Meggie Velasco Photography

January 15, 2009, 3:01 pm
Filed under: Meggie Updates, updates, Velasco Happenings

Hey Everyone!  I know that many of you know, but not everyone, that I have changed my email address.  I still have my old email address and it’s being forwarded to my new one.  It’s been very difficult to keep up with both addresses and which emails have been answered.  Unfortunately, some emails have fallen through the cracks.  I am working on staying on top of them and trying to get them all answered today.  Please change the address that you have for me in your address book to  Thanks for your patience!


Times, they are a changin’
January 9, 2009, 3:58 am
Filed under: Meggie Updates, updates, Velasco Happenings

I’m sorry that I’ve been so absent lately.  There’s been so much going on and blogging has been the last thing on my mind.  I will have some pictures to post sometime, as soon as I can get around to them.  

The Knoxville Bridal Show is going on this weekend and we’ve decided to do a redesign on our booth.  It’s going to be amazing, I hope.  We’ve been working really hard on it and I’ve even involved the help of one of my neighbors.  In my minds eye, it’s killer, but I haven’t set it all up yet, so I could be totally wrong.  I guess we’ll see on Sunday!  If any of you are planning on being at the show, please come by and say hey.  Send other cool people you meet along the way also.  Let me know what you think about the booth too, you can be honest…but I might kick you in the shins if you say the wrong thing.  If you want to save $2 on your ticket, register online by clicking HERE.

I’m going through some re-branding right now.  It’s going to be unveiled at the show on Sunday, another reason to come see me.  Hopefully I’ll be able to launch a new website and blog next week too.  So stay tuned for all that jazz.

Noah started school on Tuesday.  You heard me right, school.  I haven’t posted about him lately, so here’s the cliff’s notes version.  He has stumped the experts!  He had an autism evaluation at the beginning of December and the psychologist basically said he didn’t know.  We went over everything that tests said and that he observed and what things pointed one way and what pointed the other.  So he said “he’s kind of autistic”.  A few days before that, he had an evaluation with ChildFind, which is the program to help get the kids who have delays and disabilities into a preschool.  The women that evaluated him came in all professional and everything and then when they came back to me after being with him for about an hour or so, they were giggly and smitten with my boy!  He’s a charmer!!  They basically said that on paper, he has autism.  However, the same doubts register with everyone.  He has so many things that point away from autism.  So as of now, the psychologist has diagnosed him with “Noah” and the ChildFind experts have diagnosed him as a child with speech and language impairments.  We really think that he will benefit greatly from being at preschool 4 days a week with teachers who are trained to deal with kids with special needs.  There’s already a little boy in his class who is helping Noah stay on track and do what he’s supposed to.  So we’ll have to re-evaluate him in about 6 or so months to see if he’s improved and what the tests say.  It’s a little frustrating to still not know one way or the other, but we’re really happy that he hasn’t been given the autism label if he may not be.  I’ll keep you posted though.

So there’s been a lot going on here.  It’s a new year and I can’t wait to get these January shows behind me so I can start implementing my resolutions for the business.  My hope is that I’ll be able to stay on top of things better this year now that I will have Noah in school for 4 mornings a week.  Here’s to hoping!

OH NO!!!! WHAT?!
December 23, 2008, 1:51 pm
Filed under: Meggie Updates, Velasco Happenings

So I’ve fallen a little behind on my Christmas cards…as most of you know because you haven’t gotten them yet.  They came in yesterday and I’m going to be busting my hump to get them out today.  However, I realized when they came in that I didn’t order enough…BY LIKE 100!!!!  So we are going to do a little redesign and those of you who don’t get yours in the next couple of days will be getting a Happy New Year Card.  Of course I will also post them both on the blog for all to see as soon as it’s time.  If you would like to be on the Christmas card mailing list, please send me an email with your address and I will be happy to send one over to you….but you’ll be in the 2nd wave of cards.


Safe travels to all this week.  Merry Christmas!

