Remember that precious little songbird newborn from the other day? Well, 6 months ago (if you’re doing your math, this means that she is now almost a YEAR old!) we got together for a fun little half birthday shoot. It was so amazing to see just how much she had grown in half a year. She was full of those fanTASTIC gummy smiles and laughs.
And, we were able to sneak in a shot of her and big brother, which we missed out on at her Newborn session. One of the greatest things about this age is their obsession with their feet. But, who could blame them, afterall? Baby feet are THE best. Ever. Period. Infinity.
Oh how I love a good cake smash session!!! This little guy is a regular here at ABP now. I’ve been taking pictures of him since he was in his mama’s belly! For his first birthday, we got together for a fun jungle themed cake smash session.
He had too much fun eating the the cake and smearing icing on himself. But, when it came time for cleanup, he wasn’t nearly as thrilled. Thankfully, he settled in for a quick scrub-a-dub and enjoyed the spa.
You would never believe that this adorable chunk came into this world barely weighing 6lbs. When I first met Baby O, he was so tiny and appeared so fragile. But, he’s as hardy as they come these days and such a heartbreaker. I am in love with that amazing red hair and ocean blue eyes. I could eat him up.
In honor of his first birthday, we let HIM eat it up. Cake, that is! But not before we got some shots of him rocking the cutest little bow tie. And, of course, it wouldn’t be a cake smash without a little splash time afterwards!
Or maybe it should be “PLEASE SMASH THE CAKE!!!” It’s funny how many kids can sit down to an entire frosted cake that is just for them and NOT tear into it. Their willpower far exceeds my own, I’ll tell you that much. This beauty turned a year old back in November which is so hard to believe considering THIS seems like just yesterday! Time just goes so quickly once these long awaited blessings arrive. They aren’t joking when they say, “the days are long, but the years are short.”
She’s much like her parents…serious and focused with a goofy side. And can we talk about those curls for a minute? *swoon* I can’t get over just how much she looks like her beautiful mother. (Ok…her dad’s beautiful,too. :P) And, the other thing she seems to have gotten from her mama was an indifference to cake. She seemed to much prefer keeping it dignified with a couple of dainty polite tastes. But in the end, she got a little smash and a little mess and was ready to get cleaned up.
**Note: This post mentions infant loss. Please be aware of this sensitive content before reading on**
This family had originally scheduled to have their entire brood photographed. We had plans on shooting at a local resort with a lot of beautiful scenery and detail. Well, when rumors of a monster snowstorm for the day of their session arose, we had to postpone our shoot. *cries*
We were unable to reschedule with the original location, so we decided to at least go ahead and get the kids photos done in the studio with plans to get the entire family in the frame in the spring…if it ever comes. (PLEASE come, Spring!!)
This family is absolutely amazing. There are 5 kids… 2 beautiful teenage ladies. 1 sweet and headstrong little boy, who is 2, his twin sister, an angel baby who was born sleeping, and a cute and cuddly 6 month old little guy. There is absolutely no mistaking the love that these guys all have for each other. They were a joy to work with and I can’t WAIT for our spring session.
Molly Bears is a non-profit organization that makes weighted stuffed bears for parents grieving the loss of an infant. They are an incredible company and I had the honor of photographing the bear that they made for this family. In addition to this bear, they had a piece of art commissioned by Carly Marie. She creates beautiful artwork as a way for bereaved families to heal and to honor their loved ones.
As I said, this family and their story have really reached into my heart and locked me in. I can’t wait to work with them again. Without further adieu…