The Caldwell Family celebrates Fin! He's one year old! by Melanie Grizzel

Sweet little Fin Fin turned one in December. He loves to get down and dance, playing in fall leaves, to feeding his the minpin purple cookies. He's precious and patient. and just adores being hung upside down or otherwise tossed about. So basically, he's 2.2016-01-24_0001.jpg 2016-01-24_0003.jpg 2016-01-24_0004.jpg 2016-01-24_0006.jpg 2016-01-24_0002.jpg 2016-01-24_0005.jpg 2016-01-24_0007.jpg 2016-01-24_0008.jpg 2016-01-24_0009.jpg 2016-01-24_0011.jpg 2016-01-24_0010.jpg 2016-01-24_0012.jpg 2016-01-24_0013.jpg 2016-01-24_0015.jpg 2016-01-24_0014.jpg 2016-01-24_0016.jpg 2016-01-24_0017.jpg 2016-01-24_0018.jpg 2016-01-24_0019.jpg 2016-01-24_0020.jpg 2016-01-24_0021.jpg 2016-01-24_0022.jpg 2016-01-24_0023.jpg 2016-01-24_0024.jpg 2016-01-24_0025.jpg 2016-01-24_0026.jpg 2016-01-24_0027.jpg 2016-01-24_0028.jpg 2016-01-24_0030.jpg

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Austin original, husband and wife wedding photography team based in Central Tx. We specialize in documentary style wedding photography for couples who seek a unique, colorful and timeless look for their wedding photos. With experience in Advertising and Editorial Photography and Design we bring a unique perspective to Wedding Photography, Bridal Photography, Engagement Photography, and Boudoir Photography as well as Custom Wedding Invitation Design. If you’re looking for the bold, fearless and the Best Wedding Photographer in Austin Tx, you found the right team! Available for destination wedding photography worldwide.

Shameem's peaceful and loving - Austin Maternity Photography Session by Melanie Grizzel


Shameem and Amaar met on a blind date  years ago and the couple had to date long distance fora long time while Shameem worked for her residency in New England. The couple married in the California wine country with an intimate group of family before they threw a blow out wedding reception in Austin in December 2012 click here to see their gorgeous wedding reception at Barton Creek Resort. They bought a house in the sweetest little neighborhood (perfect for thier coming family) in South austin while she wrapped up her time in Bostom. They finally get to be together all the time when she took a position near San Antonio and moved to Austin full time. We had such a wonderful time together for their wedding that they vowed to always keep me in the loop when their family had milestones and here we are. We haven't seen each other much since then, just casual conversation (and recipe exchanges) on social media, until now. The incredibly lovely, and almost sticky sweet, Shameem is expecting their first child. A baby girl coming soon. My all time favorite thing about this session is the second shot in the collection. I asked Shameem what kind of a husband Amaar is turning out to be and and her smile was so rich and spoke volumes about their happiness. I am so thrilled to follow my couple's (new family's) paths as they go through life reaching goals and hitting milestones. It's more rewarding than I ever imagined. 2015-11-17_0001.jpg 2015-11-17_0005.jpg2015-11-17_0003.jpg 2015-11-17_0007.jpg 2015-11-17_0008.jpg 2015-11-17_0004.jpg 2015-11-17_0027.jpg2015-11-17_0009.jpg 2015-11-17_0010.jpg 2015-11-17_0014.jpg 2015-11-17_0015.jpg 2015-11-17_0011.jpg 2015-11-17_0012.jpg 2015-11-17_0016.jpg 2015-11-17_0013.jpg 2015-11-17_0024.jpg 2015-11-17_0021.jpg 2015-11-17_0018.jpg 2015-11-17_0019.jpg 2015-11-17_0023.jpg2015-11-17_0022.jpg2015-11-17_0028.jpg2015-11-17_0017.jpg

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Austin original, husband and wife wedding photography team based in Central Tx. We specialize in documentary style wedding photography for couples who seek a unique, colorful and timeless look for their wedding photos. With experience in Advertising and Editorial Photography and Design we bring a unique perspective to Wedding PhotographyBridal PhotographyEngagement Photography, and Boudoir Photography as well as Custom Wedding Invitation Design. If you’re looking for the bold, fearless and the Best Wedding Photographer in Austin Tx, you found the right team! Available for destination wedding photography worldwide.

Elementary School / Austin Family Photographer by Melanie Grizzel

kid photographer, black and white, hula-hoop I was recently asked to create imagery for a local elementary school to post in their office. The images were to include child models but avoid faces so the images could be as anonymous as possible, it was also requested that the images be B/W exclusively.

It was a lot of fun to work on, and I think the images are amazing!

