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Friends At First Sight-Wedding Photographers, Friends and Family

I met this girl named Heather..almost 5 years ago at a style shoot, she had driven from Richmond to Va Beach to attend, she had the funkiest fun hair and I loved it!!   We were instant friends and then became more like family.  We are both wedding photographers and just about from the time we met we have photographed almost every one of our weddings together, unless we were both booked for a wedding at the same time or had another photographer already lined up…we have held boudoir marathons at some gorgeous locations…we have traveled to WPPI (Wedding and Portrait Professionals International) in Vegas together, we have laughed so hard we had to cross our legs, we have cried on each others shoulders and talked each other down from wanting to hurt someone because we were so mad….we have been there for each other….we have had our fights and said our “I’m sorry” for being a jerk moments…like family.

I have watched her kids grow up…and I have become friends with her mom and a host of other gals who get together to have girls days….and they are full of fun and laughter and sushi! I can say we are more like family than friends…yet both.

After a recent wedding we photographed together I stayed an extra day to once again photograph her family…it’s one of those things that every family needs to do at least once a year and it meant so much to her as a mom as it should because our kids grow up so fast…so I was happy to be there again to capture them!  And as I look back at the first family session I did with them almost 3 years ago, it amazes me how time is flying by, and how fast these kids are growing up.

The one on the left cracks me up to this day taken back in 2011…it was a genuine stressful moment that happens sometimes in sessions with 3 kids :).

The one on the right was just a fun…”scream for me” as we laughed remembering and laughing about the photo on the left. <3

I am yet again laughing hysterically at the one on the left….Bray’s face at Heather screaming…just makes me laugh.

Hartsell Family 2015-11

Heather and I know a lot about each other as friends often do….but there are 3 things I know for absolute certain about Heather that make her so awesome…she loves and respects her momma to the moon and back , She adores and would die for her children, and she is madly in love with her husband Robbie.

Love ya girl, I have said it a dozen times…I am so glad that God crossed our paths almost 5 years ago, and I know He did this for a reason. 🙂

Here is their beautiful family.


Hartsell Family 2015-2


Hartsell Family 2015-1

Hartsell Family 2015-3


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When it comes to Robbie…I know she means this statement with all her heart. She often says he’s her rock.

These two are solid as a rock!



I was so glad we were able to capture your family again!





  • Julie - June 16, 2015 - 5:49 PM

    Love you Mel!ReplyCancel

    • mgillikin - June 23, 2015 - 9:37 AM

      Love all of ya’ll too. <3ReplyCancel

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