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I’ve had the opportunity to photograph many families before and after their children leave for LDS missions.  I call them “last chance” photo shoots because that’s how the mother’s always put it when they call. (“It’s our last chance to get a family picture before they leave!”)  It’s often a very tender time for these families and I’m so honored that they would let me be a part of it.  I recently had the pleasure of photographing this beautiful family before their oldest son left to serve the church for two years in Seattle, Washington.  His mom said she’s always the photographer, so what she really wanted was pictures of her with her kids.  I can absolutely relate!  There are exactly 4 pictures of me in the world that I actually like.  I was happy to make that happen for her.

One of the many reasons I do in person sales at my home office is so that I can be sure my clients really and truly love their portraits.  There have been a few instances where I have just sent off galleries (because of time or distance) and it feels like I am sending them off into the wind.  I never know for sure if those clients liked their portraits, or if they wished I could make some edits.  I also find that the ordering process is much smoother when conducted in person.  Most people need a bit of guidance about which portraits will look best together on a wall and what sizes will work best for certain portraits.  I’m here to help!  I love when my clients get a chance to see their portraits for the first time.  When the mother of this beautiful family saw her portraits for the first time, she wept so much I had to restock my tissues.  It was incredibly sweet and I hope that she feels that way as the years go by and she remembers this special time in her family’s life.

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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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