Kaiden is Two! | Chesapeake, VA, Children’s Photographer

Did you happen to see Monday’s post?? Well, this little charmer is back for more!!

There were so many amazing images from this session that I just had to split them into two blog posts. I’m sure you won’t mind a second dose of cuteness!!

Now, let me just say, the cake smash was totally staged, as cake smashes usually are. These images, these are all Kaiden! This little boy loves to run around in his daddy’s hockey helmet, batting pucks, balls, and anything else in his path with his hockey stick. So… after we cleaned up the cake and Kaiden went back to his hockey business I was so glad I still had all my lighting and backdrops set up and camera near by. This kid has a future in modeling!

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This is one very silly, adorable little boy!!

This is one very silly, adorable little boy!!

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Looks like the apple doesn't fall too far from the tree... Daddy was a hockey player, too!

Looks like the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree… Daddy was a hockey player, too!

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After the “hockey game” started to look a little dangerous for my equipment, we brought the bubbles back out and let this silly little boy play away.

Future heartbreaker!!

Future heartbreaker!!

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Isn’t he just too, too cute???

Thank you sooooo much for rocking out at your session, Kaiden!! You were a BLAST to work with!!

Kaiden’s 2-Yr Cake Smash | Chesapeake, VA, Children’s Photographer

Kaiden is one of three little boys, all born within a few months of each other, that I fondly refer to as my favorite little monsters. Watching him grow into the little man that he is has been such a joy! He has turned into the busiest, happiest, funniest little boy who definitely keeps his momma and daddy on their toes! He’s turning out to be quite the entertainer and was hamming it up for me the whole time I was photographing this cake smash.

Be sure to check back later this week!! There were so many great images from this session that I decided to save part of them for a second blog post!

I love the "are you sure I'm supposed to have this?" look on his face!!

I love the “are you sure I’m supposed to have this?” look on his face!!

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Oh hey, this is fun!!

Oh hey, this is fun!!



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Hey Kaiden, let's see your blue tongue!

Hey Kaiden, let’s see your blue tongue!

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I have to give all the credit for the bubbles to Kaiden’s momma. Tell me this wasn’t the best idea ever??! AND we did this session in their kitchen!! What little boy doesn’t want a momma who thinks bubble makers in her kitchen are an awesome idea??!

What could be better than a cake smash AND bubbles??!

What could be better than a cake smash AND bubbles??!

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Thank you so much Kaiden for an awesome session – you rocked it!! And thank you to his momma and daddy for the work that went into planning and for letting us blow bubbles all over your kitchen!

Kayleigh is One Year Old!! | Noland Trail, Mariner’s Museum, Newport News, VA

Oh this family! And this sweet, sweet, darling, little girl!! They rock my world!!!!!
This is now the… FOURTH time I’ve had the pleasure of capturing Kayleigh’s milestones and I couldn’t have been more thrilled to see them again last week!
(Check out our previous sessions here, here, and here)

We kept our fingers crossed for sunshine and warmer temperatures and decided to meet again at Noland Trail, part of the Mariner’s Museum Park, in Newport News for our session. This park is a particular favorite for this family – mom’s an avid runner and has spent many hours and many miles enjoying the beautiful landscape of the trails around the museum. Thankfully, we were in luck, the weather cooperated, and we were able to capture some gorgeous images of this sweet little 1-year-old and her wonderful family. AND Miss Kayleigh’s momma even brought along a cake for a little cake smash!!

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I happened to remember Mis Kayleigh’s momma having an affinity for purple, so I put together this penant banner for our session. It worked perfectly with the little red wagon Miss Kayleigh had received as a birthday gift, just the day before!!

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How much fun is this wagon??

How much fun is this wagon??

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What little girl doesn’t love a string of pearls??!!

One very happy family!

One very happy family!

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Happy Birthday Sweet Girl!!

Happy Birthday Sweet Girl!!

Thank you, Smith Family, for inviting me to capture so many milestones for your family!! Every session has been such a joy and Miss Kayleigh could not be any sweeter!

The Cloke Family | Family Portrait Session – Elmira, New York

Finally!! I was finally able to get the Cloke family, all three of them, in front of my camera for a portrait session! Amber and I have been trying to make this happen for a looooooonng time. I’m so glad it finally worked out!

Amber and I go way back. Waaaaayyyyy back. Her grandparents built the house I grew up in, the same house where my parents still live. My dad likes to tell about her running around the house in diapers when he was there for a showing. You can’t go much further back than that. And let me tell you, we have some stories.

Recently, what I have loved most, is watching one of my very best friends become an amazing mother. The transformation has been remarkable. For someone who was so scared she wouldn’t know what to do, she is a complete natural. I love hearing about all of the adventures they have, all the little things Noah is doing, and all the picutres she sends. I’m so proud of the wonderful mother and trully outstanding woman I have the pleasure of calling best friend.

Okay, enough of the mushy stuff, now for the real reason you came to the blog today. Tell me this isn’t this one gorgeous family??

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And of course, one of this adorably silly little boy, hamming it up. Noah, buddy, I wish you weren’t so far away.

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Thanks for braving the cold for me, Cloke family!! And for totally rocking this session!

