Ms Hedy through French Bulldog Rescue Network

This sweet girl is currently a foster through FBRN, a rescue that is near and dear to my heart. I always love the chance to photograph foster pups that are looking for homes, hoping to catch an eye of their forever home.:)

Teresa - Gorgeous photos Melissa…thank you so much for all your generosity to FBRN and all dogs. <3

Jeni - These are such great shots!

Laura LaMonica - She is absolutely beautiful. Thank you for the amazing photos.

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Lita & Lata are looking for a home.

Today I met up with Kelly of Puggles & Pitties and had a blast photographing this sweet bonded pair. Last year their owners were killed in a car accident … and they were pulled from a shelter and have been patiently awaiting their forever home since. They are SO cute and so much fun. While we were taking photos we happened to ask some sweet teens who were dressed up for prom if they’d hop in a photo. I’m pretty sure Lita & Lata were ready to leave us and go dancing.:)

Sweet Lata. Those EYES. She has the sweetest, softest eyes.

And Lita. I sat down with treats on my lap … and let me tell you this girl LOVES her some treats.:)

Kelly - Thank you so much! These are great!

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Introducing Final Gift Sessions …

I am embarking on a personal series titled “Final Gift”. If you’ve seen my posts over the last month, you’ve seen two Final Gift sessions where I was able to photograph the last moments of both my own dog and my parent’s dog. I am looking for one or two more families that would be willing to open up the door and invite me in to document the last moments with their beloved pet. This would be ideal for a pet who has a terminal illness. If you are in Southern California and would be willing to allow me to join you – I will be waiving all costs on a select number of sessions.

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A new me.

So – I haven’t really talked about it much. Nor have I announced anything publicly. But … big changes have happened in Melissa land. You may have noticed that my work has taken a slightly different direction over the last year – or maybe noticed that in the rebranding process I’ve removed my last name from my site.

One of my big changes was getting a divorce after 8 years of marriage. I was married at only 18, so the transition to single adulthood was rocky, but I’ve landed safely on the other side.:)

My photography work has been deeper and more meaningful to me over the last year – both through travel work, personal work, and in connecting with my clients. It’s incredible how an art and passion has seen me through the most difficult days I’ve had, and I am so thankful for that.

But, enough about that! This is about the new and positive changes in my life!  This is about what it means for you, my viewer and my client!

I will be likely displaying more personal work. Because I want to remember what photography has been for me – and I want to share my thoughts with you. I am not great at words, but I can speak through my photos, so I want to continue sharing my thoughts through my images.

It also means that I am still in business, but that I may be only taking on work that really connects with myself and my vision. I want to pour my heart into my work and produce amazing images for the clients that are touched by my images. If you are moved by my work, I am your photographer! If you’re just looking for the cheapest deal, I would not be your best fit.

Sooo in the spirit of new and happy and celebrating this time in my life, I was thrilled to have photographs taken by the wonderful Vanie Poyey. She is adding beauty sessions to her lineup, and I was pampered by her fabulous hair & makeup artist Tara Shakespeare, then treated like a hot model. And let me tell you – modeling is HARD WORK! But the photos she captured make me feel incredible. And I am so thankful for seeing my smile – a true, genuine smile. It reminds me there is a lot to be thankful for.

Chris - Melissa, you are seriously gorgeous!

Ashley Timm - Melissa, these pictures are amazing!

staci - These pictures are gorgeous as are you! Look forward to seeing what comes next for you as you follow your passion!

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