{Sweet Senior + Sisters} Nalin, Jinny, & Ammaly ~ Montgomery, Alabama Senior Photographer

I want you to meet Nalin.  She was a senior last year and just graduated from high school earlier this month.  Since she never had formal senior photos made, we decided to go on a photo location safari and take a some photos to commemorate this exciting time in her life!

We weren’t 100% sure where we wanted to go, so she, I, and her 2 sisters hopped in the car and took off to wherever the road took us.  We were pretty sure that we’d know the right location when we found it – and that was true!  We actually found a couple different locations and had a lot of fun during this photo session.  These girls are hilarious – each by themselves, but when you get them together, the laughs never do end.  I’m telling you, I had the best time with them.

Now, when I say the laughs never ended?  I mean it.  It’s SO much fun to work with sisters who have such a fun, close relationship.  They seem to have no barriers, no sibling rivalry, and just enjoy each other totally.

Class of 2012 – congrats, Nalin!

Nalin, Jinny, Ammaly – y’all are beautiful girls – both inside and out…and I hope you enjoy these photos! xoxo

April B - Love the pics! Girls you are all so beautiful! We miss you!June 25, 2012 – 8:40 am

Ginger Matheson - Melisssa, you are an amazing photographer. I just love seeing all of the gorgeous pictures that you take! God has given you a wonderful talent!June 25, 2012 – 1:57 pm

Sally Gotkiewicz - Gorgeous pictures of gorgeous girls! Melissa, you have a gift for capturing the spirit of your subjects! Wow! We need you to come take “pitchers” of us! :c)June 25, 2012 – 5:54 pm

Nalin Khantisouriya - I absolutely love them Mrs. Melissa! You are AWESOME!June 25, 2012 – 9:25 pm

Jinny Khantisouriya - These are so great! Thanks so much for taking your time to do them!June 25, 2012 – 9:29 pm

Sally Gotkiewicz - These pictures are absolutely gorgeous…just like you, Nalin, Jinny, and Ammaly!June 25, 2012 – 9:55 pm

Elizabeth Faulkner Cocking - Love these pictures Nalin Khantisouriya! Sweet girls!June 25, 2012 – 10:10 pm

Elizabeth Faulkner Cocking - Love these!!!June 25, 2012 – 10:11 pm

Shirley White Kaye - I love them – they are beautiful!June 25, 2012 – 11:48 pm

Melissa Cunningham Bridges - I am so glad!! Y’all are beautiful girls and made my job so fun!June 26, 2012 – 2:10 am

Melissa Cunningham Bridges - You are very welcome, Jinny! I had so much fun!!June 26, 2012 – 2:10 am

Melissa Cunningham Bridges - Thank you, Ginger…I do enjoy it! 🙂
June 26, 2012 – 2:10 am

Darrell Jamie Powell - Great pics! You are all lovely, as always! @[647995604:2048:Nalin Khantisouriya], what a great gift…better than formal senior portraits any day! I’m so thankful to have had the opportunity to know the beautiful girl behind that sweet smile!June 26, 2012 – 2:50 am

Jinny Khantisouriya - Thanks, GG(; You are too(:
June 26, 2012 – 3:19 am

Meghan Stacy - these are awesome! you are all so beautiful inside and out! miss you!June 26, 2012 – 3:28 am

Granny Wil - Beautiful pictures of 3 beautiful young ladies who are 3 of my very favorite people! Thanks for sharing, Melissa!June 26, 2012 – 12:09 pm

Nell Rushton McGilberry - These are beautiful pictures of wonderful, beautiful girls!!June 26, 2012 – 3:38 pm

Jane Mitchell - these are exquisite. JAOSOCUUUTTEEEEEEEEEE!June 27, 2012 – 7:38 pm

Celeste - You described them perfectly. Gorgeous pics and you captured their personalities and their closeness.July 3, 2012 – 12:13 am

Gwendolyn Mann - Your work is absolutely beautiful. Proud of you!September 3, 2012 – 11:22 am

{Fun Family!} Sean, Ruth, & Kiddos ~ Montgomery, Alabama Family & Children Photographer

I want to share with you an awesome, energetic, and all-around-fun family…Sean & Ruth and their 2 cuties.

When Ruth contacted me to take 1 & 3 year old photos of their children (and a few family photos, too), she explained that their birthdays are mere days apart. This was a fun fact for me, because just days separate my own kids’ birthdays, too.

So here, we have Samantha, who is 3…

…and Rachel, who is 1.

Samantha was full of energy – she was more interested in playing and finding treasures than she was in taking family photos.  But that’s okay, because we got some, anyway.  And the fun thing about family photos when children are this young is that we usually end up with action photos that really capture where they are in that particular season of life.

And this season is a busy one for Ruth and Sean.  Probably only to get busier, when little Rachel gets steady on her feet. 🙂


I couldn’t get enough of these babies – they were so sweet, happy, and photogenic.

