Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Baby Portrait Session :: One-Year-Old Cutie

One of the great things about being a mom and a photographer, is that I can totally relate to moms when kids do the opposite of what she was hoping for, especially in the case of portraits. You'd never know it by these images, but this little cutie was not having the best day~ and she was letting us know (and I will definitely have to post some of those images at another time!) This was not expected from a baby who generally is happy and rarely fusses, so something was definitely up. Turns out later that evening she did have a slight fever, so I say blame it on the teeth~ right?

Our time together wasn't a complete loss, of course. She recently celebrated her first birthday and I was so impressed with her signing "more" for more snacks, more singing Elmo, etc. It was also cute to watch her handing any speck of dirt to Mom to take care of. Though we tried pulling out all the stops, she decided to be done, but that's okay, because I'm secretly rejoicing that I get to see her again sometime soon!

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In giving back, Circle of Life Photography's main goal is to help those experiencing extreme poverty and nourishing them with food, shelter and spiritual guidance. Education is a big part of helping people learn how to help themselves and change the downward spiral of poverty for a better future for themselves and their children. Locally, a more tangible way of giving back is through using my photography gifts to serve others who are experiencing crisis (see NILMDTS and Pillows of Love.)

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Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep Foundation

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