Celebrating Elliott

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I'll never forget the day I found out that my friend, Desiree, lost her little boy, Elliott. We had spent the  weekend celebrating Parker's 7th birthday. We had experienced days thick with love and full of our 3 boys.

After kissing my kids goodnight, I discovered that the youngest of Desiree's 3 boys had passed away.

Photographing his funeral was easily the most heart wrenching thing I've ever experienced. Yet it was as holy as it was heartbreaking.

Yesterday I asked Desiree about the photos of funeral. I wondered if they brought comfort or sadness. She explained that she loves them because they are proof that he lived. When the world continues spinning, her family needs to remember that he has not been forgotten. They need to remember that the almost 2 years they got to spend with him were not just a good dream.

Grab a tissue and remember little Elliott. I have squeezed my kids tighter every single day for a year, because of him. I hope you will too. 

Music by Ryan Tanner. Song choice and photos inspired by Jon Canlas.


Mya's Birth Story






I always consider shooting birth stories a huge honor and this one was no exception. 

Welcome to the world, little Mya.

Interested in me documenting your birth story? Contact me at melissaephotography@gmail.com.


Graduation Girl

I loved shooting graduation photos for this beautiful, sweet girl. (And a few of her sweet, beautiful family too.) I have been getting ready to re-launch my business and this session was such a great way to kick things off. 

Happy summer, everyone! 


The Hatch Family

The problem with taking pictures of adorable twins like Hallie and Emerson is that I start thinking crazy thoughts about how fun it would be to have twins. And then I say, "Aaron, we could TOTALLY have twins." and his eyes get wide, his palms get sweaty, and he starts explaining why that in completely insane.  And all I can say is but you should have seen how cute they were together! over and over.

Take a look.

See what I mean?  I rest my case.


Rethinking Newborn Photos

Me snuggling with Charlie. Can't you just feel that sweet, warm newborn breath?
With our little guy here, newborn photos have been on my mind. Over the past few weeks I have come across dozens and dozens of photos of newborns stuffed into, or propped on top of, every item you can think of. I've seen babies balancing precariously on guitars and motorcycles, stuffed into cowboy boots and crammed into gumball jars. Others have been tied up with bows, balancing on balls, and hung from nets.

I get it. Teeny tiny newborns are adorable when crammed into teeny tiny things.

But to all you mothers everywhere: can we please stop and think for a minute? In 50 years, when our newborn days are long gone, which photos are going to bring us back to this precious time and remind us what having a newborn feels like? Which photos will stop us in our tracks and get us right in the gut? The cute pictures of our baby in a pumpkin? Maybe.

But maybe not.

Part of me worries that all of these newborn props (especially pictures like one I saw last week of a baby's head coming out of a GLASS vase full of gumballs??) will be the matching denim of yesterday. Trendy as can be right now, but MIGHT make us cringe in 10 years.

Why don't we stop trying to manufacture beauty and capture the beauty that is already there?

But you know what this means right? You mothers are going to have to GET IN THE PHOTOS. I don't care if you feel chubby. I don't care if you have mascara strewn across your face or your hair is a mess. And TRUST ME your 80 yr. old self, or your children's children won't care either.

By all means, squeeze your newborn in whatever container you have lying around. But I beg you to please think about hiring someone to take some photos of you and your baby in your home snuggling, feeding and sleeping. As unpolished as it may be. Because THAT is what having a newborn is all about. Bed head and all.
I have a sneaky suspicion that your 80 yr. old self will want to thank me. Feel free to send me a thank you note in 40 years.

With a cookie.


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