The start of a new improved blog! Saturday, May 2 2009 

Please check out my new blog that is in progress.  Please be patient with me because it will take a while to get it finished.  Hope you enjoy!


God Bless!

Little Miss Mattie! Thursday, Apr 23 2009 

Little Miss Mattie was a beautiful and sweet girl to photograph.  She is very photogentic.  I enjoyed spending an afternoon with her and her mom.  What a blessing it is to capture these beautiful gifts from God.  Here are a few of my favorites.  Hope ya’ll enjoy and have a blessed weekend.  I am leaving for women’s conference and will be away from my computer until Saturday evening, so if you email me I will not respond until late Sat. evening or maybe Monday.

I still have a few avaliable appointments for July and August and Sept.  I can take one more for Oct. and two more for Nov.

Words of Wisdom:  Always laugh when you can.  It is cheap medicine.

Be joyful always.


Lord Jesus, I praise You and love you so much.  I pray laughter on everyone today and pray that each one will find joy and happiness today.  Thank you Lord for everything.  You are such a joy and I am so thankful that I have chosen You to be in my life.  Just use us Lord to reach others.  Amen.

Thanks & God Bless!




Mr. Reggie Thursday, Apr 16 2009 

What a blessing it was to capture Reggie and two of his best buds which I also photographed for their senior pics.  I had such a great time photographing Reggie.  He is such a great guy and was up for anything.  He acutally probably thinks I am crazy.  I hope not anyway.  I do have flight-of-ideas.  I just jump from one idea to the next.  Anyway, here are some of my favorites from the session. Hope ya’ll enjoy.  Hope everyone has a blessed week.

Words of Wisdom:  “Do not follow where the path may lead.  Follow God, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.”—Author Unknown

God desires a unique destiny for your life, not a run-of-the-mill destination.  There’s no way to know where He intends to lead you, but there’s only one way to get there: Follow where He leads, and leave the rest to Him.(Your Bridge to a Better Future by John C. Maxwell).

Commit your actions tothe LORD, and your plans will succeed.


Lord Jesus, I praise you and give You all the glory.  Lord direct our paths and lead us where You want us to go.  I pray Lord Jesus that we just all learn to trust You and allow You to guide us.  I know Lord that Your destination is best.  Amen.

Thanks & God Bless!


One cold afternoon! Thursday, Apr 9 2009 

So here is the family and kidos.  We had a great afternoon with the exception of freezing to death.  The wind was so cold this day.  I enjoyed spending time and getting to know this family.  Family is so important and we should always take time to just have family time.  I hope you make time for your family too.  Here are a few from the session.  Hope ya’ll ejnoy.

Words of Wisdom:  A day hemmed in prayer is less likely to unravel. (God’s little devotional book for parents).

We always thank God for all of you, mentioning you in our prayers.


Lord Jesus, we thank you for our children and I pray for all the little children of the world.  May I lift up prayers of praise and lift up their souls to you Lord.  May you bless them and keep them safe and help us to guide our children to know their Lord Jesus. Amen.

Thanks & God Bless!

Have a blessed Easter and please celebrate Christ this Easter.  I do believe we are living in the last days and I am just awaiting His return.  If you are not ready, I suggest you get ready.

Remember I am having a Matilda Jane Trunk show Sat. evening between 5 & 7:30pm.  Hope you can come.

My church was going to have a team for relay for life but was no able to get everything together so I have something I want to do.  For everyone of my clients that makes a donation between now and May 14th, I will give you a print credit in the amount of the donation.  So you get a tax write off for the donation (you will make checks payable to the American Cancer Society) and I in turn will give you a print credit in the amount of the donation.  You can contact me through here or just give me a call at 318-878-7399. Our relay for life here in Delhi is scheduled for May 15th.!!!

 Thanks & God Bless!!!




Always in love! Thursday, Apr 9 2009 

I had to do a seperate post of the parents together.  I know they will understand why “certain circumstances”  so I just wanted them to have their own little post.  The post above is the whole family.  It was such a blessing to spend the afternoon with this family.  I am not going to say much here because I am moving straight on to the family post.  Just wanted to share the LOVE!


Live, Love, and Laugh!!! Thursday, Apr 2 2009 

I am finally getting around to posting some from this session I was blessed to do.  This is a long time friend of mine and I was so happy when she called and asked if I could photograph her and her fiance.  It was a blessing for me.  Gigi was there for me during my chemotherapy.  She went with me to almost every treatment.  She was off on those days and she would spend most of her day with me.  I have always been grateful for that and never knew how to show my appreciation besides just buying her lunch every time.  Well, now I was able to give back a little and I feel so blessed to have been able to do this for her.  I could just feel the love and you can just see the joy and happiness all over their faces.  Here are a few I captured and Gigi, this is all you get to see.  Sorry, the rest is for a wedding gift so you have to be patient and wait.  Hope ya’ll enjoy.

