This is the time of year for family portraits. Today’s cold weather keep us indoors, which works better for children’s portraiture than red, runny noses. I’m blessed that my husband allowed me to convert a portion of our garage into a studio space. Having a small studio space is challenging and rewarding. I love that I can work in any weather, I love learning to use the studio lighting equipment, and I love buying cute props! (Yes, it may become a problem.)
This morning I shot Harrison’s portraits. His mom had some sweet outfits that he was about to outgrow, and she wanted portraits to preserve those memories. Harrison is quite mobile, and was in a great mood today, so he was all over the place, but his mom and I managed to get him still long enough to get some cute images. He even took a few minutes to read a Thomas the Tank book, so I have some shots of him with his favorite character books.
I had just gotten in a child-size replica of an antique sofa and was looking forward to using it for Harrison’s session. He didn’t want to sit still for long and it being so close to the ground made it really easy for him to jump up and take off running at will. I think I ended up with some fun, sweet images that show his personality.
Later today I shot Cash’s first birthday pics and got to throw in a few of his older sister Evie and his mom. Cash has recently learned to walk, so it was a bit of a challenge to get him to sit still as well, but when he did, he was all smiles. He is such a good baby. He was as happy as can be and loved playing pat-a-cake. After doing a few more “formal” images, it was time to pull out the cake. His mom had saved to top layer of her baby shower cake for just this occasion. She told me that when the power had gone at at her home recently she was worried about the cake and hooked up a generator just to make sure the cake made it to his one year portrait session.
Cash wasn’t sure what to think about the cake. We were cracking up when he bent all the way over to put his face to the cake, but didn’t want to touch it first. I did happen to grab a shot of that! At one point he put a but of fondant in his mouth and immediately spit it back out (have you ever tasted fondant, it is beautiful stuff, but not so tasty). He had a great time playing with the cake and I ended up with several great expressions to commemorate his first birthday.
As always, the entire series of images can be seen on my website in their client proof galleries here.