Winners of the First Annual Favorite Farmer contest!

Thank you so much to all the people who sent in their nominations for the First Annual Favorite Farmer photo contest. I was so blown away by how many of you took time to sit down and pour your hearts out and let me get to know a bit more about your loved ones. This contest means so much to me. It’s one small way that I can honor my dad’s memory. My dad was my favorite person to photograph and because he was, I have a ton of photos of him. Now that he is gone, those photos are everything to me. I’m so excited to be able to gift another family photos of their loved one.
As hard as I tried, I couldn’t narrow it down to just one winner this year! Millard and Bill were each chosen for a free photo shoot on their farm! Millard was nominated by his grand daughter and Bill by his daughter. Both of them wrote touching stories that made me cry but also reminded me so much of my family and what we have gone through the past few years with losing my grandpa and then my dad.
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My Favorite Farmer :: My Dad

My dad made this goofy face where he would raise one eyebrow. As he got older, we would giggle over the fact that his skin now took longer to go back to “normal” after he would make it. He could do all sorts of weird faces and they would always make me laugh. I swear no one will ever be able to make me laugh like he did, whether it was because he was making yet another weird face, picking on mom or just being annoying in general. He made me laugh from deep down in my gut and at times he made me laugh so hard that I couldn’t breathe or thought I would pee my pants. I miss laughing like that.

He used to always say “I am who I am and if you don’t like it then you can shove it up your ass crosswise.” I LOVED who he was. I loved that he said what he was thinking and didn’t care how it came across to others. I loved that he got a kick out of intimidating people by his big and scruffy exterior. I love even more that anyone who knew him, knew he wasn’t scary at all and had a giant heart. I loved that he would do anything for his girls, usually while grumbling about it so that we knew just how much of a “pain in the ass” we were. I love that he would go with my mom almost every single weekend to visit her mother in the nursing home. I love that he stepped in and did whatever he could to help while his brother was fighting for his life. And when I met my now husband, I love how my husband became my dad’s “son” and best friend.
I can think of a million reasons why I still need him here and not one as to why God had to take him when he did. This Saturday will be one year since his death and this week has been filled with tears, days of not wanting to see or talk to anyone and the heaviest heart knowing I can never wrap my arms around his neck again.

He wasn’t just my favorite farmer. He was my dad. There are only a few more days to nominate your favorite farmer. I’ve spent hours reading over all the submissions so far. Each story has made me cry or laugh and there have been so many that remind me of my own family. Nominate your Favorite Farmer by emailing melissa@melissadalephotography.com and telling me why he or she is your favorite farmer. The contest ends at midnight on December 1.

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Black Friday Specials!

Lucky you….you get to see the Black Friday specials before they hit Facebook tomorrow! These are too great to pass up.
Contact me at melissa@melissadalephotography.com to book your session or wedding to take advantage of these great deals!

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Favorite Farmer Contest!

 

Today is exactly 11 months since my dad passed away which means that the big 1 year anniversary is coming up soon. I wanted to do something to honor him. Something that would keep his memory going. My dad was my favorite person to photograph. His face was wrinkled perfection and his beard was so photogenic. My favorite place to photograph my dad was on the farm. There was just something extra special about those photos. So….I want to give away a session. This isn’t a family session where everyone gets dressed up. I want to photograph your farmer doing what he does best, farm. Whether he is out in the field, working in the shop or roaming around the farm….that’s what I want to capture. If you have a favorite farmer, someone you love more than life itself, then nominate him. I can’t promise he will love you for doing this but I can promise you will love having those photos of him.
 
Your farmer can be retired too and still live on the farm. He does not have to be actively farming right now to be entered.
 
How to enter:
1. Email a photo and at least a paragraph on who you are nominating and why he is your favorite farmer to melissa@melissadalephotography.com. Make sure to put ‘FAVORITE FARMER’ in the email subject line.
 
2. Be sure to include where his farm is located in your email. Bonus points if you include a picture of the farm.
 
3. Share this post
 
Winner will be drawn on December 1, 2018!
 
**Actual shoot can take place anytime in 2019.
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The Stumbo Family :: Fergus Falls, Minnesota Family Photographer

I met up with the Stumbo family at one of their homes in Fergus Falls. Having never been there before, I was a bit nervous about there being a pretty spot for photos being they wanted to take them around their home. Thankfully, they had a gorgeous yard with beautiful trees bathed in a golden light. I’m so excited about these photos!

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