portraits in the snow

Whew...is anyone else breathing that sigh of relief, exhaustion and contentedness? My busy season is over, as well as Christmas, New years and all that comes with those holidays.
 We enjoyed an awesome Christmas away this year in Sunriver, Oregon. One whole week of sleeping in, amazing meals made by amazing family, late night conversations by the fire (and in the hot tub), playing in the snow, ice skating, family time, and fun. I brought my camera with (which is something I don't normally do on vacation) and captured a few of my gorgeous family members on camera. Creative shooting, no pressure, just for the fun of it. I so need that just for the fun of shooting occasionally.


location: Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge

Ashlyn struck me as a super sweet and laid back girl. I had a blast shooting her senior photos on a gorgeous fall evening awhile back. Love those sweet curls and that natural, beautiful smile!


Awhile back this summer my sister and I planned a impromptu photo shoot (which is something we do often) with a few days notice..or so she thought. I had told her I wanted to do a shoot in this gorgeous dress we had found while vintage shopping together. But of course her boyfriend  fiance had really had this photoshoot proposal idea in mind for quite awhile and I was lucky enough to be included. We headed out to a nearby field and started shooting. She had asked if she could get a few photos with him so she didn't think too much of him walking up to join us. I asked them to stand side by side and face me and snapped a few. And then the big moment. He turned and popped the question! I gotta be honest this was the most nerve wracking shoot ever! Trying to plan it to make it look casual and last minute, being paranoid my fully charged batteries would die and I would miss the moment (I may be a bit of a worrier).
They looked at me like I was crazy after all was said and done and we were heading home and I couldn't help but shout out "Melea, Chance is gonna propose tonight!" haha I was so worried I was gonna spill the beans it was such a relief to be able to shout those words freely;)
Now we get to all meet up in Mexico for the wedding this winter!!


Whew...is summer over? It flew by in what felt like an hour for me. Sadly it wasn't long enough this year and time got away from me. Which is why I am blogging this beautiful girls senior photos now. Months later. Oops. But hey at least on this cold fall night we can all enjoy a little summer sunshine right?

vince & amanda

venue: Summit Grove Lodge

On a cold, drizzly, gray day Vince and Amanda said I do. The rustic lodge venue they had chosen felt extra cozy with the glow of firelight. While the guests stayed dry under a tent the happy couple exchanged vows and then we all hurried into the lodge for an amazing meal, fellowship, cake, and of course dancing. Congratulations Vince and Amanda! It was an honor to be there to witness your special day.