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Chicago Newborn Photographer: Meet Baby Carson!

One of the things I love the most about newborn sessions being in people’s homes is the intimacy of it. For baby and mom to both be in good enough health to be home in-and-of-itself is a precious milestone to not take for granted. But to then capture the first days while they’re still the first days (Trust, the cliche’ of you blink and they’ll be grown is all too real!) is something you’ll never get back. In ways when I think about it I get overly nostalgic about time; making the most of it, and savoring while amidst it. Which sounds great, but when that turns to nostalgia of “I’ll never get this moment back” I turn to my personal time capsules: Photos. It helps change my attitude to gratitude. The days that are short and long at the same time are ones that I never want to forget. They are gifts. Our children are gifts. So here’s to staring a little longer at the little fingers and toes. Here’s to “one more snuggle” before bedtime. Here’s to being grateful for the precious gift that has been entrusted to us as parents. And here’s to images that can stop time when we most wish we could.

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Chicago Family Photographer: Melissa Marie Photography

And just like that…We had the last of our 22 mini sessions! And the “last” did not disappoint! They are crazy…hilarious…and FUN! No prompting to be silly needed. They may however need a lint roller or maybe a vacuum as we played pretty pretty hard in those leaves. (:

I asked Zoe who was completely covered head-to-toe with leaves if it was worth it and did she have fun? She smiled and said: “Yeah!”

Love creating fun memories for families that just happen to come out gorgeous. (:

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Chicago Family Photographer: Melissa Marie Photography

I’d say not much as changed but in the three years since I photographed their wedding, they’ve moved out of state, and had two kids! She’s still one of the most naturally beautiful people I photograph. And even with two kids, they’re still super chill and laid-back. They are the type that we hit it off right from the get-go and to this day feel more like friends than clients. So so glad you guys made the stop for photos when coming into town! 

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Chicago Family Photographer: Melissa Marie Photography

This family right here…They’ve got guts. Like move across the country (twice!) with young kiddos brave. The get up at 4AM to workout to maximize your family time type of motivation. People that train for marathons (again, with 3 kids!) like it were a stroll around block. (That’s the All American Athlete genetics for ya but seriously, ridiculously impressive) For as goal oriented as this crew is they are “roll with it” kinda people. Get dirty. Have fun. Be a good sport. Challenge yourself but love others type of people. I know they’d be the first to say, their greatest motivation in life is to Love Jesus above all else. All other goals are a byproduct of doing the first well. Love these peeps.

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Chicago Family Photographer: Melissa Marie Photography

I’ve heard it said that if you have 3 kids you may as well have 10. Being out numbered is a feat of parenting bravery if you ask me. George & Maria however, roll with the kid chaos like pros. Having fun yet being there if a kiddo needs a little extra TLC in the moment. George even stacked all the kiddos on his back to cheer them up. It’s been so fun to see them grow as parents and as a family over the years!

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