Melanie Myhre Photography: Blog http://www.melaniemyhrephotography.com/blog en-us (C) Melanie Myhre Photography. All rights reserved. melaniemyhrephotography@hotmail.com (Melanie Myhre Photography) Thu, 11 May 2017 17:56:00 GMT Thu, 11 May 2017 17:56:00 GMT http://www.melaniemyhrephotography.com/img/s/v-5/u675003979-o513871124-50.jpg Melanie Myhre Photography: Blog http://www.melaniemyhrephotography.com/blog 120 86 Stephanie and Lucas http://www.melaniemyhrephotography.com/blog/2017/5/stephanie-and-lucas   Stephanie Anderson and Lucas Boyd were married at Thorncrown Chapel, in Eureka Springs Arkansas. They shared their day with with a small gathering of loved ones. It was a a simple, yet beautiful ceremony on a cold April day. The leaves were just starting to emerge on the trees, and true to Ozark springtime weather, storm clouds danced across the sky alongside sun rays. The sunshine held out for the ceremony, lending it's luminosity to the day. 

Stephanie and Lucas are so much in love! They were so comfortable as they snuggled together and were naturals in front of the camera. It was hard to capture a bad picture of them. Stephanie was particularly amazing for her strength and resiliency through the day, as she was still recovering from a very recent surgery. This is a woman who lives life on her own terms! Nothing was going to stop her from marrying the man she loved on this day, nor was it going to get in the way of enjoying the day. Lucas was super sweet and supportive. They are so perfect together!

Stephanie is a cosmetologist at Hair Play Salon, so creating a classic and elegant bridal look was a snap. She paired it with a modern sleek dress that matched Lucas's navy suit and bow tie perfectly. 

After the intimate ceremony we went to the Crescent Hotel for some portraits with Stephanie and Lucas. Here we had a chance to play and get some playful and mischievous shots as well as some timeless and elegant ones. 

Congratulations Stephanie and Lucas! May you enjoy many happy and prosperous years together!

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Marias' Maternity Photo Session http://www.melaniemyhrephotography.com/blog/2016/12/marias-maternity-photo-session   Maria was one of the most radiant mothers to be I've ever seen. She was so calm, so happy, and so energetic. She positively GLOWED. She and Tony make a stunning couple. so when she called to ask about maternity sessions, I got excited because I knew we were going to capture some gorgeous images. 

 It just so happens the Maria is also one of the very best hair and makeup artists in the area. She works out of Salon Seven, and is now part of the Melanie Myhre Photography team as one of our preferred hair and makeup providers. She's become a great friend too!

 We discussed wardrobe, and I found out she loved coral. I found a length of gorgeous coral fabric to make into a dress for her, and made the little gold top as well. I also had a pink tulle skirt and a flower crown I made just for dreamy photo sessions like this. The rest of the wardrobe was hers and Tony brought his as well. 

 We started the session at Dragonfly Mountain Lodge in Eureka Springs. I love this location for the bamboo and the gorgeous ponds. It's a pretty wonderful place to stay if you're visiting Eureka too :) 

 Later, we drove out to the lake for some sunset photos. If you saw the location we hiked to, you would have been amazed! We hiked down narrow, windy, and root covered trails on a fairly hot and humid day. Maria hiked it in flip flops two weeks before her due date, and walked so quickly that David and I had to hustle to keep up! Once we got down to the lake, she still looked fresh and photo ready. Amazing.

 

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  This is the layout of the album I custom designed for them. The first image is the front and back cover. Maria loves corals and pinks. Since this album will be passed on to little Ofelia one day, I wanted it to look a little like the Little Golden Books I had as a child. I found these pretty digital papers from Origins Digital Curio that fit my design idea perfectly.

 

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Not long after our session, Maria gave birth to Ofelia Rose. Already little Ofelia is growing so fast!!! Here she is picking up her order from the studio. I am going to enjoy watching this precious little girl grow into a beautiful woman!

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melaniemyhrephotography@hotmail.com (Melanie Myhre Photography) Arkansas Maternity Melanie Myhre ethereal fairytale photography http://www.melaniemyhrephotography.com/blog/2016/12/marias-maternity-photo-session Sun, 04 Dec 2016 05:15:40 GMT
High School Senior Spotlight: Nicoles Favorites! http://www.melaniemyhrephotography.com/blog/2016/11/high-school-senior-spotlight-nicoles-favorites  

 

 

 

 What an AMAZING and fun day we had photographing Nicole Morrison for her senior portraits!!! The first time we met Nicole, we knew she was extraordinary. From the strength and kindness in her gorgeous blue eyes and sunny smile, we knew we were going to capture some amazing images and make a new friend. Nicole is a heptathlete extraordinaire, an animal lover, a nature girl, and a go getter. She's one smart cookie too! She's a Eureka Springs native, but recently relocated to further her goals towards a college education and pursue her athletic career. 

  She came back to Eureka for her portraits because this fun and quirky town will always hold a place in her heart. We had a blast visiting some of the local gardens and Victorian architecture in fashionably pretty dresses and heels. (Nicole has an eye for architecture that she got from her mom, Laura, who is a professional architect. You can see her in a few images too. We couldn't pass up the opportunity to photograph TWO gorgeous ladies). There was even a quick visit from her boyfriend Landon. They make such a GORGEOUS couple, don't you think? We laughed so much our cheeks hurt, and at the end of the day, we went to the track for some athletic portraits. This no-nonsence girl got to work jumping hurdles like a gazelle so we could capture her in mid air. (Can you believe heptathletes jump 10 hurdles in a competition? That's a lot when you're running full blast!)

