this was one of my favorite photography sessions to date, not only because finn and ryan are two gorgeous little boys, but also because it gave me an opportunity to reunite with my friend and college roommate, whom i hadn’t seen in 4 years.  together, amanda and i lived and studied in italy, traveled through europe (ever heard me mention my ‘one crazy night in munich?’  yeah….only amanda knows – and will EVER know – the complete story of that night!), suffered through long interior design studios and exhausting teachers and projects, shared a fabulous melrose place-like apartment (my first!), played pool and drank lots of beer with vern at the thirsty tiger in baton rouge, watched hours of cooking shows (amanda taught me a lot about cooking, including basics like how to slice a pepper and how to saute breaded chicken) and dated chefs/best friends who were equally (but i promise, just slightly) mentally unstable.  YIKES.  needless to say, we have made some fun memories together!

i was overjoyed when she and her husband, tim, planned a quick trip to memphis to hang out and have their boys photographed.  the 7 of us spent a chaotic 24 hours together, eating brunch at arcade, blowing bubbles with the kids in our backyard, eating dinner at central BBQ and the next morning, feeding ducks at the park and exploring the botanic gardens.  we were hot and sweaty the entire time, but we managed to keep the kids happy and the adults had a fabulous time catching up.  i happily snapped photos throughout their entire stay, hence all the wardrobe changes you’ll notice in these photos! 

our main goal was to capture several nice shots of 4-month-old ryan, since amanda and tim have admittedly slacked on capturing every breath of his existence like they did with finn.  this little cutie has the brightest blue eyes i’ve ever seen on a baby, and his sweet smile is so contagious.  i giggled uncontrollably while snapping these pictures:

2 1/2-year-old finn was acting shy at first, but he started to open up over the course of our visit, especially while waiting in line at central BBQ.  the shots of him in the striped shirt are some of my favorites;  i took them while he was busy laughing at and counting the pigeons on the roof of the restaurant.  what a smart, sweet boy!

amanda and tim, you have a BEAUTIFUL family, and i’m so glad i finally got to meet the boys.  thanks for traveling to memphis, and for putting up with the insane memphis heat!  we are daydreaming about our trip to little rock to pay back the visit soon. 

kiss those 2 little redheads for me!