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Saraya & Ethan || Lexington, KY Engagement Photographer

Saraya and Ethan are such a sweet couple! It was so wonderful getting the chance to meet them and hear more about their story. They are getting married this fall and I love hearing wedding plans as they are all coming together. These two work hard and love each other well. It was so sweet watching them together and capturing their engagements recently!

 

tucker family || georgetown, ky photographer

Haley and Adam are such dear friends. Haley and I had a lot of mutual friends and we happened to live in the same town (surprisingly none of the other mutual friends do!) but we decided to meet up and sort of have a book club. Right off the bat we had deep conversations about hopes and fears, prayers and doubts and I so loved that I had found a friend where we didn’t need the small talk to get to the good stuff. We just jumped right into the good stuff. I am so grateful for her friendship. It certainly had it’s waves of times we were together and waves where we were consumed with our own families due to several new kiddos being added to the mix but at the core the friendship is still there and so sweet.

Adam recently got a pretty exciting job offer in pretty exciting Seattle. They packed up their home and moved their family across the country and I am so very excited for them as they are on this fun adventure together. I knew I wanted to do something for them to try to commemorate their time in this house so we had a fun mini session in their empty house. They brought some favorite books and games and of course we had to have a little dance party for good measure, too.

 

Tucker family, I just love you so. I am praying big for you guys as you settle in to Seattle.

 

Constance & Phillip || Stamping Ground, KY Wedding Photographer

When I first met with Constance and Phillip to go over some wedding details I got so excited when I heard the wedding was going to be on Phillips family farm. How perfect is that? On wedding day I was driving to the farm and was overcome with so much joy when I saw those sunflowers in the shape of a “P”! I knew I had arrived to a very special wedding. There was the most beautiful sunflowers everywhere, there were even sunflower seeds for the guests to take and plant at home.

Constance was an incredibly laid-back bride and was all smiles, all day. Guests began to arrive and sat under umbrellas on hay bales and it was all just so perfect. Constance & Phillip were married in front of a large pond on the family farm with their closest friends and families there to cheer them on.

Their reception was lovely. It was an intimate laid-back dinner with lots of space to connect and laugh and enjoy each others company. Constance and Phillip cut their wedding cake and then they did something I’ve never seen a bride and groom do before – they personally served all of their guests (& caterers!) a slice of cake. Isn’t that so special? I think it speaks volumes into their character and I am so excited for their lives to be joined. Constance and Phillip – thank you so much for allowing me to capture your special day! You two are one special couple!!

 

Flowers: Blooms N Blossoms LLC

Cake: The Cake Lady

Reception: Wilshires

 

 

 

Moody Family || Georgetown, KY Family Photographer

As I walked to our location to scope out some excellent spots for our session I was overwhelmed with how HOT it was! But Britton and Tyler came down with their perfect little red head completely happy and excited for our session. These two have known each other for ages, went to school together and told me some of the hot spots in our little town when they were in high school. They are so much fun to be around – you know when you leave a session and just know you want to become better friends? That’s how I felt the whole time with this crew. Also, as a red head (with zero red headed children!) I was so enamored with this girls hair! It’s curly and red and perfect. She loved exploring and checking things out with her patient daddy and it was a total joy to watch. I love watching kids explore nature – it’s one of my favorite things. Plus, this girl got to go to the fair after our session and I’ll just say I’m definitely not above bribing kids for smiles 😉 What a fun session. Thank you Moody family for hanging with me in the summer heat! I hope you love your images!!

 

Zack & Sarah || Wilmore, KY Wedding Photographer

Zack and Sarah are so perfect for each other I can hardly stand it. We’ve known Zack and his family for years and we had been hoping for years that he would find a fantastic girl to be his wife… and man! These two compliment each other in all of the best ways. Their story is so special because their lives have been weaved together in so many different ways starting when they were young. Their families were neighbors and remained close friends. Zack and Sarah met at a church event a couple years ago and they both separately said the moment they reconnected they knew they had found their mate. I am just so thrilled for them.

Their wedding day was gorgeous, it started with some honeymoon travel plans having to be re-coordinated, and their were some sound and electrical issues that seemed to pop up but you know what? It didn’t phase anyone a single bit. Everyone was all smiles throughout everything because the important thing was watching these two join their lives together. It was such a special day and I am so grateful to have been able to capture it start to finish.

