Pierre Family

Meet the Pierres! They are such a fun couple and their little girl could NOT be any cuter!! This session was soo fun to shoot! And the location (Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden) is to DIE for! I STILL have yet to think it's ugly (even when there aren't any leaves on the trees and everything is brown). 

One of the challenges I face is photographing little babies. You wouldn't think it would be hard since they're just a sleeping-mush-of-joy but it can be hard to position them just right! So my go to is taking a documentary-style approach! Have Mom & Dad hold baby however they normally do! Or pose Mom & Dad and then have them hold her however is most comfortable for them! You might be surprised and how photogenic people are naturally!! 

Another thing that has helped me is something my film professor, Brenda, taught us (film as in 35mm black & white not video). She taught us about Robert Capa, a FAMOUS war photographer. You might know him from this photo: 


Click the photo to read about his experience in WWII. 

So here's a guy who PHOTOGRAPHED June 6, 1944- one of the SCARIEST experiences I think anyone could ever have (but especially a photographer) and what did he say? 

If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.

Like, WHAT? Here's a guy that wanted to get CLOSE to war to get good pictures. That's dedication! So if you're thinking, alright Meli, this is cool and all but HOW does a photographer from WWII help you photograph little babies? 

If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.

Just get closer! Closeness increases the sense of familiarity, intimacy, emotionality, and if nothing else, envoys a reaction from it's viewers. It may be a different reaction from every viewer, or a different one than you expected. But good photography ALWAYS evokes a reaction. So GET CLOSER. 

XOXO meli 

Cat & Kyle Nordhagen - American Fork, UT


Meet Cat & Kyle Nordhagen! They are absolutely amazing! I met Kyle my senior year of college at BYU while I was serving at the Executive Director of Marketing for the Marriott School Student Council. Kyle was part of the most amazing group I've been a part of to date! My committee was so awesome that we would have game nights and that's how I met Cat! Annnnddd that's how I found out the Nordhagen's secret: GAME CONNOISSEURS.  

No joke. Nick and I have been introduced to SOOOO many incredible games like Monopoly Deal, Quiplash, Fibbage, and Drawful (to name a few). Now we know where to go to fund the best games! And I'm sure if you asked them, they'd be happy to share their wisdom with you too!!!

Games aside, this session was a DREAM! We went up American Fork Canyon in Utah for the greenery and dramatic scenery but we were blessed with THE FIRST SNOW OF THE YEAR!! It was sooo magical! I had flown out from Dallas the day before and I was ready for the cold! If you've read my last couple of personal updates, you know how much I've been craving sweater + boot weather so when I got here and not only got my beautiful mountains and sweater weather AND I got beautiful, magical, SNOW I was in HEAVEN!! (Also freezing my bahootie off but that's another story) 

I hope your Christmas is amazing and filled with magic, games, fun, and amazing food!! (Of course!) I'd LOVE to hear what your family traditions are, gifts you got, funny stories, etc. in the comments below!!! PLEAAAASSSEEE SHARE WITH ME YOUR LIFE!! I love it. Seriously.


XOXO meli