We get inspired, we create . It’s a circle really . We feel dry and worn out on creativity, someone comes along to inspire you, you get inspired, you create . Then that creation inspires another who’s dry . And on and on it goes . It’s a beautiful thing really .
I was the dry one this time . Burned out and behind on editing and producing work I could be proud of . But my friend Kourtni was dead set on doing this shoot she’d been brainstorming on, so I couldn’t say no . :] And now, now I’m feeding off this creativity of hers . It’s a wonderful thing, that circle .
I’m not typically the one in front of the camera . It’s not my most comfortable spot to be in . But Kourtni of course made it out to be a lot of fun ! We wandered out to the middle of seemingly nowhere, found some green and gold pastures, and got to shooting .
Spring is really trying to establish its grounds here in Oklahoma . We caught it on a good day with sunshine and a warm breeze . Though as I post this, its 37 degrees outside . Ha! I like variety though, so I’m not complaining . But when spring is in full swing, I encourage you to get outside and create something magnificent!
“Warm, elegant, cheerful” were the three words her boyfriend gave me to describe his blonde bombshell of a girlfriend . & I couldn’t agree more .
Lauren Beck . What a gal . When I asked her if I could feature her and her humble abode on my “HER : everyday” series , she was more than welcoming to the idea . So I followed her around one winter-y morning and attempted to photograph her little morning rituals . her quirks . her daily habits . the dainty details in her room . the way she doesn’t use a mirror to put make up on . (talented, i know!) . the way she makes the simplest, yet tastiest of tea because it reminds her of her childhood . her skills of craft . I wanted to capture her essence in the most subtle of ways . I wanted to capture her .
But the thing is .. now its no longer just Lauren and her glorious life . She’s opened it up to another . A friend , now lover . A handsome thing , now all hers . So of course I couldn’t just photograph a “her : everyday” without him included . Because he’s a part of her everyday . Part of her life . Part of her heart .
So included in this feature is the one and only Ty Carlson . Him, too, creative and quite bearded . A subtle sweetness and brilliance about him . We let our love for coffee and community lead us to a new coffee shop as I documented their sweet and quirky love on the chilliest of mornings …
Hey you faithful’s .
I won’t be posting on this blog anymore . I’ve moved to my new site ! & there’s some new and rad additions to it and lots of new blog posts ! :]
and these two just got blogged today .
So come join me there ! :] I’d love to hear from you in the “dear melissa” section . :] Tell me about yourself, give me some feedback, I want to know you name .
Happy weekend, gems .
This is how my day began …
and this is how it’s progressed ..
Today, I am launching my new blog/site . :] // I am screaming shouts of joy in this coffee shop I’m in . I’m so excited . Excited to move forward . Excited for big luscious images . Excited for all of my stories, portfolio, and blog to be in one place . Excited to have easier access to hear from you friends . Excited to grow .
You’ll see over there that the blog posts on this sucker aren’t there . don’t freak out . They’ll show themselves , eventually . I’m just really ready to play on a bigger playing field and move forward .
THANKYOU THANKYOU for all of you who have followed me on “photos | words” . You’ve been so freaking wonderful and full of so much encouragement . It’s one of the reasons I’m striving to be better with all of this . I hope you’ll continue to pour your love and direction into me and continue to follow me on the new site . I thrive off my community with you guys , so thankyou .
Sooo, if you’ll meander on over to my new and improved site, I’ll be happy to meet you there . :]
and here it is :
xoxo . // I’m all about constructive criticism, so don’t hold back .
P.S. In the top left picture of the collage from this morning, you’ll see a newspaper . I love the way pictures look on newspaper, so I decided to get a newspaper of my images! This one imparticular was a wedding gift to Danielle & Tyler . If you’re interested in that sort of thing too, you can order your own here . :] Happy hump day, friends .
I get so much freakin joy on gloomy, foggy, chilly weather days . Its like God is lavishing His love on me just by giving me, by definition, a “dreary” day.
& such day was given to me . And not only was the weather on this day divine, but the prettiest couple on planet earth asked me to take pictures of them hugging and kissing and laughing and celebrating their engagement . It was the perfect thing ever .
Matt and Kira . So lovely, so humble, so enjoyable to be around . You’ll see from the pictures just how incredibly in love they are . I’m so so excited to shoot their wedding in May . And so excited to present to you now, the love of Matt and Kira .
Where they had their first date . Where it (kinda) started . Where feelings started forming , butterflies started growing , minds & hearts started racing . This is the place Brett wanted to bring Lisa to ask her to be his bride for the rest of his life . So, on new years eve of 2012 Brett had his and her family get together to decorate and set up a little date for them where they had their first .
On the top of a parking garage .
Looking over downtown Oklahoma City .
Cold and drizzly, but filled to the brim with excitement .
Me, especially excited because this girl getting proposed to is my cousin and one of my greatest joys . So pumped to have got the chance to be a part of it all .
+ Congrats you pretty things .
The ones that know us best . The ones we can depend on . The ones who accept us as we are . They fight with us, but they also fight for us . They are quirky , weird , but they are humans we never want to live without . They depend on us as we depend on them . They help us grow , help us learn , and help us remember what’s important in life . They are our best friends . Family .
These images are from the many family photo shoots I shot mostly for Christmas cards and to give as Christmas gifts . Such a blast working with families and all the joy and love they possess . :]