You might remember some time ago that we did a little “blog love” appreciation post. In it, we gave the Baxters (California Photographers Extraordinaire), who had commented on all of our blog posts (and still continue to do so!) a session with us. Because they live in San Diego  and we’re here in TN, the WPPI Convention in Las Vegas ended up being the perfect rallying point! We had never met these guys until the convention but I totally felt like I already knew them. They are such warm personable people! We were so excited about getting to do this session for them!

As I prepared for the shoot, I looked through the Baxters’ site and noticed that there aren’t many pictures of David and Kim together – and especially none of Kim by herself. It turns out that Kim hates to be in pictures and hides behind her family whenever possible. She is such a stunning woman and I really wanted to see this mentality turn around for her because seriously, she has nothing to hide! :) That became my main objective for the shoot and can I just tell you, Kim was so great and really stepped outside of her comfort zone for us. Kim, thank you so much for trusting us! I hope you’ll see that it was well worth it! You are beautiful!

Isn’t she??


Meeester Baxter…


The Lovely April.


and the vibrant Little Miss Rain. (Don’t you love her name??)


I love this family! :)





I also love this one of David and Kim.  I hope we still have that kind of heat when we’ve been married as long!


Such a fabulous group!


A little cheese is good in moderation right?


Last but not least, my favorite from the whole night and one of the very first taken.  I told you we could have stopped there! ;)


David, Kim, April, and Rain – we hope you enjoy them!  We definitely enjoyed getting to meet you guys and do this session!  Hopefully we’ll see you all again very soon!  


Mel and Sean

p.s.  Cathy Crawley is another faithful blog reader and a talented photographer from Austrailia.  We were so glad she was hanging out with the Baxters that night so that we could meet!  We love the Aussies! :)  It was great to meet you Cathy!


  1. marcia truitt on February 22, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    I LOVE them! You guys are great!

  2. Rachael Earl on February 22, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    LOVE the last one…very “Disney’s Haunted Mansion”!

  3. Anna & Chris on February 22, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    INSANE. Those pictures are awesome!

  4. david baxter on February 22, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    while kim is passed out on the floor from seeing her picture first, i’ll jump in to say THANK YOU both for taking such rad shots of us. we could not be more stoked with how the images turned out! i especially love the one on the stairs and the last one in green. actually, every shot with my girls is precious to me. i know they’re all beautiful, and now everyone else does too. thank you so so much. my only wish is that we could have spent more time with you two. we loved every minute that we were fortunate enough to spend with you. we will continue to wish you many many blessings and hope 2009 is your best year ever. take care friends. hope to see you again very soon :)

  5. mel on February 22, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    Thanks Marcia, Rachael, Anna and Chris! :) Photographers are always so much fun to photograph because they give you so much freedom! Rachael – the Baxters are regular Disney goers so I think they will appreciate your comment. :o) Personally, I think it looks like the emerald city in Wizard of Oz. David – I hope Kim is passed out in a good way! :o) We’re so glad you’re happy with them and we can’t wait for you to see them all!

  6. kim - ohana photographers on February 22, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    mel you are a bad girl! there are reasons we don’t have pictures of us that aren’t 5 years old! ok, i’ll admit i usually stalk you like a crazy x girlfriend, but i must admit i was hesitant since vegas to visit the blog. there are very few, and i mean very few kick ass photographers i would be brave enough to step in front of a camera for. for obvious reasons :) but when you said we won a session with you guys, i was ecstatic and terrified at the same time. i have to say as much as i hate being in front of the camera you two made me comfortable and it was actually pretty fun! you two are just so amazing i can’t even begin to say.
    oh and thank you so much for doing our hair mel, you made us feel so purty! sheesh is there anything you CAN’T do! :) ok i’m gushing now. i just want to say you two are insanely talented and the nicest people ever! thanks for puttin up with us and being so sweet to cathy! ok i’m done :) xoxo kimi

  7. rain baxter on February 22, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    i love them! thank you mr. sean and ms. melany! these are like awesome in a bottle! and that’s awesome. i had loads and loads of fun taking pictures with you guys! you guys are hilarious! i love the stair picture because of how pretty it was and how blue it was, blue is my second favorite color! it was very nice meeting you two, thank you for being so nice! Love, Rain :] P.S. green is my favorite color, so i guess the last one would be my favorite picture. 8)

  8. Lisette Price on February 22, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    These are some awesome shots of a fabulous family! I don’t know them personally, but from their blog you can tell how amazing they are. I’m loving the last three and the stair shot! Wow!

  9. Leah Simmers on February 22, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    LOve these! What fun thinking putting them on all different levels of the building!! Those last 3 are such fabulous family images. You rocked it as did they :)

  10. Meredith Williams on February 22, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    Simply stunning. That favorite shot of David and Kimi is just hot. My goodness! I love the individual shots of the everyone… what a beautiful family and what beautiful images. Well done!

