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!

McElroy Sweetness

Mother and Child

I love when things come together in a neat and tidy circle. As I started back with photography I spent considerable time thinking about what kind of work I wanted to do, the types of sessions, the business I wanted to create. One of the the ideas that is deeply rooted in these musings is a desire to celebrate motherhood and femininity. The idea of doing mother and child sessions is certainly not a new one but one I want to keep crafting and developing. Thankfully I have friends that are willing to indulge me in this work and back in May I was able to share a few different sessions of this sort with two of them being sisters-in-law.

Because I like those neat and tidy circles, when I found out Chrisann, another McGee family mama, was going to be visiting I crossed my fingers that we would be able to do a mother and child session with her. I was conflicted over asking because I know time with her family is precious and I didn’t want to take away from that but she was agreeable and we made it happen and oh, dear goodness, I am so glad we did!

I have photographed Chrisann many times over the years in family pictures, some engagement pictures, and we even did a sunrise bridal session so there was something particularly fun about getting to photograph her in this stage of life too.

Just look at how precious her babies are!

I have other pictures of Sophia smiling but this particular shot just stops me in my tracks.

And Jonathon is just a great big chunk of love! His happy gets all over his face when he smiles and you just want to eat him up.

Elisabeth Elliot said that the process of shaping a child shapes the mother as well. Chrisann, motherhood is shaping you in beautiful ways and your children are precious. Thank you for letting us spend this time together so that my McGee mama circle is closed.

A Princess Tea

the storybook collection

Once upon a time…

One of the most beloved and well known lines to ever open a story, isn’t it? It has been said that fairytales do not exist to tell children that dragons exist but rather that dragons can be killed. Princess Bea and I did not come across any dragons during her photoshoot but we had plenty of magic!

No wand but she did find a beautiful flower that she thought would work just as well.

With a wave of that wand a lovely little table appeared with tea.

She found it to be quite delightful!

With another twirl of her magic flower wand a comfy chair with a storybook to enjoy appeared.

A happier princess I don’t think you could find with tea and doughnuts and stories to pass the time.

A morning spent reading of kings and queens, of treasure and adventure is magical indeed!

A Little Bit Guernsey

families

So last week I shared a few throwback images of a sweet family I have been honored to photograph through the years. Today I am going to share just a few of my favorites from our recent family session and it may look a little bit odd and you might notice that it’s missing a family portrait. But trust me, we took one and it is precious but I cannot share it for the very best of reasons.

Since our last photo session when Miss Jojo turned one they have become a foster family! Right now they are loving on and caring for the cutest little peanut you have ever seen and it is so sweet to see this family embrace the heavy joy of caring for children who need a home. What a gift they offer by opening their home but also what a gift they receive in return for doing so.

The crazy thing is that right after they brought the little Peanut home they found out they were expecting and that was an amazing surprise in and of itself. Pregnancy is hard on mama and G and Jojo were both born very early and spent some time in NICU before coming home.

The newest little Guernsey stayed put safe and sound inside for longer than either one of her older siblings but not without some considerable help. These needles represent barely half of what mama took everyday during her pregnancy.

Pretty sure they all agree that she was worth it! She is their six pound wonder.

But can you imagine it? A brand new baby girl and a sweet nine month old? Life is very full but so are their hearts. And G-man and Jojo are old enough to be fabulous helpers I know.

One of my favorite things about shooting families is when the children get involved and start giving me ideas and places they want me to us while I photograph them. I really loved that G took me to the tree house he built for a few pictures. There was just something about this shot of him and Jojo that I love. It conjures up all sorts of Swiss Family Robinson nostalgia for me for some reason.

It was such a delightful morning spent with them and once again G captured my heart while holding his new baby sister. Such a tender moment, isn’t it?

I am looking forward to keeping up with them in the months and years ahead to see how God blesses this sweet family!

Cousins

families, The Week of Edgar

These pictures proudly brought to you by The Week of Edgar. As I was culling through the images from this session last week I realized I have been photographing this family literally for years. First, it was just a family session of four. And then it was the engagement and wedding of one son. And then the engagement and wedding of the younger son. Two gender reveals, including the one where I accidentally spilled the beans about the baby before the session (not my finest moment and I still cringe whenever it comes up) and two newborn sessions. Two of the little guys in today’s pictures were born during my hiatus so I was delighted when the opportunity came up to do first birthday pictures for one of them and in a few weeks we will do the youngest one’s pictures.

Since the cousins were all together at the birthday shoot we did some cousin pictures and man, these are four of the cutest kids!

I love that many times the sessions we’ve done have been in Gary and Cheryl’s backyard. It has such lovely textures and lively green color but really let’s the people be the focus of the image.

The next two images made me laugh. From the chubby little foot in the air to the expression on sweet girl’s face they were such good sports about doing their pictures.

I won’t mention which one so as to protect the dignity of the guilty party but one of them got bribed with fresh blueberries when he got a little too squirmy. It worked though and we got some sweet portraits.

But birthday boy did make it clear that enough was enough and he was ready to move on. I wonder if he realized he was going to get donuts? But those are pictures for another day so stay tuned for more! Tomorrow it’s all about a little grandparent love.