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This post could be titled “How to get the best possible photos from your session.” Despite the bitter cold of December in Chicago, Mom & Dad smiled and laughed through our entire mini session*. Vilayphone and Curtis made it fun for the baby, which made it fun and easy for me, because 11-month old CJ was happy and smiley the whole time – and who doesn’t love smiley babies? From this photographer’s lips to your ears, a great attitude is the key to a great session.

For this holiday session, the Atkins family, and their dog Peanut, came over to my home for the shoot. While they stayed warm inside the house, I decked the Christmas pine tree out back with colorful ornaments and set up a variety of fun holiday props to brighten up a wintry day.

Merry holidays, Atkins family!

xo, Melissa

*Mini sessions typically last 30 minutes and are offered around holidays. Email me at melissadiep@ymail.com for more information about mini sessions!

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You might recognize this cutie. Six-year old Ari has been featured in a number of commercials and print pieces for a variety of brands, including The Land of Nod, Target, ETA hand2mind, VTechKids, and Kohl’s. When her parents Annie and Arlo asked me to do her professional headshots, I didn’t hesitate. It’s not often that I work with a pint-size pro – especially one whose poise and listening skills rival most adults I shoot. With a multitude of child models sporting far too adult-like expressions and being overly made up, hair did, sweet Ari here is a refreshing breath of fresh air. To prove it, scroll down for proof that mini models that look and act their age do, in fact, exist.

Ari might be the next big thing – that smile is certainly one to keep an eye on.

xo, Melissa

 

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Theirs was a simple and sweet civil ceremony at Chicago Cultural Center. A formal ceremony will be held for their family in China, but for now, Kelly and Deyu said “I do” before a couple close friends in the stunning neoclassical landmark building. Instead of a traditional surprise first look, Deyu was in the room, watching his lovely bride get ready. He helped put on her Vera Wang dress, all the while seeming excitedly nervous for all that lies ahead.

Despite icy November temps in Chicago, Kelly and Deyu braved the streets of downtown for their couples portraits. Even though everyone else around town was wearing puffy down coats and boots, Kelly and Deyu were rocking their wedding finest like pros. We shot at Trump Hotel all the way to Chicago Cultural Center and Millennium Park – the two lovebirds keeping each other warm, hand in hand,.

Congrats, Kelly and Deyu!

xo, Melissa

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