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Chicago Baby Photographer: Melissa Marie Photography: ELLIE

Sure, winter in Chicago can maybe seem limiting to some when trying to find a spot to take photos with your baby, but more and more I’m convinced that home is the best. Yes. Your drooled on couch. Your toy littered floors. (Though, this home is immaculate, with or without kids) Your pet that lingers around to not be forgotten. Your bedroom that you’ve rocked, bounced, hushed for countless hours. When I say I don’t do really do props this is why; all of this. It’s the memories. It’s the images that you have in your head when replaying your life. To me…There’s nothing more beautiful. And there’s few things more important to capture and save.

“No matter how you get there or where you end up, human beings have this miraculous gift to make that place home.” Creed from The Office



So much of anniversaries are a pause to remember what all the wedding day was. Though that day was incredible, and spiritually significant, I think the true celebration of the past 13 years is what has transpired since. It’s in the day to day choices of what it is to be not only married (as many people are) but to make decisions that are honoring to each other and to the Lord.  On the daily, for the past thirteen  years, you’ve put the Lord first and by doing so have loved me so well. And then you put pregnancies and kids into the mix and I’m honestly just humbled that the Lord chose you for me… for us. We don’t deserve the Lord. And we don’t deserve you. And yet you constantly outpour His love through your willingness to sacrifice. Willingness to do whatever it takes. Willingness to be all in.

When I put Ryan to bed, I give him kisses and whisper: “I love you so much.” And he’ll whisper back: “So much.” Thank you for being so much to me for thirteen years of marriage. So much to Ryan as a dad for two. And for Mia for exactly one week.

We love me more than we can show or say.
Happy anniversary my Habeebee.

Thank you Michael for these captures of our life! (And being our go to when we thought Ryan needed (hopefully still won’t) stitches) (:


Chicago Wedding Photographer: The Dawson Chicago: JORDAN + MARISSA

If you know me, or have spent more than a minute on my Instagram you’re well aware of my 3 obsessions: Coffee. Donuts. And Brunch. If you get all three in the same day, you’ve hit the delicious trifecta. And if you hit all three, add in bottomless mimosas, a gorgeous venue, and a bride & groom (who also have the well appointed love for such delicious things) who are sweeter than the donuts, well, then, your wedding season is made. And so is the editing of the wedding. I mean, you can’t edit a coffee & donut wedding without ample coffee and donuts right? It just makes sense. (:

Oh, and I don’t think it was the bottomless mimosas (though that never hurts), I’ve never ever seen such a packed dance floor during a day wedding. From beginning to end, so much fun! Congrats Jordan & Marissa!








VENUE: The Dawson:

FLORIST: Marianos:


Volkerning Heritage Farm: Family Photo: SAWIN FAMILY

People’s vocalness about certain stages of parenting had me a bit prematurely anticipating when the ball of adorable will drop and the “terrible two’s” would hit. Well, Maddie, who is so close in age to my son, always perks me up with anticipation of all the wonderful things ahead. It was freezing out and through and through she was just a ball of fun and joy! Two is looking very promising!


Volkening Heritage Farm: Melissa Marie Photography: SIMON FAMILY

There was two hours that it wasn’t supposed to rain. It just so happened to be the two hours I had scheduled for my last two family shoots before we expand our own family to four in the next few weeks.

It was wet. It was freezing. It was windy. It wasn’t pretty. Outside that is. This family is in no shortage of beautiful. Beautiful obviously on the outside. I mean…Look at em. (:

But beautiful on the inside too. They’re understanding. Givers of grace. Fun. And able to roll with the punches. Whether it be being flexible to see on the fly what the weather hold. Kids who are have been such troopers (Seriously, it was nasty out. They were amazing) but are now over it, and making the selfless decision to just call it. So glad we were able to sneak in some time to capture their family. Doesn’t take much with these guys. (: