Maddie is One! I love celebrating birthdays. I love one year olds. My favorite feature of little Maddie’s is her eyes. Her right eye has freckles. How cool is that? She has these beautiful gorgeous eyes, and then in her right eye two little amber speckles. I think she couldn’t be any more adorable! She is just a little porcelain dolly. I haven’t pulled my bath set out for baby pictures in a long time. It is a little bit more work than other sets that I use. But Maddie was a thinker and she needed something that would keep her attention and allow me to have a few minutes to take some portraits. I am so glad I pulled it out of the prop closet. She was fascinated by the bubbles. And I love how the simplicity of the set really shows off her perfect baby chub, and those eyes, again with those amazing eyes. Baby pictures aren’t just portraits. They are time capsules. For the rest of forever her family will remember their busy, smart, perfectly chubby, porcelain skinned, blue eyed baby doll. Just as she was here.
This little guy is a pro smiler. He won a championship a month ago and just flew to Europe for the National competition. He has been practicing for under a year and has already mastered the art. He wins the judges over with the extra touch of showing off his little teeth with that great big happy grin. This next year he will be courting sponsors and start a trust fund for himself for college. Alan plans on charting up a charity to support less smile prone children across the world to deal with the issues that are preventing them from finding their smile and having joy. Truly an accomplished boy for just being one.
Ok, that was all a silly made up story…
But it could be part truth. It is amazing how much a smile does matter. And when you are a happy person filled with joy your potential to do good in the world is limitless.
A smile can carry a person through so many of the hard things life throws at you. Little orphan Annie was pretty brilliant with her understanding of that fact.
I found this is Forbes magazine:
A UC Berkeley 30-year longitudinal study examined the smiles of students in an old yearbook, and measured their well-being and success throughout their lives. By measuring the smiles in the photographs the researchers were able to predict: how fulfilling and long lasting their marriages would be, how highly they would score on standardized tests of well-being and general happiness, and how inspiring they would be to others. The widest smilers consistently ranked highest in all of the above. And they had a longer lifespan!
Alan, with your beautiful smile I know that I will see you again someday. I’ll be watching the news and here all about the big, wonderful things that you are doing to make a world a better place. And I’ll pat myself on the back and say to myself, “I knew it. All the way back when I was your Tukwilla baby photographer, I knew it!”
One of the great things about being a Tacoma newborn photographer is developing relationship with clients. Getting to meet new clients means making new friends. I friend request all of my clients on facebook after their sessions. Mostly because I love keeping in touch, and watching these perfect little babies grow into awesome little people. As years go by I get to know my clients better. My favorite thing about having a good relationship with my clients is getting to meet new siblings. Colin came to one of my favorite families. I feel so blessed to be photographing a healthy second baby for this wonderful family. After being a fan of my work for the last few years, Colin’s mom even had a dream shot that she wanted to capture of her new baby boy. I am so glad she did. It makes his session even more special that we were able to do that. Her dream shot is the one of Colin hanging from the baby branch. Funny enough that is kind of my dream shot too. When I first started learning about newborn photography and exposing myself to the work of the masters in the field, I saw that type of shot and it captured me. From that point on I knew I wanted to be a newborn photographer and to be able to take beautiful portraits like that for the wonderful families that trusted me to be their Tacoma newborn photographer.
Days go by too quickly. I know when you are in the trenches as a new parent they might seem like they last forever. Sleepless nights tend to make all your days blend together into one long, grin and bear it kind of day. But the reality is that these are the best days of your life and they are slipping through your fingers like tiny grains of salt in an hour glass. These are the days that your princess is perfectly innocent. She can do no wrong, she can’t break your heart, she hasn’t taken a black sharpie marker to your couch yet or chopped off all her bangs. Today she is full of smiles and giggles and adoring love. She wants you and sometimes only you will do. Baby portraits, memories and little trinkets like her favorite dresses will soon be all you have of this most precious time. A gateway back to the happiest days of your life. Hire a Seattle baby photographer to keep her little and yours forever.
Never Grow Up
Your little hand’s wrapped around my finger
And it’s so quiet in the world tonight
Your little eyelids flutter cause you’re dreaming
So I tuck you in, turn on your favorite night light
To you everything’s funny, you got nothing to regret
I’d give all I have, honey
If you could stay like that
Oh darling, don’t you ever grow up
Don’t you ever grow up, just stay this little
Oh darling, don’t you ever grow up
Don’t you ever grow up, it could stay this simple
I won’t let nobody hurt you, won’t let no one break your heart
And no one will desert you
Just try to never grow up, never grow up