I loved seeing the Johnson family again this fall! I photographed Gavin in the fall of 2006 and he is a little man now! A little more ornery and opinionated (his parents clued me in to these new developments) but just as fabulous! This shot was one in a million and I feel quite lucky to have snagged it!
Anyone with a four year old should recognize this less-than-refined camera smile phase! I have to include it though because it SOOO captures this age. I know we’re all hoping for the picture perfect family shot, but personally I end up preferring a little “spice.” I guess because life is never really picture-perfect; just a mixed up bag of happy, sad, funny, infuriating, tidy, messy… But all together it equals incredible.
A little bribe action…another consistency in portrait sessions.
Yippeeeee! Love this shot! Too big overalls, pudgy four year old hands holding a new baby brother, baby fingers curled up by his big brothers.
This shot is why the family came in. A long-standing family tradition of the baby portrait in the great great grandmother’s christening gown. Dad isn’t fond of his little boy in a “dress” but who are we to stand in the way of tradition?
Ok, who is this “extra?” And what a nutty shot! A little background: I watch my niece most Friday mornings. The Johnsons said it would be fine to have an extra little person around. She LOVED Gavin! And while we were photographing the baby they played together (i.e. Ellyana mimicked everything Gavin did and hijacked all his toys). I had to swing around to document the moment for myself! Just a little peak into what’s going on around me while I was shooting the “christening gown” image.
A farewell to her new friend. I seriously cannot stand how adorable she is. I just turn into a puddle of mush. (By the way, I looked almost exactly like this when I was little, in case you were curious.)