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CHICAGO NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHER: MELISSA MARIE PHOTOGRAPHY: BABY HARRISON

Imagine you got to take Kate Spade’s or Tory Burch’s wedding or baby photos. Perhaps even better, you knew them when they were young, and got to see them grow into amazing woman, with empires of their own hard work. That’s me with Lindsay from Holly and Tanager. (Amazing bags made by and for woman; check em out!) I’ve known Lindsay since her middle school days. I took her prom photos, captured her wedding, and now images of her first-born. If you haven’t heard of her yet, no doubt you will. I’m honored to not only have heard of her, but the privilege of knowing her. So happy for you Linds! Congrats!!! And happy one month Mr. Harrison!

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VOLKENING HERITAGE FARM: MELISSA MARIE PHOTOGRAPHY: WILSON FAMILY

At night, one of my son’s favorite songs for us to sing before bed is: “This little light of mine….I’m gonna let it shine.” Kids have a way of letting their authentic selves shine! They haven’t allowed the world, outside influences, or often even parents yet dictate who they are to be. I love capturing the pure personality of each kid for who they are! Whether it be silly. Shy. Inquisitive. Sensitive. Bubbly. Energetic. The world is dark enough. Lets let our kids SHINE! Love that this family not only allows that, but encourages it! So neat to see these kiddos be growing into their true selves over the years. So much love for this little (or not so little) (: family!

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VOLKENING HERITAGE FARM: MELISSA MARIE PHOTOGRAPHY: BARIC FAMILY

People say when you have a kid you can’t remember what it was like before them. For me, not sure that’s fully true. (: At least I can’t say that to be true for me when I was anticipating my second kiddo. I remember vividly what it was like to be a family of three. I remember savoring and essentially sobbing as I’d rock my first-born to sleep thinking that was the last time I’d do it before I went into labor with my youngest. I wouldn’t trade those moments but I also wouldn’t give up the new blessing it is to a family of 4. My youngest in many ways is so different than my oldest. She’s brought a fresh new dynamic to our family. One that though I can vividly remember what it was like before her, I am so grateful for who she is and what she brings to our family. I’ve loved capturing so many family’s this fall. Several who are in that transition of a family of 3 to 4. Every family dynamic is different but one commonality is that kids as challenging, and in ways all-consuming as they are just absolutely precious!! Excited to see that transition for this family!

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VOLKENING HERITAGE FARM: MELISSA MARIE PHOTOGRAPHY: ROSHO FAMILY

These red barns have me feelin’ the holiday spirit early. I guess its’ not that early. If you ask Hobby Lobby, it’s fair game to put out decorations in like July. (: But if you ask the average trick-or-treater here in Chicago on Halloween the other day, it’s too soon for snow. (Yet we got it. and quite a bit of it at that) What I love about holidays in general are the the opportunity to create memories with family. My husband recently said a main word he’d use to describe me is sentimental. It’s so true! I may or may not print literally 1,000+ photos a year. (: Here’s to creating & capturing memories with loved ones this season!

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