Coach Wenstrom’s son

“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.” -George S. Patton, Jr.

Since September I’ve been anxiously awaiting to meet this special little guy.¬† I think you all will enjoy finally meeting the son of the late Coach Wenstrom, here’s 2 week old JC.


In early September I learned of Coach Wenstrom’s passing and was very touched hearing how many lives he touched and that he left behind his wife, Melissa, and a new son on the way. I’ve learned that Coach Wenstrom was admired by many and was such a selfless man who influenced the lives of many kids over the years. I managed to get in touch with his wife and let her know I wanted to give my photography to her family knowing that they would cherish the moments I’d capture. I know there’s not much I can do to heal the hurt felt since his passing, but perhaps in seeing these first moments with his son will help remind others of just how much good he has brought to the world. I’m sure he’s had many great accomplishments in his life, but I think we all agree that little JC is his greatest.


Though I never knew Coach Wenstrom, I did see the one photo that was used in his memorial online and found JC to resemble his father. I bet those that knew Coach Wenstrom would agree.


I was thankful that Erin McLain was willing to stop by to give me a hand with this session. Though I’ve done most of my photo sessions on my own, I have to admit that with newborn photography it’s great to have an extra helping hand to help in posing the little ones. JC was such a strong alert little guy so we tried positioning him in one of the more challenging poses for newborns.


He did amazing considering how squirmy he was! He even held his head up high all on his own!




JC was an active little guy, but he settled down quite a bit once we swaddled him. He seemed so full of thought and was such a mellow little guy.


Of course I can’t help but capture tiny features like his perfect little lips and feet.



Yes, he’s such a perfect little guy.


I can only imagine the emotions Melissa must be going through to have lost her husband during her pregnancy. While we were tending to JC’s needs she took a moment to share a photo and told me about her husband. I admit it put chills down my spine to realize how suddenly her husband was taken from her, yet somehow God managed to find a way to make sure she was blessed with this little miracle. I imagine every time she looks at her little blessing she will continue to be reminded of an amazing man who touched the lives of so many. For me it’s just a constant reminder that we all should take the time now to take the time to let loved ones in our lives know just how special they are because we don’t always have control over what tomorrow holds.


JC is definitely one of the most special little ones I’ve photographed in the last 2+ years that I’ve been doing newborn photography.


One of the things I love most about newborn photography is that sometimes you can begin to see a little piece of who this little person will become someday. Something tells me Coach Wenstrom will always be a big part of this little guy’s life. Just look at how thoughtful this little guy is, I know someday he’ll get to hear all the stories of what an amazing man his father was.


Melissa I hope your family and friends enjoy the photos of little JC. He was such a precious little guy. I have no doubt your husband is looking down¬† on you both proudly. Hold this little guy tight, and always remember his father’s memory will always live on through him. Best wishes to you and your family raising this little guy – you’ve definitely been blessed with a little miracle.

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March 6, 2010 - 11:22 am

Kathie Bynum - These are amazing – I am so happy to see this little guy. Congradulations Melissa!!! Kathie

March 6, 2010 - 6:49 pm

Imhoof - Thanks for sharing precious pictures and I am very happy for you and your miracle son, JC!

God bless you always.


March 7, 2010 - 8:06 am

Elana Hand - These pictures are great. He is so adorable. Hope to see him soon. Congratulations Melissa.

March 7, 2010 - 10:00 am

Heather Keenan - He is a treasure! I hope you are feeling well, Melissa, and enjoying every minute of your lives together. Heather

March 7, 2010 - 10:46 am

Melinda Sawyer - You made my day – what an adorable little one – hope you’re basking in the moment. And yes, I do think he resembles Jeff. He would be so proud as I’m sure you are. Congratulations. Melinda

March 7, 2010 - 6:43 pm

Karen Bennett - He is so adorable and yes, I can see Jeff in him. Enjoy every moment you have with him ~ it will go by so fast!

March 8, 2010 - 6:48 am

Sylvia Sandin - The pictures are truly amazing; thank you so much for sharing! Such attention to detail is a testament of how much you, Melissa and Little JC have touched Amanda’s professional sensibilities. I look forward to meeting this little “star” in person! Bravo to you all!!

March 8, 2010 - 6:58 am

Teresa - Oh my goodness. He is SOOOO cute. I was shocked at how much he looks like Jeff. Can’t wait to babysit when you bring him in.