The following images are all from her session with Melanie Myhre Photography. The final image is a composite we put together to honor her athletic abilities and it looks positively stunning printed on metal!

We know that you are going to continue to do amazing things Nicole, and we are so glad to have gotten to know you!

 

 

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melaniemyhrephotography@hotmail.com (Melanie Myhre Photography) Arkansas photographer Eureka Springs Arkansas Heritage High School Melanie Myhre Photography NWA photographer Rogers Arkansas Senior portraits athletic portraits class of 2017 high school high school senior inspiration senior portraits senior style http://www.melaniemyhrephotography.com/blog/2016/11/high-school-senior-spotlight-nicoles-favorites Fri, 25 Nov 2016 22:44:14 GMT
Into The Light http://www.melaniemyhrephotography.com/blog/2014/2/into-the-light     Wow, it's been just over a month since my last post, but it feels good to be back. Over the holiday season I moved from my little apartment on the lake to a house up on top of a mountain. I now live on Dragonfly Mountain, and it's BEAUTIFUL up here! I have spend much of the past month snowed in and re-organizing my household. I've managed to sneak in a few small photoshoots too ;) I have so much more space here to create and I'm so excited! I have my own studio space with windows and three acres of woods to roam around in. At last I'm home! 

   I am planning some pretty big photography workshops for the coming year. I have the perfect place to hold retreats for up to 7 people, complete with lodging, meals, and transportation. The retreats will be just 5 minutes from the most inspiring little Victorian village of Eureka Springs AR. If you like my photography, you will love Eureka Springs because that is where most of my photo locations are. I am planning the first one for May, and will be releasing details shortly. Get ready to come Into The Light!

    I have spent some time thinking about the past few years and my own photographic journey. I've thought about how much my life has changed in the past three years and how the future looks brighter each coming day. I've certainly had my share of struggles and there are still challenges every day. When I first started in digital photography, I was barely surviving. I couldn't pay my bills, let alone invest in photography equipment, wardrobe, or props. I hocked my wedding ring from a previous marriage and sold my piano to buy my first DSLR. I learned to create, borrow, or trade for props and wardrobe. Two years ago, I nearly lost my fiancee to a catastrophic illness that took close to a year to recover from. Thankfully he is vibrantly healthy today. At the time, a photography career seemed impossibly far away, and yet it saved me. I had a little point and shoot camera and I photographed something nearly every day because it helped me get through it all. I realized that I could let those challenges defeat me, or I could find ways over or around them, and that maybe they might encourage me in directions I would never have thought of otherwise. I've also made many wonderful friends along the way.

     I've seen a lot in the past few years. I live in a town filled with talented artists and photographers and the market is very small here because the town has a population of around 2000 people. I've seen the not so pretty face of competition rear it's head more than once, and I've seen incredible generosity and people helping each other selflessly. I've seen people lose everything and witnessed the community come together to lift them back up to come back stronger than ever. I've learned a lot in this little community filled with artists, and I continue to grow everyday. 

    Today I was inspired to start a group on Facebook called Into The Light: A Photographers' Journey. I wanted to create a safe environment where photographers could go to talk about the trials and tribulations of making it in the photographic industry. There is a lot of competition and a lot of negativity in the world today, but I believe it is up to us to make the world a better place. It starts with one kind word, one person lifting another when they are down. Instead of judging or criticizing, we can help each other grow so that we can become better as a whole. Creativity brings light into the world and I see a lot of people that are struggling to create to their fullest potential. It is my hope that this group will become a place of nurturing support, a place where creativity thrives and sheds light into the darkest places. I hope that you will join me there. Come into the light. 

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First Press For Dreamland! http://www.melaniemyhrephotography.com/blog/2013/12/first-press-for-dreamland    As you know I'm pretty excited about the new Dreamland Series. Already it has gotten some press, and I've just released the first pictures! My local newspaper printed the first image this week with plans for a feature coming soon! I am so blessed to live in such an incredibly supportive community! You can see the photo feature here on page 16.

Eureka Springs Independent

  Thank you to everyone who has been donating or loaning items to be repurposed into props and wardrobes for the shoots. Thank you to all the people that have been modeling, working behind the scenes, and to all the fans who have been so supportive as I begin this incredible journey! It means so very much!

Much love!

~Melanie

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melaniemyhrephotography@hotmail.com (Melanie Myhre Photography) Dreamland Melanie Myhre http://www.melaniemyhrephotography.com/blog/2013/12/first-press-for-dreamland Sat, 14 Dec 2013 08:47:17 GMT
'Hide And Seek' Image Two Of The Dreamland Series http://www.melaniemyhrephotography.com/blog/2013/12/hide-and-seek-image-two-of-dreamland  

   When I was a little girl, my favorite game to play was hide and seek. I remember my brother David and I setting the block around our home as the boundary for the game. Sometimes we had friends join us, but mostly it was he and I. I loved to run around the block ducking behind bushes and buildings. Most of the time I was in constant motion sneaking up behind him and watching him look for me. Another favorite trick was to climb a tree. I had a favorite birch tree that overlooked the neighborhood. I would sit with my cheek against the smooth white bark and daydream. No one ever found me in a tree. It's amazing how many people never look up!

   I also have a very specific memory of my friend Margret and I playing kick the can at dusk with a group of neighborhood kids. We stuck together pretending we had cast an invisibility spell around ourselves. It must have worked because no one caught us even though several people passed by close enough that we could have reached out and touched them. We waited breathlessly as they paused for a moment before passing on, which caused us to break out in muffled giggles. After a while, we wandered off and lay down on a hillside to stargaze. We wished upon the stars, pointed out our favorite constellations, and shared secrets. It was a most magical summer night!

