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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.

a children’s portrait session in the desert | scottsdale portrait photographer

How is it that children are always able to bond with their surroundings? A children’s portrait session in the desert – and these two handsome little boys still managed to find a way to entertain themselves.

Children are always in the present – they just don’t hear the noise that we hear as adults. These two boys weren’t distracted by posing or worried whether their pictures were turning out ok, they were concerned with their surroundings and exploring, having fun with each other. Letting their five senses guide their experience.

The beauty and innocence of childhood. I wish it could be bottled and sold.

Kristen Butler - January 16, 2012 - 11:41 pm

I know these two. :) LOVE.

mastering the monkey bars | children’s portrait photographer scottsdale

After 2+ weeks of winter break, you kind of get used to having the kids around. When you first look at the school calendar and see that the kids are off from December 16-January 3rd, you kind of think it’s going to seem like a really, really long time to have the kids home. Couple the time off from school with our busiest time of the year as portrait photographers, and you might get a little bit anxious if you’re so inclined. But you know what, it all worked out really, really well. And guess what, winter break went quickly and as I sit here the eve before they return to school, I am actually sad.

At bedtime, the night before school was to begin again, I was laying with Gabby, combing my fingers through her hair, staring at her in the darkness. I started thinking of all these wonderful things about how happy I am to be her mother. Just how content I am to have her and her sister as my daughters and Keith has my husband. As I like to remind Keith in every card I give him, “I am STILL the luckiest woman in the whole world!” Quiet moments like this put life into perspective.

My heart hurts with how much I love this little girl that asks me every night to “snuggle” with her. The little girl (she’ll be 5 next month, so not so little, but she likes to think so) that asks me to carry her to bed like a little baby. The same little girl that reads me good night stories, that lines up her dinosaurs in what looks like a conga line almost every day, that has to sleep with an entourage of stuffed animals, that has a personality so large and bright that I just look at her and want to cry.

But Gabby’s room is just stop #1 every night.

Then there’s my beautiful 7 1/2 year old Isabella. So attached to us. Yes, it’s my fault. Letting her sleep in our bed as long as she wanted to. Finally now, she is sleeping in her own bed. But the attachment is there, she needs constant human contact. The nightly routine includes her reading, and reading and reading. Keith rubbing her back. An extra trip to the bathroom. A few trips out of the bedroom asking for hugs. Mommy rubbing her hair. Then I take a moment while running my fingers through her hair and realize how fleeting all of this is. She has grown up so quickly and still has so much more growing to do. I look down at her and remind myself to treasure all of these moments, each and every one of them.

As a kid I didn’t believe my mom when she told me that one day I will understand how much she loves me and my sister. That day came the day my first daughter was born. I get it now.

And believe it or not, Spring Break is only 8 weeks away! (and I’m looking forward to it!)

(Above picture taken of Isabella mastering the monkey bars over winter break. Keith was there to capture it with his rangefinder and black & white film, yes I did say FILM!)

Kristen Butler - January 13, 2012 - 4:08 am

That was the most poignant heart warming post ever. I have tears in my eyes and feel like I had a HUGE peek into your heart and life. Thank you so much for sharing Melissa.

melissa - January 16, 2012 - 9:53 pm

Thanks Kristen!

rock jumping | children’s portrait photographer phoenix

Kids: they dance before they learn there is anything that isn’t music.  ~William Stafford

There is nothing better than letting children be themselves, unscripted.  A lovely fall afternoon, a park full of tall palm trees and kids having a good time…and a beautiful little girl making it her own playground.

One of our little girls is about the same age. Kids can be a little self conscious when they know a camera is pointed directly at them. But give them a few minutes to forget that a photographer is with them and their personality starts to emerge. A child’s natural curiosity coupled with their ability to have fun no matter where they are makes Keith’s job easy.

The essence of the child – that’s what it’s all about.

A children’s portrait session – where the child actually says how much fun they had! What’s better than that?

catch us at the beach!! | southern california beach portrait photography

We are headed to the beach next week.

We’ll be in the Los Angeles area for a few days and then in the San Diego area. We have one portrait session scheduled in LA and one in San Diego – which leaves a spot for you and your family if you will be in Southern California between 10/9-10/14!

Contact us and we will meet you at the beach!