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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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Chicago Family Photographer: Melissa Marie Photography

One of my favorite parts about photo mini sessions is I get to meet a lot of new families. Somethings are seemingly universal. As in kids love leaves! (: Or that kids are super cute. (I mean, obviously they’re adorable) However, my favorite parts of family sessions are seeing what’s unique about their family dynamic. How siblings interact. What things intrigue or have kids rolling in laughter. I love seeing that even for just a short while there’s no to-do list. No work beckoning. No phones. Just pure family time. All in. All focused on each other. Here’s to Sunday hopefully making memories with your loved ones!

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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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