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Michelle and Jonas were ushers at Alexa and Andrews wedding!  It is always special and wonderful to get to photograph friends of couples I’ve already married!! Their day was beautiful, picture perfect and the Meadowbrook Country club was a perfect setting!  We had some cart shinanigans and some epic bridal party pics!! There will be even more photos on facebook because the bridal party just  knocked my socks off… good friends, loving family, amazing day.



All moments matter, and the moments that I try to capture are intimate ones… sometimes they are quick, like the tears that Julie got just as we started to photograph and she was looking into Bryan’s eyes and she had to compose herself because the love and the immediacy of their love was overwhelming and wonderful.   She apologized but I wouldn’t hear it.  What is the point of being in love if you can’t revel in all of it.  That is the good stuff, when you yourself suffused with emotion and it takes you over.  That is where life is.  Sometimes the intimate moments are more lingering, sitting on their sofa, playing with their Kim Chee and Julie and Bryan almost forget I’m there and I get to be a fly on the wall and capture everyday, which is as magical as the ephemeral glory that we caught next at the Peony Garden, where the blooms last maybe a week.   Not sure if any of this makes sense in words, but I hope it does, I think it does, in photos.



Sally and Sandy’s day was full, and alive and brimming with moments, I couldn’t share them all on the blog, but I tried to represent how much family, friends, love and tradition was in evidence at their wedding.  Planterra Conservatory is one of the places I’ve wanted to photograph at for a long time and it exceeded my expectations, the day outside was sometimes sunny, sometimes rainy but it was a gorgeous paradise all day inside the conservatory… here are a few moments, there were so so many.



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Another family I have been able to see grow from one, to four!!!  Each session with Nikki and Pauls littles is a challenge (I’ll be sharing some outtakes as well) adorable littles who have no intention of holding still at all, Archer is no exception!!!  He spent his first week in nicu and he has decided that he has no interest at all in wasting one moment at home not looking about and squiggling int and out of his swaddling!!! His expressions were priceless.  I hope that the joy and beautiful chaos filled with love is captured in this, the welcome home family session for Archer!!!

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I’ve had the blissful pleasure of photographing these fabulous families together and separately plenty of times over the last five or six years.  Engagements, Weddings, Boudoir, Maternity, Newborn and Family!! They requested another studio session and it was pretty sublime!! Two beautiful households, two adorable littles, four amazing parents!!!  Even better was the note I received from Grandma :) :

Dear Melissa, the photos are wonderful! From Grandma

and from Kiran :

We adore these!  Thank you so much for capturing so many important times in our lives so beautifully!  It’s just such a worthwhile investment to work with you and document these memories.  I can’t recommend your work enough!  We just all look natural and like ourselves and that’s just what we want to see :)