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VOLKERING HERITAGE FARM: MELISSA MARIE PHOTOGRAPHY: ROEING FAMILY

People say that if you want to see someone’s true colors; see them when they’re under pressure. I’m sure they weren’t specifically saying try to do a mini session with your toddler but I think there’s a decent amount of “pressure” in that scenario. There isn’t meant to be. (In fact, it really is meant to be quick and easy) But so often expectations get the best of us.

Well, Dave & Erin show’d their true parent colors when they’re session wasn’t going as we maybe had originally envisioned. (Whhhhat with a toddler? Never!) (: What was so neat to see was how they just loved on their son with no agenda. No, lets try’s…Let’s fix… or How abouts…They just calmly loved him. And he eventually came around; and from it some really sweet images. Dave & Erin, I hope when you see these photos you see beauty. Sure, your little man is gorgeous!! But more than that I hope you see what beautiful parents you are. Patient. Fun. Selfless. It’s inspiring to see.

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VOLKERING HERITAGE FARM: MELISSA MARIE PHOTOGRAPHY: COINCIDINE FAMILY

I joke that I’ll forever live in my husband’s shadow. Though we both were college athletes (and my team won Nationals) he’s the one legendary there. Our college coach said he’s the best defender he coached in his career. He’s a rugged fix it handy kinda guy with a middle school teacher heart. But perhaps more than all those things is how one of my favorite families completely fan-girls at the mere mention of him. Not joking. We ran into them at the zoo and you’d think they had a celebrity sighting. Too funny! They actually are funny. I legit think they need to bind their Facebook commentary into a coffee table book. I’m sure it would mean much more to them if I say that my husband agrees. (:

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Ian Concidine - October 24, 2019 - 3:40 PM

This blog post is nice and we really like the pictures…but how is Bart?

VOLKENING HERITAGE FARM: MELISSA MARIE PHOTOGRAPHY: GOOLSBY FAMILY

So these photos are going live a day late because if y’all follow my Insta stories (@melissamariephoto) yesterday, a mouse ran under my desk chair and in my camera bag just feet away from my computer!

The irony is…this sweet family who’s photos were to be delivered today brought me a Starbucks gift card to their session. (Coffee is my love language. Well, that and donuts) (: Swamped with work, my little family took an hour break, splurged using that gift card and got everyone in the family their own treat and headed to our local Forest preserve to get a dose of the outdoors and a beautiful day.  I had just told my husband how much my soul needs nature as refreshment.  So pretty ironic that I about lost my mind when nature came running under my feet. ?

On a more for real note…I love that Mallory brought her parents (and usually does) to the session. Sure, it’s logistically helpful. Especially on frigid days like this one, they’re able to help get on and off coats from the kids. Have a kid ready and on deck for when it’s “Their turn.” But especially this year, now that some of the kids are getting older, it was so sweet to see their relationship with their grandkids. It’s warm. It’s got deep love behind it. Generations of love together is absolutely beautiful!

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VOLKERING HERITAGE FARM: MELISSA MARIE PHOTOGRAPHY: BALOGH FAMILY

This…This photo right here gets me. No, I’m sure it won’t be the highlight of their holiday card. It may not get framed or even printed (though I would!) The little things that are special to a family are some of the most beautiful images. Sure, the most meaningful. This family, kisses each other’s hands and my heart melts every time I see it. I want to forever remember how my little one hold’s my cheeks when I lay in bed with him. I want to remember how my youngest buries her head in the pillow as I rock her, to thrust her head up real fast, give the biggest smile, then to plummet her face back down to the pillow. Give me the Ugga Muggas (anyone with a toddler will know that reference) give me all the reminders of each stage of this precious life with littles. I know I want those things. And I desire to capture that, whatever that may look like, for my clients.

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VOLKENING HERITAGE FARM: MELISSA MARIE PHOTOGRAPHY: KELLEY FAMILY

You guys…. Look at these photos! Okay… Now look at them knowing it was 37F with wind so strong that my lips are still cracked nearly a week later! Sure it helps that they’re a walk off the set of a Gap commercial beautiful family; that is true. But I can’t tell you enough how gnarly of weather was goin’ down during it. Have I said lately that I work with the best families ever? K. Just checking. (:

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