Hello again friends! It has been a while because I got quite busy with shoots, learning, editing, and my own sick little baby. Such is life, but I am back to the blog with baby M's session.
With each post I write, I want to focus on what I have learned and what was unique about the session. With this blue eyed, copper-haired little dude, the lesson was simple: Prepare for each session, but STAY FLEXIBLE, especially when a one-year-old is involved! Of course, I already knew this, but this busy, serious little man helped remind me.
As with any new location, I visited Old Poway Park before the scheduled day to scout it out and brainstorm ideas for posing. There were so many great rocks, cool trees, and amazing old buildings to whet my creative appetite, not to mention the railroad tracks!! I was in love with the location and could not wait to snap away with my adorable little subject the following day!
The day of the shoot, little man immediately showed me who was boss when I tried to set him up next to an old building with AMAZING wood paneling. He wanted nothing to do with the balloons I brought and instead seemed mesmerized by a big truck close by. I shook off the initial panic ("Oh, man I was so excited about this old building and the shot I had in my head is SO NOT going to happen!!) and snapped his adorable reaction instead.
After that little reality check, I went with the flow and let him dictate how the session went, with a little help from mom and dad. The holding hands one-year photo is always a favorite of mine, and this one was no exception! How cute is this??!
After letting him run around with mom and dad for a couple of minutes, it was time to get on the train tracks. Because, well, it's a boy. And train tracks. So another awesome family photo happened.
Halfway through the session, momma changed him from dapper little man to blue-eyed Batman, complete with cape! Oh, my, the cuteness!!
Throughout the session, although he gave me lots of personality, he was stingy with the smiles. I could tell momma was getting a tad flustered because, well, what mom doesn't want perfect smiley photos of their little one? So, with him on a big boulder, mom tickling, and dad behind me saying "so big!" we got the BIG smiles momma was hoping for! My heart melted and I left the session with a smile almost as big as his!