{Sweet Family} Allison, JT, & Boys ~ Montgomery, Alabama Family Photographer

My friend, Allison, is such a special person to me. She and I go waaaay back to our childhood…we went to different elementary schools, but once we hit middle school, we became fast friends. (I can’t believe that I am old enough to be able to say that she and I have been friends for about 20 years!) Once we graduated from highschool, I moved away, and we pretty much lost touch for a couple years. On the occasional trip home, I would see her, and we would pick right back up where we left off – we just have that kind of friendship.

Anyway…I got married, she got married, and then one day, Nathan (my husband) and I found ourselves living back in my hometown. I don’t really remember the order of events, but one evening, Allison & JT (her husband) invited us over for dinner. Alli and I were a little nervous – afterall, we knew we were friends, but would our husbands be okay with each other, too? Our anxiety was for naught…Nathan and JT hit it off immediately, and the four of us spent a lot of time together during that time in life.

Nathan and I ended up moving away, again, and we don’t get to see Alli & JT much anymore. We both have added children to our families, and stay very busy. But when we DO get the chance to spend time together, it’s as it always has been: picking up right where we left off.

Last weekend, we were home for Easter, and Allison had asked me about taking pictures of her boys.  Of course, I jumped at the chance!   I’d hoped to be able to get outside for some photos, but the weather was just, simply put, yucky.  So we opted for a relaxed, in-home session that turned out really well!

Here is Alli’s first-born, Cohen…

Followed closely by Cash…

Allison is a great mother – full of such love for her two boys!

Brothers are so very special…

One day, Allison will look at her teenage boys’ stinky feet, and then look back at this photo and remember what sweet toes they once had.

I love to capture mothers holding and interacting with their children.  As I was shooting this series of photos, I got quite a few of Cohen’s expressions.  Precious Cash was just happy to be there.  And I told Allison that I would entitle this series, “Motherhood:  full hands and a full heart.”

And then, JT took a break from chatting with Nathan to join us.  I LOVE this photograph…

And a few last photos to wrap up our session:

Allison & JT, thanks for letting us come hang out with y’all…we had a fabulous time (as always!) and thoroughly enjoyed your precious boys!  Can’t wait to see you again soon!

Allison - Melissa! I love them! What sweet pics these are. I will cherish them forever! Man, I love having such a great friend that is a great photographer!! Love you!April 9, 2010 – 7:30 am

Ashley - These are great Melissa!! I love the motherhood series. Allison, Cohen is just as cute as can be with his blonde hair!April 9, 2010 – 8:25 am

Allison - Thank you Ashley! We sure think they are something special!!April 9, 2010 – 9:49 am

Andrea - I love how these photographs capture how you guys really are! They are beautiful, just like your family. Love you guys!April 9, 2010 – 10:34 am

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