  Margret and Annabelle love to play hide and seek in the field behind their house. The field, woods and pond are their sanctuary, their own personal fairyland. No matter how many times they play there, they find something new to enjoy. Sometimes Margret gets distracted playing with the tadpoles in the pond and Annabelle catches her. When they get tired they lie down in the golden grass and watch the clouds go by, finding friendly faces and all sorts of animals in a sea of marshmallow clouds.

'Hide And Seek'

 
 

Models: Lily Hahn and Alena Lux Guillory
Assistants: Rebecca Hahn, Jessica and Rachel Lux Guillory
Photographed at Om Sanctuary


  We shot this on a crisp autumn day and the girls were getting a little cold at this time but we were grateful to walk through the tall grass without being eaten alive by ticks and chiggers. In the heat of the summer this activity would have produced large numbers of itchy red bumps from chigger bites and it can be quite a deterrent at times! Rachel Lux Guillory shot a quick little behind the scenes video for us. It was her first time doing it and she forget to turn the camera horizontal but it is still a fun little peek into the day so I've included it below.

 


 

Behind the scenes photo by Jessica Lux Guillory.


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melaniemyhrephotography@hotmail.com (Melanie Myhre Photography) Dreamland Melanie Myhre childhood dreamlike ethereal fairytale fantasy girl hide and seek sisters http://www.melaniemyhrephotography.com/blog/2013/12/hide-and-seek-image-two-of-dreamland Sat, 14 Dec 2013 06:43:24 GMT
Official Launch Of The Dreamland Series ! http://www.melaniemyhrephotography.com/blog/2013/12/official-launch-of-dreamland-series

  Dreamland is the story I have waited a long time to tell. So many personal experiences and observations are woven into this tapestry! The series is inspired by situations and emotions I've experienced or helped friends and family to go through. Some of these were recorded in poems I wrote many years ago and I will be sharing these as the series unfolds. Themes that have run through my consciousness for years are played out here and skills I've developed along the way are incorporated into the project in many ways. Dreamland has a deep connection to my psyche and to how I see and relate to the world around me. I believe we all create our own reality with our attitudes and beliefs. There are people that suffer needlessly from self-imposed limitations, and there are those that overcome extraordinary odds to achieve their dreams. What is it that makes the difference? I believe that a sense of wonder and a belief that anything is possible brings hope to tough situations. If we can believe that something good is possible even in the darkest situations, it gives us the strength to persevere.  Dreamland is a journey of healing and discovery. It is my hope that by telling the story in a fantasy format, it can become a healing force in the world.

  I have been working on a nearly non-existent budget, relying mostly on the kind loans and donations of friends and community for the materials to complete these scenes. Despite having a small budget, I want to create everything I can to use in each scene. I do not use compositing in my images so it is essential that everything is created and set up the way it is to be photographed before I click the shutter. The images are edited just for color toning and touch-ups to bring out the best in the models features. I have a deep connection to nature so photographing outdoors and incorporating nature into each image is significant.What you see in each scene was there at the time of shooting. Bringing each image into our own reality for a moment in time is very important to me. Our limitations in this world are often only set within  the boundaries we choose, and I want to test the very edges of my creative limits. I want to see just how far I can fly.  I sometimes have volunteers to help with hair and makeup or behind the scenes assistance for which I am entirely grateful. I am doing my best to include behind the scenes images and video so that I can share the process with you all. Once the series is completed I hope to have a huge gallery show and publish a book.

  I've spent the early part of the year dreaming up characters, sketching ideas, networking, creating and collecting various items for props and wardrobe, researching locations, shooting scenes, and writing a loose storyline to go with the images. The scope of this project is the largest I've ever done, and at times seems quite daunting. It has taken on a life of it's own and continues to evolve at a rapid pace. I am not sure how long it is going to take to complete, but the journey has already been rewarding in so many ways. I feel more connected to my community and made more friends than ever. I have learned numerous new skills and have gotten even deeper in touch with my creative inspiration. The initial images take place in our own world and are a little less elaborate, but with a strong emotional impact as they show the bond between the sisters. As the project continues to unfold I find the scenes and wardrobe becoming more detailed and involved, becoming more complex and magical as we move into Dreamland itself.

   So here it goes:
   'Annabelle And Margret'
 

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   'Annabelle And Margret' is the first official image release in the Dreamland series. Annabelle is several years older than Margret, and she takes her role as big sister seriously, doting on Margret. They are deeply bonded and Margret looks up to Annabelle as her inspiration. They are home-schooled and live in the country. Both girls love to explore the woodlands and fields around their home, and drive their parents crazy because they love to wear long hair and frilly dresses while doing it. It is not uncommon for them to get muddy and dirty while catching frogs in the local pond or come home with tangled hair from running in the wind laughing and giggling all the while. They love tea parties, dolls, hide and seek, animals of all kinds, and books, especially fairytales.

  The character of Annabelle is based on my own childhood and I was very much like her, although I grew up with a younger brother instead of a sister. There were many stained and tattered dresses, and my mom spent hours untangling hair. My brother and I spent our days outside playing imaginative games and rarely watched television. We enjoyed reading books and didn't know what video games were. We grew up in a simpler time where imagination led us on the greatest adventures and Mother Nature was our greatest teacher.

