Another Girl! {Cincinnati Family Photographer}

I was so.. excited when a dear friend of mine that I went to both high school and college with told me she was pregnant with #2 and wanted me to photograph her new family of 4 when she arrived.  Of course I said YES and looked forward to heading north to Columbus to meet her newest addition. Her aparment was a dream with the most amazing natural light and it was so great to see my friend and chat while photographing her sweet family.  Thank you Jen.. your family is just darling! Enjoy the photos!!!:)

Cherron - June 8, 2013 - 5:49 pm

Oh, these are so amazing!! I love your work.

Jessica Washburn - June 9, 2013 - 4:25 am

Melissa, these are absolutely beautiful and so perfectly capture those first few days as a family grows to include a new little person! They must be thrilled!

Virginia - June 11, 2013 - 12:45 am

Beautiful, beautiful family and such warm pictures. The lighting is amazing! Congratulations to the family.

Twins {Cincinnati Family Photographer}

These babies were the cutest ever.. and the rest of their family was just as darling.  4 kids 5 and under.. yep, mom and dad are going to be busy.  It was so fun spending the evening with this wonderful family.. talking to the girls and holding these precious twins.  Happy Mother’s Day Mom! Have a great day and enjoy your sneak peak!  

Shannon Haury - May 12, 2013 - 3:30 pm

Tara… These are amazing!!

Angela - May 12, 2013 - 4:26 pm

Love them!! I’m sure the family will treasure them always!

Cherron - May 18, 2013 - 1:44 am

Awww, these are beautiful! They have such a gorgeous family.

Living in the moment {April}

My Dearest Bella,

I figured since this was your birthday month it is only appropriate I write this letter to you!  April 1st.. my April fool’s baby. You were actually due March 30, but I figure you just really wanted the diamond to be your birthday stone (smart girl), so you decided you would wait an extra day.  I guess I can understand.  :)  Oh Bella.. I don’t even know where to start. I feel like 4 is just SO MUCH bigger than 3.  When I look back at pictures from your 3rd birthday you look so much younger. You were still a baby at 3, turning 4, you are a little girl.  As a mom that is just so bitter sweet.  I am so excited for you because I know how much you want to be a big girl, actually I am pretty sure you already think you are about 16 (wink wink).  Sneaking my lipstick (that I don’t even wear), changing your outfit at least 2-3 times a day, even asking to wear deodorant.  Yep, pretty sure you think your 16.  But gosh it is hard to watch your little girl grow up and move out of toddlerhood.  Lucky for me, you still love your cuddles, hugs, kisses, and special time. You still climb in my lab every morning and watch morning cartoons with  me.. and if I am not on the couch in the morning you will tug on my leg and say in your sweet voice, “mom, can we please have cuddle time”.. well, unless you are having a bad morning that voice may be a bit less inviting as you demand, mom, come over here and have cuddle time with me.  (Haha)  You still run over to me every evening with your toothbrush and toothpaste so I can help you… you still need me to kiss your boo boos and hug your tears away…. you still need me to lay with you at night and read you stories… you still climb into bed with your mom and dad at least 75 % of the week… there are so many things you still do that remind that even though you aren’t a baby anymore, you’re still my little girl.  I love every little bit of you.. your sweet side, your spunky side, your caring side, and your loving side. You pretty much crack me up every single day.  You dad and I often have to turn our heads and laugh at you with the funny things you do and say.  And OMG.. you amaze me with how smart you are.  I don’t know how you do it, but you will remember a persons name the very first time you meet them.  At first I thought it was just luck, but no you pretty much have an amazing memory. You can’t wait to be in Kindergarten so you can be in Jacob’s class and you adore every bit of preschool and get mad when it is the weekend because its not a school day.  haha!  You are as close as you can get to reading and you love to read your princess books.  You LOVE dresses and for your birthday when people asked what you wanted you said “dresses”. haha!  And boy do you have style. You totally know how to dress and you are pretty much adorable in everything you wear.  :)  Soo… for this birthday you had your very first friend party!!  Oh, you were so excited.  The party was perfect and you enjoyed dressing up as a princess, finding missing gems, birthday crafts,  pizza and cake of course!  Your brothers were send off for the day and it was just you, mommy and all your friends.  What a wonderful day!  Sweet girl.. thank you for always putting a big smile on mommies face. I love you more than I could tell you in words.

Happy Birthday my sweet girl!




make sure to head over to Irene’s blog and check our her beautiful family!

Kelley - May 1, 2013 - 2:11 am

Love these Melf! So cute! What great memories to look back on. She looks so grown up! Good work! :-) These are my favorite kinds of photos…

Anika - May 1, 2013 - 2:24 am

Happy happy birthday Bella :)
It’s crazy how fast they grow. My little dude will be 4 in 3 weeks and I don’t like it at all. Not one bit. I wish they’d stay small forever. Well, maybe not…lol but just take it slower!

shalonda - May 1, 2013 - 2:29 am

eeeeekkkkkkk you did an amazing job mama!!!!! i adore your letter, and the beautiful way you see light everywhere…xoxo friend

skeller - May 1, 2013 - 2:59 am

this is just all kinds of giggly, girly fun. Melissa, you clearly hit this party out of the proverbial ballpark – it looks perfectly planned for and completely delighted in by these darling girls!

stephanie - May 1, 2013 - 1:26 pm

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a happier little girl! And your letter was just beautiful. My middle is 4 and, you’re right, they are so much bigger at that age! But it brings a whole new level of connection and fun new milestones as well. Beautiful, Melissa.

Angela King - May 3, 2013 - 8:45 pm

Four is so much bigger than three! She’s beautiful and the light in your house is always gorgeous!

It’s a GIRL! {Cincinnati Family Photographer}

I pretty much just adore this family.. I first photographed them 2 years ago when their sweet little boy turned 1.  Now here I am with the honor of photographing their gorgeous little girl as they welcome her into their wonderful family. Thank you for such a fun evening! Enjoy your sneak peak and congrats Mom, Dad, and Big Brother!  

Angela - April 29, 2013 - 4:02 am

Gorgeous! Love the feel and the light of these!!

shalonda - April 29, 2013 - 4:09 am

WOW…this session is so incredibly beautiful and the light is divine! o=and oh my goodness how gorgeous is that hair

Leandra - April 29, 2013 - 4:21 am

I’m love all the white and wonderful use of window light in these. The first image of big brother with the baby is precious.

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