Friday, February 12, 2010

i'm in love

with my 7D. it rocks my socks. Dyl thinks its pretty sweet too.

Friday, January 22, 2010

new look :)

New look. New name. Same ol' me :)

Melissa Dawn Photography is NOW Melissa Mullins Photography. After that horrible incident on someone's blog, I was left with negative feelings every time I looked at the name. I want 2010 to be a positive year for me my family:)

So, I changed it :) You can still find me through I'll be keeping the domain and its forwarding towards my new site :) I've had the domain for way to long and I still get googled through it.
hit it up :) I LOVE the new look and new name :)

P.S. I think i would totally sell the domain name the right price ;)

Tuesday, September 29, 2009


I believe in omens. I think there is something out there that is bigger than anyone can comprehend. Maybe we're all connected by our fates. Maybe our destinies will intertwine for a few brief moments down our life paths.

Recently at my son's football game I was loading up my camera gear and getting ready to head out onto the field to shoot the game. All of the sudden in VERY uncharacteristic like behavior a Redtailed Hawk swooped near me. Now, this was in a crowded football field with tons of ppl. Why it chose me, with a camera ready in hand to come near is beyond me but it did. I believe its an omen. I'm not sure what the omen is yet but when I know, I'll let you know :) cake.

Monday, August 31, 2009

i never blog

i never blog anymore. I feel like i dont have anything really interesting to say lately.
oh. my. god.
I have become boring. its so not fair. when did i become that "boring" girl? maybe i should stop taking the prozac. i think i need a little insanity once in awhile.
I did do something cool last night though. I had a GORGEOUS engagement shoot on skyline drive. It was just AMAZING. I havent been there since I was a kid and its going to be my new spot for site suggestions for e-sessions and families with older kids.
heres a shot from last night.

other than that, theres nothing really new to report. football has started back up and i'm booked with fall sessions. i'm just living. and breathing. i'm not breathing in to deep right now though because spanky switched the dogs food and well, the beagle is ripping some serious gas. if i light a candle to cover it up, we might just explode. i still think shes got some man in her. she is RANK!

peace love and spongy cake!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

With a heavy heart....

Last Oct I wrote a post about my son's kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Heppe. It was a very special post. You can read it here

My heart is heavy and I am sad to update that she has passed away and joined our Lord. As, kid-like as it might sound, she was one of those people that I just assumed would live forever. She will though, in our hearts and our actions of compassion towards one another. She will be missed and will always be loved. I pray for her family and her many "babies" as she called them that she taught over the years. The patience and love that she showed my Colby was above and beyond anything I have seen from a teacher. She ate with him for 3 weeks in the cafeteria, at the table sitting next to him and helped him overcome a serious issue with noise, food and smells in that room. I will always be grateful to her and I am so glad that I forced myself to drag my but up to the school on the last day to hand her my personal thank you and hug her for all she had done.

I raise my crayon to you Mrs. Heppe. A true warrior to the end. Battles are lost but the war against cancer will never be over until a cure is found. This is the second person in the last 3 months that we have lost to this ugly disease.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Look at that face....

He just opened his IPOD touch for his birthday after I buried it into a bag of socks haha. Was priceless!

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Let me tell you a story...

Once upon a time a little boy named Austin's daddy pulled a U-Haul truck up the house he shared with his mommy and filled it with everything he could fit inside of it within an hour. He took their tv, he took the dresser that his clothes were in. He poured Austins clothes all over the floor because it was "his" dresser.
As if that wasnt bad enough, he drove away to live back home with his mom and dad in Louisiana because he wasnt happy being a father or a fiance. He couldnt handle being an adult.

Austin was only 3 or 4 weeks old when his daddy decided to leave. Mommy had no job and his daddy decided that he didnt want to pay for the only transportation that little Austin and his mommy drove around in so he had these bad men come and repossess it. austin and his mommy were really sad because they needed to go see a Dr. that day and austins daddy knew this. Then his daddy called child protective services after he found out the car had been picked up to let them know that he had missed a Drs appt.