Just wanted to let everyone know that I am having another spring Matilda Jane Trunk show on Saturday evening April 11th between 5 and 7:30pm.  Hope if you didn’t get to make the last one that you can make this one.  Check them out at

The clothing is just precious.  Love the way these clothes show up in photographs. 

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.  Go to the contact area of this blog.

Words of Wisdom:  Being united in serving the Lord is one key to a strong marriage.  As you walk through life with your wife, you must decide together which direction you want to go–toward the eternal destination of heaven or away from it.  This is the key to experiencing daily divine moments together.

Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.


Lord Jesus, I praise you Lord and glorify you and I just pray that we always keep you first in our marriage.  Help us Lord to always put you first in everything and I pray that you bless our marriages. Amen.

Thaks so much for stopping by.  Have a blessed weekend!

God Bless!


Little Miss, Little Miss Tuesday, Mar 24 2009 

I just want to eat her up she is soooo cute.  No, she is beautiful.   I was so worried that we were not going to be able to do this session, the minute it was over it started sprinkling.  We made it through and had a great time. She was a trooper during the session and I just enjoyed her so much.   I loved her Matilda Jane outfits too.  Clothing can really help make or break a session.  This type of clothing “ROCKS”.   These were some of my favorites from the session.  I hope ya’ll enjoy.

I wanted to announce that for July and August I am going to try this and see how it will go.  I am going to try and only book sessions for those that have one to two children.  The session fee will remain and the minimum order, but you will receive a complimentary 11×14.  The catch is I get to style the session.  You bring your clothing (several items) and I will peace things together or use something I have.  I will style it for either an urban session or a country session.  If you are interested in this please email me at

This will be for ages 2-12 only!!!  No children under the age of two or over the age of twelve.  This is my target ages besides seniors/bridals/and engagments so I am going to do those two months a little different if it works out ok.

Look forward to hearing from those who are interested.  At the end I may have a contest to let others vote and some of the children may be used on advertising materials.  Just have to think this part out a little more so will have to give details later.  I had planned to have a contest anyway, so I think I will use the one’s from these sessions for the contest and tie it all together.

Words of Wisdom:  Will not the Lord’s time be better than your time?  C.H. Spurgeon

God never hurries.  There are no deadlines against which He must work.  To know this is to quiet our spirits and relax our nerves.  A.W. Tozer

He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or periods that the Father has set by His own authority.”

ACTS 1:7 Holaman CSB

Lord Jesus, I would like to thank You for everything and just praise You and draw closer to You.  Lord, help us to realize that your timetable is always better than ours. Amen.

Thanks & God Bless!


Another Beautiful Senior MS. Alyssa! Monday, Mar 16 2009 

Like I said another beautiful senior.  My 2009 seniors have been awesome and I enjoyed them so much.  I look forward to all my 2010 seniors.  Me and Alyssa had so much fun. I photographed Alyssa’s sister about two years ago and she is just beautiful too.   These senior girls know how to have fun and it makes my job easier.  I feel so blessed to be able to capture these memories for all my seniors.  They will all look back one day and wonder where the last twenty years went.  It just amazes me how time flies.  These are a few of my favorites from the session.  Hope ya’ll enjoy.  Thanks so much for stopping by. 

Words of Wisdom:  “The future is that time when you’ll wish you’d done what you aren’t doing now.”   author unknown

What must you do today to make your dreams become a reality in the future?  Break it down.  What do you need to learn?  What do you need to change?  What small steps must you take today?  Figure that out, then just do it.  Truly live in the present, and you’ll lay a positive foundation for the future. (Your Bridge to a Better Future by John C. Maxwell).

I can do everything through him that gives me strength.


Lord Jesus, I thank you for all the trials in my life as they have brought me closer to You.  I pray that this younger generation will draw near to You and will draw closer to you through their trials.  Amen.

Thanks & God Bless!




Senior “Bo” Thursday, Mar 12 2009 

Ok I have been trying to do this post for two days but was without internet service until now.  I didn’t realize how much of my work depends on the internet until I tried to do a post, order, and send a proof to someone via email and wasn’t able to do any of these things until I got a new moedem.  I spent an hour and a half on the phone yesterday with a guy trying to troubleshoot and finally narrowed it to the modem needing replacing.  He felt so bad that he didn’t charge for the modem and shipped it overnight.  Thank God for that and he was such a pleasant person to deal with on the phone.  There are still pleasant people to deal with on the phone.  He was so patient with me because I am not that great when it comes to computers.  It has just been one of those crazy weeks this week.  I have been running all week, functioning on little sleep, and just feel run down.  I will be glad when this week is over.  Praying that next week is better.

