Ella is almost 7 months with big dark blue eyes and two cousins that think she’s pretty cool. I took family portraits last November when Ella was just a couple months old and was privileged to be asked to take hers again now. She was the focus and her cousins would join her for some Easter-outfit shots (all as a Mother’s Day surprise for Oma). It was supposed to be sunny that day but it rained, squelching all my ideas of photographing Ella in a bunch of bright yellow flowers that were blooming in my yard at the time. Now what?! I scrambled to put together an indoor “studio.” It wasn’t perfect but for my first, I was happy with it. Ella is quite the fashionista as you will see. Her smile was a killer, but so was her serious face. Tell me I’m not wrong.
Of all the pictures I took, and there was a lot of them, this next one is my #1 favorite. Who can resist this puckered little mouth, big cheeks, and killer blue eyes! Not me! And doesn’t she wear a bow well?
And look at this little number … black and white with a hot pink bow and full-on baby cheeks. What’s not to smile about?
We moved into my kitchen with the hard wood floor and heavy gold-colored curtains in the background — terrible lighting with a bright yellow cast so I turned it into a light pink-on-black look. Not perfect but better than the original. The outfit cried out for my pearls from Hawaii.
I had so much fun watching my grandkids dye Easter Eggs (see post here) that I just had to dye some of my own to place with Ella in her Easter dress. When I put Big Ben (not shown) on the table, Ella just reached right out and grabbed him around the neck. S-Q-U-A-A-A-W-K-! I had to rescue him, and in return let her have an egg to distract her — then eventually one of the smaller chicks made their way into the picture. It worked and I love, love, love this photo. (Yes, Big Ben survived yet another photo shoot.)
This next picture is another favorite of mine. As a matter of fact, I wanted to enter it into the I Heart Faces “Soft and Sweet” contest last week but couldn’t post the picture for fear Oma would have randomly looked at my blog and spoiled her Mother’s Day surprise. I’m just positive it would have won. Wink, wink. 😉 If interested, you can check out the beautiful winning photos here.
And then it was the boys turn for a group shot with Ella, but first a single shot or two. I got some really nice portraits like the three below. Ha! Boys will be boys … and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
I’ve known these boys for almost a year now and they are bright, obedient and fun boys — and boys just want to have fun, right? (Hey wait, I thought girls just wanna have fun?) This next picture shows just how brothers should be. Makes you smile, doesn’t it?
This was the last pose of the day and Ella was getting tired. This picture has “Pleeease, can you just make her stop?!” written all over it. Get used to it boys … this is pretty much going to be your life.
A little endurance, a lot of patience (on the boys part), a suck or two on the binkie, and the world is made right again. This last shot is a keeper of two great boys and their adorable little cousin.
I loved this photo session so thank you Mommies for letting me have the privilege of making some new family memories with you. Sweet kids all.