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baby Rio: Documentary In home film session.

rio 2Sweet Rio was a surprise! Her parents didn’t know that she was going to be a girl until her birthday! What an absolute beauty she is. She totally melted my heart during her first photo shoot. Rio has the most beautiful complexion like her mama and the sweetest little lips. The excitement that her parents shared for her was so full of love. Seeing these beautiful film portraits of Rio and her family makes my heart happy.

Film: Kodak Portra 400, Delta HP 3200

Mamiya 645

Developed & Scanned by The Find Lab.

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October 7, 2014 - 2:58 pm

Amanda Stout Brown - Oh man! The cutest family ever! Love you guys!! xoxox

October 9, 2014 - 6:05 pm

Michael Rafferty - Great photos! Can’t wait to meet her.

October 9, 2014 - 7:07 pm

Christine Huffman - these are just too beautiful, makes my heart melt and tears fill my eyes

October 9, 2014 - 7:35 pm

Allison McClain McCowan - I love these! Great family pictures and memories to look back on. Rio is lovely and I can’t wait to meet your little gem.

October 9, 2014 - 10:06 pm

Deborah McCowan - How utterly sweet! Congratulations to all!!! You’ve just entered the phase of your life that will be so rewarding and teach you so many things. I’m so happy for you both.

October 9, 2014 - 10:27 pm

Stacy Clark - Gorgeous!

October 9, 2014 - 10:30 pm

Shauna Huffman Black - Sooooo sweet! Can’t wait to meet her!

October 10, 2014 - 12:29 am

Jill Hansen DeCelle - She’s beautiful Bri! Xxoo

October 11, 2014 - 1:48 pm

Susan L Klenner - So beautiful! Of course I knew that with her having such gorgeous looking parents how could she not be. Love you three bunches!
Aunt Susan xxxooo

The Brown Family: Film

Lilee Brown-53Last night I received these beautiful film scans back from The Find Lab.  I totally teared up looking through these photos of my sweet friends and what a beautiful family they are.

We got together Labor Day weekend at their home to document this fun chapter of Lilee’s life.  I’m so in love with these gorgeousl family portraits. I loved using their beautiful summer yard to capture such sweet moments.

Film: Kodak Portra 400, Mamiya 645

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September 18, 2014 - 4:11 pm

Brittany Kerr - These are so so beautiful!

September 18, 2014 - 5:17 pm

Jennifer Lauren - GORGEOUS!

September 18, 2014 - 8:21 pm

Sarita Kuykendall - Love these pictures.

September 20, 2014 - 11:57 am

Evelyn Sadik Gainer - Mel your great eye has done it again, beautiful!! Love you all Grammy xo

Holiday Film Mini Sessions

It’s almost Fall, the most amazing time of the year. Back by popular demand, are my film mini sessions!

Shoot me an email at to book your session.

Happy Fall, xo



Beach bumming: Film

NRcole000807-R7-E034Jude-1Beach bumming in Texas with my best  girlfriends and my favorite kiddos is a new tradition we will be making. I have the most amazing friends in my life, and for that I feel incredibly blessed. These boys plus my favorite little lady Lily are something else.

Film: Ilford HP 400 & Portra 400

Mamiya 645

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Expecting mother: Film

NRcole000807-R5-E004This beautiful mama deserves the world.  My sweet friend is expecting her baby girl in just a few weeks.  I love these beautiful portraits that I was able to capture of her on film.

Film: Portra 160, Tmax 400

Mamiya 645

Developed and scanned by The Find Lab.


August 22, 2014 - 9:36 pm

Amy Lupton - I love these. They captured her so well. The lighting was perfect. My favorite is her giggling on the couch! You are beautiful! Blessings on a beautiful new journey!

September 3, 2014 - 4:01 pm

Rose Lindo-Lundy - Mel, these are beautiful! Love love LOVE.