Well, here is some from another senior session.  I was able to capture “Bo” and had a great time with him and his family.  Boys are a little more difficult to photograph sometimes but Bo was a pleasure to photograph.  He was very laid back and easy going.  Here are a few from the session and I hope ya’ll enjoy.

Wanted to remind everyone of my Matilda Jane trunk show tomorrow evening March 13th between 5:30& 8:30pm.  I look forward to the show.  Hope you can come.

Words of Wisdom:  “Some men have thousands of reasons why they cannot do what they want to, when all they need is one reason why they can.”—–Willis R. Whitney

Give yourself a reason to follow and fulfill your dream.  All it takes is one.  (Your Bridge to a Better Future by John C. Maxwell).

But as it is written:  What no eye has seen and no ear has heard, and what has never come into a man’s heart, is what God has prepared for those who love Him.


Lord Jesus,  I praise You and love You and glorify Your Name.  Lord, lead our paths daily and help us to focus on our dreams and glorify You always.  I pray that you will lead us to follow whatever it is You have planned in our lives.  Amen.

Thanks & God Bless!


Beautiful Senior Leah Thursday, Mar 5 2009 

0629-02-8x12-blog2I know I keep saying it but these seniors have been great and I am just loving them.  They could be models for sure.  I had a great afternoon with Leah and her mom.  We just really had a great time and I enjoyed my time spent with them.  I will soon wrap it up with my 2009 seniors and have several 2010 seniors that I will be photographing this year.  I look forward to them and it is always a blessing to me to meet them and get to know them all a little better.  I wish they could know now what I do without having to go through the things I had to go through.  That’s just part of life though and we live and learn.  Just keep God in your heart and obey Him and life will be so much better.  Here are a few from our session.  Hope you enjoy and until next time I hope you all have blessed day’s.

Words of Wisdom:  If you’re willing to admit your’re all wrong when you are, your’re all right.  (God’s little devotional book)

Our love for God means that we obey his commands.  And his commands are not too hard for us.

1 John 5:3 TEV

Lord Jesus, help us to keep You in our hearts and to obey Your commands.  Lead us Lord in the direction we should go.  I glorify You Lord, and praise You in everything I do.  Lord use me to witness to others and to lead others to You.  Amen.

Thanks & God Bless!





jmelcena Sunday, Mar 1 2009 

9524-03-blog0697-02-8x12-blog0699-02-12x8-blog0708-01-12x8-blog0714-01-8x12-blog9506-01-8x12-blog9516-01-12x8-blogjmelcena is the name of my friend Joni’s new business.  She has started making these awesome scarves and I just love them and love  photographing people wearing them.  Of course my daughter modeled one for me and I was able to talk one of my senior girls in to modeling one for me as well.  I am  going to do up some advertising cards for Joni and needed a few photos.  I am planning on having some of these to use in sessions and she  is making some summer weight one’s as well.  I am so excited for her and what God is doing in her life.  She is a Godly woman and  I am just soooo excited about how He has lead her to do these and I know she gives Him the glory for it.  If you are interested in ordering a scarf, I am going to list her information here and you can contact her.  Please let her know how you heard about  j. melcena.  I am hoping I can help her out by sending her some folks. 

Name:  Joni


Trust me these scarves are awesome!!!!

Words of Wisdom:  “You have never tested God’s resources until you have attempted the impossible.” —Author unknown

Never wait for a miracle.  Go after your dream.  Do your part to the very best of your ability, and ask God to make up the difference.  He won’t act until we step out in faith. (Your bridge to a better future by John C. Maxwell).

Lord Jesus, I pray that we all follow our dreams and step out in faith trusting You.  You always know what is best, and may we always glorify You.  Amen.

God Bless!

MS. Britney Saturday, Feb 21 2009 

Another beautiful senior I was able to photograph.  These girls are all beautiful and I have just been having so much fun photographing them all.  I had a great afternoon with Britney and her mom and just enjoyed their company so much.  I believe Britney thought I was a little crazy because I got more excited about things than she did.  I just love what I do and never forget that it is God that works through me.  He is the one that gets the credit not me.  Here are a few from the session.  I look forward to my other seniors that are coming up.  Have a blessed evening and I will be back here sometime I know. 

