Friday, April 24, 2015


HEY MOMS - Let's go pamper ourselves and get a great picture of ourselves in the process!

Melanie Wright Photography will be at Salon Hue on Friday, May 1st from 12:00 - 6:00pm. Come get a great blowout for $30 and then get a new picture of yourself for Facebook, Instagram, or heck, just for yourself taken by yours truly. If there is one person who I always find is forgotten in family snapshots - it's Mom. So take some time on Friday, May 1st to do something totally for yourself - then let everyone else spoil you the following weekend!

We will have speakers through out the day touching on nutrition, fashion and many other awesome things - as well as some drawing through out the day!
So why not join us? Drop the kids at school, come have some "ME TIME" - enjoy some bubbly and enjoy yourself!

BONUS... RSVP to that you are coming and get a FREE print of your new headshot! :) 

Monday, April 20, 2015

Mommy and Me

In our tech driven age we (Mom's) often have a billion selfies of us and our kids, BUT, when was the last time you dressed up and went and got pictures taken of you and your kiddos? If the answer is never, we need to change that. Motherhood is the best job on the planet (tied with Fatherhood of course) and it is a job that is SO important that it's worthy of being remembered specifically of you, right now, with your greatest creations - your kiddos. 

Join me in honoring MOM by booking a very special Mommy and Me session. We will customize it to fit your family's personality, style, and taste, and it will be a special day for just you and your kiddos. You're worth it! That is actually me and my little in the bottom right - I have been wanting that shot of us FOR FOREVER... I'm SO thankful I have it now. I turn to my left as I type and I can see it on my wall. The bond between a mother and child is unlike any other - take time to honor it. 

Book now - we are booking fast. <3 div="">

Friday, April 17, 2015

Senior Guy in the House...

Once upon a time I taught his brother and I actually did his brother's senior photos a year or two ago as well. :)

I wish him all the best as he joins the Marines after graduation - he will be the third brother in his family to serve his country in the military - Ooh Rah!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Austin Fashion Week Kick Off

I was lucky enough to "fill in" for a friend of mine who is a popular event/nature/drone photographer here in Austin, Mr. Jared Tennant of last Friday night and I have to say it was great fun.
Getting to be introduced to the whole fashion community and see the creative talent all in one spot was a really awesome experience. I was lucky that my friend (the amazing Spanki Mills) was able to head out with me in attempt to introduce ourselves to the world of 'Austin Fashion'.  I was also able to meet Austin's own Ross Bennett - who was down to earth and very sweet to talk to. His new collection comes out this week - so keep your eyes out for the!
The event was at Speakeasy's downtown and offered models moving about the party in outfits from different era's through time.The make-up, hair, clothing, and styling were on point and I couldn't have been more impressed with the canvases that hung around the bar with different mash-up groups of talented individuals - uh, anyone want to get on that next year?? Great stuff. Here are some highlights from the night!

AND some behind the scenes shots as well. :)

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Bluebonnet Baby...

If you haven't gotten your bluebonnet photos hurry before they are all gone!
$100 for 3 digital images and 20 minutes of shooting!

They will only let you take these pictures for so long so why not get them while you can. ;-)

Monday, April 13, 2015

Senior Fun

It has been a busy Senior Season around here.. especially for the guys!
This young man is going to be a great addition to the A&M corp - he was so polite, easy going, and camera ready it made my job SO easy!
All the best next year young man - you are going to be amazing!

Friday, April 10, 2015

It's her party and she doesn't have to smile if she doesn't want to...

This was round 2 of this precious little lady's first year birthday shoot. Even though she wasn't having it the first go around she just wanted to move and I finally figured that out! Once she started walking it was smile city! Love this petite princess!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Stop! Wait a Minute...

This senior session had us in the heart of South Congress just taking in the vibe of all the people out on a Friday evening. He was such an easy model to work with - lots of ideas that turned out fantastic. The last shot is a little throwback to his older brother's photos a couple years's worth the scroll down!

Monday, April 6, 2015

What's in a Photo?

