Way back in September, on the first day of kindergarten, which was a short day, and a hot day, I took my girls down to the beach to meet a fellow photografriend with her kids and a cool car prop she had just gotten. We were supposed to get pictures of all the girls together but that didn’t happen. But I did manage to get some amazing images of my girls. When Zoe turns it on, she really shines. She really amazes me sometimes. We had a sick sunset (that sunset is completely real in these pictures) and the girls were happy and cooperative. I loved them in the giant, floppy hats, glamorous sunglasses and vintage style swimsuits. My girls are always my muses and my favorite subjects.
Mom warned that Lucia liked to run. She warned me she wouldn’t stay still during the shoot. Do you think I was worried? Nope. But I probably should have been. Lucia did not like to stay still. She did want to be held. She did not want to listen to me but her soft, sweet “no” when I asked her if she would do something for me made me smile. Mom thought the session went horribly and that we didn’t get any good shots. But that’s where she was wrong. Yes, Lucia wasn’t easy but once I stopped trying to get her to do things MY way and let her lead, things went a lot easier. And we did get some great shots of the family. And lots of one with Lucia running away and mom and dad in the background. And until she figured out how to get off my gorgeous, carved rocking horse, she stayed still. I always have a trick!
I adored sweet Lucia and totally empathized with mom and dad’s exasperation (have I ever mentioned how uncooperative Piper is during shoots????)
No, she didn’t stay still for long:
Ok, maybe for a few minutes: And then she was off: And very proud of it too: But then she was stuck on the rocking horse for a while and I got some truly amazing pictures of her. In fact, when I was editing this set of pictures, I realized I wanted pictures of my girls like this to hang in their rooms. I tried to recreate these for with my girls (with slightly less success): Another of my favorites shots:
This week, Long Island finally saw its first snowfall of the winter. It was really only an inch or 2, but I was so happy. You know I love me some snow. And even more when I get to take pictures in it! Zoe was at school but I had my Piper with me and so we went out for about 2 minutes. It was all we needed to grab a few great shots. Piper has gotten SO much better at taking pictures with me and even listening to directions. I just hope that lasts for a very long time. Hey, a momtographer can wish, right? I love these few pictures, but I especially love the last one. What’s better than catching the falling snowflakes on your tongue??
Today, my little Piper is 3. Now, I’m not happy she’s 3, because if you’ve ever had a toddler, you know that 3 is a WORST age. I mean, 2 is nothing compared to 3. But, that being said, of course I’m happy to celebrate my girl and the day of her birth! Piper is a very special girl with an amazing personality. She’s smart and very talkative. She tells you every thought on her mind and asks a million questions about everything. I love talking to her and snuggling with her. She gives the best hugs and kisses. And if I blow on her belly, she loves to blow on my cheek. She makes me laugh every day. She also frustrates me every day. Her tantrums can be epic. And then 5 minutes later, she makes you laugh by doing something incredibly goofy and silly and you can’t help but crack up. She loves penguins and her fox (pictured with her below!) She loves Curious George and Peppa Pig. She eats a ‘Tella Jelly sandwich almost every day (Nutella and jelly) and loves to eat her cheese before her nap. She still loves to fall asleep on me at naptime (and I can’t say I don’t love it!!!) She loves her sunglasses and copies everything her big sister does. She is joy to have in our lives, even on the worst days and I can’t imagine my life without her. She completed our family and makes it so much better.
Happy Birthday, my sweetie PIE. Mommy loves you so freaking much.