S Brothers Fall Session – Dunwoody | Atlanta Family Photographer

When Avanti contacted me for a session last fall, she primarily wanted to focus on her sons, who are nine and one. What a fun age difference! She said that she loves how cute they are together, and I couldn’t agree more. Big brother was so loving and gentle with his baby brother, and I really wanted to focus on capturing their relationship and interactions with one another. Enjoy some favorites from this pretty fall session with the S family!

S Family Fall Mini Session – Dunwoody | Atlanta Family Photographer

The kiddos in this family simply could not get any cuter if they tried! I loved the girls’ matching dresses and big bows, and their little brother is so darling with that head of blonde hair. This was my second time photographing the S family, and they were just as fun and entertaining as last time. 🙂 I really never mind when my job description includes acting goofy and singing silly songs to get smiles and natural, happy faces for the camera. I hope that when they look back on these images in the years to come, these three siblings will see the love they’ve always had for each other.

S Family Fall Session – Lenox Park | Atlanta Family Photographer

So these guys are pretty much my favorite people to photograph… probably because they’re my family and that darling little angel baby is the boy who made me an aunt. We met up at one of my favorite in-town parks on a frigid morning, so Jack’s festive, buffalo check hat worked perfectly to help keep him warm. It’s also the most adorable little winter hat I’ve ever seen, so I was perfectly happy to keep him in it for most of the session. My brother and sister-in-law are such loving, amazing, fun parents and it has been so neat watching them become a family of three this year. It’s hard to believe that Jack is already 8 months old, because it truly feels like just yesterday that we were rushing to the hospital to meet him on his birthday. Before we know it, I’ll be back here posting my favorites from his one year session! I want time to slow down, but it’s also such a great joy watching my nephew grow and learn and turn into an amazing little boy. Enjoy some favorites of my favorites.

G Family Fall Mini Session – Dunwoody | Atlanta Family Photographer

Scott grew up just around the corner from Dunwoody Nature Center, so when I threw it out as a suggestion for their family session, it was an obvious choice for them. I think it brought back a lot of childhood memories for him, and it was also neat to bring his baby boy there for the first time. Wells is seriously such a happy baby — I’ve never seen an infant legitimately smile as much as he did throughout our session! Scott and Ashley, you’ve been blessed with such a beautiful, sweet, and good-natured little guy. I am excited to watch him grow this coming year!

Thank you for another amazing year for MHP!

After four years in business as Melissa Hayes Photography, this has by far been the best one in so many ways. I was fortunate to serve 65 different families and organizations in a total of 89 sessions. I was accepted into NAPCP, a fantastic association for professional child photographers, and have taken in priceless training and guidance from some industry professionals who I really admire. Most importantly, I’ve had the honor of capturing important and special moments for a number of amazing families who I love and adore.  This business of mine is so much more than just a job — it’s my passion and something that brings an immense joy and fulfillment to my life. There’s not a day that goes by that I am not thanking God for this opportunity to do what I love while still having the blessing of raising my daughter and being with her every day.

I’ve learned and grown so much this year, and I really look forward to bringing my clients the best experience yet in 2018. I’ll leave you with some highlights from 2017. Thank you, thank you, thank you for supporting my business (and in turn, my family)! It means the world to me, and I am thankful for each and every one of you!