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Charlie Heras - Austin Children's Photographer by Melanie Grizzel

austin infant photographer Charlie Heras. The newest addition to the Heras Family. We had the pleasure of photographing Linsey and Marcos' wedding last year and they are a positively delightful family. So we were honored when we were asked to photograph sweet little Charlie and big brother Ben for their first family portrait. Unfortunately, Marcos was working.  Next time for sure.

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Happy Father's Day! - personal - Austin Wedding Photographer by Melanie Grizzel

cooking with the kids, fathers day Since B was born I always wanted to introduce him to cooking in the kitchen with Mama. It's one of my most favorite things and I think he would like it too. He really likes to eat. So we started off with sifting flour, he thinks sifting flour from a height of about 2 feet looked "pretty," then we segued into stirring which was a hit, but then the train jumped the track when he decided to eat the pancakes dry ingredients.

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B has been going through a particularly whiney period and it's been driving Mommy and Daddy up a wall. But when you get a little of this, albeit fleeting, it's almost worth it. I said almost.

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Then we woke Daddy up and brought him his breakfast and gifts.

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Then the day turns back into Bishop Day, like every other day.


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My B - personal - Austin Children Photography by Melanie Grizzel

at home childrens photographer I had a beautiful baby boy 2+ years ago. I had all of these ideas about what kids would mean to me.

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My mom, while she had to work extra hard to keep us in food and clothes, was an ideal example of what parenting was/is. She loves wholly. It's hard to describe that perfect kind of love.  I remember bits about my childhood and life with her and just remember always feeling like I was wrapped in a warm embrace. I thought for sure that would be the type of parent I would be, think only of my children and making all of my decisions based on their welfare, exclusively. I'm not like my mom, I have a million interests and a career I LOVE. I spend a fair amount of time away from my son, and for a while I thought he didn't care for me too much.  I recently took him to meet his new baby cousin Rhett when he was born and I had my son on my own for 3 days. No Daddy.  No Nanny.  I was scared. How would I handle every moment on my own?

It's amazing to me that there are people out there that love children so much they want to work with them all day.  Our Nanny and my mom would easily take a child on their own and play all day and do all the things a child would like the entire day. I like doing laundry and dishes (not really, but I DO like when they're done.) How can I do all of the things in life and still give my child all of the things he needs like college, cottage cheese and playtime? He went through a particularly bad period where he would whine constantly.  As a parent I thought you can tell what's wrong with your kid, but that was on average. Everyday he would whine and I wouldn't know what the problem was but that I knew he couldn't express himself and this was the base of his frustration. WOW this was a rough patch.  Sometimes I can say I wasn't sure if I even liked him, every day was a struggle and I would think why did we have kids again?

Then today I woke up and he was laying on his belly three feet from the cat and asking her "What's your name?" I said "Her name is Mamma, she doesn't talk like you." He ignored this altogether and proceeded with, "Kitty, what's your name?" With that my heart swelled to an unprecedented size and burst into a million baby hearts. On our one-on-one trip to see his baby cousin that immediately trailed a family trip to New York, we bonded. We really connected, his health is good and he is learning everyday more words and putting phrases together. We started with, during his terribly rough patch, "May I have _____, please" it really helped to curb the whining, and he is very capable now. He uses the phrase for everything "May I have cottage cheese, please?" for obvious reasons. And "May I have playground please?" when he wants to go play. And when I wasn't pushing his swing fast enough "May I have higher please?"

Now I know if he is crabby which is usually once every couple of weeks, it's probably because he is tired or bored. We're told all the time what an easy child he is, which is always followed with, "wait till the next one!" usually with a little snicker... Oh yeah?! maybe we just make good kids.

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his beloved Bunny Bear, never leaves home without him. Neither do we ;)

Raising a child is a balancing act, with each success there is a usually a new challenge.  In our case, he can communicate but that means he can now express a preference to sleep in our bed instead of his own. Just when you think you've got this child rearing thing tapped, a new situation presents itself. You discuss with your spouse what the next move should be and implement. Then hopefully that problem is solved and you can ride a 2 to 3 day parenting success wave before there is a new issue you get to work on. When my son was due I was scared out of my mind. Not only, "Will I be a good parent?" but also "How do I keep an infant breathing?" these were my concerns. I had a good friend tell me, "God wouldn't present you with a problem you can't solve." Luckily all of those problems don't come at once. It is years worth of weekly challenges, but with each issue comes real hugs.  "I you too," which is Bishop speak for I love you,  and this....

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Sometimes I think my heart may burst with happiness.


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8.31.09 Cousins by Melanie Grizzel

Last weekend my sister Hillarie and her daughter Reagan (Bishop's cousin) came to visit for the weekend. Reagan is 2.5 years old now and she talks and walks and has this awesome personality that you just seem to be drawn to. She also gives the best hugs of just about anyone I know. She's not shy, she is extremely forthcoming and affectionate. I just can't get enough of her...
please enjoy these great big blue eyes. 

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