Brandi

Some Baby Fun

November 30, 2011

I love talking to kids about their pregnant Mommies and their soon to be new siblings. It’s always entertaining to hear their perspective.

My conversation with Meika was entertaining and pretty on point. I asked Meika what Mommy had in her belly and she said, “A baby.” I asked if it was a baby dinosaur and she said, “No, it was a baby girl. If it was a dinosaur, then Mommy would have an egg.”

I asked Meika if Baby Sister was wearing a swimming suit inside Mommy’s belly and she said, “No, she’s naked!” I then asked if Meika had been inside Mommy’s belly as well. She said, “Yes, and I was naked then, too!”

Meika is definitely looking forward to being a big sister, and I’m pretty sure she’s going to be an adoring, loving big sister!

Being Held

November 29, 2011

As long as Mila was being held and cuddled she was happy as could be. Put her down on her own and she definitely shared with us her dislike for that position.

She wasn’t particular about who was holding her, as long as that someone was a warm body and was snuggling her close. She would grunt her appreciation and make cute faces. She even let us move her around from back, to belly to upright to laying down, she was flexible.

Until we tried to lay her in the bean bag. Then she protested! She wanted nothing to do with being on her own, so being held is what she got!

Just Cold Enough

November 28, 2011

Kaleb was officially my last outdoor session of the season, and thank goodness for that!

Most of the leaves have fallen off the trees, and the grass is slowly losing it’s green color. Not to mention, the chilly temperatures…by the time we finished the outdoor part of his session, Kaleb’s nose was a nice shade of red, and I could no longer feel my fingers.

Despite the cold wind that blew right through Kaleb’s sweaters, he was a great sport! He told stories, answered my endless questions, even flashed me some smiles…although his preferred expression was either serious or smirky.

Greyhound Love

November 27, 2011

I have the perfect holiday gift for yourself and your favorite family and friends!

The Kansas City Retired Greyhounds as Pets (KCREGAP) has created their very first annual calendar. This awesome 2012 Calendar features some of my favorite greyhounds and many other adorable faces. The proceeds from the sale of these calendars will help to fund the care of current and future incoming greyhounds in need of suitable and loving homes.

KCREGAP has spent the last twenty years dedicating time and effort to rescue greyhounds from the racing industry. From addressing their grooming and basic needs immediately upon arrival, to ensuring the pups receive all necessary veterinary care, rehabilitation and adoption services.

Since its inception, KCREGAP has provided homes for over 5000 greyhounds!

Use this link to order your 2012 Greyhound Calendar today!

A Few Hurdles

November 22, 2011

Ethan has entered the next stage of teething. He has his front teeth and now he’s working on some more! The day of the session, his gums were giving him quite a bit of pain. His fingers were in and out of his mouth. One minute he’d be smiley happy, the next cuddled up on Mommy whimpering.

Although you really want kids to cooperate and work with you, it’s so hard to get frustrated when you know they’re going through so much pain, and there’s nothing you can do for it.

Add to the fact that Ethan lives in Texas and was just visiting for the weekend, making his schedule and normal routine a non-constant for the weekend. It was no surprise that, by the time we were done with the session, he was yawning, rubbing his eyes and twirling his hair.

Despite those few hurdles, with the added bribe of Goldfish crackers, riding on Daddy’s shoulders, dancing to loud music and playing with a ball, