Tuesday, January 27, 2009


I will be out of the Studio on the following dates:

January 30 - February 8th, 2009
Studio Closed

Please feel free to leave me an e-mail or voice mail 
and I will get back to you when I return.  

Thank you!


Sunday, January 25, 2009


Those big blue eyes and the adorable curls...what more can I say!  I had the best afternoon with Annemarie (and mom too - she is a very good friend of mine:) Annemarie is 2 years old and such a sweet little girl!  Once we gave Annemarie a few minutes to relax, play with some toys and read some books with mom she warmed right up and even started hamming it up for the camera:) So many cute smiles and expressions.  In fact the image above was the last shot of the session - that never happens at the end of a session! 

I just love this laughing image - I do not remember what was so funny, but Annemarie thought it was hilarious!

And of course checking out her new shoes!  I love this little girl...who doesn't get excited over a new pair of shoes :)
Thank you so much for sharing Annemarie with  me this afternoon!  I had so much fun seeing both of you and "playing" with Annemarie - she is a beautiful little girl!  I will be in touch once all of the images are on the web and ready to view!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Presidential Inauguration 2009

What an exciting day in our country's history!  It is amazing to think that this moment will be remembered long after we are all gone - through stories, text books, speeches and most of all the images that remain from this day.  Photojournalism is an incredible art and one of the reasons I love photography.  They tell our story.  The story of our country, our families and all that is each of our lives and the journey of life.  

With all of the world watching Washington DC today I also found a few images of my own that were taken back in March, 1994.  This was the last time I was in Washington DC and I am sure I will get back there again with my family in the years ahead.  

This is me with my best friend Jenn as I set my camera on the tripod, pushed the timer & ran like the wind to make it into the shot.  (I do have one where I wasn't quite fast enough)

 Kind of an interesting picture now looking back. If you can read the sign in the window it says "Regan '96". 

Seems appropriate to sign off saying - God Bless America!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Peter, 3 months

Look at those beautiful blue eyes!

I just LOVE this smile! That big, happy smile that just takes over his sweet little face...I cannot help but smile myself :) This was Peter's 3-month picture and he was just an angel!  Oh and I was so excited to hear him "talking" to me...that gets me every time!

Such a fun and relaxed session for me!  Peter's big sister was there to help and I had my little "helpers" there as well.  All of the girls were trying to help mom coax some great smiles from Peter. He was so interested in all that they were doing...he didn't know which way to watch as they were moving all around him.  Peter was so content as we changed outfits, moved him around and just tried to get his attention.  What a great little guy!

Thanks so much Emily for letting me meet & play with Peter!  I had so much fun...he is absolutely adorable!  I will be touching base soon once all of the images are ready to view! 

Monday, January 12, 2009

The Many Faces of Max

Could it get any cuter than this :)  What a beautiful little spirit this little guy has!  Mom was able to coax out so many adorable smiles. And then when Max started "talking" to me...oh, that is enough to melt anyone on the spot!  It has been awhile since my girls were this age and I had forgotten how much I love that sound of a little baby cooing.  That is my second favorite sound in the world next to a full on baby belly giggle.  I can hardly wait to see if I get to hear Max giggle in the months ahead!  This is Max's 3-month image in a series of 3 portrait sessions over his first year for the Heartlight Beginnings Baby Program.

I had so much fun with Max and his Big Brother who was on hand to jump in for a few photos too!  You know I can never resist a willing subject to photograph...especially the little and adorable kind who are ready to pose and smile without any bribes what so ever!  That is the BEST! Thank you for letting me "play" with Max again (I photographed him when he was just 3 weeks old)! It was great to see all of you!  These are just a few of my personal favorites :)  I will be in touch soon when all of the other images are ready for you to view!  

Monday, January 5, 2009

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!  I don't know about you, but I am still not adjusted to writing "2009"...typically by the end of January it is starting to become more natural.  Until then I typically scratch out a date or two trying to remember to write the correct year :)

I hope the new year finds you all happy and healthy as we move forward into 2009!  Personally, I am excited to see what a new year brings - with all of the turmoil in 2008 for our country, and especially the state of Michigan, I am hopeful things will begin to turn around!  I want to thank all of my clients, friends and family for continuing to support me throughout 2008!  I truly would not be following my passion if it were not for all of you :) Thank you!

Like most people, I do have a few goals for 2009. My goals for this year are to continue to support the charities and organizations that are near to my heart, buy local when I can, live within my means, get healthy/exercise (I know very cliche) and keep my priorities in order.  I have a constant "to-do" list which includes minor things from buying birthday cards, small fix-it projects to general things I would like to accomplish for the year.  The list is in a constant state of evolution, but I just LOVE "checking" things off that list - even the small simple ones :)

The Heartlight Photography  list this year is long & exciting.  I have so many new ideas I am excited to try and products I want to introduce.  And my goal is have some charity work within my business as well :)  There are so many wonderful ways that I can utilize my photographic skills it is hard to decide where to devote some of my time, but my goal to find one this year :) Keep checking back here for all the updates on products, specials and any other fun stuff I decide to write about!  

Happy 2009!  Melissa