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melissa diep mommy and me session

When the cat’s away the mice will play. And that we did! While the Giant was abroad in Germany for work I decided to pack up the kids and visit their grandparents in Florida for a week. We had the best time! (You can follow our adventures down south here.) In between delightful shenanigans at Disney World, blueberry picking and on golf carts, I made time for a Mommy and Me session with one of my favorite fellow photographers, the talented Kristen Weaver in Orlando, Florida! Between Rhys’ crankiness from the long drive to the studio, and Roman’s hyperactivity having just woken from his nap, I was worried we didn’t get any good shots of the three of us – but Kristen’s innate talent to make her clients look and feel good are superior! I love the outcome – tell me in the comments what you think!

xo, Melissa

melissa diep mommy and me session
melissa diep mommy and me session
melissa diep mommy and me session
melissa diep mommy and me session
melissa diep mommy and me session
melissa diep  mommy and me

melissa diep mommy and me
melissa diep mommy and me
melissa diep  mommy and me
melissa diep  mommy and me
melissa diep mommy and me session
melissa diep mommy and me session
melissa diep mommy and me session
melissa diep mommy and me session
melissa diep mommy and me session
melissa diep mommy and me session
melissa diep mommy and me session

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Here at 34 weeks Samantha glows with all the appropriateness of a momma-to-be. Both she and hubby Washington are truly proud first-time parents whose joy is infectious and who are madly in love – with each other and with life. During the session, whenever they talked about their unborn daughter, to be named Viviana, they lit up. It’s not common for the partner to join in on a maternity shoot, but I’m so glad Washington wanted to! They were awesome to work with and I was reminded why I love what I do so much. I’m very excited to meet their little girl when she is born.

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Bonus points for Samantha who found me on Pinterest through one of the photos from this shoot! If you don’t already follow me, you can do so here. Scroll through for the rest of Samantha’s maternity shoot!

xo, Melissa

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Take one look at these maternity photos of a radiant mother-to-be, and you’d never know she isn’t the girl next door. You’d never know that sweet Adelle, here at 37 weeks, went through periods of extreme darkness in the last three years, or that she miscarried twice before as a result.

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It’s rare that you meet someone for 10 minutes and can still connect like you knew her for years. That’s how I would describe my time spent with Adelle. She’s spiritual and deep, and so wonderfully unlike any other client I’ve ever worked with. Maybe this is a result of the storms she’s weathered. I could see the love of her baby boy, to be called Leo, glowing through her. I remember one poignant moment during our session. She was lying on the bed when John Legend’s song, All of Me, began playing on the radio. There is a part where he sings:

‘Cause all of me
Loves all of you
Love your curves and all your edges
All your perfect imperfections
Give your all to me
I’ll give my all to you
You’re my end and my beginning
Even when I lose I’m winning
‘Cause I give you all of me
And you give me all of you, oh

During that moment, Adelle closed her eyes in peace and I just knew those lyrics, that song, was meant for her son that she’s carrying. Sharing in a raw, tender moment such as this is what makes my work worth doing.

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It’s not often that I share a client’s private words, but Adelle’s to me were just so real and serves as a good reminder about how photography touches people in different ways.

“There’s my new approach at life. The darkness being shed away from me layer by layer. I then got to a place in our shoot where it was like you connected with what I was feeling. I am not sure that just anyone can do that. Maybe it is the mother side of you that tapped in… There’s a very good energy and flow about you that is open and free. I guess I am just thanking you for helping me express my point of view in life right now. Showing the world through my eyes about what this pregnancy has brought for me through life.”

Scroll through for more – and Adelle, thank you for allowing me to take these photos and share your story. I wish you and your family all the best!

xo, Melissa

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