Congrats Graduate!

Hi everyone!

I had the privilege of spending a Sunday evening with this beautiful young lady who has recently graduated from college!  Well done on her accomplishment!  Here are just a few from the shoot.  Hope you enjoy!

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Hanging At A Park In Dallas!

It all started one bright morning in Dallas, TX, two photographers got together and had some fun shooting… photos that is!   Jackie Jackson of JJ Photography Texas invited me to come along on a photo shoot with her.  She is such an amazing gal and photographer!!  It has been a privilege to get to know her! And I have to say, I just love her!  Below are a few of my shots from our fun outing!  Thanks Jackie!

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This blog would not be complete without a photo of Jackie herself!!

Beautiful Day for Family Photos!!

I hope you all are having a fun and action filled summer!!

Ours has definitely been busy! 🙂  During one of my fun-filled days, I spent some time with a friend from high school and her gorgeous family!  Her mom was the cutest thing!  She was always ready to strike a pose.  Loved it!  They were all a joy to be around!  Here are some of the shots we captured that very nice July afternoon!  Enjoy!

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Long Time Friends!

Hello!

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season!  We did!  Now it’s on to making 2013 amazing!!

I’d like to share a recent session I shot.  We’ve all been friends since high school.  Our husbands even worked together at the local grocery store back then.  You know it’s pretty incredible to stay close with people for that long.  They have created a beautiful family with 3 gorgeous boys.  To be able to spend the afternoon capturing these guys was an honor!  (It was hard to choose which pics to post. 🙂 )

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Mighty Mud Dash…and Oh Was It Muddy!!!

So it all started one morning my hubby asks me if I want to do a 5k Mud Run.  I look at him like he’s NUTS!!  First off, I’m a little out of shape.  Second of all, MUD…really??!!  I told him I’d have to pass.  My son, however, rose to the challenge!  I wasn’t going to participate but I knew there was no way I was missing this photo op!!!

Turned out to be so much fun!!  My girls and I, my son’s girlfriend, my mother-in-law and her husband all came to cheer them on.  Not very long into it, we all decided we were IN for next year!!  Hope you enjoy the images of the Mud Dash as much as the guys did getting dirty!!

       

      

     

      

WE DID IT!!!

Now time for clean up!!

Stay tuned for next year! (There might be zombies involved! Zombie Mud Dash)

Getting Into The Halloween Spirit!!

Howdy! (As we say in Texas)

I hope everyone is ready for Halloween!  We are!!  We moved into our new house a few months ago and I’ve so been looking forward to the holidays.  To kick off the season we did our traditional pumpkin carving then onto pictures!  I had seen a video post by Brooke Snow http://blog.brookesnow.com/2012/10/22/halloween-photos/ (her site is in my blogroll) about doing photos before Halloween.  Don’t know why I hadn’t thought of it before.  What she said made perfect sense.  By doing this the girls had much more fun playing in their costumes and giggling up a storm.  Now come Halloween, I won’t hear, “Can we just go now, mom?” or “I don’t want to take any more pictures!”.  We can head out and they can collect all sorts of Halloween treats!!!!

We will definitely be doing it this way in the future and maybe get even more creative with our background!!  What fun would that be!!

Happy Halloween to all and be safe!!

 

A Day at the Beach!!

So, I’ve been on a bit of a quest lately to find out my style of photography.  What I’m realizing is I LOVE to capture “real” moments, hence the name Captured Moments by Mel.  It’s been right in front of me the whole time.  So as I was doing what another photographer, Brooke Snow, suggested, I went looking back through my photos.  These beach photos jumped out at me.  We went the weekend before school started (this was the first and only time all summer).  I asked myself what it was I liked most about these.  I had captured the girls enjoying themselves at the beach.  “Real” moments with genuine emotion.

Some of these I used both actions and textures, and some I used only actions.  I’ll list where both came from at the bottom of this post.

Textures and actions were used on the ones above.  Textures were from Jessica Drossin Textures.  http://www.jessicadrossintextures.blogspot.com/ and actions from MCP Actions.  (Link below)

Actions from MCP Actions were used on these.  https://www.mcpactions.com/actions/all-actions.html

Thought this little guy was so cute people watching!!

Thanks everyone for reading and I hope you enjoyed these like we enjoyed our day at the beach!!!

 

Late Afternoon Fun!

Just wanted to share these photos from a session I had last week.  I’ve known this little gal for quite a few years now.  In the beginning she was very quiet and stuck very close to mom.  Let me tell you during this session, that all has changed!!!  She was so full of life and laughter!!  She even came up with her own ideas of how she thought the session should go.  Soooo cute!!  I definitely had a fantastic time!!  Hope you enjoy her smiles as much as I did!!

    

 

 

It’s All About the Soccer!!!!

Well, we are in soccer season again.  This year we have bumped up a level.    It involves more practices, longer games, and hopefully the playoffs!!!   My  girl has decided that she is playing soccer from now on, which is fine by  me.  Maybe she’ll get a scholarship to help pay for college.  That would  rock!!  Wait, I’m getting ahead of myself.  I’m not ready to talk about her  and college in the same sentence. She’s only in elementary school for  crying out loud!!  One kid close to college is enough right now!  🙂  Anyway,  I just wanted to share a few shots.

Go Blue Lighting Buffalos! #6

And this is what the sister does during the soccer games!!