“They could see she was a real Princess and no question about it, now that she had felt one pea all the way through twenty mattresses and twenty more feather beds. Nobody but a Princess could be so delicate.”
-Hans Christian Andersen, The Princess and the Pea
A year ago today, Penelope entered the earth making me an aunt once more and she's been such a blessing to our family ever since. For P's 1st Birthday Portrait Session it was a no brainer what the theme should be: Princess and the Pea! The story of Princess and the Pea has always been a favorite of mine. Our own little Princess P has endured many nights unable to sleep so one must conclude that she is a genuine princess, not to mention she has a natural grace and sweetness about her. She was such a doll during her birthday session and played her part to a "T"... or should I say "P"?!
I know I'm a little behind with the whole "year in review" thing but I figured as long
as I published this before February 1st I was still good...!
In no particular order, here are my top 16 portraits of 2016 and
why they were my favorites of the year.
It seems like winter temperatures are slowly creaping in so I'm trying to take full advantage of every last bit of the warm autumn sun. My latest family portrait session in Liberty State Park was certainly a super breezy one! I had been trying to schedule Marta, Alan, and little Isaac's mini session for some time now and we were ecstastic to finally nail down a date. Their session day came and thought the temperature was fair we had huge gusts of wind that made it quite cold. They were such troupers to bear through the crazy wind and we were still able to snap some great pics!
Alan is the bishop of my church congregation here in Jersey. I first got to know he and Marta by attending our church choir practices and I instantly fell in love with their kind heartedness. Its been a joy watching them become parents to Isaac, who is just the cutest little munchkin. I feel so grateful for their sweet friendship and blessed to have been entrusted with photographing their adorable family!
"Enjoy the little things in life for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things"
- Kurt Vonnegut
Continuing along with family portrait season...
I just love this little family of five! I've had the great pleasure of serving alongside Luke and Lauren in our church here in Jersey. In our ward (congregation) I lead music time for all of the children and I've been lucky enough to have Luke accompany me with his incredible piano playing skills. Lauren has put together a great program that our primary children will be performing next week! I have loved getting to know them and . And their two little boys and new baby girl are such sweet spirits- always happy and smiling!
I was so excited when Lauren wanted to book a family portrait session. We had to reschedule a few times so it was wonderful to FINALLY have it happen! We photographed at Liberty State Park during a gorgeous warm autumn sunset. The temperature had dipped a little by the time we started shooting and the boys were such troopers as they shivered between shots. What an absolute pleasure it was photographing this sweet family!
My sweet little nieces get more adorable by the day. Maddie is the cutest little stinker however I feel like Penny is going to give her a run for her money! A couple of months ago when I was in town, I photographed these two in their sweet little sister outfits. A favorite moment from this session was when we were trying to get Maddie to hold Penelope. All she wanted to do was to run around so we talked her into holding her Anna doll which totally did the trick! She posed with Anna for a few photos and then we swapped Anna out for little sister. It was hilarious and precious!
These two have my heart completely and I adore being their Aunt C. Every photo shoot is more special than the last. Their mommy, my sister, told me that recently Maddie told her, "Aunt C come over? Photos with Penny P?" I love that she loves being in front of the camera for me and that she loves posing with her sister (even when we have to bribe her with Frozen dolls and mini pink marshmallows!)
Loves: my husband, golden age movie musicals, red lipstick, fall leaves, rainy mornings, dressing up, jazz music, yellow tulips, tap dancing, and taking your photos (yes YOU!)