Mama warned me about this baby… she could possibly be the happiest, sweetest little chunk-a-love ever. Well was her temperament was put to the test the day of our photo session and she lived up to her happy nature and then some. Here is a rundown of the day and why miss L is so special.
They get out of the car and my heart immediately melts into a puddle. She smiles. She coos. She snuggles her daddy. Once the camera comes out, she just shines. It’s a baby photographer’s dream-come-true family session! Four outfit changes and with a few breaks for “puffs”, she was going strong! Mama grew up on a farm around horses, so I wanted to incorporate horses somehow. Baby L was definitely interested in them! Now here is where the story gets sad, so viewer beware! Make sure you have a box of tissues on hand.
I suggest we let little L pull up on a fence near the horses so she can “stand” by herself. So Papa puts her down on the grass and she holds onto the fence. All of a sudden the horse nearby startles and runs off. And in the next second, baby L lets go of the loudest cry I’ve ever heard an almost one year old baby make. We look and realize the reason is that there is a next of hornets right by her that has been stirred up, and one is on her!!! She got stung!!! On her sweet little chubby cheek!!!
It was terrible!! I felt awful about it. I wasn’t sure if the session could go on. But… true to her nature, after a few snuggles from Mom and Dad, and some snacks, she was all smiles again! So, we got to do the shot that we had been planning… the obligatory first birthday cake smash! Complete with balloons, a vintage high chair, and the happiest baby ever!
Thank you so much B family!!!!!
This family was referred to me by my friend Amanda who has relocated to Atlanta. She photographed them when their now-3-year-old child was a baby and they loved their photos. Amanda is an incredibly talented photographer, so I had some big shoes to fill!
When they arrived at our location, baby E was still asleep in her stroller, so I got a chance to get to know big brother and create some amazing portraits of him. What a big kid in a little kids’ body! He blew me away with his love of sports, his knowledge of numbers (he can count to 1,000) and his generally happy disposition. He is going to be one of those kids that becomes the golden boy of his high school– athletically talented as well as academically. Oh, and stinkin’ adorable.
Once I got a chance to peek in the stroller at sleeping baby E, it was love at first sight. Look at those cheeks! It took everything for me to control myself and not be the annoying lady that pinches children’s cheeks. Once she opened her eyes, they just sparkled. She looks like a live baby doll. You would never know from her photos that she was teething the day of our shoot. She was really a trooper. I pushed her and she did so well!
Well… onto the portraits of this beautiful family. I hope Amanda approves
I met this little boy and immediately fell in love. His parents are so proud of him, as they should be, and it was evident from behind my camera lens how much he is loved. He is the sweetest little thing, so tiny, yet such a big presence.
My baby is about to be 2! Unbelievable. We had a fun little photo shoot with her horsey and a really cool 18th century child’s slip that I recently picked up.
So the ultimate hypothetical question… if you were to be stranded on a deserted island who would it be with? My answer has to be this family. I’ll take any one of them. These four know more about survival in the wild than anyone I’ve ever met. Let me back up, I failed to mention that this is a family of hunters. As in, dress in camo and go into the woods for days and hunt deer type of hunters. And they do it together. Talk about family bonding. So, during our session at the Anne Springs Greenway in Fort Mill, the kids showed me how to eat muscadines (yummy) and these things that come off the tree that are really tart. Momma showed me what a eucalyptus tree is (I thought those were for Aussie koala bears) and gave me some leaves to put in my bath. Dad caught a snake. Basically, if any one of these folks was on survivor, they would be bringing home the mil.