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Tea Party

April 25, 2013


I have had several pictures that I wanted of my girl and this spring realized that if I wanted dress up and tea party pictures, I better get on it because the window for these shoots is not particularly large.  At five, dress up and tea parties happen to be at the top of her favorite playtime activities list (along with all things crafty of course).  I am going to split this session into 3 blog posts because this will be an epic overshare.



Her table and chairs were made by her Grandpa Peter (same Grandpa that made me the Cinderella Coach).  She loves this table and gets a lot of use out of it.



Translation of her above expression “This is the best shoot idea you have had yet!”


This is her prim little tea time expression hee hee.  So very Tori.

Tori is so dainty.  I love watching her little hands and fingers when she is at work and play.  She has always had awesome coordination and dexterity (she was using a fork at 1 year – none of my boys came close to that).  Beyond that though, she has a natural grace about her.  That is a gift I envy because I most certainly do not have that particular talent.  Ever see me dance?  That is rhetorical because I really don’t want those that have to speak up hee hee.


Baby brother loves to play with Sissy so I figured he would want in on the action.

He is a pretty good little pretender.

I don’t know what she was laughing about but she thought something he was doing was funny.  Looks like he might have been building with her tea set as the saucer appears to be on top of the cup.  Give a boy a tea set…


This one is my favorite.  He wanted her to smell the flowers.





There were no real cookies at this party so the baby decided it was time to bail.  He is taking his drink with him though.


I find 2 year old portraits to be such a celebrations of childhood.  They are just so authentic and playful at this age.   So much energy!   Little Maddy is such a sweetie pie and I really enjoyed watching her just delight in life.

Bubbles, and wagons, and bears, rocking horses, books, and yes…even a train – all of Maddy’s “loves”.

I am always a sucker for those big eyed serious expressions.

It was so good to see you Maddy!  (And mom and dad too!)

Sometimes a plan just comes together.  I LOVED this session.  All the elements lined up on that fine Saturday.  The kids did WONDERFULLY (especially for an almost 3 year old and a 7 month old).  The location was beautiful.  We were at the right place at the right time.  (You get a short window of green like this in Phoenix).  It was an overcast day which evenly lit the wash.  I am used to shooting in back lit conditions but sometimes an overcast day has its benefits as well.  The outfits mom chose for kiddos and the accessories just took the shoot over the top.  PURE CUTENESS!!!  I have been doing portraits for this family since Easton was six months old and these two munchkins have stolen my heart.  You just wait and see, they are going to steal yours too!

Easton is an exceptionally good model for a toddler.  He and I have fun together.

Her expressions…too darling for words.

I was going to magically remove mom from that shot (she was keeping a close eye on baby) but I ended up loving the “Mama watchin’ over” look so I couldn’t bring myself to remove her.

When Easton was Kierstin’s age, we did a shot similar to the above.

Love her dainty little crossed ankles.

Wonder what E wants to be when he grows up?

Is this little summer outfit to-die-for or what?

And again…the cute dainty feet.  Love it.  Love them.  Can’t wait to do this again in 5 months for K’s one year shoot!   XXOOO


My 5 Zs

January 2, 2013

My precious nephews and nieces – Noah Daniel age 10, Graham West age 8, Braxtyn Reece age 6, Cozette Grace age 3, Quinn Ryiann age 19 months.   Love love love these precious five.

Had to sneak in a quick shot of Troy and Quinn.  Jodi and I bought these outfits for Tori and Ryker when they were babies so Brooke and I thought we needed another cousin shot.

Love it.  :)

Now you now where the three little beauty’s get it from.


This handsome little fellow is Xavier.  I was so happy to see him again for his two year pictures.  He was a busy busy little guy (as are all two year olds in the world).

This was a bit of a miracle shoot.  Poor little buddy got stung by a bee about 20 minutes into our shoot.   But like a trooper, he managed his first bee sting like a champ and went on to give me many more gorgeous Xavier grins.

Little baseball lover in the making!  (And that was actually an orange, not a baseball, and I was in his line of sight!)

Expecting a toddler to look into a camera, pose, and smile, is generally, an unreasonable expectation (in my humble opinion).   Photographing a toddler while they do what they do – PLAY – now that is the goal of a toddler session.  (In this case, Xavier did surprise us with several directed grins though so that was a bonus!)

Xavier will soon be a big brother!

Storyboards aren’t just for cake smashes you know.  Very fun way to display a toddler shoot.