I first photographed this little cutie a year ago, right when she turned the big ONE year old. This time, we headed out to nearby fields to give her more room to run and roam than our downtown Rochester location last year. Running and roaming: two very important things to a two year old! I confess we used a bit of bribery to capture some of these images, up to and including fruit snacks, promises of hugs, and my personal bribe of choice with my own kids: an iPhone. Kennedy loved the music, and spent several minutes dancing with the volume turned way up. And she insisted on holding the phone herself. She knows what she wants.
This little man is just one week younger than my Miss B. Right about a year old, learning to walk, wanting to do things by himself, but still needing so much help and love from mom and dad.
I really love capturing families in their homes. Babies are more comfortable, happy and active when they know they’re someplace safe with the people they love. This little man let me follow him around while he stayed busy reading, playing, crawling, climbing, cuddling and just being.
Jada and I were pregnant together, part of the same Centering Pregnancy group at a local hospital here in Rochester. Her youngest son and my Miss B are just weeks apart in age, and it was great getting to see them again.
Southern Minnesota had such a long, lingering, colorful autumn, so I was a little disappointed when the last of the bright leaves seem to disappear just days before our session. But. The light. Oh my, the light! While we may have missed that rich, leafy color, we were given some delicious golden light at the end of our session. And her two boys? AWESOME. Her oldest was comfortable with the camera, and her almost-one-year-old made the best faces for me. Such a beautiful family …
This fun little foursome came from Des Moines to get family portraits done while they stayed here with family. We spent a couple of hours at Grandma and Grandpa’s acreage in northwest Rochester finding the light, capturing the kids and playing with cousins. Sweet memories for a sweet family!
When Amy first contacted me about doing this session, I sat back and thought, “Do I really want to do this session? EIGHT kids? EIGHT kids running around outside, playing, screaming, jumping?” I called her back and told her I’d do it. (I’ll try anything once!)
Amy and her son only make it back to visit family in Minnesota every few years, so she wanted to make this trip special and document what an afternoon in this extended family looks like. She spent lots of time planning, so we had plenty of props and toys to keep the kids busy. She supplied a parachute, a lawn sprinkler, a golf cart, watermelon and a slightly cranky dog that chased a few of the toddlers. I brought bubbles, umbrellas, kid-sized chairs and a couple of blankets. And the kids tossed in lots of smiles, a few tears and some funny faces.
It was actually kind of fun.
And at the end, we pulled the flag off the house and let the youngest hold it during the last few minutes of daylight before sunset. He and his sister’s daddy is deployed to Kuwait, and the family wanted a special patriotic photo of this little man to send overseas. I didn’t realize it at the time, but this little guy was holding a Buzz Lightyear superhero toy. So he holds a superhero while waiting for one to come home. Keep the faith, little man.