I guess you could say that I didn’t officially meet Melissa until our shoot on Friday, but she’s one of those people I felt like I had known for years. We started talking last year when she participated in my photography fund raiser, Images for a Cure. She was one of my early supporters, and I couldn’t have done it without her! Since then, we’ve kept up on Facebook and Twitter, talking about shoots and ooh-ing and aww-ing over each other’s work.

Melissa is a pint sized photographer from Chicago, and at 4 feet, 11 inches (and a half), she is the perfect blend of tiny meets talented. Her husband, Michael (who she affectionately refers to as “Giant”) is 6’5″ and one of the sweetest guys ever! I didn’t realize how much we had in common until I spent the day with them, and I am so happy to have them as friends, and now clients!

I started out with some of my favorite photos – the “Project” shots, then we went outside to do some couples photos, and lots of killer new portraits of her! I asked her to hang out for a bit so I could test my first attempts using a ring-flash, so we ended with some fun, funky fashion shots!

Even though she was on vacation, I was so honored that she gave up a whole day to come work with me :) I adored meeting Melissa and Michael and can’t wait to see them again!

If you’re in Chicago, check out Melissa’s work! And if you’re a photographer near Chicago, you’ll want to check out her fan page for info on her trash the dress workshop groups!

Melissa’s Website |     Melissa’s Blog |    Melissa’s Facebook Fan Page

Um, you can’t come to me, from Chicago, for pictures, and NOT take photos in front of THE yellow wall! :) We had lunch there first :)

These next 2 are some of my absolute favorites from the day!

So then we picked up my rented ring flash and jumped back in the garage to play!
This first shot was an “oops” photo. My camera wiggled a bit, so you can actually see the inside of the ring flash on the right. But I love it!