8-Year-Old With Cancer Finds the Love of His Life

March 18, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

You may have heard about the story that went viral all over the world about an 8 year old boy with cancer finds the love of his life. The sweet story aired on Good Morning America, ABC News, People.com and hundreds of others. It was truly such a sweet and touching story about David and Ayla. I knew Ayla because she had been one of my fairies a couple years earlier. You can see the story here: http://abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/year-cancer-finds-love-life/story?id=35280068

David called Ayla Snow White because she was always so kind to him and she looked so much like Snow White. Sadly, David lost his battle in February.

After David passed, Ayla's mom contacted me to do some portraits of Ayla as Snow White. I felt honored that she thought of me.

I thought the photo shoot would be somber and tough to get through but Ayla's spirit surprised us all. The day was absolutely beautiful and Ayla played in the forest like no one was watching. I've never seen a child with such grace and such a natural born model. I never gave her any direction on modeling or posing...she just did it all naturally. I was blown away by this child.

These portraits moved me and my staff to tears over and over. After David passed, Ayla said to her mom that she wanted to be an angel, like David. Ayla, my dear, you ARE an angel on this earth.  


Digital Files

February 18, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

I love this quote! It really summarizes how we feel about selling digital files:

What Children Think
​It has long been acknowledged that family photos on display in a home, helps boost a child's sense of identity and creates a sense of belonging.
Each time they walk by a family photograph, which is countless times a day, a message is sent...

​"You, my dear child, are important.
You matter.
You have a special place in this world.
You are part of this thing called FAMILY and we love you."

​I wonder what they think when they walk by a USB thumb drive?"

~Missy Mwae

Published in Bridal Beauty Magazine

February 12, 2016  •  1 Comment

So honored to have Alicia and Jonathan's Fairytale Engagement Portraits published in Bridal Beauty Magazine!

See the story here: http://justbridalbeauty.com/real-life/e-sessions/alicia-jonathans-fairy-tale-garden-engagement/

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Enchanted Forest Fairy Days - DECEMBER 5 & 6 -- LAST CHANCE BEFORE CHRISTMAS!

November 26, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Enchanted Forest Fairy Days - DECEMBER 5 & 6 --(located @ Storybook Studios in Chesapeake, VA) 

LAST CHANCE BEFORE CHRISTMAS! These make for heartwarming and unique Christmas gifts for all of your family! 

Imagine a little girl’s delight as she dons a fairy dress and wings and steps into the Enchanted Forest or a little boy’s excitement as he flies through the air, like Peter Pan.The special portrait that results will become an enduring memory of a magical moment to display as wall art or family heirloom. The costumes and exclusive Enchanted Forest set are supplied and there is no need to bring anything to the session. The session fee is $99 and includes a gift size print of your choice (up to an 8x10) (more available for purchase - a la carte starts at $50 and packages start at $349). Ideal ages are 3-10 years old.
You’ll even get fairy dust to take home with you! Spaces are very limited. Call 757-410-7282 to book your session. Call now...these will go very fast!

Small Business Saturday - November 28 - Come Help Us Celebrate!

November 24, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Small Business Saturday Event at Storybook Studios

November 28th is Small Business Saturday, a day created specifically for small businesses like Storybook Studios.


To celebrate, we are having a Small Business Saturday Event! Come by Storybook Studios on Saturday, Nov. 28 from 10:00-4:00 for hot chocolate, food, fun, SNOW, games and prizes! Everyone wins a prize! We will have fun games and crafts for kids and adults.


Come out to win free sessions, canvas gallery wraps, gift cards and other specialty items!
Find us at 1320 Kempsville Road between the hours of [10:00-4:00] on Nov 28.


So, this November 28th, get up, get out, and Shop Small!


Moms can make their own Holiday Wood/Rustic Sign ($5) and kids can make their own ornaments and cookies (free)

Special Thanks to Beautiful Belle Paint n Party!

Thanks for choosing to ‪#‎ShopSmall‬. Please share your Small Business Saturday experience on your social channels. See you Saturday!