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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.

An Afternoon at the Park | Children Unscripted | Phoenix Children’s Photographer

It’s like taking candy from a baby. Getting kids to open up and just enjoy themselves during a children’s portrait session is so easy if you have the right elements. Bring children to a park and let them be and the results are just incredible. No posing, just letting the personalities shine through.

At first, this brother and sister duo weren’t quite sure what to make of the guy with the camera following them around the park. Mom was awesome, she stepped away and let Keith do his thing. You can see there’s a little apprehension at first, but the kids let their guard down pretty quickly. Once they climbed their first tree they were off and running. Laughing, playing, rough housing, just being themselves. Interacting like they always do. Kids being kids.

This mom wanted a session because her daughter was missing her front teeth – she thought this was a great opportunity to capture the innocence of childhood.

I couldn’t agree with her more. These childhood moments are fleeting, happy they are captured forever.

A typical day in NYC | Children’s Photographer, New York City

This past July, Keith was in New York for a job and was able to hook up with Sharon Beesley – author of the fun blog NYC Taught Me. They spent the better part of a beautiful Summer evening together – doing what the family does best: hanging out and having fun!

Their family session started by meeting at the Beesley’s apartment on the Upper West Side, walking around the city – visiting the usual haunts like the local deli (every New Yorker has one of those!) and the neighborhood park and Keith just documented the family being themselves. {Please click here to read her version of their family portrait session}

Sometimes I think about what it would be like if we hadn’t moved from New York to Phoenix over 8 years ago. How would Keith and I have done raising a family in NYC? Would the kids have been on a wait list for a preschool? Would we have had to sell everything we owned just to afford this preschool? What would it be like for them to grow up in this huge city? Good, bad, different? I see how contented these three children are. They are very similar to our two girls: happy go lucky, rough-housing, just having a great time playing and being kids.

I guess time will tell what NYC has taught them…but one thing is for sure, I know it will be a lot!

THESE PHOTOS…. | guest blogger: Isabella Pitts

{Isabella asked if she could start working – earning her own money by being part of the family business. Keith and I just love the idea. Why not, she just turned 9 – time for her to earn some cold hard cash. She said that she wants to start learning about photography – how to take pictures and what our business is all about. Her first idea was to write a weekly blog post – another idea Keith and I loved. So this is her first stab at being our weekly guest blogger. She wrote it, typed it and photographed the photo herself. And she only wants $5 per post. Stay tuned for her weekly post!}

When I look back at pictures my dad took of me and my sister I look a lot different then I do now. I look like a small version of me with less teeth. The pictures my dad takes are very important to me. I think they are very good. One picture of me reminds me of my mom when she was little. I love looking at pictures of babies because they are so adorable. Most babies are very flexible, like my baby cousin who can do the full splits. I asked my mom what I looked when I was a baby then asked about my sister. Action pictures of toddlers are very cute. You also can’t go wrong picture of a puppy. I think people like pictures because they remind them of special times. – Isabella

Caroline Barkley - September 23, 2013 - 7:11 pm


Great job!!! I am very proud of you and can’t wait to read your next blog.



Grammy - September 23, 2013 - 7:33 pm

Isabella. What a great idea and I loved your first blog. You are very talented and so special. Can’t wait to read more. Now you are earning your own money at 9 years old. Very impressive!!! Love you

family beach session | hilton head island, south carolina

Honestly, what is more natural than children on a beach? The sand, the water, perfect accessories to make children a tiny bit at ease (distracted!) while taking their photos. Once children are engrossed in things they enjoy doing, they tend to forget that there is someone following them around with a camera.

Two beautiful little girls – a gorgeous cloud covered afternoon on the beach – an ideal set up for a children’s portrait session.

The North Forest/Coligny Beach area was the backdrop for this sister/cousin/family beach session in Hilton Head. May our paths cross again. A simply beautiful spot.

Summer is here! | Children’s Portrait Photography | Block Island, RI | Hilton Head, SC | New York City | La Jolla, CA

Aaaahhh, yes Summer has arrived! If you live near us, the warm weather has been here for awhile! If you are anywhere else – Summer is probably just kicking into high gear. In fact, the Summer Solstice is still a few days away! Living here in Phoenix, the beginning of triple digits means the beginning of our busy travel season.

First stop: Block Island, Rhode Island. 6/21-6/22
To think, we used to live just a stone’s throw from the Ferry to Block Island – now we live more than 2,500 miles away. But any excuse to get back to this beautiful New England favorite! To any one who hasn’t been – Block Island is a unique little spot worth a visit for sure. Picturesque scenery, beaches, quaint town, light house, isolation, what more could one want on a beach vacation?

Well, someone might want something a little further down on the Eastern seaboard.

Second stop: Hilton Head, South Carolina. 6/24-6/28
This will be our first time to this famous spot. We are really looking forward to spending some time on these gorgeous beaches. Really excited for some gorgeous beach sessions!

Third stop: New York City. 7/11-7/15
Well – what more can I say? We love, love, love Love family sessions in NYC. Maybe because it’s Keith’s home town – but it is so much fun to have kids just running around the city – photographing them amongst all that makes NYC so special!

Last Summer Stop: La Jolla, CA 8/3-8/7
What summer (if you live in AZ) would be complete without a trip to the oh so beautiful beaches of Southern California?

Give us a shout if you would like to catch up with us in one of these awesome locales! Looking forward to a fun summer!