We have a few clients who are kind of blog celebrities.Β  One of those couples… Melanie and Adam πŸ˜€ 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 themselvesΒ  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?!”Β  I’m telling you,Β  it’s exhausting always competing with yourself! I’m sure many of my creative friends out there can sympathize… πŸ™‚

Well, Melanie and Adam are now parents of a perfect baby girl. Her name is Nori πŸ™‚ 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.Β  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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

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 ❓

feeding… πŸ™‚

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.Β 

THERE’S THE FACE! Both of them are making it πŸ™‚ See?Β 

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?! πŸ˜‰


cincinnati, ohio.

melanie+adam | married 3 years β€’ 9.21.07
melanie | hometown: cincinnati, ohio β€’ photographer
adam | hometown: cincinnati, ohio β€’ photographer, graphic designer
nori | 10 months β€’ 12.20.09


Melanie and Adam, thanks for being not perfect πŸ˜‰ I love you even more for it. πŸ˜€

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.


I think this is a photo of me dancing… you know… to make Nori laugh. πŸ™‚

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