  11. Helena on February 22, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    Great pics, the whole family looks great! I love the last shot!

  12. Zak on February 22, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    wowzers! That’s all I got! All these are amazing! Great job and beautiful family. :)

  13. Val McCormick on February 22, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    I know what you mean by totally feeling like you know the Baxter’s without ever meeting them in person! I feel the same way although we are pratically family ;-) What a great gift! Awesome super cool images that they can cherish indefinately! The stairs are bangin and the “green” shot of the family is insane! Kimi is absolutely GORGEOUS! I am so glad you’ve introduced her beauty to everyone. I heart the Baxter’s and Little Ms. Cathy Crawley too :-)

  14. esm on February 22, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    Absolutely stunning. I love how the LOVE transfers through your eyes, through the lens and into the image. You do it time after time.

  15. Jasmine Marie on February 22, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    The Baxters are such an amazing family and I love how you captured the love they share. Kimi – you look so fabulous and I am so glad that Sean captured some of your beauty, inside and out. David – LOVE the hat and outfit. April and Rain – definitely the cutest Baxters around. WOW!

  16. josh solar on February 22, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    Who DOESN”T love the Baxters? Awesome job capturing this awesome family!

  17. Amy on February 22, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    I love these!! I love this family and you captured them so beautifully!

  18. Heather on February 22, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    She is very beautiful!!!

  19. Heather on February 22, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    she is so beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. sean on February 22, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    Thanks, Jasmine–Please don’t give me all the credit, though–more than half of these shots are Mel’s!

  21. Jill on February 22, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    I have the Baxter’s blog bookmarked because of the Mclellan’s. My two favorite photography blogs! Love the 4 story garage pic. The Mclellan’s and Baxter’s are marvelous!

  22. Amy Clifton on February 22, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    Holy smokes–these are amazing! You really captured the creativity, funkiness, and love that characterize the Baxters! Awesome, awesome, awesome!

  23. april rosburg on February 22, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    WOW. These shots are amazing! I especially love the last one and the one of us in front of the doors, though really they are all fantastic. It was awesome getting to meet you guys, you were both so sweet and fun and really put us all at ease in front of the camera! Also, Mel thanks so much for making my hair and eyes all pretty (: In conclusion: You guys are great and thanks for getting such rad shots of all of us!

  24. amanda lynn photography on February 22, 2009 at 11:17 pm


    these are amazing. great family. great photos!

  25. Melissa McClure on February 22, 2009 at 11:33 pm

    WOW. OMMFG. I cannot believe Kim let you shoot her. But she looks amazing and so do the rest of the ohana! I hope they get these in huge canvas’ on their walls so I can come over and stare at them :) These are so rad!

  26. gretchen knoblock on February 23, 2009 at 12:27 am

    wow these are so GREAT!! What a beautiful fam! so fun!!! =)

  27. Adrienne Gunde on February 23, 2009 at 12:32 am

    These are spectacular! The Baxters are the raddest family ever and these shots definitely captured how truly awesome they are! Love the one with the 4 levels!

  28. Courtney on February 23, 2009 at 1:09 am

    WOW! These are all stunning and its ncie to see Kim on the other side of the lens! She is beautiful!! You guys are amazing and you Baxter’s are as well! LOVE every one of these, they all rock! That last one kills me, its so rad!

  29. kymberli q. on February 23, 2009 at 1:11 am

    I love, love, love the Baxters!! They took our maternity photos and looking at them on our walls is so priceless now that we have our new little one! Great images of them!! I love the one of Kimi and David almost kissing and the family one with the texture. Amazing! Great work! And yes, Kimi is beautiful – inside and out! An awesome family!!

  30. kymberli q. on February 23, 2009 at 1:13 am

    I just posted a comment but it said there was an error! :( Anyway, long comment short – the Baxter’s are AWESOME! They took our maternity photos and they are such a priceless gift to us now that our baby is here! I love the one of David and Kimi (the steamy one) and the one of them as a family with the texture. Awesome job! And yes, Kimi is beautiful – inside and out!!

  31. mel on February 23, 2009 at 10:09 am

    Oh my goodness I cannot keep up with you all! :o) Thank you all so much! Kim – we are over the moon that you’re happy with everything! Maybe this will be the beginning of you getting in front of the camera more often? ;o) Rain – sweetie – you are hilarious! And such a model! Thanks for hanging out with us! April – you guys are great! I still wish I had your hair! :o) Thanks for rocking it! You guys are all fantastic!

  32. Angel Quinn on February 23, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    All I can say is Thank You!!! I complain constantly to Kim that I want to see pictures of her and she always has some quick-witted response…but no pictures! She is so beautiful! The pictures are absolutely gorgeous! I could feel the heat from the one of David and Kim! Beautiful pictures of a beautiful family!

