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VOLKENING HERITAGE FARM: MELISSA MARIE PHOTOGRAPHY: WINTER FAMILY

I know Derek from college. We both played soccer, so naturally, we’re a bit competitive. Have you ever beaten me in ping pong Derek? (: Well, one competition I was late on was the having kids and trading in cars for vans. He kept having kids and I kept thinking they were crazy. Until we had our own (kids) and got our own (van). Sure, we still talk smack. (Though, the older we get the more the “you’re getting old” jokes are more so reality.) But like athletes, the real good ones make it looks easy. Derek & Tatum truly make raising 4 honest to goodness, really great kids look easy. I’ve got 2 and I know full well it isn’t! They’re just really great parents. Ping pong skills may be lacking, but parenting….You’ve nailed! (:

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Volkening Heritage Farm: Melissa Marie Photography: BABILLA BOYS

I love this age of kids… You start to get a sneak peek at what they’ll possibly look like when they’re grown, (Which, I mean… Come on! How handsome are these guys!!?) but still have the fun, bashful, sweetness of still being kids. Brother’s are usually fighting, or rough-housing, or in some way picking on the other, but these two, are so sweet! May that also be a sneak peek into how they’ll be when they’re grown.

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VOLKERING HERITAGE FARM: MELISSA MARIE PHOTOGRAPHY: DODARO FAMILY

Back before being a photographer was big, 15 years ago, I was slingin’ lattes as a barista at Starbucks seeing if I could make this “photo thing” work. Well, looks like more than just my mom reads this “little blog” and I’ve had the honor of taking a photo or two. (: But before my business got off the ground, I had to pay my bills and getting free coffee is never a bad option. I loved it! I also loved who I worked with. If I was gonna get up at 4:14AM (I’m not a morning person) I better like who I”m working with. And I did! Tara was one of those people. She’s fun. Genuine. And obviously has good tastebuds. (: So crazy to see where this life journey has brought each of us. Her little girls are absolute dolls!

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