I’m back home today after an amazing weekend visiting the Pacific Northwest, and I find myself jonesin’ for sailboats, sea life, and the slight tinge of marijuana in the air. But most of all, I find myself missing the company of the ever-fabulous, and insanely talented, Melissa Kilner of Melissa Kilner Photography. Melissa and I met last year at a conference, but we really only chatted for a very brief period of time as we sat and waited for a speaker to begin. Back then, the conversation was easy; we laughed with one another, but we were just two people in a sea of thousands at the conference. We followed one another via social media, and that, my friends is how we really began to see just how much our personalities lined up. Melissa is full of witty humor, sarcasm, one-liners and a realness that I am instantly drawn to. She has charisma about her that can not only light up a room, but can send it into side splitting laughter at the same time.
Melissa sent me a Facebook message several weeks ago asking if I would like to come up to Washington to second shoot with her, and I happened to on Facebook at the same time, so my immediate response… within milliseconds… was —-explicative— YES!… to which she responded that she had just chest-bumped her computer screen. And thus, the internet love-affair began, which was just bolstered by three straight days of endless laughter, constant conversation, and scaring the shit out of her husband that he basically had two wives who spoke the same foreign language living in his house.
Melissa took the time to show me the finer things in life that included clam chowder by the docks, kayaking in the ocean, seals, grooms who ride yachts into their wedding ceremony, rain, clouds, trees, waterfalls, and shooting bridal portraits in a river. Things that this desert rat will store in the memory bank under the category of “epic shit my job lets me do.”
Thank you, just doesn’t seem to cover it, Melissa. Now it’s time for me to get you down here to Las Vegas and show you our finer things in life… like strippers and blow.