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Thursday, August 11, 2016 6:07PM
By Stephanie Kelley Photography
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Tuesday, August 02, 2016 9:12AM
By Stephanie Kelley Photography
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This year on my birthday, in honor of my sister's dog, Tessa, who passed away, I gave away 4 mini doggie sessions. I had said I would gift one, but when the entries and stories started rolling in, there were 4 I couldn't pass up.

Meet Marley and his human.  They drove all the way from Indiana for their session and I was so happy to be able to capture these sweet images which show the depth of love to their relationship.  Marley sure loves his master and I know he is gonna love that new baby, too!

 
Monday, August 01, 2016 7:55PM
By Stephanie Kelley Photography
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Puppies-- I mean who can resist?  When our friends added this sweet cockapoo, Watson, to their family and showed up with him to one of our boy's baseball games, I just about died.  How precious is this sweetness? And when you combine him with his three handsome human brothers-- perfection.  I know they are going to create so many awesome memories with their new fur baby! Love this family!

 
Monday, August 01, 2016 6:58PM
By Stephanie Kelley Photography
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One of the best parts about my job is hearing that clients are growing their family!  That email letting me know another little one is expected is probably the best kind of message to ever hit my inbox.  Sometimes, those messages arrive within the first couple of days a mama knows of her baby on the way and it is so much fun to be in on the big "secret" until it is made public.  I shot big brother's newborn images almost two years ago, so I was so excited to be asked back to capture the first few photos of #2.

 
Monday, August 01, 2016 6:32PM
By Stephanie Kelley Photography
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Back in February, my family made the decision to begin the adoption process to add a baby girl to our family.  Through all my research and reaching out, I met Hannah, who was also pursuing adoption and happened to be an amazing photographer, right here in Chicago!  She was so helpful and we connected right away, so when she and her husband were matched with their two beautiful girls, I immediately told Hannah I would love to gift her a session with her girls.  As photographers, we are always the one taking the pictures of our family-- I wanted Hannah to get to be in some images, too, so her girls will be able to look back and see just how deeply in love their mommy was with them from the very beginning.  I absolutely love this shoot and feel so blessed to have met this beautiful family.  Check out Hannah's page as well, to view her incredible work and learn more about her journey to motherhood.