2014 was a pretty good year! I learned a lot more about my business and myself, I met so many wonderful families, businesses, and people.  I can’t thank you all enough, without you my business would not be in existence! Thank you a million times over for putting your trust in me to photograph the people whom you love most and to have the photographs I took of you become a part of your history.
 
It’s pretty amazing to me when I reflect on my business and what I do for people. I know I say this a lot, but it is so true, parents, hold your kiddos tight as they grow way too fast!  Document your kiddo’s journey through life, and you, yes you, be present in photographs for your kiddos!  No matter what stage you are in your life or how you may be feeling about yourself, do it for your kids!
Looking forward to 2015, I wish you all a Happy New Year, may your new year be filled with good health, good fortune,  lots of love, and of course many happy times! 

Cheers!
Melanie

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A new thing, Glitter Mini Sessions!  Little girls LOVE these sessions!  How often do they have a chance to throw glitter around and make a huge mess!?  If you are interested, please email me at riojeanphotography@gmaill.com for more details!

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I had so much fun photographing my neighbors for their family portrait session.  Can you believe this is the first time in forever that this family has had their family portraits? Seriously, don’t wait to have your family portraits done, kiddos grow way too fast and people we love aren’t always going to be around!

I absolutely loved all of the fall colors at the gardens and I think it’s even better when families take time to coordinate outfits, always makes for beautiful family portraits!

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One perk about being a photog is that I have the inside scoop on other amazing and talented photogs!  (Yes I am behind on my fellow photog posts, so if you don’t see yours yet, don’t worry, its coming!)  My good friend Missy of Melissia Millan Photography took my husband and mine’s pictures at a winery.  Ok Eastern Washing people, if you need a photographer, Missy is your gal!  AND she also specializes in Boudoir photography which would make an awesome gift for that significant other…or just for yourself!  We believe that EVERY woman deserves at least one beautiful image of herself.  Go check her out!
Thank you Missy! I love these images!

I had the opportunity to photograph my long time friends and their precious baby!  So happy to photograph this beautiful family.  I love the fall and the crisp sunny days and of course the colors.  This day was breezy which made it freezing!  But Lisa and Lorien’s daughter was a trooper!  Dressed in her cute furry vest and little boots, she braved the elements!  Love family sessions!

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