We’ve all heard that reference, right?  Pretty as a picture?  Well, ladies and gentlebabies…

I think this picture they speak of… must be of this baby:

She’s so pretty as a picture… she IS the picture.

Don’t look so shocked, little darling.

My goodness, what an adorable expression!  I remember the very second she did that… it was like it came out of nowhere and her mother and I laughed so hard.

The picture of pretty, yes, but she’s also the picture of precious:

Ah, babies.   They find the littlest things interesting…

… and you can never predict what they will do:

Smiles aren’t required for maximum cuteness…  and if you wait for the right moment, they will pose themselves.

Welcome to Doll Face City.

Goodness, yes, she’s as pretty as a picture. She IS the pretty picture because she’s the picture of pretty.  And, the picture of precious and preciously perfect.

Her little face and her sweet demeanor make cartoon hearts shoot out of my chest.

To her parents:  This may come a surprise, but your daughter is beautiful.  Did you check the back of her neck for a signature of authenticity?  Because they make dolls so lifelike these days…. juuuust sayin’.  I love your precious little family and I can’t believe your newborn is a year old already.  As always, I enjoyed every minute of your session.  I hope you like your preview- the rest will be finished soon!  And to her daddy: In that 2nd-to-last photo, her smile was straight at you.

It happens so fast.  A newborn…

…grows into a baby like this:

When he came into my studio, I smiled so big, it made the back of my head hurt.

That means my smile reached around that far.  Or, at least the muscles did.  Something like that.

Who will do that to a person?  A baby like this:

And, what kind of baby has an unreal level of cute?  I’m glad you asked.

A baby like this:

What makes your heart melt into immediate liquid form?  When you put a hat on… a baby like this:

And who has sweet, wispy hair and lashes so dark and thick?  A baby like this:

If you were to draw a cartoon of the perfect baby boy… I’m certain you’d draw… a baby like this:

And, if you like to squeeze baby cheeks… you’d love to squeeze them (and I know this from experience)… on a baby like this:

I love my job.

Because I get to photograph and love on… BABIES. LIKE. THIS.

Goodness ME!  I really don’t know how I can stand it sometimes.

To his mama: It was soooo great to see fabulous you again!  You threw nice words at me like your baby threw smiles… and this photo session was such a wonderful time. Your baby boy is growing into the sweetest and most handsome little man.  I hope you like your previews- the rest will be finished soon!

Seriously, people.

How cute can one brown-eyed baby girl get?

I mean…seriously, what a face.

Speaking of seriously… this baby girl was very serious.

Serious business, right here.   Her smiles were hiding out somewhere while baby girl was busy being… serious.

But, seriously… smiles aren’t necessary when you have a beautiful face like this:

And even though she was serious business most of the time… she did let a few small smiles escape.

And she seriously an expert walker.  A brand-new one-year-old and she didn’t stumble once.  She would glide all over the room… and fast!

So, it seriously took a lot of work to keep her in one spot, but it was worth it.

Seriously. See?

(Ok. I have to stop saying “seriously” because I’m starting to annoy myself.) So, no more of that.

How about a new word.  SQUOOSH.  I did it first and it was fun. So, then I asked her mama to do it:

Big sister Strawberry Pie, came along, too.  It wasn’t too long ago, I was photographing her as a baby.

There’s nothing like red, red ringlets!

She was so proud to show me her big-sister sweetness…

Aaa! Seriously (<– last one)… so cute.

To their parents: As always, it was great spending time with your precious family.  You sure did wear yourself out, mama, as we did everything we could to keep baby in one area.  Thanks for your hard work and determination. She made us work, but we won in the end.  Y’all are great- seriously.  (<– woops).

Endless smiles, and little arms that would flap so much, I was ready to see her levitate.  A little bit of flappy and a whole lotta happy.

I think I love you, Flappy Bird:

And did you see what I saw?  Yup. Eyes that smile. Smiley eyes…smeyes!  I go nuts over babies with smiley eyes.

When she would get those arms a-flappin’, it was equal parts happy and flappy.  It was so fun to watch.

And, this next image is proof that WE were fun to watch, too:

I have to take a moment to mention her glorious eyebrows and rosy cheeks.  Because those always need mentioning.

Just like busy baby fingers…

… and my very favorite: dark-dark eyelashes for miles.  Check, check, check… perfection.

Yes, it doesn’t get much sweeter than this.

Until she throws this kind of happiness at you:

Did you smile back?  Flappy Bird, I do love you.

To her Mama: What a sweetie pie you are.  Throwing nice words at me like confetti.  I adore you to pieces. And Sue… I adore you, too.  You and that warm smile that never left your face.  And to Daddy- You had me at “This white dress will have a ton of different backdrop options”. Ha!  What a wonderful family you all are.  So nice to meet you all!  I hope you like your preview- I’ll be in touch when the rest are finished soon!

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