Monday, July 21, 2014

Why Hire a Photographer??

I mean, these days with Instagram and DSLR's being so user friendly why in the world spend the money on someone taking your picture when you can simply do it yourself?? This is something I struggle with and am often asked about b/c there are easy-peasy editing sites out there now and almost anyone can make their pictures look great. Instagram and all it's finishing glory has the ability for anyone to take their picture of their coffee from boring to artful!

The answer for as to why you should hire someone is not a clean and simple reply though - why do we hire anyone to do work for us? Well, because one - they are an expert in the field. They have a solid understanding of what they are doing and can create a masterpiece b/c they know their craft. Fashion designers, painters, chefs, mechanics - all of these people have a passion and skill set for what they do that not everyone possesses and that's why we pay them to work with us.

Second - if you do it yourself you could be missing out. What do I mean by missing out? Being a photographer I am constantly snapping pictures - very rarely am I in these pictures with the exception of some selfies and the occasional self-timer shots. Even with a self-timer I know when the "click" is coming, my phone even counts down for me and I can prepare myself for the shot. We got our family pictures done last year and this was my favorite shot. So much so that I got a large canvas of it. Now you may think this was totally posed and that our photographer (the talented Abby Glenn of Abby Glenn Photography) coached us through it. Well, it was absolutely none of the above. We were nearing the end of our shoot and it was COLD that morning - I mean probably in the 30's cold - and my baby girl was FREEZING. Her little nose and cheeks were turning red and she was pretty much done with getting her pictures done. This was simply my husband and I trying to warm her up. I simply love this image for that reason - it's us, it's our love for our daughter, and it's a tiny moment I would have never thought to take with a timer or pose ahead of time. Shots like these - these are what I hire someone for to take our pictures. Real life.

Now absolutely the posed shots where everyone is looking are amazing and are the goal for many people. I have those framed and on our wall as well. So a third reason you may hire someone is because we only get one trip in this crazy road of life and I personally want to remember it and capture it for generations to come. We are not perfect creatures and it breaks my heart when so many people, women specifically, won't get their picture taken b/c of how they look and their unhappiness with some little flaw they think they have, be it weight, blemishes, or anything else. Please don't erase yourself from your family history b/c you are unhappy with something that honestly only you are stressing about it. Get in the picture for your kids -even if you are doing the dreaded "hide behind my kid pose" get in the shot. Even on the days when I feel like crud and my hair is a mess and I haven't put any make up on and my daughter comes up with the phone and says, 'Take a picture with me Mama.' I do it. I do it b/c she doesn't see any of the things I might be fretting over - she just see's her mom and she loves her. Who can say "no" to that?

One thing I can do as a professional is I know how to take your picture to make you feel comfortable and make your look your best. How is that? Well, if I told you THAT you all would do it. ;) I make the photo experience fun. I used to love the once a year dressing up for a family picture for the church directory. It was an event, a highlight, a chance to get all dolled up, and a chance to be with the family that I loved all in one spot! I promise to make your laugh - most of the time at my expense, but because life is short - why not laugh while taking pictures??



So, in a nutshell why hire a photographer? A photographer can "see things you can't". Not in the 6th Sense way, but we do hone into those little emotions between people and know when to click the button. We love and are passionate about what we do so we are connected to what we are doing for you. So hiring a photographer can be a way to quite simply, capture the love between you and your loved ones. Right now I am offering $50 off any session I honor of my birthday - see ad below!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014


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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Senior Year...

So upon looking through my work I noticed I did not get a chance to post about my Senior Model Reps who helped me out this spring. Here is a peek into that session and what possibilities a senior session can look like.




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Monday, June 30, 2014

June from my phone..

So somehow June has flown by and I have a beautiful tan to show for it. Now it came at the expense of a really bad sunburn on our fist day at the beach, but as misery loves company - the WHOLE family was burned. We can't figure out if we all had bad sunscreen, if it was a terrible UV day, or some other natural phenomenon tied to El Nino!

Anyways - here is a sneak peek into what I've been up to...while at the beach...

Top row: beach house d├ęcor... only by the beach can shells be used for everything
2nd row: sweet cousins, mud pies, early morning shoot, dolphin watching, and walking with Nin
3rd row: apparently I've got an unhealthy obsession with taking photos of birds, I'm too embarrassed at just how many I actually took.. moving on..
4th row: toes in the sand, my first attempt at a jump - what the heck, I look like a Muppet, 2nd attempt hair tied down and now my shirt is unruly, 3rd attempt - success, 4th attempt - holding phone while jumping...apparently it's quite stressful
5th row: shout out to my little sister-in-law for catching this one of me and my girl, me riding a gnarly wave, photo courtesy of a 3 year old, burn of the century as mentioned above, best treatment for sunburn - ice cream!


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

What I've Been Working On Wednesday

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to work with two amazing families. Both were sessions where toddlers were involved, and being a Mom of a toddler, I knew my approach had to be FUN.
I brought along some of the favorites of the kiddos that I learned about from their Moms and did my best with the tiny window of attention you have with a 2 and 3 year old. One thing I want families to realize that work with me is that not every picture has to be "perfect". There is a good chance I'll catch everyone smiling at me at one time, but the pictures I really love, are the ones where I catch you just being yourself. The boys dancing in the second photo is one of my all time favorites. Everyone was lined up behind and then these two scoot out and start dancing - priceless!! The very last photo gets me too - just a Dad and his son sharing a moment. Sometimes the "every day" is just perfect.

