We decided to do Grace’s 18 month old session at home because Mom knew that’s where everything she loved would be.  I was excited because I think in home sessions are the best thing ever….they capture your family in their happy place, everyone is more relaxed…and there is AIR CONDITIONING….because…it’s Houston and summer is upon us.

We even got to do a Life in Motion video, which you can see at the end of this post.  I so wish I could go back and see more of my own kiddos in the middle of toddler strutting, peek a boo, and belly rolls out in all of their glory!

Nothing makes time seem like it’s flying more than when I see one of my newborn clients have their first birthday!  Did the earth really circle the sun that fast!?  It seems like it wasn’t too long ago that we were doing Zoe’s newborn pictures and now here we are celebrating her first birthday!

She was taking it all in for the first part of the session but then she lit up with some of the most gorgeous smiles!  And of course, what 1st Birthday session is complete without a cake smash?

Happy Birthday Zoe!

This beautiful family has already become very dear to me.  We only met a few months ago when I did their maternity session, but after spending the night in the hospital with them while waiting on and then welcoming Logan, friendship was also born.  I was so excited to see them just a couple weeks later for Logan’s newborn session.  A newborn session is so much more than documenting tiny toes and perfect details.  To me, it’s about telling the story of a family’s love for each other…and freezing moments in time so they can remember those early days that too quickly become a blur.

Birth photography was not something I set out to do….to be honest, I didn’t even know it existed until just a few years ago!  When my dear friend asked me to be present to document the birth of her baby last year, I was in awe of the idea….what an honor to be asked to be at one of the most important, intimate moments in someone’s life!  After that breathtaking day, I remember coming home and telling my husband how amazing it was…I was hooked and wanted to do more sessions like this….mostly because I so wished I had done something like this when my own two little loves were born!

What an priceless treasure to be able to relive not only the anticipation leading up to birth, but the first moments of laying eyes on your child!  I’m getting chills just thinking about it now!

Logan’s mom contacted me late last year and was so excited to take advantage of one of my Watch Me Grow sessions.  As we talked more, she asked if I would be willing to document Logan’s birth.  Several weeks ago I got to literally watch this family grow by one as they welcomed Logan…and what an amazing and beautiful night it was. I’m beyond excited to share Logan’s birth story with you.

The Birth of Logan from Melissa Lebo Parsons on Vimeo.

There is so much anticipation awaiting the arrival of a little one. There is excitement (of course!), checking things off the list, getting the nursery ready and wondering what it’s really going to be like when you finally get to meet this little person.   I always tell my soon to be moms that nothing can prepare you for that moment…it will far and away blow any other life moment out of the water when you finally lay eyes on your own child. But in those few weeks leading up to that wonderful day, there is the anticipation and soaking in the last few days of this stage of life as it is right now….just the two of you…where it all started.  It’s such an important time as well and should be captured.  This is why I love maternity sessions so much!  Don’t look over this opportunity when booking a newborn session….capture it all by taking advantage of one of my packages.

It wasn’t that long ago that I was sharing Garner’s birth story with you, but we all know how time has that pesky way of going by way too fast and this little guy is already seven months old.  I was beyond excited when Kat asked me to do an in home “Happy Place” session with her family a few weeks ago.  We wanted to let the boys have fun while capturing pictures in sweet spots of their home.   These rooms not only capsulate our memories…they are where true joy, love and comfort are found daily in this stage of life.

These types of Happy Place sessions are my new far and away favorite…..and make sure to scroll down all the way to the bottom to see their Life in Motion add on video!



This session location was the best idea and I can’t even take credit for it!

This momma knew that her two year old twins would have WAY more fun playing at one of their favorite parks than trying to pose them on our own and force a few smiles.  I’m not into forced smiles anyway, so I thought her idea was genius!  The kids didn’t even realize we were doing a photo session and had fun doing their own thing….we got plenty of natural smiles (my favorite!) and I loved capturing some photos of them at this stage of life where all things revolve around tea parties, cars, swinging, climbing, exploring….and not staying still!

When booking your next photo session, think about your kids love doing!  Is it playing at home with dress up and dance parties, relaxing at home, running around their favorite park, enjoying time at a favorite spot, a weekend away at the lakehouse or playing football with dad?  Think outside the box and let’s capture your family in their happy place.  I love these types of sessions!

This fun couple is about to welcome TWIN baby boys very soon!  I know you will call me a liar when you see how gorgeous this momma looks…there is no possible way that TWO babies are in that beautiful bump, but she assures me that there will be in fact, TWO baby boys at our newborn session in a few weeks.  =)

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