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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.

beautiful inside and out | Phoenix senior portrait photographer

Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken. – Oscar Wilde

Independent, intelligent, beautiful. A senior in high school about to graduate and move forward into the next stage of her life. What a special time.

It seems like yesterday. I remember this time and how the years pass so quickly. It was 1987 and I graduated from high school. Off to 4 years of college in Boston. One summer living on Cape Cod, a semester in Paris, a summer in New York City. The summer in NYC turned into me moving to NYC after I graduated from college. The move to NYC turned into a career. The experience in NYC led me down all sorts of interesting paths. It was because of how all these experiences came together that the next chapter in my life began: meeting Keith and beginning our lives together.

To look at this beautiful girl on the brink of all her future holds. What an exciting time. In the blink of an eye the years pass so quickly. All the freedom to forge her own path – being true to herself.

Look at those cheeks! | Papago Park Phoenix Zoo children’s photography

I have oh so much catching up to do with posting beautiful families on this blog from this past holiday season. I am instead posting a more recent session that we just finished editing today. This little girl is just too cute. Her chubby legs and cheeks that are just so adorable you want to reach out and pinch them just made me want to share this with everyone!

What a great family session at the Phoenix Zoo. It is a perfect spot for a children’s photo session because there are so many great distractions for the kids! Water, ducks, rocks, etc.. to entertain the little ones while Keith just snaps them being adorable! Like shooting fish in a barrel as Mr. Pitts likes to say.

Balboa Park Family Portrait Session | San Diego Family Photography

Wow it seems like ages ago we were in San Diego for some Fall Portrait Sessions. The last few months have passed so quickly – at last I’m getting around to posting some of my favorite images from these sessions.

This family decided that they wanted Balboa Park as the back drop for their family portrait session. I can’t blame them. What a great spot. So much history and awesomeness jammed into a huge park right in the heart of San Diego. Beautiful architecture, grassy areas, so many points of interest. A great place to walk around and let kids just be themselves.

I just LOVE Balboa Park. I wish I could kidnap this spot and bring it back to Phoenix!

Walking around Paris – Pere Lachaise Cemetery | Paris with Kids

Keith and were talking this morning about Paris and how many wonderful photos and experiences we have yet to share. Each day while we were there, we made a point to take a walk (or Metro ride or trip on the SNCF) to some amazing site in and around Paris. The kids were so good about their long walks. Yes, Gabby had “strolly” with her for those really long walks but for the most part, the kids couldn’t have been more agreeable. Isabella walked as much as we did – without complaint.

During the month that we were there – we saw all sorts of historic or relevant places. One the kids particularly enjoyed running through was Pere Lachaise Cemetery. Again, another spot in Paris that has been cleaned up. You used to be able to smell the Jack Daniels from the minute you walked through the gates of the cemetery. You just followed the spray paint and broken alcohol bottles right to Jim Morrison’s grave. That was so awful. Many other graves desecrated (so many well know people buried there such as Moliere, Balzac, Chopin, Delacroix, Haussmann, Lalique, Proust, Edith Piaf, Suerat, Gertrude Stein, Toklas, Wilde) by crazed Doors fans. I of course was a Jim Morrison fan which is why I made my way there too some 20+ years ago – but very sad to see the fan’s enthusiasm make the cemetery so broken down.

But now everything was cleaned up. Jim Morrison’s grave has a rope around it with some flowers. You can still smell the lingering aroma of old booze soaked into the neighboring trees and ground – but it is so much better than what it once was.

The cemetery proved to be not only a fun spot for the kids but also educational. We talked about dates (Wow – people were born in the 1600’s?, which prompted all sorts of great conversations about what it was like to live way back then.) Religions. Why is there a Star of David on that stone? Famous composers, artists, singers. The man who redesigned Paris in the 1800’s – Mr. Haussmann. They were starting to grasp grand boulevards v small streets. Old Paris v new Paris. It was a fun history lesson.

And of course there was the dark side. Questions about death. Why were some people buried in these houses. Was it haunted? Wondering if they could climb into these broken down doorways – nervously peering into graves that had shifted. Proceeding very gingerly.

Another enjoyable walk around Paris with kids!

Happy 1st Birthday! | Scottsdale Children’s Photographer

Enjoy the little things in life for one day you’ll look back and realize they were big things. – Robert Brault

Documenting a little girl as she turns one is in my opinion one of those little things that is really a big thing. Time flies as the old cliche goes.

I’m sure these parents remember when she was born like it was yesterday. How did a year pass so quickly? How did she get so big? She’s crawling, pointing, making sounds, exploring, animated and just plain adorable.

If you don’t do these little things like documenting your child through these milestones, will you really remember how darn cute she was at one year? Well probably, but the memories will be distant. By having the tangible photographs, mom and dad will be taken right back to this day – when her little boot was falling off her foot as she stood (on her own, while holding onto the fence!!!), that she was sticking out her little finger to let everyone know that she was one, that she was exploring the little pebbles in the desert, that she was giggling when mom was making faces behind the camera and dad was doing his little dance.

I love these memories. I love that these little moments are captured forever.

Happy Birthday beautiful little girl!