All That You Have Is Your Soul

Haley is an amazing little 8 year old girl. She has so much soul and depth and you rarely find that in kids, let alone an 8 year old!!! Haley’s mom Roya is one of my best and closest friends and is a very talented graphic designer. And Haley is definitely a budding artist herself.

Haley knows how to give that “bored model stare” (and as her mom says “she gets that a lot!” Hehe) and I have wanted to do a fun shoot with her for a long time. We finally made it happen, a few days before Hurricane Irene hit us. The mosquitoes were out in full effect but that didn’t deter us at all. (At least Roya & Haley were able to use bug spray. Being pregnant I can’t use it and its scientifically proven that mosquitoes love pregnant women. How lucky for me, right?)

We started the shoot off in a little walkway right near my house. Locally its called the Cow Path. I remember walking through it as a kid and one day I suddenly realized it could make for a really cool shoot location:

Haley loves headbands (I got her a whole bunch for Christmas last year) so she was excited to wear this Gracylu Originals hat. I seriously think it was made for her:

I love how ethereal this shot is and I couldn’t decide if I liked it better in color or b & w:

Some wind:

We picked some little flowers and played around:

I had printed out a sheet with some poses for inspiration, which I naturally left at home, so we had some fun playing around with different poses and of course, another Gracylu Originals headband:

Love this shot:

We then headed over to another location and a quick outfit change (Roya brought tons of clothes for us to play around with!):

Eyelashes. One of my very favorite details and Haley has some insane eyelashes (thanks to her mama!):

By this point I was being swarmed with mosquitoes so much, I wasn’t even feeling them! I grabbed this dress I had in my closet from an old Halloween costume. I thought it could be really cute on Haley. Fun little secret: the back is clipped with Chip Clips, you know, those clips you put on your bags of chips so they don’t get stale??? This is one of my favorite shots of the whole day (of which there were A LOT. We shot for about 3 hours!):

Haley’s eyes are GORGE, are they not????

Again, couldn’t decide between color and b & w:

I’ve had this Sweet Violet Jane crown sitting around just waiting for the perfect opportunity to be used and Haley totally rocked the “bored princess” look, didn’t she???:

Love the light:

Stay tuned for another post, which will be all about our completely impromptu shoot at the beach. Its AH-MAZ-ING! I promise!

  • Shira Zimmerman - September 7, 2011 - 11:23 am

    Really beautiful I love them all!!ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly Chau - September 7, 2011 - 12:15 pm

    These are gorgeous, Jennifer! Love the lighting and images!ReplyCancel

  • Stacy - September 7, 2011 - 12:59 pm

    Absolutely beautiful! Haley & your photography are gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • kerri reino - September 7, 2011 - 1:00 pm

    Gorgeous!
    She is a little star. I saw haley the day before irene and told her how beautiful her pics came out and she was so sweet and modest about them :)
    As soon as my toddler will sit still upon direction I will certainly be speaking to you about a shoot.ReplyCancel

  • Roya Jenner - September 7, 2011 - 1:00 pm

    YOU MORE THAN EXCEEDED OUR EXPECTATIONS JENN!!! I am so happy i have YOU in my life…. these will be forever cherished. Get ready for all my friends to want shots of their kids next!! (actually i want a shoot of me n john too… and my doggies…. and my family and and and…. lolol the options are endless!)ReplyCancel

  • Cindy Davis - September 7, 2011 - 3:31 pm

    WOW! These are absolutely incredible! I’m jealous, I wish I lived closer!ReplyCancel

  • michele katsalas - September 7, 2011 - 5:16 pm

    GORGEOUS!! Love love love the eyelash shots! SHe is a great little model just love that kid !
    Awesome Job Jenn!ReplyCancel

  • Kristine A. Densing - September 7, 2011 - 6:32 pm

    Absolutely Stunning Roya&John! I hope Haley knows just how gorgous she is!!! I also know that you really worked very hard at preparing the pictures and it was well worth your efforts. You can not get these memories back!!! Haley is a Super**Model!!! All our Love~Krissy,Casey&LaurenReplyCancel

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