People may assume that I have millions of photos of my kids. That is SO not the case! Yes, I probably have more than most, but it takes major effort! To get my kids to agree to a shoot is sometimes pulling teeth. They HAVE to humor me once a year (or sometimes I will let them get away with every other year). Usually those “sessions” are quick 15 minute shoots. Being that it was Will’s senior year, he did have a full shoot earlier in the year. But my youngest son, Nicholas, had a milestone this year as well. THIRTEEN!! No more little kids in the house for me (sniff sniff).
I let Nicholas know about 6 months ago, that we WERE going to do a real shoot for his thirteen year old milestone. Well, he pushed me off for a few months, but then finally realized it was pointless to resist. What mom wants, mom gets ;). My baby turned 13 at the end of December, but he agreed to let me do his shoot over spring break. Yay!! And I think he was pleasantly surprised that shoots with mom aren’t THAT bad, and can actually be kinda fun. Especially since we could get Jeremiah’s afterwards ;). He even surprised me and wanted to change clothes and go to a second location! What a great kid!
Here are a few sneak peeks of my handsome young man Nicholas:
It is assumed that my own boys have a million photos, and that we do shoots all the time. Yeah, not so much! Most of the time, it is just a few minutes for a couple quick photos. But I do try to do a “real” session once a year. Because I know how important these photos are! Last year’s “real” session ended up being a quick 15 minute session scheduled last minute. This year, I put them on the schedule, made them wake up really early for a beach session, and did a real shoot! They are so good to their momma. They humored me and were terrific sports about it. I know it isn’t always what you want to do (wake up at 5am on a Saturday morning, and go pose for photos), but they were great for me. THANKS BOYS! I’ll leave you alone for another year 😉
Here are a few from MY kids session (Will will be 15 next month, and Nick will be 10 shortly after that! They are growing up way too quickly.):
Ahhh, the illusive grandkids shot! The one that grandma really wants, but is so difficult to get (well, with this little one, that is!). But since the grandma in this situation is my mom, I had to give it my all. My niece really doesn’t enjoy photos anymore (but what almost-2-year-old does?!). I was determined to get these shots when we were up in Atlanta for Thanksgiving. Of course it had to be FREEZING outside that morning. And because it was so cold, I had a very short time frame to work with. No playing around and having fun to get the little one warmed up to the camera. It was straight to business! Thankfully Aunt Net-Net (that’s me) is a bit of a goof naturally, so I was able to steal a few smiles and laughs in the short time we had (before we froze!).
Here are a couple that I liked:
I know I haven’t posted much lately. I blame it on the crazy holiday season! That, and several of my clients didn’t want to be featured on the blog because they are giving the photos as gifts, and they wanted to keep the photos under wraps. So, I thought a perfect way to get back into the blog was to post a few shots from my own boys holiday card session.
Now, I know lots of people think it is SO easy for me to get great shots of my own boys. NOT TRUE! My family is harder than any clients I have. Plus, I have to bribe them. On this session day, I realized I had an hour to spare after the boys came home from school. So I had their clothes out and ready, and as soon as they got home, we hopped in the car, and thanks to traffic, ended up with about 15 minutes to shoot. Think that would make them settle down and cooperate?
Oh well, I promised to take them out to dinner afterwards, (and begged and pleaded) and ended up with some keepers that I could use on the card:
(They are getting so big, <sniff> <sniff>, but aren’t they handsome?!)
Shooting downtown is always great. But there was this one place that I wanted to try out that was really close to downtown. The problem is, it isn’t in the best area. So I waited for a day that my husband could come there with me! Turns out it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. It was an area that had some great graffiti walls! We shot there for a few minutes, and then headed to the Church Street area (where the boys REALLY wanted to go).
Did I mention this was a session for my own boys?! Every time I photograph them, I can’t believe how old they are getting (I am not getting older, so I don’t know how they are!). My oldest will be turning 14 in a couple months, and my “baby” will be 8 in a few months. CRAZY, isn’t it?! Here are a few sneaks from my handsome boys downtown session:
Yes, my niece again! We had a very nice visit with her last week. I thought we may just have to bring her home! Of course, I had to do a little mini session. After all, it HAS been what, a month since her last mini session with me?! What I REALLY wanted was a great shot of her with the boys. Well, that wasn’t going to happen this time. Maybe next time. But this one made me laugh (she looks SO not amused! LOL!):
And a few more shots of her beautiful little face:
And lastly, doesn’t this one kind of look like she is doing the chop along with the voice?!(FSU) That’s right, Leslie, DEAL WITH IT! LOL!
