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I was so excited to have another session with these sweet sisters this year. Last year we shot our session in November, when it was pretty cold and after Superstorm Sandy wreaked havoc on Long Island. Luckily we were only shooting a 30 minute mini session and we got some beautiful pictures. This year we did the session in September when it was significantly warmer and the preserve was still very green and lush. We also did a full session and I was able to spend more time with the girls, who are almost the exact same ages as my little girls. Mini sessions are great but I really prefer full sessions. It gives me more time to get to know my clients and allows them more time to come out of their shells.
A really funny thing happened during this shoot. While I was over in another park of the location, Rob, my amazing husband/assistant/prop boy was setting up a set for me. The spot were was setting up is a path, but he was mindful not to be in anyone’s way. Along come two women on bikes and ask him what he was doing. He explained he was setting up a set for a photo shoot for a family, specially the kids. The two women accused him of being a child molester and threatened to call the cops on him. They obviously didn’t because no one showed up, but it was simultaneously the most hilarious and ridiculous thing to ever happen on a photo shoot.
You’d never know that little Grace got car sick on the way to the shoot. She was so happy and well behaved. And I love Madeline’s pose she struck:
This is Madeline’s favorite toy. As soon as she showed it to me and told me all about it, I knew I need to get pictures of her with it. A child’s special toy is so important to them and to have a memory like this is priceless: Seriously, how cute are they??: Grace is so full of personality, she reminds me so much of Piper, except she actually cooperates when I take her pictures: It took a while, but Madeline finally warmed up and let her real smiles come out: This photo shoot yielded some of my favorite pictures ever and this is definitely one of them: I was DYING when I got this shot. Is this not the BEST?!?!: She is so stunning: This was the set that almost had my husband arrested. I’d say it was worth it: Peek-a-boo: I love that this looked like the girls were holding snowballs:
I love getting the opportunity to do a photo shoot with kids I know. I met Mollie and her mom when Zoe and I were in the same mommy & me classes with them when the girls were about 6 months old. We wound taking the same classes for almost 2 years. Mollie and Zoe have a lot of fun when they get to play together (along with their other friend Abby.) It was a chilly day and I knew we would be challenged with posing 2 month old baby Grace. But Mollie and Owen are such amazing siblings, they held her really well! We had a slight meltdown with Mollie and Owen in the beginning, but we eventually got gorgeous pictures of them and a wound up with a LOT of incredible pictures of Owen!
All three kids looking at the camera. Sometimes miracles happen:
Owen finally really warmed up when he was given permission to run: But he would only run with his big sister: I adore Mollie: How cute are they: Oh Owen, you are seriously just the cutest boy ever: This pout: And while all that was going on, Grace fell asleep and I could help but posing her:
Yesterday, my peanut turned 4. Oh my, where is the time going?!? I know all us parents feel the same way and we are always told “it goes by so fast” and it truly does. Often way too fast. One minute you have a newborn baby and the next she’s a sassy 4 year old with her own opinions and ideas.
3 was a tough age for Zoe. She didn’t really have the terrible 2’s as much as the terrible 3’s. It often felt like a daily fight with her, that she never listened and was always getting into trouble. I’m hoping all that is behind us because it was very exhausting. I also felt guilty just about every night over how much I yelled at her. But lately it seems like we are having more and more good days.
We celebrated Zoe’s 4th birthday with 4 days of festivities. We started Saturday by taking the girls into the city to see Pinkalicious: The Musical (Zoe was Pinkalicious for Halloween!) and a really great dinner at one of our favorite Mexican restaurant (and we were pleasantly surprised to find out they were very kid-friendly!) Then Sunday was Zoe’s birthday party with almost her whole class. She had so much fun! Then later on we had our families over to open presents and have more cake! Monday, Veteran’s Day, was Zoe’s actual birthday and today she got to have cupcakes in her class and celebrate again. I’m pretty sure I’m more tired than she is!
Zoe is an amazing little girl. She is so kind-hearted and thoughtful, specifically when it comes to her sister, Piper. If she gets something, she wants to make sure Piper gets something too. At her birthday party, with all her friends, she kept playing with Piper and asking where she was if she didn’t see her. They truly love each other and are the best of friends. Zoe is playful, silly and smart. And I know I’m very biased, but she is so incredibly beautiful.
We did her 4 year session last week on a warm day, just her and I. It was so nice to spend some time alone with her. I remember watching her as a baby and infant and would just watch her in awe. She just amazed me every day. Lately, I feel like I am so busy with work, I miss out on just watching her again. I’m looking forward to the quietly winter months with work so I can slow down and watch her again.
Just when I think Zoe is all silly, she strikes this pose all by herself:
And she kept posing. It was so cute: She decided to tickle herself with the willow. So silly: Silliest of the silly: I love the light on her hair. And I love her hair: This face is so Zoe: And so is this. I love that smile: My little warrior: She asked to take some pictures in this spot and I couldn’t say no: Then I spied this tree with the gorgeous light: Next we went to this little field with gorgeous light and even some dandelions, which she absolutely loves: This picture cracks me up every.single.time. I look at it. She was in the middle of the inhale to blow the dandelions but it is so hilarious: I couldn’t decide on a processing that I liked on this series but I loved the pictures: Oh, how I love this girl: And her hair! All I had to do was talk to her about the chocolate lollipop she was getting in the car on thew way home and she was all smiles: I look at this picture and can’t believe she’s only 4:
Happy 4th Birthday, my love!
I have completely and utterly fallen in love with doing mother/daughter sessions. I have done a few of them now and they just fill my heart with so much love. And when the mom is a beautiful photographer with an equally beautiful daughter, my job is made all the more easier and fun. We had lots of laughs during our session and lots beautiful moments.
Mom wanted to do this session because she suddenly realized her little girl was growing up so fast, having just started kindergarten and wanted, just for a couple of hours, freeze time and remember this time: Some secrets can only be shared between mother and daughter: Love these moments: This picture made *me* cry: This is how they snuggle every morning: These two: Love the above shot in b/w too: So fun: So poised for a 5 year old: We found the last of the dandelions in the field, so naturally we had to blow them: This beach is the beach they spend many days and evenings on during the summer, so we had to finish our session here: