When I talk about Ryan, I refer to him as my little brother.  Not my brother but my little brother.  That’s who he is to me and maybe that’s just how it will always be!  That’s why it’s so incredibly weird that he’s old enough to be engaged!  I have to say though, he couldn’t have picked a better girl to marry and play house with next October.  Welcome to our crazy family Cari. :) 

We took these kids out for their engagement session on probably the coldest, wettest day we could manage.  The rain started coming down pretty steady when we got a little way down the trail in the park.  What luck!  Fortunately, they look pretty good as drowned rats! :)  Our poor cameras on the other hand, they looked kind of pitiful…
















After getting completely soaked, we escaped to the warm inside of the Factory.  So much better…






It’s so much more comfortable to go outside at this time of year when you know you can go right back in!











I think this is my favorite…






You know, I am a very cool big sister – I didn’t get wierded out at all photographing my little brother making out with his fiancee. ha!






The purpose of the last clothing change was to show absolute personality and personal style.  Really it’s just to give their kids something to make fun of. ;) 






Ryan and Cari, thank you for letting us take part in this exciting time!  We had a great time hanging out with you guys! :)  See you soon…


Mel and Sean


  1. david&kimi baxter on December 21, 2007 at 4:16 am

    ummm…how lucky are they to be related to the two hottest arteeests this side of the world! awesome shots….again!

  2. Cari on December 21, 2007 at 12:41 pm

    You guys are amazing. I LOVE the last three, but they’re all great. We had a lot of fun with you guys. I can’t wait to see the rest of them! Thanks again!

  3. Bradford on December 21, 2007 at 1:13 pm

    You know… looking at this last picture… ordinarily my first instinct… is that I would be concerned about their well-being. When I say “their”, I would be referring to the precious… pre-engineered wood I-joists of which Ryan and Cari are hanging from. I would wonder, what impact a 150 lb concentrated load would have applied to the bottom flange of such member… and if the horizontal shear strength between the glued web and flange would be sufficient. But… no… as my left brain and right brain battled each other, my first reaction was actually more like, “What an awesome photograph… I want to do that!” So… thanks… now I know I’m officially transitioned from my weekday job to my all-other-time job. Great photos guys!!

  4. sean on December 21, 2007 at 1:44 pm

    david&kimi — thank you, thank you! B-Rad – You are a crazy person. I like it. Cari – Thank you so much–we had a great time with you guys… and just wait until we show you the *really* good ones!

  5. Ryan on December 21, 2007 at 2:27 pm

    Great job, they all look awesome! Thanks so much for freezing with us in the rain and meandering through the factory. I hope you’re both frisky berry addicts now. Cari and I both had a lot of fun. Merry Christmas!

  6. sean on December 21, 2007 at 3:24 pm

    mmm frisky berry

  7. Bradford on December 21, 2007 at 3:49 pm

    … this may be a false observation… but I do believe Cari has on those flat 3-D glasses that you get before going on 3-D rides and stuff. Reminds me of Shrek 4-D @ Universal Studios Florida.

  8. sean on December 21, 2007 at 4:06 pm

    ding ding ding, B-Rad wins 2 1/3 right-on points!

  9. Mel Watson on December 21, 2007 at 5:16 pm

    drowned rats are all the rage this season… well done my cutting edge friends! Looks like you guys had fun! Cold, wet and everything. Sean… dont give Brad any more points… its starting to go to his head!

  10. sean on December 21, 2007 at 8:05 pm

    oooooh, sooorry Brad. Mel2 has intervened, and I must deduct 1.5 right-on points from your score today.

  11. K. Crafton on December 22, 2007 at 10:07 am

    The last two shots are my favorite…..great light and so fun!

    Merry Christmas guys! :)

  12. Eddie Bojorquez (Studio 512) on December 23, 2007 at 7:53 am

    The Christmas tree one is unbelievable. I don’t know how you could’ve possibly made it any better! Congrats to them.

  13. Cari on December 23, 2007 at 12:53 pm

    Question…is it legal for me to steal the Christmas tree photo and make it my photo on facebook? haha I think it should be shared!

  14. sean on December 23, 2007 at 5:34 pm

    It’s all good–go for it! Thanks for asking, though :)

  15. mel on December 24, 2007 at 10:23 am

    Thanks so much Eddie! :) Merry Christmas!

  16. mel on December 24, 2007 at 10:23 am

    Thanks Kate! Hope you’re having a great time in Okie! Merry Christmas to you too!

  17. Ali on December 28, 2007 at 12:16 pm

    Great shots! Did your lens survive all that moisture okay?

  18. mel on December 28, 2007 at 3:07 pm

    Thanks Ali! Yea they actually did although I was starting to wonder during the last part of our shoot. I was getting messages on one of our cameras about there not being a good connection between the lense and the body but they went away and now everything seems to work great again – phew!

  19. Nashville Wedding Photographer on December 28, 2007 at 10:10 pm

    N Nashville Wedding Photographer will also travel to Franklin,Tennessee.Great photo’s People !

  20. mel on December 31, 2007 at 12:32 am

    Um – Thanks Nashville Wedding Photographer – we’re glad you can travel and what not…good job.

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