I loved doing this session with one of my favorite families in one of my favorite locations - Historic Harmony! The Spring flowers were in full-bloom, and the plants their greenest. The evening was warm, and the tiny downtown area was alive with people and live music! It was the perfect night to catch some shots of sweet Aiden, who turned 4 at the beginning of April. I’m so glad we waited until Spring was in full swing to do his pictures. As always, he was the perfect subject.
It was great seeing Braxon and his parents again for their session in Historic Harmony. The last time I saw him, we were doing his first birthday cake smash, and he was just starting to get curls. What an adorable, handsome toddler he has become! Happy Birthday, Braxon!
Miss Emma is Miss Personality! She is so sweet, and her adorable smile is effortless in front of the camera. I’ve enjoyed photographing her over the past year, and was so excited to also capture a few mommy and daughter shots in this session. “Mommy & Me” portraits always turn out beautifully, as there is no love stronger than that of a parent for their child. That joy always seems to radiate through.
Happy 3rd Birthday, Emma!
Sweet, little Braxon was so adorable for his First Birthday Session! I first photographed him last summer when he was a little babe who couldn't yet sit up, now he won't sit still! It's so great to see these little ones time and time again growing up to be active and healthy. He was a total cutie for his pictures, and ended the session with a cupcake smash.
Happy 1st Birthday, Braxon!
I have a soft spot in my heart for little boys (maybe that's why God is blessing me with my second son in June), and this little boy in particular is a very special guy. He and his mama are dear friends to my son and me. We met Aiden and his sweet mom last year through our "Mommy and Me" preschool class and instantly clicked with them. Soon we started having play dates, and one of our favorite spots to visit was the Mars Railroad during the warmer months when they would have their weekly train rides. So when Aiden needed a location for his 3rd birthday session, this was a no-brainer!
The historic train station offers lots of cool, vintage backdrops to perfectly showcase a little boy being a boy. Like my son Vinny, Aiden is into all things transportation, so we could show off his love of trains and planes through his pictures. His neighbor is a pilot, and lent Aiden his hat as a really cool, cute, over-sized prop. I absolutely love how these pictures turned out!
Happy 3rd Birthday, Aiden!
Oh TWO-dles! Gavin is two, and I can hardly believe it! He was just a little baby when I did my first session with him, and now he has grown into such a sweet toddler. He was so well-behaved for his session. Gavin will be celebrating his birthday at the beginning of April with a joint Minnie/Mickey party with his cousin in NYC! What a fun way to ring in the magical age of two...TWO much fun!
I love the color palette Emma's mom requested for her 2nd birthday session. The neutral whites and gold look really pretty and feminine, while still being clean and simple. This Valentines birthday girl looked so cute in both her casual and dressy outfits.
Happy Birthday, Sweet Emma!
I love when clients return year after year, and I get to see their little ones grow. It was so fun to see Easton again (with his 3-week-old little sister)! He is such a good big brother, as he was super helpful with cleaning up after his photos were done. What a sweet big boy! He is so ready to be two!
Happy 2nd Birthday, Easton!
My little guy is 3! For his birthday session, we went to the Mars Shortline Railroad (but told him we were going to Sodor, where Thomas the Train lives). It was a beautiful evening, and we enjoyed a behind-the-scenes tour of the Mars Historical Society's train shed, as one of the members happened to see us taking pictures. Vinny was so excited to play on their train table! The kind gentleman even let us use one of the authentic railroad lanterns in our pictures.
We are planning to come back to the railroad in a couple weeks to ride the little train that is there on Fridays from 10am-2pm. There is also a beautiful pavilion with picnic tables perfect for packing a lunch, a train museum, and Thomas train table for the kids. Such a quaint little gem tucked away at the edge of downtown Mars. At the end of the visit, Vinny didn't want to leave, so we did what any parents would do and bribed him with ice cream to get in the car.
We're excited to return with our friends, and encourage anyone with a little guy or girl who loves trains to check out this railroad!
I met the adorable Mr. Gavin when he came in for Christmas photos a few months ago, and I was so happy to work with him again for his First Birthday! Gavin brought along the Paw Patrol to help him celebrate in style. He was a man on the move crawling and walking all over the place, but he still managed to get some great shots - both candid and posed.
Happy 1st Birthday, Gavin!
I have known Mila since she was 6 months old, and it has been so fun watching her grow! She is always so sweet, gives the best hugs, and has such beautiful eyes. She will be celebrating her 2nd birthday later this week with a Minnie Party, and I can't wait to see what else her stylish, creative mama will have in store for her.
Happy Birthday, Sweet Girl!
I can't believe my baby boy is 2! I'm filled with mixed mommy emotions. Part of me is so sad to see the little baby fading away (although, the chubby cheeks haven't gone anywhere), and part of me is excited to finally be able to interact more with him, take him places like amusement parks and museums, and carry on little conversations with the little person I created. Motherhood truly is such a powerful thing. Everyone tells you it changes you, but until you experience it yourself, you don't fully understand just how much.
Vinny's 2nd birthday party was Mickey Mouse Clubhouse themed, so I wanted his pictures to reflect that. I also wanted to capture him playing with his three favorite things at the moment; Mickey, trains, and books. Someday I will look back on his annual birthday pictures and be able to remember exactly what he was into. I encourage all parents to bring a few items with them for their toddler's birthday pictures, whether it be to make them smile or simply just for them to hold, it'll be a good token to jog your memory when looking through the pictures many years from now.
In my photography experience so far, I can surely say that 2-year-olds are the most challenging subjects! When they're younger than two, they're a little easier to pose, when they're older than two, they start to understand and follow directions (to an extent), but when they're wild and crazy two, you just have to keep snappin' away and hope for a smile. Luckily, being that Vin is my own, I had an idea of what songs and antics make him laugh.
He's my little buddy, and I'm so happy to have these sweet shots of him.
Happy 2nd Birthday, Vinny! I love you more than you'll ever know!
I love being a mommy to a baby boy. They're funny, sweet, crazy, and love on their momma, but this session made me realize the fun I'm missing with a little girl!
Jacqueline was so much fun! She arrived at my home studio with her entourage of aunts, her mommy, and her grammy. It was immediately clear that this child is surrounded by ladies who love her beyond measure. Jacqueline then began accessorizing her outfits for her 2nd birthday tea party photo shoot! It may have been snowing outside (in April!?), but Jacqueline was bringing the sunshine with her spring dresses, bathing suit, and shining smile.
We had so much fun laughing and enjoying her cute personality as a whirlwind hour flew by. I will always look back on this session and smile. Thanks for spending your afternoon with me, my fellow Aries and March birthday girl!