Dream {Cincinnati Newborn Photographer}

My beautiful friend from college.. we swam together… I can’t even remember how long it has been since I have seen her, sadly it’s been a very long time.  When she called to see if I could do her newborn photos I was so excited!  I had such a fun afternoon chatting with her, meeting her husband, and of course  her darling little girl.  She was a dream to photograph! Hope you enjoy your sneak peak!  :)


JOANNE BARSON - April 12, 2013 - 10:00 am



Cherron - April 20, 2013 - 8:27 pm

These are so beautiful. She is such a little doll. And she has an awesome nursery! :)

Angela - April 20, 2013 - 8:58 pm

LOVE!!! The shot with daddy is way too sweet, beautiful work!

Living in the Moment {March}

So, I have decided from now on I am going to write a letter to go along with my post each month.  Hopefully one day these letter will provide some smiles on my kiddos faces from the memories the bring.  At the very least maybe it will help improve upon my writing skills.. there is a reason I teach math and science and not language arts, haha! So here it goes…  Make sure when you are done head over to Melissa Zilman’s blog, she is pretty amazing!

Dear Jacob, Bella, and Brady,

We are doing our very best to wait for this spring to start, but man, it sure is killing us not to get outside! Anyone who knows our familiy knows from the moment the spring birds start chirping and the sun starts shinning we are out there playing till the sun goes down (or mom says it is bath time!). We have luckily been able to hit a few days.. even if that means mom has to stand at the front window holding Brady while I watch Jacob and Bella play on their new basketball hoop wishing I could be out there but knowing 30 degrees is way too cold for a 4 month old.  haha!  :)

Miss Bella.. you are the birthday girl today!!!!  Oh my goodness are you just eating every single bit of it up.  I think you are going to hit the record for the number of times your birthday is celebrated. We celebrated this Easter weekend at Grandma Debbies, of course today after school we celebrated with your favorite, pizza, since it was your real birthday, at school you celebrated and you even got a super duper surprise from Jacob’s wonderful kindergarten class (click here to see it.. it is hysterical!), and you will have a few friends over for a party in about a week and a half.. you are one lucky lucky girl!  I took you out shopping the other day and then the next day we took some birthday pictures for you.  You were such a hoot and boy do I love all your personality.  You are sweet and loving and even a bit sensitive, with a little spunk and diva in you.  If you ask me, its the perfect mix!  The other night after climbing into bed with me at 2 am, you tapped on my shoulder and said “hey mom.. do you think we could go out for some special time, maybe get a sandwhich and chips”  haha.. you are too much.  But of course we went out for a sandwich and chips later that week, I hade a blast and I am pretty sure you did too!  You love your special time with mom just as much as I love my time with you!!!

My Jacob… I CAN NOT BELIEVE how much more grown up you seem to me each and every day.  You have decided that is it much cooler to watch sports center in the mornings than it is to watch cartoons!!!  WHAT?!?!  If that doesn’t scream growing up than I don’t know what does!  You are super duper into the NCAA tournament going on and have been constantly tracking how you are doing in your brackets!  You actually are doing really really well, way to go big man!  You are pretty much eating everything in site at home and can’t get it in your mouth fast enough (we are working on slowing down a bit.. haha.. you get that one from your dad, sorry kev).  You are becoming such a fabulous reader, I am just amazed at how far you have come this year.. it is kind of bitter sweet for your mom when at bedtime her little guy is reading to her instead of she to him (although we do still do that and both enjoy it very much!).  Hopefully if spring every happens you will start soccer practice.. I can’t wait to watch you play this season!  And the big news for the month is your new basketball hoop.  Somehow you sweet talked your papa into letting you invade his coin jar.  Papa said if you could roll the money into dollar rolls you could use it to buy your basketball hoop.. well, $200 in change later you got your hoop!!  I am pretty positive you know many ways to make a dollar now!  haha!  I have to say you pretty much love it and all the other kids on our street say thanks as well!  :)  I am beyond proud of the big boy you are growing into!

Brady boy.. I don’t even know where to start. Personality.. we are seeing more and more!  You now grab and play with toys.. you chew your fingers non-stop… and your favorite activity is watching your brother and sister.  As they move from one part of the room to the other your eyes always follow. It is pretty darn cute!  You did start playing in the jumperoo this month and although you haven’t really started jumping you enjoy sitting up and playing with the toys in between glances at your brother and sister.;) You still are beyond perfect in every way.  You are such a great baby.. so easy going.  Pretty much as long as you are fed and not tired you are one happy little boy.  Just this week you got 2 teeth!! The front bottom 2. I haven’t been able to get a picture yet, but I am sure I will grab one soon.  You have been a drooling mess this entire month, so I thought that would be coming soon.  Oh.. and you rolled over from your back to your belly for the first time this past weekend. You only did it once, but you certainly did it!! And well.. you are pretty darn cute!! I just can’t get enough Brady smiles, grins and giggles.

Can’t wait to see what this next month brings.  I love you all and am so proud of all three of you!!!

Love you,





Robyn - April 2, 2013 - 4:21 am

So many great pictures! You do an amazing job of getting shots of them all! I love Bella’s birthday series! So many beautiful shots of her! Love the jumping!

jude - April 2, 2013 - 12:17 pm

you have the sweetest family Melissa!! i love your letter idea, that will be such a treasure! happy 4th birthday to your sweet Bella! oh my goodness your baby is adorable!!!

stephanie - April 2, 2013 - 12:26 pm

This is so heartwarming. I loved your letters! And those chicks – what a fun treat for the kids. Loved this whole post, Melissa.

Anika Alonzo - April 2, 2013 - 7:12 pm

Oh, the letter idea is just precious! How fun :)
I love how your kids all ham it up for you :) Makes me a little jealous…lol
And those baby chicks? So cute! And so fun for your kids to see everything happening!

Deborah Anderson - April 3, 2013 - 4:17 am

I just love these pictures Melissa! It’s almost 12:30 and I need to go to bed but I love looking at my beautiful grandchildren. Love them so much:)

angela king - April 3, 2013 - 6:50 pm

omg that first one is so perfectly cute! your children are gorgeous.

sweet {cincinnati family photographer}

What a fun evening with such a sweet family.  This little girl is just 3 weeks older than my Brady, so of course I loved every minute of my time with her.  She was so happy the entire session. Her dad I hadn’t seen in a really long time, so it was just wonderful to reconnect.  Thank you for inviting me into your home to photograph your sweet little girl. I had a blast.  I hope you love your sneak peak!

Angela - March 29, 2013 - 2:39 am

The clarity on these is just beautiful…I know the family will love them!!! Great job!

Laurie Sachs - April 5, 2013 - 5:05 pm

Wow, gorgeous Melissa!!!!!!

one {cincinnati family photographer}

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,


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