 

Wedding Venue: Highbridge Park

Wedding Dress: Meant-to-Be Boutique

 

vera || stamping ground, ky newborn photographer

Oh I love getting to watch families welcome new little ones into the mix! This family was no exception. It was so sweet exploring her nursery and seeing all of the details her mom put into this special room for her. Baby Vera was so calm but alert and stayed awake throughout our whole session – I don’t think she wanted to miss a thing! She was such a joy to be around. And big brother was such a champ and is adjusting to his new important role so well! I so loved getting to hang out with this family.

 

Chad & Jaime || Lexington KY Wedding Photographer

I met Jaime several years ago at a friends birthday party. My then 6 month old daughter loved Jaime and ended up snoozing on her shoulder. Jaime was so kind and I immediately knew my daughter had good instincts and I liked her too! Fast forward a few years and I was so excited to get her message that she was getting married! I met her and Chad at Starbucks to go through some wedding details and my gosh, they are perfect together! I loved watching how their personalities complement each other and just how well the jive together.

I arrived to their hotel on wedding day and from start to finish Jaime was laid-back and comfortable and a complete joy to be around. That’s one thing I kept noticing throughout the day – Jaime knows how to love people well. She was elated to be surrounded by the people she loves and to marry her fella. She was beaming and greets everyone with the biggest hug and sweetest smile. She is such a gem.  It was such a special day watching Jaime and Chad get married! The weather was hot but beautiful so we got all of our portraits outside in one of her favorite Lexington locations, the UK Arboretum. Plus, a dream of this bride was to get a photo of her and girls up on a bar and sure enough, we made it happen! Bourbon & Rye were fantastic to work with and I cannot wait for a chance to get to work with them again! Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Kelley! I am so thrilled for you guys!!

 

Thanks to

Bourbon & Rye

UK Arboretum

Amanda King Photography

Copper Roux

for helping create a seamless wedding day!

 

price family || lexington, ky family photographer

I have had the honor of getting to work with this family since they were announcing their pregnancy with this little guy! It has been so fun to catch up with them every 6 months and see how Parker is growing and changing! His mama is a librarian and I love how she always brings books that we can incorporate into our sessions. It is so special when you can add something in that is special to your family! It adds something so sweet to the photos. I loved hanging out with you, Price family!

 

guest family || lexington, ky family photography

This family is a special one to me. Ashley was actually my very first friend when I moved to Kentucky in the eighth grade. We had gym together and we were paired up often because our last names (before married!) both began with ‘b’. We were the most unathletic people in the class. It sparked a pretty immediate friendship because we knew we could laugh and not take ourselves too seriously – because there is about zero athletic ability in each of us! We pretty instantly became best friends and were almost inseparable throughout high school.

We roomed together in college and were neighbors in the same apartment when we were both newlyweds. We had movie nights and game nights and shared dinner almost every night in that season of life before kids. I know realize what a treasure that time was! She and her husband are missionaries and moved to Honduras years ago. Ashley remains one of my closest friends… they type that you can go months without speaking and when you do you realize not a beat has been missed. I so cherish this girl and her family! They come back to the states every few years and it is such a treat when we get to catch up! We had to squeeze in a little family session while they were here most recently and I am so glad we did – these are some of my favorite images of some of my favorite people!

 

a little about the photographer.

Hello there! I just wanted to take a second and sort of re-introduce myself over here on this blog. I’m Melissa. Wife to Michael, mama to four, lover of Jesus. I’m an introvert, I prefer to listen more than share but being married to the man I am and having as many kids as I do it forces me into social situations that I will wholly admit I love more and more every day. I love it when walls are broken down and people share their hearts and their lives with me. Photography has been such a gift in that aspect. The Lord has given me a talent for capturing moments, noticing things sometimes missed. The beauty in the ordinary, in the messy moments. We can miss the beauty when we are in the mess but that’s where I come in; that’s where I thrive. It is my passion to help people see their families as unique and beautiful. Even when (especially when) we feel that is far from true.