Words of Wisdom:  “Encouragement is the fuel for tomorrow.”    –Author Unknow

Give the gift of encourgement to others.  Reward them for today, and give them hope for tomorrow.  A person can travel farther on a kind word than on just about anything else in life.

(Your Bridge to a Better Future by John C. Maxwell)

The LORD says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life.  I will advise you and watch ouver you.”

PSALM 32:8

Lord Jesus, I praise You and love You and just ask that You continue to work on me and live in me and help me to always encourage others.  I have faith in You and know that You will never fail me.  Amen.

Thanks & God Bless!









Beautiful, Fun Senior MS. Taylor Monday, Feb 16 2009 


What an awesome shoot this was.  I am starting to think that I could photograph senior girls all year long.  They are just so much fun.  You boys are too but the girls just enjoy having their photos taken so much more.  We had so much fun during this session despite having to take rain breaks and trying to protect my camera from the rain.  I just really enjoyed every minute of it.  Taylor is so beautiful inside and out.  She was just a blessing to photograph and so photogentic.  Here are a few from the session.  I could have kept posting but have to save some of my other favorits for a surprise.  Hope ya’ll enjoy and as always give thanks to the Lord.  He is just so Awesome and worthy of all our praise.

Words of Wisdom:  “To bury our dreams is to bury ourselves, for we are really ‘such stuff as dreams are made on.’ God’s dream for us is to reach our potential.”——Author Unknown

All you do in life depends on you—on what you think you can do.  The size of your dreams determines the scope of your accomplishment.  Your potential has no limits.  You are capable of climbing a thousand Mount Everests.  (You dream to a better future by John C. Maxwell).

Always let God be at the top and He will see that all your dreams come true.  Thanks & God Bless! Vanessa

Lord Jesus, I adore you and glorify Your Name.  Help us to always put You first in our lives and to always know You are the purpose for living and following our dreams and if our dreams are not what You have planned, lead us to follow Your plan for our lives.  Amen.




Little Mr. Rock Star Tuesday, Feb 10 2009 

This little man is always a blessing to photograph.  He is growing up so fast and let me tell you what, he kept me on my toes.  I was having to move fast.  He is two and he is fast.  I can’t move as fast as I used to and he tested me to see if I could keep up.  I did my best to keep up with him and got lots of exercise doing so.  We had a great time.  I loved his outfits.  I can’t stress enough how much your outfits play a part in the session.  His outfits were awesome, and I just love the rock star theme.  Here are a few of my favorites.  Hope ya’ll enjoy.  Keep my brother in your prayers, he had to have two stents put in today and had a mild heart attack within the last two weeks.  I am so thankful for my wonderful Savior Jesus Christ and I know my Lord is healing my brother.

Words of Wisdom:  Through the ages no nation has had a better friend than the mother who taught her child to pray.

Devote yourselves to prayer; keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving.


Lord Jesus, I give thanks to You for everything and just praise Your Name.  Help us Lord to teach our children to pary and worship You.  Amen.

Thanks & God Bless!


Three beautiful kidos. Monday, Feb 2 2009 




 I sent out my policies at the end of last week, most were by email and some were by mail.  If you would please email me if you haven’t already to let me know if you have or have not received them.  I sent to everyone I had on my 2009 list.  If you happend to contact me through my blog and never heard back from me it is due to me not receiving your message or me trying to respond and my email being returned.  That happend a couple of weeks ago and all I had was the email address and I tried contact them through email and it was returned.  When contacting me please leave a contact number always.  Thanks!

We had my daughters birthday party at Tummy Yummy and let me tell you that is the best place for birthday parties.  I was blow away at everything.  It is so organized and the kids has so much fun.  They got to make pizza’s, learned about making cookies, decorated cookies.  I didn’t have to do a thing.  Everything was included even the party favors.  You should consider having your child’s birthday party there.  It is great for all ages (especially 3 and up).  Check them out at ,  

  Tell them I sent you if you decide to book your party.  I promise you will be so glad you did.



 I am so sorry for waiting so long to post.  This is something I am going to work hard at.  I have got to get better at posting more often.  I just have so many other things going on that I have started puting posting on the back burner.  I am sorry! 

These three kids are beautiful and were such a blessing to photograph.  I enoyed spending time with them and getting to see their individual personalities.  They just really loosened up and let their personalities shine.  It always makes for a great session when the kidos open up and are themselves around me.  So of course this was a great session.  Here are some of my favorites.  Hope ya’ll enjoy. 

I have really learned something this week.  If you get a word from God to go pray for someone, go do it.  God will use us to glorify Him we have to be obedient.

