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Melissa Sheets, Infant Photogrpher Lexington NC

Thursday, December 29, 2011

My last portrait session of 2011.
 Bittersweet to see the year come to an end. Its been a huge year for Real Life Photography. In January I moved out of my little studio that I called home for 3 years. It was a good move though, more room to spread out, (I even have room for more antiques... but don't tell my husband).

207 South Main Street officially became the forever home of Real Life Photography when I purchased the building in late summer. I became the only local photographer who rents out space to other photographers, and began hosting events.

I've gained experience teaching others, photography and marketing. It has been a good way to ease myself into my next big step..... In January I will be speaking in front of fellow photographers from "Professional Photographers of North Carolina".... talk about being nervous!!

Holy Cow, what a year. I can't wait to see what next year has in store. Until then.... I better get back to editing!

Photography Challenge, Real Life Photography, NC Photographer 336-425-8602

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

I know lots of my clients got new cameras for Christmas, so I thought I would share this 30 challenge today. Regardless of your skill level I think everything on this list is something that you could create with a point and shoot, (or even your camera phone).

Please share your images with me, I can't wait to see what comes out of our creative minds!!

Good Luck!

Happy Wednesday!
Melissa Sheets

Newborn Portraits, Lexington NC, 336-425-8602 Real Life Photography

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

This morning one of my past brides came in with her new addition to their growing family. It is always good to see newborns in my studio, especially when I got to be apart of the parent's wedding.

Be sure to leave a comment below. If Whitney can get 10 comments she'll receive a complimentary wall portrait.
(This is new for 2012, but I'm going to start it now..... because I can.)

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

A baby is born in the United States every 8 seconds. Worldwide, 3 babies are born every second. More babies are born on a Tuesday than any other day – except if Tuesday falls on Christmas day because fewer babies are born on Christmas day making a Christmas birthday a very special birthday indeed. Usually, on average about 220 000 babies are born each day but on Christmas day only about 172 000 babies are born.
But the Christmas holiday is special for another reason: most babies are born in August and September meaning that more babies are conceived during Christmas season than any time.

An image from Tuesday's pregnancy session.

I had to share these from an earlier session with you. This week, I have had brides, newborns, one year olds, families, pregnancy portraits, teens, and everything in between. It has been a fun couple of days shooting.

I'm working limited hours until January the 2nd. I will be available but, be patient when expecting return phone calls, as I will be spending most of the holiday break with my children. I am looking forward to an exciting new year full of great portrait opportunities!!

Real Life Photography 336-425-8602

Sunday, December 18, 2011

I'm way behind posting these to my blog. This wedding was such a smashing event. Every detail was planned to perfection and the Bride and Groom were two of the nicest folks around. I was honored to be a part this fantastic wedding!! I have one more wedding for the year and then I'll be finished up until next wedding season.


Photography Tips

Monday, December 12, 2011

  Here's a little something I found via Pinterest.
I just love it
 Interested in photography? Get a look at this cheat sheet!

NC wedding, children and family photographer. Melissa Sheets. 336-425-8602

Friday, November 25, 2011

So, it is Friday, and I have that Kohls commercial in my head.... " It's Friday, it's Friday, everyone loves black Friday. Black Friday, black Friday, got to go to Kohls On black Friday." Grrrrrr it's a catchy jingle that is bouncing around in my head.

I loved my day off today. It was a whole day spent with the kiddos, and no telephone. I even survived the new muppets movie. I do not recommend this movie unless you bring a pillow to take a nap. Even the boys didn't like it.

It's back to work for me in the AM, and I am very excited. Three days of a staycation, and I miss my little studio on Main Street. I have two awesome families coming in the morning, and then I am expecting Jennifer Mann (another local photog) to stop over. It should be a good day.

I'm thinking it is almost giveaway time again. Keep your eyes on Facebook for updates.


Junkyard Christmas portraits. NC Photographer, Melissa Sheets

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Quick preview of some of my photos from my session in a junkyard.

Yesterday, today, tomorrow.... Real life photography. 336-425-8602

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Yesterday, I photographed several families in my studio. Today I photographed a beautiful pregnant woman amongst twigs and vines, and illuminated her belly with the natural window light of a 130 year old house. Tomorrow I'll edit, shoot, edit some more. Photograph two cute little girls in a junk yard, and then host a photography club meeting in my studio. It has been a great weekend, and I'm gearing up for more wonderful things to come this week.

Today I am thankful for many things, but high on that list is the gift of photography!!!! If you don't love what you do, do something else.

Melissa Sheets

Another Busy Saturday at 207 South Main Street.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

I have a break in sessions, and I wanted to share a few from this morning. This great family is new to Real Life Photography, but I really hope they will come again, because I am in love with this family's sense of fashion. Jack is too cute for words! He thought my studio dog "Pippa" was funny and he affectionately renamed her "Hippo".

