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Sweet Cheeks! Henna, Aki and Mateo’s Family Session

I want to eat him and those delicious baby cheeks!!! Okay, now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s move on. (I’m pretty sure that would be socially unacceptable, not to mention bad for business, right?)

Mateo is this gorgeous 9 and ½ month old baby, son to gorgeous Aki and Henna. Would it be safe to say that “gorgeous” is a trait, and that it runs in this family? Whatever happened to cook up this ‘lil looker must have had something to do with the blessed mix of genetics running around here––Aki is Croatian from the Adriatic Coast and Henna is a Chicago-born gal with Korean, German and Irish roots!

I had the pleasure of meeting and photographing this super sweet family when Henna won the most votes for her photo submission in April’s “Spring Me Into Happiness” contest. Henna and Aki did not have professional wedding photos when they were married three years ago, so this shoot had special meaning to their growing family!

The vision was a slice of classic Americana: a relaxed family picnic on the beach one lazy Sunday, served up with some fresh polka dots and seersucker just ripe for summer. And, are you not dying for Mateo’s suspenders over his nekkid, ‘lil belly? I had fun frolicking around Montrose Beach in Chicago capturing some beautiful moments between Henna and Aki. Little Mateo was sleepy––perfect for getting good shots of sweet baby “bedroom eyes!”

Thank you, Henna, Aki and Mateo for allowing me to play a part in this special time in your lives!

xo, Melissa


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