March 8, 2010 - 7:35 am

Linda Pierce - The pictures are adorable, he is so cute. I too see Jeff in his precious little face. Melissa, enjoy every second with you new baby boy! Congratulations! Jeff would be so proud!!!

March 8, 2010 - 7:41 am

Sue Cappetta - What wonderful memories. JC is so aware! Enjoy the wonders each new day brings.

March 8, 2010 - 7:49 am

Judy Malys - The pictures are adorable as is JC. Looking forward to seeing him in person.

March 8, 2010 - 7:57 am

Debbie Campanaro - Congratulations, Melissa and welcome baby JC! These pictures are awesome and amazing. Everyday will bring new joy. I know Jeff is proudly watching over you both. Can’t wait to meet him.

March 8, 2010 - 8:14 am

Jeanette Williams - What a blessing! Congratulations to you and your son. Enjoy every moment as they grow up quickly. Looking forward to seeing the 2 of you soon.

March 8, 2010 - 8:34 am

Jo Alice Walker - How precious! I was touched by Amanda Kern’s comments as well as the beautiful way she captured your son’s features. We are glad lil’ JC is part of our Lyman family. What a beautiful blessing he is and will be!

March 8, 2010 - 8:41 am

Liz MacKeon - What a thrill to see God’s miracles! Thanks so much for sharing !
I look forward to seeing both of you!

March 8, 2010 - 9:05 am

Mary Edmiston - What beautiful pictures of this precious baby boy! I know you will be amazed every day as he grows. Can’t wait to see you both.

March 8, 2010 - 9:29 am

CHRISTL FORZA - He is so beautiful. Thank you for sharing these amazing photographs. I look forward to meeting him in person. He is
just adorable!

March 8, 2010 - 9:37 am

Rosalie Cook - I knew you would be an awesome mother! I am happy for you and the baby! Enjoy the blessing. LOVE! LOVE! LOVE!
Rosalie Cook

March 8, 2010 - 3:16 pm

Mary K Adessa - what gorgeous photos of your baby-you must be so proud! I can’t wait to meet him…I hope you are doing well.
Miss you! Mary

March 9, 2010 - 7:52 am

Diane Whitted - I can’t wait to see you and the baby in person, I love those picture. I hope you’re enjoying those early morning feeding. ha ha

March 9, 2010 - 10:04 am

Sharon Sacco - He’s absolutely adorable! Seeing these pictures and reading the stories reminded me of how precious life truly is and how we should never take things for granted. Thank you for sharing with’ve made my day!

March 10, 2010 - 11:49 am

lisa rios - Those are amazing!!! The tribute brought tears to my eyes. Enjoy him while he is little! Lisa

March 10, 2010 - 2:21 pm

Halima Fisher - Well, Congrats New Mommy! May God continue to Bless you and your little one more and more each year.
Miracles & Blessings, Miracles & Blessings…Halima

March 21, 2010 - 10:47 pm

Jed Kennedy - Jeff is one happy guy looking down at this little guy!

March 25, 2010 - 8:48 pm

BJ Paulhus - Melissa,
Congratulations! I’m so glad Sarah sent me the link so I could see these beautiful pictures. JC is adorable! You lucked out with Amanda…she captured some great pictures :) I hope you are doing well and I look forward to meeting JC and seeing you again around Lyman. Take care of yourself!

March 29, 2010 - 1:16 pm

Anita - Missy what a cute little guy. Looking forward to meeting JC on Easter Sunday when the family gets together at Michael’s.
Lots of Love and God Bless———–Anita and Nick

March 31, 2010 - 10:11 pm

Dorene Roloff - Your son is so beautiful. God has blessed you.

June 2, 2010 - 11:39 am

Ashlee Michalski - These pictures are beautiful!! I can’t get over how precious they are.. the photographer did a terrific job!! Congrats to you Melissa!!

June 2, 2010 - 11:59 am

Sue Michalski - Melissa,

I’m so happy for you on your beautiful baby boy! He is so perfect. Please let me know if you need anything.
Love Sue Michalski

June 12, 2010 - 12:30 am

Joe Kraus - That Joey is one great looking kid cant wait to take him to the Wing House to help me pick up girls.

August 13, 2010 - 5:09 pm

Jainay Smith - He’s such a beautiful boy so cute…congratulations!!! <3 <3 <3

October 19, 2010 - 2:19 pm

Crystal Mendenhall - He is adorable. I know Coach is watching him from heaven saying that is my son.

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