Waco Lifestyle Photographer

Donohue Family | Lifestyle Family Photography | Waco Wedding & Family Photographer

baby boy in crib | lifestyle family photography in Waco, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography

First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes some of our 2015 J&M Sweethearts asking us to take portraits of their new little one and us saying, "YES, PLEASE!!!"

mom feeding baby on couch | lifestyle family photography in Waco, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography

We had the privilege of photographing Mike & Rachel's gorgeous and so fun wedding at the Horseshoe Bay Resort in Horseshoe Bay, Texas in the summer of 2015. (See their seriously awesome wedding reception where they were the lead singers of the reception band here.) They were such a loving couple and we continued to keep in touch long after their wedding. Fast forward to 2016, and we found ourselves congratulating them on their first little one!

One day our phone rang and Rachel was on the other end. She asked if we'd be available and interested in photographing her and Mike and their new son, as well as Mike's daughters. Of course we were! We discussed some options for the family portrait session and decided an in-home lifestyle session would be perfect. And so last week, I (Melaina) drove out to their beautiful home in China Spring to photograph the new addition to their family.

Mom feeding baby while Dad drinks coffee | lifestyle family photography in Waco, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography

Photographing a family in their home, documenting what real life looks like in this particular chapter of your family's love story, is one of my favorite things to do. There's just something about having those moments recorded, to look back and see your home, to see the nursery your baby slept in, to see a photograph documenting the countless hours you spent feeding and rocking your baby on the couch or in the rocking chair. It tells the story of your family for years to come, and serves as a memorial to help you remember with clarity this time in life. 

I wish there was a better word than neat to describe it, but it just is so neat that we were there to photograph the day Mike & Rachel said, "I do," and now we were able to go into their home and photograph this next chapter in their Sweetheart Story. And what better way to document little KP's first Christmas than with images of his family decorating their Christmas tree?  

Mom, dad and baby snuggle on the couch | Lifestyle Family Session in Waco, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography
Family poses on couch | Lifestyle Family Session in Waco, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography
Family decorates Christmas tree | Lifestyle Family Session in Waco, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography
Family decorates Christmas tree | lifestyle family photography in Waco, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography
Family decorating Christmas tree | lifestyle family photography in Waco, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography
Dad holds new baby by Christmas tree | lifestyle family photography in Waco, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography
baby lays on homemade quilt | lifestyle family photography in Waco, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography
Dad holds baby son | lifestyle family photography in Waco, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography
Dad holds baby | lifestyle family photography in Waco, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography
Dad holds 2 month old baby | lifestyle family photography in Waco, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography
baby son in crib | lifestyle family photography in Waco, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography
Mom dresses crying baby | lifestyle family photography in Waco, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography
Mom snuggles infant son | lifestyle family photography in Waco, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography
Mom kisses baby son | lifestyle family photography in Waco, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography

Thank you, Mike & Rachel, for the honor of being in your presence once again, documenting your love story!

 

The Kellys | Lifestyle Children's Session | Waco Family Photographer

boy playing with trucks | lifestyle family photography session in Waco, Texas | Jason & Melaian Photography.jpg

Remember this family? In early spring, they grew from a family of 3 to a family of 4 with the addition of a sweet little sister. I was invited into their home to meet little Lucy, and to photograph some sweet moments between this mama and daddy and their two precious little ones.

boy looks out window during lifestyle family photography session in Waco, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography

Because time moves so fast and any of us who have had children know, that first year of a baby's life is full of so many changes. One minute they're a tiny newborn who sleeps most of the day away. And then you blink and they've got chubby cheeks and a toothless grin. They go from lying helpless to rolling over, to scooting, to crawling, to cruising, to walking, to running away from you. So Lucy's mama asked if I'd be willing to take milestone portraits for Lucy, to photograph her at 3 months, 6 months, 9 months and finally, her first birthday. Of course, I agreed.