I handed my camera over to Michael one afternoon when I was feeling confident. I loved my outfit, I loved my hair, and I had done my makeup for the day. I knew I needed some headshot photos to start using this blog again and just get more intentional about my social media platforms. I am so glad that I did. I can 100% say, feeling confident in your skin makes for some great images. I think it’s great practice to be on the other side of the camera and remember how strange it can feel to have a camera in your face wanting to capture your genuine self. I’ll totally admit it – it feels weird! But it’s short lived and then you are on the other side. And you realize it wasn’t so bad… if not even a little fun.

I realized I loved capturing moments on a trip my then boyfriend, now husband, and I took to Zambia, Africa. I couldn’t seem to put my camera down. I captured the flowers, the food, the kids we had a chance to love on, the signs, everything, everywhere. And my heart soared. I will always treasure those images. They are a dream realized for me. My husband and I got engaged after our Africa trip and got married the following summer. Shortly after our wedding we had the surprise of our lives. We were having a baby! We still had wedding money and I had been dreaming of getting a nice camera. I knew I would want great photos of this baby that was on his way so we bought a beginner DSLR. I read that manual cover to cover. It was the first thing I actually loved learning about that was a real challenge. But I didn’t put it down when I was overwhelmed. I kept at it and I am so grateful for that time invested in that camera. And grateful for the timing of it all – if I hadn’t been expecting I don’t think I would’ve felt the pressure or desire to learn like I did.

The baby was born… and over the years we’ve added three more babies to our crew. You’ve heard it before and it’s true. Kids grow up too darn fast. They don’t come with a pause button! And now with four I cherish looking back on my photos of them. The days are long (so long) but the years seem to by flying by in a blur. I can remember so many details with the photos that I could never remember on my own. And I’m passionate about helping other families have the same types of images of their children and families to look back on and remember their own stories. I love lifestyle photography. The genuine, un-staged, sometimes messy, always memorable moments. The candid moments, and the moments just after the staged ones. That is where the magic will always be to me.

My first few years as a photographer I didn’t feel like I was worthy of that title. I had a photographer friend I so admire tell me, “You ARE a photographer.” And every time I call myself a photographer it still puts the biggest grin on my face. It’s a special title to have and it isn’t one that I take lightly. I am so grateful to carry it. Thanks for being here and all of your support in this adventure of mine.

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Saraya & Ethan || Lexington, KY Engagement Photographer

Saraya and Ethan are such a sweet couple! It was so wonderful getting the chance to meet them and hear more about their story. They are getting married this fall and I love hearing wedding plans as they are all coming together. These two work hard and love each other well. It was so sweet watching them together and capturing their engagements recently!

 

tucker family || georgetown, ky photographer

Haley and Adam are such dear friends. Haley and I had a lot of mutual friends and we happened to live in the same town (surprisingly none of the other mutual friends do!) but we decided to meet up and sort of have a book club. Right off the bat we had deep conversations about hopes and fears, prayers and doubts and I so loved that I had found a friend where we didn’t need the small talk to get to the good stuff. We just jumped right into the good stuff. I am so grateful for her friendship. It certainly had it’s waves of times we were together and waves where we were consumed with our own families due to several new kiddos being added to the mix but at the core the friendship is still there and so sweet.

Adam recently got a pretty exciting job offer in pretty exciting Seattle. They packed up their home and moved their family across the country and I am so very excited for them as they are on this fun adventure together. I knew I wanted to do something for them to try to commemorate their time in this house so we had a fun mini session in their empty house. They brought some favorite books and games and of course we had to have a little dance party for good measure, too.

 

Tucker family, I just love you so. I am praying big for you guys as you settle in to Seattle.

 

Constance & Phillip || Stamping Ground, KY Wedding Photographer

When I first met with Constance and Phillip to go over some wedding details I got so excited when I heard the wedding was going to be on Phillips family farm. How perfect is that? On wedding day I was driving to the farm and was overcome with so much joy when I saw those sunflowers in the shape of a “P”! I knew I had arrived to a very special wedding. There was the most beautiful sunflowers everywhere, there were even sunflower seeds for the guests to take and plant at home.

Constance was an incredibly laid-back bride and was all smiles, all day. Guests began to arrive and sat under umbrellas on hay bales and it was all just so perfect. Constance & Phillip were married in front of a large pond on the family farm with their closest friends and families there to cheer them on.