  Throughout most of my school years, I had a best friend Margaret and she is the inspiration behind Annabelle's' sister Margret. Margret was a straight A student, an artist, and a very athletic girl. She had the world by the tail at a young age. Margaret and I spent countless hours exploring outside, sometimes doing the silliest things and biting off a little more than we could chew. One day in particular we hiked miles from home to collect railroad spikes for her flower garden. It was a hot summer day and we kept finding more and more spikes so we packed them into any pocket or belt loop we could find. Like the proverbial monkey with it's hand in the cookie jar, we had far more than we could carry for the long walk home, but we tried anyway. We were tired and thirsty, looking for any mud puddle to walk through just to cool our feet for a moment. Just as we were ready to concede and let go of some of our prize, her father pulled up on his motorcycle and saved the day! He took all the spikes and we walked the rest of the way home. We finished the day with gooey ham and cheese sandwiches and ice cream sundays loaded with carmel, chocolate, M&Ms, nuts, and whipped cream. I will forever remember those days!

  I love this particular image because of the interaction between Annabelle and Margret as they stroll through a sun-kissed field. When I pulled out the parasols their faces lit up with delight. The haze in the background is real. Every so often, a vehicle would pass by on the dirt road, kicking up a lot of dust. I waited for a vehicle to come by while showing the girls what I wanted them to do. It worked out wonderfully and I was astounded by the chemistry between them at that moment. It's so perfect!

  The day of the shoot was a sunny but chilly autumn day. I had planned to shoot several scenes and I was nervous that I had packed in a little too much for one day. We started later in the afternoon so the sun would be lower in the sky, lending a nice backlighting. The time passed quickly and the temperatures plummeted as the sun dropped lower in the sky. The girls wrapped themselves in blankets between scenes and munched on frosted cupcakes. Alena's big sister Rachel helped us out during the shoot and the videos you will see in later posts are from her. At the last scene it was hard for the girls because they were getting quite cold, but they pushed through like troopers! It was only the second time I had worked with Alena (Annabelle)  and the first time with Lily (Margret). Previous to this I had only worked with adults and so this was a great new adventure. Lily and Alena are two perfectly charming and talented friends, and having the help of their mothers on set was a great experience. I discovered Alenas' mom Jessica had a talent for bakery goods and cake decorating and she lent her skills to the shoot for the tea party scene.  She also got some great behind the scenes shots. In one scene, I had a model cancel because she wasn't feeling well, and I asked Lily's mom Rebecca to step in for the character of a villain than will be introduced later in the series. For now she is shadowy mystery figure. It turned out perfectly in the end and I think that things always work out the way they are supposed to even though we may not understand it at the time.

  For this particular scene we didn't mangage a behind the scenes so I will share an out take with you. The next image 'Hide And Seek'  will be released shortly. Thank you for taking the time to follow the story of Dreamland as it begins to unfold.
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Thank you to:

Alena, Rachel, and Jessica Guillory
Lily and Rebecca Hahn

Annabelles' dress by Alice McKee
OM Sanctuary

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'The Red Queen' Published! http://www.melaniemyhrephotography.com/blog/2013/12/the-red-queen-published

  The Red Queen shoot I did last winter has been published this month in Giuseppina Magazine! I've waited nearly a whole year to be able to share these images with you. We had a really mild winter last year with hardly any snow. There was a little dusting now and then, but I wanted dramatic evergreen boughs laden with snow. I hoped time and again that the winter would not pass without at least one good snowstorm. Finally as winter was drawing to a close, I got my wish. An unexpected storm blew in and left a deep snowfall.  I live in the Ozark Mountains. It is an area of rugged majestic beauty, unpredictable weather, and steep windy roads with steep and dangerous drop offs. They don't salt the roads here and there are rarely guard rails along the roads. This makes any amount of ice on the roads treacherous at best. Erin lives almost 10 miles from my house and I didn't have 4 wheel drive, so Erin and her mother decided to drive through sleet and snow to come to my house for the shoot. I grew up driving on snow and ice in Minnesota, but these roads are something different and I would have been to terrified to attempt such a feat!
   I knew I had wanted to use a dramatic red tone against the pure white snow. I had about a half an hour to pull everything together. Luckily I had a gown, (actually a negligee) in the proper color of red, and a velvet cloak I had made. I found some feathers and beads to make a simple headdress. I did her hair and makeup, then I finished the look with a necklace made by my husband David Rush. You can check out his amazing jewelry and flame painted copper here: www.davidrushcopper.com
  Erin stood barefoot in the snow in a flimsy gown for at least 45 minutes without complaint! I had set down a towel for her to stand on, but she declined. She is one tough cookie! After the shoot we warmed up with hot chocolate I made from scratch and it was a lovely way to spend a day!


You can preview the magazine and purchase copies here: Giuseppina Magazine, Issue 16 Arctique
 


        Well...Ok, maybe she was a little bit colder than she admitted......


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melaniemyhrephotography@hotmail.com (Melanie Myhre Photography) Giuseppina Magazine Melanie Myhre The Red Queen ethereal fairytale red snow winter http://www.melaniemyhrephotography.com/blog/2013/12/the-red-queen-published Mon, 09 Dec 2013 03:12:00 GMT
Why It's Always Worth Following Your Inspiration http://www.melaniemyhrephotography.com/blog/2013/11/why-its-always-worth-following-your

  





 The Seeker Of The Whispering Wood
Model: Erin Taylor

   
 I was editing at my computer this afternoon, and I happened to glance outside. It was rainy and foggy and looked a little chilly. Then something dawned on me. I had been wanting to do a fog shoot for a very long time. It seemed like every time it was foggy I was always on my way to work. It was frustrating. 

  Today I realized that making the choice to go full time with my photography had offered me another gift. I was able to go shoot in the fog! I knew I had to scramble to make this work on such short notice. Thankfully Erin came to my rescue with her amazing skills! 

