Tag Archives: Melissa Petays Photography

The ‘P’ Family

This was supposed to be a family session but it didn’t quite go as planned. Poor mama was feeling under the weather but lil ‘A’ still needed his 6(ish) month life documented. In their first year they change so much + we don’t want to forget that chubber rolly polly stage while it’s still considered adorable!

Not wanting to go too far we used their backyard to get the job done. This ended up being a great choice because the boys felt comfortable in familiar space. Not to mention it kept a certain brother ‘fenced’ in!

Every time I photograph this family I am reminded of the bond between brothers. As a mother of two boys myself, I love watching how each brother is unique, yet the same + how that bond evolves over time. These boys have amazing parents + I can only imagine the great adventures this family will have together!p_0012p_0010 p_0013p_0017 p_0016p_0014p_0015p_0011p_0020 p_0022 p_0023 p_0024 p_0025p_0018p_0019p_0021

 

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Karissa + Haley

Flashback to spring!

Karissa + I had talked about doing another shoot after we had so much fun with our fall shoot at the Arboretum in Seattle. The cherry blossoms at UW were Karissa’s next location choice. I had never really been on campus before and was blown away by its beauty. It’s a busy spot for many reasons but the blossoms were worth dodging the students + spectators for!

Just before heading out for our shoot Karissa’s mom whipped up these two lovely flower crowns for us to use. Talented, no?!  Thanks girls for putting your beautiful selves in front of my lens!

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Welcome Baby ‘A’

It was a lovely surprise to get a call that a sweet friend/client was expecting another baby…boy number 4! I had met this extraordinary couple in Lamaze class over 11 years ago and we have stayed in each others lives ever since – even with our move to Washington. I was thrilled to be flown back down to California to continue documenting the growth of their family. Each boy as handsome as the next!

I’m not even their mama and my heart was bursting as I watched the big boys dote on their new brother. Not to sound cliché but Mama’s hands will be full but her heart is fuller (argh…that’s not even a word is it?!?)

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The ‘B’ Family

You may recognize these sweet faces as I’ve been photographing them for years now. It makes my heart happy to continue to be invited back down each year. For this family it’s always been about capturing the real life moments. Usually this means chasing them around their gorgeous property in Clarksburg Wine Country. It doesn’t get any sweeter than this, am I right?! …except it does! There’s another wee one on the way!
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‘L’ turns 1!

What’s more delicious than the cheeks of a 1-year-old? Dressing those cheeks up in a tutu + a side of balloons! 

(And is it weird that I’m jealous of a 1-year-olds closet? Srsly, like, just supersize everything for me please!)

Walking, jibber jabbing and trying her best to keep up with her big brother, this one is growing up too fast! Happy ONE year, lil Miss ‘L’!

  

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