Monday, August 21, 2017

{Time For Change}

Hey guys! I just wanted to keep you in the loop and update you on what's going to be going on around here. I will slowly being changing Love Like Johnny and June to Harper & Colette. It will share more about my photography, but the blog name is also changing for obvious reasons. My kids are my world and this blog revolves around them. It just makes sense to make the shift. I'm really ready to dive into this and *make* it something! I'm being extremely proactive and taking myself seriously. I'm realizing as I get older that anything is possible, IF you go for it. No one can tell you no, but you. You only have one life to live and you might as well live it doing something you're passionate about. I'm ready to start living. To start working. To start pushing boundaries. So bear with me as we make this shift and go all in!
And thank you to those who have been so incredibly supportive and encouraging! It goes without saying that it means the absolute world to me!
I'm going to link my Pinterest page where I've started pinning some of my photos and also my Facebook page which will slowly convert as well!

Melissa Loren

Thursday, August 17, 2017

{6 Months of Luce}

How did this happen? Her new baby scent is gone, long gone for that matter. Her startle reflex is gone. Her willingness to fall asleep at the breast is gone. Her tight fists and bobbly head have disappeared. Her rapid breathing and baby acne faded months ago. Her coos have grown into raspberries and giggles. 
It's happening, right before my eyes. 
She's already transitioning into a tiny human, from a tiny newborn baby. I've ran this marathon before, but this time it isn't brand new, or much of a marathon. It feels more like a sprint this time, a hundred meter dash. I recognize the signs, and the speed at which things are happening this time around. I see it when she sits up. I see it when I see her push *herself* up into a sitting position. I see it when she's army crawling around the living room or swan diving to get one more yogurt bite from me. I see it has she studies my hands ever so intently as we sing Pat-A-Cake. She's studies me, taking in every movement, processing it, storing it. I feel it when I walk into another room and she cries, almost as if she's saying mama, because she now realizes when I'm away. I feel it when I pick her up and she squeezes her arms tight around my neck. I feel it when all 15.5 pounds of her is in my lap, nursing, but distracted by what's going on around her.  Those are the times I really notice it. When she's in my arms, doing what she's done from the beginning, only double in size. I stare at her blue eyes (that are clearly staying that gorgeous blue), her long lashes and dirty blonde hair that's really starting to come in now. She grabs her toes and moves them around like a gear shift as she stares up at me adoringly, all while eating. My little peanut it growing up and it's happening so quickly. I'll admit, I'm guilty of still have moments of wishing some of it away. Being a momma is so hard at times. But it dawned on me today, how quickly everything is happening. She's my last. Never again will I get to hold my newborn baby in my arms or buy size 1 diapers. The days are long, but the years are short. This is it. 
Happy half a year, baby girl! Here's to enjoying, embracing, documenting and cherishing the next six months!!!

Luce is 15.5 pounds and 26.5 inches.
She loves trying new foods, unless it's peas or mashed bananas.
She has one tooth.
She's such a giggle box. She has started randomly laughing at herself.
She sits up in the bath and loves to splash. 
I can only leave the room if brother is by her side.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

{Family In The Woods}

I apologize if you guys aren't enjoying my little peaks into the sessions I've been doing lately. Word of mouth is the best business, and putting it out there spreads the word. Plus I keep getting these gorgeous mamas and their beautiful children so it's hard not to share! It's neat to meet with families and see what their dynamic is like. It's refreshing at times. This beautiful couple clearly has the purest love and knows what they're doing when it comes to their boys. It's fun to watch the dads step up and be all in with pictures. These sweet boys are a testament to their parents and their loving spirit. I loved my short time with their family this past weekend. <3

My dear friend is having her baby soon and I am more than excited to capture the first moments they welcome her into the world and to get some newborn shots!!
I've had several people inquire about pricing and availability, you can always shoot me an email at or you can always find me here.
Melissa Loren

Friday, August 11, 2017

{Luce's 6 Month Photos}

As I'm sure you all know by now, I've been dabbling in photography. I love being able to capture the 
day to day moments and even the milestones in my children's lives. I love that I enjoy studying, reading and learning all about it. I have SO much to learn, I'm pretty sure it's a creative process and a subject that you never stop learning about, but I feel like I've come a long way even in just a few months. I can't imagine what I'll do if I keep practicing and learning. Which I fully intend to do. I promised myself that I'll push any self-doubt aside and persevere. I won't let myself be self-conscious, I will put myself out there and keep thriving to be better. 
Luce will be 6 months old in a matter of days, so I couldn't pass up the opportunity to document her being half a year old. I'll still do her 6 month update and photo later this week. That will have all her amazing stats and details. There's a lot!
For this shoot I DIY'd a teepee for her and gathered some items from her room and set up camp in the woods. Of course she fought her morning nap, so she wasn't exactly happy about taking pictures (ha!), but she's still cute and I still love the setup. She warmed up to us at the end. She really just needed her daddy there to make her smile, but he was working hard of course.
I'm considering doing some teepee mini sessions if there's enough interest. We can even adjust it for fall pics, I'll do that for Luce regardless. If I really get enough interest I'll make a boy teepee for all my boy mommas! I need one for Henry anyway. 😉 And show of hands for interest in a teepee tutorial blog. Let me know if you guys want me to blog it or not!
Melissa Loren

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