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I took these photos for a friend, who just delivered a healthy baby boy a couple weeks ago! He’s almost nine pounds and sweetly named after his daddy, Curtis. At the time of this shoot, she was about 36 weeks. Vilayphone and I talked a lot about what she should expect. Because you know, I’m a pro x 2 and all. Yea, sure…

I told her about how her heart will just burst at first sight, first touch of her baby. Of course, I also told her about the hardships. The stuff that most people don’t talk about. Like how often you have to feed the baby, around the clock. And like how breastfeeding seriously hurts!

It was utter chaos during the shoot, though I don’t think you can tell at all by looking at these airy, light-filled photos that were taken in our friend’s apartment. My sister-in-law, also a good friend of Vilayphone’s, was also present with my niece and nephew, and they were both running around wild. Little Wee G (aka Rhys) also came along for the ride but clearly didn’t like it because he couldn’t stop crying off and on. At one point I had to wear him in the carrier and shoot at the same time! (Now how’s THAT for multi-tasking, Gisele??) It was so chaotic, it was almost hysterical! Welcome to motherhood…

So, Vilayphone… my gift to you… what to expect when you’re expecting. (In your case, how do you feel about it all now that you have a real baby in your arms? Have you adjusted to all the craziness yet, that intense surge of love within your heart?

Thanks for letting me capture your beautiful self, Momma! Scroll through to see the full session!

xo, Melissa

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Since posting the photo of my Little Wee G yesterday on Facebook, I got many, many emails from photographers, asking me how I created that shot.  I recreated that scene again today so you can get an idea what was done.

I propped both Little G and Little Wee G separately on the table so they can get more of the bokeh effect from the tree since there’s more lights up top than the bottom.  Always remember, SAFETY FIRST!!!  The Giant was less than a foot away and was there to help assist me during Little Wee G’s session.  I can’t stress this enough, safety, safety, safety!!

So here are the deets!

unique kid and baby holiday christmas card ideas

camera-nikon d800, lens 85mm, f-stop 1.4, shutter 1/250, ISO 200

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camera-nikon d800, lens 85mm, f-stop 1.4, shutter 1/250, ISO 320

unique baby infant newborn christmas holiday picture photo ideas

camera-nikon d800, lens 85mm, f-stop 1.4, shutter 1/250, ISO 320

behind the scenes baby toddler christmas holiday card photos

 

I edited all three photos in Photoshop and this is what I did…

-adjust the levels to brighten up the photo to the amount desired

-used actions (harriet pop) from peta mazey, the childs play series

-sharpened with kevin kubota’s magic sharp

 

That’s it!  Just three simple steps!! If you want to achieve bigger bokehs, get closer to your subject and always shoot wide (f/1.4)

Litte Wee G’s elf hat can be purchased here.

Litte G’s pajamas can be purchased here.

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Hope this helps.  Happy Holidays from our family to yours!

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Happy Halloween! There is nothing haunted about this wedding though – it’s Hollywood glamour through and through. Soo and Ron’s glittering wedding day at O’Hare InterContinental was created by Yanni Design Studio – giving pink and black an infusion of grown-up glamour, bejeweled bouquets handmade by Ky Kampfeld, and morsel-sized sweets by Yum Squared. Everything is covered in a blanket of bold, striking shades of pink, there’s not a single detail you won’t want to pin to your girly heart’s content!

A bit on the serious side, Soo and Ron were in a car accident just two weeks before their wedding. She was afraid she wouldn’t be able to walk down the aisle – but luckily this was not the case and everything came together beautifully. Ain’t she a stunning bride? Just like an A-List celeb on the red carpet, except more authentic and glowing as only a bride can be.

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Wishing Soo and Ron all the best – they make an adorable couple!

xo, Melissa

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Soo and Ron’s Wedding Guide ::

Venue, O’Hare InterContinental (ceremony and reception)  //  Bride’s Attire, KITTYCHEN Couture gown via The Dress by Nicole, Benjamin Adams shoes via The Left Bank  //  Bride’s Hair and Makeup, Sonia Roselli Makeup Studio  //  Groom’s Attire, custom from DeLouice  //  Bridesmaids’ Dresses, Jenny Yoo  //  Bridal Bouquet, Bridemaids’ Bouquets, and Boutonnieres, Bouquets by Ky (Ky Kampfeld)  //  Event Designer, Yanni Design Studio  //  Cake, Cake Sweet Food Chicago // Dessert Table. Yum Squared

 

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