June Surprise Session!

It’s been way too long since I’ve done a Surprise Session…  so I’m gonna do it a little different this time.  That’s the fun part about being me, I get to make up the rules of this blog.  🙂

I’m going to host TWO surprise mini-sessions on this round…  and here’s how it’ll work:

  • Leave a comment on this blog post telling me why you want to win
  • You must be available one weekday evening NEXT week (June 27-July 1)
  • Winners will receive a 30-minute mini (your session fee will be waived)
  • Surprise mini’s will result in approximately 5-10 images (prints/products available for purchase, same as always)
  • Winners will be chosen sometime Monday morning, June 27th!

Who can enter?

  • Surprise mini-sessions are applicable only to 1-2 subjects (HS senior, child, couple, siblings, etc)
  • Does NOT apply to newborns

That’s it.  Seriously, that’s all you gotta do.  Just leave me a comment if you meet the above criteria!  Oh, and if you want to win.  🙂


In celebration of this awesomeness, I leave you with a super cute picture of Miles from when we were hanging out a few weeks ago, like we do.  Just because no post is really complete without a photo, you know… and because he’s cute.  Even when he’s sick.  And even when he’s army-crawling into a prism.  Word.



Class of 2012… We want YOU! :)

Yes, I’m aware Spring Break is barely over. Yes, I’m aware it’s still 2011.

But you know what? I’ve got the itch to shoot some HS Seniors, so I decided it’s already time to put the feelers out for the Class of 2012!

I’m looking for several High School seniors (again, graduating in 2012) to represent Preserved Photography next year as a Senior Rep! Interested in free photos plus other fun stuff (trust me, it’s awesome because I don’t “do” un-awesome)?

Contact me to apply!


Are you a current NWA High School senior who still hasn’t had their photo session (which means you’re obviously awesome, like me, because you’re good at procrastinating… just like me)?

You can contact me, too,  ask about Senior mini-session specials that INCLUDE digital files!  🙂

Kyla | Bentonville High School Senior Photographer

Smack in the middle of Fall family photos, Kyla’s senior session was a super nice treat for me.  A quick little change of pace from what the last few months have been – and oh, how I loved nearly every photo from her session.  I narrowed it down to just a few of my faves, though…

Come learn… you know you wanna | NWA Photography Workshops

Calling all moms/dads/aunts/uncles/grandparents – or anyone else who wants to learn to take better photographs of their kids!  After months of thinking & planning, I’m happy to announce that I’ll begin hosting snap! workshops this Fall.  So fun, right?

Workshops will be held in three-part sessions.  The first two will consist of small group meetings (4 participants maximum), using hands-on instruction.  The third is a one-on-one 45-minute session with me, to be scheduled at our convenience.

First session begins in the month of November and is being offered for an introductory rate of $150 per participant.

There is only one spot remaining for this group – get in quick! UPDATE: Group one is offically full. To inquire about future workshop dates, please click below!

Contact me to reserve your spot  (or for additional details/future group info)

Game On | NWA Children’s Photography Contest

A few weeks ago, I posted on Facebook for some contest ideas.  There were several good ones, but my favorite one (worst school photos, LOVE this idea) would require me using another photographer’s images.  That’s no bueno.

Then, a baby boom happened, and I *almost* forgot about the contest.  Until today, when I miraculously remembered it.  Yay, me!

So, who wants to win a YEAR’S worth of mini-sessions for their kid?  That’s right.  I said it, a year’s worth.

Here’s how to play…

Dig through your snapshots and send me the funniest photo of your kid doing whatever it is your kid does that’s funny.  Little Jimmy likes to play in the sandbox in his diaper while wearing a paper crown and fake mustache?  Awesome.  Send it in.  Suzy thinks it’s funny to put on all your makeup while you’re in the shower?  Superb.

Here’s an example:

This is her idea of “hiding” from me during a game of hide-n-seek. I did NOT teach her how to play this game, I would just like to note that.

I’ll be accepting entries until midnight on Friday, September 17th, with a week-long voting contest (here, on the blog) to follow.  Entries MUST be photos taken as a snapshot (i.e., no professional images from other photographers) and must be emailed to melissa@preservedphoto.com.

The winner will receive 4 complementary studio mini-sessions for the year of 2011.

How ’bout that for a contest?  Hmm?  Game on, my people.

*note* – Studio Mini-Sessions are booked per child and each mini-session includes 2 fully-edited digital files on disk.  Additional prints/products purchased separately.

Not yet following my Facebook?  Whatcha waitin’ for?

Congrats, Kyla!

Super duper proud to announce that one of my 2011 Senior Representatives was crowned Miss Benton County! Check it out!

Way to go, Kyla!  🙂

Kyla | Bentonville High School Senior Representative

Can’t even wait to start sticking photos into this blog post.  This is the gorgeous Kyla… the newest Class of 2011 Senior Rep for Preserved Photography.  🙂  She’s amazing, right?  We met up this morning and she looked fabulous, while I sweat like a stuck pig (it’s ok, I’m used to it).  Here are just a few of the ridiculously fabulous shots she gave me (and trust me, there were tons to choose from).

I’m still working on a nickname for you, KGB… but I’m seriously just considering calling you “fabulous”. 🙂

I hope you love these & I am looking forward to working with you (and your friends!) in the upcoming months!