So earlier today, I posted on Facebook that the weather outside is frightful (it is crazy out there, while we were out shoveling, I went out back to make sure that my dryer vent was clear and the snow was above my knees) but what I have to work on is certainly delightful. Truer words have never been written. In addition to finishing up the Wallace wedding, I also got a chance to work on the pictures of my godson. And oh yeah, let's not forget, his oh so handsome brother. They looked so cute in their matching outfits and it was great to get some of the two of them together.
After we made sure that we got a couple of cute ones of the two of them together, we let Kason's big brother off the hook. He wasn't a big fan of having his picture taken, not a big surprise there, getting pictures taken is not the favorite activity of most little boys in my experience. Kason, on the other hand, as long as we kept him engaged, he didn't care what I was doing. And I had a couple of props (well actually toys from my own kids) that he got a kick out of, including one that had special meaning, it's a rocking plane that my mom had given my son when he was Kason's age.
Then it was time for an outfit change. Kason's mother had brought along a special outfit that he had received from my aunt and uncle as a christening present. My mother's father had emigrated to America from Scotland when he was just a toddler so when my aunt and uncle (my mother's brother) visited Scotland last year, they made sure to pick up something for Kason that would represent his heritage, and be adorable, of course.
You may have noticed that one of my props is an old fashioned wooden sled (also courtesy of my mom). It was pretty cold out that day so we had decided that we'd work inside but then once we had the sled out and Kason had on his warm Scotland outfit, we decided that maybe we could venture out for a bit. After all, we had gotten a bit of snow the day before and I just didn't think that there was much point in letting it go to waste. I am so glad that we did, Kason loved it!
Then it was back inside. When I was pulling out props, I also happened to come across a Red Sox shirt that was just Kason's size. Since spring training is around the corner, I asked his mom and dad if it would be okay to take a couple pictures with it on. In one of the pictures, he looks like he is either yelling or cheering about something, hmm, perfect Red Sox fan, already?
His mom had a picture of Kason's brother that she wanted to recreate (a mom having a special request, you all know that I loved this!) with Kason. And it was such a great idea too, it involved a towel, a yellow rubber ducky and an adorable baby, sounds like the recipe for a perfect picture to me! Since he was shirtless already, I also figured that we could get some pictures of him in a basket that I had. I think he's getting a little too big for that, he tried to escape!
What a wonderful way to spend the Sunday between the conference championships and the Super Bowl. I was wondering what I was going to do on a Sunday without football (the pro bowl doesn't count!) and I got a better answer than I could have even asked for. Thank you to Kason's mom and dad for letting me have some time with your boys, it was awesome! Please click here if you would like to see the rest of Kason's pictures.
And then there were the kids.... I have to admit, kids are my favorite to photograph. They are so uninhibited that they're just a blast to work with. And especially these kids since they were all so awesome and adorable (with amazing parents too).
First up were the incomparable Jolley girls. I have to admit that I'm a little biased here since they're my nieces but they are truly wonderful kids.
Then came Brody. The day that we picked for his shoot was so beautiful that I dragged my kids and a couple of their friends along. That combined with Brody and his mom's sheer awesomeness resulted in a photothon. It was so fun that I just made up my own word for it!
More Jolleys. More wonderfulness. More bias. 'Nuff said.
The Shute boys were the next day and they provided me with another one of my favorites compliments. When we're finishing up and getting in the car, the little one asks his mom, "When are the pictures?" It's a good shoot if the subjects don't even realize it's going on.
Then there were the Leo girls. Never mind the fact that they were such dolls, I loved that after 45 minutes they still weren't ready to finish our session. So what did we do? We took some more, of course.
The Morris kids were my last kids of 2011. Their mom is an old friend of the family so she wandered off to take a phone call while we took some pictures. I think that she was pleasantly surprised by their level of cooperation during our shoot. I wasn't though, her kids are super good kids.
Thanks to all these kids and their parents. I had a blast and I hope that they did too!!