This Sunday, I worried myself sick about my first maternity shoot in over a year. But I'm a professional worrier. In fact, I worry better than I take pictures. I had all the components of either an amazing shoot, or an epic fail: a small space to shoot in, subjects at least a foot taller than me, and a boy approaching two. And, as always, I fretted for no good reason. Once I started working on the images I got, it was all I could do to take a break to bring my lunch to the computer or take the dog out. And narrowing them down for my blog was even harder. I got it down to 16 favorites. We did some artistic black and whites as well as a finger painting extravaganza with their son. I hope you guys love them as much as I do. I am so excited about these!

I loved how after he got started painting, he would ask for specific colors. And he knew where he wanted to add colors. The last color he used was red. He asked for red to be put on his brush, then he touched it to his mom's belly, and announced that "I ruined it!" For a minute I thought I heard him wrong, but his dad admitted that was certainly what it sounded like he said. I can't remember laughing that hard.

Some things cannot be planned. Their son's little hand sneaking through might be one of the cutest things I have ever captured.

I love this one so much!

Even More Family Fun

Last weekend I met up with the couple whose maternity photos I did last year. Now, the baby is a whole year old already! She's not quite walking, but she is ornery, smiley, oozing personality, with a single tooth. We wanted to do most of the pictures outdoors, but the December rain foiled our plans. I'm pretty happy with what we did capture!

I can't decide if this is my favorite. It's so precious.

She's not quite walking yet, but I did sneak in a couple where she was standing up on her own.
And we did some for Christmas cards of the family.
Emma loved riding the rocking horse. It's very festive.

What a dollbaby...

The expression of her face in this just kills me!