Wednesday, September 13, 2017

{HEY GUYS!}


I have been so bad about updating you guys here. LIFE has just been so busy! For the first time, maybe ever, I am focusing on what I love and trying to make something of it. Nearly all of my time goes into being behind my camera! So much so that I wasn't snapping any day-to-day photos of my kiddos. So the last couple weeks I reminded myself that it's ok to take normal photos of my babies lol, so you guys get to see some of those today. 
I have so many things coming up, so I imagine my time is just going to get slimmer. I will do my best to pop in and share some day to day life around here.
Luce is just still exhausting lol so any free time I have is spent showering or attempting to look like I care about myself HA.
Henry is happy as a bird with a french fry! Was anyone else that mom that swore she'd never let her kid wear characters or dress themselves?! Look at this child...
So much goes out the window when actually become a parent, and for good reason. Your kids love what they love and you want them to be happy! BUT he will definitely be looking sharp for pictures this weekend 😂. PJ day at school can't last forever lol.
Nothing else is really new around here. I'm love watching Luce and Sean together. She has him so wrapped around her finger. She is already a daddy's girl and I love it.
We have pictures this weekend, so I'll be sure to share those when we get them. I also took photos of my gorgeous friend who is launching a new blog! I'll send you her way when it launches!
xx,
Melissa Loren

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

{Welcome To The Ozarks}


Last week Sean was on vacation so we decided to take a mini road trip to Branson. I say mini because we only stayed one night. We got there early Monday morning and left Tuesday afternoon. We originally wanted to drive to Colorado for several days, but Luce is miserable in the car for long periods of time. She only sleeps for short periods and is only happy for a bit, then she just wants to be OUT of the car seat. So we knew even the 3.5 hour trip to Branson was a stretch. Monday morning we arrived at Silver Dollar City to see what it was all about and so Henry could ride all the rides. Of course little man was sick, so he wasn't at his best, but he still went nuts for everything. Sean and I tag-teamed riding rides with him and watching Luc. Henry loved it and wasn't ready to leave. After SDC we headed to the hotel to take a break and clean up, then we headed to Branson Landing for some shopping and dinner. Shopping included TY Beanie Boos and candy from the It's Sugar store. 😂 We also enjoyed a fountain/light show on the strip, walked the river and checked out Bass Pro.
Tuesday we woke up bright and early ready to check out the Lost Canyon Nature Trail. Of course they delayed their opening time due to maintenance which was kind of a bummer, but it worked out because we were able to find another pretty awesome trail that followed Table Rock Lake. We saw some lizards and Henry had a blast throwing rocks into the lake. Boys. We knew we really wanted to see the canyon though, so after a bit we headed back that way, and boy was it worth it! It was definitely the best part of our trip and a favorite by all! It was so beautiful and so relaxing. You drive a golf cart through caves, tunnels and over bridges. The views are glorious! Worth a trip! We ended the afternoon with a round of dinosaur mini golf for Henry and headed home. Of course Luce slept for the first 35 minutes and then decided to be a grump butt the rest of the way home. 😰 We survived though, and we'd do it again. The only bad part now is that Luce has Henry's cold and it's twice as hard on her. Praying she shakes this cold quickly and we all don't pass it back and forth.
Here's a few pics from our trip...
xx,
Melissa Loren

















Tuesday, September 5, 2017

{Fresh 48}

I've shared these most everywhere, but just incase I have some readers who don't follow me everywhere else, and care, I thought I'd share them here. I've been MIA lately because this photography gig has been keeping me super busy. Add to that a mini road trip and sick kiddos, this mama has barely slept in weeks. It's hard to keep up with everything some days. 
Taking these photos was so fun and I have another one coming up very soon. Fresh 48 photos are taken within the first 48 hours of child's birth. They're meant to real and raw, not too posed or staged. I so wish I had more photos like this from my children's first few days of life. Especially when Henry and Luce first met. It also breaks my heart that we don't have *any* photos of Sean and I together at the hospital with Luce. These moments go by QUICKLY, you barely blink and you're already wobbling out of the hospital to take your newborn home to watch them grow. Your time in the hospital is such a whirlwind and you will barely realize what happened while you were there. These photos capture those moments when first meeting your baby, so that you'll have them forever. <3

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

{My First Newborn Session}

I don't know if you guys saw this post, but I'm working on switching things around here. We'll be transitioning the name of the blog to Harper and Colette, since they're the focus of my writing and sharing. Also, since they're my inspiration for my photography and my logo. I am trying to make everything cohesive, so bear with me as we make the shift!
Today's post features the sweetest, most beautiful newborn baby girl. I was honored to photograph her for my dear friend. She was my very first newborn photoshoot. There is obviously always room for improvement and that will come with time and experience, but I have to say taking these photos was so good for me. It was good for my mind, my soul, my practice. Working with newborns brings a certain joy to me. I was calm, patient and yet riveted by the entire experience. Newborn babies are just incredible. The innocence, the sleepiness and the endless snuggles. I think I may have found my favorite kind of models. <3
To my surprise, my calendar is quickly filling up this fall and with my own personal travels, Halloween and Henry's 4th birthday coming up, things will only get tighter! Be sure to contact me if you're looking for photos. :)
xx,
Melissa Loren














































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