I am so excited to be a part of this family's journey. Michelle and I met for the first time when she came to the studio for her consultation, and we ended up talking for two hours. I immediately felt comfortable with her and couldn't wait to meet the rest of her family. After her maternity session, Michelle decided to sign up for the entire Baby's First Year Plan, so I get to photograph the Smiths for the next year!
Travis was just as laid back and easy to talk to as Michelle. Georgie wasn't so sure she wanted to be taking pictures at first, but by the end of the session she was all smiles. We started the session with her favorite book. Interactive poses that include a familiar object from home are a great way to raise a child's comfort level during a session. Georgie was very serious about her reading!
Michelle wanted to focus on the whole family, but we had to get some belly shots!
Georgie started having fun when we moved into the tall grass. She thought it was a blast to try to pick the wildflowers. Her stuffed elephant made an appearance in several of the images. Nothing makes a kid smile like their favorite toy! I have a feeling I'll be seeing a lot more of that elephant.
Throughout the session, we tried a few times to get Georgie to put her hands on or kiss Mommy's belly. Nothing worked. She just wasn't feeling the love for baby sister that day. We decided toward the end of the session to try one more time. Michelle held Georgie's elephant behind her belly, and it worked! I love when there are funny little stories about the images.
At the very end of the session, I asked Michelle and Travis if there was anything else that they wanted to try before we were done. Travis asked if we could take a shot with the swing because Georgie loves to swing. As soon as she saw it, her face lit right up. Huge win for Dad! My favorite image from the whole session came from an unplanned (but brilliant) idea!
Little baby Lexi was born healthy and beautiful. I will be sharing her newborn session on the blog very soon. I am really looking forward to watching Lexi and Georgie grow over the next year. The best part of the Baby's First Year Plan for me is being a part of the family's life during such an amazing time. I can't wait to see what kind of personality Lexi will have, and how Georgie will grow into her role as big sister. I can already tell that this family will have a very special place in my heart.
Cassandra Zingaro - photographer, mom, wife, owner of HeartStrings Photography and first time blogger