Lemonade stands, bubbles, and sprinklers–what could remind you more of those dog days of summer? As many of you know I had been dying all summer to do a “sprinkler” session with some willing little person. Miss Lily volunteered! I fell so in love with this session. Everything from the bubbles in the air to Lily’s wet hair to her sweet smile just warm my heart. I hope it will yours too.
As a professional photographer its incredibly important to me not to forget to capture my everyday life. Don’t get me wrong, there is a side of my brain that never stops taking pictures. I see them EVERYWHERE and try to capture the most I can. But there are times when I get so focused on work, bookings, editing etc, that I forget to take a breath and look around me.
That’s right, I know you’ve seen the party but you don’t think we could let this little girl turn the big O-N-E without a proper photo shoot do you? Get out your awww’s and oooo’s because this is about to be a whole lot of cute!
Graduation came and went. At first I was determined to live purely off of my fine art photography, but as I continued my job at a local pool for the summer, I realized that some other cash would be necessary. I mean, I do have a shoe habit that needs cash to be fed. And there are lots of pretty shoes I still do not have.
(It was a horrible, rainy day, and as I came down the ramp a huge gust of wind blew a puddle of water off the tent and onto me and the girl in front of me. She looked pretty worried, I thought it was hillarious.)
Not only did I have a shoe habit that needed aide, but I realized how much I love to take portraits. I love capturing people, whether it’s a couple, a wedding, a family, super cute babies, or goofy pets. So I set out to take me some portraits. My first test subjects were my previous boss Krissy, and her two adorable children. Krissy works for SwimKids Swim School as well as teaching for George Mason University. If you live in the Northern Virginia area, you should definitely check out SwimKids. I had never before seen a 4 year old do butterfly, let alone teach a 4 year old to do butterfly. They have a fantastic program, and I know 100% it has saved childrens lives. They teach, safety, Mommy and Me classes, as well as competitive swimming. And their instructors are the nicest, friendliest people you will ever meet. SO, Krissy let me borrow her and her children for one of my favorite portrait shoots.
Krissy, Nayarit and Thrace
One of my favorite parts of a shoot that involves children, is when the kids finally start to relax around you and forget that you are there. Then the great pictures start to flow, and their personalities start popping out. It’s a ton of fun. More Posts from the Past to come!