Then Austin started to grow out of all his newborn clothes but his daddy wouldnt give any money to him or his mommy. Instead he bought himself and his girlfriend each a $300 cell phone. He couldnt give any money to Austin because you see, he had money troubles.

Then Austin's daddy decided that he wanted him to live with him so he went to court to ask a judge if he could have him. Now Austins mommy has to put her 8 month old baby on a plane to see his evil daddy every 3 months for a 10 day visit.

Austin doesnt want to leave his mommy and you would think that his daddy would understand because his daddy cant stand to be away from his mommy either but his evil daddy just laughed and said "GOD was good!".

Poor little Austin. Its a sad world for him. Maybe the devil is working here and not GOD. I wonder if thats ever been taking into consideration for little Austin. Maybe little Austins daddy is really an evil demon from the depths of hell. I mean, isnt it always the demons in disguise that claim to love GOD's will the most? What if it isnt GOD's will at all? What if its Lucifer's that won and has this baby flying across country for 10 days at a time every 3 months.

That doesnt sound like it would be something GOD would want for a child now does it?

Saturday, May 30, 2009

"Save a whale, harpoon a fat chick!" excerpt

after careful consideration. I'm gonna post it. enjoy my mental anguish. oh, remember that is a rough draft. there are tons of grammatical and punctuation errors. Just roll with it. rock with it. lean with it.

Do you know when Lisa will be out? he asked. I couldnt tell him that I was Lisa. I couldnt let him know that the voice on the other end of the 2 hour phone calls every night was me. I looked to the left. No where to run. The school sidewalks were packed with kids scurrying to their busses happy to go finally go home. I looked down at my feet. I really needed a new pair of tennies. My pink laces were turning an unpleasant shade of brown. I was only allowed one pair of shoes at the begining of school. I might have gotten lucky and recieved a pair of 2 sizes to big middle aged women's dress shoes but that was a rare occurance. Sharing didnt go far in the household I lived in these days.

"Um, I dont see her right now. I think she said she had to stay after. Something about telling Mr. Robb that he needed to stop leaning over her desk because his dandruff was falling onto her paper."

He laughed. "That is so cool! I have always wanted to say that to that dude. Well, whatever. " he reached into his pocket and pulled out a letter.
"Can you make sure she gets this?"
I smiled. "totally." i said.
He walked off and shrugged a later at me. I loved the way his hair swung when he walked. I loved the way he threw his bookbag onto his shoulder. I even loved the huge zit on his face. But, He didnt love me. He loved Lisa. I was Lisa but not the Lisa he knew. She was cool and daring. She didnt care what anyone thought of her. And, she was hot. I, was not. I was introverted. I wore big thick brown and blue rimmed glasses free from the Lions club. I was also fat. I think that if I was all of those things BUT fat, I would have had a shot. Fat really is the justification for any and all reasons not to like someone.
"Oh, shes nice but shes fat. Well, he has nice eyes but he's fat." See, if you add fat as the reason you dont like someone no one questions it. Its acceptable.

I dragged myself to my bus. I hated riding the bus. There was always someone who would try to make you feel repulsive and undesirable. I tried to sit as close the front as I could. I usually had a better chance at being left alone. On this particular day, the front seats were of course taken and I had waited so long for Sean that I had to double up on a seat with someone. Thankfully it was Cathy. She was my only friend on the bus. She was quiet like me and always smiled when I sat down near her.