   By the time we got to the top of the ridge we were already losing a lot of light. We were really pushing the capabilities of my lens and the photos ended up a bit more grainy than I would like, but I love the concept and I think the emotion comes through and I love them. We had a lot of fun in our frenzied escapade and we are planning on revisiting the concept in the near future with a few more additions. This shoot is a great example of fearlessly exploring your inspiration. Not every shoot is going to be perfect. Not every photo is going to be an award winner, but the bonding with friends over a common interest and the experience gained is priceless!
    


 
Bearer Of Light, Seeker Of Truth
Model: Erin Taylor
 


 Bear The Light And Fear Not The Darkness
Model: Erin Taylor

"To see with the eyes is as sure as the sunrise, but to see with the spirit is to see with the eyes of the soul." ~David Rush

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Why I Choose To Buck The Photoshop Composite Trend http://www.melaniemyhrephotography.com/blog/2013/11/why-i-choose-to-buck-the-photoshop-composite-trend  

The Wildwood's EmbraceThe Wildwood's EmbraceModel: Skyelar Casada Dress made by me from a shower curtain

The Wildwoods' Embrace

 Model: Skyelar Casada

  Dress made by me from a shower curtain



 
    Have you heard the phrase "Don't worry about that. I can fix it in Photoshop"? Chances are, if you are a photographer or know one, you've heard this phrase at least once. Maybe you've even said it yourself. I've said it myself in the past, but I have heard it so often it makes me cringe now. Don't get me wrong, Photoshop can be a great tool to enhance your photographs, but should it be a catch all fix or an excuse for not taking the time to create a better photo to begin with? It seems we are always looking for a shortcut these days, always looking for the easy way out in everything we do. We have let the frenzied pace of life creep into every fiber of our being, infusing even our creative processes.


   Are we paving the way for forgetting time honored skills like using proper camera settings, correct lighting, and doing work with our own two hands by creating our own props and wardrobe? I read an article today on how people are forgetting cursive handwriting on paper because they now type everything on a keyboard, but I digress.


   Let's step back to my first blog posts and my first discovery of Photoshop. I thought it was the greatest invention ever! The possibilities were endless and I dove in enthusiastically, teaching myself all kinds of creative tricks including composting layers. I thought it was great because I didn't know anyone in the community, didn't have models to work with, and I didn't have the money to purchase props. I began photographing all the locations, props, and anything I could use to create a composite scene, and I was quite good at it. When I did find a lady to model I didn't bother with makeup or wardrobe because I could 'fix it in Photoshop'. I made whole dresses from a single feather and whole gardens from a handful of flowers. I was having fun creating my own fantasy world from nothing. It wasn't until I started to think about the motivation behind creating the images that I realized something. My message didn't make sense with the work I was creating and I wasn't reaching my audience. I was creating fantasy imagery using Photoshop. At the time Photoshop composites weren't in favor. People would just say "Oh, that's not real, that's Photoshop." and walk away. Their minds were closed and they lost interest. I continued to experiment with layers and textures, but my enthusiasm was waning.  You see, I started photography in the film days where shots were carefully set up and thought out. We experimented with new tricks and processes, but the emphasis was on taking a good picture to start with. We practiced patience. I wasn't being true to my values.

  As I got out and explored my town I found cool locations to shoot and got to know more people in my community. Something wonderful happened. I learned to network. I found ladies that were happy to be part of my creative process and model for me. I found people that were willing to lend or donate items for wardrobe and props. I found items I could purchase for little money and re-purpose them. I began to remember how much I enjoyed making things with my own two hands. That wonderful satisfaction and sense of accomplishment that comes from saying "I made this!" I took pride and enthusiasm in my work like never before. I became a better person and a better artist. I loved the challenges of figuring out how to create the scenes I wanted without compositing layers. I realized that my previous rationale for using composites in my work no longer suited me. In fact they were a crutch, an excuse to be lazy. In many ways it had stood in the way of my growth as a creative person.  I had grown up in an environment that forced me to be resourceful, and I had been wasting that gift when it came to my art. Now I had chosen to become a more resourceful artist.

  I have not used composites now for quite some time. What you see in the frame of each photo was actually there at the time of shooting.  It is my dream to expand the mind of viewers to what is possible in this word. We create our own reality with every choice we make. I apply this philosophy to my life and to my art, working to bring each scene into our own reality. Even if it is only for a moment in time, my hope is to somehow make a difference for our own world. Almost everything within the frame of each picture has been either designed or made by myself including the costumes props and sets. The landscapes within the scenes are constructed by Mother Nature and not by Photoshop. The scenes are as real as I can make them, hand-created and constructed like a miniature film set. Sometimes it takes months just to prepare a photoshoot, but the wait is so worth it! Now I use Photoshop just for touch-ups and color toning with Exposure 5. I sometimes use a filter for a painterly look, but I may someday abandon that too. Who knows what the future holds? Right now I am excited to be creating on a better level than ever before and it feels so good!

 

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Believe In You http://www.melaniemyhrephotography.com/blog/2013/11/believe-in-you   I learned today of the untimely death of a fellow photographer. I only knew him through connecting on Facebook, but he was a young man who helped many people to follow their dreams in the fashion industry. He worked with photographers, make-up artists, and models who were just starting out on thier career paths. He will be missed by so many. His passing reminded me of some thoughts that have been bouncing around in my head for a while and I believe it is time to share them with you now.

