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my special boy

We are half way through summer and as we go through lots of changes over here, I feel at peace.
I recently came across this passage and it made me smile.
It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.
Jude is on the spectrum of autism with his sensory processing disorder,  and this is what I want to share for now.
My dear Jude,
You have a very special mind, you see the world in ways others can’t. This is quite an advantage you have. You, and others like you,  make our world even more beautiful.
July 21, 2014 - 8:07 pm

Morgan Elizabeth Cullen - y’all amaze me…as does this gorgeous little man, xo

July 21, 2014 - 8:40 pm

Kathleen Webb Ferro - Love our little Jude Bug, that’s for sure!

July 21, 2014 - 9:29 pm

Andrea Ferro Braxdale - Love this kid to pieces!! He feels my heart with joy every time I see him! Love you Jude Bug!!

July 22, 2014 - 12:50 am

Julie - Yes, Mel, I believe your words so much after working with many spd, autistic, and other special kiddos through the years. They have a truly uniquely gifted and beautiful lens to view the world. You obviously have that, too–it will be a rich journey for y’all. Lifting y’all with love and prayers.

July 22, 2014 - 1:41 am

Kelly MacNiven - Awww, so sweet! Thanks for sharing. My sister has a child with Asperger’s syndrome and things are very hard but also very different, interesting and fun. He’s extremely smart. There are positive and not as positive sides to everyone’s personality and type of intellect and it is what makes us all unique and able to think differently and solve problems together. My nephew has a very special mind like Jude and it can take them very far in life, especially when they have a momma so nurturing and understanding such as yourself. All the best to you and your adorable family Mel!

July 22, 2014 - 1:50 am

Orlanda Chapa-De Los Santos - Such a beautiful boy and beautiful strong mommy!

July 22, 2014 - 5:53 pm

Rachael Reeder Armstrong - You are a beautiful family.

July 23, 2014 - 6:10 am

Carolyn Webb - He is a beautiful child! You and Chase will be great teachers and guides for him. Wish ing your family a lifetime of blessings! Love y’all. Hope to see you soon.

July 23, 2014 - 6:12 am

Carolyn Wilson Webb - He is a beautiful child! You and Chase will be great teachers and guides for him. Wishing your family a lifetime of blessings! Love y’all. Hope to see you soon.

Family film session at Green Gate Farms

imageThis beautiful family is SO dear to my heart.  Amy is a kindred spirit to me, we dream and love so much alike. Documenting the love this family has for one another is truly soulfull. I absolutely love these moments at Green Gate Farm.

Film: Ektar 100, Portra 160, Acros 100

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May 14, 2014 - 1:41 pm

Brittany Kerr - so good. :)

May 15, 2014 - 6:25 pm

Amy Lupton - the best!!!!!!! thank you so much.

June 12, 2014 - 8:55 pm

Oma - beyond words amazing!…absolutely love them. How do we get them in an album?

Mother’s Day – Cole Collective


Happy mother’s day to all you beautiful and wonderful mamas! Today, I whisper a prayer for all the mothers in this world. I pray for all the mothers who have lost their children and for all the children who have lost their mothers.

Thank you mama for always being the most selfless and strong woman that you are, you have inspired me to be the mom I am today. I love you.

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Kids summer photography camp – Cole Collective

Kids summer photography camp 

This summer I will be teaching a photography camp just for kids at the Khabele elementary school. 

austin kids photography camp

I am extremely excited to be teaching young children photography again this summer. This will be my 3rd year to be teaching at the Khabele Brodie campus. Each summer the children and I have such a wonderful time together. Here is just a little info about the camp.

The photography camp will be led by Mel Cole, a local family and lifestyle photographer.

Location: 9607 Brodie Lane (portable building)

Hours: 9am-3pm

Campers will learn the basic photography elements: Light, Composition, Color, Texture. We will explore how to define oneself through pictures that tell a story. This will be a hands-on immersive learning class. Each child will be provided with a disposable camera, but are encouraged to bring their own point and shoot digital and will be asked to get pictures printed at the local store to have print images for camp projects. 

To sign up, just pay below and then shoot me an email at

I can’t wait to spend a fun week being creative with your little ones! 

Cheers! -Mel

Meet Lilee Ann: Newborn documentary series

Today on the blog is a very special newborn documentary session. Lilee -76

This little love bug belongs to my wonderful friend and recent book author Amanda Brown of Spruce Upholstery.  Last May when Amanda and Keith shared the news that they would be expecting in January, I was thrilled to have another good friend having a baby. I look back on that time and I’m still in total awe of the things Amanda accomplished while growing this beautiful child in her womb. She is a special kind of lady and I’m blessed to have this amazing mama in my life.

Lilee Ann Brown made her big entrance into our world on January 11th in the comfort of their own home. What a beautiful and precious life she is. I’m absolutely in love with their first family documentary photo shoot.

Film + Digital

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Portra 400

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