Kristi Melissa Photography: Blog http://www.kristimelissaphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Kristi Melissa Photography kristimgray@gmail.com (Kristi Melissa Photography) Fri, 15 Sep 2017 15:19:00 GMT Fri, 15 Sep 2017 15:19:00 GMT For This Child I Have Prayed... http://www.kristimelissaphotography.com/blog/2017/9/for-this-child-i-have-prayed This pregnancy is celebrated! For YEARS this incredibly sweet, caring, loving, kind couple has prayed for a baby. I've personally prayed SO MUCH for this baby girl that's growing. Our friends have prayed, our church has prayed. And goodness we were all cheering when we got the good news! Now we are just a few short weeks away from meeting that very special girl living inside her momma's belly. We were able to squeeze in a maternity session before she arrives. Congratulations, Lauren & Steve! <3

Can we just take notice of how STUNNING this momma-to-be is?! I love a little silliness thrown in! :)

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kristimgray@gmail.com (Kristi Melissa Photography) maternity http://www.kristimelissaphotography.com/blog/2017/9/for-this-child-i-have-prayed Fri, 15 Sep 2017 15:18:43 GMT
Eyer Family http://www.kristimelissaphotography.com/blog/2017/9/eyer-family One thing I'm learning more and more throughout the years is how life will twist and turn but it somehow seems to loop back around in various ways. I grew up with the dad in this beautiful family. At one point in life's journey, he was one of my best friends. And then life moves around with school and careers, and eventually family and kids and you end up losing touch. Somehow we've managed to end up back in the same area and I was able to take photos of his two beautiful girls and lovely wife on Sunday. Here's a few of the many moments that were captured. 

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kristimgray@gmail.com (Kristi Melissa Photography) families kids http://www.kristimelissaphotography.com/blog/2017/9/eyer-family Mon, 11 Sep 2017 15:37:03 GMT
Jake & Natalie Get Engaged! http://www.kristimelissaphotography.com/blog/2017/9/jake-natalie-get-engaged These two lovebirds are tying the knot next Spring. We went to the beautiful spot they picked to have their wedding at to take engagement photos. 

"Be sure to choose someone who makes you laugh." They certainly make each other laugh. That's apparent in these pictures.

Congratulations Natalie & Jake!

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kristimgray@gmail.com (Kristi Melissa Photography) engagement http://www.kristimelissaphotography.com/blog/2017/9/jake-natalie-get-engaged Mon, 11 Sep 2017 02:03:50 GMT
O-Ophelia http://www.kristimelissaphotography.com/blog/2017/9/o-ophelia I had the pleasure of photographing this sweet girl a couple weeks ago at her home. Her name is Ophelia and every time I sit down to edit her session, I can't stop singing "O-Ophelia, you've been on my mind girl..." in my head. But really, this precious little girl did so well during her entire session that I really couldn't stop thinking about her tiny, scrumptious self and I had such a tough time choosing which photos to showcase in her gallery. Here's a small sampling. Welcome to the world, miss Ophelia!

I mean, just look at her smiling already! 

 

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kristimgray@gmail.com (Kristi Melissa Photography) babies families http://www.kristimelissaphotography.com/blog/2017/9/o-ophelia Sun, 10 Sep 2017 21:18:02 GMT
Emily Turns 4 http://www.kristimelissaphotography.com/blog/2017/8/emily-turns-4 Emily is intelligent, beautiful, sassy, sweet, and hilarious! I had so much fun during this shoot chatting with her. Happy Birthday, miss Emily!

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kristimgray@gmail.com (Kristi Melissa Photography) kids http://www.kristimelissaphotography.com/blog/2017/8/emily-turns-4 Wed, 30 Aug 2017 18:59:33 GMT
Sunflower Fields http://www.kristimelissaphotography.com/blog/2017/8/sunflower-fields It was a last minute decision to throw together sunflower mini sessions. But when I saw the opportunity and how incredibly gorgeous this field of yellow was, I jumped on the chance before the sunflowers wilted. I'll keep a better eye out next year for those who missed out and were interested! More notice will be given! I love how gorgeous these turned out.

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kristimgray@gmail.com (Kristi Melissa Photography) families kids sunflower http://www.kristimelissaphotography.com/blog/2017/8/sunflower-fields Tue, 15 Aug 2017 18:24:32 GMT
Levi turns ONE http://www.kristimelissaphotography.com/blog/2017/8/levi-turns-one Oh, this little boy. This amazing surprise of a little boy is ONE! I'm pretty sure his momma blinked right after he was born and all of a sudden a year went by. 

