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Meet E–a 10 month old who can run! And she came ready to show off. Her mom said that after an infancy marked by major activity from the start as well as early advances in motor skills, last week E decided to get up on her feet and MOVE for real. And she is a very fast learner!

She was zipping around the park and about all we could do to keep her in one place was to try to get her to walk up the hill instead of down, but I don’t think that will be a problem for long.  Her mom was busy trying to corral all of that glorious toddler energy (where does that go in adulthood anyway?), while dad was gentle and always attentive to E’s safety as she navigated the world on her own two feet.

We tried to fool E into some family photos by entertaining her on slides, swings, and shoulders.  And as a prize we were often rewarded with her winning smile, which gives new definition to smiling all the way to your eyes.  She really beams.

And, for those of you who have asked, this mom did a super job of dressing little E–deep color, beautiful texture, interesting buttons, but nothing to take your gaze away from her gorgeous little face, as though that were even possible.


So, folks call.  They want to know where we should shoot.  What’s a good location?  I have a two pronged response:  the place your kids/family feel comfortable (home, a park, nearby trail) or we can wait until I get there, I am sure that there will be something.  In this case a peeling garage painted an amazing shade of green, a grungy wall, an amazing tree.  I will see something that you walk by every day.  A brick wall can be fantastic.  Don’t worry I tell them, we will figure this out when I see where the light is…

But every so often you get a gift.  Like, for example, a walk out deck overlooking the South End…  I mean I look up at those apartments and wonder what it looks like from up there and then there I was!  And these very smart people have a extended couch (in red!) out there for lounging–or for providing the perfect picture taking place.

Baby E is a fair, blue-eyed little guy who has a gaggle of grown ups’ hearts in his hand.  His mom and dad told me that he has 7 great-grandparents–that is a whole lotta years of lovin’ shining on one little guy.  He seems to be taking it in stride and even giving a bunch of it back.

We had a fun shoot on top of the world with this lovely young family.

Well, as I have said before, families of two girls invariably remind me of my own family of origin.  And every time I see siblings together I recall how much younger children look up to and want to emulate their older siblings.  It is almost a axiom of nature.  In my family I was the oldest.

These beautiful sisters are no exception.  In these cases the best strategy is usually to engage the oldest in order to make the youngest desperate to work with me rather than resistant.  Works nearly every time.  E was a little shy when I arrived so A had a “private shoot” while E got ready for her own portraits.  In the end, wow, they were both so much fun to play around with and photograph.  A was contemplative and revealing and E was a little ham.  Then there were the boots!  I generally prefer barefeet, when these girls came out in their boots I was swooning.  Kids wearing either hats or boots, you can’t really get any cuter.

And after everyone had warmed up and gotten their glamour on, we moved to family photos.  These are Daddy’s girls who want their mom to stay real close too.  They love piggy back rides and sitting in laps–and most of all, these sisters really love one another!

Enjoy, I sure did.

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The hair, those lips, the adorable expressions can overshadow the winning personality of this little girl. We have seen her before, here and here. But now she is TWO and weeks away from a promotion to big sister. S is a great talker and quite a ham. She adores her parents and they cannot get enough of her either.

We had so much fun taking pictures. She showed me where she inherited her infectious smile by eliciting them from her mom constantly. She is so smart, she knew exactly when she needed a break and made sure she got it (kids know how to make pictures stop working very young, it amazes me always), but she perked up again when her dad came home for the final shots.

In the meantime she showed off her physical prowess and the exuberance she has for life–it extends all the way down to ends of her curls.

Miss S, it is my distinct pleasure to watch you grow and I know that you are going to be one great big sister. I can tell you from personal experience, a sister is a really special gift. I cannot wait to meet her too! The love in this family will grow exponentially with their new addition.

I admit it, I have been putting off writing this post because I just don’t know where to begin.

This is not just a regular-old super fun family shoot for me. This is baby N. He is not “my friends’ kid”–he is the kid I love because he was born to people I adore. The day N was born Dad called me and whispered, “I am a Daddy.” He could barely believe it, that the little guy in the isolette was his to hold and take home and care for forever. Before that day he was an exceptional consultant on strategic business growth; but now it seems that his primary strategizing is around getting his baby to smile at him.

And his Mama. She is the picture of calm. She rolled with more than her share of punches, and has shown herself to be a quietly capable and remarkably relaxed first time mom. She was more than willing to have fun with the shoot–and you can see in the photos that Mom and Dad have that essential ability to have a great time together.

N is a beauty. And I don’t think I am biased. He really has grown up to be a gorgeous little guy. Serious by nature, he responds best to his mom and dad, who delight in his every grin. Much like these guys, it was hard to find a frame where these proud parents were not smiling. Dad said that he is not photogenic, can’t smile for pictures–the cure was obvious to me–I told him, “then look at the baby.” It worked every time.

OK, N, I hope that I did you proud. And that your mom and dad might like these too.

This one is my favorite, N knows that he has got these guys wrapped around his little finger…

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