Happy, Happy, Happy

Do you all watch Duck Dynasty?  It’s my new favorite show.  Cracks me up, makes me happy!  You know what else makes me happy?  Spending time with cuddly, HAPPY, doll babies like this!  Isn’t she the cutest thing ever!  3 months is typically a tough age to get a lot of variety.  Some baby’s don’t care for being on their tummies, they can’t sit on their own and they aren’t sleepy, curly newborns.  Well, this little love was SO good to me.  I even asked her mom if I could hold her for a bit after we were done shooting because she was just so sweet and cuddly.  I hope you all have a very HAPPY weekend!!

Smashing the CAKE!

Well hello friends!  It’s been awhile!  So long actually I had to remember how to write a post here on the blog.  I am in the mood to do some spring cleaning and “decorate” this space in the next few weeks.

One of my very favorite sessions is the “smash the cake”.  I probably laugh more at these sessions than any other.  I had a very busy winter with newborns last year so this year we’ve had lots of first birthdays.  These images are perfect for a child’s room and even in the kitchen.  How cute would it be to have a series of cake images hanging in your dining room?!  I even had one family use some images from this session to create birthday cards to send to friends and family throughout the year!  They are so cute!  I had many asking to see more images from these sessions after doing some sneak peeks on facebook.  Here are a couple of beautiful birthday girls who celebrated in the studio with me recently.

Where I started…

Those of you who have been following me and my work for awhile now will most likely recognize one of the beauties in this post.  I have been photographing her since I started.  This family changed the way I thought my business would go.  They changed the way I thought of photographing kids and families.  I’m thankful they were one of the very first clients because it’s a session that I think about often and am continually reminded why I do what I do.  During that very first session I drove to their home.  Mom had planned a tea party for her daughter and I sat back and watched (and snapped) the connection unfold.  I FELT the love shared by this family.  It was an amazing experience to witness and capture with my camera.  I left there thinking, that is what I want from every session.  I want to “Capture the Spirit of Childhood.”  Those tea party images are still hanging on their wall and while I’ve grown as a photographer in both business and skills I’m reminded how important what I do is.  I’m reminded that I am responsible for preserving these memories for a lifetime.  So for those of you who choose me as your photographer, I’m grateful.  Fast forward to 2011, the “G” family now has a new daughter and little Miss “M” has a sister.  I recently photographed them together and had so much fun seeing this new connection in their family.  I have so many clients who have become dear friends.  I have so many kids I have watched grow and each time one of them walk in the door I’m grateful to be a small part of their lives.  Now that I’ve gotten all sappy let’s proceed with some photos, shall we?

Shhh…

It’s his birthday soon 🙂  I’m going to print this as a 10×30 collage 🙂  I posted this on facebook, but the images have to be so tiny that I thought I’d share it here too!

Then and Now!

One of my favorite things about being a photographer is watching “my” babies grow.  I really don’t know where the time goes.  I photographed this little one when she was brand new and just had her one year session at the studio the other day.  I have photographed big brother several times and it was so nice to see them again.  Baby “E” was a little unsure of me at first but soon warmed up.  Big brother was so good and we got some great stuff of him too!

Baby “E” brand new…

and now…