Monthly Archives: June 2011

we would like to introduce you to our littlest son!!!!!!

We know for a lot of you this will be a huge shock. and then for a lot of you, you have been on this journey with us for what seems like a very long time, so you know all about this. :)
but, after a 2 year journey of the heart into adoption, paperwork, late nights, phone calls, social workers, tears, and soul searching, we finally have a son!
To read the long version of the story, feel free to click here and hop on over to our personal family blog.
here he is, the new love of our lives,
zion jeremiah parsons!

also, if you feel compelled to keep up with his progress and how we are doing in this area of our lives, feel free to check the family blog frequently, since that is where the majority of updates will be posted.

the parsons

Keri Bryant - 09/05/2011 - 12:52 am

Tears of joy from your news and those hiccups. Just amazing and awe-inspiring. Isn’t life wonderful that I don’t even know you and I can be so happy for you and baby Zion to have found one another? COngrats to you and the other brothers.
And yes…PLEASE post what that powerful song is in the video….My Shazam App can’t find it which means I love it even more … An unknown artist. Muchas Gracias.
God bless and bring him HOME!!!

ellen - 08/10/2011 - 1:30 pm

congratulations! what as sweet, sweet family you have! do you mind posting the name of the song you use in the video? it’s lovely.

Suki - 07/23/2011 - 2:04 pm

Oh yes. He is perfect. Congrats on the new family addition. :)

Anne Elizabeth - 07/08/2011 - 1:44 am

Holy Moly! An ENORMOUS congrats to your family for being blessed with a new little brother! :) He is one lucky son of a gun to have y’all as parents.

Kylee - 07/04/2011 - 6:44 pm

Just watched your slideshow in tears — adoption has always been something close to my heart — congrats! What a blessing!

Ryan Gladstone - 07/03/2011 - 1:11 am


Maggie - 07/01/2011 - 9:50 am

Amazing! Congrats to all!

Thomas - 06/30/2011 - 10:03 pm

Oh my gosh. He is wonderful. I cannot WAIT to meet Zion Parsons!

Rachel - 06/30/2011 - 8:34 pm

What a precious little gift! I am so happy for you and what a wonderful addition to your sweet family! Congratulations!

kim bowman - 06/30/2011 - 7:50 pm

what a wonderful story to share! so happy for your entire family and its truly so heart-warming to know that this little man is going to have an amazing family to spend his life with. that is what adoption is all about. congrats and love!

michelle - 06/30/2011 - 2:52 pm

Steve and I are crying tears of joy! Perfect indeed! We love him too! You are a beautiful family, Parsons, now even more so…

Heather Cole - 06/30/2011 - 1:25 pm

WOW!!! Congrats on the beautiful baby boy!!! He is one VERY LUCKY GUY to be coming into your family. Love you all.

Denice & Larry - 06/30/2011 - 12:35 pm

ASh and Jer, we are SOOO happy for you! Congratulations on the little one, he is adorable!!!! Much love, friends.. Denice & Larry

becca spears - 06/30/2011 - 11:04 am

IMMENSE joy! Tears of joy!

Nicole Hill - 06/29/2011 - 10:04 pm

I am so happy for you two! I STARTED crying watching this video. Congratulations!

maria - 06/29/2011 - 8:51 pm

well, i could only see the first 30 seconds of this video, since the rest was blurry for my tears.

i love him. i cannot freaking wait to meet him.
you guys look sooo happy.

rah rah - 06/29/2011 - 8:34 pm

well…after your last post it’s probably good you stick to adoption. i mean, you lucked out with the most adorable biological brothers – and now the newest addition of the brothers is totes adorbs.

just kidding, obvi! you guys have the best genes AHEM!

in less than 24 blissful hours i will be snuggling little munchkin. cannot wait for the realz!

becky - 06/29/2011 - 7:25 pm

couldn’t possibly be happier for the five of you. thank you for letting us share in your joy. i needed this today. :)

katie welch - 06/29/2011 - 6:52 pm

wow. he is so perfect. i love it.

Estella - 06/29/2011 - 6:29 pm

What a blessing!!!!! I am praying for your son’s continued growth and strength. He is already so blessed to have such wonderful loving parents. God is with you.

Heidi - 06/29/2011 - 5:51 pm

CONGRATULATIONS!! He will thrive in such a loving home.. So happy for all of you. :)

Aubrey - 06/29/2011 - 5:41 pm

Congrats guys!!!!!!!!

Blair Van Bussel - 06/29/2011 - 5:39 pm

oh my goodness… he is adorable! Congratulations!

