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Chicago Family Photographer: Melissa Marie Photography: ISLA

Have you ever seen the movie “Raising Helen”? Where Kate Hudson goes from a hip lifestyle to an overnight mom raising her sister’s kids? I kinda feel like my life can relate. By no means have I ever been “hip.” I’m much more an order in take out & veg with friends at the house than at a club kinda girl. But when you have kids, things in so many ways change. When you’re engaged to be married, you’re generally in a carefree stage of life. Do what you want, when you want. (It’s a glorious stage! Soak it up!)  But when you have kids things change. There’s nap times. Snack times. And concerns of safety on snowy roads.

I love when I get to capture couples in various stages of life. A few years ago, I captured Erica + Jeff’s big day at Independence Grove in Libertyville. It was a stunning day! One that even years later, I remember well. Fast forward some years and now they have little Isla who is turning one in just a few days. I love that I have relationships with my couples. Where we can message about our kids and know that our lives in many ways aren’t very glamorous but even at the thought of how much we love our kids we could lose it in tears. I love that Erica, knowing there would be a big snow storm said, if you feel unsafe to drive, lets postpone. Part of that is she’s just such a sweetheart to begin with. And the other part is, our mindsets shift now being moms. We have families to get back home to. The photos came second in priority. Well, I did make it to their beautiful home and I’m so glad I did! Hugging my dear couple, and soaking in the cuteness of little Isla. Happy soon-to-be birthday little ONE!

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