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I love going to the Botanical Gardens for family photo sessions. The grounds are beautiful and make for such a great backdrop. This sweet family was a referral from another client (Thank you Jennifer!). Aren’t the fall colors gorgeous?!? Now that spring is officially here, I am thinking of taking my kids there to enjoy the gardens before the heat settles into San Antonio.

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by Melissa Lloyd

I am not a “look at me!” kind of person… never have been…I was the little girl that hid under the church pew when the pastor said hello to me. Always the quiet one around people I didn’t know. The one labeled shy. Think wallflower. Age has improved this, but I have come to accept that God made me to be exactly who I am… and that is more than fine.

I don’t advertise… I am not a social media expert (in fact, I am terrible at it)… the introvert in me cries out to NOT share my feelings or thoughts for fear of being hurt by others… which has affected what I write on this blog…my SEO stinks because I am not good at tweaking the “whatever” on this site to make Google love me. Honestly, the deck is stacked against me in anyone finding me in this Great.Big.World. But when they do… when someone chooses me out of the deep well of never-ending photographer options in San Antonio to be their family photographer, it’s a big deal. To be trusted with another person’s hard earned money and to take high-quality photos of their family…. I don’t take that lightly and certainly not for granted.

Maybe you are reading this and thinking “what’s the big deal?”… Photographer…Schmotographer…”pick one and get some pretty pictures“. We live in a very disposable society these days… “out with the old, in with the new”… and there is always something or someone new. Always. Someone cheaper. Someone offering “this” or “that”. None more than in the photography world. The market is flooded with photographers these days and when someone says “I want to work with you”… it means something to that photographer. As an artist, when your work and your words can stand out and be seen in a loud, overcrowded, competitive world it is humbling.

For me, when a family keeps coming back for me to capture new moments… well, my cup runneth over. I mean that sincerely. This family has allowed me to photograph their new babies and the beauty of their family numerous times (I think 4 to be exact!). I hope they read this… I hope they know how thankful I am to photograph them again and again… thankful for their trust in me… thankful for their loyalty…

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by Melissa Lloyd

I have taken Chris and Jennifer’s pictures numerous times over the years. I’ve been to their home for “girl’s night out” parties complete with shopping, margaritas, and too much good food. Our kids have celebrated birthday’s together. We’ve talked on the porch about kids, life, and all things in-between… shared laughs over lunch… and volunteered at church together. What is so special about Jennifer is that you don’t leave her presence without feeling uplifted… she doesn’t dwell on her troubles… she focuses on the good and encourages you to do the same. She freely gives her time with a compassionate and loving heart to those that need it it.

You don’t leave her house hungry because she shows love through cooking and man, can she cook! Secretly, I want her to open a little restaurant.;) There is always room for one more at her table and that is one of the most beautiful things about Jennifer. Family is not limited to blood…. friends and relatives are intertwined together in her home. Spend some time with her, and you will walk away knowing that you have been loved on… what a gift that God gave her and the world gets to benefit from (especially for those of us that call her a friend)… She loves people just as they are…we all need a friend that loves like this… we all need to be a friend that loves like this…

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. (1 John 4:7)

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by Melissa Lloyd

To my babies…

You are loved. So much so that it is hard to contain. Just as you are. In your best moments and your worst. In your laughter and your tears. You are beautiful inside and out. You are joy givers. And life makers. Your faith and grace-giving are examples to live by. Forgiveness for my imperfections comes quickly and with a much needed hug. You bring glimpses of Jesus from your untainted hearts. You make me better in all ways. Without you, I would never fully understand the love of God.

Each of you has brought something unique to my life… something I didn’t know was missing until you came along. Something I didn’t know that I needed until you wrapped your arms around my neck and a part of my heart awakened that I didn’t know was asleep.

Zach, I love that you see the good in people and are quick to forgive. 

And since you are my first and first born’s are the guinea pigs for all parents, I have needed your grace and forgiveness more than a few times. Thank you for loving me in spite of my shortcomings. Thank you for loving me when I didn’t have this “mom thing” completely figured out (and I still haven’t perfected it so keep that in mind for the future). I thank God that you have a laid back personality and will go with my crazy flow at times. I have always wanted to be the very best for you. You are a generous person… spending what little money you have on gifts for family… and volunteering your time to help at church. I love your humor and seeing you laugh. I love that I can count on you more and more as you mature and grow. And seeing you seek after God as you become more man and less boy, makes me so proud. You are a good person. Be the man that God created you to be and the man I know you are. And always remember this: Protect your heart. It is a rare gift to live a life that can see the good in God’s people and quickly forgive their mess-ups. I love you oodles and oodles. 