Little man Levi is so loved by so many people and has just moved far, far away. *sniffle sniffle*

Although his family is so terribly missed already, life will go on, and the next time I see this little handsome guy, he's going to be running and growing and trying to keep up with his big brother and sister! I was so happy to capture this precious milestone in his life before moving on to his next adventure. Happy birthday, Levi John! <3

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kristimgray@gmail.com (Kristi Melissa Photography) http://www.kristimelissaphotography.com/blog/2017/8/levi-turns-one Wed, 02 Aug 2017 19:03:42 GMT
Angela & Jason http://www.kristimelissaphotography.com/blog/2017/5/angela-jason This beautiful lady happens to be my baby cousin. (Well, not so much a baby anymore!) My younger sister and I spent countless summer days at Grandma's house teaching this curly-haired sweet girl "school", playing in the pool, eating ice cream treats, and going on adventures together. Angela developed confidence at a young age and has carried that with her into adulthood, which I think is one of her strongest qualities. She will not be rocked by anything anyone says or thinks and she will never waiver on her beliefs. 

As soon as she brought Jason around our big, boisterous family, I knew for sure this engagement would just be a matter of time. Her eyes lit up every time I asked her about him and on Good Friday, just DAYS before their engagement happened, I asked her if she saw herself marrying him. She got a little red as she shyly said, "we've talked about it." Then BOOM! Engaged! 

Jason and Angela were meant for each other. I'm so happy for them and their paths that led them here. Can't wait to celebrate in a few short months at the big event! <3

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kristimgray@gmail.com (Kristi Melissa Photography) Engagement http://www.kristimelissaphotography.com/blog/2017/5/angela-jason Fri, 26 May 2017 16:10:56 GMT
Beautiful Audrey http://www.kristimelissaphotography.com/blog/2017/5/beautiful-audrey This girl is just the cutest thing! I was at her birth and took her newborn pictures and it's just so fun to see her growing at 6 months old! She was a little uncertain at the beginning and she wanted her momma close, but once she got into it she was the perfect model and so silly! I and so much fun taking her pictures and capturing her many facial expressions! I had such a tough time choosing which to show on her preview because they were all just so beautiful! 

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kristimgray@gmail.com (Kristi Melissa Photography) Babies http://www.kristimelissaphotography.com/blog/2017/5/beautiful-audrey Fri, 19 May 2017 02:04:25 GMT
Baby Girl Teagan http://www.kristimelissaphotography.com/blog/2017/5/baby-girl-teagan I had the opportunity to photograph this newborn in my studio. She slept beautifully throughout her entire session and hardly moved at all when I moved her around. It's always so fun to see repeat clients in the studio for milestone events like this. I had the privilege to photograph her big brother a couple years ago, so having Teagan in my studio was such a treat! The photos speak for themselves of this little darling! Welcome to the world sweet girl! 

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kristimgray@gmail.com (Kristi Melissa Photography) Babies Newborns http://www.kristimelissaphotography.com/blog/2017/5/baby-girl-teagan Sun, 14 May 2017 19:04:42 GMT
Welcome to the World, Benjamin http://www.kristimelissaphotography.com/blog/2017/4/welcome-to-the-world-benjamin This little baby is the cutest little boy and he has the most darling big brother and sister, too! Gosh, I could go on and on about how precious this family is. But you don't need me to tell you, these pictures show you just fine. This little boy is so adored by his parents, grandparents and his big brother and sister! Welcome to the world, sweet Ben! We love you! 

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kristimgray@gmail.com (Kristi Melissa Photography) Babies Families Kids http://www.kristimelissaphotography.com/blog/2017/4/welcome-to-the-world-benjamin Mon, 24 Apr 2017 16:19:57 GMT
And Baby Makes Five http://www.kristimelissaphotography.com/blog/2017/3/and-baby-makes-five I had the super special opportunity to photograph a close friend's birth last week! Birth's are always such an incredible experience – the anticipation, the excitement, the MIRACULOUS design of the female body, it all ties together to make it one of my most favorite types of shoots to do. 

Miss Amy timed everything perfectly (although if you asked her a day or week or month earlier, the timing could have come a LITTLE earlier, am I right?!). She had a fairly quick labor, about 5 hours from starting contractions to birth. And she was probably the funniest woman in childbirth I've seen to date.

When I arrived to the hospital room, her epidural was starting to really kick in, she was 10 centimeters and ready to go as soon as she felt enough pressure to push. When asked by her nurse if she thought her pressure was constant, Amy responded, AND I QUOTE, "I mean I can push whenever, I don't want to hold anyone up." I mean, I have never.. Haha

So, she decided to just go for it and push. Probably about 15-20 minutes later, we met Benjamin, 9 pounds (or 8 pounds 15.8oz if you want to get really technical) with a FULL head of dark hair, chubby cheeks and sweet little dimples. Gah! He is seriously the cutest little thing!

The whole room was laughing all the way through our time there – what a great way to enter the world! This surprise little baby #3 for sure secured his spot in this family's hearts in a literal NANO-second. Nothing but love and MANY, MANY snuggles from here on out. <3

Welcome to the world, sweet Benjamin!

