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Cake and canoes: scenes from our summer (part 1)

All of a sudden, zion is 4. And all of a sudden, tyler is 10. Dual birthdays happening in the same week is cause for a great celebration in our home. We wanted this to be a really big deal –

Liz, Joel, Annie, Grace, and their magical little world in the suburbs.

i am a firm believer in magic. i think it’s worth chasing, trapping in your fists like a firefly, and holding onto once you find it. i have never been a firm believer in the suburbs. as a person who

America day, 2015

this is what the fourth of July looks like when you live in the city with great neighbors who like to throw good parties and you all want to “accidentally” burn down the abandoned

Colorado rain, and a celebration of life: Rebecca and Bruce

Rebecca and Bruce are South Africans…like, they actually live in South Africa (maybe the greatest accent on earth).  This is across the ocean from where we live.  8750 miles.  A long way.  They make

Hey NYC and Brooklyn! We’re coming to ya!

We are shooting in NYC and setting up additional shoots in NYC and bklyn! Now booking shoots for July 23 – 28! email hello@wearetheparsons.com if you are interested in getting your picture

mornings with you . amanda, stella, and theodore (and a little one they’ve yet to meet)

I’m gonna be honest here with all the momma’s in the room: When I had little ones under a certain age living in my home, calling me mommy for the first time, the days were a mix of the slowest hours

Welcome, summer light! Trang and Dae are engaged

Pretty excited about these two.  They are foodies, which we love.  They’ve renovated a home, which we love.  She’s an attorney in the building where we adopted our son, which we

A preview: Alison and Niles, elopement in Big Sur.

Gracious we can’t wait to share these images with you. It was beyond words beautiful.

there’s some good things going on over here . a letter to you

I’m sitting here watching the light filter through the trees outside, thinking about all life holds right now and longing to share just a little snippet. I used to share many, many snippets daily on

Bernadette and Steve and their growing family

Years ago, we had the privilege of hosting (in our home) a small workshop called Breadwinners, given for married couples.  Collectively, we were able to wade through the joys and challenges of being

Many hands make light work: katie and kyle’s wedding

Spring rains in rural missouri can be, sometimes, like mini hurricanes.  A small thunderstorm can create saturated grasslands and, on Katie’s mom’s farm, this was the case 2 days before

What first friday looks like in Baltimore (the oliver family)

We love watching our couples grow families!  Stevie and Tony got married a couple of years ago, and we had the privilege of being there to celebrate with them.  We had the conversation prior to their

Casey and Jordan got married and everybody cried like babies.

From the minute we met these two, we knew that this day would be filled with emotion.  We met initially over coffee with Casey and her mom and ended up in tears together.  We met Jordan and

Casey, her mom, and the moment that hit me over the head like a 2X4

I’ll be honest. There are times when this job of making photographs can get a little “old hat.” After seven and a half years of paying our bills with a camera, after over one hundred weddings and

Marty and Lyle are engaged, and Anzio stole the show (New Market, MD)

“He has grandchildren, I have god-children” was one of the first phrases Marty ever put in her initial email to us. We think that that is a great beginning to a real story. So flying to

the boredom experiment continues! some thoughts from the past month.

hi friends, ashley here. about a month back, I turned to Jeremy and said, “it’s almost all too much… this experience of coming back to life after what feels like being cryogenically frozen.. I’m

Rosie in Baltimore: a preview

You may have seen riots in Baltimore recently.  Look past those, and you will find this beautiful child.  Can’t wait to share these photos! 

emily and scott are engaged in San Francisco.

Emily and Scott have roots in the east coast, live and work in San Francisco, and are marrying each other this summer.  And they just happen to have the greatest view in America off of their balcony.

the McGee family

Making photographs of a family is always a privilege.  To be brought into a moment and season, to see dynamics between parents and kids and kids and parents is really fun.   But this family, for

happy birthday, ashley!

15 years ago, in June, I first met this beauty.  She made the first move (an email) while I was living in Hawaii – urged on by mutual friends.  I responded.  Then we wrote longer letters.  Then

NEW TRAVEL DATES!!

Hello friends, We are excited to announce our travel dates for this summer and fall – 2015. Click here for the full schedule, and if you are interested in a shoot/mentor session, etc., we would

When eric saw diana for the first time

Volumes could be scrawled out about these two.  How they are childlike.  Kind.  Gracious. Good friends (18 bridesmaids, and 18 groomsmen says all you need to know about that!).  We could write about

Taylor and Tanner are engaged!

Taylor was once a high school senior, writing us to shoot her senior photos. Fast forward. Then she was our intern, happily doing tasks like going to the post office and making jewel case

Grace, Dan, and their kansas city wedding

Grace and Dan walked into our living room to meet with us about being their photographers. As is often the case, we immediately had a sense of this being a really remarkable couple. Their story was

New episode of our podcast available! the boredom experiment, episode 2.

Hi friends. We have been so encouraged by the loads of feedback we’ve received about both our 1 year social media hiatus, and our new bi-weekly podcast, the boredom experiment. Thank you all

Scenes from our spring break part 1.

We vacationed in Colorado this year in a town that I am not sure I want to share the name of. It’s a gem. It’s untouched and wild and maintains an innocence that the front range cities

Some really big news!

This is big. or at least it feels big. When the current of the stream is flowing swiftly one way, we feel drawn to swim up it, to swim against. and for no other reason than this: the hope of

Adventure is in hot tea, snowball fights, and time together: the Kaskubar family (Denver, CO)

Meet the Kaskubars. Residents of Denver. Married for a decade. Livers of a good life, cookers of good food, raisers of two little boys. Shooting families is a joy, mostly because we live a

Adventure is in California: where Morgan married Morgan and they left having the same name!

How many couples do you know that each have the same name? Not many? Us either. Meet Morgan – a man. He married Morgan – a woman! Their story is as winsome and wonderful as their

Adventure is in the Tennessee countryside, where it rained and people cried happy tears as Thomas married Kathryn.

we wish we could tell you how much these dear hearts, Thomas and Kathryn, mean to us. we wish we could explain the bonds they have with those around them. we wish you could know personally their

adventure is in the middle of missouri: where guns were blazing, tears fell, and jordan married jessie.

From donuts and coffee lakeside, to shotguns and cigars; from tears of joy to homemade chili in paper bowls; from thin fog to sun to starry skies — it is our honor to share with you the story

adventure is in northern ireland; where amy and david grew up, met, and then got married.

it’s easy to feel honored to be invited to photograph someone’s wedding. but to be invited to photograph someone’s wedding overseas, invited to stay in their home, invited to eat the chicken and

adventure is in the cold missouri winter; where the michaels family made a fire and cooked their supper together

It’s a mere eight days until christmas so it’s only fitting for us to share a few things with you! No, not ten lords a leaping, but it might as well be! First, our online class for

sometimes, the greatest adventure happens when you stay home. jaime + tyler + baby on the way

lately, some of the most meaningful images we have been asked to make have been photographs of people just being themselves, at home. there’s so much propaganda and romance in the air right now