I cannot believe another year has passed and my Zoe Olivia is TWO today!!!! Its amazing to me that she is 2 when I feel like the past 2 years have flown by. Before she was born, I couldn’t have imagined how my life would change and here I am 7 months pregnant with my 2nd daughter! Zoe has grown into the most amazing little girl. She is smart, funny, silly, sweet, kind, and loving. Her positive traits far outweigh any negative traits she may have. She is easy going and overall a pleasure to be around. She loves to help and be involved in everything we do. She is an extremely fast learner and talks amazingly well. She loves to sing and dance and is really one of the happiest little girls I have ever met. I always say she has that “It Factor”, because everywhere she goes, she is the center of attention. In big crowded stores and small stores alike, people gravitate to her. And she takes the attention so graciously. She really just acts like herself and doesn’t try to put on a show. And everyone loves her pigtails! And how could they not!

For her 2 year session, it was somewhat unplanned and I really had no idea what I was going to do, where we were going to do it and what she was going to wear! I decided last minute to take her down to the beach, since we were having unusually warm weather. My mother decided to go down and called and said it was gorgeous so I grabbed a dress, a chair, Zoe’s favorite baby doll and away we went!

My mother said someone built some sort of “structure” and she thought Zoe might like it. Of course Zoe had to say structure, in her cute little voice and she was indeed fascinated:

She was very curious, exploring the shells and sticks but she wanted nothing to do with the feathers. She doesn’t like touching feathers:

My mom gave her some shells to dig with and she was having lots of fun picking up the sand, dumping it and “burying” her boots with sand:

Eyelashes are quickly becoming my new favorite detail to photograph and of course these are my favorite eyelashes ever:

I love that Zoe loves her “baby” and I just know she is going to make the best big sister. She had the baby walking in the sand and doing almost everything she was doing:

She wasn’t sitting in the chair much, because she really wanted to run around and play:

Then my mother found this big stick and Zoe was happy as could be playing with it:

All I could think of was Teddy Roosevelt’s “Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.” Kid, I KNOW you will go far in life:

This is about as close to an editorial shot as I’m going to get with a 2 year old. OMG! I still can’t believe Zoe is TWO:

Zoe carried that stick that was as big as she was all the back up to the boardwalk and was having way too much fun having my mom stand it up in the grooves and knocking it back down:

She really thought it was hysterical:

I tried to get her to stand in some tall grass. That wasn’t happening so I thought maybe she’s sit in her chair in the tall grass. No dice:

So there you have it: My little peanut is two. TWO!!!! Two:

Zoe, mommy and daddy love you more than you will ever know. You really are the best little girl in the whole world.

  • Heather Prendergast - November 11, 2011 - 4:15 pm

    Every single one is so beautiful. Happy 2nd Birthday to Zoe!!!ReplyCancel

  • Stacy - November 11, 2011 - 4:47 pm

    Awwww! Beautiful post & photos. Happy Birthday Zoe!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Lamb - November 11, 2011 - 5:24 pm

    YAY! Happy birthday Zoe! I can feel your love for her in these images…amazing work, and I also adore her dress. :) Good job, Mama!ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly Chau - November 21, 2011 - 1:41 am

    This is so cute! Happy birthday, Zoe! Such sweet photos! :)ReplyCancel

  • Pam Peter - January 18, 2012 - 10:04 pm

    Zoe is such a cutie! I love her age, so curious and full of joy. You are blessed to have such lovely little girls.ReplyCancel

  • Pam Peter - January 18, 2012 - 10:07 pm

    Happy Birthday. Zoe is such a cutie! I love her age, so curious and full of joy. You are blessed to have such lovely little girls.ReplyCancel

Last year I did a fun shoot of my 4 nephews and Zoe at the beach. We want to make an annual tradition of doing a cousins photo shoot, so this year I thought we should do it at the apple orchard where we go apple picking every year. Its about 3 hours upstate New York. But the pictures didn’t turn out (technically) the way I wanted and we did a mini-reshoot at a local preserve. Here a couple of cute shots from the re-shoot:

Before we took any pictures, Roya, Haley and I went out on a mini location scouting expedition in town to find the best spots for light, sight and outfits. While we were on our way to shoot at our last location, a local preserve, Roya said, “What about the beach??” and I had to admit I hadn’t even thought about that idea!!! So we head down to the beach we did! It was crazy windy (Hurricane Irene was making its way up the coast) but we went on down to the water anyway.

To say that I’m glad we did would be a massive understatement. Massive. This whole part of the shoot yielded some incredible and powerful pictures, with a very editorial edge. This might be the closest I have ever come (so far) in capturing that sort of style. In high school I dreamed of becoming a fashion photographer. These pictures have re-ignited that feeling in a huge way!  This shoot was just for me, because I really wanted to work with Haley (and Roya really wanted some pictures of Haley) so without any pressure from a client, I was free to just capture.

The light was perfect, as was my little model:

No idea what this girl was thinking about, but man-oh-man can she turn it ON when that camera is on her:

Haley was very happy to wear this Gracyly Originals headband I love the feeling it added:

You GO, girl:

Love her smile, colored braces and all:

Editorial heaven. Does this not look like it belongs in a magazine or what:

Truly amazing how one minute Haley gives me the amazing, soulful, serious looks and the next is smiling and laughing. Love her:

Love this shot:

A huge thank you to Roya and Haley for spending this amazing afternoon with me. Haley got rewarded with a huge burger from Burger King and I sent her home with a whole bunch of huge pickles as an extra thank you! Love you!!!!

  • Stacy - September 8, 2011 - 11:51 am

    love. love. LOVE!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Lamb - September 9, 2011 - 11:02 am

    Wow…Love these, Jennifer! Great job…and…I think you lied when you said you don’t have pretty beaches. You just need hurricane force winds to prove you wrong…no big deal! hahah. :) Also, I have decided that cowboy boots are probably the best shoe choice if shoes must be worn on the beach. Perfect! No sand in sight. :)ReplyCancel

  • Jessie - September 16, 2011 - 11:41 pm

    I just happened to stroll upon this and I must tell you these photographs are just breath taking! Absolutely gorgeous and beautiful and just amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly Chau - October 10, 2011 - 8:00 pm

    Jennifer, these are wonderful! Haley is such an awesome model and I love how the golden sun glows in her portraits!ReplyCancel

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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