 I believe it is so important to follow your dreams in this world. Life is short and it can be over in the blink of an eye. I can't count the number of people I have know in recent years who have passed away suddenly. Everyone thinks that they are invincible when they are young, and that they have plenty of time. They work a job that doesn't fulfill their hearts just so they can pay their bills and get by. Too many people buy into the myth that you can't have your dream in this world. They give up and die a slow death each day, looking forward to when they can retire and be who they really want to be. This is a trap. Sadly, more people than you want to know die before they have a chance to really spread their wings. I want to encourage you NOT to wait. Live the life you want to live NOW because all you are ever guaranteed is this moment... right... now...

  Are you going to have to make some sacrifices to do this? Yes, of course you are. What do you want more, to have a brand new car, or to be who you REALLY want to be? Live simply so that you can afford to live your dream!

  Are you going to have to work hard for your dream? You bet you are! You will have to work harder than you have ever worked in your life, but the payoff oh, the payoff is the sweetest thing you will ever experience!

  It is easy to look at someone who is successful at what they do and make all kinds of excuses. They got lucky and met the right people, I'm not good enough, they had more seed money to start than I do, I could do better if someone else wasn't stealing my ideas....blah, blah, blah. These are all excuses and roadblocks that you put in your own way. Once you can see through these roadblocks you open yourself to the the power within YOU. That special spark of magic that EVERYONE has can come forth. Believe in YOU and believe that YOU are worth investing in and others will too.
I love you all! Now go make your dreams come true!

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November http://www.melaniemyhrephotography.com/blog/2013/11/november   November is bringing a flurry of activity for me and I'm loving it. I'm preparing a photo workshop for those of you who have asked me to do a November one. I have been meeting with my friend Susan to go over three weddings coming up in the next few weeks that we will be shooting together, and finishing up the editing of two October weddings. I'm beta-testing some software for an upcoming article, working with the Eureka Springs Independent, and of course, working on the Dreamland project, and a few more surprises. I have just a few more shoots for the introductory scenes of Dreamland and then I can begin to share them with you at last. 
  David and I took a break yesterday to soak up the luscious autumn color as we hiked Steele Creek and dreamed of purchasing land to do art retreats someday. This shot captured the day perfectly. 




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Alien Skin Software And Other News http://www.melaniemyhrephotography.com/blog/2013/10/alien-skin-software-and-other-news   I was recently asked by Alien Skin software to write a blog article for their website. I'm so honored to be able to share this with you! You can view the article here: Creating Ambiance With Exposure 5 If you like what you see, you can download a free trial of Exposure 5 here: Exposure 5.

 

 Lots has been going on here. I am finishing up this years workshops and  working on a workshop schedule for next year that includes a three day workshop for ESSA, traveling workshops, and local one day workshops that let you work with a model to create your own imaginative scenes. I will post details as soon as they become available. I am also working on some upcoming publications and testing some Beta software.

 

 I am currently creating props and wardrobe for my Dreamland project and shooting scenes that I have waited months to see come to fruition. Some of the scenes have to be photographed out of sequence in order to take advantage of seasonal scenery and accommodate scheduling restrictions.  I will have the opening scenes posted later this fall, with more as the series progresses. I have been posting a few teasers on my Facebook page. This is a huge undertaking and I can't wait to share the story of  Dreamland with you. Thank you for embarking on this journey with me!

Blessings,

~Melanie

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The Voice Of Empowerment http://www.melaniemyhrephotography.com/blog/2013/10/voice-of-empowerment-cat-has-mastered  The Voice Of Empowerment
 
 
  The cat has mastered the art of saying no. When a cat doesn't want to do something no amount of begging, pleading or even bribing can change it's mind. We can learn much from this symbolic energy of embracing your ability to quit pleasing others. Cats say "please yourself darling", and with the ability to just tune out anything or anyone that is getting on it's nerves, cats assist and and encourage us to do the same.
Cats know what they like and what they don't. They know what they want and when they want it. Cat's have been referred to as being finicky but actually it's all about refusing to accept or tolerate what doesn't fit or feel good in your life. 
 
  This is a very personal learning experience for me. I am a very vivid dreamer and cats often come to me in dreams. I have three as companions in the waking world as well, one who is pictured here. I am a person who highly values harmony in life. There are often misunderstandings that can be solved by keeping ones' temper in check and choosing to communicate instead, but there are also times to stand up for yourself, and times to simply walk away. It took me a long time to be able stand up for myself because I had a parent who put me down whenever I tried to stand up for what I wanted. I was often told that I was 'too big for my britches' and that I was demanding, and as a result I felt bad for wanting to please myself. Now I understand that it is healthy to know what you want and need, and to set boundaries in order to nurture yourself. It is perfectly ok to say no, to not 'fit in' with what others want, and to walk away from an unhealthy environment. The people that are meant to be in your life will understand and respect your boundaries, and those who wish to manipulate you will try to undermine your confidence. These are the people to walk away from as no amount of negotiation is going to change the situation. It is very possible to be kind, compassionate, and loving while maintaining healthy boundaries. Cats are very good at this. We can learn a lot from our fuzzy friends!
 
 
Model: Madison Rose
MUAH: Madison and I
Wardrobe made by me from salvaged materials
Assistant: Christy Cantwell
Special thanks to Annie Cat for her patience and cooperation.
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Magazine Shoot http://www.melaniemyhrephotography.com/blog/2013/10/recently-did-shoot-for-2njoy-magazine
  I recently did a shoot for 2NJoy Magazine. 2NJoy is the premier Arts, Culture and Entertainment magazine for Northwest Arkansas.  I worked with model  Kerry Sparks (You may remember her from the Chasing Wonderland series) to showcase the works of three uber talented jewelry designers. 
  Met Innmon, Melissa Grakowsky Shippee, and Leslee Frumin came to Eureka Springs to teach their craft at the Beading In The Ozarks convention. Their incredible jewelry redefines beadwork jewelry, making it into fine art heirloom treasures.They prove that you don't need diamonds and gold to be glamorous! 
   Our feature will be in the January/February issue of 2NJoy. Below are two sneak peek close ups from the shoot. Check back in January to view the uncropped jewelry images. To take a look through the pages of 2NJoy
Magazine, click here.
 
