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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.

linville family || georgetown, ky family photographer

Oh my heart is so happy it is finally SPRING! Things are blooming, the birds are chirping and it is so good to be back outside after a long and crazy Kentucky winter. The arrival of spring also means things are picking back up around here and for that I am so grateful. I met Stacey at our session and throughout conversations we learned we both attend the same church and live in the same neighborhood! I love it when connections are made and the world feels a little smaller.

Stacey and Tim are such fun parents to watch. William is just the cutest, isn’t he? I couldn’t stop smiling at him through our whole session! A few fun details about this family session… Stacey is wearing the same dress that her mother wore on her wedding day… I just love how special and meaningful that is. Tim is a marine and has served five tours… This family was so much fun to chat with and hear about their lives! This was also their first family session ever. Oh I love helping people change that and give them heirloom photos that they can pass down their family line in the future.

Linville family, I can’t thank you enough for allowing me to capture your sweet family and for being so FUN to work with!

 

library day || closer look

Oh we love to read around here. Once a week we hit up our local library and check out a healthy amount of books. Walking back to the car is usually a struggle – I bet it’s humorous watching me wrangle my two sons and a giant bag filled with books back to my van! BUT that trek is totally worth it. It’s one of my favorite days because when we get home all of my kids sit and gobble up these books for at least an hour. It’s the funnest thing to watch! My daughter is reading now and she feels so proud of herself with each new book that she reads unassisted. I love watching her read and giggle at the different stories. I pick out special ones with each kiddo in mind and she always asks, “which ones are for me!” My oldest is now into fiction books and completely absorbs facts about plants and animals – he teaches me new amazing things all the time because of how often he reads! And my little boys? Pick any book with a construction vehicle – or any vehicle! – and they will almost always sit on my lap and listen to the story again and again (and again!)

This is such a normal activity for our family and I realized I haven’t photographed it! It gave me so much joy to open up the windows, get out my camera and capture my kids reading to each other and just enjoying all our fun new library books for the week. Plus, this is something I definitely never want to forget. Our family at this stage is so very fun and I am so grateful!

 

abney family || georgetown, ky lifestyle photographer

I pulled up to their home for our session and they were already outside swinging on the porch swing. Oh how excited for this session that made me! I chatted with Jen about the flow of our session and we got right to it! Daddy and the kiddos worked together to make lemonade and how sweet is it to watch little ones help in the kitchen and see older siblings help the younger siblings, it’s a perfect design! I loved watching them in their space that they were so comfortable in. Then the boys played with mommy and snuggled and looked at books and there was so much laughing and tickles! It was such a fun afternoon getting a glimpse into the Abney household. I’m so excited for them to have these images to look back on and remember pieces of this season of their life. What a beautiful thing!

 

Lifestyle sessions can be filled with absolutely anything that your family loves to do together – that’s the beauty of it! The options are endless. We can work together to come up with ideas and a flow for the session. Contact me at melissanrossini@gmail.com with any questions or to schedule your own!

 

kolb family || georgetown, ky lifestyle photography

Oh I am so excited to start offering L I F E S T Y L E sessions! Genuine lifestyle sessions, in your space doing the things that you love to do with your family. Capturing those beautiful moments that so often go unseen. Listen, each day with your family is such a treasure. We’ve heard it ten thousand times but life goes by entirely too fast. I know sometimes everything can feel mundane and overwhelming or just messy. But that’s where the good stuff hides. The comfort in the mundane and the joy of being together and being home. THAT is the stuff I am excited to capture. The kids fingers and toes that are growing much too quickly, those big belly laughs, the quiet, thoughtful moments, the snuggles, the way they still fit in your lap. The possibilities are endless… baking, board games, movie snuggles, reading together, playing in the backyard. Capturing my kids when they are lost in moments of play is what made me fall in love with photography and that style is what I want to share with your families. I have a gift of finding those sweet moments and the beauty that hides in the messy.

 

I am thrilled to share my most recent session with you. The Kolb family! These kiddos were so excited to have me over for this session. They shared so many of their unique talents with me. I loved seeing their family dynamic and capturing things that are a part of their normal routine. They had a checkers match and their self-titled king me dance will never be forgotten. They read books in bed with lots of snuggles and even got to jump on mom and dads bed at the end of our session. It was a blast. Thank you, Kolb family for allowing me in on your family time and capturing these moments for you all!

 

If you want to schedule your own lifestyle session, let’s make it happen! I have a special on these until October, so contact me now if you have an idea for your own lifestyle session!

