The Nelsons / by Travis Cobb

The first time I photographed any one of the Nelsons was at the Dallas Arboretum, and Cohen, the handsome little man in gray, was in diapers and I don’t think he was walking yet — the kid has a mustache now. No, he doesn’t. But that’s how it feels when the years pass and I see these people grow from diapers to fully developed personalities and attitudes.

When you shoot predominantly outdoors or on-site, finding new locations can be a challenge. Even more challenging is the desire to have the images evoke “Christmas” — but this is Dallas and pine trees don’t really grow here. So we’ve found this gorgeous spot, and lucky for us, there was just enough color left for us to find a little patch of fall before everything was left bare.

Below are my favorite frames from that day.