The mama of this family contacted me to come and photograph her family as they are today, in their space. They are moving from a house in which they enjoyed many great memories and wanted to document their family and their home and the way they spent their time in that space today. I loved the idea and of course said yes immediately. And what a fun, fabulous session it was. We had such a great time, because the kids wanted to show me all around their house and the things they did there, and I got to get such a great sense of who everyone is, as individuals and as a family, and how they utilized their home in their time together. From feeding the koi in the pond to meeting Polar Bear in Brother's room to reading books in Sisters room and finally to playing dinosaurs with Dad in the playroom, I got to document them and who they are today. I had so much fun doing it and I imagine it didn't stress the kids out too much since we just asked them to be themselves. That said, I love the joy and reality these photos capture. This family was just fun and sweet doing their thing.
This little chickie knows a thing or two about having fun. She can make a party out of anything!
I love me a shot of a mama lovin' on her baby.
And, also a daddy and mama lovin' on their baby.
A boy and his polar bear.
It was a pleasure to work with this fun, loving and sweet family. We laughed, we hugged, and I hope that these photos will help them to remember the fun they had as a family in this house. I wish you guys an easy move and lots more laughs and hugs in your new house.
Pet photography is harder than it looks! But when I saw that the i heart faces challenge for August 2012 was pet faces, I just had to submit this one of my sweet rescue pup. We love the endearing dog head tilt.
So, I have to be honest: I fell in love with this couple when I did their maternity session, visible here. Actually, I don't know if you read her inquiry letter on Facebook, but it goes down in history as the best one ever. They're just awesome. I mean, when you want to name your baby Eglantine, how can you not be? They didn't. But they still refer to her as Egg. May I take the time to mention now that they made a papier mache egg to use in her session?! I will post it below, but, yes. In some pretty serious heat, after giving birth a few days before, Jessica and Andrew and I believe Andy's mom made an egg. Be honest, you kind of love them too.
The addition of Baby A, also known as Egg, just made them a perfect, perfect family. Knowing what a loon I was after giving birth, I am always so happy for couples who are just able to be zen about their new roles as parents. You would think these two have been at this parenting gig their whole lives. (I really was crazy. There was a story that involved crying hysterically while licking my baby. Truth. I even told that story to them. They cracked up about my lunacy.)
Below are some of my favorite shots from their session.
I am pretty sure that this mama and baby shot is my favorite ever, from any session. Love, excitement, just pure joy radiates off my screen when I look at this one. I hope Jess and Andy wallpaper a small room with this one.
Love how sweet and serene she is here.
In her egg
I love a daddy and baby image so much! Love the expression on his face here.
Thank you both so much for letting me capture this amazing time in your lives. Ma-o.
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The best compliment that a client can give me is to return to me for more photos. It's such a great vote of confidence in my work, and personally, it's so much fun for me to get to watch a teeny newborn client grow over the first year of their life, at their six month session and then at their one year session. And, in this case, it also means I get to hang out again with the very cool parents of the baby. I mean, there are not too many clients I'd trust to tell me whether or not my new haircut was a mullet or not (I had real concerns, people!) but Shaun is one of them. I knew that if it indeed WAS a mullet, he wouldn't have been able to contain his laughter. Just one of the things I love about these three! They are so much fun, too. They're silly, they're up for anything, and Shaun and Cari are the best pair, complementing each other so well and keeping one another grounded. I just adore them.
But, more importantly, LOOK at this baby! I mean, he is really, really adorable. And, if you don't love that mohawk, well, that's just not right!
He wasn't exactly sure that he felt like being photographed. He wanted to explore! But, he was a happy guy nonetheless. I love his little tooth peeking out here.
I love this shot so much! This boy is so loved.
Getting some sugar from his mama.
We have a picture just like this one from his newborn session, but he was a little smaller and a little sleepier. I love his pretty eyes and I love this photo almost as much as the original!
It was great to see you all again! Thank you for letting me capture the milestones in your boy's first year. It's been a pleasure.
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From the minute I walked in the door, I just fell in love with this sweet little lady. I would be willing to bet that this is a fairly commonly reported phenomenon - she really is amazingly darling. I think this is a case of that old saying being true, though, about the apple not falling far from the tree, because this was seriously one of the sweetest families I've ever met. From my initial phone call with the mama, she was so kind and wonderful - even when I misheard her daughter's name and then called her that in an email!
But, I think that I would say that this family just exudes love. I could tell from the minute I walked in how taken both parents were with their baby - and it showed all through their session.
The parents are definitely not the only ones in the family taken with this little darling, though. She modeled creations for me handmade by both of her grandmothers, gifts from her aunt, and even had a special needlecraft from her great grandmother. There is love to spare in this kind, thoughtful family. You can just feel it coming through the screen, can't you?
And, I have to mention how cool it is how this family got to me! Mama's sister works with someone I photographed when I was just getting started. Her sister remembered those photos three years later and sent her to my website! I couldn't believe it when I heard that but I am so grateful to Auntie for that great memory of hers, because this family was really a treat to get to work with!
And, really, truly. Who doesn't love pictures of a daddy loving up his little girl? Melt, right?
Thank you, T Family, for allowing me to help you capture this moment in time. <3