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My beautiful boy is autistic.

EEcole001105-R2-E035I adore this picture of Jude. Recently, he and I went walking around Hyde Park neighborhood one early Saturday morning. It’s crazy how quiet this city is during an early weekend morning. The weeks are chaos in our household these days. That chaos has finally become our new normal, and we have all finally adjusted to the new routines. Since Jude was born, neither Chase or I had weekends off. We were both extremely focused on our careers and making a life for our child with two parents in the creative professional world. 3 months ago we made some changes that were difficult for me at first, but now more than ever I see how good these changes really were.

Today I got these sweet sweet film portraits back of Jude, and all I could feel in my heart was a burst of pride, I have the most amazing and beautiful son. Today I also received the call from the Austin independent school district letting me know that Jude’s evaluations has been completed. The speech pathologist and the diagnostic director called to let me know that Jude has been accepted into the school district for special needs. The speech pathologist told me that Jude has “absent of spoken language.”  I have learned quickly that everything has a specific label. AHG! I still feel that I have no clue what all it means sometimes, but I do know I’m trying like hell to understand and keep up, and I will eventually get there knowing that I will have my days that are harder than others.

It has has been 6 months of processing,  so much change, crazy up and down emotions, and so much time dedicated to autism research and evaluations.  Today I feel stronger and know that I’m the best mother for Jude.  My heart is full knowing that I have such a gifted and special boy in my life. He teaches us something new every single day. I plan to share my experiences and emotions being a mother to a child with autism here in my blog often, hoping that I will get to connect to other parents who have similar lives or just share our story. I’m an honest and open book.  All I truly want is for others to learn and open their eyes and heart to Autism. It’s a challenging gift and journey we are on.

Film: Portra 400

Mamiya 645

Developed & Scanned by The Find Lab.

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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