May 2010

i recently took arden’s 9 month growth photos.  it’s becoming increasingly difficult to get this little wiggle worm to lay on her back with her legs stretched out, showing exactly how much she has grown in the last month.  so, i have accepted that it’s not as important to photograph her in this same position each month as it is to show what she’s capable of and excited about doing at each stage.  now, i try to capture the recent milestones or favorite facial expressions, with ‘bunny friend’ simply leaning on, being held by or just laying in the general vacinity of arden! 

arden found a small twig at the edge of her blanket, and became quite attached to it.  anything on the ground fascinates her these days: grass, sticks, rocks, leaves….luckily she hasn’t come too close to any dog poop in our backyard yet!

in case you wonder why we call arden ‘love monster,’ this next photo says it all.  she has always loved to snuggle and hug, and she is a pro at the open-mouthed kisses.  since she has learned to crawl faster and faster, and since jason has taught her how to ‘wrestle’ (which is basically hugging while rolling around on the floor together), arden now knows how to ‘attack’ from a distance and crawl over to lay a wet one on us when we least expect it….this is usually the highlight of my day!

this face (shown above and below) is jason’s favorite face that arden makes right now.  he says that when he thinks of her throughout the day at work, this is the face he imagines her making.  and it’s the face he looks forward to seeing when he comes home.  she usually delivers!

this is still one of my favorites: the classic ‘arden the maniac’ face!

i adore her variety of facial expressions and her luscious chunks:

at the end of each month’s shoot, i aim for a few detail shots.  depending on her mood (or in other words, how close we are to naptime), i usually get somewhere between 10 and 30 of these shots, and they inevitably end up being some of the best.  lately, my favorites have been the ones that show the beautiful swirl of her thickening hair.

(there’s that stick again, going straight into her mouth.  what a handful!)


i feel lucky that during the start-up phase of my photography business, i have already had the chance to photograph a family, a newborn and a party, and now twins!  emma and olivia just turned one and were a joy to capture, despite the fact that we were battling a chance of rain, a quickly approaching naptime and a bit of teething pain, the last of which is apparent and, i think, adorable in some of these photos.

silly girls, not too shy to show how they’ve recently learned to kiss and blow kisses:

and some oh-so-serious faces as well:

once we were done with the frilly stuff and exploring the garden, it was playtime!

a couple of quick wardrobe changes, and then on to more playing:

emma and olivia were so sweet, exploring and teetering all over their house and yard, getting into everything but not staying in one place for long.  they sure kept me on my toes!  i hope to photograph them again in the future and see them grow more deeply into their own, individual personalities.  maybe next time i’ll be better at telling them apart!

lastly, and not because these are great photos, but because it was just so humorous:  i recently blogged about our beloved sophie the giraffe toy.  she is one of the items i bring to my sessions to entertain children and hold their attention while i capture a few guaranteed smiles.  well, in this case, sophie turned out to be more of a problem than a solution.  let’s just say, i learned a valuable lesson: 

when photographing twins, BRING TWO SOPHIES.

….and i like to think we are still as cute as ever, right?  RIGHT?  okay, so maybe we are starting to look our age and not our shoe size, but does that mean we always have to act our age???  cuz we sure didn’t at the memphis in may friday night shows!  widespread was great, and i boogied like i haven’t boogied in a long time.  and although my booty and my legs and my knees and my head and my liver all hurt the next day, it was totally worth it.  cheers to date night with my sweetie…. i can’t wait for the next one!