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 April 11, 2013
If you put a suitcase on the floor, any toddler will sit on it. But a toddler girl will pull that shoulder up just a tad and pose for you. And she shall be clothed in ruffles.
And a toddler girl… in all her adorable-ness… will try to lift that suitcase. All the while making it look completely darling.
Much like these ruffly leggings that her mama made. Completely darling.
I love how toddlers never hold still. (No, really! I do.) Even when they are sitting, their little feet are turning and bending.
Toddler girls LOVE to love. Of course they do! They are naturally maternal… so precious. Look at this… true bunny love, right here:
If your mama makes you a beautiful spinning skirt and your photographer turns on some good music… and if you’re a toddler girl… you’ll twirl.
And of course… if you’re a toddler girl, you’ll have a lot to say…
I interrupt this toddler girl program to show you an adorable toddler boy. The little brother. With his face so precious:
I want to hold his face in my hands and just stare at him. (and no, that’s not creepy. Not if you’re ME.)
And how do you end a blog post about a darling toddler girl? With a whole lotta ruffles. That’s how.
To their mama: I adore you and your kids to the moon and back. I am so glad you decided to bring your babies into my studio a couple of years ago. There are some people I have met that I can’t imagine never having met. Does that make sense? (I’ve been buried in taxes the last two days… I’m allowed to not make sense. And you’re cool enough not to judge.) You’re a great mom and your beautiful, well-behaved toddlers are proof of that. I hope you like your preview. Thanks for your patience while I did my taxes… the rest will be finished soon!
Posted on March 20, 2013
This little tater began walking at 10 months old, so now that she’s 1… she trots. It’s fun to watch because she still looks very “baby”. Seeing a little trotting baby is hilarious. Her mama could sell tickets. Tickets to the Tater Tot Trot.
Since her last photo session, her cheeks lost some roundness but gained some rosiness. Her beauty breaks the cuteness meter.
Little Tater Tot!
I remember the moment I grabbed this next shot. I said, “Oh that one will definitely make the blog!” I love her expression here and how she pulled her little shoulder up. Sass!
Photographers, here’s a great tip to keep those trotting toddlers in one place. Put them in a backwards chair. They like being up high with something to hold onto… of course, have mom (or a spotter) hold onto the chair for safety.
A backwards chair also allows for some impromptu peek-a-boo. I LOVE what she did here:
Click HERE to see the color version of this photo on my Facebook business page.
When your job requires you to be a comedian to the baby community… it feels great when they get your jokes:
There’s nothing more beautiful than a happy child.
I will never stop loving this little stool. Tater tot feels the same way. Awww…
And, for the record, once you bring your baby into my studio, I never stop loving them either. These little ones mean so much to me.
To her parents: I’ve said it a million times: y’all are great. I’m completely in love with your little ones. They are as sweet as they are cute and I feel so lucky to be their photographer and to have met people as wonderful as you. Thanks for another fun session!
Posted on March 12, 2013
WOO! This little boy put me to work! That’s okay. He’s a toddler and toddlers are supposed to make me work. I expect it and I don’t mind it one bit. I truly mean that. I love toddlers so much.
He was quick on his feet… very confident with his steps… no toddling around for this toddler. He wasn’t too keen on being a model, though… but he gave me a good second here and there and that’s all I need. Ah, the camera is a quick beast.
Check him out:
I love his puppy eyes.
And what a perfect little drool-shined mouth:
And, I can’t leave this out…
Oh and he OWNED this backdrop. I knew it would be the perfect complement to his skin and eyes… and his dog! I love it.
And, if you want to make a turbo-walking toddler look like a baby… airplane bribery and and an aerial shot will do the trick.
His hat was on the floor more than it was on his head… but like I said… the camera is quick, and so am I.
After a while, I pulled out my xylophone, which pulled out his inner rock star. Aha! I found his weakness! Score.
And the xylophone stick is like a magic wand that reveals every toddler’s inner maestro. So fun.
To his mama and his auntie – It so great to meet you! I loved the singing and dancing duet that was going on behind me. Even though I was too busy shooting to watch, it sounded like a great show. You were a lot of fun and the little rock star was a joy to photograph! Such a beautiful boy.. I know you are proud! I hope you like your preview- the rest will be finished soon.