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The Hungry Caterpillar has been one of the best childhood books even since I was a little girl!! I have always loved this theme for a 1 yr session and love getting to plan to incorporate some ideas from the book! Little Brendan just turned 1 year and was one handsome little boy!! He killed me with his strawberry blonde mohawk!! Mom brought the adorable banner and the ONE letter that she used for his birthday party! He totally rocked his session with his caterpillar ONE shirt and his matching tie and diaper cover!! Not even 2 seconds into the session he knocked his whole cake over but it totally didn’t stop him from taking bite after bite! He had lots of fun with his cake and so did we! Great job Brendan and Happy 1st Birthday!!!

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I am such a proud aunt I couldn’t wait to get baby Emmi (Emerson) in front of my camera again! If you didn’t see our Fresh 48 session you can check it out here. She was still such a tiny sweet little peanut!! I’m not sure what it is about my nephew and nieces but they always want to make me work for their sessions haha. Maybe its because I’m their aunt and they look at me in a “motherly” type figure so they means I’m not anyone important to listen to lol. Baby Emmi had a really good stretch of sleep the beginning of her session but my sister in law Connie did warn me she poops a lot and BOY did she!! She pooped right in the beginning but still shorta stayed asleep so I just rolled with it. I think she pooped and peed a couple more few times throughout the session. But its totally expected so its really no biggie to me. After her sleepy period little Emmi was too interested in what we were doing to go back to sleep. We did some swaddled shots and she did take a quick little snooze but it was brief. Overall, we did get some adorable shots of her that I know mom and dad will cherish for a very long time. But as a photographer, when you are photographing your own family something inside of you wants every little single detail to be perfect. Not like that isn’t the case with my regular clients but its just something about it being your close family makes it a little more personal. I had some adorable set ups planned with Emmi that we didn’t get to and I was totally determined to get it but we would have been shooting all day if that was the case. Sometimes I have to remind my self that babies are babies and no matter how much you plan and prepare they always have a different agenda and thats ok. They are human, and literally haven’t even been on this earth for more than 2 weeks! They have no idea what to think of this process or what is going on around them, so when things don’t happen exactly like you planned you have to just roll with it! Snuggle them, love them and smother them with kisses cause in the bigger scheme of things they are only this little for so long so cherish it!

pinthisimagepinthisimagepinthisimage Emmi’s nursery is mint and color so I loved adding this colors into her session:)pinthisimageEmmi was also a St. Pattis day baby!! My family isn’t at all Irish but we thought we would dress her up in some green to remember she was born on this special day!
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Being born so close to Easter of course we had to dress her up like a sweet little bunny!!

pinthisimagepinthisimageSuch a proud big sister Haiden!! pinthisimagepinthisimagepinthisimageColton doesn’t know it quite yet but I know he is going to grow up to be a great big brother and protect his big and little sisters!!

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Holy Moly how is Miss Stella 1 year old already?! Back up to the last time I saw her was during her newborn session just a few weeks before I had my daughter Ashlyn. I was full blown preggers it was was rough but Stella made it worth it! Fast forward, and here we are doing her 1 year session! I love gold sequin romper and floral crown hat that mom brought with all the pink and mint colors! Everything looked amazing together topped off with a gorgeous rosette cake that some how made it into Stella’s hair!

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I have been a little spoiled in having my mother in laws beautiful mini ponies at my disposal! I have been wanting to do some pretty styled shoots with these Mini ponies for a while!! I was able to work with the wonderful Bloom & Blueprint for some gorgeous florals wreaths for the girls and for the ponies!! Some of the girls loved the ponies right away and some needed some warming up to!!

All the girls looked darling in their soft pink and neutral dresses that just matched the ponies perfectly!! I can’t thank Bloom & Blueprint and Jubilee Pony Parties enough for a fun and adorable shoot with these little princesses!

 

First up was little Brylie… I would love to say that she loved the ponies but that wasn’t the case. The poor thing only had a few brief moments before toddler meltdown struck!! She is such a sweetie and I have done photos of her numerous times it was a surprise. I was happy to get some great shots of her being curious about the pony before the meltdown ( see last photo). I still adore this sweet girl so mama & I decided to try some photos again later for a Mom & Me session later this month!

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Next up was Sunny Rae! If just her name doesn’t scream adorable I don’t know what does! She was in awe of the ponies and wasn’t scared of them at all. She took charge of the pony and really was so charismatic her whole shoot!! She kept asking her mom for a pony after the session so maybe dad or mom need to break the bank and get her one! She for sure was a natural horse girl!

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The third little girl was Hahna!! I have been shooting this family numerous times as well and she is always a joy to work with!! Very smart and pretty little girl who also loved the ponies!! She was soo excited when she first saw them she couldn’t take the smile off her face!! She loved walking and petting the ponies!!

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Our last sweet girl was Aria! Aria needed a little bit to warm up to the ponies but after she did she loved it! I think she was a little intimidated by their size next to her but she did great!! She could have sat in this chair and petted them all night!!  She was a little timid to get on the back of Cherry but once she did, she didn’t want to get off!! I loved shooting all these precious girls and can’t wait for the next shoot with these gorgeous ponies for our Mom & Me shoot <3

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Being a photographer is a some what saturated market can be overwhelming at times. Not going to lie but there are times when I catch myself comparing my work to others and get down on myself. But there are other times when the same photography community can really build you up and make you a better artist. The talented ladies Malia & Lizzy hosted another amazing maternity shoot out just for us local photographers so get behind the lens and shoot for fun!! I have been really trying to take it upon myself to do a shoot once a month thats just for me. Something fun and lets me get out the creative and artsy side of my brain without worrying about a paying client. Everything little detail of this shoot out was phenomenal! Malia & Lizzy were so on point with all the decor, florals and all a little details that made up this shoot! I had so much fun meeting 19 other local photographers, learning tips and tricks and just coming together as a community to inspire each other!! I had soo many favorites I wish I could sit down and edit them all but I really had to stick to the ones that jumped out at me the most!! Enjoy!

Coordinators – Malia B. & Momento Studios

Makeup Artisit – Yolanda Lake

Hair – Metamorphosis Beauty Salon

Floral – Set the Mood Floral

Henna – The Henna Place USA

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