Our Little Einstien
November 12, 2008, 10:15 pm
Filed under: Children, Families, Velasco Happenings

I just wanted to post a quick picture of Noah at Hallowwn.  I’m pretty proud of this costume.


Pay It Forward
November 12, 2008, 2:51 am
Filed under: Families, Meggie Updates, Misc, Misc. Shoots, Velasco Happenings

Hey Everyone!  I know I’ve posted a TON today and I’ll hopefully post a ton tomorrow as well.  I guess it’s a good thing and it means that I’m working my way through my lengthy to-do-list.

Last Wednesday Adam, Noah, and I met up with the super funky photographer Tara Kneiser of Dixie Pixel Photography for our Pay It Forward Session.  For those of you who haven’t heard of the PIF Project or otherwise known as “Roadside Families Project“, it’s a project for photographers by photographers.  Since we all know that the cobbler’s children have no shoes, we are trying to make sure photographers don’t fall into the same category.  So John Michael Cooper of Alt-F Photography has started a pay it forward project to get photographers out from behind the camera.  Each photographer’s family that is photographed must photograph another photographer’s family in return.  Tara and I attended the Alt-F 1 day workshop in Atlanta together back in August and JMC photographed Tara’s family.  In turn, Tara has shot the Hopes of Hope Photography as well as us.  Now it’s my turn.  If you are a photographer and would like to have pictures of your family taken, email me!  I have 30 days to pay it forward.  Remember that you MUST spread the love.  If I do your pay it forward session, you HAVE to pay it forward to another photographer within 30 days.

Here are a few shots from our session.  You can see the rest on Tara’s blog HERE.

so incredibly overwhelmed
October 18, 2008, 12:01 am
Filed under: Meggie Updates, updates, Velasco Happenings

I’ve had such a great couple of months of shooting.  I’ve had great clients and I wouldn’t trade them for the world.  The downside of getting to travel to amazing locations with top notch people means that I haven’t been able to be in the office to work on said pictures.  My to-do list is so jammed that it’s overwhelming to the point that I want to cry.  We also went on vacation last week (to Disney…we had an amazing time), which meant a fun week of catching up.  Noah’s school has fall break next week, so that’s not going to be a promising work week.  If you are waiting on pictures, album designs, enlargements, a response from me via email or phone, or anything at all from me…please please please be patient with me.  I’m doing the best I can right now.

So with all of that being said, I’ve grown tired of having weeks and weeks of this.  In order to attempt to get my life back and simplify things, I am not taking any more sessions for the rest of the year.  If you are already booked with me or if you are a wedding next year that needs an engagement session, you guys are safe.  However, if you don’t already have a session booked with me, I’m very sorry because you’ll need to wait until January.  I will gladly book you then.  My goal is to have everything knocked out and an even more streamlined workflow in place by then.  I’m also going to take this time to make some much needed changes that are already in the works.  I need some time to remember why Iove doing this.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE my job, I’ve just lost my way under all of the back-end work.     

I’m very sorry that I’ve let myself get to this point.  Sometimes life just gets away from you and you can’t catch back up unless you take charge.  I’m taking charge and getting my life and business back.

Noah Update
July 31, 2008, 2:00 am
Filed under: Meggie Updates, updates, Velasco Happenings

Our in home therapist, Carmen, came to see us today for our weekly visit.  We always look forward to her coming because she’s done such an amazing job with Noah and he’s really taken to her.  When she came a couple of weeks ago, we went over some goals that he’s reached to get an idea of how far he’s come.  So she had the results tonight.  With almost 2 months of work, he’s made about 3 months worth of improvement!  In most areas, he’s at about where a 24 month old should be except for speech which he’s at about where a 15 month old is.  The biggest improvement though was in the social area.  When we first did the evaluation, he registered at about a 16 month old and this time he registered as a 24 month old!!!  Yes, he’s still behind by about 7 or 8 months (according to whoever the experts are), but the social area is where most of his autism red flags were….AND HE’S COME SO FAR IN THAT AREA!!!!!  We still haven’t had an autism evaluation, but I think that this speaks volumes about how much he’s improved.  I’m so proud of him!!!