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The most common question I get asked is “What should I wear for our pictures?” Whether it is maternity portraits or engagement photos or a family session my answer is always the same. It is up to you! Wear what makes you feel good. Wear what makes you comfortable. Most …

Paper Reflections ~ Event Photography by Melissa Tran

I love to witness important moments. The mood is contagiously positive. And when I get to photograph these moment – a babies first smile or the wedding kiss – it is hands down the best part of my job. I can’t tell you how many occasions I laugh when the …

Paper Reflections ~ Photography by Melissa Tran

This thank you card I received in the mail made my day when I opened it. And not because the client said super nice things about me either!! Sarah, a past bride, made the effort to hand write a person note and the extra effort is appreciated. I send and …

Paper Reflections Wedding Photography by Melissa Tran

It was another hot, dry summer day as Sarah and her bridesmaids got ready in the upper level of the house while the groom and his men were downstairs. You could feel the anticipation and excitement in the air as they prepared for their beautiful backyard ceremony. Sarah is detail …

Paper Reflections - Wedding Photography by Melissa Tran

This was a wonderful wedding ceremony to have been a part of, and I feel privileged to celebrate the love that Kelsey and Ryan have for each other. Really, I feel VERY privileged at EVERY wedding I attend. That isn’t just lip service either. I am always delighted to witness …

Paper Reflections by Melissa Tran Picton Family Photographer

Recently my grandfather, we call him Papa, turned 90 years old. He lives in the large farm house he was (literally) born in with his wife of 64 years. Married 64 years – what a feat! They have 7 children, 13 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, plus significant others for a …