Such a Doll

Little Ones

I love photographing children. I am fascinated by how their little minds work and I love it when they are free to just be themselves during a session. I had been wanting to photograph my friend’s granddaughter for months and I was so happy when we finally managed to make it happen.

We had talked about using apples in the pictures but when she got to my house her little autumn outfit was so adorable I just had grab the pumpkins off my porch. Isn’t she just the cutest?

I swapped out the pumpkins for apples while her Honey (don’t you love that grandmother name?) changed her outfit. She clearly enjoyed the pumpkins but she loved the apples.

I don’t usually go for prop heavy pictures but when photographing little people, especially when it is just them by themselves, it is nice to have something for them to interact with. Autumn lends itself really nicely to natural and colorful things to incorporate into the pictures without being too fussy.

I give very little direction and prefer to just photograph them doing what they do and enjoying themselves. Little Miss C looked like she could be selling apples. She clearly knows how to pick out the best ones!

She also loves to sing and dance so once she put on her chicken dress how could we not do the chicken dance or sing Old McDonald?


Her baby sister arrived a little bit sooner than expected which meant Miss C was spending a little bit more time hanging out with her Honey. Which is why I got to spend more time with her and she is full of such sweet spunk and it was just a delight to get her in front of my camera. I have known her mother for years and it is clear that this sweet little apple didn’t fall far from the tree.

She truly is a beautiful child and I cannot wait to see what an amazing young woman she becomes!

Hey, Hey, Hey Look Who Turned One

First Birthday

The blog was on a bit of a hiatus last week but we’re back and it looks like this week is shaping up to be toddler week. Some of the cutest little people will be featured the next few days and to get things started is my very own cutie patootie great nephew.

We met up last week and, despite the visible remnants of Hurricane Sally, downtown Pensacola did not disappoint as a background for his one year old portraits.

I love the steps of the TT Wentworth Museum and Korbin did too. Up and down and back up again, the concrete on little bare knees did not slow him down at all! And couldn’t you just eat up those chunky little thighs?

What really had me tickled was the way he would pose for me throughout our time together. He got to the top of the stairs and turned around after naturally framing himself as if to say, “Hey, I’m ready!”

We had pumpkins and some neat little one year old birthday boxes to use as props. Big brother even got in on the action and mama had a delicious birthday cake on hand that he thoroughly enjoyed.

Happy birthday, Korbin Cy! You bring so much joy to our family and we love you oodles and oodles!

A Tale of Two Cookies

Friday Favorites

Macaron. A delicious French confection with a hundred different flavor combinations.

Macaroon. A delicious Italian coconut cookie.

Somewhere in their humble beginnings there is some kind of crossover hence why, when you type macaroon into the Pinterest search bar both types of sugary goodness pop up but when you use the word macaron only the sandwich cookie is offered. It is somewhat confusing and the best way to differentiate in my opinion, has been to use the word coconut when you want that little mound of slightly caramel tastiness.

I have to admit that I am more fond of the French treat than the Italian, no matter how their origins and stories intertwine. The flavors, the colors…more pleasing to my eye and my palate.

But they are a bit more demanding to bake and while I want to make some, I have not as of yet.

But the other night the coconut macaroon was a part of the Great British Baking Show and I learned that my beloved likes them. A lot. So I googled and pinterested and found they can be incredible easy to make. Obviously, the televised baking show required a little bit more from the cookie, and there are two different way to shape them, but for my first time I was willing to go easy and set myself up for success.

I made them while we were all home and I mean all of us. Emily wasn’t working and Sarah came over for dinner. It was such a pleasant evening and I treasure those moments because I realize as they keep getting older that it will be harder to make that happen.

What was funny to me is that they kept coming in to the kitchen wanting to know when they could have one…when will they be ready…cane we have more? I had no idea my people would enjoy them so much!

Three ingredients! That’s all you need to make these and if your people like coconut they are going to thank you and sing your praises. Next week I will share the recipe I used and you can give it a go and let me know how you like them!

For my local friends, we have so much to be thankful for going into the weekend as Hurricane Delta makes its way west, don’t we?
Have a lovely weekend friends, no matter where you are and enjoy a cookie or two.

September Favorites

Friday Favorites

Not sure if this will become a monthly feature but this week’s Friday Favorites post is a collection of a few of my favorite images taken during the month of September. You might recognize one or two but on the whole these are images I loved but didn’t really have a forum to share.

And some from my phone…

Obviously, I use my phone to take pictures of the cats. A lot.

Do you see a favorite? What would you like to see pictures of?

Have a great weekend and be sure to look around and notice some of your own favorite things!