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kristimgray@gmail.com (Kristi Melissa Photography) Babies Birth http://www.kristimelissaphotography.com/blog/2017/3/and-baby-makes-five Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:49:03 GMT
Baby Girl Lilly http://www.kristimelissaphotography.com/blog/2017/3/baby-girl-lilly I'm kind of a sucker for this little one's name. She's named after her grandmother, Lillian. (I also have a grandmother Lillian and have often considered that name for a baby girl.) And this little girl is just the cutest! It was so fun to do this session with Lilly's proud big brother. He did fantastic! Here's a sampling of some of their photos.

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kristimgray@gmail.com (Kristi Melissa Photography) Babies Families Kids http://www.kristimelissaphotography.com/blog/2017/3/baby-girl-lilly Wed, 22 Mar 2017 01:38:06 GMT
Sister Love http://www.kristimelissaphotography.com/blog/2017/3/sister-love Can you tell these two cuties are sisters? They happen to be buddies with my little guy and he just adores them! And what better time to post these Spring studio pictures then right before a record March blizzard?! 

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kristimgray@gmail.com (Kristi Melissa Photography) Families Kids Sisters http://www.kristimelissaphotography.com/blog/2017/3/sister-love Tue, 14 Mar 2017 01:11:57 GMT
Joslyn is ONE http://www.kristimelissaphotography.com/blog/2017/3/joslyn-is-one This little girl is my spunky niece. She was born exactly one year ago, today. She came out ready to conquer the world and not let anyone tell her what to do (especially me with a camera). She is sweet and loving, rough and playful. If she can't get something the first time, she will try until she does. One year old. One BIG personality. One contagious smile. One special girl who I'm so excited I get to love on for many years to come. Happy Birthday, miss Josie J! <3 

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kristimgray@gmail.com (Kristi Melissa Photography) Babies http://www.kristimelissaphotography.com/blog/2017/3/joslyn-is-one Thu, 09 Mar 2017 19:14:54 GMT
Levi is 6 months old http://www.kristimelissaphotography.com/blog/2017/1/levi-is-6-months-old This little man is so sweet and he gave me quite the stare-down during this session. His mommy and me were pulling all the stops and he just looked at us like, "you're both crazy". We got a few smiles in there after all. Smiling or not, he's destined to be a heartbreaker for sure. <3

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kristimgray@gmail.com (Kristi Melissa Photography) Babies Kids http://www.kristimelissaphotography.com/blog/2017/1/levi-is-6-months-old Wed, 25 Jan 2017 15:53:48 GMT
Jayce Turns 1 http://www.kristimelissaphotography.com/blog/2016/11/jayce-turns-1 I took Jayce's newborn pictures and then his 6 month pictures and now he's an adorable 1 year old and SO happy! (Would you just look at those blue eyes?!) His momma wanted family pictures for this session and they turned out SO picture perfect. We JUST beat the rain on this beautiful fall day.

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kristimgray@gmail.com (Kristi Melissa Photography) Families Kids http://www.kristimelissaphotography.com/blog/2016/11/jayce-turns-1 Wed, 30 Nov 2016 16:39:00 GMT
Betack Family http://www.kristimelissaphotography.com/blog/2016/11/betack-family If there ever was a little girl who looked just like her momma, this one is her! I had so much fun photographing little Gracie running around and modeling for me. She even told me where she thought would be a good spot for pictures. Very decisive for a two-year-old! :) Oh how I miss those warm, beautiful fall days!

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kristimgray@gmail.com (Kristi Melissa Photography) Fall Families Kids http://www.kristimelissaphotography.com/blog/2016/11/betack-family Tue, 29 Nov 2016 20:23:31 GMT
A Beautiful Family On A Beautiful Fall Day http://www.kristimelissaphotography.com/blog/2016/11/a-beautiful-family-on-a-beautiful-fall-day This family is always SO much fun to photograph. I look forward to these silly girls every year! I've been photographing them since the littlest one was a new little nugget and now she's growing and as spunky as ever! These two girls are packed full of personality and it shines through in these photos. Until next year, Fornwalt family! <3

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kristimgray@gmail.com (Kristi Melissa Photography) Families http://www.kristimelissaphotography.com/blog/2016/11/a-beautiful-family-on-a-beautiful-fall-day Thu, 17 Nov 2016 04:02:30 GMT
Baby Ryleigh http://www.kristimelissaphotography.com/blog/2016/11/baby-ryleigh Hello world. Meet Ryleigh. 

She is such a peanut and so so adorable I can't even stand it! Her parents are as sweet as she is – she is one lucky little girl!

 

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kristimgray@gmail.com (Kristi Melissa Photography) Babies Families http://www.kristimelissaphotography.com/blog/2016/11/baby-ryleigh Wed, 16 Nov 2016 04:10:20 GMT