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'A Dissonant Voice Of Perception' http://www.melaniemyhrephotography.com/blog/2013/9/a-dissonant-voice-of-perception_1

   Have you ever noticed how some things flow effortlessly, and other times it all seems to go wrong? We all go through tough times, and we all have setbacks in our lives, but no matter what, we can always take away something of value. We can learn more about ourselves. I emphasize learning about ourselves because we may learn about others, and about our environment, but really, all we can change or control is ourselves. When we have a setback or disappointment, it is how we handle it within ourselves that matters most. When we are judgmental towards others because they didn't behave in the way we expected them to, it is not a flaw within them, but within ourselves for expecting them to deny their own nature. I am reminded of the Aesops fable of the frog and the scorpion.

The Scorpion and the Frog

A scorpion and a frog meet on the bank of a stream and the
scorpion asks the frog to carry him across on its back. The
frog asks, "How do I know you won't sting me?" The scorpion
says, "Because if I do, I will die too."

The frog is satisfied, and they set out, but in midstream,
the scorpion stings the frog. The frog feels the onset of
paralysis and starts to sink, knowing they both will drown,
but has just enough time to gasp "Why?"

Replies the scorpion: "Its my nature..."

    When we judge others we are opening ourselves to suffering and conflict, but when we find acceptance, we often will find friendships and beneficial situations. We can find a common ground, and celebrate that. There will be times when the differences are too great, but that is the time to peacefully walk away. At that point it no longer matters who is wrong or right. It is when we stop fighting to make the world fit our expectations that we learn to flow and weave our way into the things things that are 'right' for us. We also kept our own values and self-esteem intact by not letting it come under attack by those who would change us or make us doubt ourselves. We all have our own special light to shine in this world. The next time things go 'wrong' pause to reflect on whether what you were trying to accomplish suited your higher good, or were you trying to deny your own nature?

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Focus http://www.melaniemyhrephotography.com/blog/2013/8/focus    Quick! What inspires you? Can you list 5 inspirations off the top of your head without stopping to think about it?  Take a look at your list. Are these inspirations a cohesive unit, or do they vary wildly from one another? Do they change from day to day, or are they relatively consistent? The more cohesive and consistent your list is, the closer you are to defining your style. The key is focus. While experimentation is a good thing that leads us to discover ourselves and perfect our craft, at some point, you will begin to see your experiments becoming more focused and you will make greater strides in your work. You will begin building your castle using the same kinds of bricks rather than starting from scratch every time you discover a new kind of brick.
   So how do you find more focus?  In the world today we are so connected, so inundated with ideas and imagery, that it can sometimes be hard to define our deepest sources of inspiration. We are easily distracted from our point of focus by the latest greatest thing, making us much less effective that we might otherwise be. To reach into the deepest well of our own souls and bring forth the purest expression of ourselves, we must first learn to let go.
   Most of us also face a constant bombardment of influences that encourage us to not trust in ourselves. These influences cause us to question and doubt our natural inclinations, and we hesitate. We worry what others might think. We wonder if it's too unusual, too demanding, too weird, too this, or too that. In short, we question whether it is SAFE to truly be ourselves. Most of us give up and quietly go with the flow, dying a lit bit more each day.  These fears hold us back from achieving our dreams and our vision. We come up with all sorts of excuses and rationalizations to make ourselves feel better. We might look at what someone else has and rationalize that we can't be as successful because we didn't have the same opportunities, or perhaps we put the blame on not knowing the 'right' people, or not having the right resources. These excuses cause us to nurse our wounds and feel sorry for ourselves instead of trying harder. If we let go, we are free to spend some time considering alternative ways to acquire the resources we need or meet the kinds of people we desire. Letting go also means expressing ourselves fearlessly, without inner judgment. Once we learn do that, things begin to flow in the desired direction, sometimes spontaneously. That's when the magic really begins to happen.  How does this look in practice? Read on below.

Rhapsody
Model: Candace Duling

   Some of my best shoots are seemingly some of the most spontaneous, but let's take a closer look. It may come together fairly quickly and effortlessly, but how spontaneous is it really? Let me explain by examining the elements in the picture above.  Let's start with the dress. I had found it in a vintage store nearly a month earlier. I loved it and knew I had to have it, because was vintage and it was so ME. I had no particular plan for the dress at the time, but I knew one of my favorite colors to shoot is white because it symbolizes purity and innocence. I have loved frilly full skirts since I was a little girl and this dress fit the bill.
   Next, let's look at the setting. I adore flowers of all kinds, but the surprise lilies were special because of their delicate and ephemeral nature. I had known of the location for a few years, but they didn't bloom last year because we had a drought. When I saw they had bloomed this year I was ready because I had been watching the location in the back of my mind.
    The smoke comes from my love of fog. It is so mysterious, haunting and surreal. It is a creative void where anything is possible because you never fully know what is there within the fog. I use it often in my work, so I keep a supply of smoke emitters on hand.
    Violins, I have always loved violins! They represent passion, pure rapture, and being in the moment. They also are connected to what I call the 'old world'-the deeply romantic history of Europe.
    I chose my model carefully based on her personality. She had to have some of the qualities I cherish within her in order to play the character convincingly. Candace radiates pure light and looks at the world with a sense of wonder. She is deeply passionate and fearless. The results were pure magic that even took my breath away.
    So you see, I intentionally surround myself with the people and things that inspire me. I simply let go and flow with my inner vision, which leads me to the choices that allow me to create effortlessly. I am constantly living my art, and I assemble the elements that are meaningful to me personally in order to bring my dreams into this reality.
 Happy creating!
~Melanie

