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My first session since having my little guy.  I was so excited! I have really missed photographing my sweet families and this was such a great family to start with.  Our initial plan when scheduling this session was to be outside, but seeing it is in the 30′s we decided to take the session inside.  It was a blast.  This sweet little almost one year old is busy.. but oh so cute and we had a blast!  Big brother even joined the fun at the very end with his own sink bath. Enjoy!

leandra - March 28, 2013 - 6:31 am

I love the genuine smiles you captured in these images (especially the little smirk in the bw shot on the bed). I think you should do more in home lifestyle work, this is a beautiful session.

4 months old

My dearest brady,

4 months old, how in the world can this be?  i feel like it was just yesterday we welcomed you into this world.  You are my sweet, blue eyes, blond hair, dimple faced, giggle filled, amazingly perfect little boy.    i love you more than i could ever even try to tell you! my heart just signs with happiness with every giggle, smile and touch from you.  you are perfect in every way.    i can’t wait to watch you grow… to see your relationship with your siblings develop… to be your mom for the rest of your life. i am really trying hard to take my time with everything and not rush these days while you are so little. tonight was no different. putting you to bed is one of my favorite parts of the day.  we were out late at the mall getting your sister a birthday outfit, which took much longer than expected seeing she is a 3 year old that loves fashion and had to not only  try on every outfit, but also prance around Gap in each one.. haha. anyways, we were late getting home, but even thought it was 8:30 at night you were still beyond happy and smiley.  the night began in jacob’s room… he was reading his school books to us.  I watched you as you reached for the pages in his book, which made your brother giggle.  your sweet eyes moved from his book to his face and then over to mine.  with each glance you smiled.  some say its hard being a third child, but you know i think they are wrong.  you have four people that love you.. someone is always giving you a hug, kissing your face, wanting to hold you or talking to you.  we all just adore your every move.  after putting your brother to bed i brought you to your room, swaddled you and began to nurse you.  most of the time you were more interested in smiling and giggling at me than you were to nurse. i have to say it is hard to not love the mommy flirting you do.  then as you always do you stopped, laid your head back into my arms and proceeded to stare at the dimmed overhead light.  as you glared at the lights, i studies every sweet feature of your face.. your sweet gummy smile, your soft dimples, your perfectly almond eyes, and your peaches and cream skin.  i then laid you in bed still wide awake  (which still boggles my mind a baby does this, your brother and sister never allowed for this )  so you can talk and giggle yourself to dreamland.   and as i sit at my computer still listening to you talk to yourself i think to myself; thank you brady… thank you baby boy!  you fill my heart with so much happiness and i love you!

love ya,


Living in the moment {February}

Let’s see.. where to start.  I guess first I just need to say I adore my crazy family of 5.  Even with the crazy amounts of laundry, busy busy days, tantrums, and brother sister fights  I love it all because all of those hectic moments are made up for by the sweet giggles of my new little guy who is crazy tickelish… my big boy as he gives his little brother hugs and often tries to comfort him when he is crying… and my sweet girl as she pretends to be a mommy herself and nurses her baby dolls.  Love every moment.. the good.. the bad.. the happy.. the fabulous.  Enjoy some pictures from our month…

Make sure you head over to Melissa Zilman’s blog next to check up what her and her boys have been up to this month!

Anika - March 1, 2013 - 3:20 am

Absolutely adorable faces of your daughter in the kitchen :) And why is little one growing so fast? Make it stop! No more growing!

molly - March 1, 2013 - 3:56 am

so sweet! i love your family!

Robyn - March 1, 2013 - 4:17 am

How did that baby get so big already!!!

I love the girl drama and happiness all wrapped up together…. looks so familiar!

jude - March 1, 2013 - 12:19 pm

oh wow your sweet baby boy is growing up so much!! he is so adorable!! i loved them sliding on the sofa cushions. lol the best. such beautiful children you have!! xx

stephanie - March 1, 2013 - 1:12 pm

Such personality! Those “nursing” pictures just killed me. No word for it except “precious”. And that baby boy looks so happy and healthy. The best!