Thanks for letting me be a proud aunt! *sniff* It will be a couple of months until I get to see her again.
Yes, my kids again! I recently redecorated my office, and thought, “I need some NEW photos on the walls now!”. I am SO lucky that my boys will humor me (with minimum bribing involved). All this little session cost me was dinner out (which I needed a good “date” night with my boys anyway, so it was win-win!).
I am also very lucky about how close they are. They are 5 years apart, so I really wasn’t expecting them to be friends. But ever since my little guy was born, the two of them have had a very special bond. Of course, they don’t get along ALL of the time, but I would say they get along MOST of the time. I love that they want to hang out with each other, they want to play together, and they just like including the other, even when they have friends over. I guess that is why I am partial to the “brother” photos of them.
Here are a few from our little outing!
that my BABY is now 12? Today is his 12th birthday, and he reminded me this morning, “this time next year, you will have a TEENAGER in the house!”. Help me now!
Today, as I tend to do every year on my kid’s birthdays, I look back at photos of them, and just wonder why in the world time is going so fast. It seems that he was just born last week! We were so young (didn’t think we were young, but we were!), and really had no idea what we were in for. My big boy. He entered this world at a very large 12 lbs and 23 1/2 inches long. Everyone commented about how big and gorgeous he was. He seemed just the right size to me! We brought him home from the hospital on Thanksgiving that year. He was bigger than our turkey! LOL!
Before we knew it, he had already turned a year, and bypassed the walking stage. He liked to RUN! (And yes, of course he liked the Noles even back then!) He went to his first game in Tally right before his 1st birthday.
We blinked again, and another year flew by. For his second birthday, we got him an “art desk”. We were constantly trying to find things to keep him occupied in the house (because we lived in upstate NY at the time, and it was FREEZING most of the year). He loved his art desk, and used it every single day.
Don’t worry, I won’t bore you with 12 years worth of snapshots! But here is one more that I really loved (it looks like she is waving at me!). He was in first grade, and needed a photo of his pet for school. I insisted that he be in the shot with her too. Afterall, she has been a part of the family for as long as he has! LOL!
And I have posted recent shots of my boys on my blog, so you know what he looks like now (plus now, he hates having his photo taken!). He is a big, strong, sweet, caring boy, and I love him to death! And he would do anything for his momma. Even let her take ONE quick snapshot of him on his 12th birthday as he was running out the door to school this morning. LOL!
Happy birthday baby!
Even MY parents have to book a session to get their holiday photos done! They said that no one would want a card with just them on it (not true, by the way!), so they do one with the entire family (not possible this year), or my boys. This year, they wanted their session at Epcot. But they didn’t want it to really LOOK like Epcot. No problem! Not only did it force me to take a day off and have fun with the family at Disney, I got to “play” in a new location!
Now, they did get a peek at them last night, and they chose their favorite for their cards. I am not allowed to put up the one that they want for their card (since I have family that reads my blog!), but here are a couple that I liked!
OK, it is a little bit AFTER halloween, but still counts as halloween weekend, right?!
Just wanted to do a quick post and share my boys on halloween. My youngest came up with the idea that he wanted to be Mario (from Mario brothers). My oldest was set on being something scary, but as soon as his brother said he was going to be Mario, he said, “that is a GREAT idea! I am going to be Luigi, and we can be the Mario brothers!”. Now, I LOVE it when they do coordinating costumes. But I know he is getting older, so I wasn’t going to push it. But he made the decision himself, and I loved the idea too.
Just a couple of snapshots before they went out trick or treating:
And it will be the grown-ups turn to dress up on Saturday night! My husband and I are going to an adults-only halloween party, and we are REALLY looking forward to that (but don’t count on me posting photos of that!).
Have a great weekend everyone!