Melissa Tash Studios – Petite Holiday Sessions

We are now scheduling Holiday Sessions at Melissa Tash Studios.  This is a great opportunity to have a beautiful portrait made for a lower investment than a custom session.  We will be photographing starting this week until Nov. 27th.   The only Saturday appointments are on Nov 9th, 16th and 23rd.  These will go quickly, so call now to get your preferred time.:)

If you would like more of a generic setting, the tree does not have to be included in your session.  Just let us know when you come for your session.

Choose from our Traditional Set (as shown here) or from our more casual White set (Samples to come!)

Call Melissa to schedule your session.   256-658-8275

 

 

Focus on Autism 2013

Hello Friends,  The highlight of my year, Focus on Autism, is complete.   This is the third year that we have donated a session and a print to families that have a child living with Autism.   As a parent of a child that lives with Autism, (Read our Story here).  I can tell you that getting a great portrait of our kids is not typically a fun event.  Not fun for the kids and not fun for the parents, and definitely a challenge for the photographer!   Our focus is to have a great time, and give back to families that endure struggles that you can only imagine if you have experienced it yourself.

I would like to thank all of our Focus on Autism Volunteers that made this event happen:  Jen Kline, Jo Anne Grigsby, Candace Sanderson, Cindy Shaver, Maria Moore, Jackie Kelly, Will Smith, Janie Tribble.  You guys are the best!

This year, each family will receive a complimentary mounted 11×14 wall portrait.  Any other proceeds from the sale of portraits are being donated to a local family that not only struggles with Autism, they are also battling cancer.    The Perez Family.

Jacob and his bother Ethan (pictured below), both live with autism.  Jacob was also diagnosed at age 7, with a brain tumor that has continued to grow despite two surgeries and other treatments.  This ongoing battle has left him further handicapped.  Recently, right before his 10th birthday, scans showed Jacob’s tumor had progressed from 3 cm to 10 cm in a course of 2 months after 30 treatments of radiation therapy at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.    To make matters worse, their family lost their only source of income over a year ago.  We are grateful that we can give to this deserving family with two beautiful boys.

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Next up for the day were two more sweet brothers.  Coy is a sweet boy who is also a kidney Cancer survivor.  He is doing fine now, but will have to have a transplant in the next couple of years.   His mom said it was hard to get a good photo of…. but what I found it was VERY easy, when he had his big brother, Tyler along.

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Coy was so sweet, he even gave me flowers when we were done with our session.

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Meet my new friend, Brandon.  Brandon’s sweet disposition showed through the minute he got to the event.  When I would suggest that he do something… like walk towards me, or turn this way or that way… whatever it was… he would salute me as to say, “Yes, Ma’am”.  It was so cute, and I am honored to have captured Brandon during his senior year of high school.

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Hello Hudson, nice to see you again!  Hudson’s mom is a wonderful friend, and co-worker from my NASA days.  I think I first photographed him when he was 2 weeks old.  His mom kids that her home is a “Melissa Tash” gallery – I would agree that it certainly is!    As you can see, he is an adorable kid with a great smile.  Glad that we’ll be adding some more prints to my gallery at your home!

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His big sister trying to give him some love….

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Don’t let that serious face fool you- he was just modeling.  Oh my golly, this kid is a poser and let me tell you- the camera loves him!  Another kid that I have been lucky enough to photograph for years.  He might just be the coolest, and most stylish kid around.

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He let me know that he was an awesome kid- and I have to agree, Connor, you are a fabulous kid, and a great big brother.

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Meet Tyler and Chip.  I believe that they pretty much go everywhere together, and from the look of Chip, this has been a long relationship!

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At one point, Tyler rolled over a log and did a somersault- I was horrified!  He popped up with a big smile and said, I’m fine!    You are a very sweet, all-boy, boy, Tyler.  Thank you for gracing me with your adorable smile!

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Meet Brandon- another one that that camera loves, you might even call him a little bit of a ham.  His gray eyes shined so brightly- they are a bit memorizing!  And even though we had a rain storm during his session, it didn’t phase him one bit.  I’m thinking he might have a modeling career in his future.

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Mom said she didn’t come “picture ready”  but I could not resist photographing these two together.   The first word that pops in my head when I see this image is “Bliss”,  how about you?