Irene - March 2, 2013 - 3:52 am

AWWW!!!! Your kiddos are just TOO cute!!! And I love how your daughter’s personality just shines through in those photos! I take her to be a bit impish?

I SOO miss having little ones home. I know it is so cliche…but those days pass SOOO fast!!!!!! I would take them back in a heartbeat.

Thanks for sharing!

susan keller - March 2, 2013 - 5:34 am

ohmygoodness – SO MUCH CUTENESS it’s making my uterus ache. Melissa, your children are delightfully adorable.

angela king - March 3, 2013 - 9:50 pm

these are gorgeous. i especially love the ones of your daughter on the kitchen counter. so much fun.

Living in the moment {January}

I love this project because honestly if it wasn’t for this project and how busy crazy things have been these last several weeks I am not sure how good I would have been about taking photos of my sweet family.   I love my sweet photography friends for pushing me to do this each month.

This month has been just as busy as ever.  Kevin has been in the midst of swim season (he coaches the high school swim team) and my kiddos and I have been stuck inside during this cold Ohio month of January. I am going to be honest, there has been days I wanted to pull my hair out in need of some sunshine and even more need to let me kids run around outside and get some of their energy out instead of on each other .  But while we have had many crazy days we have had many more days of laughing and having fun. And in all honesty, how boring would we be if we didn’t fight every once in a while.

These first images are of my sweet little lady.. she honestly cracks me up. She can be so spunky, bossy, sassy and then turn around and be the sweetest little thing and tender hearted little girl I know.  Poor Jacob gets bossed around by her all the time.  ”jacob, go pick up your room”  …. ” Jacob, stop chewing on your shirt”… Jacob, go eat your dinner”… honestly, she is such a little mother hen.  But as my mom reminds me, she is copying you. lol!  The other day she was up in her room playing with her dolls as we have had to move all of her babydoll stuff from the basement to her closet because it was taking over and I caught her reading to her baby doll.. oh how I love little girls and their baby dolls.  Now, once she caught me photographing her, she certainly hammed it up, but those first few moments were priceless.  As a girl.. she is more picky, even at 3, with what she wears each day.. it is adorable and frustrating all at the same time. The dress she has on in this picture is her favorite dress.. if I let her wear it everyday she would.

My big boy.. “special time” .. meaning time with just mom and Jacob is super duper important and much needed with my big guy. Maybe it is because he was my first and had 2.5 years of just me.. or maybe it is just because he loves his mom so much (wink wink).. nevertheless, I try really hard to make time for him and do something special. This time we went to Great Wolf Lodge, which luckily is about 5 minutes downt the road from us.  He wanted to go to the arcades and play some games. So I gave him his allotted money for the trip and he was off.. we had a blast, even though he didn’t win quite as much as he would have liked.:)



and I can’t forget my little guy.. just as perfect as he has been since the moment he has joined our family.  Gosh.. I can’t believe we are 2 weeks short of him already being 3 months old. We adore him.. just love every single part of him. And he is so stinkin adorable I could just stare at this cuteness all day long. xxoo

sweet big brother trying to console him while he was crying. xxoo


heck out Melissa Zilman’s blog next and check out her sweet family and her adorable little boys!!!

Anika - February 1, 2013 - 3:17 am

Sweet is the perfect word for her, she couldn’t be any cuter :) And that dress is just precious ?

susan keller - February 1, 2013 - 3:21 am

what a sweet glimpse of many-faceted personality of your daughter in her beautiful room.

Robyn - February 1, 2013 - 3:37 am

Love them! The light is beautiful, as well as the conversions. Very special big kids!

stephanie - February 1, 2013 - 3:51 am

It’s official! You have incredibly adorable children. AND you photograph them so beautifully. Your daughter could not have appeared any more soft and sweet than in those images!

angela king - February 1, 2013 - 4:01 am

oh my! i can see why it’s her favorite dress. it’s adorable. the light in these are amazing. so awesome.

Jessica Washburn - February 1, 2013 - 4:17 am

Love every single images, Melissa! Love them!