  33. Michele B on February 23, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    You guys did an awesome job of capturing the Baxter family! I love the parking garage one cuz it’s so creative, but honestly they all rock! Well done you guys :)

  34. Michele B on February 23, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    You guys did an awesome job capturing the Baxter family! I especially like the parking garage one because it’s super creative, but they all were amazing :) Good job you guys!

  35. Mel2 on February 23, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    OMG… how incredible!!! What a beautiful family. I swear these shots just seem to ooze with crazy cool personality. When I bumped into you guys I had to fight the urge to stick around and play with all of you. Mel1 & Sean… you guys killed this session… Baxters… you guys rocked the hotness to the extreme! Lots and lots of love to all of you!

  36. Shawn Kloster on February 23, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    Out-freakin-standing job. These photos are stellar. I had the pleasure of hanging out with the Baxter’s in Laguna Beach awhile back. They are such an awesome bunch an you did them 100% justice with this set.

    Great job!!

  37. Candy on February 23, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    Kim is STUNNING! They are all beautiful, my fav is the one of Kim and david on the yellow wall! I really like the cheesy one too!! You guy’s ROCKED it!

  38. Erin Cady on February 23, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    These are just FABULOUS! It’s so good to see a little love going the baxter’s way cause they are always so awesome at sharing the love to everyone else. After meeting them all this week, I think these shots are a GREAT representation of their family! Fun, colorful, bright, funky… I love it.

  39. ben + laura on February 23, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    all we have to say is … booyah … you guys rocked this shoot.

  40. patti najbert on February 23, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    I love these pictures. I’m always telling Kim she needs to be in more pictures cause she’s gorgeous! The whole family looks wonderful. Great job!

  41. Bradford on February 23, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    Dave, Kim, April, and Rain… you guys ROCKED THE PARTY!! What a great session! I am totally jealous that I was not in Vegas and that I didn’t get to meet you all. TOTALLY jealous!!

  42. sarah rhoads on February 23, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    wowie!!!wowie!! Sooo great to see this sweet beautiful family in action! aren’t they the most awesome?! you two did a fantastic job on these!

  43. sarah rhoads on February 23, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    soooo fantastic! all around!

  44. Christina Meadows on February 23, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    These are the COOLEST family portraits I’ve ever seen. Well done!

  45. angie + matt on February 23, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    There is no way I can pick a favorite, because they all are out of this WORLD!!!! What a beautiful family inside and out!!!

  46. Cathy Crawley on February 23, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    I have tears streaming down my face right now! I am so happy for my dear friends David, Kim, April and Rain, these photos are just gorgeous and I know just how much they will treasure them. If you saw their house and realised how much family photos mean to these guys you’d understand what I mean. Also, thank you for alowing me to tag along and see you work your magic in action. Once my Mac is fixed I’ll be able to send you some behind the sceens shoots :) Lots of love, Cath xx

  47. Melissa Koehler on February 24, 2009 at 12:39 am

    OH MY GOSH!! These are so gorgeous!! I am beyond floored that you got some shots of Kimi. Isn’t she gorgeous?!! WOW, just beautiful!!

  48. brandy j on February 24, 2009 at 10:05 am

    AMAZING you guys! These are just so so GREAT! I love everything about them!

  49. Blair Van Bussel on February 24, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    These are soooooo rad!!! The Baxters are the sweetest. Love it!!!!

  50. Becka Knight on February 24, 2009 at 11:19 pm


  51. Kelly on February 25, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    These are fabulous! I love the last one.

  52. Kelly on February 25, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    These are fabulous! I love the last one!

  53. jennay on February 26, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    I totally love the cheese one. :o)

  54. Tiffany on February 27, 2009 at 8:07 am

    These shots are FANTASTIC!! The Baxters are the coolest! they all look amazing, and Kimi is gorgeous!!! What an amazing shoot!!!

  55. Tiffany on February 27, 2009 at 8:08 am

    These are amazing!! The Baxters are the coolest~
    They all look fantastic, Kimi looks gorgeous!!
    Gorgeous shots!!

  56. Eddie Bojorquez (Studio 512) on February 28, 2009 at 3:14 am

    Two families I love coming together. The Baxters are some of my favorite peeps around – personally and professionaly. And the McLellans… are you kidding me? You guys do not cease to amaze me. I was to slammed to feel comfortable heading out to Vegas, but woulda driven it just to hang out with you guys on this shoot. Wow.

  57. mel on March 3, 2009 at 11:33 am

    I am not at all surprised that this post has so many comments simply because everyone loves the Baxters! :o) Thanks guys!

  58. Angela Chin on March 5, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    Beautiful work! It was really nice for Tim and I to meet you two at WPPI though it was brief and we ran into you guys and the Baxters during your shoot in front of Paris. I was wondering how they turned out and I’m glad I stopped by here. Gorgeous images!!

  59. ross on March 6, 2009 at 11:32 am

    these photos rock just as much as the baxters! great stuff guys! lovely work on the blog.

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