Natalia's Senior Session {San Antonio Senior Photographer}

September 6, 2011 · 5:00 am

I met Natalia at the studio where we got started with her senior photos. She wanted some more relaxed less formal photos, so we took the 2 minute drive (it was 105* – no way were we walking!) down the road to wrap up the shoot in a natural setting. These are some of my favorite senior photos – Natalia’s beauty both inside & out truly shines through these, don’t you think?

I just can’t pick a favorite – I’d love to hear which is your fav! Please be sure to check these out on the Facebook page at

Thanks for checking them out!

{Enter to Win – FREE Mini Session} San Antonio Photographer

August 16, 2011 · 4:18 am

Interested in a FREE mini session?

Are you on Facebook?

Want to give winning a free session a shot?

Here’s the scoop: EMAIL me a photo (of you, your family, your kidlet – whatever you think will get you the most likes!) with the subject line of BACK-2-SCHOOL to melissa@photographybymelissar.?com – you will have until midnight CST on Wednesday, August 17 to get it to me. On 8-18, I’ll post the photos – you will then need to get the most “LIKES” by midnight Sunday August 21 (I’ll be checking!) to win a FREE MINI SESSION. The Facebook page where the photos will be posts is www.facebook.com/photographybymelissar Annnnnd – GO!

Christmas in….August?? {San Antonio Photographer, San Antonio Family Photographer}

August 6, 2011 · 12:01 am

Yep. You read that right! It’s Christmas in August. Time to announce this years Holiday Mini Session schedule.

I’ve been asked about these a few times, and have finally nailed down a few dates so I could offer 12 slots this year, over the 8 last year.

Military will receive 10% off as a thank you for your unfaltering sacrifice and proud service to our Country.

Refer a friend (who must also book) and you both get $25 off your session fees!

To hold your slot, a $100 non-refundable retainer will be due. Provided there is availability, you may be able to transfer it to a different day.

For any other questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me! Melissa@Photographybymelissar.com

It’s official! {San Antonio Wedding Photographer, San Antonio Photographer, San Antonio Newborn Photographer}

July 15, 2011 · 7:29 am

Whew. What a whirlwind.

Sessions – check!
Weddings – check check!
Crazy wicked awesome Open House – check check checkity check!

But seriously – the Open House was amazing! Great people, great food, super fun photo booth – it really was a night to talk about! Here are a few photos of the details of the evening…..and you can check out Facebook for the Photo Booth photos too!

THANK YOU to everyone who joined us – we really can’t thank you enough for showing your support!

Grand Opening! {San Antonio Photographer}

June 14, 2011 · 2:53 am

A few years ago, I thought “Hey, self – it would be awesome to have an amazing commercial space, centrally located and with fab decor”.

My thoughts and dreams are now a reality!

I would LOVE it if you would join me at the Grand Opening/Open House of my new studio space – bigger and better than anything I’ve had before. Food, drinks and music will be a-plenty (did I just say “a-plenty”??). And no Grand Opening would be complete without a fantastical give-away for thos who attend! Curious what it is? You’ll have to stop by to find out!

Music provided by: DJ Ray San Antonio’s Best Dj’s
Baked goods provided by: Good Gluten Free Foods Good Gluten Free Foods
Photo Booth Provided by: Something Blue Wedding Photography Something Blue
Facebook “Event” Page: Grand Opening Facebook Event Page

And much, much more!

So come on by, June 30 from 6-9pm, check out the new digs, try some cupcakes, hear some tunes, and take a few silly photos in the photo booth

Studio located at 11933 Warfield San Antonio TX 78216

{New Beginnings} M’s Senior Session – San Antonio Senior Photographer, High School Senior Photographer

December 24, 2010 · 4:39 am

I was SO excited to meet M about her senior photos. She’s super fun, outgoing – and have I mentioned she’s crazy gorgeous too? I love her fun carefree way, and her gentle nature with her horse Gracie. (Oh and her sense of style – seriously – do you not LOVE that jacket!!) We met out at the farm where Gracie lives with all of her (not so) little friends (and daughter – yes, that gorgeous creature is a mama!). M & I played around with Gracie for a bit, and then wandered off to do some stuff on our own.