Virginia - February 1, 2013 - 1:26 pm

Such beautiful images! I love seeing watching your babies grow!!! And I love Bella’s room…so lovely

Irene - February 1, 2013 - 1:31 pm

Oh my goodness!!!! Your kids are just the cutest! And your home? Stunning!!!!!!

OK – but why didn’t I know this before?? Your husband is a HS swim coach???? So is mine!!!! Mine has been doing it for almost 25 years now (since he was like 19!) Yes, Jan/Feb and early March is CRAZY time for swimming. When my kids were littler (like yours) it was SO hard being a “single parent”. It is definitely easier now. Are your kids going to be swimmers too?

Great post!! As usual!

jude - February 9, 2013 - 2:43 am

oh. my. LOVE. that dress. mummy you should let her wear it everyday!! it is super cute!! and you know she will outgrow it. i say roll with it. how can you resist that sweet pouty face? i adore her room!! yay for a fun date with the big boy!! your little guys is just as precious as ever!

Living in the Moment {December}

Oh my.. we have had such a busy December. Jacob turned 6…  Brady turned 1 month… Santa came…Jacob lost his first tooth.. we visiting Grandma and Grandpa… and many outtings to the pool, run jump and play, and friends.  whew.. I am seriously exhausted.  Since I sat down tonight about 2 hours before this post was due I realized there is no way I can edit and post more than just a few events.. I have tons of photos in my December folder, so I decided to just pick one special event from this month and right away I knew it had to be our visit to Grandma Debbie and Grandpa Paul’s house.  We all love visiting Kevin’s parents house, but my kids especially just get so excited and are usually asking before we even get home from our 3 hour trip when we will get to see them again.  This visit was just as much fun and special as it usually is.  Opening Christmas presants, eating yummy Christmas Dinner, playing in the snow, making Christmas cookies (the day after Christmas.. haha.. better late than never), and just visiting with each other, laughing, and making memories.  We had a blast.  Thank you Grandma Debbie for always making our visits so much fun and full of memories.. it warms my heart knowing my kids are going to have such wonderful memories of them visiting their Grandparents in Akron and it will be a place they always feel at home.

So in Cincinnati, if we get more than 2 inches of snow, that is a lot!!  Typically that will cause for at least a school delay, probably even school off it it hits at the correct time and the night before the grocery store would have been packed.  It is pretty comical.  So when we heard that Akron was getting 6-12 inches of snow the kids were thrilled! It isn’t often they get to play in so much snow.. so we packed our gloves, snowsuits, and boots and talked about all the fun things we will do in the snow.  They had a blast…. Daddy even got in there and played with them…..

once you take a peak here, make sure to head on over to Melissa Zilman’s blog….
















and now onto the cookie madness….


and just because I can’t go without showing my cute little Brady.. here are a few… xxoo




I will end it with my big boy.. turned six and lost a tooth all in the same month (sniff sniff).. he is getting so big!!!


melissa zihlman - December 31, 2012 - 3:17 am

what a fun month!! and that lost tooth…be still my heart!

Robyn - December 31, 2012 - 3:41 am

Love the cookie making! And the shot of Brady on your daughter’s legs… so great! He is already getting so big!

susan keller - December 31, 2012 - 4:03 am

ohmygoodness – those snowy winter wonderland photos are downright magical, the smiles contagious!

jude - December 31, 2012 - 1:54 pm

they look like they all had a blast in the snow! i bet it is even more fun when it isn’t something they get to play in everyday! love the pictures of Brady and that toothless smile, perfect! (:

Anika Alonzo - January 1, 2013 - 1:12 am

These faces! They’re cracking me up!
And that Brady baby.. I just want to eat him up :) So adorable, all 3 of them :)
I’m glad to see that we’re not the only family that needs about 200 shots until everybody is making a normal face ;)

Happy new Year!

Irene - January 3, 2013 - 11:37 pm

Just beautiful!!!!!! The snow pictures are just amazing, but the shots of Brady? OH MY. Perfection.

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