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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.

Happy Thanksgiving!

{I’m thankful for Instagram! Photos above are taken by me – not Keith! I’m sure I didn’t really need to tell anyone that – you could probably figure that out on your own. }

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! This is by far my favorite holiday – delicious food, great company, lots of visiting and the kids have a blast. We have so much to be thankful for starting of course with our two beautiful little girls, our wonderful family, a successful profession that no day seems like work, our health and just the happiest life one could ask for.

I asked the girls and their cousin Ava what they were thankful for. The family dog seems to be popular. And of course Mommy and Daddy (rightfully so of course!)

Isabella is thankful for:
1. Mommmy (I like that!)
2. Daddy
3. Gabby (that’s sweet!)

Gabby is thankful for:
1. Pooch
2. Horses
3. Mommy & Daddy
she went for four even though I asked for 3
4. also I’m thankful for the world because I love the world

Ava is thankful for:
1. Bobo (her dog)
2. Ben (my mom’s recently deceased dog, interesting choice!)
3. My Mom and Dad

Love this kid | scottsdale children’s photographer

Being a children’s portrait photographer has all sorts of perks. It is an honor to document a family’s life as well as just plain fun.

But the best part of our job to me as a mom is having lots of great photos of our own children. Keith was just scrolling through some film scans while looking for something else and came across this adorable shot of Isabella.

I just love her smirky smile. I remember this day, it was Gabby’s 5th birthday party at our local park. The kids were having such a good time with face painters, a balloon guy and a puppet show. Isabella was enjoying herself – and it shows in this picture. Her genuine joy.

It’s hard for me to look at this image and not be reminded of how much I love this little girl. Another snapshot of her childhood. Thanks Keith.

I love her so much!

this year’s halloween costumes | phoenix children’s photographer

Hard to believe Halloween was two weeks ago! The kids had so much fun – as if that’s a surprise!

Gabby wanted to be a black cat. So we found a tail, ears and collar at one of those huge Halloween costume warehouses. She then added a black leotard, tights and her whiskers. She was ready to go. She was crawling around acting very cat like as these photos were being taken. She then took her kitty routine on the road and was meowing her way from house to house trick or treating.

Isabella wanted to be something a little bit dark this year. This is actually the first Halloween that she has even considered wearing black! She debated between a few packaged costumes at the the same Halloween warehouse but then saw this long black Morticia dress. She decided to use the dress with her tall black biker boots, spray her hair black and do her own make up. So the costume didn’t necessarily have a name, but it was all her. That made me smile.

Hard to believe Thanksgiving is next! I just love this time of the year!

happy veteran’s day | phoenix children’s photographer

Last week, our niece Ava asked Keith if he was able to participate in her school’s Veteran’s Day celebration. Keith said yes of course!

So Friday morning Keith received a little name tag and was asked to sit with dozens of fellow veterans. Maybe in excess of 50 veterans were sitting in the first few rows of the school’s auditorium. They were treated to the 2nd and 5th graders singing an assortment of patriotic songs. After the singing, the kids had a small parade through the campus. It was like the Canyon of Heroes, the kids were waving flags and high fiving the veterans as they walked through. Keith mentioned that he teared up, he was so touched by these little kids! (and of course loved his decorated tin with pencil, see photo above!)

It’s funny when you used to look at our grandfathers that had served in WWII and they weren’t that old. Now their numbers are dwindling. The Vietnam veterans are our dads. The Desert Storm and Iraq and Afghanistan vets are our husbands, brothers and sons.

When Keith is thanked for his service he finds it awkward. As he likes to say, he just did it. He didn’t think it was a sacrifice or something to be thanked for. Just something he felt he should do.

And now, all these years later, it’s an honor for him to participate in such a touching Veteran’s Day Celebration.

Thank you Pep (my grandfather), my uncles, cousins, friends and of course Keith. I wish none of you had to serve, especially in war time, but I am deeply grateful that you did.

Happy Veteran’s Day!

the train park family session | scottsdale children’s portrait photographer

Recently, we were in California photographing some really fun family sessions. A beach session in La Jolla, another in Mission Beach, one at Balboa Park and some other portrait sessions around San Diego. One family had to cancel at the last minute.

We were in Solana Beach enjoying the beautiful weather when a text came through from the family letting us know about the fog in Coronado. We had a family portrait session scheduled later that afternoon at the beach in front of the Hotel del Coronado. Fog? It was gorgeous where we were. How could that be possible? They sent us pictures that showed how dark and foggy it was at the beach. They were only about 20 minutes south of where we were. Crazy! Needless to say, a family session in dark fog is not ideal. Time to reschedule!

So we ended up postponing the session until the family was back in Scottsdale.

Well it wasn’t Coronado Beach but it was still a beautiful day at the McCormick Stillman Railroad Park – affectionately known in our family as “the train park”.

This brother and sister are just so adorable and growing so quickly. This may sound corny, but I really enjoy seeing how the kids grow from year to year. I love looking back at previous year’s sessions and seeing how the kids have changed. Quite honestly, I usually tear up.

Being given the opportunity to document a family (especially year after year) is such an honor! One that we treasure.