Nate & Dina Blevins - 06/29/2011 - 4:25 pm

Congrats, he is PERFECT!

betsy and charlie - 06/29/2011 - 4:18 pm

congratulations!!! zion is beautiful. we could not be happier for you and your growing family.

hootenannie - 06/29/2011 - 3:56 pm

“The Brothers” are now 3. :)

AmyPunky Photography - 06/29/2011 - 3:14 pm

congrats!! he’s so precious and you both are such amazing and touching people!

Alysia - 06/29/2011 - 2:54 pm

Amazing son, amazing parents, amazing story. Zion is beautiful!

Dunia - 06/29/2011 - 2:52 pm

Congrats, I never comment here before, but this video is absolutely adorable, congrats again for your beautiful son!

erika - 06/29/2011 - 2:15 pm

Congrats! Parenthood looks good on you two! All that joy and love bubbling up is hard to contain. I can feel it all the way over here.

Vinson Nerds - 06/29/2011 - 2:00 pm

CONGRATS!!!!!! He is absolutely beautiful in everyday. He is sooo blessed to be coming into such a wonderful family. We only live about 10 minutes away and can babysit or anything! Just let us know! We will be there for you if you need us! LOVE YOU MUCHO!

Cameron Ingalls - 06/29/2011 - 1:45 pm

adoption………. is God’s heart and nature. awesome and inspiring to see it through your lens! love you both! wish i could join you next week.

Tori Litardo - 06/29/2011 - 1:41 pm

What a life giving season you will be walking through with this new baby boy! Praying for your family for the baby’s healthy and God’s guidance to walk you through this exciting season! He is incredibly adorable, and good name choice :)

Michelle - 06/29/2011 - 1:32 pm

You.are.extraordinary. May your family thrive with its newest addition and may the universe take extra special care of all of you for opening your hearts and your lives in such a manner. Congratulations to all of you!

Josh - 06/29/2011 - 1:10 pm

Congrats to you & the brothers!!!! We can’t wait to meet him :)

emily griffith - 06/29/2011 - 1:02 pm

oh my goodness! my heart is full and happy for you and my eyes have tears after watching that beautiful video. what an amazing journey…thanks for sharing, my spirit feels renewed!

carly - 06/29/2011 - 1:01 pm

So beyond thrilled for your sweet family! Congrats congrats congrats! It will be beautiful to watch him grow!

Brenda - 06/29/2011 - 12:53 pm

CONGRATULATIONS! I totally started bawling my eyes out when I saw the “Happy one month Birthday!” sign on his crib. He is so blessed to have parents who love him so much and want to give him the best family ever (you, the brothers, and his birth mother). May your three boys bring you all the joy in the world.
<3 a blog reader

Amanda VanVels - 06/29/2011 - 12:40 pm

wow…..this is precious. i got tears. i hope you’ll be able to take him home very soon!

Brendan & Amanda : Missouri Farmland


it’s so tempting in this job to go have these incredible experiences with people so dear and then tell others, “I guess you just had to be there”.

We just encounter so much beauty in our couples and the experiences they share with us that it honestly overwhelms us most of time and leaves us feeling a bit inadequate.

and yet, isn’t this why we are photographers, storytellers, bloggers? so that we can put our heart and souls into these people, these experiences, and then say –
to those of you who couldn’t be there: it’s ok, come with me and I will show you exactly what it was like.
and to those of you who were: let’s relive it all again! it was not a dream, it really was as magical as you remember it, and here are the little things you might have forgotten.

to brendan + amanda + their loved ones, with love from the parsons….

Angela - 08/05/2011 - 1:28 am

Ugh I cried. This was wonderfully captured.

Michelle Stone - 07/24/2011 - 11:16 pm

what’s funny, was I kinda went backwards looking at this and not reading the into, and the whole time I was thinking, “wow, this was such a special wedding and so beautifully captured” and then I read the intro. :) gorgeous work!!!

nat - 07/17/2011 - 3:26 pm

anyone know where the dress is from? it’s gorgeous!

Liz - 07/13/2011 - 1:04 pm

I LOVE these photos. So so wonderful.

Keaton - 07/01/2011 - 8:35 pm

Oh my word. The blog is genius. This shoot is genius. Love the work guys, keep it up!

Sabrina - 06/30/2011 - 4:30 pm

me dieron ganas de llorar, qué románticas!

Kevin - 06/27/2011 - 9:25 am

Amazing. Great work.

Giovanna - 06/27/2011 - 8:56 am

If there was ever a picture perfect wedding…that was it. All I could think of was a Nicholas Sparks novel while looking at the images. They are adorable:)

Kkylee - 06/25/2011 - 7:49 pm

wonderfully done. lovely.

Jorge R. Gonzalez - 06/22/2011 - 10:28 pm

Sweet. She has such soft spirit. Beautiful wedding thank you for sharing.

