If you don’t follow me on Facebook, or missed the post (Facebook doesn’t even show my posts to 1/4 of my followers), you probably didn’t see the interview I did with I Heart Faces. I was also a guest judge for their photography “Props” challenge. Please click here to see my interview and learn how I got where I am today — you’ll see quite a few familiar faces too! And thank you again to I Heart Faces for this opportunity!
What an amazing session this was… first of all, I hadn’t seen this sweet thing since just before she turned one. So imagine what it was like to show up and see this beautiful little girl, and on top of that, look at these poses and faces — that’s ALL her. I wasn’t instructing her to do anything and she just kept rocking out these awesome poses.
Her parents are so amazingly sweet. I’m really appreciative of such great clients!We didn’t have much sun on this morning — the sky was actually pretty dark as if it was about to burst with rain, but it never did. While I do love my sunflare photos, the cloud cover makes it really easy to shoot during the day, we get nice even tones and all the colorful blooms and green grass more than made up for the lack of sunshine — I’ll take it!
So very loved.
Come on! THAT face! She was probably the easiest three year old I have ever photographed.
Lately, I’ve felt really inspired to do some more whimsical type shots. It’s a small miracle that this came out like it did considering that butterfly wasn’t actually in her hand for the shot, from her facial expression it certainly looks like it was! I also love her little hand placed on her stomach.
Normally, I wouldn’t show the same shot over and over again in a blog post but I had to for this little series because it is absolutely precious. I literally could not stop smiling and giggling as I was flipping through these during my edits. Here she is trying to blow her first dandelion wish (I think her first ever, right mom??) You can see the frustration in her little face as she is blowing and blowing with all her might, and not one single one flies off. Those little cheeks and that pouty face!
And here she is conveying her frustration to me! HA!
Finally, Daddy to the rescue! Hooray!
She was pretty much all about blowing wishes after this so we got several more great shots. THAT FACE!
And here’s another series that I couldn’t leave out… poor Daddy (he had just told me before the session how bad his allergies were!)
So mom and dad asked if we could get a few shots with her very special stuffed animals. If you are a parent, you know almost every child has one thing that is very special to them. Stuffies, lovies, blankies — they mean a lot and can be such a comfort to children. My oldest son still has a very worn Yertle the Turtle, it is old and not that soft anymore, but it is so very loved. I even bought a ‘back-up Yertle’ when he was a toddler because I was so worried we would lose the original one day. What is so important to remember about these sometimes ragged stuffies is that eventually they won’t be around anymore. They will be shoved in a box in the attic, or lost, or even tossed out. Someday we will miss these creatures being dragged around everywhere. So YES, of course they can be in a photo! I always encourage special items for sessions, remember these are YOUR photos.
Oh Miss S, you are precious beyond words. I am so happy I got to see you again. Hope you enjoyed your sneak peek!
It was a LONG winter here in NH, like REALLY long. There were piles of snow well into April, I’m sure there was even still snow into May up north. And then, like a light switch — boom, SPRING (with a few days that felt more like summer mixed in!) Spring is one of my favorite times of the year to shoot. Bringing out your camera on the first warm, spring evening is like stretching your arms after a good night’s sleep (or winter hibernation!). Earlier this year, I decided to cut back on studio work, and while it felt like something I should do I often questioned if it was the right decision. Well, it was — shooting outdoors on an evening like this is what I’m supposed to be doing — not fiddling with lights and backdrops (though you’ll still see me doing this occasionally for some of my littlest clients!) We could not have asked for a better evening.
This beautiful family lives down the street from us. You know when you first meet someone and you just click right away? Well, that’s what happened here. Our families have only met and hung out together in just the past few months, but it feels like much longer than that. They totally rocked this session.
Another great thing about spring? Dandelions. You know those ‘weeds’ that most adults pull and toss? They are magical for kids — an easy to pick bouquet for mom, bright colors for fairy houses, and you can even make wishes with them! (Clearly, they’re a little magical for photographers too!)
Oh my heart. There is nothing like the bond between a mom and her daughter.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have a little brother? Here’s a taste…
This guy did great — moms always stress about their kids cooperating during shoots. PLEASE don’t. 9 times out of 10, they behave wonderfully and when they warm up and get silly toward the end, you get some really good memories and often times, some real personality in your photos (pretty sure he was fighting a dragon here).
I could eat this evening light for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Thanks for coming along and putting up with all of my ideas (and the ticks — gah!!!) You were perfect. Hope you enjoyed your very long sneak peek. xo.
One of my favorite photography resources to follow is iHeartFaces.com. And occasionally (when I remember!), I like to enter their photo challenges. This week’s challenge was rain or water (a face has to be present in all submissions). This has been a cherished photo since the day I took it. Not only does it contain the requirement of ‘water’, it contains so much JOY and embodies summer time and just being a kid. This was taken at their grandparents’ lake and I’m 100% confident in saying that it is one of their favorite places on the planet.
*UPDATE* – I won first place in this challenge and will be a guest judge for their June challenge! Check it out here: Winning Photos
One year. That’s all it takes to go from soft & squishy, clenched-fist newborn to curious little monkey getting into everything. There will be no other year that brings as many changes as the first, which is why celebrating the first birthday is special above all others. It not only marks a year of much change and growth for a child, but it is a year that is like no other for a new mom. The first year is full of adjustments… to a new way of life and a new love that can’t easily be put into words. For many, it will be the most trying yet most rewarding year of their life. There are times when there is so much joy in your heart that it could burst, and times when it’s a burst of tears from exhausting nights and days. To all the moms out there, on your baby’s first birthday, celebrate them and how wonderful they are, but please remember to celebrate YOU too. You did it.
I will step off my mommy soap box now… and onto more photos of this sweet girl. As always, her mom showed up with lots of adorable outfits and props. I’m moving away from doing studio work this year, and really trying to focus on outdoor work, so this was a great session to use my little studio set one last time before it begins collecting dust in the basement.
No cake smash would be complete without the cake! Dear sweet Chickadee Hill Cakes never disappoints with my smash cakes.
Happy 1st Birthday sweet H. You are loved more than you will ever know. Good job, mom. xoxo.