I Remember when... | toddler portraits

July 27, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

My latest session was with a little boy whom I have photographed previously. The last time I saw him was when he was a newborn baby. He was so beautiful! Now he is almost 2! O.M.G.! He's running around, smiling and laughing and sooooo adorable! It was just so awesome to see him! His mom had wanted me to take pictures of him before now, but you know how life can get in the way sometimes. It was so great to see them again. By the way, this is what he looked like the last time I saw him.

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First off, my client decided that she wanted to have the portraits done at The Village Green in Smyrna. She was telling me all about the duck pond and nice scenery that they have there and thought it would be a great place. I was like "Sure!" We decided on having the session at 11:30 a.m. because little Dakari's music lesson wasn't over until 11:00 a.m. Since we were going to be outside, I was really hoping that there would be some trees around to provide some shade. Harsh, direct sunlight is not a photographer's friend. 

Of course he didn't remember me when I showed up, so I played peek-a-boo with him from afar. He was just so serious, yet so cute! It's amazing how allowing a child to run freely makes them so happy!

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He still vacillated between being serious and fun, but I think it's just part of his personality. Luckily we started earlier in the day because it was starting to get hot. Poor thing started sweating and so did his mom. We all had water to drink and trees to take shade under, so that helped. While deciding where I wanted to photograph little Dakari, we stopped by a pond to get our bearings. After a few moments, I happened to look down and there were these three ducks and/or geese walking slowly toward Dakari and he was walking toward them. That's when we decided to move to another location. I'm sure that water fowl thought we had bread, but we did not and they are not necessarily known to be nice. Once we were safe, I was able to photograph him running with his mom. He was having so much fun. Now capturing that fun was the task at hand.

We walked around the park, making sure not to step in any duck poo. Somehow Dakari was fortunate enough not to step in it even though he was running constantly and not looking where he was stepping. One place we decided to stop was on this little deck overlooking the water. Here his mom thought it would be a good idea to wear his straw hat and his sunglasses. Let's just say that the hat didn't work for him, but he was trying to work with the glasses.

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This was one of the few shady spots. Eventually we made our way to a covered swing. It was nice for them to be able to sit down in some real shade, but we still had to be on the lookout for those darn ducks and geese. At least I was able to capture him wearing his cute little hat. I guess sitting on your mom's lap makes you more amenable to wearing something you don't like.

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After the rest and water break, we headed to the other side of the pond. Since his mom had been here before, she thought it would be a good idea to have him sit on this rock behind this giant frog. Not sure why, but I don't think he really liked being up on that rock. Perhaps it's his expression and body language.

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Here's a less awkward image of him sitting on the rock with the frog.

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So she took him down and we decided to go to another part of the park. There was another swing that was closer to the water. As I was trying to line up the shot, I happened to look around and noticed that we were being stalked by 3 geese. I know getting attacked by a goose is nothing like getting attacked by a tiger, but I still didn't want to experience that. So we decided to move to another spot. This time Dakari did not want to go. He was trying to go to the geese. I really didn't want this session to end with him getting bitten by a goose. Who knows, it could have traumatized him. 

Anyway, we made it back to the swing where Dakari's grandmother was patiently waiting for us. As they were packing up, I captured this shot of Dakari with the ever-present geese behind him.

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Since I hadn't seen him or his family in almost 2 years, we chit-chatted for a little while longer. Before I left, I was able to capture one last portrait of him.

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Still serious, but as cute as ever.






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