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And last but not least on my docket for the day was Jacob.   We usually see Jacob on the soccer field (he is on my daughter’s soccer team) but today we saw him with his planets.  You see Jacob knows loves the solar system.  His mom told me this, and I said to bring some of his planets… I kinda didn’t know that they were to scale and the sun was as big as Jacob!   I love this image particularly, but he has the whole world in his hands.  And I believe someday, he will.  I don’t know what is in store for this brilliant young man yet.   Someday he will be able to communicate and shock the word with all his knowledge.

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I love the sweetness of this image… Jacob with his big brother Andrew.  Who knows what kind of adventures these boys will go on…..

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We had four other photographers photographing as well…  check out more amazing kids and their families….  [nggallery id=17]

 

 

Complimentary Portraits for Children living with Autism Specturem Disorder (ASD)

April is Autism Awareness Month.  And we are celebrating with our 3rd Annual Focus on Autism Portraits!

If you have a child living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) we would like to give you a portrait session and 11×14 wall portrait of your child.  If you would like to participate in our program- it’s easy!  Just sign up.   Then we’ll contact you by phone to talk a little about the session, plan your clothing, and schedule your time.

Just Sign Up Here:   Focus on Autism

When:  Saturday, April 27th, 2013

Where:  Maple Hill Park, Huntsville, AL

What:  Complimentary 30 minute portrait session & 11×14 Wall Portrait

We are offering a complimentary 11×14 from the session & no obligation to purchase, but other images will be available to order on-line at Spoiled Rotten Photo prices. This year, all proceeds are being donated to a sweet family that of a child that is living with ASD and Cancer.  Jacob Perez participated in our Focus on Autism session in 2011, and is currently in treatment at St. Jude.

From Jacob’s mom:  Jacob is a high functioning autistic boy who was diagnosed on September 23rd, 2010, at the age of 7, with a brain tumor that has continued to grow despite two surgeries and other treatments. This ongoing battle has left him further handicapped from trying to save his life. Recently, right before his 10th birthday, scans showed Jacob’s tumor had progressed from 3 cm to 10 cm in a course of 2 months after 30 treatments of radiation therapy at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. As a family, this news is shattering. The thought that our child might lose this battle like so many before him tears a parent apart.  We are asking for one chance to take Jacob and his brother, Ethan, to the beach for some fun family memories. We need help in doing this as our family lost our only source of income over a year ago during this 3 year battle.   The only thank you I can give you is my most heartfelt appreciation. Without the love of a community, people like us fall by the wayside and get lost along our path.

Here is one of the photos of Jacob from 2011.  I hope that he is well enough to participate this year.

 

A little History:

If any of you are on my Facebook page, or read this blog post you know about our sweet girl who lives with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder). In 2006, I photographed a school that had several preschoolers on the autism spectrum.  Caroline was still a toddler and we had no clue that she was on the spectrum.  To be honest, I did not really know what autism was.   Our preschool photography company, Spoiled Rotten Photography,  is not your ordinary school picture company- we work tirelessly to get wonderful portraits of each and EVERY child.  One child came to be photographed and his shadow (or aide) was with him.  We worked and worked with him… and I remember feeling relieved when we finally got one shot of him smiling.    What I didn’t realize until his mother called me… it was the first picture they had ever gotten with their son smiling.    WOW!

Caroline had her good friend and ASD classmate over for a play-date.  His mother told me that they had not had a professional photo of their son since he was 3 (he is now 7) because “photographers just don’t know what to do with him.”    There are many other events in between 2006-2013 that have inspired me to have a day, just for kids like mine, where the photography staff understands ASD, and will work to capture the beautiful spirit that lives in each and every one of our kids.

See here for a blog post about 2011′s ASD portrait day, and here for 2012.

If you do not live in the Huntsville, AL area…. there maybe a photographer in your area offering sessions!   See info below.

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North Alabama Area:

Click HERE to Register

Other Areas (info on Sessions in AL, CO, GA, MS & TX): Click Here

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Calling all Photographers with a giving heart! Focus on Autsim 2013

Photographer Information

Thank you for your interest in participating in Focus on Autism Portraits!  We hold this project near and dear to our hearts!  Read our story here.  See a blog post from last year’s ASD portraits here.  All photographers with a loving heart for amazing kids are welcome!

Participation:   Participating in our program is simple!   We ask that you offer a day in April (Autism Awareness Month) where you donate a complimentary session and print (or file) to children living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

If you would like to participate, please sign up here:  Focus on Autism Photographer Registry

Contact Melissa – Melissa@MelissaTash.com or 256-658-8275 if have any questions.