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
I recently made it up to North Carolina again to visit friends and to take pictures of Simon, my friend’s “baby” who I’ve been photographing since he was a wee one despite the long distance. We had hoped to catch up in the fall when Simon turned three, but between illness and my little one, it never worked out. I was so excited to see Simon again during our spring trip to NC. I never fail to be astonished at how much kiddos change between sessions. I don’t see it as much with my own children since I’m there day in and day out, but see a toddler once a year and your glimpses into their life really show how they’ve changed.
Simon was pretty excited to see me too…especially since I was bringing Patrick with me. Babies sure get a lot of love from the big kids. Simon wanted to give Patrick toys and show him how to do things. Watching Simon took me back about a year and a half to when my oldest, Abi, was that age. So many similarities. Even the way he held his hands Vanna-White-style to show things was the same.
Simon immediately settled in and started chatting about anything and everything. Pacing the kitchen, walking around in circles changing topics as quickly as something new appeared in his line of vision. I love it.
I knew Simon would be great in our photo session. Talkative, busy kids come with their own challenges during picture taking, but they’re always natural and comfortable in front of the camera. They very quickly forget what I’m even there for.
After talking for quite awhile, and giving Patrick time to get comfortable with these new “strangers,” we did a quick wardrobe change and got down to business. I was serenaded with songs of trees, babies, and moms. I was introduced to his dinosaurs. We even took a surprise picture for Grandmommy. (It’s amazing how compliant the kiddos get when it involves surprising someone they love!) And to get those great smiles? Just say what a three-year-old boy thinks is funniest: Poopy!
After a snack, we headed outside to do some gardening. What a beautiful yard his grandparents have! This is the second time I’ve taken pictures of Simon at their home and I’m always astonished and the wonderful backdrops. Thanks again Nancy and Larry for opening up your home for pictures!
Simon had a great time being a boy in the yard. I don’t know quite how to explain it, but Simon has such an iconic-boy look about him. The boots, the skinned knee, the sticks. I love the timelessness and familiarity of these pictures.
A boy in his element. There is nothing better.
Thank you, Joanna, for being so patient with an out-of-state photographer and for continuing to let me be a part of Simon’s childhood. Can’t wait until I can make it up there again!