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May 12, 2012
When I realized a few days ago that I wanted to recreate this image for this wonderful mommy, I never believed that it might actually happen. The chances of getting a newborn perfectly posed + his toddler brother to even want to be in the same room + mom actually still having that beautiful skirt were pretty slim. But it worked. First try. It was a gooooooood day. I'm still in shock ;-).
April 23, 2012
I mentioned when I posted their little preview on Facebook that I was hesitant to actually even share a certain image. Why? Because that kind of thing just doesn't happen. It doesn't. It's like the Holy Grail of the newborn photography world. And I don't want everyone to think that I'm magical or something and I can make that happen. I try. Believe me, I try. But this was just pure love and adoration.
While we're on the topic of session magic and Holy Grails, baby girl may have been the most smiley newborn ever:
Or maybe they're more like smirks. Either way, I wish I knew what joke she was in on that we were not aware of at the time.
You *might* recognize this family from a few years ago. Big sister wasn't always so big, but she certainly had the most captivating eyes...even back when. She reminds me of the Afghan girl...she's got the kind of eyes that you will never forget. Even if I saw her on the street 10 years from now, I would 100% be able to know exactly who she was. Lucky, lucky girl.
I figured I might ought to go ahead and blog their newborn photo session! These girls were amazing...just amazing! It's so funny to look back on them now with a fresh set of eyes and I can totally tell who is who.
Oh, yes, did I mention they came to visit me over the holidays last year?
I remember their mama mentioning in the session questionnaire that her only concern about the session was that her babies would be so cute, they might break the camera. LOL. You know, she may have been right about that!
I would be lying if I didn't admit that I was super, duper nervous about this session ;-). I met this little girl's mommy last year when she drove down from Arkansas to attend one of my professional family photographer workshops. It blows me away to think that almost a year ago exactly, she was just *thinking* about having babies and now, here she is, a full-fledged mommy and is doing an incredible job at it, too!
Anyway, why was I nervous? Well, it was the first time I have ever flown anywhere specifically *just* for a session. I would literally fly in to Arkansas that morning, do the session, and fly right back out that night. So many things could go wrong!!
In fact, it was one of the most magical, incredible, beautiful sessions I've had. She was the perfect angel and wow, isn't her mommy radiant? Her big brother was so kind and attentive to her. Their images just glow with love and peace.
We had pretty much finished for the day and I was going to head out to the airport when Meagan reminded me that the peach trees were in bloom. Okay...yes...we should at least try to take some pictures out in the orchard. Wouldn't you know it, though, it was supposed to be perfectly overcast that day, but instead, the sun was just beaming down on us--not exactly the ideal lighting conditions for working outdoors. We waited and waited and waited for the sun to go behind a couple of clouds. And waited. And waited. And then FINALLY...a BREAK! I've never worked so fast in my life and I'm SO thrilled we got some images out in the orchard. She is indeed a little peach blossom and I hope her mommy takes her out there every year to mark her birthday in that field.
Thanks again, Meagan, for trusting me to do this for your family. It was a pure joy hanging with you that day. You are very, very blessed.