Monday, December 8, 2008

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Baking Cookies With Santa and Formal Christmas Background December 19 & 20
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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Busy Busy Busy

I must first apologize for being so bad about not keeping this updated...there are only so many hours in a day!
I did go to the Bahamas for my birthday and I haven't had time to do anything with the pictures from that yet but I will so keep looking here for more about that.
I had the opportunity to photograph the band directors son the other day and we had so much is a sneak peek at some of his portraits!

For those of you asking yourselves.......yes, he made the tongue book!

We have been very blessed at the studio with new business and we are thankful that you let us capture the images that you will remember by!
Visit our fair booth this week in Baxley for a chance to win a family portrait and also be sure to watch the video....chances are, if I have photographed you this are on there! For those of you I missed getting on there, sorry!
Remember we have 2 special promotions this month so be sure to check our web site out for those dates and we will be posting Christmas Specials soon..... really great new things in store for Christmas this year.....
New Products arriving daily so check with us for all of your Christmas Gift Needs....blankets, towels, purses, mousepads, necklaces, bracelets, coffee cups and mugs and so much more....

What's Clickin',
Melanie Burney

Thursday, September 18, 2008

After Convention

Wow! what a week! I had every intention of posting daily while at convention but I was busy all week! I had a great time and it was really great getting to see all of my friends from GA as well as a few from North Carolina!
Well, to fill you in on the happenings.... I was elected as one of the GPPA Directors At Large so therefore effective January 1st I will no longer be the Area Director for the Southeast!
I won People Choice this year with one of my prints and I will be posting all of my prints soon online for all to see. I needed 1/2 merit for my fellowship degree and I received 4 merits from my case and that is really good! Next year at convention, I will receive my fellowship degree!
I will write more later but for now......keep clickin'!

Friday, August 29, 2008

Red Bugs & Spiders ....OH MY!

Finally....summer senior sessions have slowed down and now we are starting school pictures! It has been a great summer and I have enjoyed every session that I have done!
From spider bites to red bugs to sun burn to get the idea it has been an adventure that I will always remember. Images from these sessions to be posted soon!
I have been too busy to keep up with this blog but my goal is to update this at least once a week.
I have the GPPA convention coming up soon in Athens and I am so excited! I have a tail gate party to attend, a toga party to attend and My Big Fat Greek Awards Ceremony to attend....sounds fun! I need dress ideas for all three events....any suggestions?
Well, I have another session here so I must go until next time....keep smiling!

What's Clickin'?,

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Riding on the River

Last week, I had the opportunity to spend some time with a senior and her family on the river...I had an awesome time!

Her dad had all these different places picked out and he had ideas of just what he wanted! I love it when parents get involved in these kids is great! Now don't get me wrong...sometimes parents try to help and it is more of a hindrance but in this was awesome! He had ideas, the mom had ideas, the senior had ideas and I had ideas and they all worked hand in hand.

The images that you see is the session that I am talking about! The video of this session is at

I strongly encourage our customers to have some input...there is something new and fun that I am trying with my seniors, unsure as to how it would go but for the most's been great. Every time the camera flashes, they do something different, jump, spin, laugh, is the result!

I hope this blog gives you some new bout sharing some of yours!

Friday, June 6, 2008

Senior Session

Finally, the session that I have been waiting for! On Wednesday, I took a local senior out to her parents property and we had a ball. We climbed on tractors, pivots, tree house, but my favorite was the woods!
Her dad graciously set up a formal dining table and setting in the middle of the woods and I mean in the middle of the woods! Well, as you can see in the images, it was great!
The images you see do not have all retouching completed yet but as you can see......I had a blast!
I can safely say that my favorite sessions are those where I get to go where the seniors are , most comfortable...usually their hangouts (river, woods, farm, garden, house, grandparents) you know wherever the subject blends the best.
Well, I can say that I love this time of year and I look forward to photographing all of the seniors at Appling County High School this year!

What's Clickin',
Melanie Burney

PS I did get spider bit doing this session and it was poisonous but, I have a antibiotic and the doctor says it is nothing to be worried about......was it worth it? O yea and I would do it again!

Where is your favorite place and why......?

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

New Baby Panel

Well, today has been a very interesting day to say the least. It started out great.....Senior Session for 8 showed up early and I captured some really great shots....then I had a 10 Week Old Session and see the image it was great also. I am trying a new Baby Panel and this is far it is loved!

Right after my 10 week session, I got a call from Evans County to go and photograph a baby that had passed away. Well so much for my good day....! Well, it is not so see I am a Photographer for NILMDTS (Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep) and we offer this service free of charge to anyone who looses a baby. They receive all of their images on CD for printing, a DVD with music and a slide show all at no charge. It is a really great program and they are in need of more photographers....for more info go to

Before I went to Evans County I had to photograph a newborn session and a Dance Session with three dance costumes...then off to the hospital I went.

I finished my session at hospital and arrived back at stusio in time to proof some of the mornings work as well as have one last senior session.....

As you can see the day has been busy and well, I am tired until next time, remember......

Life is a Journey....Without Portraits, how will you remember?

What's Clickin',
Melanie Burney

Thursday, May 29, 2008

2009 Senior Sessions Begin

It is official...I am now starting the 2009 Senior Sessions! I am so excited...I have about 287 Seniors at one school and they have started booking their appointments and I am so excited.
Senior Season means several things....early mornings, late nights, travel and all new experiences! This may sound bad to you but I love it and would have it no other way!

Here are a few pictures that I have already done....the boys is a before and after...I really like the look of it but I am unsure if I will ever do this shot for anyone else. This is the actual cannon that they fire at the football games when the Pirates make a touchdown! If you have never used Photoshop to change the background in something.......well let's just say that took longer than I would like to talk about! It wouldn't have been so bad if the cannon had not had all the little pieces not to mention the rope.....well it's done and I am happy with it!

Anyway......I look forward to the many new places that this years seniors will be taking I am heading to a farm and it is beautiful and this will be the first time I photograph at it....check back for photos!

Well, remember...........Life is a Journey....without Pictures, how will you remember?

What's Clickin',
Melanie Burney

Friday, May 23, 2008

It's Finally Friday

I am so sure that I am not the only calling my blog for the day this but if I have ever been glad to see a Friday...this is it! School is officially out for all the kids and it is SUMMER TIME!
I have been really busy this week photographing Cap & Gowns, 2008 Senior Sessions, 2009 Senior Sessions, Pregnancy Sessions and babies!
I have posted two videos on Youtube that you can watch ......Jess and Blake!
You can get to both videos on left side of screen. I don't think you will be disappointed by taking a quick peak!
Let me tell you....I have found a new artist that her music is awesome....Colbie Caillat! She is from California and her music well...just watch the two videos I mentioned earlier...that is her. If you have not bought her new CD CoCo are missing out the songs are all awesome!
I have a old friend of mine that lives on St. Simons Island and he is performing for the military this weekend in Virginia with Martha Munizzi(SpellCheck) and SonicFlood and several others.....please take a moment this weekend to whisper a prayer for them.
Also, another old friend of mine, well his family needs your prayers. Yesterday morning he decided to take his own life and it has shocked many(especially me).
It makes you think.....I mean you know we just never know what people are really going through and we should always wear a I guess this blog is a little different but at least I filled you in on a little of the week.
My husband is coming home and I finally get to spend a long weekend with him! We are both off work Monday and we are heading out as soon as Graduation is over and I get all the pictures taken.
Look for my 2008 Senior Memory Blog....coming soon!
Until next time Be safe.

What's Clickin',
Melanie Burney

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Well, sorry for the delay in posting but man can I ever tell I missed a week at work.....!
I am starting to see that my desk is under all this work but I am still behind. On Saturday, I did a session and the child was just an angel....adorable!

Monday Morning I had a commercial session for a Candy Label.....Light Buddy Candy....The candy is awesome....if you ever get a some it is for diabetics...super! She makes all kinds but she wanted her grandson on the label for the gold box ...she is only boxing Light Buddy the others are bagged. I know she charges $1.25 per bag...that's the deal of the century! This is the image she is using on the box and the other image is just the candy!

And last but certainly not least is the One Year Old Session that I did yesterday..... She loved her cake! It amazes me at the one year olds that do not want to get dirty...nice nasty I guess you would say...well, this was not the typical session. I have never had them want their feet in the cake as much as their hands... after this session, I had to scrub even the walls in the camera room but it is priceless.....the fun images can be seen at and look for the one year old session!

So with that......I'm signing off for the day...I have more sessions this afternoon and then it's updating all my other sites......
What's Clickin',
Melanie Burney

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Photoshop Comic

I am at GA School and have been really busy taking pictures, being a model and dealing with other issue as they arise. This year has been a smaller turn out than normal but it has been a lot of fun. In todays issue of the newsletter, I used a cartoon that I think is so funny on

Friday, May 2, 2008

Photogenic Session from Tuesday

There ya go...... Before and After.... I like the way this photogenic turned out. I really appreciate the parents that realize their child doesn't have to be smiling... If they don't smile at home why will they smile for someone they don't see very often? That i a question photographers have tried to answer for centuries...... I fell this photogenic portrait turned out way better than the session did.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Yesterday & Today

Well, my computer has gone haywire and I think I have a Virus.... but, it shall not defeat me.... here is a few of the images from the session that I did Wednesday. If I could photograph this girl everyday.... I would. I love it when everything works out like I want it to. The only issue I had with this sitting was the sun but I can't do anything about that. Here's Wednesdays' video.

I had a session yesterday .... now you have to really like kids to be in this profession. We have photographed the 6 pm session from yesterday since he was born and he is four now..... he has his own agenda and his own poses. I will post a few of his images later on taoday. I hope everyone enjoys their day and I will update soon.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

My Day Off

So far, I have really enjoyed my so called day off...... I put together a slide show this morning,
(I put the Video together in about 5 minuted so it's not fancy, wait til ya see the GA School one that I am going to do......)cleaned off my computer, had a long talk with a old friend about where I am at in my walk with the Lord, been shopping at Wal-Mart, played with my dogs, went to tag office to pay my taxes(Yippee), and now I am fixing to go and get my things together for my afternoon Session.
My session today is a Senior who happens to also be a model so this one is easy and the location that we will be using is beautiful. I will post a few images here tomorrow! I am really excited about this session.
Well, I am signing off for now and I will catch you all up next time!

What's Clickin',
Melanie Burney

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

My Day

It has been a very busy day. I managed to update the studios Senior Site, keep up with twitter, myspace and now this! I got all of the name badges printed for the vendors for GA School of Professional Photographers, as well as speak with several of the vendors to finalize plans for next week.
Well, just out of the Camera Room with my 5:00 Session and boy an I tired.... have you ever had one of those sessions that just doesn't seem to be going how you expect it...I mean these Pageant Kids are supposed to know how to smile for the photographer, right? WRONG! Well, here is two images that I managed to capture and it gives me a starting point before all of the enhancements. I will post the enhanced image later. Remember this is a raw untouched file.
As you can see you have a sweet innocent looking shy girl and a little girl that turned wicked.... no seriously though... I think that this session taught me that I can do anything....through Christ who strengthens me! Check back before Friday for the Finished Product of this session.

The beginning!

Well, I have finally gone and done it.... I am starting a blog today! I've been using myspace and Twitter but I think this is the way to go for everyone to keep up! I will post more soon.