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Facetime Photo Sessions – Life in Quarantine

Hi everyone! How are y’all doing? Hope you’re staying as safe and well as you can in these times. Yes, I know – everyone is saying “in these times” these days, and I think if I hear the words “the new normal” or “pivot” one more time, I might lose my mind!

Nick and I are doing okay: we’re self quarantining at home right now, and he’s still teaching piano lessons remotely. I won’t lie – it’s been scary, but I’m so grateful my clients have all postponed rather than cancelled their celebrations. I’ve been thinking about what to say – wanting to be an encouraging presence online, but as is normal for me, I have been overthinking on what to share here on my blog. But after an extremely rewarding week taking these FaceTime sessions, I wanted to share and open up scheduling for all.

What the heck is a FaceTime Session?

It’s a way to take portraits even in the midst of social distancing. I will use your phone’s camera to take and edit photos from my computer. The results are low resolution and can be a bit grainy, but I have been LOVING embracing the imperfections and having a new creative outlet.

You can even book directly with me online!

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You might be thinking, “Woah, wait – taking portraits of people in their homes through FaceTime?”

Yes, exactly! It’s weird, it’s awkward, but it’s also full of joy.

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Why do a FaceTime Session?

  • Spend time with your significant other and view this as a possible at home date!
  • Quarantining alone? Throw on a fabulous outfit and let me take some fancy/artsy selfies of you.
  • It’s a great reason to really tidy up your house!
  • They can act as content to share on your feed at the moment.
  • Spend 40 minutes laughing and being goofy with me. (Laughter is fantastic medicine right now!)
  • Document this moment in history.
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I have found myself so much more creatively fulfilled rather than just worrying about the future of weddings and my business. (Don’t worry, y’all. I’m not going anywhere!)


The cost of these photoshoots is pay what you can between $20-$50, but no one will be turned away because of lack of payment. Message me and we’ll talk.

When you book online, simply specify the amount you’d like to pay, and I’ll send an invoice your way.

We are all just doing our best right now, and that is enough.

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Currently booked clients have the option to book a FREE at home FaceTime session with me.

I am absolutely going to be sharing my backlog of elopements and sessions I had photographed before COVID -19 but wanted to get these out into the universe. Still adjusting to this new way of life.

If you’re interested in booking a FaceTime session with me, let’s talk, or feel free to book an appointment directly online!

YES, we are still booking weddings for late 2020 and 2021! I expect 2021 to be very busy for all wedding vendors, so contact me today to talk about your wedding plans.

Engagement, Lifestyle

Chris and Tina’s Newlywed Session at Arbor Hills Nature Preserve

Chris and Tina’s newlywed photo session took place at Arbor Hills Nature Preserve. They had their original wedding ceremony over in Kenya with Tina’s family, and after having a courthouse wedding back in Texas, they wanted to have photos to accompany it. There’s something magical about the early summer light and haze once the seasons start to change. Aren’t they a beautiful couple?




Dallas Engagement Session


Dallas Engagement Session


Dallas Engagement Session


Dallas Engagement Session


Dallas Engagement Session


It’s never too late to have your photo taken. Celebrating an anniversary? Just because? Let’s talk :)





The Glowski Family Portraits at Denton Square

I photographed the Glowski family in Denton Square during the rainiest May on record in Texas! The weather cleared up just in time for us, and we were very grateful for the small window of cool, dry weather. Sheri had contacted me wanting candid style photos, so we just spent the majority of the session cracking up and talking band (a funny family who loves music and band – perfect!). Thanks again to the Glowski family for the opportunity to document this stage in their lives.

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We call this the “rockstar” jump!

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We love photographing lifestyle sessions in Denton! View more of our Lifestyle work here.

Lifestyle, Personal, Weddings

Lately in 2015

 2015 is already off to a great start with my brand new website theme! I want to embrace simplicity and let the photographs speak for themselves. It’s still a work in progress, but I have a very good feeling about the direction it’s headed.

We ended 2014 with several delightful family sessions :)

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The Patterson-Fowler family (and engagement session!)melissaclairephotography-lately-2015_0018 melissaclairephotography-lately-2015_0019 melissaclairephotography-lately-2015_0020 melissaclairephotography-lately-2015_0021 melissaclairephotography-lately-2015_0022

And last but not least, I spent New Year’s Eve photographing Nancy and Doug’s intimate courthouse wedding!

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