 

 

 

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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.

linville family || georgetown, ky family photographer

Oh my heart is so happy it is finally SPRING! Things are blooming, the birds are chirping and it is so good to be back outside after a long and crazy Kentucky winter. The arrival of spring also means things are picking back up around here and for that I am so grateful. I met Stacey at our session and throughout conversations we learned we both attend the same church and live in the same neighborhood! I love it when connections are made and the world feels a little smaller.

Stacey and Tim are such fun parents to watch. William is just the cutest, isn’t he? I couldn’t stop smiling at him through our whole session! A few fun details about this family session… Stacey is wearing the same dress that her mother wore on her wedding day… I just love how special and meaningful that is. Tim is a marine and has served five tours… This family was so much fun to chat with and hear about their lives! This was also their first family session ever. Oh I love helping people change that and give them heirloom photos that they can pass down their family line in the future.

Linville family, I can’t thank you enough for allowing me to capture your sweet family and for being so FUN to work with!

 

library day || closer look

Oh we love to read around here. Once a week we hit up our local library and check out a healthy amount of books. Walking back to the car is usually a struggle – I bet it’s humorous watching me wrangle my two sons and a giant bag filled with books back to my van! BUT that trek is totally worth it. It’s one of my favorite days because when we get home all of my kids sit and gobble up these books for at least an hour. It’s the funnest thing to watch! My daughter is reading now and she feels so proud of herself with each new book that she reads unassisted. I love watching her read and giggle at the different stories. I pick out special ones with each kiddo in mind and she always asks, “which ones are for me!” My oldest is now into fiction books and completely absorbs facts about plants and animals – he teaches me new amazing things all the time because of how often he reads! And my little boys? Pick any book with a construction vehicle – or any vehicle! – and they will almost always sit on my lap and listen to the story again and again (and again!)

This is such a normal activity for our family and I realized I haven’t photographed it! It gave me so much joy to open up the windows, get out my camera and capture my kids reading to each other and just enjoying all our fun new library books for the week. Plus, this is something I definitely never want to forget. Our family at this stage is so very fun and I am so grateful!

 

abney family || georgetown, ky lifestyle photographer

I pulled up to their home for our session and they were already outside swinging on the porch swing. Oh how excited for this session that made me! I chatted with Jen about the flow of our session and we got right to it! Daddy and the kiddos worked together to make lemonade and how sweet is it to watch little ones help in the kitchen and see older siblings help the younger siblings, it’s a perfect design! I loved watching them in their space that they were so comfortable in. Then the boys played with mommy and snuggled and looked at books and there was so much laughing and tickles! It was such a fun afternoon getting a glimpse into the Abney household. I’m so excited for them to have these images to look back on and remember pieces of this season of their life. What a beautiful thing!

 

Lifestyle sessions can be filled with absolutely anything that your family loves to do together – that’s the beauty of it! The options are endless. We can work together to come up with ideas and a flow for the session. Contact me at melissanrossini@gmail.com with any questions or to schedule your own!

 

kolb family || georgetown, ky lifestyle photography

Oh I am so excited to start offering L I F E S T Y L E sessions! Genuine lifestyle sessions, in your space doing the things that you love to do with your family. Capturing those beautiful moments that so often go unseen. Listen, each day with your family is such a treasure. We’ve heard it ten thousand times but life goes by entirely too fast. I know sometimes everything can feel mundane and overwhelming or just messy. But that’s where the good stuff hides. The comfort in the mundane and the joy of being together and being home. THAT is the stuff I am excited to capture. The kids fingers and toes that are growing much too quickly, those big belly laughs, the quiet, thoughtful moments, the snuggles, the way they still fit in your lap. The possibilities are endless… baking, board games, movie snuggles, reading together, playing in the backyard. Capturing my kids when they are lost in moments of play is what made me fall in love with photography and that style is what I want to share with your families. I have a gift of finding those sweet moments and the beauty that hides in the messy.

 

I am thrilled to share my most recent session with you. The Kolb family! These kiddos were so excited to have me over for this session. They shared so many of their unique talents with me. I loved seeing their family dynamic and capturing things that are a part of their normal routine. They had a checkers match and their self-titled king me dance will never be forgotten. They read books in bed with lots of snuggles and even got to jump on mom and dads bed at the end of our session. It was a blast. Thank you, Kolb family for allowing me in on your family time and capturing these moments for you all!

 

If you want to schedule your own lifestyle session, let’s make it happen! I have a special on these until October, so contact me now if you have an idea for your own lifestyle session!