blocks for the 50m freestyle – and her goggles came off. She lost time because she stopped in her swimming lane and was a little confused about whether the goggles popping off disqualified her or whether she should keep going. Well the coach told her to keep going. Without goggles, she swam her little heart out. She caught back up, not close enough to win, but finished respectably.

When I heard what happened in her first heat, my heart hurt with love. I was so proud of her. So excited for her first meet yet so disappointed for her that her first time out she had a mishap. But I love that she didn’t quit and kept swimming till the end, holding the goggles in her hand. I was so proud of her. And so disappointed that I couldn’t be there with her.

I know there will be lots of great and not so great swimming moments that lay ahead for her. She enjoys the sport and embraces the challenges. And I bet she will remember the first heat in her first swim meet forever and ever.

And hopefully her goggles will never fall off again!