Lifestyle – Research with Pappy

“Play is the highest form of research.”
― Albert Einstein

My parents visited us in Belgium to help us prepare for our big move to Minot, ND and this little boy of mine has been obsessed with his pappy since Day 1. He is so loving and so into all of our family and close friends but these two have just the strongest connection and they compliment each other so well that it isn’t hard to capture sweet pictures of them together.

This is a set I did trying to document their play. They let me be a fly on the wall (usually my Mess Maker wants to hold the camera for a few shots so it’s a battle to document him) but he was so into Pappy he just didn’t care.

I really enjoyed the chance to capture their connection, their play, and the details.

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See more of this little boy and my journey into documenting his youth here: Lifestyle ApplesauceLifestyle – The SandboxLifestyle – Playtime with Granny

Lifestyle – At the Mediterranean Sea

After playing at the playground, we headed over to the beach to cool down and cool down we did–the water was way too cold to really get in but it was refreshing. J wanted to play but the beach wasn’t really safe enough to let his wobbly little toddler legs to explore so I took the chance to grab a few photos before we headed back to some shade so he could nap.

I hate to keep fighting with the harsh sunlight and fortunately the beach sand wasn’t too too bright but it was a struggle to keep from over exposing the image and not having all features drowning in shadow but I think I captured some really sweet moments and my husband did too.

It’s important to be patient and not try to force poses when on vacation with a toddler and surly husband–capture what you can. Look for ways to frame the subject with the harsh light rather than trying to make them do anything. It’s better to get images of your family with harsh shadows then to get pictures of the toddler crying and the husband giving the person behind the camera looks that could kill.

Keep in mind that your family doesn’t want you to spend the entire time taking photographs. So after you get some good images that capture the moment, put the camera away and live. You may miss a super cute moment with the camera but you can’t live the moments and capture them too.

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J does Brit Fete

I posted last time about my Brit Fete mini sessions that I had a blast with and I love posting images of my little mess maker because he’s my inspiration and the model I have in mind when I come up with my individual sessions. I love watching him interact with the world but I also love grabbing unique images of him in sets.

So, below are the images I took to let the world know we’d be at Brit Fete. I set my backdrop up and started laying down the wood floor which J immediately started playing on. He usually helps me set it up when we work in his room so he was ready.

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And these took a lot of work. My husband was behind me sticking his tongue out and we were making crazy noises and all J (and my husband) wanted to do was go eat dinner. But I needed the shots and I didn’t want to have to worry about his clothes getting dirty. SO it was now.

SOOOO I got out the chocolate chips. Yes. I admit it. I bribe my child.

 

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It didn’t really work that well. But. Well, he is quite handsome anyway!

You can see more of my son’s modelling career here: Baby Model, King, Mess MakerSplish SplashLifestyle – J & Co. Sensory PlayLifestyle – Looking through the WindowHappy Father’s DayDream Big

 

Happy Father’s Day

One of the reason’s I got into photography was because I wanted the chance to capture my son as he grows. He’s grown up so fast and I so love how much he’s changing and learning but I still miss my little baby. If you haven’t taken a photo of your little one(s) today, do it! You won’t regret it.

Happy Father’s Day to all the daddies out there, I hope you’re having a great one!

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See more of my mess maker here: Baby Model, King, Mess MakerSplish SplashLifestyle – J & Co. Sensory Play, & Lifestyle – Looking through the Window.

Coming to a Minot near you to deliver unique opportunities for gorgeous photos!

Lifestyle – Looking through the Window

Tomorrow, my family and I are leaving for Athens, Greece! I’m so very excited to take some much needed time off and chill with J and my husband and of course to see Athens! With our move coming up we’re trying to see as much as we possibly can and Greece has been a must-see for me since I was a kid. This duty station has, hands down, has been a whirlwind of adventure and I’m so sad our adventures in Europe are coming to an end but I’m so thankful we’ve gotten to see things that some people only dream about.

That said, we’ll be a little slower the next few days but I promise to keep the updates coming when I can!

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See more of my little man here: Baby Model, King, Mess MakerSplish SplashLifestyle – J & Co. Sensory Play!

Gotta Get Away!

Last weekend, I got to work with a family new to Belgium and we had a fantastic time exploring the parc! As soon as dad put little N down he wanted to go, go, go! There is always so much to explore at the parc for little ones and N wanted to see it all! We had a great time exploring with this family and chasing N around! We even snagged a few portraits of him not escaping!

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