So I saw a friend post a scenario in regards to the importance, or should I say value, of photography this morning and my mind literally went racing. As a full time professional photographer now, and a life-time photo taker, my opinion is possibly skewed, but none the less, these are my thoughts on hiring a photographer and the value it brings to you.

Who was Abraham Lincoln? Now, when I pose that question I bet you immediately had a picture of him in your mind... and you know where that came from... a picture you saw of him. Someone who lived from 1809  - 1865 - you know what he looks like b/c of a photograph! That's amazing to me & it shows me that what I do for a career matters.

{I'm including this specific shot b/c you can see the photographer's copyright in the bottom right hand corner. How cool is that?}

Now think about your wedding day... it's a blur right? However, I bet when you see photos from your big day it triggers specific memories - things you would have forgotten - quickly and immediately taking you back to that moment. Like this one right here from my own wedding. 

This photo of my new husband and I dancing with my parents dancing in the background is framed in my home b/c of the significance and the symbolism it holds for me. The present and the past colliding in one image, one tiny little moment that I will show to my own grandchildren one day and explain how my parents who have been married for almost 50 years chose to honor their love and stick together through war, death of a child, and all that life has thrown them and on my wedding day I was able to share the dance floor with them and hopefully live their example of what true lasting love looks like. All that, from a single shot, one image. If I could put a monetary price on that I'd say in the millions.

In a day and age where selfies rule the world, everyone has a DSLR and you can take thousands, literally thousands, of photos on your phone I ask this simple question. How do you want your story represented?? Yes, the photos on my phone are fantastic for me to look back and smile on and I show them to friends during the week, but my grandchildren, my great- grandchildren - I don't necessarily want them to try and figure out who I am from this picture:

Now, this picture below I feel tells part of my story and my love for my family without me being there to tell it. The love for my child isn't measured in the toys I buy her but rather in the tiny moments - the cuddles, the hugs, the kisses, the "mugga-muggas", the "I love you" I whisper to her a million times a day - and I think this picture captured that. The best part is simply that she was freezing cold when we were taking these and none of us realized that the photographer was still snapping away. We were simply cuddling her to set up for the next shot and she got this. My favorite photo of my family - it now hangs as a large canvas in my home. THIS is the photo that will tell my story for me some day and the value of that I can't put a price tag on. This also ties to why I print my pictures and make yearly photo albums. In a tech driven world in the event of a fire what are you going to do? Grab your desktop computer that holds all your digital images along with your kids, pets and phone? I have written before about the value in printing your images and I know that my stack of albums that tell my families story are right near the front of my house and I would grab them in an instant if need be. Those are things I can imaging my daughter showing to her kids some day, and that makes me so happy.

So, what's my point? Pretty pictures are nice? Good to have? Yes...and No, though I do love them, but not for that reason. Everything I learned about my family history comes from photographs. So many of the men in my family served in the military and I can think that in my mind for sure, but when I see picture of my young father, grandfathers, great-grandfathers, uncles - it strikes a chord I can't express. It brings me to tears to see them in uniform as young men. To connect the dots with the pictures and to bring the honor and pride I feel to life. This shot of my Dad returning from deployment being greeted by my mom and older siblings is another one I have framed. The planes in the background the knowledge that my Dad flew them combined with this image of him in his flight suit all but lock into my memory that his service to our country was nothing short of spectacular. All from a picture.

You see to me - your photographs are your story. These will tell who you are long after you are gone. Videos are fantastic, but you can't necessarily hang them on a wall or pass them down from generation to generation. If I want to remember thoughts about my grandparents I simply turn and look at pictures of them and I'm immediately flooded with thoughts of their story and my memories with them. If I want to learn where I came from I flip through old albums and learn a little more with each image I see. 

Everyone values different things - it's what makes this life and this world beautiful - our differences, but one thing I hope we all value is who we are right now and that being able to tell the world who we are long after we are gone starts with remembering who we are today. The value and price of a good photographer seem high to many, but if you think about it in the long run - the long, long run - how will your story be perceived by others? What is the price you would put on that? 

Saturday, April 4, 2015


Gather your friends for this Thursday's Snap Happy Class and receive a $10 discount off your admission price!

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