March 20, 2011

Marlowe & Family :: La Grange Baby Portraits

I’ve been shooting family pictures with Shauna, Mark and Emerson for a couple of years. So, you can imagine my excitement when I found out that their family of 3 was going to be a family of 4! Like I’ve said before, watching little families grow into big families, engaged couples become mommies and daddies, little girls become big sisters–that’s one of my favorite parts of this job. And this family is one of my all-time favorites. (Maybe, after the 20th photo session, I can become an honorary family member?)

Yesterday, I drove out to La Grange to catch this foursome in action. Baby sessions are both the easiest and the most difficult. They are easy because you can’t tell an itty bitty what to do–you don’t have to worry about directing so much. Your job is just to follow them around for an hour or so and hope you catch them doing something photo-worthy (which you usually will). However, they certainly present their challenges. Mom and Dad have to do a lot of cuddling, moving, changing… wiping pee off of chairs (oops, did I just say that?). And, of course, you never know when there will be a meltdown. I find the best way to approach these sessions is just to surrender to all of these things. (Though, miraculously, Marra didn’t put up a fight. She’s a champ.)

I’m going to be photographing baby Marra’s first year. This is the first you’ll see of this little newbie, but she’ll be making several blog appearances in 2011. Enjoy these sneak peeks!

I love this series. There’s something to be said for casual family portraits done in your own home.

Of course, we had to get some alone time with Emerson (and her super rad pink sneakers).

Mom & Dad needed some alone time, too.

During my first session with Emerson, we took a photo of her and Shauna’s feet (you know how I love shoe shots). Since then, it has become a tradition. We had to let Marra in on the action, too.

Wishing all the joy in the world for this adorable family.