Category Archives: our attempt at short films

Mollie and Calvin . Married in Kansas {a small film}

Mollie and Calvin and their two families are so special it’s hard to put to words. A few years ago we photographed and made a small film for Justin, Calvin’s brother as he married the beautiful Alyssa. Ever since then, the Beck family has welcomed us in with generosity and shown us more love than I could put to words. So when they wrote again that another one of their sons was going to marry the love of his life, we knew what an honor it was to be invited to tell that story.  When we met Mollie and her family, we knew it even more.

They got dressed and married in and around the property the beck family has owned and raised their children on in Kansas. On the land adjacent to the family farm, they built an adventure trail, decorated a barn, and invited the people they loved most to come celebrate their story.

I wish I could explain it better, but instead I hope you’ll watch this small film and experience just a bit of what it felt like to be there.(photographs to follow soon)

To Mollie and Calvin and your families,

this is for you. we can’t thank you enough for the invitation and the way you continue to show grace and generosity to our family. you all are remarkable.

thank you,

the parsons


the Janis family : and then there were five

These folks are some of the most dear to me, to us. After attending and photographing the birth of Lenora May, their second child, we all had a new kind of bond. So when Jesse and Leslie found out they were going to become a family of five they asked me to be a witness to sam coming into the world.

We all make our plans and in the moment we make them they feel so sure, so sturdy. I was supposed to be with them in the hospital, during the labor. I was supposed to make photographs and tell that story. I was even supposed to cut the cord when little sam was born. Instead I was at a children’s hospital across town laying next to our four year old, who had just had emergency brain surgery. In our own ways that night, both of our families were experiencing the joy of our children coming alive.

Even though I couldn’t be with them in their first hours as a family, I knew I wanted to be present in the first days to tell the story of this beautiful family and the joy that surrounds them now that there are five. I hope you feel it, and I hope (Leslie and Jesse) that this is a little life raft on those tired afternoons when having three kids feels a little bonkers.

with so much love,


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vicky howie - 03/07/2016 - 10:03 am

every image so full of integrity and beauty. what an amazing story teller you are – and, what an amazingly beautiful set of human beings