The Murrell Family | Woodway, TX

There's something about a family with lots of boys that I (Melaina) find so intriguing. Growing up, my one younger brother was far outnumbered by his three sisters. He often complained about being in an estrogen-filled house. Jason and I also only have two daughters, so the boy in our house is out-numbered 3 to 1. Being around a family of lots of boys is foreign territory for me.

But it's oh so fun! Their energy is infectious. Their spirits are playful. And they love to move. 

The Murrell family did not disappoint. Their three sons were balls of energy, and you could tell their home was a lively one. In all the fun, though, one of the touching things was to see how they loved on their baby sister. She is in the early stages of walking, and they were eager to help her. They would give her hugs when I was posing them. And even though she may grow up out-numbered, you could just tell she was going to have three older brothers who loved and protected her throughout her life. 

Thank you, Murrell family, for letting me capture this time in your family's life. It was a joy to be with you in the bluebonnets. 

The Brown Family | Woodway, TX

Not too long ago, a friend told me (Melaina), "I have this friend who just moved to Waco, and I think you two would really hit it off." So our mutual friend set up a play-date at the park for us to meet and for our kids to play.

And she was right.

It's been so fun to get to know this sweet family. Our daughters are becoming besties and it's always great to add another friend to your tribe. Because living life takes a tribe, y'all.

To celebrate their settlement in Waco, to celebrate making new friends, and because it's spring and central Texas comes alive in the spring, we decided to let this adorable family be themselves in a field of bluebonnets and Indian paintbrushes while I snapped some pictures. 

There's something magical about springtime in central Texas. Wildflowers transform the landscape and turn one of our favorite places to play into a wildflower wonderland. The large field in the center of the walking trail at Whitehall Park in Woodway no longer is a non-descriptive grassy field, but rather a field vibrant with the deep blues and purples of bluebonnets and a sea of red from the Indian paintbrushes. Every time I find myself out there in March and April, I want to run through the field, touching all the flowers. So when for a portion of our shoot this sweet little one wanted to run through the flowers rather than sit still, I told her mama to let her.

You are living the dream, little girl. 

You know what else is magical? Being a fly-on-the-wall, watching a loving mom and dad dote on their little girl. Each family portrait session we do is an opportunity for us to be invited in to the love shared among a family, and it's always one of the most precious things to witness. Seeing how a parent interacts with a child naturally, and being able to capture that love shared in a recorded image to reflect on for years to come? That's beauty right there.

Thanks for being our friends, Brown family. We're so glad you moved to Waco.