Posted on May 16, 2013
Here we have an 8-year old boy whose eyelashes stopped me mid-sentence. (If you know how much I love to yap, that tells you a lot right there.) But let’s allow the photo to do some talking. Have a gander at Mr. Lashtastic:
I’m sure he’ll be able to use these lashes as a not-so-secret weapon in the future. And it’s not just the lashes. I have never seen eye whites this white. Despite what you may think, I didn’t TOUCH them in post-production. Kid must catch some good Z’s at night.
I expected him to act a little shy, a little stand-off-ish, maybe even a little awkward. Capital NOPE. He was polite and pleasant and downright adorable. I don’t want my 4-year-old son to grow up too fast, but this kid made me look forward to the 8-year-old boy my son could grow into.
Then, we have Sister Sweetheart… a middle child like me. (I’d like to think I’m a sweetheart as well.) So, we got along great. There was a smidgen of shyness at first. See, here:
I absolutely LOVE when the first photo is a shy one. Peeking around from all that pretty, pretty hair… so darling. My daughter is about the same age, so I couldn’t help but adore her.
Such a beautiful girl… with dark lashes like her brother. Lucky lady. How their parents tell them “no” for anything is beyond me. Three bats of the lashes and I’d be selling my backup camera to buy them extra bicycles or something.
She appreciated my goofiness and responded with cuteness. And look here… By her last frame, the inner supermodel was brought to the surface:
I saved the baby brother for last because let’s face it… a glorious head full of curls is almost more than most people can stand. If your’e like me, anyway. Big curls atop a tiny tot… make my heart flop around like a fish out of water. He was a curly-headed wondertot.
Whooooaaa, not so fast. Scroll back up. Did you see? Didyousee didyousee didyouSEE???!! Yep. Even a two-year-old has gotten the memo. Ah, my favorite expression lives on. I promise I don’t force this look upon them. It just happens and it’s magic.
Just like big brother, he loves baseball. And, I love everything about this shot. His jeans, sock and sneaker and his little toddler hands with his way-too-clean toddler fingernails. (It was early in the morning. He must not have had time to get dirty yet.) This just screams “little boy” to me:
And this next one will be the last photo in this post because you’re going to need some serious swoon space after this:
The best thing about that photo? HIS IDEA. I know, I couldn’t believe it, either. I had a roomful of witnesses and photographic proof, though.
Amazing and beautiful kids. All three were such a joy to chat with and photograph.
To their parents: I’m so glad you braved the rain and storms to head to my studio on this day. And I’m really glad you booked your appointment 6+ months ago so I could meet such a lovely family. Keep doing what you’re doing with raising these kids. Oh, and write a book about, too. It is obvious you’re doing something right. I hope you like your preview- the rest will be finished soon!
Posted on December 22, 2012
Pink dresses, tea parties and all things princess. She’s so girl.
I am, too, though. I could swim effortlessly through a pink sea of girly everything. I have noooo problem with that. (Just for the record, though, I do have a son and I can crawl around pushing matchbox cars through the dirt with the best of them.) This session was lots of fun though.
And when it comes to tea parties and being girly… is there really any other way? ….
(Now, look at that photo one more time and appreciate the natural highlights that frame her face. Kids are so lucky!)
She’s polite, she beautiful, she’s sweeter than a candy cane…
She’s 5. And 5 is fun.
If this next photo reminds you of Holly Hobbie, than I have done my job. The second she put this hat on, I knew I had to turn her sideways. But, instead of field-of-flowers Holly Hobbie, she’s more like Times Square. I love it.
And, when the pants match the socks match the shoes? The world needs to appreciate.
Now, by the time children are 5 years old, they have mastered the fake smile. But, I’m not too proud to be a fool in order to get smiles that are genuine. Here is a little example I posted on my Facebook Business Page. We also did the same thing with her last year.
At the end of her session, I wanted to try something different and fun. I knew she would rock this:
Girl, you are SO girl. And, I can’t imagine you any other way.
To her mama: Once again, your daughter impressed me to no end. So polite and so smart … just a beautiful little sweetheart she is. You two are a lot of fun- some of the nicest people I know. I really appreciate your encouraging words all the time, too!