Sweet sisters. 🙂

Sean & Ruth…thank you so much for letting me into your precious family for just a little while.  I hope you enjoy looking at these photos as much as I enjoyed taking them!

Becky Warnke Mixon - As always… beautiful! 🙂 What a gorgeous family!June 22, 2012 – 3:59 am

Sherry Hughes Garner - Wow! Gorgeous photos of gorgeous children. When do I get copies?June 22, 2012 – 1:43 pm

Latricia M. Pridgen - The girls are adorable. Great family photos.June 22, 2012 – 2:17 pm

Terri Andrews Farley - Wow Ruth….these are awesome pictures! The oldest looks like her dad and the youngest is a baby YOU! LOL….they are beautiful. Very nice looking family.June 22, 2012 – 2:57 pm

Wendy Garner - I love them! Beautiful pictures! 🙂 Where did you go to take them?June 22, 2012 – 3:24 pm

Melissa Cunningham Bridges - Thank you! We took these at Jasmine Hill Gardens in Wetumpka.
June 22, 2012 – 3:29 pm

Wendy Garner - Thank you! June 22, 2012 – 3:30 pm

Melissa Cunningham Bridges - Thank you! They are a beautiful family, aren’t they? We took these at Jasmine Hill Gardens in Wetumpka.June 22, 2012 – 3:30 pm

Hazel Joy Long - Great pictures of your beautiful family. I hope to meet your kiddos soon.June 25, 2012 – 3:45 am

{FUN Family!} Steve, Jane & Kiddos ~ Montgomery, Alabama Children & Family Photographer

I’ve known Steve, Jane, and their kids for a few years, now, and they never cease to bring a smile to my face.  Steve has a great, dry humor…Jane is always so sweet and bubbly….and each of their kids has been blessed with some seriously awesome personality.  I’m pretty sure some of that comes through in these photos – but they’re a happy little family that I always enjoy being around.  I’ve photographed the kids before, and was SO happy to finally get the entire family in front of the camera!

They’re beautiful…on the outside as well as the inside.

I know…if you read this blog fairly regularly, you know that it’s a common thing for me to say that each couple I photograph has such a special relationship.  It may sound like a cliche, but it’s true!  And I’ll admit…one of the most fun things about being a photographer is that I get to see some of that “specialness” come through.

And guess what?  I learned that TODAY is Jane and Steve’s 18th wedding anniversary!  Eighteen years!  Congratulations, guys!

And I think that they’d be the first to tell you that making it that long – and remaining happy – takes plenty of work.  But is totally worth it!

And they have these 3 great kids – Banks,

Mary Vander,

And Norton.

Just FYI – no eyes were enhanced during the making of this blog post.

But see?  The kids come by them with absolute honesty!

Their dog, Max, joined us for a few moments, and I’m pretty sure he enjoyed the extra attention – maybe even the camera – a little bit!

We were almost done with the photo session – when Norton decided to climb up on this tall pillar (that I’d JUST risked breaking my neck by climbing up & down) and turn it up a notch!

He’s got some moves, I tell ya!  We were all in stitches by the end of his performance – gotta love a kiddo who isn’t afraid to just let loose and be himself!

Thanks – Jane, Steve, Banks, MV, & Norton (and Max!) for taking time out of your schedule to hang out with me for a bit. I had SUCH a fun time, and I hope you did, too!

Celeste Berry Peters - Just LOVE every single one of these! Of course, you had wonderful subjects, but you really have a gift.June 19, 2012 – 9:51 am

April B - Love them all!June 19, 2012 – 10:01 am

Becky Black Norton - Melissa, so impressed with your pictures. They are beautiful. Can’t decide which I like the best. Their personality shines through.
June 19, 2012 – 12:08 pm

Melissa Cunningham Bridges - Thanks so much! I agree – they are a beautiful family!June 19, 2012 – 12:45 pm

Melissa Cunningham Bridges - Thanks, Celeste!
June 19, 2012 – 12:46 pm

Mary Miller - Beautiful family!!!!!!June 19, 2012 – 1:12 pm

Jane Norton Sewell - We have worked hard to get to our “happy” place and you have truly captured us at this chapter of our lives. You will never know how much these mean to us! It was the perfect anniversary gift! I can’t say I love these enough!=D Thank You Melissa!June 19, 2012 – 1:17 pm

Leah Hayes Hunt - Jane, these are beautiful!June 19, 2012 – 3:22 pm

Becky Black Norton - Thanks Mary, so proud of them.
June 19, 2012 – 3:31 pm

Alice Russell Farricker - GREAT pictures that truly show their personalities, especially Norton! And leave it to Norton to have dirty clothes by the end of the shoot! This is an AMAZING family. I love you guys!June 19, 2012 – 3:50 pm

Jane Norton Sewell - Thank You Leah!!
June 19, 2012 – 4:43 pm

Rachel Fisher - your family is SO beautiful!!June 19, 2012 – 4:44 pm

Jane Norton Sewell - She does Celeste!!
June 19, 2012 – 4:44 pm

Jane Norton Sewell - Awww… thank you Alice! We love you too!!June 19, 2012 – 4:49 pm

Amy Fussell Hollowell - It seems so easy with faces like those!June 20, 2012 – 2:20 pm

Kevin R. Sater - Jane, this is Cara Sater I’m not on FB anymorebut I love your pic!June 23, 2012 – 10:18 pm

{Sweet Child} My Little Max ~ Montgomery, Alabama Children’s Photographer

Oh boy, I do love this kiddo.

