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Today I’m prepping for an evening session with one cute toddler. Remember this little one? She’s now two! These images are from her first one year session, and you can see more here.

I’m working on prom images today, and just had to share a little sneak peek. I’m loving these images! I also love that Dariane was such a good sport for all my ideas. 🙂 Keep an eye out for the full session tomorrow!

When Sarah comes to visit, I use it as an excuse to do some testing as she is very willing to play the role of any character I dream up. I happened to have a dress that fit her – yes even though I’m 28, I can still somehow manage to fit into the same clothes as a 13 year old. The dress had a slight vintage feel to it, so to continue the feel we curled some soft waves, braided a bit and made a wildflower crown.While many photographers have children of their own to photograph any time they wish, I do not yet have this opportunity, so Sarah makes for the perfect model to experiment with. Sarah and I explored various parts of the property surrounding my parent’s home and ended the woodland walk on the Skinny Road glowing with the evening sun.

 

I had several pre-session detail shots from this recent session that I thought deserved a separate post. I also thought I would share how I made some of the items for the session for those other crafty people out there that are like myself.

My session theme was based on color and location, and I instantly thought of lemons and berries when I saw what the children were wearing. I didn’t want to do the typical lemonade stand so I made a fun yellow and white cotton canopy (idea from here), and set up a small table and tree stumps for chairs. I included some other props in the scene that could help occupy little hands such as lemon crisps, lemons, berries, and a yellow parasol.

The most time consuming project was the canopy, but it was definitely worth it. I cut 3.5″ strips of yellow and white cotton about three yards in length and sewed each strip together, alternating colors. I hemmed the top,  bottom, and raw sides but gave a larger pocket at the top to allow for different things to fit. Think of curtain panels. I ended up just using a bent wire clothes hanger for the top, but you could also use an embroidery hoop. I then used safety pins on several inner sides to tie a thin rope to, and then tie it to the tree branch. You could also use matching ribbon to make it more decorative.  I knew I wouldn’t have the whole canopy in most shots, so I didn’t see it as necessary. It happened to be a very breezy day, because of this, we used the safety pins again, only this time on the inner bottom to tie the looped rope to attach the canopy to tent stakes. I’m thinking I might use the canopy another time in the future for an outdoors newborn session. If you have questions, just let me know.

I also made paper fans and hot glued them to small dowl rods to incorporate the kids names into the session.

The lemon crisps were from this recipe and they were tasty! And easy too!

I really liked the feel of this session… sweet, bright, and sunny.

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Our adventures took place at Bendix Woods  and it was the perfect location for this spring Little One’s Session. I created a canopied “set” to have cookies and lemonade under, though as it turned out, there was just too much to explore. A mentor once told me that photographers wear many hats. At the time I didn’t know how true that was. For this session I wore the sprinter hat, one I have worn a few times previously with toddlers. We chased three year old Wyatt, back and forth on the green lawn, and all the while, I think he was having a rather good time. His sweet smile tells it all. Abbi, his sister, was ready at a moments notice to strike a pose, or chase after her brother. The session ended with Abbi floating away with the wind, or perhaps that was just pretend. Thanks Abbi and Wyatt for making this adorable session!