repurposed & radiant

I have never been so excited to see a pile of pallets out by a dumpster. I’ve had a re-purposed backdrop vision brewing in my mind, and the local business was happy to let me take them off their hands! Pallets + awesome texture + neutral tones = FREE BACKDROP and SCORE for families looking for fall or holiday photos! This creation is part of a fall festival backdrop we crafted up at my kids school. I’ll be offering an exclusive mini session event October 25th to PSE families only. Special thanks to Kindergarten student, Miss S, who brought this to life so beautifully with her style and smile!

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Outfit by Purrfect and from Ella Bella in Southlake

tiny dancer

Who knew this adventure for a headshot refresh would turn out so fun? I’ve been keeping this session from the blog, because I want to blog EVERY. SINGLE. IMAGE. from our time together. No lie. I just can’t pick so I’m posting this batch, and I’m holding myself to blogging a PART 2 when I can finally narrow them down! The location was magical and my super-talented, beautiful friend/client just lit up the camera, as she does any room she walks into. We kicked off our friendship in the most random of ways, thanks to my first trip into a LuLu Lemon Athletica store and thanks to my wild crew of kiddos, who were taking over the store by storm. Sweet Tessa took the best care of me, busted out organic popscicles to entertain my kids while I shopped and the rest is history. We have worked together, cried together, supported each other and had the craziest of late-night dance parties. She is a treasure and one gorgeous girl that can DANCE like you would not believe. She is a former NFL Cheerleader for the Indianapolis Colts and has even made appearances on two seasons of “Making the Team“. She has a passion for health and fitness and enjoys yoga, cryo, cycling, barre and working at Lulu!

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portugal mission trip minis

Portugal

Take part in my adventure to Coimbra, Portugal, where I will be participating in a photography mission trip this October. To offset the costs involved, I am hosting this very special mini session event in Fort Worth. Sessions are $100 and will be 15 minutes long and take place on September 7th from 2-4pm. These minis are ideal for all ages – babies, children, teens, adults and families (no more than 5 persons), even dogs!

The location is an old warehouse full of great textures and earth tones, which provide a perfect neutral setting for any type of look. I plan to have a small couch and some old suitcases available for use. This is the perfect chance to get a kickstart on your holiday photos. To reserve your spot, email melissadarstphoto@yahoo.com and ask about our booking special!

If you are unavailable to participate in this event but have a heart for this ministry, please visit gofundme.com/d626os for more information, prayer requests and to donate online. Every little bit helps and I am confident that God will be faithful in providing.
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angelic miss a

Sweet A braved the weeds and tall grass, spiders, and ants all for me to pull off her big 1 year shoot in a field of wild blue bells. She has an incredible disposition and the greatest signature wave as featured below! I fell in love with her out at the ranch and was so grateful to finally get to photograph her!

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ranch mini sessions – anderson, tx

One more summer mini session opportunity at my FAVORITE place to shoot! A real-life working ranch in Anderson, TX located approximately 30 miles outside of College Station. There are so many different location opportunities! Contact me at melissadarstphoto@yahoo.com to reserve your spot today.

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