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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!!!

VOLKENING HERITAGE FARM: MELISSA MARIE PHOTOGRAPHY: CORNING FAMILY

I love the moment when a family’s initial concern of: “Lets see how this gooooeesss…” Transitions into pleasant surprise, to full fledge, this was actually fun! I get it. The outfit planning, the snack packing. The please even for a few minutes nap taking, it’s all a lot. But family life is a lot. It’s truly a goal of mine that it’s easy for you from the moment you join me. From that point on it’s lets make memories. Capture what we all along wish we would. And come out with some quality time and keepsakes with our family.

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VOLKENING HERITAGE FARM: MELISSA MARIE PHOTOGRAPHY: CORDIER FAMILY

Someday I’d like to create a coffee table book of my clients and their celebrity dopplegangers. Who knows if that’s even legal or if my clients would think their celebrity match-up was a compliment or not but from the moment I met Nina I thought: Joanna Gaines. And not only because her home looks straight out of HGTV. Of course I’m meaning this comparison as a compliment. Both Joanna & Nina are obvious knockout babes with amazing taste, and beautiful families. I get as excited to capture this family as someone anticipating the reveal of “Are you ready to see your Fixer Upper!?” Which side note, we’re painting our fixer upper right now. It’s wedding season. My kids have had fevers. It’s been super fun. (:

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CHICAGO BOTANICAL GARDEN FAMILY PHOTOS: MELISSA MARIE PHOTOGRAPHY: ALFANO FAMILY

At first, when I heard that it was little Kate’s 2nd birthday, I thought why “waste” it on taking family photos. You could do those any day. Kinda ironic coming from a photographer, but the sentimental side of me initially thought that. But in reality, how SWEET it is to savor family, to celebrate life, than to capture it! And how full of life Kate is! She’s was like a hard to catch magical unicorn, running through the rose bushes. Some have a “that was my bouncy house birthday.” Others have, “That was my superhero birthday…” Well, miss Kate. Your 2nd birthday was your “garden” birthday. You stopped and literally smelled the roses. You squealed with excitement to evade being scooped up out of the flower beds. You snuggled your mama at the end of the night, I’m sure filling both your hearts to the brim. Happy Birthday sweet Kate!

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