Joshua, I love that you genuinely care about other people and have such a tender, sweet heart. 

To my middle one…the cream-filling in my sandwich cookie. You show such beautiful concern for the people around you. The first player on the court to run over to someone who is hurt. The first pat on the back to a hurting friend. You share your possessions easily and know that the person playing with your toys is more important than the toy itself. Not everyone has this figured out. Watching you makes my heart overflow. I love that you aren’t afraid to show kindness and you want to include everybody in whatever you are doing. Your desire to make others laugh keeps our home full of silly. You love going to church and learning about the God who made you uniquely you. For that I am thankful. You are so easy to love which is why you have a whole gaggle of friends and are the life of the party… more importantly, you are my life. It is impossible to see you smile and not feel good. And your laugh… your laugh is contagious. I see you love your brother and sister and know that you will love them for a lifetime because when you love it is deep and long-lasting. I love you infinity times infinity.

Maddy, I love that you are my “huggy bear”… always ready to fill my “hug tank”… always ready with sweet words to whisper in my ear. 

My sweet girl. Shy around people you don’t know, but the commander and chief at home. You love so sweetly. Hugging me from the moment you get up in the morning until I “cover you in” at night. Counting the hugs to make sure that our “hug tanks” are always full and giving me extra special “piggy hugs” when I need them most. I love that your socks rarely match and you aren’t bothered a bit by it. You see the world in rainbows and hearts and I pray it is always that way. I love that you insist on sparkly pink polish for your toes and that a bath is not a bath without bubbles. Little girl, you are the jelly to my peanut butter! My little dancer that bounces all over the studio because her heart is full of love…. there can be no other reason for your dancing than this. So easy to please with some time at the playground or hopscotching on the sidewalk. You love freely and wear your heart on your sleeve. Always smiling. Always laughing. You grab my hand to hold as we walk down the street and the feel of your tiny fingers reminds me of how good life is. My love, I will hold your hand forever. I love you more.

children family teen photography san antonio texas throo the lens photographyWhen I think of you, I am in awe that God would put such beautiful love in my life. Undeserved, unearned love from my Heavenly Father… that is what each of you are. God knew we would be perfect for each other before we were created. The ultimate match-maker. The Author of love with a perfect plan. Know this… I will love you forever. No matter what…you are loved. Loved completely. Loved unconditionally. Loved in your successes and your failures. Loved when you are unlovable because at times we are all unlovable. The best I know how… I will love you…

 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. (Colossians 3:14)

by Melissa Lloyd

Some days I could watch her play for hours. She has a girly obsession with beads and making me necklaces…with all of the necklaces she has made me, I am a well accessorized mama. But watching her play and recording it is almost magical.

Knowing that she will never be this little again…

She will never play the way she did that day again…

Those moments can never be replicated…

I wanted to capture her messy hair, her bangs that needed trimmed, her bare foot with a single freckle on it, her never-ending eyelashes, the sweet cheeks that I never tire of kissing, and those eyes that see right through me…

The sweet thoughts that she shared with me were gifts for that day only

Maybe that is why God tells us to focus on the day in hand…not yesterday….not tomorrow…

Then the Lord said to Moses, “I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out EACH day and gather enough for THAT day… (emphasis mine)” Exodus 16:4

We are to focus on today…to be present…so that we don’t miss the gifts that we are given every day…because there are gifts…every.single.day.gifts…if only we look…if only we gather…if only we shut out yesterday and tell tomorrow to wait…

God’s gifts rain down like manna from heaven…He gives each day’s gifts that day…tomorrow’s gifts won’t be there today…and yesterday’s gifts are gone…

He begs us to live in the present….challenges us to look for His gifts…and when we find them, the blessing is almost too much to comprehend…all for love…

Not so that we will love Him…

Nope.

All because of HIS love…His crazy, insane, doesn’t make sense, forever lopsided love for us…

Lord, open my eyes to the gifts of today…the gifts of your love for me…

 

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by Melissa Lloyd