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VOLKENING HERITAGE FARM: MELISSA MARIE PHOTOGRAPHY: WESHSELBERGER FAMILY

A decade ago I photographed their wedding. About 8 years ago I photographed their girls in a similar airy grass field but they were infants. And today, I got to go through this bizarre & wonderful time warp as it truly feels like last year that we did those baby photos. It may also because they (along with grandma) seriously look the EXACT same as they did a decade ago!! For real. The same! Speaking of same…They’re the kinda family that time will fly and it will feel like it’s only been a minute. And that’s not just because we both have self-proclaimed that our families run on coffee. (:

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VOLKENING HERITAGE FARM: MELISSA MARIE PHOTOGRAPHY: McArthur

I recently saw a meme about pregnancy that had me awkwardly chuckle (almost as awkward as the word: “chuckle”) out loud to myself (and my kids) while ironically in the drive-thru lane of Starbucks that read:

“I have two brains in my body but I’ve never been so dumb.”

I can’t be the only one that totally think s this generally is true of really just about any stage of parenthood. I regularly leave the house with at least 1 article of my clothing on inside out. There’s a 50-50% chance that I will have to go back inside from leaving either my phone or keys. I’m sure can’t tell you what I want. (Make a decision for myself? Pshhh. Yeah right!) But I could most definitely tell you what I don’t want. No…I don’t want you to run your toddler toy cars over my toes as I try and go to the bathroom; thank you though.

The silver lining to losing our minds though is all the “super fun” stuff of pregnancy, you forget the minute that little one is in your arms. And the really hard parenting days. Those easily get forgotten when your little one hugs you tightly saying they “miss you” because you were in the bathroom. (: So yes… Losing our parental minds is a thing. But it’s a blessing in disguise. I’m sure Lisa however, is with it and surely will prove my theory and that meme wrong. (: Congrats!

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VOLKENING HERITAGE FARM: MELISSA MARIE PHOTOGRAPHY: MAGNUS FAMILY

To me, there’s no more vulnerable a feeling than when you have kids. (or are pregnant). There’s so much that’s out of your control. In some ways that’s freeing. On some level knowing that there’s certain things that will happen and we can’t stop it no matter how “on it” we are as a parent. And on the other, it can be tempting to clasp what little control we do have into the tightest “please stay safe” fist. My kids….There’s nothing that’s been able to bring me to tears of joy and tears of desperation quicker. It’s worth it. They are worth it. Each step of the journey no matter how beautifully hard it is, is worth it! Love seeing that unfold in different ways for my couples.

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VOLKENING HERITAGE FARM: MELISSA MARIE PHOTOGRAPHY: MORINELLI FAMILY

As if having a newborn isn’t hard enough. Having a toddler, and a newborn that was in the NICU for weeks is beyond what I as a mom can wrap my head around. These photos were maybe a week or so after they finally got to reunite as a full family. I’m consistently amazed at the resiliency and strength that is family. Hope these first days and weeks as a family together of four are so sweet!

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Volkening Heritage Farm Family Photos: Melissa Marie Photography: WEST FAMILY

Pardon the puddle…It’s just my heart absolutely melting! I can’t even. It’s honestly, one of my all time favorite family sessions I’ve done. Obviously they’re umm…well. A BEAUTIFUL family. That’s completely obvious! Even more than that is how dang sweet this family is! I didn’t cue the hugs between the brothers. I didn’t cue the oldest stopping mid photo to run and even give me a hug! They’re just the absolute sweetest! I’ve been photographing them for years, all the way back to when Kyle & Beth got married so there’s a long history. A history of mama texting where we can share the chaos that is happening and the other saying: “I see you.” A history of letting me be a fly on the wall with my camera for family celebrations. Cake smashings. I’m in over my head but want to remember the beauty of this moments. Then seemingly, all at once, after the quickest session we’ve done all the investment into relationships within one family came pouring out in the most beautiful way(s) possible. We kept looking at each other saying: “What in the world is happening!?” Magic. Lighting striking. Heart melting. Memory making MAGIC happened! So much love for this family!

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Beth - October 31, 2019 - 7:28 PM

And WE have so much love for you!!! Your photos line our walls, and we can’t wait to keep adding to them! You are loved!!!