These are just a few of my favs, and I’m sure to be posting more over the next few days – I just really wanted to get a little sneak peek up before Christmas for M & her family to enjoy.

M, it was a pleasure. I can’t wait for our Senior Rep session in the Spring – we will have a blast (again!)

{Fashion} – San Antonio Senior Photographer

October 20, 2010 · 4:47 am

A has aspirations of being a model and with cheekbones like hers, who’s to stop her? A million dollar smile, stunning features and the sweetest personality made A a DREAM to photograph.

A senior this year, A is hopeful for a fun final year in high school. We started it off with a bang – this session – I could not choose just a couple to blog, so here are ten!

Here she is, workin’ it for the camera! Meet A, my newest Senior Rep! You are sure to be seeing more of her around – whether it be on my blog, or in a fashion magazine – this girl is going places!

A personal post – What Custom Photography is to Me – San Antonio Photographer

June 7, 2010 · 5:01 pm

Custom Photography. It’s a phrase thrown about SO much it seems. Lightly, without regard to what CUSTOM truly means.

What does custom photography mean to me? And how do I ensure your experience is a fabulous one?

It means client receives my utmost attention to every single detail. Their vision for the session, paired with mine, is considered, well thought out, and executed with care & precision. From the initial contact, my client is my priority. I happily discuss options for location – not just any old park will do! We discuss visions, investment, but most importantly, we discuss YOU. The client. What are YOU looking to receive from a session – a more traditional feel, or something more carefree, relaxed. Are you looking for indoors, our outdoors? Natural or a more funky urban approach? We’ll discuss what to wear, depending on the location. We’ll discuss how to approach the session. At the time of the session, we’ll have a great time. We’ll talk, we’ll laugh – I want you to feel like you are the only family there is! Because at that time, you are. You will have 110% of my attention. I want you to feel a warm fuzzy feeling from beginning to end! After the session, I will carefully select the photos that represent you & the vision we set for the session. They will be edited to bring out and highlight details, to provide you with family heirlooms. After the gallery is complete, we’ll get together in a comfortable environment. You will watch a slideshow of your gorgeous images, set to music. You will review your proofs and we will discuss wall display options, print options, fine art products and digital collections. When your products arrive, they will be packaged and prepared for you, with special touches to remind you just how much I enjoyed the experience. Why? Because I do! This is my job, sure. But this is also my passion! I thoroughly enjoy meeting each and every client, getting to know personalities and opinions! My business is capturing your life, one click at a time.

When you are looking for a photographer, it’s important to look past the initial investment. Look at their portfolio, see that they are a member of a professional photographer association (such as Professional Photographer’s of America or “PPA”) talk to past clients (if possible), do your research, including reading online reviews such as on Google and other search engines. With fly-by-night businesses running rampant, it’s important to do your homework and ensure that your investment is in a reputable professional registered business. Don’t fall prey to the false claims of those who promise something that seems too good to be true – it likely is. Truly CUSTOM photography is an investment. And for your investment, you will receive an experience, not just a photo session. You will receive heirlooms, treasures to last a lifetime.

I look forward to meeting you, and making you feel like a star!

-Melissa Rodriguez
Photography by Melissa R
“Life Captured. One Click at a Time”

Loribeth – 2010 Senior Session {San Antonio Senior Photographer}

April 9, 2010 · 10:00 pm

I love what I do. Seriously. This isn’t a job. This is my passion, something that makes me so happy I could jump for joy, something that makes people smile. This is my calling. This session pretty much reassured me of that.

I met up with Loribeth, one of my senior reps, to do her senior photos this past weekend. We had a ton of fun – chatting, laughing and really goofing off. Oh yeah – and getting great shots too!

If you are graduating in 2010/2011, contact me for info about my senior rep setup. It’s a pretty nifty thing…an afternoon out, lots of laughs and a few photos mixed in there. Contact me through my website for more info on the Senior Rep plans – www.photographybymelissar.com

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You Are What You Wear….San Antonio Photographer

January 14, 2010 · 8:06 pm

I could not have written this better myself. The fabulous and talented Jeanette LeBlanc of Jeanette LeBlanc Photography in Phoenix, AZ graciously granted permission to use this awesome piece she wrote about the importance of dressing for the (photographic) occasion. Her gorgeous work can be seen on her blog at Jeanette LeBlanc Photography Blog

You are what you wear.

