Two blogs in one week? I know..you're impressed! :) I just can't hide this little girl's smiles any longer!!!
Another AWESOME aspect of this job is reconnecting with friends! :) Lara was one of my best theater buddies from high school, and we have stayed in touch over the years. (Thanks, facebook...I knew you were good for something!) We had so many great times backstage and during rehearsals, and I think we laughed about everything under the sun. Although...the best of these times has to be when she introduced me to Nutella, which I never let her forget...as it was a life-changing moment for me. haha I know. Is she great? OR the greatest? :)
I was SO thrilled when she asked me to do her little munchkin's first birthday photos, as it gave us a great excuse to catch-up! I've been watching Annelise grow from afar, but I couldn't wait to meet her in person! Annelise was such a happy little girl, and it was a blast getting to spend time with her and see Lara in her new role as mommy! (Get it...theater reference...bazinga!) Annelise is also a big fan of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse...so I knew right away that we would get along! :) She was also having her birthday party at one of my favorite mexican restaurants...so I REALLY knew we would get along! Love any baby that loves guacamole! ;) It was incredible to see how much love Lara and John have for this little girl. She really worked it for the camera too and gave lots of smiles to my camera monkey, Gus. She earned some serious cuddle time with him!
So I know..I'm rocking your world right off of the bat...my favorite images from the session right up front!!! Just loved what this little cutie did with these letters!!! (And loved that her Grandma was their as smile support! :) I asked if she would come on every session with me...but apparently, she has some sort of special bond with just this little one? ;) I know...but who can blame her? :))
What was that? You need to see those larger? I know...me too!
Might be my absolute favorite shot of the session...such a pro!! :)
Lara has always been beyond beautiful...but being a mama has brought those smiles to a new level!
Loved seeing this family again, and I hope they will treasure these images for so many years to come!!! And next time, maybe we can somehow involve Nutella in the actual photos?!?! Who knows! The possibilities are endless! :)
Thanks so much for letting me capture this milestone for your baby girl, Lara! :) It was a blast!!