We may have a little problem….three little cuties are all going to be asking for a pony for every birthday and Christmas from here on out! I have never seen the girls so in awe and memorized by anything. These best friends, Kate, Maddie, and Charley, got invited to play on a beautiful farm while the mommies took pictures . Not only was the setting perfect, but the girls were lucky enough to get to ride on a horse! It was icing on the cake for me as a photographer. The evening was filled with games of ring around the rosie, stomping the stairs with their boots, feeding carrots to the horses, and riding tricycles. The girls had an absolute blast and so did the mommies:) It was such a fun way to capture these moments as the girls are growing so quickly. They will all celebrate their 2nd birthdays in the coming month. I am so thankful that God gave me two amazing friends to share in this mommy-hood journey!
My incredibly creative neighbor set up a beautiful scene…white ruffly tent, real wood branches holding it up, adorable pillows, baskets, and accessories. The sun was setting perfectly behind the scene. All I had to do was show up with my camera and bring my daughter dressed in her Easter outfit. It took my breath away when I walked up the scene in the middle of the field in our neighborhood. Then, Kate discovered the grass….the EASTER BASKET GRASS! All she cared about was that pink grass that was made to stay INSIDE the basket. After that moment, nothing else mattered. She didn’t look up at the camera, didn’t smile, and definitely didn’t follow any directions. Kate was completely enthralled by the hypnotic grass. But isn’t that real life? Kids want to play, sometimes with the simplest of things. It may lead to a messy photo scene, but it makes for a fun, joyful life! I will always cherish these pictures and remember the heart of a little girl who just wanted to make a mess:)
My sweet nephew turns 1 today! I tease my sister all the time that she got the angel baby of the family. He has the sweetest and most content personality. Not to mention he is absolutely adorable! My favorite part of his 1 year session was definitely the smash cake portion. Some babies cry and hesitate about getting dirty or quite frankly what to do with the cake that is place in front the. Not Hayden. He drove right in! It didn’t even matter that the cake had fallen off the stand into the grass. He tore it up! Yum yum. I love this boy and cannot wait to celebrate with him.
Love as powerful as your mother’s for you leaves its own mark…to have been loved so deeply…will give us some protection forever. -J.K. Rowling
If I had two words to describe our pumpkin patch session this year…it would be “UTTER CHAOS!” No question about it. I guess that is what happens when you have rain + dirt = mud everywhere! Now that the number of cousins has grown to four, photo shoots have proven to be A LOT more work. But as I scroll through these images, they make my heart sing. I love these four babies…rain, mud, temper tantrums and all:)
Because of several factors, I haven’t had nearly as many ‘mini-photo shoots’ with Ryan this year. I am sure it is a combination of being pregnant and not always feeling like it, along with the fact that he tells me, “Put your camera down Mama!” and gives me the yuck face. But yesterday, I got him to let me take his picture. The only deal was, he insisted on wearing his Peter Pan costume. Works for me! We have been going on these late afternoon walks in search of “bad, bad animals” to fight. You know…the Lions, Tigers, and Bears that may be walking around the woods in our neighborhood 🙂 So far, we have only found a beetle, a grasshopper, and one really loud and annoying goose! Looking through these images, I was reminded why I love photography. How a moment, an instant, a stage is completely captured forever. These pictures will remind me of how he insisted on wearing this costume for a week straight (daytime and nighttime) when he first got it. And how Matt and I let him do it! Choose your battles, right?! He also demands on wearing the hat backwards. I still haven’t figured that one out. It will always remind me how his fireman boots have been the shoe of choice lately, even though they are way too small and the actual boot covers that go with the costume don’t fit over them. More than anything, these pictures will remind me how he has to have a weapon (preferably a sword) with him at all times. There are times that he will have 3-4 swords tucked into his pants or sword belt. He can hardly walk, but he has his weapons! I have often thought if I hear “Sword fight me Mama!” one more time, I will go crazy! Often I wished I had an older boy in the neighborhood that I could pay a few dollars to sword fight him every day. Wouldn’t that be nice? Instead, I chase him around with a sword, knowing that one day he will be too cool to play with his Mom. I know these days will pass quickly. In my case, Peter Pan will grow up. I am forever grateful for photographs that will capture all these priceless memories that on my own I would probably forget.