Their reception was lovely. It was an intimate laid-back dinner with lots of space to connect and laugh and enjoy each others company. Constance and Phillip cut their wedding cake and then they did something I’ve never seen a bride and groom do before – they personally served all of their guests (& caterers!) a slice of cake. Isn’t that so special? I think it speaks volumes into their character and I am so excited for their lives to be joined. Constance and Phillip – thank you so much for allowing me to capture your special day! You two are one special couple!!

 

Flowers: Blooms N Blossoms LLC

Cake: The Cake Lady

Reception: Wilshires

 

 

 

Moody Family || Georgetown, KY Family Photographer

As I walked to our location to scope out some excellent spots for our session I was overwhelmed with how HOT it was! But Britton and Tyler came down with their perfect little red head completely happy and excited for our session. These two have known each other for ages, went to school together and told me some of the hot spots in our little town when they were in high school. They are so much fun to be around – you know when you leave a session and just know you want to become better friends? That’s how I felt the whole time with this crew. Also, as a red head (with zero red headed children!) I was so enamored with this girls hair! It’s curly and red and perfect. She loved exploring and checking things out with her patient daddy and it was a total joy to watch. I love watching kids explore nature – it’s one of my favorite things. Plus, this girl got to go to the fair after our session and I’ll just say I’m definitely not above bribing kids for smiles 😉 What a fun session. Thank you Moody family for hanging with me in the summer heat! I hope you love your images!!

 

Zack & Sarah || Wilmore, KY Wedding Photographer

Zack and Sarah are so perfect for each other I can hardly stand it. We’ve known Zack and his family for years and we had been hoping for years that he would find a fantastic girl to be his wife… and man! These two compliment each other in all of the best ways. Their story is so special because their lives have been weaved together in so many different ways starting when they were young. Their families were neighbors and remained close friends. Zack and Sarah met at a church event a couple years ago and they both separately said the moment they reconnected they knew they had found their mate. I am just so thrilled for them.

Their wedding day was gorgeous, it started with some honeymoon travel plans having to be re-coordinated, and their were some sound and electrical issues that seemed to pop up but you know what? It didn’t phase anyone a single bit. Everyone was all smiles throughout everything because the important thing was watching these two join their lives together. It was such a special day and I am so grateful to have been able to capture it start to finish.

 

Wedding Venue: Highbridge Park

Wedding Dress: Meant-to-Be Boutique

 

vera || stamping ground, ky newborn photographer

Oh I love getting to watch families welcome new little ones into the mix! This family was no exception. It was so sweet exploring her nursery and seeing all of the details her mom put into this special room for her. Baby Vera was so calm but alert and stayed awake throughout our whole session – I don’t think she wanted to miss a thing! She was such a joy to be around. And big brother was such a champ and is adjusting to his new important role so well! I so loved getting to hang out with this family.

 

Chad & Jaime || Lexington KY Wedding Photographer

I met Jaime several years ago at a friends birthday party. My then 6 month old daughter loved Jaime and ended up snoozing on her shoulder. Jaime was so kind and I immediately knew my daughter had good instincts and I liked her too! Fast forward a few years and I was so excited to get her message that she was getting married! I met her and Chad at Starbucks to go through some wedding details and my gosh, they are perfect together! I loved watching how their personalities complement each other and just how well the jive together.

I arrived to their hotel on wedding day and from start to finish Jaime was laid-back and comfortable and a complete joy to be around. That’s one thing I kept noticing throughout the day – Jaime knows how to love people well. She was elated to be surrounded by the people she loves and to marry her fella. She was beaming and greets everyone with the biggest hug and sweetest smile. She is such a gem.  It was such a special day watching Jaime and Chad get married! The weather was hot but beautiful so we got all of our portraits outside in one of her favorite Lexington locations, the UK Arboretum. Plus, a dream of this bride was to get a photo of her and girls up on a bar and sure enough, we made it happen! Bourbon & Rye were fantastic to work with and I cannot wait for a chance to get to work with them again! Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Kelley! I am so thrilled for you guys!!

 

Thanks to

Bourbon & Rye

UK Arboretum

Amanda King Photography

Copper Roux

for helping create a seamless wedding day!