Tomorrow there will be a bone marrow drive for Amber Tamburo (check out my annountments in a bit, I will be posting it there). 

Words of Wisdom:  When you speak the words of God about situations you face, you are speaking the power of God into them.(The 100 most important bible verses for mothers).

God means what he says. What he says goes.  His powerful Word is sharp as a surgeon’s scalpel, cutting through everything, whether doubt or defense, laying us open to listen and obey.  Nothing and no one is impervious to God’s Word.  We can’t get away from it–no matter what.


Lord Jesus, speak to us and help us to open up to what You want from us.  Lord, use us to glorify You.  I pray Lord that you will use us to magnify Your Name.  Amen.

Thanks & God Bless!



Just precious! Saturday, Jan 24 2009 

Look at all the beautiful Children of the world.  It saddens my heart that the world has more concern and respect for the trees than our children.    I am just sad about what turn our nation is taking.  Those of us that are for God need to take a stand and stand up for what we believe in.  We need to pray for our nation like never before.  All that said look at this beautiful little girl.  It is always a blessing to photograph this precious one.    She usually doesn’t want anything to do with having her photograph taken but this time she was by herself and she performed in front of the camera.  Can I jsut tell you I love my job.  Yes this one is from Nov. as well.  I am working on policies/pricing this week and will begin booking end of the week.  I look forward to 2009 and what God has in store.

I took my kidos to see Hotel for Dogs yesterday and it was such a cute movie.  I laughed and cried in it.  I wasn’t expecting that many people to be at the movies but I guess everyone had the same idea.  We wanted to see the 2pm movie and it was sold out and had to kill two hours and come back at 4 to see the 4:30 movie, but it was worth it.  We had a great time.  I suggest you see it.

Words of Wisdom:  The family is the original Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. (God’s little devotional book for parents).

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things……..Put it into practice.  And the God of peace will be with you.


Lord Jesus, help us to keep our families united.  Please give us the strength to face what is to come.  Help us to lead our children and to teach them right from wrong.  Amen.

Thanks & God Bless!








Miss “C” another beautiful senior! Saturday, Jan 17 2009 

WOW!  Another beautiful senior from my November sessions.  It just amazes me how beautiful all these seniors are.  I always have such a great time photographing my seniors and can’t wait to start photographing them again next month.  I am so looking forward to it.  It always is like a fashion shoot with the girls and I love that.  These are a few from the session and I truly hope ya’ll enjoy. 

I will be hosting a “Matilda Jane Trunk show March 13th (Friday evening from 5:30-8:30)  Hope you can make it.  I can’t wait to see the spring line!  Check out the site at

I am also going to be planning a “Faith/Fresh Face Contest”  I am excited.  Stay tooned for this because I will have different age catagories and there will be only one winner from each category.  I may do girls & boys I haven’t decided yet.  It will consist of me styling the session and you will recieve something from the session.  I will be working on the details soon and will post them here.  I will not be the judge.  The winners will appear on new marketing materials.  This will strickly be for walking ages up and possibly a senior as well.  Can’t wait to work out all the details.  So start thinking about what photo you will be sending in.  I am not sure what month I will do the sessions or anything like that yet. 

Words of Wisdom:  Use whatever abilities you have to get started on the path to success.  Just do your best with what you have.  Do not worry abut what you do not have…Concentrate on the tools you are blessed with today.  Many will only work under ideal conditions…but those willing to attack the situation with what they have are destined to somehow, someday acquire better tools.  You have now or will receive in due time sufficient abilities to do any job.

Use the tools you have!  (All this from Rules For Success by Mamie McCullough)

The Lord is the strength of my life.


Lord Jesus, help us to know that You are our strength and without You all we have is weakness.  I praise You Lord for everything in my life and am so grateful for everything You do in my life.  Without You I am nothing.  Amen.




Miss “T” a beautiful Senior Tuesday, Jan 13 2009 







This is another senior I photographed in November that was saved for Jan. for proofing.  I had so much fun with this young lady and her mom.  I tell you what she is a beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside.  This whole family is just beautiful and I can’t wait to photograph all three sisters together.  I am so thankful that I was able to experience such a special time in Miss “T’s” life and I know she has a bright future ahead of her.  Here are a few from her session and I hope ya’ll enjoy!

Words of Wisdom:  You can have anything…. but not everything you want

Formula for failure…..try to please everybody.

—-Herbert Swope

I know whom I have believed and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day.


Lord Jesus, help us to understand that we cannot please everyone but that we should always try to please You because that is what is important.  Amen.

Thanks & God Bless!



















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