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This past weekend I had the honor of attending the baptism of one of my favorite little eight year old girls.  This darling girl has the sweetest smile, sings like an angel, and keeps her room clean.  We got together one beautiful evening back in May when all the flowers were blooming and no one was in danger of heat exhaustion and had a photo shoot at the Gilbert LDS Temple.  It was an unusually windy day, but that just made her look more like a rock star.  A rock star who makes great choices, obviously.

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Last weekend I had the pleasure of photographing the most patriotic one year old in town.  P-dog (Can I call you P-dog?) is celebrating his first year of life with a USA-themed party so his mom asked if we could do a patriotic cake smash before the big day.  It was hotter than hot outside, but little P was happy the whole time!  The cake may have had something to do with it.  Happy Birthday, new citizen!

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When my family and I moved to Arizona from St. Louis, MO, we drove into the state on Route 66.  We entered Northeastern Arizona and found ourselves in the mountains surrounded by pine trees and cabins.  We thought, “Wait–this is Arizona?”  Then we kept driving south where we were greeted by rolling hills covered in saguaro cacti.  We thought, “Wait-this is Arizona?”  Then we entered the Mesa/Gilbert area with its palm trees and citrus groves and thought, “WHAT IS ARIZONA?”  It turns out, Arizona is all the things.  Drive two hours in any direction and you’ll find a completely different landscape.  It’s intriguing and wonderful and one of the many reasons I heart AZ.

The Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch in Gilbert is one of my favorite locations for portraits because you will find many different Arizona landscapes in just one spot.  The cactus garden is a particularly popular spot.  (I even had my own family photos taken there last year.)  I had the pleasure of photographing one of my favorite families in the cactus garden recently.  This family was amazing!  They followed directions and looked great doing it.  That’s really all it takes for me to like you.

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When we first moved to Gilbert I was overwhelmed by how many members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints live in our area.  It seemed like there was a church on every corner and every other neighbor was in our congregation.  It felt like every week there was someone leaving or coming home from a mission in some faraway land like Japan or Texas.  I have had the pleasure of photographing a few young men and women before they leave for 18 months-2 years of church service.  These future missionaries are always so full of excitement and nerves and I love capturing that moment for them.  In addition to the young people serving all over the world as missionaries, many older couples serve missions as well.  Last weekend I was able to photograph some friends leaving for Mexico later this year as a senior missionary couple.  They had the same look of excitement and nerves as the younger kids!

Photographed by Melissa Maxwell of Jubilee Family Photography in Gilbert, AZ.Photographed by Jubilee Family Photography in Gilbert, AZ.Photographed by Melissa Maxwell of Jubilee Family Photography in Gilbert, AZ.

This young man is currently teaching the gospel in Oregon.  He wanted to get some portraits of him looking like a missionary at the Gilbert Temple before he left.  He looked so grown up and confident and it was fun to watch his mom try and keep it together during our shoot.

Photographed by Melissa Maxwell of Jubilee Family Photography in Gilbert, AS.Photographed by Melissa Maxwell of Jubilee Family Photography in Gilbert, AZ.Photographed by Melissa Maxwell of jubilee Family Photography in Gilbert, AZ.Photographed by Melissa Maxwell of Jubilee Family Photography in Gilbert, AZ.

This brilliant young woman is serving a mission in Finland, so she brought along a Finnish flag and Book of Mormon for her portraits at the Gilbert Temple.  She may have trouble adjusting to the cold, but I know she’s ready to teach and preach and work as missionaries do.

Couple photographed by Melissa Maxwell of Jubilee Family Photography in Gilbert, AZ.Couple photographed by Melissa Maxwell in Gilbert, AZ.Couple photographed by Melissa Maxwell of Jubilee Family Photography in Gilbert, AZ.Couple photographed by Melissa Maxwell of Jubilee Family Photography in Gilbert, AZ.

This wonderful couple will be serving a medical mission in Mexico City and I will miss them very much.  They were married at the Mesa Temple 35 years ago, so we went back to the beginning for their photo shoot.  This is one instance when I really wish you could smell a photo.  The grounds were beautiful that evening and the citrus blossoms were so fragrant!

I’m so inspired by these missionaries and all missionaries serving throughout the world.  I can’t wait to see how their lives are changed through their experiences.

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