Which brings us to this children's photography session. Lucy and her family had just moved into their first home in Texas, so we decided to photograph Lucy and her big brother, Jake, in the home they'd look back and remember as their childhood home. Instead of bright sun like we had hoped, rain poured outside, making for a dreary day. But it wasn't something that couldn't be overcome with some playtime with truck in the window sill.

boy plays with trucks and books in lifestyle family photography session in Waco, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography
boy plays in living room during lifestyle family photography session in Waco, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography
boy and baby sister lay on rug in lifestyle family photography session in Waco, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography

In the three months that had passed since I first photographed Lucy, she had developed such a sweet personality and a huge grin. We even got to hear her laugh and squeal, which was such a change from the fresh new baby she had been in her first portrait session. Seeing the amount she had grown in such a short time reminded me once again of why I do what I do. Time moves so quickly in little one's lives, and I consider it such an honor to freeze time and forever capture each new stage in Lucy's first year.

baby smiles at camera in lifestyle family photography session in Waco, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography
baby looks seriously at camera in lifestyle family photography session in Waco, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography
3 month old portraits in Waco, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography
3 month old baby smiles at her mama off camera in lifestyle family photography session in Waco, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography

Thank you, Kelly family, for allowing me to bear witness to Lucy and Jake's growth this year. Seeing her big grin and watching her scoot around this morning at her 6 months portrait session was so much fun, and I can't wait to share those images too!

The Pratts | Lifestyle Family Photography | Austin Family Photography

baby in crib | lifestyle family photography in Cedar Park, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography

Can I share my excitement with you today? This was a dream session for me (Melaina). I enjoy when a mama asks me to take portraits of her family. But this mama right here invited me into her home and asked me to photograph a day in her family's life. 

family reading book on their couch | lifestyle family photography in Cedar Park, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography

You see, I always found lifestyle photography intriguing. The idea of having a photographer come into your home to document your family's life sounded like a neat concept. But then I became a mama myself and realized how precious those pictures truly are to a mama's heart. We have dozens upon dozens of folders on our computer of pictures we've taken of our girls on a regular day. Pictures of bubbles on the back porch, of little ones sitting pensively reading books, of playtime with dolls and play-do. And while I enjoy and showcase the family portraits we've had taken over the years, it's these folders of images forever captured that truly remind me of what life was like when my littles were little.

mom and baby playing on floor | lifestyle family photography in Cedar Park, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography

So when my friend asked me to drive to her home near Austin, Texas to take pictures of her family, I jumped at the chance. We talked through what an average day looks like for her and her sweet family, the moments that truly capture their life. Then we moved throughout their home, capturing natural interactions that occur day in and day out, forever preserving this brief window of time in their family's love story. 

mom, baby, and family dog playing on floor | lifestyle family photography in Cedar Park, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography

I photographed them spending time on their covered back porch, a favorite activity of their's to do in the summer evenings. My friend serves as a teaching pastor at her church in Round Rock, Texas, and spends time each week in her home office crafting sermons and creating curriculum, often with her sweet baby at her side. So we spent time in their home office, photographing her and her little one in their regular routine. We captured dad bouncing his little girl on an exercise ball, a bedtime ritual they do every evening. I photographed this precious little one looking out the window in her nursery, one of her favorite activities. And we moved room to room, telling the story of this sweet family of 3...well, 4 including their puppy. :) A story that is beautiful and magical and the reality of their now.

baby eating in kitchen | lifestyle family photography in Cedar Park, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography
baby and mom in kitchen | lifestyle family photography in Cedar Park, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography
family enjoying their back porch | lifestyle family photography in Cedar Park, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography
family playing on their back porch| lifestyle family photography in Cedar Park, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography
dad and baby playing on front lawn | lifestyle family photography in Cedar Park, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography
mom holding baby and working at computer | lifestyle family photography in Cedar Park, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography
mom holding baby and working on computer| lifestyle family photography in Cedar Park, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography
baby sitting in mom's lap at computer | lifestyle family photography in Cedar Park, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography
baby playing in bouncer | lifestyle family photography in Cedar Park, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography
baby playing in crib | lifestyle family photography in Cedar Park, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography
dad bounces baby on a ball | lifestyle family photography in Cedar Park, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography
baby with doll on bed | lifestyle family photography in Cedar Park, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography
mom and baby play on bed | lifestyle family photography in Cedar Park, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography
mom kisses baby | lifestyle family photography in Cedar Park, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography
mom reads to baby | lifestyle family photography in Cedar Park, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography
mom and baby on bed| lifestyle family photography in Cedar Park, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography

So thank you, Pratt family, for inviting me into your home and letting me be a fly-on-the-wall. Your family is truly beautiful and I hope you forever cherish this sweet time of life.