TAcha - 06/22/2011 - 9:47 pm

Blown. away. completely.

jac kaiser - 06/21/2011 - 9:49 pm

just when i think you guys can’t get anymore awesome, you go and post stuff like this. awesome x infinity.

sonya at zenobia studios - 06/21/2011 - 12:23 pm

Absolutely stunning and exquisite. I almost don’t even have words.

josh - 06/20/2011 - 10:06 pm

i think my favorite ever!

Evelyn - 06/20/2011 - 9:25 pm

Simply amazing and beautiful photos! :)

Danielle - 06/20/2011 - 2:58 pm

absolutely gorgeous.

Heather - 06/19/2011 - 11:07 pm

I swooned over every image. BEAUTIFULLY DONE, PARSONS!!!

Mopsy - 06/19/2011 - 11:42 am

In amazing photography, I believe, gobsmacking Beauty and Significance are captured, not simply BECA– USE OF the object or subject itself, but the razor-sharp sensitivity of the artist, as they use their unique ability to inhale the very essence of a single moment, as all senses are ignited, and with one CLICK, a memory is frozen in time. How you do that leaves me speechless!!! Well Done!!

kellie - 06/18/2011 - 9:37 pm

intense and powerful and emotional – in an i can’t breathe sort of way. love. every. one.

erin h. - 06/18/2011 - 7:56 am

you know when people leave comments and throw around ‘epic’ all of the time? yeah, that word grinds me a bit because of the way it’s overused and everyone saying it for every blog post. seriously, though… i’m breaking my rules: epic, parsons. epic. love it.

Philip - 06/18/2011 - 2:31 am

I love the way you guys capture the environment and details within!

taylor internfizzle - 06/17/2011 - 11:41 pm

I really don’t have words for this. All I can say is I see the Creator in your work. I am so fracking blessed to know you both.

jessi - 06/17/2011 - 2:43 pm

love this. LOVE. so much emotion and connection.

hannah - 06/17/2011 - 12:51 pm

breath-taking! she gives me hope that brides that spend the whole day crying are still completely beautiful! we are getting married in october and i know i will be tearing up all day :)

Ally - 06/17/2011 - 12:16 pm

I have followed you all for a long time now and this is by far one of the best posts I have ever seen! Your work is breath-taking!

Maggie - 06/17/2011 - 10:58 am

Amanda had the prettiest dress!

annie - 06/17/2011 - 9:24 am

these are some of my favorite of your photos that i’ve ever seen. so beautiful! and she cries single-teardrops like in a perfect old movie.

Keri Bryant - 06/16/2011 - 10:31 pm

OH my freakin gosh. Every time I think I have seen my fave wedding, you guys blow me away again. Makes me wanna get married again – in a trailer – in a field – with a barn dance. AMAZING!!!!!!

maria - 06/16/2011 - 10:10 pm

this is truly beautiful. my favorite favorite of your work. i just love the style of this wedding. and it doesn’t hurt that the bride and groom are supermodels. also, He looks a lot like sufjan.

sally - 06/16/2011 - 9:53 pm

i don’t know you do it – but you get me every time. simply stunning.

thatgirlblogs - 06/16/2011 - 8:33 pm

these made me cry! I loved everything! I tip my hat to you.

Erika - 06/16/2011 - 8:22 pm

What a beautiful, beautiful wedding. I wasn’t there, but am still so moved by the images. I bet they’ll love them!

Kaley - 06/16/2011 - 7:00 pm

Beautiful. As usual. Cannot wait to see you guys at DGU3!

Cameron Ingalls - 06/16/2011 - 6:15 pm

epic. love and miss you!

Rachael - 06/16/2011 - 6:12 pm

This is so beautiful!!!

Claire Hervieux - 06/16/2011 - 4:45 pm

After seeing this, I am completely undone. This is absolutely moving. So beautiful! Amazing.

Maureen - 06/16/2011 - 4:26 pm

This is just incredible. Really, really beautiful work.

sharon - 06/16/2011 - 4:24 pm

your work is utterly magnificent. as usual.

molly - 06/16/2011 - 4:20 pm

oh my heavens!

Heidi - 06/16/2011 - 4:07 pm

I look at a lot of photographer’s work, and I love a lot of what I see. But I’m pretty certain you two are my absolute, all-time favorite photographers. Yeah.

Weston Cantrell - 06/16/2011 - 4:01 pm

WOW! This was very well captured and extremely moving! Loved it. You guys are amazing!

Rosina - 06/16/2011 - 3:47 pm

hi guys. did i tell you how much i love you guys?? i love this to pieces. probably one of my favorites (wait, do i say that all the time?)

she is so beautiful. i just love her natural beauty and this was probably one of the most moving weddings i’ve seen on this blog. the story, you have tell it SO BEAUTIFULLY!!


jeff - 06/16/2011 - 3:40 pm

gorgeous. i honestly felt like i was there.