I find myself over-documenting this season as she's the only one left with me at home and I know it will go by ever too quickly. I suppose it really is the simplest of activities that delight these little souls. We can do the most ordinary, daily tasks together and the day is still full of excitement and wonder because all she wants is for me to be present. Those needs are simple. She wants my time, undivided attention and maybe a few snuggles. Keeping that in mind, I'm learning to make the boring tasks more memorable. It's nice to drink in these toddler nuances for a few moments and remember all that is truly good in this life we live.
Let the holiday cheer continue into mid January!! I know it's late, but I really wanted to share some of the photos from our holiday mini sessions in Buffalo, NY. There were just too many good ones to share individually, so I decided to make a blog post of a few of my favorites!
I hadn't anticipated that I would be able to do these sessions in WNY since we had moved to Orlando, but so many people reached out and I thought...maybe we CAN do this. Mary was open to the idea and Rebecca at quaint rentals was also on board. The last piece of the puzzle was a location, and that was really not decided until the 25th hour. I'm so lucky everyone was so relaxed about the details and trusted that we would find the right space. My brother-in-law and sister-in-law graciously let us use their beautiful back porch. It is covered and has a working fireplace, perfect for the less than ideal weather in November. There was a windy and slushy snow storm the day before, so we were lucky the area was a bit sheltered. Rebecca turned the space into a very inviting, winter wonderland! I'm so happy that it all worked out!
Mary and I loved seeing all of these families. It's amazing how quickly the kids grow and change over the course of a few months. We got to meet new babies, saw babies we photographed last year that are now walking, and conversed with kids we've known for years that seem so grown up and mature now. Sure, we worked through some tears and wiped a few cold weather boogies, but TimBits, cookies and hot chocolate seem to always work their magic! I also happen to think that those candids make for the best Christmas cards!!
Thank you so much, to everyone who reached out to me about doing holiday mini sessions again, you ultimately made this happen!! And, thank you to Mary, Rebecca, and the very generous Boryszak family, especially Rita who was sweeping, cleaning and continuously adding wood to the fire while we did our thing on her patio! Thank you!!
One of my favorite things about living back in Orlando, so far, has been reconnecting with friends I haven't seen in many years!! These are my friend Tiffany's kiddos and I cannot believe how much they have grown! And that little Stella, she just loved posing for the camera, it was hysterical!! I adore how Kendall and Carter really look after their little sister, they are such nurturing older siblings. Tiffany, your kids are amazing, with great personalities. I love watching them interact. They are all so cute together!
These sweet little girls are the perfect blend of silly and sass. Girls just want to have fun, right? Lyndsey, you have the cutest family!! Scroll down for a few of my favorites from this family session photographed right here in College Park!
Joey is currently interested in all things art. He loves to draw, color, paint, cut, glue and make things out of boxes. I love his create spirit. He actually just asked for a cardboard box for Christmas so he could make a robot out of it. Tess in interested in all things messy and anything that Joey is doing. She does not leave the poor guy alone! I recently got a 35mm film camera and was trying it out while they were drawing with chalk on the driveway. These two were intently focused on their creations.
They are making a family portrait. Joey told me that the figure in the middle (the one that looks like Spongebob) represents me.
Double fisting, because when isn't two better than one?
Caught! We do not write on the wall!!
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I really don't think we will ever regret the times we jumped in the photos with our children. I believe they will likely enjoy looking back on those images the most.
The new baby that instantly creates a little family of your own. The first snowfall that beautifully covers everything in powdery white, shimmering in the sunlight. There is something so magical about the changing of seasons.
Meet Colin Patrick, 2 months new. He is the happiest little guy with the cutest head of hair! I love the little blond streak through it! He was completely content being outside during his first time seeing snow fall, wide-eyed and excited just staring up at his parents. Nostalgic for those days when it felt like hours flew by and all we did was stare at our new baby!
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I've known Amanda since I was in first grade and she will always be "Mandy" to me. We've lived in many different places and we both ended up in College Park, in Orlando, Florida. Isn't that crazy?! Mandy and her friend, Kasey, seem to walk in the same paths of life. They also love their fur babies unconditionally. When Kasey found out some devastating news about the health of her boy, Truth, there were some things to start crossing off the bucket list. One such item was a photo shoot for his 9th birthday. Truth was so good, even keeping on his party hat! It's like he knew this was important to his Momma. It was only fitting that his bestie, Honey, was there for the party. Honey decided it was a swim party and high tailed it into the lake within minutes of arriving. Party animal!!
So here is a glimpse of two friends going through similar times, along side of their greatest supporters. The best listeners.
Sometimes, no words are needed to reciprocate love.
"Momma gets one day out of the year where everyone listens and smiles." This may be my favorite line, ever, and I think we all have been there. These guys did her proud!
They were all up at sunrise, but these boys were happy and hugging each other all on their own. I don't think you can ask for more from brothers! We thought we had worn them out with the Tour de Park Avenue and finding random critters as only boys can do. Believe it or not, these guys began selecting their own photo locations after we told them they were all done taking pictures!
Oh, happy day!! Thank you for exploring Winter Park with me in the wee hours of the morning!
Days and nights blur together.
Kisses on squishy faces
That change almost daily.
Tiny backs filled with rolls of skin,
Folded up baby legs
Molded to your side
Clinging to you at all hours
Night and day.
Little fingers holding on tight
Gentle hum of the sound of their sleep
Sweet baby smell
One moment they look at you
Finally locking eyes
Through the fuzziness,
We try to remember it all.
Our babies will grow and change,
They all do.
But for now, we hold on tight
To these tiny little bodies
Fit perfectly into our hands.
Below are a few of my favorites from baby Owen's sweet session!