Posted on February 14, 2014
Ever see a baby and just have an uncontrollable urge to squeeze his face off?
Yeah, me too. Happens all the time. But luckily, my urge IS controllable. It’s one of the most important parts of my job. Control the urge to squeeze baby’s face off. Must… NOT… over squeeze. Very important.
I do, however, have to exercise an extra amount of resistance with these particular cheeks:
Disclaimer: No cheeks were harmed in the squeezing of this baby’s face. His cheeks are rosy by default. Not by squeeze. Ask his mama.
This next image sent my swoon right to the moon. I knew the minute I hit the shutter… a session favorite:
I love this baby boy a whole ton of lots. Aside from him being as sweet as sugar, he lets me squeeze his cheeks. And he likes to cuddle.
And, then there’s the whole blowing of the kisses thing:
Babies blowing kisses?! Nevernevernever gets old.
And this baby has managed to give me an impressive expression at each one of his sessions since he was a newborn.
Now…After this next image, I need you to promise me that you won’t go making the “duck face” in your Facebook pics. Because it won’t look NEARLY this cute:
Lookin’ a little too grown-up in that wagon, little buddy. We need you to keep looking like a baby.
Here, this will do it:
His first year went so, so fast.
One-year sessions are bittersweet. But adding a cupcake tips the scales a little heavier on the sweet side. I like that.
Dig in, sweet one:
Precious, squeezy-cheeked, rosy-faced boy! I sure do love you.
To his mama: Photographing your boy is always a mega gift in itself. Then, we chatted for who-knows-how-long about old high school stuff. It was so much fun to dust off Memory Lane. YOU are so much fun! Then, you leave me with cupcakes?! I think we ended your baby’s first year with a bang, don’t you? Thanks for always being wonderful and for letting me love on your boy. (And squeeze his cheeks all I want). Love you!
Posted on February 6, 2014
An MC is a Master of Ceremonies. A Mini MC is a smaller version… but still very capable of mastering various ceremonials.
Despite his tender age, this birthday boy knew how to get a crowd on their feet. Truth be known, there were only 4 of us in the room, and at times, only 2… but we were on our feet, alright. He made sure we were having a good time.
Is that an accurate description, kid?
He started his ceremonials with the ever-popular slow clap… and the crowd joined in.
It was an entertainer’s clap. You know, a WIDE clap. Full arm extensions on either side.
And that’s how I know he’s an MC. It’s all in the wide clap.
Also, an MC has to be well-liked. CHECK!
No doubt, people love this child. People… we have no choice:
It wasn’t just the wide-clap he did so well… it was also his performances. At one point, he did an expert imitation of a mechanical bull. I really wish you could have been there, folks.
Mini MC, take a peek at me:
Mini MC, how I love thee.
I love his personality just as much as I love his face. So stinkin’ cute.
To his parents: How great is it to know you have a lifetime of laughter ahead of you with this MC in your immediate family? He may not grow up to be an actual MC, but he’ll be spinning the 1’s and 2’s or doing stand-up or SOMEthing. Something in front of a loving crowd, I’m sure. Yeah, he’s going to be somebody, no doubt. I enjoyed your session so much… you are such great people. I hope you like your preview- the rest will be finished soon!
Posted on February 3, 2014
I don’t know if you’d look at him and call him skinny, but he’s not chubby and his pants wouldn’t stay up, so that’s enough reason for me. Plus, skinny rhymes with Grinny. And he sure as heck was grinny:
Skinny McGrinny! He had lots of smiles for me. And I McGrinny-ed right back.
He has some of the darkest eyes I’ve ever seen. Dark and glassy. His personality, however, was brighter than the sun.
We loved this the minute he did it… sitting there looking all little with his finger in his mouth. We all agreed it was an simple, yet adorable thing to witness and I was pretty certain it’d make the blog. So, here it is:
This next set-up is a tribute to his late grandfather, who was a fireman. I love when photos have personalized meaning like this. I think McGrinny loved it, too:
Sweet baby. Small, dark and handsome.
And, I really hope elbow patches never go out of style:
When his mama dressed him to leave in this too-adorable-not-to-photograph getup, I said, “Wait! That’s too adorable not to photograph.”
So, I got a quick photograph.. and he gave me one last Grinny:
And those two little pegs sticking up inside his smile are the cherry on top. Almost more than I can stand.
To his mama: What a great mama you are and I love your boy! I can’t believe we only have one more session until his Sweet Pea Plan is complete. This is going too fast! To his daddy: I really appreciated your expert helping of backdrop hanging upping. You’re a champ! I hope y’all like your preview- the rest will be finished soon!
Posted on January 27, 2014
I met a new baby. He was 3 months old and hamming it up like a 6-monther. I have no problem with that.
He tended to be more on the serious side in front of my camera. I have no problem with that either. Because handsome is handsome no matter what the expression:
But, goodness, I wish you could have seen this child being hamtastic whenever I was talking to his mama.
She would be holding him while we were talking and I’d look down to see the biggest smiles from him. He was shooting the grins at me like they were coming out of a machine gun. And for more impact? He combined the grins with coos. I would almost forget what I was saying because he would charm the conversation right out of my mind.
Yes, I was so excited to meet this newest Sweet Pea. This first session of his one-year plan went so wonderfully. Way to start it off, buddy. You had me at first coo.
And, he was great at being a baby. That is all I ever ask them to do…
Go ahead, be yourself. Be a baby.
I love his perfect skin and his beautiful face. I just love the entire him that he is.
Such a handsome ham.
Hey, Hammy McHandsome… Raise your hand if you love your photographer!
I know what you’re thinking. Babies raise their arms sometimes. That could have been a fluke. So, let’s go over it one more time just to be sure.
Raise your hand if you love your photographer:
Well, there you have it, folks. Proof that he loves me back.
He’s an honest baby. Just look at this face…
When he didn’t want to lay down anymore, I had his mama prop him up. Not only is it a different view for him, it’s a different view for the camera as well. Look at his fluffy hair growing in!
And, in my best infomercial voice I say, “But WAIT- there’s more!”
Check out the party in the back:
I adore it. The awkward rubbed-off baby bald spot. It is so precious and so “growing-baby”. Keep workin’ on that, buddy. You’re doing a great job.
To his mama: It was so nice to meet you. We got along like old chums. I feel so lucky when I meet clients like you, who feel like good friends right off the bat. Thanks for letting me love on your little man. I’m thrilled to be able to capture his growth throughout this first year. And like I said… if he hammed it up this much at 3 months… we’re in for a huge treat at 6. I hope you like your preview- the rest will be finished soon. I’ll be in touch!