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Meet Lainey.  She is as cute as a button and one of the happiest, most smiley little babies I have seen.  Grin, grin, grin.  Give cheerios.  Grin more.
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These images were captured at a local hotel.  Hotel properties can be a great session spot.
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Doesn’t she just melt your heart.   SO SWEET and BEAUTIFUL.
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As a matter of fact, yes I do want to give you a hug little Lainey.

 

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Miss Kierstin is two!   I have a strong affection for this little darling.   She has made me work for it since she was a newborn and I love her for it because she is her OWN little woman.   I just LOVED this shot of her and her daddy.  When working with toddlers, you must keep them busy.  Kierstin’s mama wisely brought several different props for her to keep her occupied.   I loved the can with the flowers and so did Kierstin.

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Look who loves Minnie?  Think she might have wanted to keep them?  All of them!
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Pretty fabulous shoes aren’t they?

 

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While waiting for Kierstin to have an outfit changed, I snapped some macro shots of the bouquet just for fun.
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Big brother Easton is such a sweetheart.   He is the calm to the mighty little storm with this duo.  They have been so much fun to watch grow.
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At 2, Kierstin was not likely to sit still and pose for the camera but if you ask me, capturing her playing was the perfect way to preserve this moment in time.
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When brother threw on her pink cowgirl hat to bring her a doll, I couldn’t miss the moment.  TOO cute.
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Rain boots, rain coats, umbrellas, and butterflies…what the sweetest little girls are made of.

Missing you already Miss Kierstin.

Daniel and Brooke + 5

October 22, 2014

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Back in August, Daniel and Brooke and the kids, Papa and Sweetie, and Jim and I and our kids went on a day trip to the Yarnell area.  We thought we would maximize on Daniel and Brooke’s 2014 family session and sneak some play time in.  As always, we had a fantastic time.  We even had a celebrity site seeing event when we encountered Demi Moore in a nearby restaurant.  I love my brother, sister, nieces and nephews to pieces and we really enjoyed our day with them.

Left to Right:  Noah (almost age 12), Cozy (age 5), Quinn (age 3), Daniel, Braxtyn (age 8), Brooke, Graham (age 10)

 

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The kids did such an awesome job for Aunt Sissy!  I was super proud of the fabulous five.  Aren’t my girls beauties?
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And such handsome, amazing nephews I have.  (Must brag.  I am the Aunt.)
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Miss Quinn spilled her drink in the car on the way up and when we stopped for potty break, mama was madly trying to wash the dress in the bathroom sink.  I advised holding it out the window to drive (because what else were we going to do?) and low and behold…that worked perfectly.
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I love mama/daughter shot.  I ended up shooting a LOT of Quinn because she was ubiquitous on shoot day so I had to take advantage of it.
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Our crew couldn’t wait to be let loose in the mud.  Well everyone but my Troy boy.  As you can see, it took a little convincing for him.
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And yes, my man is still sporting his beard.   He is so dreamy.  I am a lucky, lucky woman.

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This is beautiful Cecilia.  Doesn’t she look pretty in pink?   Such perfect little lips too.  I love that gauzy rose fabric and have long wanted to try it on my beanbag.

 

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This little angel was NO sleeper.  She didn’t want to miss anything!  Her older sister, Genevieve, was a super alert baby too but Cecilia nearly bested me.   Note I said “nearly”.   LOL.
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I have to share a funny story about older sister Genevieve because I started giggling all over every time I think about it.   G has been amazing me with her intelligence since she was born.  She is about 16 months younger than my son Troy and she has been out communicating him from the get go.  She can talk circles around my boy!   She is incredibly articulate for a 2 year old.   During the session, she helped herself to a headband that I was planning to use on Cecilia.  Her daddy tried to recapture it and Genevieve didn’t want to give it up.  Of course she didn’t.  Again…she is two.

While I am working to get Miss C to sleep, I hear G say this to her dad (pertaining to the headband):

“Do you understand how important this is to me?”

I am surprised I didn’t wake up baby sister with my belly laugh at that.    In another two years, the dialogue between these two sisters is going to be downright hysterical.   Mama, M will be keeping me entertained with her facebook kid quotes for some time to come I am confident.
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Awwww…we did manage to get one sleepy smile out of “Not So Sleepy Beauty”.      Love this little one.

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 Be still my heart.   I think I need to hang this image in MY home.   This rocking chair was made for Eryn’s mama and belonged to W when she was a little girl.  So beautiful.  Of course, the wooden horse was just the compliment to the gorgeous baby girl.

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A note about outside shots!  First, the desert was UNUSUALLY green this September due to what might have been the 100 year flooding this month.  It doesn’t usually look like this in March, much less in September.  Additionally, “there is no such thing as a free lunch”.  The green came with a price.  Mosquito Fest 2014!!!!  I have never felt more sympathetic to my midwest and southern friends.  It has been unreal around these parts and as much as I raved about the green, I am so over the mosquitoes.  I have lived in Phoenix since I was 4 years old and I have NEVER had to wear bug spray until this month.   Crazy town.

We were waving blankets over the baby continually when not taking shots and had spotters watching for the little pests on her the whole time.  Dad, Mom, and sisters though…they just got bit up (along with me and Amanda).  I think I scored at least 20 on my legs.
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Above picture was taken in my backyard.  I LOVE it when my honey neglects our yard.  :)

 

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Precious mama, precious baby.  I love this image.
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Like her sister Brinley, Eryn was an amazing sleeper and let me get quite a bit done during her session.  Even under the best of conditions, babies don’t always allow for outside images due to their sleeping and eating schedules.  Eryn though, made life easy on her mama and me (for which we were very grateful!).
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It was so good to see you again J and W.  Congratulations on your third, amazing baby girl!!!!