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Melissa Marie Photography: Kathleen + Brian

Love that these two were (I saw were cuz Chicago weather has been gnarly and we had to reschedule) willing to come out on their wedding anniversary! Crazy that it was two years ago when I captured their big day.  Like old friends, we picked up right where we left off. Helping me with my directionally challenged ways…Showing photos of our fixer-upper houses we bought… Talking about our “kids” one being a fur baby: Riley who joined in on the pics. Oh yeah…And all the while taking some ridiculously cute pics. It also happens to be Kathleen’s birthday today! So much to celebrate for them! Happy anniversary! And happy birthday!! So great to capture such fun things to celebrate. 

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Chicago Family Photographer: Melissa Marie Photography

I wasn’t one who initially wanted kids. Don’t get me wrong…I’m very much a kid person, I just never really saw that for me. Well, after 11 years of marriage, we had a baby boy. It was seconds after holding him that I said: “I want a litter of them!” I would have done it all over again in a heart-beat. And Lord willing, someday I will. So I’m a little bit envious (in a wonderful way) of this beautiful family of 7! Now it’s not about quantity but quality right? Well, this family has that in spades!!! I tell ya the genuine, kind, loving, vibrant hearts of each one of them is such a gift. Each child is so specifically loved they show no sign of jealousy, resentment, or envy. Rather, they absolutely adore each other! The amount of effort that pours in on a daily basis is an investment into these little one’s hearts that’s already paying off. I’m sure when cameras aren’t around there’s times where it’s not so pretty, nor easy but Annie & Justin, keep pressing the heart of Christ into your littles! I’m sure it can be hard to see amidst the dust that gets kicked up from the whirlwind that is 5 kiddos but the love they have is a reflection of Christ’s love for them. They first saw that in you!! So messes be had, chaos unsettled, and joy to be had with one another. Absolute joy to capture you guys!!  

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Chicago Family Photographer: Melissa Marie Photography

Our family mini sessions this fall have been insanely popular! It’s been amazing to catch up with clients, friends, couples, and families even if it’s through the lens of my camera. I’ve known Josh & Melinda for years. Church and coffee bonded us initially. I mean does it get any better than those two things? (:

Well, part of doing life with them for years meant I got to know them on a deeper level. I was privileged enough to hear the prayers of their heart. It wasn’t always easy, but these two have pressed into what the Lord has for them time and time again. They now have 10 years of marriage and the most vibrant little boy Brooks. Love that we got to celebrate both through images today.

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Chicago Family Photographer: Melissa Marie Photography

This family is one of the reasons I’m still addicted to Facebook. From our mutual love for kids in animal clothing, pumpkin spice lattes, a general love for all foods that we really shouldn’t eat,  awesome under the radar music, and an appreciation for sarcastic banter, their social posts and status updates have me laughing out loud to myself as I’m scrolling through. Of course that then makes time with their family a blast. So awesome to see you guys!

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Chicago Family Photographer: Melissa Marie Photography

I want to be more like them. For one, they are mighty good lookin’ ? But something not as external, is their generous spirit. Who gifted their wedding photographer a massage? They did! (Which by the way, genius gift for a sore bodied photog!) Then who brought a Starbucks gift card to the mini session for their working mom of an infant? They did! Seriously, so incredibly thoughtful and generous these family is. Beautiful outside obviously, but equally if not even more within.

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