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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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Chicago Family Photographer: Melissa Marie Photography

In my relatively new to being a mom opinion, “mom guilt” is a real thing. We obviously want to give our kids the world. When that world at times seems like it’s shaken a bit, or at minimal, not as joyful as we envisioned or hoped in the moment, it can be discouraging. Something I love about kids though is they are so incredibly gracious & resilient. When I’m at my wits-end of: “What on earth is going on!?” I’m minutes away (usually) from smiles, and laugher, as if all was right in the world again.

I feel like family sessions are a good reflection of that. We may come in with a certain vision in our minds as to this “Sound of Music” frolicking, when in reality we have meltdowns. (: However, I always say, just keep loving on them, don’t worry about the photos, and inevitably they soon enough are their adorable, precious, joyful selves again. These are the real days of life with kids. And besides…I can always cut out the meltdown photos. (: The smiles and precious moments are the ones that sometimes get overshadowed in our memories. Through photos…Want to highlight them! Store them for your rainy days. Hold on to them when the “mom guilt” kicks in, and we think we should be or do more than what we are. Grace & love are enough.

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Chicago Family Photographer: Melissa Marie Photography

My husband and I didn’t choose to know the gender of our baby. Though I had a very strong feeling it was a boy, a day or two before I had him I panicked that my inkling was wrong and bought a couple bows. Well, my gut feeling all along was right. It was a boy! To my accessorizing dismay, I returned the adorable bows. Little miss Aria’s outfit is exactly why girls are so fun to dress! How adorable is she!!? Which I’m not surprised her outfit is on-point. Her mama’s wedding dress is still one of the most talked about out of my brides. Loved seeing you guys & getting to capture beautiful Aria! 

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CHICAGO FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER: MELISSA MARIE PHOTOGRAPHY

For those of you who’ve never never done a photo session with me before (Umm…You’re missing out! Contact me for one!) (:

You may not know that I actually do every photo both in color and black and white. Why? Well, the honest answer is I can’t choose! Each image has such a different feel if it’s in color or if it’s black & white. So though my clients get both versions, I spend an embarrassing amount of time trying to choose which version to post for the blog. Well, it’s wedding season, and we’ve done 22 mini sessions so there’s no time for mulling it over forever! So I took to Instagram! (@melissamariephoto) And a ton of you voted on my Insta story as to which version you thought I should go with. It was a close one! And verifies why it was a hard decision for me too, but ya’ll said the fall colors were to dreamy not to include. And I’d add that lil’ Davin’s amazing blues eyes! There really wasn’t a bad photo in the bunch. These guys are beautiful! And I’m not just sayin’ that since I play Dave in soccer often and I wanna win. (: 

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