A little cliché? Perhaps. But when it comes to portrait photography, clothing plays a huge role in the success of the finished product.

Before we get going – let’s be clear what you’re clothing does NOT need to be:

1. Brand New
I’m down with your favorite ripped jeans, retro band T’s, and worn converse shoes – as long as you know how to rock them in your own fabulous style.
2. Fancy-Schmancy and Uber-Expensive
Unless it’s your thing (If it’s really your thing, then by all means baby, bring on the bling). If you’re not normally a dress-up kind of person, don’t feel like you have to be one for your session.
3. Matching
No need to focus on matching everything from the color of your fuchsia headbands to the stripes in your socks. In fact, I beg of you, please, please don’t. If you’re heart is set on everyone in white button downs and khaki pants, I’m probably not your girl.
4. Stressful
No need to worry about each and every item, or fret about the suitability of each accessory. This is supposed to be fun. If you’re unsure – call me, and together, we’ll make sure you look fabulous. I promise.

I want you to be happy, thrilled, over the moon about your images, and I know that this is much more likely if we take the time and work together to help you choose clothing that fits these few simple rules:

Feels Good.
During your shoot you could be sitting in a pile on the grass having a tickle battle, rolling down a hill with your fiancé, throwing your kiddos in the air or climbing a tree. Wear clothing that lets you do all that (and more) comfortably.

As for the kids? Well…uncomfortable kids have a tendency to look…uncomfortable, and are often cranky to boot. Happy kids make for happy pictures.

Bottom Line: Don’t choose outfits that make any of you feel constrained, stiff, itchy, scratchy, like you’re dressed up for Halloween, or that leave you with a nagging worry that a button might pop if you bend the wrong way. Trust me.

Looks Good.
This can be tricky, looking good is totally subjective – right? If you’re not a Carrie Bradshaw fashionista in real life, you might want to pull in some extra help from a straight-talking friend or your trusty photographer (that would be me) who knows about such things and has plans in place to help.

Sometimes last year’s of-the-moment dress has already become hopelessly untrendy. Sometimes the current fashions just don’t look or feel like you. Sometimes outfits that look good in the mirror might not be ideally suited for photography. If you’re really looking for extra help, I can put you in touch with some incredible folks who make people look good for a living.

Bottom Line: If you don’t feel fabulous-fierce-take-on-the-world gorgeous in your outfit, you’re not going to love, love, love the end result – and I’m all about you love, love, loving the end result.

Makes Sense.
Here’s where we pull it all together. It’s not just enough that everyone look good and feel good – you’ve gotta look and feel good together AND the outfits should fit with your location and the desired mood for your portraits.

Glup. That seems like a lot, doesn’t it? (quick – revisit #4 in the top list, and remember, don’t stress).

Before you even begin figuring out your wardrobe, we’ll have an in depth consultation to narrow down what you really want for your pictures, choose the perfect location and make sure you have an understanding about how that all comes together in the finished photograph. I’m with you every step of the way.

Bottom Line: It’s easier than it seems.Think twice about having Emma in a lace prom dress if you can’t get Tommy out of his spider man cape and favorite Star Wars pajama top. If we’re going to be running around in a park, you’ll likely not decide to wear your starched Sunday best. Hate the way stripes and plaids look together but Dad has his favorite stripped polo ready to go? Best steer mom away from her beloved family tartan. Easy-Peasy. [unless Mom is really attached to that tartan, but we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it).

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If you’re still not certain, and you can’t decide between the yellow wrap dress with your red heels or your dark skinny jeans and purple belted shirt – I’ve got good news. You don’t have to decide. Bring lots of options. Heck – throw your whole wardrobe into the back of the car. When we get to the session we’ll wing it all with fabulous results. Trust me.

Now take a deep breath. Close your eyes. Imagine how blow-everyone-away-fabulous-ready-for-America’s-Next-Top-Model you’re all going to look in those pictures….

Can you see it yet? I totally can. OMG, you look INCREDIBLE!

I can’t wait for your session.