You Don’t Have to be Perfect to be Amazing

Spring family photo Styling

They try my patience, they make me crazy, they make things come out of my mouth I never thought I would say (“Why is there poop in this plant?”), they keep me up at night and wake me up early, they throw tantrums and I might even throw one back…but once and awhile you get moments like this where everyone is smiling despite the meltdowns and the heartache and my hope is restored, we can do this!!! We are making good memories and sticking it out living, loving and growing together. The good outshines the tough: the yard wildflower gifts with sticky popsicle kisses, the Sunday morning snuggle time with, “I love you, Mommy”, the teenager that confides in you. I am so blessed to be their mom, to have this awesome trust from the Lord to raise them…my cup runneth over. To all the moms in the trenches 👊🏻🙌🏻 you’ve got this and we are in it together. You don’t have to be perfect to be amazing. You are enough and you are amazing. Happy Mother’s Day!


Photo cred: Jenny Lind Photography 

Easter Family Photos

I am not going to lie, family picture day is never fun but having the outfits all picked out is a big relief. I get asked a lot about photo styling and this is how the sausage is made folks! I have to gather things all season long as I see them, hiding them to make sure no one wears them or loses them and then lay it all out to see what I need to change, who should/shouldn’t stand together for color and texture reasons and make a list of any final purchases. This time I only need one pair of shoes, yay! Then hope and pray for perfect weather and no one is sick…let alone no meltdowns. It’s seriously like a miracle if everyone looks and smiles at the same time. Realizing we only have a little over 4 short years together until my oldest leaves, I have made it a goal to get two good family photos a year. So here’s to praying for a miracle on Saturday!

We tried out some vintage looks today, she actually posed for me! I hope that’s a good sign for the real deal!

How the sausage is made:

Stay tuned for the final result!

Make Life Beautiful,

Melissa xox

Photo Styling: Tree Farm Family Outfits

So, I am a little obsessed with Tree Farm Style.  The buffalo plaid, the evergreens, the classic but trendiness of it all, it just makes for the perfect “christmasy” mood.  While I didn’t want us to be all dressed in the same plaids, I knew I wanted to incorporate several different patterns and textures.  I am pretty happy with the way it turned out!

I created a collection of Polyvore sets that can give you ideas and sources for every outfit in this styled photo.
If you would like custom coordinated outfits that match your style and budget for your next family photo, contact me and we can discuss your vision!  You will get your own Polyvore collection customized for your family WITH SOURCES! Family picture day is stressful enough, I am here to help.

Please share and let your photographer friends know how I can help their clients, and I would love to hear what you think of Tree Farm Style!

Love Life…Styled!


Family Outfits: Tree Farm Style