Hey Lisa she said with a bright smile. I saved you a seat.
Thanks i said relieved as I smiled back.
"Where you waiting on Sean again?"
"Yeah. He gave me a letter this time. " I fanned myself with it as if it wasnt a big deal. Um, it was a huge deal.
"did you tell him yet?"
"NO WAY!" I could feel my heart starting to speed up and my face getting hot. "You cant say anything either! You promised!"
"Im not! Sheesh. I was just asking. I just think You should tell him. I dont think he would care."
"Oh he'll care. They always care." I rolled my eyes.
Just then, Lonnie turned around in the seat in front of us and snatched the letter out of my hand. He was the meaniest kid on the bus. I hated him with every bone in my body but he sure was hot. I hated his insides but I loved to look at the outsides. I was such a hypocrit. I got mad at people for loving my insides but hating my outsides and here I was doing the opposite with a total jerk who had my, I mean, Lisa's letter.
"give that back Lonnie! Its not yours!"
"Well well, what have we got here. it looks like a love letter of some kind and it appears to be addressed to Lisa. hey isnt your name lisa? You mean you found someone who likes tubbies like you? Oh this I have got to read. "
"hey everyone! Lisa got a love letter!" hahaha he laughed. The entire bus started errupting in laughter too. I wanted to crawl under the seat and die. I knew what was coming. I could feel it in the pit of my stomach. He was going to read it to the whole bus.
I saw my sister sitting a few seats behind me with her popular friends. She gave me a look as if to kill. She hated me when we were on the bus. She refused to sit with me and acted as if she didnt know me most of the time. I couldnt blame her really. I would pretend not to know me too.
"Hey Baby," he read. He looked at me and grinned. "whats up? Not much here. I was just wanting to know if you would go with me to the 7th grade dance next week. I know its late notice but I really want to go with you. I want to see your tight bod in a mini skirt. Maybe we can do that thing that you said you would do in your last letter.
thats all for now,
I-wanted-to-die. I seriously just wanted to die. "Please god, I begged, if you kill me now I will never ever ever ask for anything ever again and I will even let
my sister have my stereo and all of my tapes. I promise that I will do good angel things and be the best angel ever. Please, just let me die."
the bus was so quiet that it was erie. Then, there was an erruption of laughter so hard that the windows vibrated. I looked back and even my sister was
laughing. she had tears in her eyes and I knew it wasnt from feeling bad from me. It was from laughing so hard.
"Okay who is Sean and why to God does he think YOU have a tight bod" Lonnie tried to catch is breath from laughing so hard.

Friday, May 29, 2009

the issue of the day

so i have a problem. my book. the problem is that if i write really honest things people may be hurt. i dont want to leave them outbecause its part of why i am the way i am and who i have become. i dont know what to do. how important is it for me to get it all out? whydoes it have to be so hard!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009


such a deep subject for such a shallow mind. lmaoo Ever heard that joke before? yeah, probably not lol

Sooooooo. We went camping over the weekend. I shot a wedding friday that I got home from at 11p and got to bed finally around 1am. We were up at 4am. boooooooo for early starts!

the actual camping was alot of fun since this time we got the camp in Grandads front yard haha. Full access to the potty! My kinda ruffing it thats for sure! We had to take the girls (dogs) this time but they had alot of fun being out and about. The only thing that freaked them out was the horses. Theres like 15 there that run around sniffing and snotting on you. Blech. I love horses but from a distance. They're way to big for me to be close up with. Well, I can handle 1 or 2 at a time but more than that and i'm freaking out as seen by many people last weekend. they all got a hoot and a hollar out of seeing me run. Yep, the fat girl ran. it wasn't pretty. I'm lucky to still be alive. I'll suffer with the black eyes from the bounce of the chest bowling balls but tis all good.

On our last night, i may have taken ambien. I may not have gone to be right away. I may have pushed spanky and his brother out of their chairs in an attempt at "cow tipping". I may have hit my head off a tree branch and decided to become a monkey and swing myself from limb to limb back to my seat. I may have been sharing embarrassing GYN stories with my soon to be sister in law. I might even have showed everyone my way cool sound making ability.

I may have. I'm not really saying one way or another. With ambien your really not in control of yourself and your really not actually in your right mind so I can claim plausable denial. I'm sticking with it.