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Busy weekend (and week) ahead! Have a few condo showings, a long wedding shoot, and packing for our trip to MEXICO!! We leave super early on Sunday morning which means I’ll barely have time to sleep after the wedding – thankfully I was born with more than enough energy to keep me going. Just wanted to leave you with a little weekend inspo . . .  enjoy!

Quinoa Fried Rice | I never would have thought to sub healthy, fluffy quinoa for stale white rice. Thank you, Pinterest!

Dreamy Master Bath | It’s practically the size of our entire loft! Elements here that inspire me – chandelier and giant ottoman (with a throw casually tossed over it, obviously). I could live in this bathroom, what about you?

Wizard of Oz Cupcakes | This is a fun theme for a kid’s birthday party. Perhaps for Little G’s 2nd, or maybe Lil Wee G’s first??

Bacon Pancake Dippers | Genius! A complete breakfast in one!

Amazing Light Canopy | A myriad of twinkling lights and otherwise simple event décor make for a very delighted photographer.

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Albums redefined

Finao ONE Flush Mount Vertical Lust Opaline

Did you know that you can add-on a custom album to any one of my photography packages? Typically my wedding packages include this service, but lately I’ve been seeing an uptick in a number of other clients – ranging from portrait to boudoir – adding on albums.

Finao ONE Flush Mount Vertical Lust Opaline

Like Brenda, for instance. Check out her custom album by Finao showcasing Brenda’s recent “Just Because” shoot at Cuneo Mansion and Gardens. (Click here to read why I was commissioned for this and to see more of the shoot!)

Finao ONE Flush Mount Vertical Lust Opaline

My clients often play a role in designing the album with me so that it becomes a true reflection of their personality. Brenda picked out the colors here herself – a beautiful Opaline for the cover, accented with Lust. This one reads “A little bit sweet, a little bit naughty,” don’t you think? (This is Brenda’s second album with me – the first was of her Boudoir shoot, perhaps that one should have been accented with Lust!)

Finao ONE Flush Mount Vertical Lust Opaline

Finao ONE Flush Mount Vertical Lust Opaline

Brenda’s album comes beautifully wrapped in an exquisite portfolio box. The packaging is entirely handmade – packaged with paper handmade from recycled pineapple leaves and finished with a paper ribbon from recycled mulberry leaves. The enhancement is made from skeleton leaves and dried flowers.

Finao ONE Flush Mount Vertical Lust Opaline
Finao ONE Flush Mount Vertical Lust Opaline

Don’t forget to ask me about designing your own custom album!

xo, Melissa

 

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Family Session with Phil, Joline, and Miles

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One of the things I love most about what I do is the real-time connections I get with people. Often times, my bride-and-groom couples come back to me for a newborn shoot once they become proud parents. Sometimes, they even re-engage me for a special family shoot many months later, when Little One is not so little! This continual evolution of the people I meet is so cool and simply authentic.

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Take Phil and Joline, for instance.

chicago family portrait photographer

I first met this lovely couple – and sweet Baby Miles – when he was just a sleepy, little thing. Look at him now! He’s practically off and running! About two weeks ago, I had the pleasure of photographing this beautiful family of three together for the first time at Humboldt Park. (You might remember that Papa Phil had to go halfway across the world just days after Miles was born.)

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Phil is currently in healthcare and was in business school and also a photographer, and Joline is in medical sales. Baby Miles is their boss.

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Bright eyed and extremely curious, Miles is now 10 months old and so loveable! Turns out he actually had a double ear infection during the shoot that wasn’t diagnosed until the day after. You would never have guessed anything was bothering this happy little chub! Scroll through to see photos from their sweet shoot.

xo, Melissa

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chicago family portrait photographer
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