About two year’s ago, a friend’s mom gifted me with this awesome vintage style pram in the hopes of me using it for a shoot. I kept it in our garage, walking by it daily, thinking of using it, but it just never was the ‘right one’ so to speak. So I just left it in there among my other props and such. Fast forward two summer’s later and we are having a garage sale at our house. This family showed up with this baby with these mesmerizing eyes and it came to me, this is the one. So I spoke with Lila’s mom Kristi and wa-la, here is the shoot!
In prepping for the shoot, I explained my vision to Kristi and before I even finished, she was right with me. She knew what I was going for and had the perfect attire.
Lila’s dress was hand made by her Great-Great Aunt, and was worn by her Grandfather Paul when he was brought home from the hospital in August of 1944. The charm heart necklace was worn by her Great-Great Grandmother, a likely piece from the 1800’s. Her 93 year old Great-Grandmother Lila (her namesake) made the charm into a necklace for Lila Mae.
People, I am not even lying, those eye’s are that dramatic, there is NO special editing to her sweet face.
Lila is 8 month’s old and was such a willing baby. She didn’t fuss, she just gave me lots of smiles. I thought for sure she’d not take to the hat, but she seemed to like it. For once a baby that tolerated a hat.
And so came the vision to life….that makes me smile.
A little story about the hat. So I was out antiquing one day and I came across this hat. It was one of those instant things where I had to get it. I could see her wearing it, but said person shopping with me didn’t agree, didn’t see it. This person couldn’t see past it being an adult hat. Let me just tell you, I did a little happy dance when I put it on her. She didn’t mind the hat at all, an it worked perfectly for her. It’s those moments I go with my gut that I love, everything pans out.
Lila’s parent’s Bryan and Kristi have one special baby girl.
Lila had a quick change of clothes, and the smiles kept on coming. I’ve never worked with such a happy baby before.
Lila Mae, you were a doll baby and I’m so glad to have met you and your family in such a unique way.
I love this time of year, the flowers are vibrant, the crops are full, fall is just around the corner…..the warm summer sun upon our skin. I’m soaking it in. I met up with this family at their home for part of their session. Holly and her husband, David along with their children, Madison, Mason and Megan.
Madison an her sense of style…she was rocking it.
I had the pleasure of shooting Mason’s senior portraits the year prior. It’s great getting to work with past clients again.
Megan was quite and reserved but a beauty just like her sister.
I love the bond of sisters.
Right behind their home, over several acres of land lies the home of Holly’s parents. So we finished the session on Roger and Deborah’s property.
A large fallen tree lies off in the woods of their property and they wanted to incorporate it into the photos. What a great little prop if you will. Megan and Mason were quick to jump on top of it.
Don’t they make a handsome family!
A man and his grandson…..the memories they will make over the year’s and that strong bond.
Holly and David have a wonderful family, and I’m glad to have been able to work with them again.
Mason is a lot of fun to work with…he’s not one of those guy’s I have to give a lot of direction too. Always refreshing.
Madison had a change of clothes and showed her sense of style. A beauty inside and out. And Megan, an animal lover. Who doesn’t love to cuddle with the pets!.
It’s always fun to work with the extended family. Making those memories and creating images for year’s to come. Those grand babies are growing and moving on fast. Cherish these moments.
This is the week of the wonderful Hartford Fair. A fair I have enjoyed going to each year. MaKenna has the honor of being the 2016 Licking County Goat Queen.
MaKenna has been involved in 4-H for six year’s. She’s shown at the fair Boer Goats, Dairy Feeders, Dairy Heifers. And this year she will also show Hogs. She’s got a love for animals and has enjoyed showing her Goats.
She’s been fortunate to be raised on the family farm in Alexandria, a farm that was established in 1898 by her Great-Great Grandfather. A beautiful farm with all the perks of the country life.
MaKenna will start her Sophomore year this month at Northridge High School.
MaKenna was a delight to work with. All the best this week at the fair. I know she’s putting in a lot of time and loving every minute of it! Get out there and support your local fair!
Rachel and her brother Travis were good sports about having their photos taken, on such a hot summer’s day. On a beautiful plot of land that belongs to good friends and neighbor’s, we all felt the humidity, but we were going to push through.
Rachel is about to start her Sophomore year at Northridge. She is a cheerleader and enjoy’s running track, and 4-H. She made this adorable dress she is wearing for her school project ‘Clothing for School’. She won a ribbon from the fair for her assignment. Job well done!
Travis will start 5th grade this year. He enjoys doing Crossfit, and playing football. He’s also involved in 4-H, and enjoy’s playing the piano. Talented kid’s indeed!
It was funny watching these two play off one another. I’m sure they have their moments, but they seem to get on really well for siblings. Good job Mom and Dad, you are raising two wonderful children.
Rachel is one of those girls that has that old soul spirit about her. She’s a lovely girl with a sweet personality.
We went down to the creek bed and did our best not to slip in the water, those rocks are slippery. It was a toss up if it would be me or them to fall first, but thankfully we all made it out dry.
Thanks for a fun shoot, it was fun getting to meet you and your family!
One of my clients Heather had asked me to photograph her family, in celebration of her parents upcoming wedding anniversary. Scott and Heidi are celebrating their 30th year of marriage. That is awesome! So along with their daughters Heather and Hanna, and Heather’s family, Tim, Sydney and Abigail and Isabella.
I will admit, when I first met Heidi, I didn’t realize it was her mom, they all are so youthful. To be so lucky.
Scott and his girl’s…..
To reach 30 year’s is something to be proud of. I wish you heard more of these stories.
Isabella and Abigail are sweet and sassy for sure. Isabella wasn’t about having her photos taken this time around, and her baby sister was all smiles. With a bit of help from Grandma, we were able to get some happy photos.
Tim is surrounded by his girls. They keep him in line and they make him proud.
All that fighting to not have her photo taken and then this is the result…..I stand in awe of her sweetness.
Don’t you just want to cuddle her.
Hanna and Heather were two peas in a pod, I’m sure their parents have stories of their growing up. They all love on the babies and share a special bond.
The beauty of parenthood often leads to becoming Grandparents. What a joy they’ve had over the last 30 plus years. And may they have many more year’s to follow! Happy 30th Anniversary Scott and Heidi!