My baby is nearly fourteen months old, and it’s been something of a personal nightmare trying to get first year portraits of her. At nine months this little darling took her first steps and ever since then it’s been a race to keep up with her. At just over a year she climbs on everything, runs at full speed, does the two flights of stairs in our house both up and down with ease and dunks everything she can into the toilet. When she’s not busy making potty soup she’s rearranging my kitchen, stealing the dog’s bed and eating legos. If she had been my first born I am 100% positive she would have been an only child. That being said, she is also the word’s best cuddler, and when I look in her electric blue eyes I want to give her everything this life has to offer.
Last month I tried photographing Lauren for 4 hours in my studio and came up with just two images that were workable. Today I set out to beat my previous record and get a few more images of my darling baby girl. Knowing how much of a handful she can be I decided to enlist the help of my two boys and her dad. Caleb did his best bouncer impression and grabbed her every time she ran away and replaced her on her mark. The boys took turns making silly faces and noises that their younger sister finds funny in hopes she would smile. I am happy to report we got quite a few good smiles and now I feel I can finish up her first year portraits baby book. Note that after just twenty minutes of shooting my oldest son and husband both needed naps!
It’s been so strange for me having a child that doesn’t want to get a photo. All of my other kids have loved the camera. To this day they still beg for me to take their photo. In fact, I have some cute ones of them as well because they REALLY wanted their picture done too. (Can’t let the baby have all the fun!) So, without further ado, the Jones Family:
P.s. This last photo is the face she makes most. She hoots like a monkey when she wants something. Who says evolution is just a “theory?” I feel like a live with a primitive primate!