15: The Other Side of the Lens, The Client Experience: The Bodilys

Hiya Humbletakes Fam!

I have a very special treat for y'all. Cuz I love ya! I have another installation of  "The Other Side of the Lens"! *and the crowd goes wiiiiiiiild*

I have taken Erin's family pictures for many years and I have loved watching her three wonderful kiddos grow up. This is another reason I feel lucky to be working as a photographer. I get to watch, and be part of, your family growing up and maturing. I get to see how an awkward 9 year old with glasses and braces blossoms into one of the most beautiful young women I've ever seen.  How a tiny 4 month old is on the move only a year later. These are wonderful, fast-moving times. And sometimes I'm even lucky enough to see the absolutely perfect baby that was just a "baby bump" the year before! My job is a gift. My clients are my family. And my life is full of joyous moments.

You have your family pictures taken every year. Why?

In real time it may not seem like it happens very quickly, but my kids change so much. You know that saying, "the days are long, but the years are short" (or something like that). When I look back at previous sessions and old photos, I can barely believe how much they've grown. We have used Melissa for years because she can capture who my children are at that point in their lives. If they make funny faces or react to something in a totally genuine way, she catches it. These moments are absolutely priceless. It's so easy to forget the silly face my youngest used to make that would have us all cracking up or the reaction my daughter had when we would talk to her about boys at school. I feel like Melissa gets it. She understands that these times fly by and these moments are precious.

What are some of your favorite things you've done with your pictures?

I have used Melissa's pictures in so many ways I can't even count. Aside from the family photo book and social media, I would have to say that my favorite thing I've done is get huge...like, huge 16x20 gallery wrapped photos of each of the kids and the kids together on the wall going up the staircase. I love looking up at that wall. OH! And I printed another gigantic (can't remember the size) gallery wrap and put it above my mantle in our main room. It completely finished the look of space and is an absolute eye-catcher!

What is one of your favorite pictures or sessions that Melissa has taken and why?

That's so hard because I’ve loved every picture.  But some of my favorites are:

One of my favorite pictures Melissa has taken is an amazing sports volleyball action shot of my daughter, Baylee.  It shows her hustle, drive, determination, hard-work and beauty, all in one shot.

There is a shot of my second daughter, Brielle, that I just can't get enough of. Bree is very intelligent and her humor is often subtle and understated. Her expressions are the same. There is a shot of her that perfectly captures her slight smile and brilliant eyes. I just love it.

And my youngest, oh my youngest! This boy is an all out goof ball. He is a comedian through and through! He has us laughing constantly with his crazy facial expressions and witty remarks. I think Melissa catches his craziness in such a way that you can see he is silly yet sweet, energetic and endearing, crazy and charming.

There is a family shot Melissa took of my family in front of barn doors that is one of my favorites!  It captures the personality of my family, shot beautifully, and in a setting the has an emotional connection for me of my childhood growing up in the country.  Pure Magic.

I have loved watching this little mob grow and change. I feel like these kids are my very own. I adore this family and feel incredibly blessed that they trust me every year to permanently capture these amazing times in their ever changing lives.

Shout out to you, Bodily's! *fistbump*

Shoot ya Later :)


Dress Your Best All Year Round

Hey Humbletakes Fam!

How is your summer going so far? My little ones are definitely keeping me busy. The summer months are amazing for photos because the weather is perfect 98% of the time. Kids love being outside and it shows. There is only one July MMS date left! (No August dates this year cuz the Sages will be livin' it up in beautiful Idaho and Utah for the month!)

July 29th: BOOK HERE

One of the things I get asked most often as a photographer is, "What do I wear?". I'm coming at'cha with some awesome wardrobe tricks for your next photo session no matter what season it is! I know people love summer and autumn as the backdrop for their photos. The weather is beautiful and the colors are gorgeous! But you can have beautiful pictures ANY time of year! The grey skies of winter can be incredibly romantic, or dressing your little one in a raincoat and galoshes for spring is off the charts adorable!

I know that outfit coordination can be hard during the best times of the year, let alone the more shady ones. I am here to help simplify the task. I have some tips (and examples!) of what to wear for any photo session throughout the year!

Let's get to it!


