Number One Rule when you're photographing toddlers: wear running shoes. I am so glad that I was wearing comfortable shoes for this session, because one of the kiddos was a runner! His older sister was a total princess though, so that evened things out :-)
Meet "The Princess", stunning 4 year-old Sierra.
And her 2 year-old brother, Bodie - "The Runner". Look at his hair- need I say more?
Bodie was unstoppable! What you would NEVER guess is that Bodie only has half a heart. Bodie has Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome and is living on only half a heart... But you would never know from just looking at these photos of him being an unstoppable toddler :-)
Our first try at a family portrait. We actually did get one with everyone looking at the camera, but I am in love with this candid. It looks like it belongs in a family-related magazine.
We then moved on to portraits with the parents. LOVE this one of Amy and Sierra.
And this has got to be one of my all-time favorite Daddy-Daughter shots with Dusk and Sierra.
Both kids with mom - priceless expressions!
Then it was time to play! Sierra was such a princess on the benches.
She's such a Daddy's Little Princess, it was so cute to watch :-)
Bodie, being all-boy, decided it would be best to climb on the back side of the benches....
...and be thrown in the air by his Mommy :-)
We then tried again for another family picture and I got another magazine-worthy shot. Seriously, someone needs to get this family an agent!
Then we tried for some Easter-style images. LOVE these. Seriously, these kids are so gorgeous!
Bodie and Sierra had a good time with the eggs and basket :-)
The family then changed into some red clothes for Congenital Heart Defects Awareness week and we tried to get a family picture in that. Bodie had a different idea, though.... (see him in the background?)
Bodie thought my cart was SO much more fun :-) LOVE this kid!
Amy and I then put a plan together... we would slowly add people to the picture in hope of getting a family picture. So we started with Dusk and Sierra...
We then added Bodie to the mix while Amy was silly behind me and got this awesome shot!
Amy then ran into the mix but Bodie was all done - he was ready to go play :-)
So we finally headed to the playground to have some fun. Sierra immediately took over the swing.
And Bodie took over the slide :-)
Sierra was such a gorgeous little princess at the playground.
And Bodie was running around non-stop. It was amazing when he would stop long enough to look at my camera!
Towards the very end Bodie was getting tired but he still wanted to try something new - climbing the metal steps in the playground. Dusk was so patient in helping Bodie climb up.
This picture just gets to me... Here's toddler with half a heart (hence the medical bracelet here) doing things that no one thought he would be able to ever do. He reaching new heights (literally) and he's an amazing little boy. Of course, he's doing things with the help and support of his family (hence Dusk's hand in the background to help him). This image speaks on SO many levels.
After his climb Bodie was exhausted and so done that he wouldn't even run anymore, so on to Daddy's shoulder's it was :-)
And then to cuddle with Mommy for a nap :-) Amy and Dusk, thank you both SO much for the opportunity to do this session for your gorgeous family. It was so good to meet you guys and chase after Bodie! :-) Hugs - Brenda