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Yearning To Fly http://www.melaniemyhrephotography.com/blog/2013/6/yearning-to-fly






“Yearning To Fly”
This was a very impromptu and unplanned shoot. I noticed the delphiniums (one of my favorite flowers) blooming here so I planned to come back just before sunset to catch the golden backlights. I donned a white dress and set up my camera on the tripod. I was in full view of passing traffic on a busy roadway and half expected someone to stop to see what I was up to. There I was, this crazy lady with make-up on up to my eyebrows, in a white evening dress, hopping up and down in a stand of delphiniums, tossing my head around! It had to look funny from their end! The best part was when I jumped up and lost my balance coming down, and rolling onto my bum and my back, feet sticking up in the air! Yeah, that’s me falling in the second picture :) I giggled as I got up and resumed shooting as if no one was able to see me. Sometimes it’s good not to take yourself so seriously. For that brief time, I felt like a kid again. Later I spent two hours with hydrogen peroxide, q-tips, and soap getting all the dime-sized grass stains out of the dress. I got three shots from this session that I really liked. Completely worth it all if you ask me.]]>
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Dreamland Preview http://www.melaniemyhrephotography.com/blog/2013/6/dreamland-preview The following images are a sneak peek into the upcoming Dreamland series currently in production. All images in this series will be available as limited edition prints at the time of the official series launch later this year.
The series is about two sisters Annabelle and Margret, who become separated, with Margret being drawn into the fantasy world of dreamland. The story will follow Annabelles' search for her sister and the assortment of people she meets along the way.
Dreamland is a place outside of time, a shadow-land in need of an innocent soul. Each character has a story, a struggle within that explores the intricacies of the human psyche. Rich in fairytale-like themes of innocence, jealousy, heroism, sorrow, hope, dark vs light, and more. Dreamland explores the idea that we all create our own reality and that we all have the power to change our world.
This series has been in my head for some time now, and was originally inspired by a set of poems I wrote years ago, which I will share as the story unfolds. I am adamant about creating each character and setting in a real moment of time, allowing it a certain amount of reality in our modern world, even if just for a moment. In doing so, I hope that I can somehow make a difference; to help heal our own world in this time of turmoil. For this reason, there will be no compositing or layering of images. What you see in each image will be real at the moment of shooting. All the props, costumes, and settings will be set up, or created by me and my team. The photos will be edited for touch ups and color toning, but no additional elements will be added post production. In order to celebrate the beauty of nature, the images will all be photographed outside. Because of this, I will be carefully considering the seasons and lighting of each setting, waiting a whole year if necessary to capture the scene. The project will be large in scope, and will include a storyline which I hope to publish into a book, a traveling exhibit, and a workshop series. I will be blogging and posting behind the scenes images to share my journey. I hope that you will join me in this journey and find healing, peace, and hope along the way.
Blessings,
~Melanie
 The Story In her Eyes is one of the images of The Red Queen in the series. She is a young woman with a timeless and classic beauty who is jealous of anyone who draws attention away from her. More of her story will be revealed as the series progresses.

 This is one of the images of The Midnight Rose that will be included in the series. The Midnight Rose is a free-spirited woman who mourns her lost love and only comes out at night. He tried so hard to please her and hold onto her love, but she was blind to his devotions and eventually left him. He was so distraught that he committed suicide and now she feels responsible for his death. She has moments of manic happiness where she dances alone in the dark interspersed with moments of sorrow and regret over her lost love because no one has loved her as much since. In this image we observe her in her moment of sorrow.

 The Wind Whisperer knows the secrets only the wind can tell. Mysterious, reclusive, and somewhat cryptic in nature, she will play an important part in helping Annabelle find her sister.]]>
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Coming soon....A New Series! http://www.melaniemyhrephotography.com/blog/2013/3/coming-soona-new-series  There was a time, not long ago where I created fantasy scenes using a composite method. I would photograph what I needed, then insert it into the photo. Sometimes I ended up combining 30-40 photographs to make one scene! Below is an example of one of my fantastical photomontages.
 The girl was wearing none of what you see here, the stone arch was not there, nor the trees, nor the flowers, nor the horse! Ah, the wonders of Photoshop! While I very much enjoyed the challenge of this kind of work, I am taking the opposite approach this time. The photomontages came to be because I was too shy to approach models, and I did not have the network in place that I have now. My resource base has changed dramatically after working in fashion photography, and so the new series will be created with a minimum of Photoshop. What you see in the photo will be there at the time of shooting. This means I will be creating a lot of the wardrobe and props by hand. Timing of each shoot will be carefully timed with the seasons for maximum impact. Due to the nature of this type of work, I will have to photograph some of the series out of sequence, which will leave some gaps in the time span of the blog. Please be patient during these times, and know there is much going on behind the scenes that is not immediately visible, but the results will be well worth the wait! In the meantime, I will continue to bring you fashion shoots and mini fantasy shoots not related to the new series. I will still be available for portrait sessions during the creating of the new series, but due to time constrictions, fewer time slots will be available than before. This means sessions will fill quickly, so contact me soon if you want in for a spring session!



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