I was so excited to see this family again!  I photographed Cassie’s newborn photos almost three years ago, and last month she came back to my studio for her three year portraits and some family photos.  I’m not sure what she thought of the whole thing at first, but she quickly warmed up and was a breeze to work with.  She has a smile that can light up the room, and was a total ham for the camera.  There were so many images that I loved from this session, it was hard to choose which ones to blog.  So, I’m posting a whole pile of them.  Enjoy the cuteness.  :)


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  • Angela

    She’s a cutie patootie! Did I spell that correctly 😛
    Love the props you used too.

  • Oh my! She is absolutely adorable!! Great set of images. 😀

  • She is so adorable! Love these photos!

  • beautiful session and what a cutie pie!! <3 )))

Earlier this year, I was contacted by someone who wanted to have family portraits taken for her mom.  They hadn’t had any since they were kids, and she wanted to give this as a gift to her mother for her birthday.  First of all – so sweet!  It makes me so happy when people think to give the gift of photography to someone for a special occasion.  Second – this family was amazing.  I had so much fun with them, and laughed my butt off for most of their session.  I kid you not, at one point dad flexed and said “sun’s out, guns out”.  I just about lost it.  I LOVE fun families who are laid back and have a great time with their session!

We photographed their session in the heart of the Twin Cities at my studio in St. Paul, and we were able to do both outdoor portraits and studio portraits.  The outdoor portion was photographed right outside of my studio, and just days later they cemented over all of it to make a seating area for the brewery behind us (which, by the way, is awesome!  Check them out if you’re in the neighborhood: http://www.lakemonsterbrewing.com/).  I am slightly gutted about that, but I’m so glad we were able to use that area for their family session.  For the studio portion, they wanted simple, clean portraits that showed them as a family.  We did some posed, some goofing around, and I absolutely love how they turned out!  They ordered a fine art print with an italian frame, glare free glass and conservation matting for their favorite portrait, along with an album and other prints.  I loved delivering their order and watching them open it all up – it feels a little like Christmas.:)


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This little cutie came all the way from Harris MN to see me!  Brenley was on my Baby’s First Year plan, and this summer we photographed her final session.  I’ve photographed her older brother and the rest of her family in years past, and it’s been so fun watching them both grow up.  I’m not sure what it is, but the first year seems to go by especially fast.  I couldn’t believe she was turning one already!  Unlike her big brother, who I don’t think ever stops smiling, Brenley was a little more cautious of me.  She gave me some smiles throughout the evening, but when her mom held her she absolutely lit up.  So sweet!


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  • wow! what a beautiful baby :) and beautiful photography!!

  • She is absolutely adorable!! Love that you got a few shots with mom too! <3

  • Angela

    That’s awesome that you have clients who travel for your stellar photography. Love the one of mommy kissing her baby!

  • Love the ones of her cuddling her mama! So sweet!

My New Year’s resolution?  To catch up on blogging.  I think say that every year, but maybe this will be the one?  2015 was an amazing year, filled with a lot of changes.  It started with moving to a new studio in St. Paul.  This was a huge change, and I couldn’t be happier about it.  We’ve put in a lot of work to make it an amazing space, and it’s finally all coming together (if you’re around Friday January 8th, come check it out and say hi at our open house from 4pm-8pm).  In addition to moving to a new studio, I also started offering fine art prints this year.  I am absolutely in love with them, and am really happy with the direction things are going.  I saw a LOT of familiar faces in 2015, and met a lot of new ones, too.  I am always so grateful when clients chose to use me again and again to photograph important moments in their lives.

Thanks to everyone who helped make 2015 such an amazing year!


Here is a little 2015 recap.  First, some images from the studio:

December 2014:

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December 2015: (new lights and another wall going in next week!)


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And a slideshow with some of my favorites from this past year.  I had a hard time choosing just one image from each session, but it was fun to look back and see everyone’s images from this past year.  Enjoy!



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  • angela demontigny

    I am so excited to work with you and the studio looks lovely I am blessed n very fortunate to be able to experience this with my family #cheerstolife # cheers to beutiful moments #familybonds #love

  • Your studio looks great!

  • Wow Melissa, what an amazing studio! I love all the natural light in there too!

  • Love seeing your space!! It turned out amazing!!

  • LOVE your studio!!!

So many awesome sessions lately – it’s been a busy fall!  Since I won’t get around to blogging most for a while, I thought I’d post some previews from my most recent sessions.  Enjoy!


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  • Love that first baby shot!

  • Love these!!! Beautiful work!

  • Beautiful images, it looks like you’ve had a wonderful fall!

  • Great images!

  • These are all beautiful, looks like you had a fun fall full of outdoor session!

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