We have a few clients who are kind of blog celebrities. One of those couples… Melanie and Adam 😀 When people see that we’re going to photograph them… they can’t wait to see the craziness that’s going to happen. You see, for every session they’re always outdoing themselves with big/crazy ideas and we’re always pushing ourselves creatively because we know they dig it. It’s a lot of pressure… both for us and for them. You know, kinda like our yearly Christmas card… people always say, “How are you going to top THIS one?!” I’m telling you, it’s exhausting always competing with yourself! I’m sure many of my creative friends out there can sympathize… 🙂
Well, Melanie and Adam are now parents of a perfect baby girl. Her name is Nori 🙂 Well, she’s almost 1 now… and they haven’t had family photo pics taken yet. Enter bobbi+mike to the rescue!
As we were brainstorming about the session… she said something along the lines of, “I want it to be natural. We spend a lot of time in bed playing with Nori before we get up in the morning. Those are my favorite times. The session would be black and white, grainy, overexposed, I’d wear little makeup, hair not styled, tank top. You know, just natural.” Or something to that effect. I LOVED where she was going with it. You all know we love shooting what’s genuine. I mean, we’ve shot sessions like this in the past… but not to the degree that Melanie was suggesting… and let me tell you… I was excited 🙂
In our OH SO humble opinion, the first half of this session is exactly what family sessions should be. Real. Not perfect and staged. Exactly what your life was like in that moment. High fives to Melanie and Adam for being okay with wearing pajamas for a session. And to Melanie… no makeup, bed head and a tank top…. That takes some serious confidence!
See how they have the exact same expression here. Nori looks SO much like Melanie!
Every kid should have photos like these with their parents. Can you imagine Nori seeing this in 30 years and how much she’ll treasure it? I’m jealous… wish I had this with mine. Mike’s favorite ❓
Ohhh Nori… you’re just perfect 🙂
Nori is 90% Melanie when it comes to looks. However, see that big smile? I think that’s the 10% that came from her daddy. You know, our friend Andrea was telling me recently that babies mimic the faces that you make… As you’ll see soon, both Melanie and Adam do this BIG open mouth smile when they play with her… and that’s EXACTLY what Nori does! My favorite ❓
Man oh man… you two made a perfect little girl.
Then… we headed outside for 30 minutes before the sun went down… for something a little more traditional. Well, traditional bbmk style.
THERE’S THE FACE! Both of them are making it 🙂 See?
We’re in love with every single one of these images… really proud of them.
But of course they’d dress her in striped colorful socks… Why WOULDN’T they?! 😉
melanie+adam | married 3 years • 9.21.07
melanie | hometown: cincinnati, ohio • photographer
adam | hometown: cincinnati, ohio • photographer, graphic designer
nori | 10 months • 12.20.09
Melanie and Adam, thanks for being not perfect 😉 I love you even more for it. 😀
Much love friends.
PS. For those who need a refresher on Melanie and Adam… Click back to their maternity session here. At the end of that entry, I posted a few photos of them from each session we’ve done together.
IN IT TO WIN IT! 😉
I think this is a photo of me dancing… you know… to make Nori laugh. 🙂
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This is a wonderful shoot 🙂
bobbi, mike, this shoot is muthaflippingridiculous…can you photoshop my family’s heads onto these photos? me wants.
man, i forgot the anticipation and excitement that comes along with being on your blog. how could i right? you captured exactly what i wanted. duh, why wouldn’t you see the vision in my head? lol. they’re perfect. and it’s hardly confidence. more like, i know bobbi can make anyone look amazing, so i wasn’t worried. 🙂 you rock, as always. thank you for coming to the nasti for us, and thanks for working while youve been sick! and mike, thanks for shooting even though you were given orders NOT to! ;)xoxo
yay!! i’ve been so excited for these and they are so wonderful! nori is such a cute pumpkin w a rad moma and daddi. it’s no wonder she is spectacular!
wait, ps. i love the one where they are kissing and nori is like “hmmm what are you doing guys?”
Those pictures in bed at the beginning are perfecto. Can’t wait to see how that baby grows up, I suspect she will have quite a personality.
these are amazing! and her one striped one polka dot sock is so cute!