Things are going to slow down for a bit, as far as blog posts and Facebook previews. Aside from Christmas and family time and my son’s birthday (and SHOPPING! Yes, we have 3 days until Christmas and I still have to do that), I have lots of end-of-the-year business matters to handle and changes to make. Now that I am caught up on Christmas cards and print orders and all of my retouching, it is time to focus on all those “fun” business matters. AFTER Christmas, though. I hope everyone has a joyous and wonderful holiday with family and friends. I truly love you for being here and looking at my photos and reading my words. Thank you so much for another successful year!
Posted on December 9, 2012
Ruffles on the pants and bows on the shoes… I love little girls.
I’ve photographed this little girl since she was a wee newborn. So, I think it’s safe to say she knows me. Buuuut, she packed a whole lotta shyness with her on this day.
She wears shy well, though. Shy is cute. Shy is kid. I love kids.
Her “pose of choice” must be typical for her age. My son is the same age, and I have a photo of him doing the same thing. You can see it on my Facebook page HERE.
Her shyness is balanced out with a sweetness and a cuteness that only a soon-to-be 4-year-old can have. She was all princesses and horses and talking in tiny voices.
She’s fashionable like her mommy, a spitting image of her daddy, and she loves the color pink.
When she told me her favorite princess was Belle, 4 things happened:
- Her daddy busted out some Beauty and the Beast songs on his iphone
- My inner child came out to play
- I had no choice but to make my lyrical knowledge of the opening song KNOWN the the WORLD. (Or at least those in the room building.)
- Her smile was proof of the proud
Her hair is glorious.
Glorious hair needs to be in the spotlight. Especially when she’s sporting a completely natural version of the popular “hombre” style. Miss Shyness, you wear it well:
(Notice how the natural highlights in her hair match the natural nightlights in her eyes)
And girls will twirl.
And as they get older, I have to do at least one shot with a lot of negative space…. to make them look smaller:
Kids. They are real because they can’t hide who they are. I could talk about how much I love kids all day… with all the mushiness that campfire Kumebaya can hold.
And I love to make them smile so big they show all their little pegs. I love this kid.
To her parents: Once again, you hopped off the pages of a magazine and landed right in my studio. Fabulously flawless, all of you. Such great taste… Makes me proud to be your photographer. I love your little Miss Shyness and was so happy to photograph her again! I hope you like your preview- the rest will be finished very soon!
Posted on October 29, 2012
…ONE beautiful family with three beautiful children. At the ages of 4, 3, and 2, these kids make life very busy for their parents… but they handle it like a ring leader leads a successful three-ring circus. It’s amazing to watch. One child in each ring, each doing their own thing. Sure, it was a bit chaotic at times, but it was more like ORGANIZED chaos. I have photographed this family ever since big sister was a fresh baby and because of that, I have grown to sincerely love this family.
Here we have the “baby”, who surprised me by nearly catching up to his big brother making the two of them look more like twins. He was quick on his feet and sweeter than sweet.
And juice is good.
Such a sweet face on him:
Then, we have the darling middle child, precious as pie… he decided to give us his own little impromptu pose:
Please appreciate the perfect amount of rosy he has on those cheeks!
And I love when eyes can smile:
Both of these sweet boys have been diagnosed with Autism. An estimated 1 in 54 boys are diagnosed with Autism in the United States. You can learn more about it by clicking HERE. These boys are so much more than boys with Autism, though. They are sweet, smart, beautiful, and so very very loved.
…Loved by their big sister… who is a little bit of spunky and a whole lotta daddy’s girl. Her hair is always full of bows and her smile is always contagious.
And I couldn’t let a curl leave my studio without it’s close-up:
All three of these children are very loved by their parents. Parents who are beautiful inside and out.
I say it every year and I’ll say it again- I don’t know how you two do it, but your parenting skills are beyond admirable. God put these precious boys in your lives because He knew you would give them the best loving care. Such a great pair you are, and what beautiful blessings you have! As always, I thank you for sharing them with me.
Dr. Mike Glasmeier (above), of First Impressions Family Dentistry in Antioch, TN, now sees special needs children in the dental clinic, and for obvious reasons, he is especially skilled with children with Autism. Visit his website HERE.