Reagan’s 1-yr Cake Smash | Virginia Beach Children’s Photographer

OH Miss Reagan – you are one gorgeous little girl!! I’ve been looking forward to this cake smash since her momma mentioned it at her 6-month session. We have so many little boys in our life that any time I get to incorporate sparkles and pink into one of my sessions is exciting! And it gets even better when there are bright blue eyes and perfect pouty lips to go with all that pink!

Reagan was a little hesitant about this cake thing at first… you can see the “are you sure this is okay?” look on her face.

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Talk about twinkle toes!! I love how the confetti stuck to her feet!

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OoooOOooo there are sparkles to mix with this frosting!

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Oh wait, this might taste yummy…

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And this is where Reagan realized there was frosting all over her hands.

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And… we’re done!

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Thank you sweet girl for bearing with us and giving us some good chuckles and adorable images!

Miss Reagan, you are such a pleasure to work with – you come right on back anytime you want to spread pink frosting and confetti around my kitchen!

Miss Peyton is Four!

After the Princess Tea Party that you all hopefully saw on Monday, we took a few more “normal” pictures of this newly-minted 4-year-old.

Peyton loves to paddleboard with her parents so we made sure to capture some of her silliness with the boards. Just look at her go!

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Sugar and spice and everything nice – and just enough spunk to keep things interesting!

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She even has a Princess Miss Potato Head kit for her pumpkin! It looks pretty cute on her, too. 🙂

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Happy Birthday Princess Peyton!! We hope to celebrate with you for many, many more!

Peyton’s Princess Tea Party

New clients are a blessing but repeat clients are truly gratifying when you’re trying to build a business out of a hobby and a dream. Last week I had the pleasure of working with one of the first families I photographed. It was so good to see them again and catch up!!

I’ve had this idea for a Princess Tea Party for quite some time and was thrilled Miss Peyton was willing to help me out. Since I froze this poor girl the first time I photographed her, I wanted to wait until the weather cooled off a little so I didn’t melt her this time around. Thank goodness we planned for the end of September because this first week of October certainly has not felt like fall!

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These cupcakes and french macarons are from Sweet Temptations Dessert Cafe. The ladies there do a fantastic job.
(They also did the desserts for our wedding!)

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A BIG thank you to Miss Peyton and her wonderful parents for helping me out with this tea party!

Be sure to check back in on Wednesday to see more images of this sweet girl!

Kayleigh | 6 Months – Noland Trail, Mariner’s Museum Park

When Miss Kayleigh’s momma contacted me for her 6-month portraits, I was thrilled!! I just love working with this family. I fondly refer to them as my catalog family. They’re so happy and at ease with each other that they naturally fall into the best “poses” and just look so great together. And Kayleigh was such a gem for her newborn session – she certainly spoiled this photog with her awesomeness – and I couldn’t wait to see how much she has grown!

Yet again, Kayleigh rocked her session. She’s such a happy, smiley little girl! Even though she was up bright and early the morning of her session, she smiled through the yawns and gave us some of the most gorgeous images.

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I just love a little girl who loves to play dress up! We had so much fun watching Kayleigh’s reaction to this tutu… she was just loving every minute of the combination of the tutu and her toes while she happily hammed it up for us. The expressions on her face were priceless!

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Just for fun, here are a few side-by-sides with images from their maternity session that we also did here at the Mariner’s Museum Park. What a difference a few months can make!!

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Barrett, 2 Years | Mommy & Me Portraits

This little man’s momma wanted some 2 year portraits with a similar look to the 1 year portraits they had taken last year; so the day after his birthday party, we decided to give Mommy & Me portraits a try. The reason I say, give them a try, is because we just happened to be shooting during nap time, after a morning of shopping, and a busy day the day before. We had no idea how it would work out but I’m always up for a challenge! We just needed to find a few distractions… 🙂

It turns out, golf balls and airplanes did the trick! Just see for yourself: the handsome 2-year-old and his beautiful momma!!

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Barrett’s Birthday Bash!

This little man celebrated his birthday in style with a Country Fair themed, pinterest-worthy party. His momma certainly out-did herself on this one!! There was a barnyard bouncehouse, ring toss, sack races, pie-eating contest, popcorn, cotton candy, and the list could go on!

A couple weeks ago the hubs and I traveled down to North Carolina with his family to celebrate Barrett’s 2nd birthday. This favorite little man of ours has been in our lives nearly as long as we’ve been together and it has been such a pleasure to watch him grow! We look forward to many more celebrations with this one – and his little brother, Oliver – and can’t wait to see what the future brings for these two little boys.

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Bobbing for Apples:

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Ring Toss:

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Goldfish Games:

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Pie-Eating Contest:

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Potato Sack Races:

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I was able to snatch these two and capture a few images in their adorable outfits! Their momma always finds the cutest duds for her boys!!

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And then it was time for the cake smash!! It turns out Barrett was more interested in the icing than the cake but he had a blast tunneling through it with his fingers and enjoying the sugary goodness. 🙂

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As guests left the party, they stopped at the “photo booth” for a family picture. Here are just a few of them:

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And I’ll leave you with Barrett and his bubbles:

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Happy birthday big boy, we’re so glad we could be there to help you celebrate!!