When Julia first e-mailed me about possibly shooting her wedding in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, I thought it was too good to be true . Getting to travel to a dreamy place to document people in love .. literally everything I love to do . I couldn’t believe it! God’s blessed me in more ways than I can count getting to do what I do and with such amazing clients . ah . i could go on and on .
So we set off to Mexico in January for a stay at Dreams Villamagna in Puerto Vallarta . Man was it magical . More than I could’ve dreamt up . The staff was so welcoming and inviting and the resort itself was so stunningly beautiful . So white and open with orange accents and beautiful plant life everywhere . Tony, Julia, and their entire wedding party/family were so incredibly gracious and kind . Josh and I had the best time just hanging out with them and photographing the candid love and laughter that happened throughout their day . When the day was over, we felt as though we were truly just partying with friends! We had a blast and it was an honor getting to be a part of such a love-filled day .
And now for the dreamiest of photos .. one of my favorite weddings to date . Tony & Julie allotted me just over 2 hours of portrait time with just the two them, giving me complete time freedom in creativity and variety of locations . My eyes were having a feast on the beauty surrounding us and the love that was so alive between t & j .
If any of you are planning a destination wedding or are outside of the U.S. and would like me to be your photographer, please e-mail me! We’ll work something wonderful out and make some magic . firstname.lastname@example.org
[ a quick note! if you do not live in America and are needing a photographer for any reason.. wedding, engagement, baby, just because.. and like my style and work, e-mail me! email@example.com | i have a special offer, just for you ]
I’m so so excited to share my first international wedding . unfortunately, that day is not today . But tomorrow . Tomorrow be here . Tomorrow come feast your eyes on some Mexico wedding goodness . Because I just .. yes .
Over the past couple months, I’ve had some wickedly wonderful engagement shoots . Seriously, the couples and clients I work with are the freakin’ bomb and it makes me so excited for the weddings lined up this year! It’s going to be such a fun season .
Here’s a recap of the past few shoots i’ve had an honor of doing .
I know i’ve been neglecting my blog . but man i have been to and freakin’ fro!
Mexico and then straight to Austin, from there straight to Crested Butte, and then less than two weeks later, the Bahamas . I am so blessed to do what I do, which enables me to travel and see the world . Which I think I might love even more than photography . What?? Yeah .
But anyway, with all those travels going on, and with a new mindset I now have, I’ve decided that I’m going to share a lot more personal posts on here . Mostly because I want to, but also because a lot of you readers might really just come here to look at pictures .. which is awesome . I’m incredibly flattered and I’ll let my work and art be someone’s getaway or eye candy any day of the week ! But some of you might actually read this thing . And on the posts I do about my perfect clients, I like to write about them and try to poetically say how precious their love is . Because it is . All love is so precious . But on the more personal ones, I’d like to be more open with my readers, and invite.. nay.. encourage you guys to open up as well . Maybe not to me, but to those around you or the ones you might have an impact on . Transparency can be a beautiful thing . Difficult at times, sure . But beautiful . Because heck, who’s perfect? No one . and it’s nice to have the reminder .
So allow me the privilege of showing little parts of my life, separate from the steady flow of engagement shoots and weddings that i love and love, to open up to you guys just a little more .
If you follow me on Instagram (if you don’t, you can! @melissagreenmachine) .. then you may see some repeats on these personal posts . My phone is always full of things I find kind of delightful and I’d like to have somewhere to dump them . Somewhere someone might actually appreciate them with me!
Maybe it’s their chemistry and the passion between them .
Maybe its the fire in his eyes of her, or the joy he gives to her in the little things .
Whatever it is, it is pure joy to capture the love that radiates between these two . They’re just simply crazy about each other and i love when it’s just so blatantly obvious to every one they’re around . It’s contagious and it’s beautiful . I got to shoot their engagements awhile back here, but it was truly and honor to get to be the one documenting their special day .
Today is ours . its a gift from Him . Today we’re capable . We’re living and breathing and growing . Our days are in His hands . They’re numbered, but they’re enough .
It’s up to us what we do with our time, with our days . and for me, I choose to always explore . always dive deeper into better knowing someone . always open my eyes to the newness around me .
traveling enables it .
this blog post is a bit over-due, but its perfect . perfect because it’s a reminder to be intentional with my days . with my friends . with growth and knowledge . This is part 2 of my trip to California back in October . It’s more of a personal post, more intimate moments of time with friends, and even some pictures of me . [cass is a whiz behind the camera] .
Every day is what we make it . sometimes steered by the world’s schedules and to-do lists, but each filled with such purpose.. even if the purpose is to simply be . This specific day Callie, Cassie, and I drove up the coast to San Luis Obispo . we explored and dug deeper into the souls of each other . Callie, teaching me to not just beat around the bush in conversation, but jump right to the heart of the matter . Seeing both sides of a conflict , and seeking God’s heart on it . Cassie, teaching me just how much intentionality, joy, laughter, and fun you can have in a day . simple things . but life changing .
It’s these kind of days you don’t ever forget . a highlight of life .
So this is the new year . 2014 . A refresh . A reboot of creativity, energy, passion . A fresh start . I love it all … but i also don’t hold so much pressure to it . If ever things fall apart or I lose my drive or forget my purpose .. I don’t hold out for January 1 . What if everything falls apart mid February? I have to wait 10.5 months to begin again? No . “January 1″ is always available . What it means to people, how everyone views it as a way to begin again with a clean slate.. it’s true and it should be viewed that way .. its inspiring and gives us a heart of hope . but don’t box it in to that day on the calendar . Don’t ever feel hopeless thinking your fresh start can’t be now .
So today, yes . A fresh start . In a few months, I’ll probably need another one . The Lord is good like that . Always able and willing to help us with a fresh start or new beginning . Never limiting us . Always enabling us .
So here’s remembering 2013 . a long year . good, hard, learning, growing, feeling defeated, renewing faith, traveling, firsts, lasts, meeting incredible people, welcoming babies, planning, and not planning .
And here’s anticipating 2014 . better than last, intentional, growing, deepening faith and relationships, travel and travel and travel, renewing passions, learning new techniques, falling more in love, letting go of pointless expectations, trying and failing, trying and succeeding, new friends, being spontaneous, more discipline and better rest . oh . and i want a puppy .
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Another good way to start off the new year is being featured! Happy new year to me! (and to the hottest couple ever) . Tyler & Danielle’s maternity shoot got featured on Grey Likes Baby and we couldn’t be more excited! Danielle and I actually used Grey Likes Baby quite a bit for inspiration on our shoot, so it’s truly an honor to be featured on their site .
Happy New Year, friends . I truly appreciate all of you that read my blog, admire my pictures, and send me sweet encouraging e-mails .
For all of you outside the U.S. wanting (or know someone wanting) a photo shoot, I’ll be having a special little offer for you guys real soon . xo
from my creative corner to yours, cheers .