i was recently asked by my cousin, emily, to photograph her 20-month-old son, jackson, and i was so excited to do it.  not only did this photo shoot give me more experience photographing (and chasing!) a toddler-aged child, but it also forced emily and me to finally get together and catch up.  she moved back to memphis with her husband quite a while back, and i had been keeping tabs on them through updates from my aunt, yet i had never even met jackson.  oh, boy, is he a charmer!  i was totally smitten by his smile, his full head of chestnut hair and especially his adorable way of kicking his feet out to the side when he runs.  and he sure loves to run!  after chasing him for a couple of hours, i decided to consider the photo shoot my workout for the day, too!  i am hoping that now emily and i will be better at setting up playdates for arden and jackson….and maybe some playdates for us adults as well!

when i arrived at their midtown home early on a lovely weekend morning, i started shooting almost immediately, and got some sweet pictures of jackson playing on and around his porch in his ‘fancy’ outfit:

we then headed to a nearby community garden for some ‘nature shots’ while jackson played with his truck and ran (and ran…and ran…) up and down the walking path: 

finally, we hopped in the car and headed to downtown memphis for the ‘urban setting’ that emily requested.  south main street provided plenty of room to roam (and, of course, run!) and plenty of rustic backdrops for colorful portraits of the little man:

naptime quickly approached, and although jackson showed no signs of tiring, we adults were exhausted!  so we asked jackson if he wanted to stop by the arcade restaurant for some biscuits.  as these next photos prove, he was all about that idea!  while enjoying his snack, a trolley parked right across the street, and the engineer waved to jackson and kindly waited for me to take some fun shots before he took off again.

jackson was truly the perfect little model, and i’m sure he (and his parents) had a fabulous nap that afternoon!  i ended up with SO many of what i call ‘frame-worthy’ portraits that morning, hence this photo-heavy post.  (and this is me being selective!)  these are my very favorite close-ups of the shoot:

keep on truckin’, jackson.  see ya ’round like a donut biscuit!