Welcome Finnegan! {Just born}

 John almost got his wish of sharing his Valentines bday with his son when Kelly was sent to the hospital with pre ecclamptic symptoms. After day turned into night, turned back to day and then night again (!!!), C-section it was. Kelly can’t say she didn’t put forth some amazing effort! I felt so sorry for her as hours passed with little progress. Inductions are often hard on a mama! So happy the handsome little fellow is here. All the effort and heartache to get him here was well worth it. He’s absolutely perfect. You guys are going to be fantastic parents as I know you are already a great team! Years ago when I watched John care for his handicapped brother as his bestman at their wedding, all I couldn’t think about is how nurturing he will be to their kids one day. Kelly has been such a wonderful Aunt to all her nieces and now the day is here to have her very own little human, with perfect hair just like the rest of her family! Congrats, friends! ::dancing girl, dancing girl, dancing girl, fist punch::;)

Welcome John Joseph Finnegan Grimes VI | Born February 16, 2014 | 7lbs 4oz | 19.5infinn001finn002finn004finn005finn006finn007finn008finn009finn010finn011finn012finn013finn020finn015finn016finn017finn018finn023finn019finn021finn022

Love, Melanie.

Kelly Grimes - February 18, 2014 - 12:34 pm

John and I are so in love, overwhelmed with all the love and support & just plain giddy! Thank you to Melanie for being more than just a photographer for not only this session but all the events leading up to it. And a huge huge huge thank you to my mom and dad, & the Murphy & Schwarz families for giving this photo session as a baby shower gift to us. The best gift you could have given us are these memories to last forever. Muah!!! We love you!!!

a beautiful beginning: levi joshua

“Our battle has been fought and won. Our sweet son, Levi Joshua, has been fully healed and lives in the presence of Jesus. Born this morning at 1:33am, we were given 76 blessed minutes of beauty and peace. He is at peace. We are at peace.”

Levi Joshua| 1:33am | 1.28.14 | 3.9lbs | 16.5″

Love you guys so much, thank you for allowing me to document this beautiful day for you. HUGS. Love Melanie

[…] January 28, 2012 another close friend, said her hello and goodbye to her sweet baby boy, Levi. You guessed it, same hospital, same nurse took over, Kate. When Sarah and Jake had to do the […]

Cathy Logemann - February 7, 2014 - 4:37 am

Always remember that the Lord chose you to be Levi Joshua’s mommy, daddy, & family. He needed you to carry him to this day. What an honor and privilege. It is evident that there is muchlove between each of you and for your heavenly Father. May God carry you through this earthly journey until you are reunited with Him and Levi Joshua.

Vanessa Collins - February 6, 2014 - 10:38 pm

Sobbed through the every image…I don’t know this precious family, but I see Jesus so clearly in them. What a treasure these images will be for them. Praying for peace and comfort as they deal with everything after this birth. Thank you for sharing with us. It’s rare to see such a beautiful display of God’s glory here on earth.

Miriam Mingo - February 6, 2014 - 2:37 pm

I have never seen anything sooo beautiful
God continue blessing you, such strength, Only God can do miracles such as this

Faith heimbrodt - February 6, 2014 - 3:55 am

Beyond beautiful. So amazing. God bless Levi and his family.

Jessica Bagby - February 5, 2014 - 4:21 am

Mel, God has given you an amazing gift in order to be a witness of his miracle called life. When I look at your work such as these, it reminds me of our moments with Hope and Grace. Thank you!

Juanita - February 5, 2014 - 2:31 am

wow… thank you for sharing the love expressed here, and the miracle that you were blessed with. Such a powerful tribute to your faith. Amen!

Karen J Moseley - February 4, 2014 - 6:12 pm

My heart is torn into a million little pieces. Sobs that bring my oh so sensitive cat, running to my side. Many “Why’s”?? Then a feeling of my Abba Daddy drawing me near to His Heart, Whispering: “I have Levi.”
What an Anointed Birth-Day! Not often on this Earth are we truly in the Presence of Our Father, God. That group of people in the photos, they were! And, to catch the Holy Spirit with a camera! An amazingly beautiful Mama and Daddy. And, their three precious children!
The Faith of all that gathered for Levis Joshua’s Birth…was palpable. I, too, felt His Holiness through each photo. My prayers will be with Levi’s family and friends. Tell them “Thank You”, for sharing their Little Warrior Angel Boy.

Lucy - February 4, 2014 - 1:34 pm

My prayers are with this family. I’ve never met them by I’ve been touched by their story. Such beautiful pictures showing so much joy, heartbreak and faith. My Heavenly Father continue to bless you until you all are reunited again.

Fran - February 4, 2014 - 11:42 am

Wow —–this just blew me away. The courage of this family is huge! What a sweet angel! I believe that Ali is holding this little boy and the moon last night was a smile. Hugs to all!!

Aunt Net - February 4, 2014 - 8:36 am

Mel you could not have gotten anything more perfect than these photos. We are so touched by your Faith and strength to be there for their family. Sarah and Jake, this is so amazing, unselfish, brave and unbelievably strong to have and hold Levi, share him with your family and then say good-bye. Your words leading up to this and then the day Levi entered and left this world are so touching. I sit here sobbing over the why and what ifs we all shared about Ali and how strong you were for her, never knowing what you were to face. I think you know who was fighting to hold that beautiful little boy once he made his passage into Heaven. God bless and keep your family and know that we keep you all in our prayers and have been so inspired by your Faith and love. Thank you for letting Mel share this with us. Love, Dannette

Kelly - February 4, 2014 - 4:31 am

This is absolutely beautiful. I have no words and I’m still in disbelief that this all really happened :( Sarah & Jake your faith amazes me and I have no doubt that God has BIG plans for you guys through all of this heartache. Love you!

Bobbie Davis - February 4, 2014 - 3:51 am

This is so beautiful. Thank you for sharing . I pray for God’s peace and comfort. Your little one is now in the arms of Jesus.

Susan - February 4, 2014 - 1:13 am

I am awestruck that you were able to capture the beautiful couple and their deep abiding love. The tenderness of these precious moments of family. Prayer. Praise. Trust in Jesus. I pray God will continue to hold them. Bless them. Keep Levi in his arms until they are home with him. God’s love and comfort keep you.

Becky - February 4, 2014 - 12:39 am

My heart aches for them. Praying they feel the living embrace of God and that he brings them comfort and peace. You did a beautiful job.

Renae - February 3, 2014 - 11:05 pm

Wow. I’m speechless. How incredibly heartbreaking for them, but amazing that they have the healing of God to get them through. Your photography is breath-taking. Truly!

the bb babies of 2013

We are so blessed and thankful for another year of photographing cute babies! It is hard to believe that Mel and I have been photographing births together now for 3 years! It is not an easy job to say the least, but somehow we are crazy enough to keep going;)We thank all of our mamas for inviting us to one of your most intimate experiences and all of our friends & families who support us and keep cheering us on. Come on 2014!01_shelby02_anyaisaac03_emily203.3talron04_theo05_dominic06_avalon07_liam08_braylyn09_margaret010_mickelson011_peyton012_marion010013_charlotte014_levi015_ethan016_maxwell017_vincent018_emily019_charlotte020_elsa021_elise022_gigi023_ellieLove, Kelly & Melanie