The O’Connell Family :: Okinawa Family Photographer

This post is LONG overdue!  I love this family 🙂  They were so much fun to shoot!  Beautiful faces and great personalities!  We headed to the Courtney Bowl (soccer fields) first.  This family spends a lot of time at a number of sports events!  Then we headed to this bright blue building right outside of my base for some fun pictures! 🙂  That’s when this family really shined!

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Kailie+Nate+Rocky+Zanpa = Love.

I think the theme of May is, “I wish I knew you earlier!”  Summertime is PCS season here on Okinawa and at most military bases.  I seem to meet a ton of awesome people right before they leave the island!  It kinda shows you how long I’ve been here – 3.5 years this summer.  Way too many awesome people that I’ve had to say goodbye to.

This particular couple, Kailie and Nate, go to my church (Koza Baptist Church), and they’re some of those awesome people!  They asked me to take pictures at Cape Zanpa where Nate proposed.  I had so much fun, except for the part where I got up on a wall to take pictures of the family on the edge of the cliff.  Um, have I ever told you, I’M afraid of heights, but I’m even more afraid of people near high places.  Plus, the doggies were getting SO close to the edge!  I was freaking out!!!  Anyway, I really enjoyed this shoot, and I hope you do too!  🙂

My most daring photo!

Alex :: Class of 2012 :: Okinawa Senior Portrait Photographer

I am so behind on all of my blog posts.  Ya know, life happens and for me it always happens all at once!  I am getting myself in gear to update my blog and website.  Hopefully, I can get it all done before we move back to the States!  🙂

Here are a few photos from Alex’s Senior photo shoot.  Isn’t he a handsome young man?  He’s headed off to college in the Fall, and I know there are great things waiting for him.  We took these photos at a local bull-fighting ring and castle ruins park, right next to where I live!  Pretty amazing, right?

 

Jenny+Justin+Bump = Love. :: Okinawa Maternity Portrait Photographer

First off, I have to tell you that this photoshoot was impromptu!  Meaning that we had set out to do it in the afternoon, but Okinawa’s weather had a different idea.  The rain started up so we decided to reschedule for the following day.  However, an issue arose.  We were hungry.  Thankfully Jenny and Justin are friends so we headed down to Macaroni Grill and had some dinner.  Afterwards, we walk outside, and it’s GORGEOUS.  The light just looked crisp.  I remembered a place to go take pictures, thanks to my friend, Michele (son – Shawn).  Here’s a few of my faves from our scheduled/nonscheduled/postponed, but not shoot 🙂

 

J+G+H^3 = Love.

I have a ton of favorite families, basically every family I meet is my favorite family 🙂  Here’s one of my most recent favorite families!  We had our session a few weeks ago, and it was SO COLD!  Everyone was a trooper, especially the kids…well except the little girl.  She was so happy to run around without a sweater!  These are a few of my favorite shots.

 

 

Mothers’ Day is coming!

“A mother is the truest friend we have.”

~Washington Irving

Mother’s Day is coming up! Celebrate that special bond between mother and child with my Mommy & Me portrait session.  You can include Grandma too if you like.  These portraits make beautiful Mother’s Day gifts, as well as lasting heirlooms that your family can enjoy for generations to come.

Call to reserve your session today! 080-6491-8856  OR

email: melissa@photographybymelissagrace.com

Baby G :: Okinawa Newborn Photographer

WOW.  I am majorly behind on blogging about EVERYTHING.  Sorry, friends!  I have a lot on my plate, and when that happens, I tend to procrastinate on the things that require me to focus on one thing.

2, almost 3, weeks ago, I had the absolute pleasure of photographing my first newborn, Baby G.  If you remember, I took pictures of him in utero ;), but it was mostly his momma and daddy (who are absolutely amazing and proud parents).  You can check out that post here 🙂

Well here he is!  Baby G!  At only 8 days old, he was fighting the pictures in the beginning.  He just wanted to eat and eat!  He’s definitely going to be a BIG BOY! 🙂  I cannot wait!

Project 365+1 :: Day 37 :: “It’s a Baby!”

There is no shortage of cuteness from this little guy.  He is TOO adorable, and he gets me in trouble.  Fires up the baby fever!!  I can’t wait for my own little one, one day…far in the future…the distant future.  Too many plans, goals, dreams right now, and I know that when I have a baby, I want to just enjoy him/her.  Gotta get it all out of the way before a little one comes in the picture.

“I Clicked It Up a Notch” February Contest :: Okinawa Newborn Photographer

My most favorite picture from February is this picture that I took of 1 day old Gunner.  I visited my friend in the hospital because I wanted to get a few shots of this miracle as new as I could.  I’m going to take some “official” newborn shots of him this weekend – SO excited!  We’ve all been waiting SO long for this lil guy 🙂

 
Click It Up A Notch