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How They Look

2 Feb

I came across a free month-long photography e-course this weekend and I decided it would be a good way to work on my photography skills. Put on by Willette Designs, this course is focused on the Joy of Love. It’s not too late to join the e-course, just hop on over to their website or click the link on the right.

Today was day 2 of the course and the focus was How They Look. The prompt was as follows:

Capture your loved one at their best (or at their worst).  Or both.                                What you’re trying to capture is the TRUE essence – expression – attitude – posture that SCREAMS your loved one.

I tried to catch a photo of Zoey sleeping since that is her best. Instead caught her mid stretch. I’ve always wanted a photo of her stretching. I love how she spreads all her toes apart and arches her back like a cat.

If you’d like to keep up with my other entries (since I won’t post them all here), visit the Flickr group. You’ll also be able to see everyone else’s entries as well!


Megan & Curt

5 Jun

Here is a handful of the finished engagement pictures I have been previewing over the last few weeks. Enjoy!

A few more peaks..

25 May

I like keeping Curt and Megan wanting more, so I’ve shared a few more pictures with them. Here is your chance to see them. I’m hoping to have them all edited by the end of the holiday weekend. I know they are anxiously waiting to see them. As soon as I show them the pics, I’ll be sure to show you more here. Let me know what you think of these, I’m SO new to editing with Lightroom and could use any pointers anyone has! Enjoy!

A Sneak Peak

23 May

I had the pleasure of taking my friend Megan’s engagement pictures last weekend. It was my first portrait session and it was a challenge for me but fun! It’s a completely new thing for me, I’m much more of a candid photographer (if you can even call me that). Here is a sneak peak at one of Curt and Megan’s photos. More to come soon…

Snowed In

10 Dec

The Start of the Storm- Tuesday PM

8 AM Wednesday- I'm getting snowed in!

I opened my door to find this...


At Noon it was WORSE!! See my door knob?!?

Our Pretty Wreath had not a chance in the World!

My view out at Noon. Notice the door design in the snow.And 3pm- Still snowed in!

3pm- I think this was as high as it got.

Huge, crazy icicle on my house.

Ace of Cakes

16 Nov

Have you seen the show? I’m quite the fan of cakes and all that comes with them, but I don’t think I could every accomplish some of the crazy cakes they make on the show. So for now… I settled for meeting two of the stars of the show!!! Duff and Mary Alice were at the Food and Wine Expo in Des Moines this past weekend and I was able to meet them and score their autographs.


Duff, Mary Alice and I

The Autographs

Melissa with Duff and Mary Alice


9 Nov

It has become a family tradition to tailgate at the home Iowa State football games. It’s something I look forward to weekly, but every week it reminds me I’m not as young as I’d like to be, AKA I feel old amongst all the young students. Some days I’m glad I’ve grown up and some days it just makes me wish I was back in school. Here are some photos I captured tailgating, more to come soon!



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And of course with tailgating there comes game time. Now we may not have the best team, but I love the game atmosphere. I love the fun Cyclone aerobics we do and I enjoy the band.

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