Another Little Boy Dreams Big

“I dream my painting and then paint my dream.” -Vincent Van Gogh

I couldn’t adore these paint sessions more though I think this may be our last–and messiest!–one while we’re in Belgium. This little boy was so sweet and so shy. He didn’t really want his picture taken but he really did love painting and putting his paint cups together. He had the most gorgeous eyes and made such a lovely mess!

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Live, Love, Laugh

“Let the children’s laughter remind us how we used to be.” -Whitney Houston

This little girl is always fun to try to get in front of the camera and for this session, we found something she really liked–painting! These paint sessions are so much fun and I absolutely love that I get to send home art from the session to display next to the portraits. I may make this a summertime standard for Melanie Sokol Photography!

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Lifestyle – Athenian Playground

Baby J is back again, this time in a classic lifestyle session, albiet in a glamorous location. I wanted to share this because this is the type of momtography we should all be working towards not because of quality but because of life.

We take our kids to the playgrounds so often that we forget how important it is to document their play. It doesn’t matter if the sun is super harsh (seriously could the shadows be any sharper?! No!), find a touch of shade or just embrace it because–the moment is more important. Remember that. The moment is paramount. You can create gorgeous portraits in perfect settings, sure, but you can’t capture these memories without embracing the imperfections of light and color casts.

So take pictures at the playground! Capture these moments, they don’t last forever!

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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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