First up the "W" family:

Then I had a nice little session down by the lake with the "S" family:

Oh that pout on little man - kills me, but the look of love in his Mama's eyes is just the embodiment of motherhood. Love that photo.

So that's what I've been up to as of late!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

*Thank You*

The response I've received from my post yesterday has been overwhelming and humbling. I appreciate every kind word, "share", "like", and "follow" that I've received. For those of you who have inquired and are now in the process of booking a shoot with me - thank you so much.

I failed to include this little man's photos yesterday in my blogpost. Little Mr. P was born very, very early a few years ago and I'm happy to say he's a thriving little toddler these days! I was so lucky to be able to take his pictures once he got home from the NICU. Life is truly amazing and miracles are all around us - sometimes you have to just slow down and take a closer look.


Monday, June 23, 2014


-the art of helping others through photography

When  I look back on pictures of my loved ones who have passed on to heaven  I am grateful for every second I was able to spend with them and a tiny bit sad that I don't have more pictures to look back on. My brother passed away unexpectedly in a car accident when I was 13,  I was old enough to remember  life with  him, but as years pass my memories of him are tied more directly to the photos I have of him.  Unfortunately the last pictures we took together were on a roll of film that got  exposed so there is a huge bright  line down the center of them. These two pictures remind of me very specific memories - the one on the right is the last "good" photo we got of Chris. That is my now grown nephew's tiny hand on his knee. Everyone in the family treasures that photo and I remember that exact moment because of this picture.

As I start my photography business full time right now I struggled to find a way I can "help" others through my craft. I read Blake Mycoskie's , "Start Something that Matters" (founder of TOMS)  and I was inspired, hopeful and now filled with an idea for what I CAN do.
For every session anyone books with me you can donate a session to a family in need.
This can be for a family that has someone suffering from an illness, to someone with a spouse deployed, to someone who is just down on their luck. I take whomever you nominate and take pictures of them. Simple as that.

Every PhilanthroPICS session has been such a blessing for me to be a part of. I have done 2 sessions with people battling cancer and as I drove away from both I cried and prayed for those families. For one family it was their last photo session as a family, and for the other it was the second round with an opponent that is relentless.  My purpose of offering these sessions is simple - to provide a little hope, a little comfort, a little peace for however long need be. I am not a doctor - I can't make people better (though I really wish I could), I'm not a millionaire who can send people on a dream vacation to take their minds off what is happening.  I'm simply a girl with a camera who can record your moments with loved ones while we are on this journey of life. If what I can do can help - even just a little - then by God's grace I will do it with all my heart and soul.

So what can YOU do?? Spread the word about my mission. Share this blog entry with friends and family on social media. "LIKE" and "FOLLOW" my blog and Facebook page:
Think of people you know who could use a little cheering up, who could use a memory that will last a life time.
I want to help - I just need people to know I'm here to do it. I will leave you with my favorite quote:

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The *LEAP*

That quote right there I feel was written just for me. As of this week I am officially a self-employed, full-time photographer! The road that has been laid out before me that has led me here has been an adventure and a half, and though there were parts that I wouldn't want to do again I have to respect that they led me right here, to this day, to this chapter in my life. I have felt a calling, a push from above, for awhile now to pursue my long creative dream of being a photographer and this year the timing just came together. I am beyond excited and blessed and happy to start this new journey and I cannot thank the people in my life enough for their unwavering support of me.

As I travel this new road I only ask that you follow me on my journey. In this technology driven age my way of getting what I'm doing out to the masses is through this blog and social media sites. Just clicking "Follow Me" on this page (it's in the top right hand corner on one of the four bars - they will expand and you can click on the "Follow" one) will create a connection between us that allows me to share my passion with you and hopefully your friends. As always, you can "LIKE" me on Facebook, and see what I'm working on there too. I'm also over on Instagram too - "Melanie Wright Photography".

Never to be one to follow in others footsteps I want to make my business one that is a bit different from typical photographers. My love for helping others is something that has continued to drive me in pursuing a job that I create the rules for and part of that is GIVING BACK. I will post this week about my philanthropy program that I hope spreads HOPE - quite simply.

Photography has been a passion of mine since I was a little girl. I took pictures of my toys, my family (sorry Mom about that camping one - still funny to this day!), through high school and adulthood photography has been my way to show the world how I see it. I often try and tell people that "It's never going to be perfect." - you may never be that perfect weight you feel you need to be, you may never get your hair *just* right, your kids may be throwing the biggest tantrums in the world - but guess what? That's life! You are here - now - and opting out of remembering how you lived right now is something I wish so many people didn't avoid. I have lived a life of loss and oh how I *wish* I had more photos of my family and friends I have lost along the way. Your life is now and I encourage everyone to take a second to record it - with all members in the photo - this means you Moms! Your children will look back on them and your grandchildren and all those who follow - don't let yourself be forgotten too soon b/c you weren't "in the mood" for photos.

As for me - I'm "All In" and would love nothing more than to be the person you entrust with those memories. I promise that my joy in what I'm doing will make the experience unlike the ones you have before. I know all to well how it can be a drag to get dressed up and say "Cheese", so why not think of it as a party, a chance to dress your best and have a blast?? Come join me friends, I promise it will be worth it!!
All the love to you and yours -