I know here in CO springtime can be tricky. It's sometimes warm, sunny, not a cloud in the sky and then all the sudden, BAM!, afternoon thunderstorm! This complicates dressing for a photo shoot and the best advice I can give is just roll with it. I little rain at your shoot can be fun and make for awesome candid playful shots of your family! So think:
  • Long sleeves but light fabric
  • Cropped jeans
  • Fitted jackets (I love well cut cropped jackets)
  • Light scarves


Summer is so wonderful for photo shoots! Everything is green and bright and fun. This is probably the easiest season to dress for.
  • Sundresses
  • Flowy skirts
  • Short sleeved-button up
  • Classic shorts 
  • Pops of color


MY FAVORITE SEASON!! I freaking love autumn. The colors are perfect, the air is crisp but we're not into freezing temperatures yet. AAAHHH! I just love it. Ok, so the power of dressing of an autumn session is layers. Layers and layers.
  • Cardigans
  • Scarves
  • Long sleeves and heavier fabric than spring (read: flannel, even wool)
  • Well fitting, full length jeans


The trickiest season of them all. I have a love/hate relationship with winter. Winter sessions can be oh so magical or oh so miserable. There are a couple things that improve the chances that your winter photo sesh will be on the magical side.
  • Don't try to pull of that adorable tank with your favorite cute short shirt and ankle boots. You'll be freezing...and your face will show it. I can't photoshop that out, y'all.  
  • Wool leggings under your favorite skirt
  • Sweater or cardigan
  • Be wary of large coats. I know they're warm but they add bulk + lose shape = no good
  • Beanies. Adorable accessory that keeps you warm. Double win!

What is your FAVORITE season?!

Shoot ya Later :)


FAQ about Mini-Mini Sessions!

Hey Humbletakes Fam,

What are y'all up to today?!

If you've never booked and MMS before (or if you have but you need a refresher) I have answered a bunch of questions that I get on the reg. For even more photo session goodness, check out my tips about how to have a flawless photo shoot HERE!

1: What do I need to do? How do I prepare?

Immediately after you book you will receive a confirmation email reminding you of the details of your session. In that email there will be a link to an extensive MMS blog post. At the very bottom of that blog post is my "Tips for Your Session" section. Read them! These are the best tips I can offer to make your MMS experience fly right off the charts.

2: How will my session go?

It's so easy you'll be blown away.

  • You will arrive at the determined location about 5-10 minutes before your session time.
  • You might catch the tail end of the session before you. Take this time to primp. Fix hair, makeup, kids clothes that got tousled from the car ride, wipe faces, etc. This will ensure that you are not using any of your session time for these details.

Remember, these sessions are called mini-mini for a reason. I try to get as much into your session as quickly as possible. That means changing the location up a bit (just moving around whatever property we are at) and getting as many "combos" as possible.

My average family MMS includes: multiple poses of the entire family, each child individually, all of the children together, mom and dad, fun/silly whole family shots. However; this is YOUR session and these are YOUR pictures. If you want something specific or don't want something I typically do, just let me know! These sessions are straightforward and right to the point! I want you to come have a great time and enjoy family time!

3: The photo shoot is over. Now what?

  • After your session, I will most likely give you a hug. What can I say? I'm a lover not a fighter. Then you and your happy tots will be on your way.
  • About a week later you will receive an email with a link to your "proofing gallery". This is an online gallery that has all of your edited images (number of images depends on family size and session time).
  • You and your family can go through that gallery and make any minor editing requests. A minor edit would include something like if I put a picture in black and white but you would like to see it in color or vice versa, having an image cropped in, minor blemish removal, etc.
  • I will upload any edits to your proofing gallery. After you review any edits, you send me the numbers of the images you would like.
  • Depending on the session you book you will get either 5, 10, or 15 digital images. You can always purchase more digital images for $10/piece.
  • After you send me your selections I email your pictures to you. These pictures are yours. Forever and always yours. You can share them on social media, email them to family, print a million copies.
  • And that's it! OH! And you are forever changed by the incredible experience that is a photoshoot with Humbletakes....I hope. I'm pretty sure it couldn't BE any easier.

Y'all are busy frugalistas and, believe me, I get it! I'm looking out for you. I want to give you amazing pictures of your kids and family while keeping your budget and schedule in check!

I didn't answer your question? Email me at melissa@humbletakes.com!

I love y'all!

Shoot ya Later :)