Fan-freaking-tabulous as always! I don’t even know if I have a favorite they are all so great. Nori is just an absolute doll. Love it!
Just wanted to say you guys are awesome. These are so beautiful and fun! Someday when I have babies I want to come to Indy for photos with you!
These are absolutely perfect in that not so perfect way you were saying… I love it. I would love to have a family shoot just like this…
Perfect. Every damn frame.
Mel and Adam, no doubt you two are over the moon in love with these. What a way to kick off this season of thanks 😉
LOVE y’all’s work! Surprised we didn’t get a “wacky bobbi” description for the power line shot! 🙂
you’re so right – no need to be perfect and staged, natural came out so great! what a fun shoot!
yay! i love the pace family!! these are so great, i love every one, and how you captured them in their natural environment 🙂
This is amazing! 🙂 You rock!
These are amazing. You should all do a collaboration together-bobbi+mike+Loft3pd.
I love your family photography! You would totally be able to give up wedding photography and make a great living doing just families..if you wanted to…you are incredible, better than most out there that specialize in children photography….just sayin
I loved these photos, especially the one “feeding” it was beautiful. (I love it when babies rub their little noggins when they sleepy and satisfied!) Then, I went back to the maternity pics and OMG…I had never seen maternity sessions. It was incredible. Most folks would be intimidated to photograph others in the business, not you BBMK. You know why??? Because you guys totally ROCK!
pretty much am in love with all of these! 🙂 rocked!
Oh my goodness, what an incredibly beautiful family! LOVE!
The lighting on the second shot, the color one of Nori being held up, is absolutely entrancing. Love the powerlines shot. Was that Mike?
these make me extremely HAPPY 🙂
I think this is my new favorite family session by bobbi+mike!!! Super cute family!! Love the pics in the bedroom!
I must say…this has got to be one of the best family sessions that I have ever seen. This is awesome and so raw. I absolutely love it! Kudos!
Bobbi and Mike you always make me smile with all your energy that you approach your shoots. Stunning 🙂
This is what I DREAM every family session should be like- for my clients and for own my family. LOVE IT. (p.s. Heather [of Heather-Brian-Madison] told me about you guys and I’m officially your newest blog stalker.)
OH MY….what a gorgeous session!! I just love the shot of Nori resting on mama, the feeding one, the smiles in the bed together, and the first of her in the grass. She’s such a doll. 🙂
These make me jealous! I wish I lived near you so you could capture such wonderful memories of me and my family. They are absolutely precious – every single one.
Ok, I had to comment. I check Loft3’s blog and the bb+mk blog Every. Single. Day. Besides some of my “essentials” (Gmail, Facebook), they are my most-visited sites. LOVE LOVE LOVE. Thanks to mel+adam+nori for their amazingness, and bb+mk for capturing it. Made my entire month.
Love these. Sooo so cute. Amazing photos for an adorable family.
Oh I am in love! Perfect family photos.
LOVE, LOVE and LOVE! My kind of shoot, Simple and Natural. Gorgeous work Bobbi & Mike!
Looooooove this session…so beautiful, so natural, so perfect. What a gorgeous family! Nori is just precious!
Lovin’ the powerline shot!
What a gorgeous family!! I love Nori’s face in #8 🙂
So real! These are fabulous!
Every every every family should have photos like these!
omg- love these… when I have a family (other than just Jonny & I) I will need these!
WOW to you guys!! These rocked my socks off! 😀
Flawless. ALWAYS flawless. You guys AND them guys. Love it!
bobbi/mike + adam/mel these are outstanding images and memories!
Love love love!! Great concept & execution…definitely captured their personalities 🙂 Hope to meet you @ WPPI next year!
I love these photos! They made me miss my parents, and I’m 25!
ohhh! so cute!!! <3
what a gorgeous set of pictures..I’m so loving this session!
pure perfection!! love this session! love the family!
this is amazingness!! they’re perfectly imperfect!
I remember this blog from when it was first posted. I loved them then, but I wasn’t a mom yet. So now … looking back at these, I literally have tears streaming down my face. How I wish I had images like these of my family when my baby girl (now 18 months) was actually a baby. Love love love them all. <3