Photographer Profile

My name is Melissa Howell and I specialize in custom portrait design for your home. You can visit my official photography website at to view more of my work and to contact me to set up a consultation.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008


I was working on my daughter's school pictures today (What? Me pay for school pictures? It would be a travesty! I am a professional photographer after all!) and I had fun playing around with these vintage treatments. I think they go really well with her super-cute dress and hat.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Shake your bon bon!

I did a photoshoot with these two brothers down by a little creek. I had done portraits of the older one when he was much younger, and he was very uncooperative. This time, he was a little too cooperative (lots and lots of cheesy smiles). His younger brother took over the role of "I'm wholly uninterested in what this lady with the camera is trying to do, and I will not smile for anything." The only thing that would work is when his mom would say, "Shake your bon bon!" Then he'd do a one-second dance while smiling, and it was over. I had to be fast! I only got one genuine smile out of him the whole time, but I did get several sweet expressions that didn't involve teeth. Here are closeups of the two boys, plus my favorite portrait from the session.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Like mother, like daughter

I photographed a stunning family last week. I'm still in the process of proofing and editing, but I just wanted to post two of my favorite pictures. The mother and her daughter both have the most beautiful eyes. Wouldn't you agree?

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Bath time!

Some kids love baths. Other hate them. My baby is in the former category. I am documenting her first year by taking pictures of her every month and then compiling them into an album. I decided to get some pictures of her in our big tub (no water, for those of you who are worried). She made the funniest faces which I turned into a montage. Click on the image to see it larger and to appreciate the full range of emotions!