Jen - I love the last one, but they are all so pretty! You are so talented!
Calvin Hill - I thought it was your sister too until I went back read your post. Those are some great shots for short session.
Tira J - Great images of your sister? Oh, I mean cousin! You can definitely tell you are related! Glad you got to spend time with your family. Blessings on you.
Amanda - The 40s? I would love to have a short session in the 40s...! I know I'm being a whiner here but I need to change climates I think. We are stll shooting weddings and it's been 24 degrees here with below zero wind chills! The couple this weekend are even having an outdoor ceremony in the snow! It will be cool though. My uncle is struggling with a disease that is slowly shutting down and paralyzing his body systems. There is only one medicine that can alleviate the symptoms but the longer you take it, it slowly destroys your liver, kidneys, and heart. The alternative is to not take the medicine and his throat and face become paralyzed and he can't eat. If it's allowed to progress he will eventually lose the ability to move his lungs to breathe. We all know that he is dying very slowly. But there are still a lot of good days when he can go out and ride his tractor or put up christmas lights. I know I should visit more, but it's so hard to know what to say. Be glad for every visit with your family - I love your personal photos almost more than your work photos sometimes. I think as photographers we often to forget to document our own lives and relationships, but you do a great job. Loved the nebraska shots last year too. I love your blog :-)
erin harvey - Gorgeous shoot Melissa! You really captured some love between these two. And you were less than 5 miles from our house too!
abbey - Melissa, I totally feel your pain. My dad has alzheimers and it's painful to watch him go thru it. But I'm grateful for each day that I talk to him and see him. Thank you for sharing your story. I pray for strength for you and your family!
Danielle - I love your work! This last shot is really cool.. I love the angle you got! I so need to take an Amateur photography class.
Jeanette LeBllanc - Melissa, Your post had my teary. Both of my grandmothers were diagnosed with Alzheimers in the past year. I live so far away and have not seen either of them since their diagnosis, but I'll be back next summer. I am both so eager and so anxious about the trip, and about the changes in women I love so much. Thank you for being so open about your feelings.
lena - DEF a striking family resemblance! beautiful pix as always.
Gail - I lost a grandmother 12 years ago to Alzheimer's so I remember only too well what you are going thru MJ. My thoughts are with you during this tough time. You really do feel helpless don't you? (In other news, how MUCH do you, your sis and cousin look alike? Y'all are so cute!)