The more I do shoots like this, the more I enjoy this type of photography.  All women are beautiful in different ways and are great subjects.

Also what female doesn’t enjoy being pampered?  You get your hair and make-up done, you have a drink, chat with other girls, and I take pretty pictures. I have fun with it.

What woman doesn’t enjoy quality female time?  Let’s be honest, we enjoy talking about things that most men could care less about.  For instance, shopping, shoes, who’s dating who in Hollywood, bridesmaid dresses, pinterest, twilight, true blood, the hunger games,  etc.

Whenever I can have a conversation about any of those things with another female, it’s like a breath of fresh air.  The most popular topics that come up in my discussions with Michael involve specs of the new full frame cameras, shooting at high iso, Nikon lenses, what we need to buy, and off camera lighting.  All of which I enjoy talking about, but I could never get Michael to willingly be open to a discussion about a sweet pair of heels. Lol.

Ireen has given me permission to show you some of my favorite images, which I’m excited to share.  Except if your name happens to be Brennan.  And if it happens to be your name and you are the Brennan that is her boyfriend.  Except you.  You’ll need to wait, haha.

Some of the pictures gave me goosies (aka goosebumps) when I saw them.  She is a naturally beautiful person.  My goal with Ireen was to shoot in a way that would enhance her natural beauty.

Much thanks to my make-up artist, Yvette.  She’s funny, fun, sweet and insanely awesome at what she does.  She’s my girl.

Also, thank you Juliet and Sarah for assisting me with this shoot.


 We played a game during hair and make-up.  I seriously need to buy this for future shoots!

Bodi came along for support.  He just about gave Mr. Ugglesworth a stroke.  Our dog is the biggest alpha male (and he’s a pug).

Is it just me or do you agree that she resembles Scarlett Johanson in the below right image?

Feel free to be social and leave some feedback 🙂

Happy Friday everyone!



16 responses to “Simply Gorgeous!”

  1. Amanda says:

    Mission accomplished. She is gorgeous and your pictures just enhance her natural beauty. Ive been admiring your work from afar and I love this new endeavor of yours. Keep it up!

  2. Yvette says:

    Wow how beautiful and yes she does look like Scarlett Johanson stunning!!!!! Great Job Melissa!!!

  3. Jen Baumann says:

    Wow……………. you knocked this one out of the park Melissa, way to go!!!!! STUNNING!!

  4. Stacee says:

    Breathtaking!!! Ireen, you are simply gorgeous!!!

  5. Megan says:

    BEAUTIFUL!!! Ireen called me to tell me she was doing this shot a couple weeks ago and I knew between your amazing photography skills and her being so awesome and photogenic that the photos would be fabulous and they are!! Amazing work Melissa!!!

  6. Sarah says:

    Wow they came out great! I had so much fun with you ladies!! And you’re right, it is like a breath of fresh air. 🙂 The game was fun, and I enjoyed girl time. AND assisting you with this shoot! Irene, you are one gorgeous girl!! Brennan will be thrilled. 😉

    • Melissa says:

      Thanks Sarah. And thank you so much for making the drive to come help out. I hope you learned something valuable 🙂

  7. Amy says:

    Ireen! So pretty! Great job, Missie!

  8. Ireen says:

    Thanks, all! It was such a fun girlie day. I recommend all you ladies who are considering boudior to give it a whirl- you won’t regret it! Melissa is an amazing photographer and her personality makes you feel right at home. Thank you, Melissa! You are a rockstar and your team is amazing.

    Also, Brennan is going to love these (I almost “let the cat out of the bag” a few times now- lol)! I can’t wait to share.

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