It’s that time of year…

Yes, I’m late to write about Thanksgiving, but since I have photos of our annual Christmas Tree Cutting in Pennsylvania, I can say I’m early in writing about Christmas.

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I am thankful that we had a peaceful Thanksgiving weekend at home and were able to make our annual trek to meet family and cut down our tree in snow.

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We don’t get to see family much and I love the fact that Thanksgiving has nothing to do with the gifts.  Just family, friends and food.

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Now on to the craziness (I know I sound like a scrooge, and it’s
secretly my favorite time of year…mostly because of the cookies!)

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Senior Session at the Farm

When my second child was born, 16 years ago, I needed to make a decision whether to return to my job as a marketing and public relations consultant or become a stay-at-home-mom.  As my maternity leave days counted down I met a group of moms that were pretty much the reason I felt comfortable enough to leave my steady job and start a different chapter of my life.  I have mentioned my friend, Wendy, in other blogposts – significantly the one which described how, after introducing me to gardening, home crafts, and baking – she decided to take it all one step further and move out to a farm in the country.

Who could guess that these years later, she would ask me to visit her on the farm to take her son’s senior portrait.  It’s really so hard to believe, that the handsome young man with the easy nature and casual smile, was the toddler that used to jump in rain puddles with my kids in their diapers, then share large slices of chocolate chip bananna bread, while Wendy and I would peruse seed catalogs, planning our next season’s garden.

Here is a shot from way back then….he was one of my first subjects.

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I loved photographing Sam on the farm where’s he lived since kindergarten. He was quite comfortable among the goats and roosters…and then there’s that wonderful red barn. Wendy has indicated that the barn door may be on it’s last legs, and I let her know that if she happens to bring it to my backyard in Vienna, I wouldn’t be able to refuse it!

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When taking some quick shots of my daughter, we realized the hazards of photographing with animals, as the very friendly goat relaxed a little too much during the session…

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In Search Of….Class of 2015 High School Senior Reps

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I am looking for Senior Reps for the Class of 2015.  If you know of a rising high school senior in the Northern VA area who is interested in participating, please have them fill out the form below.  I will be selecting 4-5 students to be my 2015 Senior Reps/Models, and they will receive a discounted photo session, mobile photo app and opportunities for cash rewards for referrals.

Here are some more examples of my senior portraits, and here are details on the packages.

Photos With Fathers

In celebration of Fathers Day, I thought I’d post some cute photos of dads and kids I’ve photographed throughout the years.  Yay for Dads posing with their kids!  You both will treasure these some day….

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And here’s some of my personal favorites (fathers that is):

my own dad….

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and my wonderful husband (and great Dad)…
Happy Fathers Day!

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Summer Evenings, Cocktails and…Portrait Shoot

Melissa Maillett PhotographyThere’s nothing like a late afternoon on a June weekend.  The flamenco guitar music was playing, some of us enjoyed a glass of chilled white wine and these beautiful women bravely posed for me.  Thank you girls for giving me the privilege of photographing you – it’s what I enjoy doing and you did it so beautifully.
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I am enjoying my venture into photographing women.  It’s not your 80’s “glamour shots” any more but I am seeing more and more that us women who work hard to maintain our health and our bodies and we should be celebrating that.  We are strong and beautiful within and I want to reflect that beauty on the outside.

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