Posted on December 31, 2011
For a short while, he didn’t make a sound. Then, once he started making noises, he didn’t stop. Constant crooning. I loved it. I think he liked the sound of his own voice… ( I don’t blame him)… it was his way of entertaining himself, I think! He needed some cuddles here and there and he was good to go. Cuddles and croons.
He had such a beautiful eye color… a color that I could not even pinpoint. Blue-ish, green-ish, grey-ish, brown-ish… all mixed together.
I love that expression and I love his classic baby look. Perfect skin, squishy cheeks and a fuzzy blonde head… and little white pegs that showed when he smiled. I think he’s proud of them:
Baby toes + bokeh = ILOVETHIS:
Such a genuine expression here:
Awwww… quite possibly my favorite baby part: little neck folds. I can almost smell the baby lotion just looking at this:
He loved to smile for me when I took my camera down. He liked when I called him Teasy McNeasy.
Big brother and sister came along, too, and I loved their shiny dark eyes and their lovely, even skin tones. They were SUCH good kids. They were so well behaved when I needed to take their photos…. and they played nicely for the rest of the session while I worked with baby brother. They truly earned their lollipops.
To their mama: I love how your kids were giving me hugs before they even knew my name! Instant love! I still can’t figure out who you remind me of, and I wish I could remember that new word you made up. (It had something to do with “fuzz”). It was so nice to meet you- your children are beautiful and nothing short of delightful! Thank you so much for your patience- I hope you like your preview and the rest will be finished soon! Happy New Year!!
Posted on December 28, 2011
Babies are always anxious to show me their tricks and dancing was this guy’s trick of choice. I think he liked the reaction he got from us, too. But, isn’t 3 months old a little young to be dancing? I just don’t usually see babies jamming at this age. It happened more than once during this session and since he danced to “Five Years Time” by Noah and the Whale, it proves to be no coincidence. I don’t think anyone can listen to that song and not move a little. Even if I try to hold still, my big toe still finds a way to dance. If you feel like jammin’, check it out HERE.
Now, swoon with me over this darling face:
I have to mention that he did NOT like to lay down… he would go from happy to spittin’-nails mad in a milisecond if I tried to lay him down. When he wasn’t mad, he was extra, extra good to make up for it. Since 3-months is way too early to sit up (kid’s getting ahead of himself!) we had to use some tricks to keep him happy.
I love, love, love his sweet little face:
He love, love, loved tummy time:
And he love, love, loved my stork pouch. As for me… I love, love, love this little bit of drool. (In case someone in his family doesn’t love, love, love the drool, they will also have a drool-free option in their gallery.)
And I love, love, love that when he smiles big… he smiles with is whole face… not just his mouth. His eyes smile… even his nose smiles. Bless him! Did somebody order a sack of Holiday Ham?
Do you think he knows how handsome he is? This next photo says yes.
To his parents: Despite the fact that your gorgeous boy got all dragon-like and breathed fire on me a couple of times, I really enjoyed your session. You are all so fun to be around. Aside form that, your boy is beyond precious and I love, love, love him! I love you, too, for being so patient as your deadline collided with Christmas. I REALLY appreciate your patience- the rest will be finished soon!
Posted on December 21, 2011
I love this girl. Seeing her as this happy and beautiful princess-loving, story-telling 4-year old brought back flashbacks from her newborn session… with her wide eyes and wrinkled newborn forhead. *Sniff* This ‘ol clock is really starting to freak me out. They say life is like a roll of toilet paper… the closer you get to the end, the faster it goes. I believe it! (Yipes).
Anyway, I always start her sessions with a shot of her feet…. because she’s always the tiniest (TINIEST) bit nervous at first… and this is the stance:
She’s as sweet as she looks, folks. Her mama calls her Baby Bear and I’m pretty sure she could turn Godzilla into a kitten with her sweet ways. She started every question with “Miss Keri, Can I ask you a question?” and she prefaced every story with, “Can I tell you something?”. And, oh yeah… how can I forget her saying, “I’m going to be a HAM today!” And hamtastic she was.
Now, all kids are “programmed” to smile for the camera. But, their camera smile is usually far from their real smile. So, I have to act a certain way (like a total GOOB) and their real smile is revealed. It’s fun for everyone in the room because most of the time, the parents laugh just as much, if not more, than their child. (I like it because it would be really awkward if everyone just stared at me like I was a crazy fool.) So, here’s an example that I posted on my Facebook Business Page. It’s a helpful reminder for parents and grandparents when they’re taking photos of their little ones.
And, there’s just something so sweet and classic about a kid and teddy bear…
To her Mama Bear… Thanks so much for the Earth-sized chocolate chip cookies! The amount of happiness they brought me is almost downright pitiful and I thank you so much! (You must know me well, huh?) I always love laughing with you and swooning over the outfits your bring and the sweetness of your baby bear. I hope you like your preview – the rest are uploading to your gallery right now!
Clients: I only have 2 and a half days to do EVERYTHING for Christmas, so I’m going to have to put retouching on hold (something I NEVER do) in order to prepare for Christmas and spend time with family in town. I know you are all doing the same thing! The tree hasn’t been decorated, the mantle is naked, and I have no choice but to tackle Mt. Laundry… which is dangerously close to busting through my roof at any minute. Oh yeah, and I really should start my Christmas shopping. Here’s to the hustle bustle! I think “Run, Run, Rudolph” is going to be my fast-paced theme song. But, I’m also going to find time to slow down and listen to every word of “O Holy Night” and soak up the true meaning of Christmas.
Thank you so much for looking at my photos and reading my words. I wish everyone a joyous holiday filled with family, love, and all things that make you happy. Oh, and cozy… I wish you lots of comfy cozy this season. xoxo
Posted on December 19, 2011
You may recognize this face from her newborn photos on my website. She is the “Guitar Baby”. I told her parents that their wee one has already earned “mascot status” because so many people talk about her photos. She is still a little one, but she filled out SO much since that newborn session. I love her little mouth and I love how her forehead wrinkles a little on the one side when she looks at me.
She wanted to take a nap, but didn’t want to miss anything. I think her little arms and legs moved the entire time and despite her wearing herself out, she never once cried. She did a small amount of complaining but was fairly content for the most part. There’s something so sweet about a pretty little girl in rosebuds:
I think this next one is my favorite… I’m sure this is the same face she’s going to make when she fills her parents in on the playground gossip:
Aww, hi Mama:
When she was fighting sleep, she found her thumb:
Her parents requested a shot of their Vanderbilt rings on her toes. These types of photos are usually done when the baby is sleeping. Since she wasn’t going to nap, we had do it with her awake and these little feet were just a-movin’ the whole time! I think we succeeded, though! I love the size difference between the 2 rings.
To her parents- You guys are so cool. You know what good music is and it was great discussing favorite artists with you while your little one nursed. Hey, Landon, you still owe me that email- of course I forgot the names of those bands you urged me to check out! Thanks for another great session… I love your girl to pieces and I’m already looking forward to her 6-month session.