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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.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Beautiful baby girl

This sweetheart just turned one. She has the most beautiful coloring. Porcelain skin, dark hair, and blue eyes. She was such a doll. The cuteness almost overwhelmed me at times :) And even though the smiles were few and far between, her sweet spirit shines through.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Speed demon in diapers part two

I came back today to photograph this little cutie in some new outfits that were just adorable. I was loving the hats, but he wasn't so much.... Still, is he not just to die for?

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Speed demon in diapers

Last week I photographed an eight-month old baby boy. I asked his mom if he could crawl. Boy, could he ever! He was so fast! I really had to use all my skills to catch him! Here are a few of my favorites from the session.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Snow shoot

When this family contacted me to do their Christmas pictures, little did I know how well the weather would cooperate! It snowed for two days straight, and then the sun came out and melted just enough for me to be able to get out of my driveway! And it was warm enough that my hands weren't shaking as I tried to take pictures. (I did a wedding in a snowstorm two years ago and just in case you were wondering, it's really hard to take pictures while you're shivering!) The two adorable little boys were so good during the shoot and I am so happy with how the portraits turned out!

I love this picture of the little boy holding his dad's hands.

Here's the same picture, but turned black and white and cropped. I ADORE this picture!

Here's another one I could stare at all day.

Monday, November 2, 2009

The cutest Christmas cards ever!

This year I have a really fantastic collection of Christmas card designs. There are samples of most of them below. I am also happy to custom-design anything for you so you can pick your own colors, layout, and text. The last day to order Christmas cards is November 30th. The hard part is deciding which design to choose! Enjoy!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Little cutie

These are the "official" two-year pictures of my daughter. Isn't she a doll? I love the way she crinkles up her nose when she's smiling.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Hey good lookin'!

This past weekend I photographed a great family. The mom did a fantastic job picking out clothes that were perfectly complimented by the beautiful fall colors. I just love the warmth in these portraits. And even though she probably will be embarrassed, I had to throw in a gorgeous portrait of the mom all by herself :)

Monday, October 19, 2009

An old red chair

I photographed these beautiful girls last year. When I went to their house, I noticed they had this great old red chair. Ever since I first saw it, I knew I had to do their portraits in it. So for this year's photo shoot, I asked if we could bring the red chair. I felt really bad making their mom lug it out to our location, but after seeing the pictures, I don't feel bad any more! It was totally worth it!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Fall schedule

In order to spend more time with my family this holiday season, I will be doing my last portrait session on November 14th. After that, sessions will resume in January 2010.

Friday, October 16, 2009


I love hats. The fluffy, winter kind that always look so cute on kids. A friend of mine makes the most amazing hats. She grew up as an orphan in the Ukraine and was taught to knit and crochet in the orphanage. I wanted to take some pictures of her and her daughter in their fun winter-wear. (The gray hat with white flowers was actually not made by my friend, but all the rest were). We had so much fun trying on the different hats and scarfs. If it's got to be cold, at least we can be cute, right?

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Family and fun

I first met Lisa a few years ago at a craft fair. She sells Cookie Lee jewelry, and I had a photography display. We struck up a friendship, and this past weekend, I was able to photograph her beautiful family, including her parents who were visiting from Missouri. Because this is Denver, it started raining heavily right when the photoshoot was scheduled to start. But also because this is Denver, the rain stopped a few minutes later, and we were able to proceed with the shoot. I was so happy, and so were they! We had the best time on this shoot. Everyone was relaxed and having fun. Well, at least I was having fun! The colors they chose for their clothing were so vibrant and fun and went great with all the greenery. And, Lisa gave me a beautiful Cookie Lee bracelet at the end of the shoot! What can I say? This job has great perks! But the best perk of all is seeing how happy people are with their portraits. Enjoy!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Hope for Benson and Claire

If you get my newsletters or check this blog, you'll remember Benson and Claire. They are the cute little kids who both need a liver and kidney transplant. Through the month of September, I'll still be donating all my session fees to their transplant fund, and I'm still running my special $99 back-to-school deal with a free 8x10 attached. There's no better time to get your family portraits done than now! So help yourself, and help Benson and Claire. Call me to schedule your session today! My number is 303-346-4597. You can save a life. Or two.

Want to see the cuties you'll be helping? I did a photo session with the family before they moved to Minnesota to be near the Mayo Clinic where Claire is currently receiving treatment in anticipation of her transplants. As her condition is more grave than Benson's, she'll get the transplants first. This is Claire:

This is Benson:

Here they are together. Is not this just the sweetest picture?

Here's the whole family. We wish them the best of luck and will be praying for Benson and Claire!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

More gorgeous bridals

I just finished editing the bridal portraits I did last week and had to share some more of my favorites. Enjoy!