 

price family || lexington, ky family photographer

I have had the honor of getting to work with this family since they were announcing their pregnancy with this little guy! It has been so fun to catch up with them every 6 months and see how Parker is growing and changing! His mama is a librarian and I love how she always brings books that we can incorporate into our sessions. It is so special when you can add something in that is special to your family! It adds something so sweet to the photos. I loved hanging out with you, Price family!

 

guest family || lexington, ky family photography

This family is a special one to me. Ashley was actually my very first friend when I moved to Kentucky in the eighth grade. We had gym together and we were paired up often because our last names (before married!) both began with ‘b’. We were the most unathletic people in the class. It sparked a pretty immediate friendship because we knew we could laugh and not take ourselves too seriously – because there is about zero athletic ability in each of us! We pretty instantly became best friends and were almost inseparable throughout high school.

We roomed together in college and were neighbors in the same apartment when we were both newlyweds. We had movie nights and game nights and shared dinner almost every night in that season of life before kids. I know realize what a treasure that time was! She and her husband are missionaries and moved to Honduras years ago. Ashley remains one of my closest friends… they type that you can go months without speaking and when you do you realize not a beat has been missed. I so cherish this girl and her family! They come back to the states every few years and it is such a treat when we get to catch up! We had to squeeze in a little family session while they were here most recently and I am so glad we did – these are some of my favorite images of some of my favorite people!

 

a little about the photographer.

Hello there! I just wanted to take a second and sort of re-introduce myself over here on this blog. I’m Melissa. Wife to Michael, mama to four, lover of Jesus. I’m an introvert, I prefer to listen more than share but being married to the man I am and having as many kids as I do it forces me into social situations that I will wholly admit I love more and more every day. I love it when walls are broken down and people share their hearts and their lives with me. Photography has been such a gift in that aspect. The Lord has given me a talent for capturing moments, noticing things sometimes missed. The beauty in the ordinary, in the messy moments. We can miss the beauty when we are in the mess but that’s where I come in; that’s where I thrive. It is my passion to help people see their families as unique and beautiful. Even when (especially when) we feel that is far from true.

I handed my camera over to Michael one afternoon when I was feeling confident. I loved my outfit, I loved my hair, and I had done my makeup for the day. I knew I needed some headshot photos to start using this blog again and just get more intentional about my social media platforms. I am so glad that I did. I can 100% say, feeling confident in your skin makes for some great images. I think it’s great practice to be on the other side of the camera and remember how strange it can feel to have a camera in your face wanting to capture your genuine self. I’ll totally admit it – it feels weird! But it’s short lived and then you are on the other side. And you realize it wasn’t so bad… if not even a little fun.

I realized I loved capturing moments on a trip my then boyfriend, now husband, and I took to Zambia, Africa. I couldn’t seem to put my camera down. I captured the flowers, the food, the kids we had a chance to love on, the signs, everything, everywhere. And my heart soared. I will always treasure those images. They are a dream realized for me. My husband and I got engaged after our Africa trip and got married the following summer. Shortly after our wedding we had the surprise of our lives. We were having a baby! We still had wedding money and I had been dreaming of getting a nice camera. I knew I would want great photos of this baby that was on his way so we bought a beginner DSLR. I read that manual cover to cover. It was the first thing I actually loved learning about that was a real challenge. But I didn’t put it down when I was overwhelmed. I kept at it and I am so grateful for that time invested in that camera. And grateful for the timing of it all – if I hadn’t been expecting I don’t think I would’ve felt the pressure or desire to learn like I did.

The baby was born… and over the years we’ve added three more babies to our crew. You’ve heard it before and it’s true. Kids grow up too darn fast. They don’t come with a pause button! And now with four I cherish looking back on my photos of them. The days are long (so long) but the years seem to by flying by in a blur. I can remember so many details with the photos that I could never remember on my own. And I’m passionate about helping other families have the same types of images of their children and families to look back on and remember their own stories. I love lifestyle photography. The genuine, un-staged, sometimes messy, always memorable moments. The candid moments, and the moments just after the staged ones. That is where the magic will always be to me.

My first few years as a photographer I didn’t feel like I was worthy of that title. I had a photographer friend I so admire tell me, “You ARE a photographer.” And every time I call myself a photographer it still puts the biggest grin on my face. It’s a special title to have and it isn’t one that I take lightly. I am so grateful to carry it. Thanks for being here and all of your support in this adventure of mine.