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It is amazing to have family that are friends. Carlie is Russell’s niece and we all adore her to say the least. I can’t believe she is a senior this year and that she is basically a woman. She is wild and free and passionately true. An old, young soul. A deep well and a mysterious song. A peaceful river. A raging sea. She is humble and kind and has no idea the beauty she bears. A VW rambler, a forest dweller. Music maker. Strong and tender. A delightful one. Stay wild Carlie, blaze your path. Never forget home. Guard your heart. Keep your song. Live, ALIVE. We love you!



~Jesse and Holly~

The older I become the more and more that I realize the depth of conviction I own in being a photographer. As photographers, we are image bearers, I can’t tell how my soul honors this beautiful and sacred gift. I have become reserved in sharing images and sometimes it literally takes me a year to ever share. I am finally allowing myself to feel why….Being trusted to reflect WHO a person is, is so deep and raw. Being trusted to bear the image of who two souls are together, so much glory. I love wild and strong and I am full of emotions when it comes to showing “you” the image of another person or persons. It means everything to me to tell you you the truth about these beautiful people that I have SEEN. HEARD. PARTAKEN OF. It feels as if trying to tell you the veins of a persons soul without words. I pray that I will always be a loyal and true image bearer of those that trust me and that they will be given the gift of seeing their own beauty and love and depth.

Jesse and Holly are so beautiful, to say that I enjoyed them is an understatement. They are real and honest and totally free to show emotional and their bond..they are breathtaking. Jesse and Holly are getting married next June and I take the most sincere and humble honor to be the one to capture their union. My prayer for them is that they will be the anchors of safety and unconditional love for one another in a world that can sting. I pray that they will bear the image of god to one another for a lifetime as they become more and more like Him.

Jesse and Holly,

Keep your love on. You will face pain and fear and heartache. Stay on the same side of the fence. Never let offense build the walls that tension are the pillars of. Be brave and sacrifice your ability to argue your way and right over things that don’t matter. Be awake and alive in all the moments. Study one another forever. Don’t be lazy in love, even when the years grow, be it in weight or time. Be extravagant in grace and love mercy. Feel your feelings, share your thoughts and emotions. Don’t live alone under the same roof. Purpose to bond ever single day. Be available. Learn each others eyes and be able to read everything without words. Never hide. Always show up. If it takes conflict to find intimacy….fight it out, but land together. Commit to see each grow and be fulfilled. Laugh, Cry. Share all of your fears, let each in to all of the wakes and waves of your heart life. Be a forever friend, the safest place. Listen. Hold hands. Kiss with all of you. Lay down the things that don’t matter and do everything that you will regret not doing. Be free. I love you both. See you in June for all the glory!




Arrow had her cousin come home with us for a week this summer and it was so sweet to watch them be children together. They made me remember innocence and a pure mind and heart as they walked through our gardens together,

I am thankful for remembering.



elizabeth pelletteJuly 23, 2015 - 5:55 pm

Ohhh Ohhhh Ohhh… Melinda.. these are just breathtaking.. I have no words.. it reminds me of my summers as a kid just being free.. things were so much simpler then.. these will be cherished forever

ShelleyJuly 27, 2015 - 12:52 am

LOVE these! They are beautiful!