You know how people with beautiful souls just seem to make things warm and bright? That’s what it feels like to be around Melissa. I was SO honored when this friend asked me to take her portraits, and the closer our shoot date came the more excited I was to get her in front of my lens! Melissa is an extraordinary human being, pouring her heart out for hundreds of kids and the staff that guides them each day. Selfless doesn’t even really come close to sufficiently describing how she lives her life and I’m so grateful that I get to call her friend!
I got to meet this gorgeous girl in one of our (required) statistics classes at UT Dallas. I was like, well this is going to be torture soooo I better find someone to make friends with QUICK. I walked over to where she was sitting and was like "Hey I'm Kaylynn, you remind me of my sister, can I sit here?" She kind of laughed and said "Sure." So clearly that was a good decision on my part because we've been friends ever since. She has such a kind heart and beautiful mind! I was so honored to take these photos to commemorate all her hard work and I couldn't have asked for a better model because well, just LOOK. She failed to mention all these years that she's secretly a professional model, nbd. Congrats girl, so excited for you and all this new chapter holds!
Style and Photos: Yours Truly Model: Caroline Calabrese Threads: Free People
About a month ago Danny called me up and said he wanted to surprise his sweet wife with some anniversary photos. How adorable is that? What a precious husband thing to do! So happy I could capture some photos for these twitterpated humans as they celebrated one whole year of marriage! I'm sure anyone who's married will tell you that it's awesome, AND it is work. Really hard but really good and rewarding work, and you can tell just how much these two have put into caring for one another just by the way they look at each other. Congratulations Kriegs!! Love y'all!
Ooooook guys, this handsome human right here is Mason, and guess what? He's almost done with high school at J.J. Pearce in Richardson. Can we all just agree that high school seems crazy long when you're in it, but then seems like the tiniest drop in the bucket of life when you're walking across that stage? Mason is hilarious and genuine, and has all kinds of skills. Soccer skills, ukulele skills (which I forced him to demonstrate for me and it was amazing, obviously) and he's part of his youth group at church. This is one brave and selfless young man too y'all. He's headed off to the Marine's as soon as that tassel goes from right to left! It's not hard to see why his family is so ridiculously proud of him. Thanks for being such a great sport letting me take your photos Mason!! And telling me how to kill a chicken (or was it a duck?) I don't remember, I'm trying to forget.
This whole springtime in February thing was in full effect for us over the weekend and we were totally ok with it. Look at this lovely girl! She's such a natural, our Downtown headshot session was easy breezy! Coffee and sunshine and photos? That's mind kind of friday, and when my clients are this beautiful I just have to share!!
It's Senior season y'all! Kicking things off this year with my absolute favorite one (yes, I'm totally biased.) She's always willing to go a-photo-shootin' with me even when it's freezing cold outside, she's such a great sport! This girl and I used to ride horses together from the time when she was about 3 years old and now she's taken her love of those ponies to the classroom. Ms. Meryl MacKenzie has almost completed her studies in Animal Science and continues to pursue even greater heights (sorry I had to) in her hunter jumper career. She's as goofy as she is gorgeous and I can't wait to see what adventure she'll take on next!
Another year has come and gone and these sweet humans are still the light of my life every week as they lead our home group in becoming more like Jesus. I've probably eaten more meals at their house than in my own home, because lets be real, I'm a lot more comfortable behind the camera than I am in the kitchen and Melissa is always making something delicious! But here's the thing, having an open table is just a tiny part of it.
Josh and Melissa live their lives with an open door, to friends, family, neighbors, and strangers. They're raising some of the most well behaved precious little humans I've ever had the pleasure of playing construction site with, just look at those happy faces! I can't really put in to words how incredible they are, and how well they love people. So if you don't already know them, you should, they're genuine welcoming hearts are sure to make you feel at home in no time. And they'll probably try to feed you.