The other night, we went to the beach again for a sunset dinner. And this time, I dressed Zoe in a pretty dress!! But its was SUPER windy and chilly and she had a very runny nose. We didn’t stay long but I did get some gorgeous pictures. Here is a sneak peak of my two favorite:
Egads! Has it really been almost a MONTH since my last post??? Wish I could say I was super-busy with photo shoots, but the truth is I’ve just been busy. Busy being a mom and busy relaxing and enjoying the summer! And what a H-O-T summer we have been having here in NY. I’ve been spending my days either holed up in the glorious central air of my house or taking Zoe to the local pool during the week. On the weekends, we’re busy with annoying life errands (why are there always so many???) and trying to get to the beach at least once. So far, we’ve had some pretty good weekends, weather-wise. This past weekend, we made to the beach twice. Sunday was the big family day with my entire immediate family. Zoe LOVES her cousins and had a blast playing in the sand and even going in the ocean for the second time!
You see, the beach hasn’t exactly been, well, a day at the beach for Zoe this year. She decided she was terrified of the sand and even more so of the ocean. But with persistence, she’s come to realize that walking in the sand isn’t evil! She still won’t walk onto or off the beach and I have to carry her, but once she’s there, she will walk all around our chairs and towels and such. And while we’ve gotten her into the water twice, we were carrying her the whole time. She’s very scared of the waves and the lapping of the water (although this weekend she got very brave and even stood on the wet sand near the water!!! Of course, she freaked out when the water lapped up to her and ran away, but hey, progress is progress!)
But our first beach jaunt this past weekend was on Saturday night. After cleaning all day and going food shopping, instead of cooking, we picked up our favorite Mexican take-out and drove down to the beach at sunset to enjoy a little family dinner. We started this little tradition a few years ago and do it only a handful of times during the summer. We hadn’t attempted it with Zoe this year because her nap/bedtime schedule hasn’t always allowed for it. But we threw caution to the wind and went for it Saturday! And I actually remembered to grab my camera before we left!!!
It was a gorgeous evening and the light was simply divine:
Can you believe how long Zoe’s piggies are getting?? I don’t know what it is about that middle picture, but I just love it:
She actually seems to enjoy the sand in her toes. That is, until its time to leave. Then we must clean it off:
I wish I lived on the water and could see a view like this everyday. And do a photo shoot too:
One recent hot Sunday May afternoon, I met up with the James family in Central Park to finally do our session of Charlotte, Quinn and Henry. I say finally because we had to postpone once due to unseasonably chilly May weather and we were so worried we’d have to reschedule again when the weather was just being plain unpredictable! Despite the fact that it was going to hot that afternoon and mom Jen worried the boys would look all red and sweaty, we went ahead and did the shoot. I have to say, right here and now, I am such a lucky photographer. These kids, like pretty much all the kids I get to work with, were ah-mazing. They never complained once, even though it was H-O-T. They never showed signs of meltdown or doneness (Yes, I just made that word up.). Sure, at the end it was somewhat obvious I had lost their attention span, especially of the boys. And they were a little sweaty, but they never complained! Ever!!! Even when I ate a ice pop in front of them in an attempt to cool myself down, they behaved!
We met up at the beautiful Bathesda Fountain and started our shoot in gorgeously coordinated clothes (Jen and I email A LOT about what the kids were going to wear and she knocked it out of the park!):
These 3 kids, Charlotte 7, Quinn 5 and Henry 1.5,obviously love each other and get along so well:
Charlotte absolutely LOVED our session and even asked Jen the next day if they could do a photo shoot with me everyday! How sweet is that?:
Sweet little Henry and those bloomers:
Charlotte and Quinn have a so much fun together:
Possibly one of my very favorite shots I have ever taken:
Didn’t I say these two have a lot of fun together?:
Henry and his gorgeous eyes:
Love these two shots of Henry and Quinn in their hats:
Quinn cracks me up:
Talk about baby blues…:
This is how I imagine Charlotte looks a LOT when she’s around her brothers:
Again, so sweet:
Towards the end and Quinn was being super silly:
At the end of our shoot, the kids were pretty sweaty and tired. And silly! I love this little outtake of Charlotte & Quinn:
Thank you, James family for being so awesome! Can’t wait to work with you again!!!
I don’t go crazy decorating my house for every little holiday. I don’t wear holiday themed clothing. But for some reason, I really get a kick out of making sure Zoe is all holiday-themed out! Poor kid. Anyway, this year for July 4th, I wanted to get her a cute madras dress I saw in a catalog a few months ago. But being the huge procrastinator I am, I waiting until June to order the dress (like that’s really that late???) and they were sold out of her size. And then Whimsical Dragonfly came to the rescue and made Zoe the most perfect July 4th madras dress! Renee, the sole designer and dress-maker behind Whimsical Dragonfly, also sent us a really cool skirt!
I quickly set up an impromptu photo shoot in the back yard with some little July 4th themed props I had picked up, and a very over-tired Zoe had some fun, while I got to take some great pictures!
How cute is she with the headband? If only she had kept it on the whole time…:
I love the details of this dress and couldn’t stop taking pictures of them:
Our next-door neighbor was out trimming her hedges and saw our little set up and offered up the perfect pinwheel:
I love the way this dress ties in the back:
Thanks to the humidity, Zoe’s pigtails were super curly and looked little fireworks:
Zoe was so comfortable in this dress:
I love how she lifts up the skirt and walks around…she seriously cracks me up:
Some more details:
On the right is Zoe’s Zombie impersonation:
Next we did a quick outfit change and got Zoe into the cutest July 4th skirt. I paired it with a pettiskirt I made underneath:
The cutest part of this skirt by far is the little cinching and the rosette! How cute is that???:
Can’t beat straws with streamers:
Zoe really enjoyed playing with all the props:
Zoe acting like the silly goose she is:
And I’ll end with one of her newest “poses” she’s likes to do:
And now for the giveaway! Renee has agreed to giveaway the adorable skirt! The skirt is a 2T, but would easily fit a taller girl that’s on the the thinner side. (Zoe usually wears a 2T and the skirt is a little long on her and she’s tall!) This is going to be a quick one, if you want it by July 4th (which means I have to make sure you get it in Saturday’s mail!) All you have to do is go to Whimsical Dragonfly‘s Facebook page and become a fan, as well as becoming a fan of Jennifer Beitchman Photography‘s page and post a comment below telling me you liked us both. I’ll pick a winner Thursday, June 30th. If its you, email me right away with your address so I can get you the skirt! Good luck and have a safe Fourth of July!