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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

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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

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Developed and scanned by The Find Lab.


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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