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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.

stinson beach, marin county california | children’s family portrait photographer

This super sweet family lives about an hour north of San Francisco. When we were deciding on a spot for their family portrait session, mom mentioned that they were more outdoorsy than city. The beach seemed to be the perfect fit. I had heard about Stinson Beach – but had never been. She mentioned she had been there as a child and that the location was perfect.

It was such a beautiful drive. We drove through San Francisco, over the Golden Gate Bridge and into Marin County. The Muir Woods were close by. Lots of meandering hills with the ocean always in sight. It such a great afternoon. Not a cloud in the sky.

Oh but was there wind on the beach!

Wow! This may have been the windiest beach I’ve ever been on. Regardless, the kids didn’t seem to notice. They were having a blast playing, running, enjoying being kids on a beach. And Keith does what he does best, captures kids being themselves.

This area is just so gorgeous. It is often hard to tear ourselves away and head back to Arizona. But we’ll be back – probably not till next June but we’ll be back! That makes me smile.

what nyc taught her | new york city children’s lifestyle portrait photographer

We don’t often share our children’s portrait sessions on our blog. We really try and respect the privacy of each family – many of our clients ask for their session to remain private. So unless they ask us to be featured on our blog, we don’t. But in this case, this mom runs a hugely successful mom’s blog called NYC Taught Me. She shared her children’s portrait session on her blog and wrote some really great stuff!

I just love her blog. I love how it reminds me of our days in NYC. Of course, back then we didn’t have children. It was just Keith and I. Manhattan takes on a whole new meaning when you have children, especially three like she does!

Keith really enjoyed this kids session. Sharon is just an absolute pleasure and her children are awesome. This session says it all. This is childhood, personified. Costumes, cookies, toys, tears, smiles, laughs. Children being themselves. Unscripted.

Thank you for letting us into your lives and allowing us to document an easy going afternoon on the Upper West Side.

NYC has a lot of good things to teach. So glad Sharon is sharing what she (and the kids) learn.

{Click HERE for her featured blog post}

Kristen Butler - June 27, 2012 - 11:23 pm

These rock. Yep… time for me to schedule my next kids session with you guys!

san francisco, bay area, california children’s portrait photographers

Our trip to the Bay area was too short as usual. The reason for the trip to San Francisco was business. A few family and children’s portrait sessions and then we had family time. We really love this area. What is there not to love? Great friends. Beautiful scenery. Amazing (vegan) food around every corner. Beaches. Museums. Just lots of great things to do with the kids.

This trip to San Francisco the kids wanted to visit Chinatown. We stopped in at the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory. Located on a side alley in a nondescript building, we actually walked right by it. But it is worth the stop. I guess I never thought too hard about how fortune cookies are made. But the whole family found it quite interesting. The factory sold delicious warm cookies and a flat version (before they fold them into the traditional shape) for just a few dollars. A great little souvenir.

But little Miss Gabs was in her glory walking around Chinatown. One gift shop after another. She has two favorite things on a trip: gifts shops and animals. If they both intersect, even better. She had a blast looking through all the shops, trying to decide what souvenir she was going to choose. She ended up with a jade-like little elephant. Isabella chose a light blue traditional Chinese dress. She immediately put it on in the shop where we bought it. She was so pleased with the dress. She looked so beautiful.

A few other highlights from the trip included a light dinner at the SoMa StrEAT Food Park (a new permanent food-truck pod – so many delicious choices!), a trip to Stinson Beach (and some delicious homemade empanadas at The Lunch Box, walking distance from the beach), lunch with friends that included an amazing fried tofu sandwich with to die for coleslaw from Bakesale Betty (rumor is they serve 900 sandwiches a day!), a visit to The Marine Mammal Center in Marin County (they rescue and rehabilitate sick and injured marine animals – this place is awesome!) and a trip to a beautiful rocky beach in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area just near Sausalito.

Oh and I forgot to mention that the weather was just perfect. Can’t wait to get back!

trains and hello kitty | phoenix children’s portrait photographers

“Kids: they dance before they learn there is anything that isn’t music” – William Stafford

Childhood is an improvisational masterpiece. An adventure of self expression, wonder and excitement. Huge smiles, big hugs and contagious laughter.

Childhood is so fleeting. Photographs supplement our memory and bring us right back to an exact moment. These photographs remind us of our children’s journey – each one memorable and unique.

Miles loves trains, he is soft spoken and a mini dare devil.
Clara loves hello kitty, pretty dresses and being adventurous.

I look at these pictures and see who they are. I see Clara’s reflection in the train and I imagine a big sister looking at her little brother about to jump on a train. When they are older, she is going to remember how much fun he had, how much he enjoyed playing with trains sitting on his bedroom floor, day after day. He will remember her carrying her Hello Kitty everywhere with her. Mom and Dad will remember how cute their kids were when they were 2 and 5. When the kids are heading off to college, the parents will look at this picture and say something about remembering how small they were, “where has all the time gone”?.

I get choked up thinking of these beautiful moments. I think of my kids every time I see one of our edited family sessions. I think of how fast they are growing. I think of all their little quirks. Their innocence. Their beauty. Their huge hearts. I think how happy this mom and dad will be when they look back at these pictures and remember this day like it was yesterday.

That’s what it’s all about. I just love photographs that define childhood.

A slideshow | phoenix children’s portrait photographers

We use this slideshow as an intro at our “children unscripted” photography workshops – it is a great overview of Keith’s style. The series of photographs demonstrate how kids have the ability to find beauty without direct instruction. Keith’s job is to document this freedom. His improvisational style coupled with lots of action, smiles, fun, just kids immersed in their surroundings, demonstrates how each moment in our children’s lives are beautiful and different.

thomas - June 13, 2012 - 3:26 pm

I love your Photography. What kind of song is it in background?
All really work together, really nice and happy story. :)

Keith - June 13, 2012 - 4:41 pm

Thank You Thomas! I appreciate the compliment. The song is royalty free. I am a big proponent of using approved music and not violating copyrights. I don’t like it happening to me so I don’t do it to others.

Thomas - June 13, 2012 - 4:56 pm

Hi again :))
what i mean i love this song but I cant find it anywhere :(
If you could sent me name of singer i will really appreciate it.
This song bring all my childhood memories :))
By the way, I wonder if you you do any online class or photography course?
I live in Ireland and I found your website via this post:

I tried to find more tips on your website but i could not find any :(

Kind Regards

melissa - June 13, 2012 - 6:12 pm

Sorry about that! Here is the info: Peter Himmelman—Imagination
Also, check out our other blog for more photography tips:

Thomas - June 13, 2012 - 6:23 pm

You are a Legend :) Thanks a lot.

I just got an Idea if you could think about this. Would you have some spare time to do something like mentor class or so?
I guess you r v busy person :)
But maybe sometime I could sent you few photos for critique and maybe you could give me some advice how to improve them?
Kind Regards


melissa - June 15, 2012 - 2:50 pm

Hi Thomas – please send me an email at to discuss