UPDATE: This post was made as Shinn Shots Photography and does not represent the style or goals of Blue Space Photography. Because I believe in knowing where you’ve come from, I’ve left this here as a reminder of the journey that led me to where I am today. I now only shoot storytelling sessions, so be sure to check out my current work in more recent posts! – Lauren
The week before our session, Sally emailed me to let me know they’d been in a car accident. Thankfully everyone was ok, although a little bruised and sore. I was so glad to hear that everyone walked away from the totaled car…and that I’d still get to see them for our photo session!
And now for my Public Service Announcement: Don’t forget to always buckle your kids into their car seat correctly! However unlikely it may feel, you never know when an accident will happen. The F family was just on the way to the park. I learned recently that some of the car seat safety rules that I knew to be right when I had my first (only 4 years ago) are no longer correct. If you have little ones, consider getting your car seat checked and brushing up on the proper way to strap your kiddos in. You can find local car seat inspection stations online. (And thus concludes my PSA.)
I’ll admit that I’m a little sad to write this post because it means that I won’t get to see Genevieve as often this next year! Photographing babies during their first year is one of my absolute favorite things to do.
On the plus side, all of the time I’ve spent with Genevieve lately has paid off – she seems to be remembering me! I can even laugh (and I have a loud laugh) and there are no tears. Genevieve has always been expressive, and this session was no different. And this time we had the added bonus that she was walking everywhere!
We crammed a lot into our session together, including holiday pictures, one year pictures, extended family pictures, and one year birthday party pictures. Whew! I brought my studio with me for this session and I was a little nervous about how Geneveive would react to the flashing lights, but she was hardly even noticed! Good thing our session wasn’t until Saturday because a day earlier her eyes were still dilated from a doctor’s appointment on Tuesday to check for retinal damage. Can you imagine having your eyes dilated for almost a week? I hate having my eyes dilated.
It was so much fun to be a part of Genevieve’s one year birthday party. Although the birthday baby is really unaware of what is happening, it is wonderful to celebrate all she’s accomplished in the first year…and the parent’s survival of the first year! It takes me back to when my Abi turned one…and forward to when Patrick will be one in just 5 more short months. Time really does fly by.
After we had finished up all of the many pieces to our session, I broke my rule and packed my camera away while I broke down the studio set and loaded it into the car. Sally popped in and asked if I had put my camera away because everyone was in the den watching the girls play. Of course, I grabbed my camera back out and got this wonderful shot. I’m so glad Sally came to get me. I love the feeling of family togetherness it conveys.
Genevieve, you are one of a kind and a very special little girl. I can’t wait to watch you grow and see what new joys you bring on your journey to ‘two!’