san antonio family photography

My family, my heart

san antonio family photography

I was born and raised here in San Antonio. I spent my childhood summers on horses, mopeds, and waterskis west of town, near Medina Lake. A total bookworm, I must have spent about 8.3 years of my childhood with my nose in one book after another.

I've been a student of photography since 1995 when I shot and developed my own film and prints. I've loved reading and writing since elementary school. (Long live the Oxford comma.) You can find my fine art work here or on Instagram @melodiepuephoto.

My husband, Abel, is a social worker with Methodist Healthcare Ministries and currently developing programs and initiatives for health needs in south Texas. My 16 year old son, Julian, is an artist and musician. My two year old daughter, Helena, spends her days slaying us with her smart cuteness. We've got two dogs: Bob, a mini weenie and Reggie, a Labrador.

I'm wild about gardening, reading, music, comedy (British, especially), foreign and indie flicks, dark humor, swimming pools on hot days, iced tea, good books, candor, chocolate, linen everything, and sandals. Not so crazy about elevators, dental work, grocery shopping, traffic jams, or itchy tags in my clothes.  

Thanks so much for visiting me here!


Traditional family portraits are a classic and always will be; I believe in their power and meaning. Filling the home with photos of our families and friends creates a living tapestry made entirely of love and hope. Our children and loved ones can see how special they are to us--it's written on the walls.


Family is not an important thing. It's everything. -Michael J Fox


Lifestyle photography became a focus for me after my last child was born. I love the formal portraits I have of my family, individually and as a group. But I found myself returning, over and over, to photos of us candid, un-posed, and just totally ourselves. I realized that lifestyle photographs are powerful and I've been hooked since.

The best thing about a picture is that it never changes, even when the people in it do. -Andy Warhol

Julian, Helena, Melodie, Abel November 2016 - photo by Jennifer Crowder

Julian, Helena, Melodie, Abel

November 2016 - photo by Jennifer Crowder