Evie and her house were a magical delight! Her mom had mentioned she had a few vintage items that she wanted to use for the shoot - a dress, a hat box - but, whoa, was I in for an awesome surprise when I got there! I've written about the treasures I find in other people's homes, and this house was no exception. EVERYTHING had a vintage look and I wanted all of it in the photos! She even had an old typewriter that I am kicking myself for not using in a single shot. Her whole house was a nod to the vintage feel, and I immediately knew what kind of post-process look I wanted to give both the color and b&w. That's one of the main reasons I love shooting in people's homes. I get a vibe of who they are and their tastes and I can tailor my editing to that - and know that whatever they choose to display on their walls and shelves will go perfectly.
The first look we did was sweet Evie in - get this - her grandmother's Christening gown. Isn't that so precious? And once I saw her vintage-looking crib, I knew we needed to start in front of it. As we were shooting, I noticed one of the ties on the crib was untied, but I didn't want to tie it up just yet. I mentioned it after we took a few more. Her mom told me that the older brother comes in all time and unties it! I loved that! Now there's just a little hint of her brother in the photos with her. :)
Next we took a little break from all the lace and bows and diaper-covered it out in her oh-so-sweet crib. These are two of my most favorite shots. I find them so endearing - and her blue eyes are to die for.
And, yes, I did mention "hat box" up above, and here it is! Again, her grandmother's hat box and her grandmother's fancy patent leather shoes. She found them yummy - I don't know a single 6 month old that wouldn't at least try a bite! Oh, I was so in love with all the little treasures Evie's mommy had for me!
Although this shoot was about Evie turning the big half-year, her mommy wanted some photos of just the two of them. And, really, what mom doesn't want some nice shots of her and her kids? We're never in photos because, generally, we ARE the memory keepers of our families. Because of that, I never mind when a mommy wants to jump in for a few. I wanted to capture the special bond between these two - a mommy and her youngest, only daughter.
Ah, and then this sweetness happened. Perfect ending to a lovely shoot. Happy 6 Months, Baby Evie!