Kids and Families

Holiday: Blue Steel Toddler

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Remember this kid? Well, here are a few of my favorites from this session! We’ve actually met a few times at the local watering hole (i.e. the playground) and when his mother, Joan, opened the door, we both went, “oh! I recognize you!” Anyway, this child woke up on the wrong side of the toddler bed that morning, but still managed to put on quite a winning look. I’m telling you, this kid is going to charm his way through life. I had such a great time photographing this little family.

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A snapshot from one of my jam-packed weekend of family photo shoots, just in time for upcoming holiday cards. This little girl was a real riot, and her baby brother was just all toothy smiles and cheeks. The camera loved them.

 

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A Snapshot: Early holiday cheer!

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Kids + Fall Leaves

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Fall and kids—my two favorite things. As a fall baby, I think I naturally gravitate towards the season. I was a big fan of orange and yellow (and still am), I used to love and still like the idea of collecting acorns for no reason other than to feel like a squirrel, and I chose this time of year for my wedding date. That and because the venue we liked had an opening.  But there’s also the rainbow of leaves that paints the blue skies and carpets the ground, the warm sun and the crisp morning air, the apples and pumpkins and all the cliches that make an easier transition from summer to cooler weather.

As tradition, we started to take annual photographs at our wedding site (Woodend) for its rainbow of foliage. As small people appeared in our lives, the pictures shifted from being of us to just being of them—because once you become parents, you pretty much disappear into an anonymous existence. Here are a few assortments that I took this year, at Woodend and then at my in-laws’ in Chicago.

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Little Tater

I met the cutest little bumpkin over the weekend, the six-month old half-Swede, half-Long Island Jew of Steve and Josie. Steve referred to him as his little Tater, among other names, and he really was like a little squirming, smiling potato with arms and legs. As a Swede, he has the finest red-blond hair (even his eyelashes!), white skin and light eyes of his ancestral Vikings; his Jewish dad claims he cries with an Long Island accent. Together, they are a happy little new family, exploring nooks and crannies of their new neighborhood together after their last New York apartment got too crowded for the three of them. He’s a photogenic little model baby, making it fairly difficult to choose from the number of great shots I got of him to show on this blog.


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Flower Child

Introducing Marina and her petite chou! Shortly after this photo session, this little French-Russian girl became a big sister to a brand-new baby sister. We spent three days taking pictures around San Francisco in the botanical gardens and the playground. In between sand-eating sessions and moments of falling apart, I managed to capture the pure joy and unfiltered happiness that is being a child.

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Tiny toes

Another Chicago child: This little munchkin is the 2 1/2 year old of my dear friend Amy from college  She is an adorably squishy little kid who can sing the alphabet on command (without much coaxing), skipping a few non-important letters along the way. She’s currently enrolled at Tiny Toes, a ballet class for toddlers, and they have a ballet recital coming up. I think Tiny Toes is a hilarious name for a toddler ballet class, and if I stayed in town longer I would have made a point to see what a toddler ballet recital consisted of as well. In any case, she hung out on the window seat the whole time, giving her an angelic little halo background.

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new beginnings.

Liying and Kit welcomed their first baby boy early last week! He was nine days after his due date, but just in time for me to meet him during my weekend in Chicago. He slept through most of my visit. He’s so little and so brand-new that you just want to protect and shield him from the big bad world, and tell him to watch out for strangers, dangerous weapons, Corporate America and people who text while driving. Liying and Kit are exhausted new parents, but oh-so-excited, super happy and positively beaming.

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