Disney Family Session (Orlando Child and Family Photographer)

I should title this post “The Session that Almost Didn’t Happen” … but we’ll get to that in a bit.   Jess is a sweet and spunky mom of three, super-crafter and blogger extraordinaire.  In fact, she has tons in common with this other crafty friend of mine, Emily Anderson (who’s now a mom of FIVE!) so it was no surprise when Jess introduced herself as one of Emily’s blog readers.   This cute little family had been planning a trip to Disney World for three years! The time had finally arrived to start making plans to have their yearly family photos done while they were here.  Since Emily was a little tied up with other things, Jess contacted me about doing a session for them out at Disney World.  I’m not gonna lie … I love Disney like an Emo kid loves eyeliner.   I mean, it’s the happiest place on Earth, people!  So of course I said “OMG, YES!! (or something like that …) and plans were made!  We decided to break up their session into 2 mini-sessions so that we didn’t keep the kids from enjoying the park for too long.  Day 1 would be at the Disney Boardwalk (one of my favorite places to shoot) and Day 2 at Magic Kingdom.   Day 1 was so much fun!  We actually bumped into each other in the parking lot and just immediately connected – Jess and Eric are so relaxed and funny and their kids are SO well behaved, sweet and full of personality.  My kids were on Spring Break that week, so we decided to make a stay-cation out of it and get a room at one of the resorts.  We spent all day Wednesday out by the pool (or the hot tub if you’re Owen …) and just hanging out.   I was kind of keeping an eye on the weather since there was a partial chance of rain, but the sun was shining and the day before had been just gorgeous so I really wasn’t too worried.  Around 4:00 I hopped in the car, headed to the Park, hopped on the tram, the monorail, etc. etc. and I am not even kidding, the moment I got to the gate, the sky turned black and it began to pour.   Did I mention Jess and her family are from Minnesota?  Yah … this was a once in a lifetime trip.    So we touched base via cell phone and decided that sadly, it just didn’t look like this part of their session was going to work out.   I.felt.so.bad.   I decided to wait a little while before heading back because it was so stormy (and there was a huge herd of people exiting the park and crowding the monorail – I’m a total Claustrophobe.)  The rain eventually let up a tiiiiiiny bit and Jess called me again to see if I would be OK with just running out and grabbing a few shots of them in front of the Castle so they wouldn’t have to go home totally empty-handed.  Of course I said “of course!” and lo and behold, as we ran out to grab those few, quick shots … the clouds parted and the sun came out.   Let this be a lesson friends — Florida weather is SO DARN FICKLE.  I cannot tell you how many times this has happened to me.   Enough to make me sound like a crazy, psycho-optimist all the time “Oh I  know it looks like a hurricane, but really it will probably clear up in just a minute (nervous laughter) let’s just wait and see what happens!”   So, that’s why this is “The Session that Almost Didn’t Happen”, but I am beyond happy, thrilled, and thankful that it did and that  I was able to capture these priceless memories for this sweet family.  I think it actually ended up being one of my favorite sessions ever.   Jess + family, thank you for inviting me along on your Disney World adventure and for being your fun selves.  I hope it truly was the trip of a lifetime!

Playing Catch Up

Well, since I’ve apparently forgotten how to blog …. I’m here to beg you to take me back – all five of you very kind souls that probably still read this, ha ha!  I’m not going to sit here and make excuses for why a few days turned into a few weeks. Yes, I’ve been busy, yes things are hectic (when aren’t they?)  but to be completely honest I have SO much to catch up on, that it’s kind of an overwhelming and daunting task, looming on my to-do list like a big, black cloud.  f-u-n.    I actually love to blog because I’m constantly talking to myself (in a British accent, of course) and so this outlet for stream-of-consciousness babble is just perfect for someone like me.   I also love to show off all the little happy faces and crazy-in-love couples that I photograph.    So, I’m putting on my big girl panties, sucking it up and gettin’ er done 😉   I am, however, going to make it a little easier on myself, and blog a round up of sorts from the holidays to start us off (I know, so behind, ahhhh)   My littlest little had his tonsils & adenoids removed and tubes put in his ears two weeks ago.  Needless to say, I’m super tired and half-crazy, so please forgive me if this post makes no sense.   These cuties should put a smile on everyone’s face though!

cutest niece and nephew ever (mine!)

One of my favorite ages to photograph is One.  So fun!  And cute, and smiley.  And not yet running away walking.

Beautiful kids, absolute little darlings and so well behaved.

a gorgeous mom-to-be who’s literally glowing!

And another expecting mama, just radiant, calm and happy.

a sweet, snuggly, squishy, brand new baby girl that I wanted to sneak home with me!

A 3 year old funny man, who I swear is really a little man trapped in a toddler’s body.

Another cutie-pie, little hip dude.

Love this girl.  She belongs to my good friend Carly.   I want to have a little girl just so I can dress her in this exact outfit.

Balloons and candy FTW for this guy.

This boy is not shy, don’t let him fool you!  Adorable?  Yes.

And one more little beauty to finish it up.

I still have a few sessions from the holidays that need their own post because they’re just that awesome.  But you’ll just have to wait!  Don’t worry, I’ll have another post up before you can refresh your iGoogle.  Except what I really mean is probably tomorrow 🙂

My Boy is Three

Three years ago today I was in the hospital giving birth to my sweet baby!  Our lives have been so enriched by our crazy little wild man.   He has the energy of 3 year old, that’s for sure, the vocabulary of a 30 year old and the spunk and attitude of a ‘tween…..yes, indeed, he is one-of-a-kind 🙂  We are very blessed to be parents to such a cool little person (or as he would say, “awesome”) and wanted to give him a really fun birthday party to help him celebrate his big day with some of his friends.   Sweet little thing had been SO excited about his birthday party for months leading up to it (he gets that from me) and helped me pick out all the things he wanted to have and do.   We got SO lucky that it didn’t rain…..his party was at 5:30 on a Friday afternoon…..in August……in Florida.  I know I was asking for it, but I was literally on my knees praying for it not to rain, and even though we all thought for sure it was going to, it didn’t.  To be completely honest, I didn’t really put a whole lot of thought into his party decor, just picked up things that were on sale here & there and lo and behold, a red and aqua theme began to emerge!  The cute little banner is from Etsy, everything else is from Ikea orTar-jay.

This gorgeous watermelon is from my mother in law’s garden

Some grown-up party refreshments.  I know, beer in a can…..class with a Capital “K”, right?  Haha!

Every day’s a Tonka Day.  Sure enough, it is!

Birthday Hugs from cousin Hannah

The Play-Doh table.  This was a good craft to get all the kiddos started, especially when it looked like a hurricane was about to touch down.

Even the littlest guest enjoyed squishin’ around with it.

We also made some lovely mud pies…..

But Owen had his little heart set on swimming *yes, we are those people that bought a huge, plastic pool for our yard.  Some say tacky, I say awesome, this thing is perfect for kids!

Finally time for some cake.  Can you even handle that little face?  The “Happy Birthday” song has been his favorite part of any birthday celebration since he was one.

Happy Birthday Owen!  I hope this year is filled with so much fun, quirky, wild, sweet joy!