This is Max…my younger son…the one who hasn’t decided (yet) that he hates it when my camera comes out. 🙂

See, he provides great practice for me, not only because he’s precious…but also because he has glasses. And for me, glasses + young kiddos can be a difficult combination.

With adults, it’s much easier to ask them to tilt their head {this way or that} in order to reduce the glare from glasses. But with kids, it’s more difficult…mostly because they’re always moving…and, if you don’t know by now, I really prefer to keep photo shoots more “fun” rather than “posed”.

And honestly, what could be more fun than reading a book?  I’m sure maybe you could think of something…but as for me and Max, we think there’s not a lot better than reading. 🙂

Well, at least for today, it was him reading and me photographing him reading.  I was good with that combination.

So we had a little photographing-with-glasses-on practice session today. It wasn’t perfect, but I have to say, I’m glad I can see his eyes more than the glare on the glass in front of his eyes.

And I just thought you’d like to see him, too. Because who wouldn’t?

Thanks, Max, for lending me your sweet, happy smile today…I love you, buddy!

Nathan Bridges - What a sweet little happy face. June 14, 2012 – 4:16 am

Adrienne Fleming - He is so so so so precious, Melissa! Jim said he is looking more and more like his big brother!June 14, 2012 – 4:26 am

Melissa Cunningham Bridges - I think so too…and we hear that often! Isn’t it funny how these things work ? 🙂June 14, 2012 – 4:34 am

Amy Mahurin Bergstrom - What a cutie pie!June 14, 2012 – 4:36 am

Dinia K. Warren - Just precious!June 14, 2012 – 12:58 pm

Tammy Kendrick Morrow - Brought both a smile and a little tear of joy. He is a beautiful soul, the smile tells it all. God gave it to him, but you all give him a reason to use it! He is not only a blessing to your family but to everyone you share your story with. Thank you! (I am an adopted child and I know what love can do) God Bless you all real good!June 14, 2012 – 1:19 pm

Melissa Cunningham Bridges - Thank you, Tammy! Your post just brought a smile to my face and a little tear to my eye!!June 14, 2012 – 1:32 pm

Shana Englebert Milligan - He is so cute! I think he looks like his big brother! Hope ya’ll are having a great summer!June 14, 2012 – 2:04 pm

Lisa Moore Waddell - Just simply beuatiful. He is such a blessed and happy little boy…as are you and your husband! I love this!June 14, 2012 – 4:10 pm

Lisa Moore Waddell - Just simply beautiful. He is such a blessed and happy little boy… as are you and your husband. I love this!June 14, 2012 – 4:12 pm

Melissa Cunningham Bridges - Thank you, Lisa!
June 14, 2012 – 4:25 pm

Melissa Cunningham Bridges - Thanks! I hope we can see each other soon…I still owe you a photo shoot. 🙂 June 14, 2012 – 4:25 pm

Melissa Cunningham Bridges - Thanks! I hope we can see each other soon…we’ve still gotta get together to photograph your little (or not so little, anymore!) ones!!June 14, 2012 – 4:29 pm

Shari Eischens - Melissa I loved, loved, loved Max’s pictures…he is totally adorable!!June 14, 2012 – 9:15 pm

Melissa Cunningham Bridges - Thank you, @[1243177724:2048:Amy] & @[100001936842008:2048:Shari]! He has come SOOO far since we first met him. We are so blessed. 🙂June 15, 2012 – 12:43 am

Melissa Cunningham Bridges - Thanks, Dinia! I can’t wait for you to see him in person soon…you may not recognize him from last year. He’s developed quite the personality! 🙂June 15, 2012 – 12:44 am

Celeste Peters - What amazing pictures! Of course, you have a beautiful subject. Having had a 1- to 6-yr-old with glasses, I know how frustrating it is not to be able to get good pictures of your child. You did amazingly. You should share tips with other photographers. Also, his glasses are super-cute. I love those frames. They suit him well. His smile says everything. Thank you for making him so happy, Momma, Daddy, and Big Brother.June 15, 2012 – 6:11 am

Dinia K. Warren - It clear in his recent photos that he is full of personality! Just goes to show what great parents and extended family he has! So looking forward to seeing everyone in August!June 17, 2012 – 12:55 pm