We walked the downtown area and hit some of my favorite shooting spots.

My iphone camera,

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

It is warm and rainy today. Which seems like a cruel joke from mother nature. I had to run out on a sad errand this morning to visit a family in the hospital.

And when I got in my car this little gem of a leaf was on my windshield. My camera was in the back, so I grabbed my new iphone and loved the shot.

Not only does it come with "Siri" an incredible personal assistant, but a great little camera on board. Here are some specifics for all you tech junkies:

HDR shooting, f/2.4 maximum aperture, 8 megapixel sensor.

Technology has changed a bunch since bagphones were all the rage. Do you remember those? I wonder what cell phones will be like in 10 years?

Happy rainy Wednesday.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

It is great when clients bring in their furry friends. Meet Max a robust jack russell terrier. I can tell that these two will be friends for a while. Did you know that these famous folks own Jack russells too:

Mariah Carey and Nick Brown - singers.

Charlotte Church - singer.

The Prince of Wales (Prince Charles) and Camilla Parker-Bowles - British royalty.

Paul McCartney - singer.

Bette Midler - actress.

Serena Williams - tennis player.

Lake Norman NC, NC Photographer

Monday, November 14, 2011

Yesterday afternoon I drove a little outside of my normal shooting range to meet with a future wedding couple. Lake Norman was gorgeous, and the weather was as if I had custom ordered it.

I am pretty sure this was my last fall leaves session of the year. Today and tomorrow should be windy, and then all those great leaves that have been my best friend this fall will be my evil nemesis all over our front lawn. This morning my youngest son said "Let's make a leaf pile before all our leaves disappear." So this afternoon I will be taking a break to play in the leaves with my kiddos. Have a great fall day everyone!!!

Busy, busy like a bee

Friday, November 11, 2011

Ashton here...

(Melissa's assistant)

(This is me & Pipa at the office)
Pipa Frequently visits the studio...

Melissa has been super busy!
(Which is great)
She's had tons of sessions, weddings
and she's also getting ready for a wedding show
(At Oak Hollow Mall, in NC)
So I figured it would be fun to write a little guest post
for my awesome boss!
Seeing that she's probably not going to have time to!
"And I'm not just saying that because she's my boss"
She really is an amazing person
Wife+mom+business owner+building owner+still looks great+amazing talent=
Crazy admiration and exactly what I want to be (when I grow up) hehe

Anyways....I was just thinking what to write about??

"Then I thought why not talk about what REALLY happens at the studio/office..."
We eat like normal people I bought some doughnuts for a fundraiser
and me & Sidney have had three each so far...they are so addicting
We usually just order Bojangles/Arbys/Cafe 35 (Main St. Lexington) for lunch
We make crafts (like ghosts for Halloween)
Me and Sidney might have slid across the floor in our socks today...
Sidney is Melissa's son who was in the studio due to being out of school!
We make lots of UPS and Post Office trips...
We have mini photo-shoots...

Here's one I took of Melissa not long ago
She was super excited about her new tattoo (Cute right?)!
Answer/return lots of phone calls and emails...
Update the blog and facebook...
Clean, talk, and stalk pinterest for great ideas..

Well that's all I can think of right now!

Hope everyone has a great week...
&& enjoyed getting to know just what REALLY happens at the studio!!

NC Fall Pictures, Melissa Sheets

Saturday, November 5, 2011

I ran back to my studio between sessions this morning to warm up before my next appointment. I just had to share these two from this morning. These little guys are so much fun to be around. They remind me endlessly of being around my own kiddos a few years ago.

Just a reminder that fall leaves may only last another week or so. If you aren't on the books but want to schedule something be sure to let me know. I have two openings next week. Just give me a call.

Earlier this week I met with a new family. We shot outdoor pictures too, and I LOVED all of them. Here are just a couple from their session.

Have a great weekend.

Lexington NC Photographer

Friday, November 4, 2011

Such sweet sisters. Can't wait to edit the rest of this session.

Have a great weekend!

Historic Depot in Salisbury, Wedding Photographer NC

Sunday, October 30, 2011

I absolutely loved the wedding that I photographed yesterday. Laci and Chris were such a great couple to work with. Here is just a quick one from yesterday. I'll post more this week.

Real Life

Thursday, October 27, 2011

I just found my must have for fall and winter shooting. These gloves are the cutest.

MNKR glove

MNKR glove (see more fingerless gloves)

Real Life Photography "Country love"

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

I just had to share this adorable photo today...

It is from a fun session that was set up this past

Sunday afternoon on a family farm in Tyro, N.C.

Too cute, "Right"??

"I just love the flanel, and the country feel"

One more...

This one is something really special to capture, "four generations"

Happy Wednesday!!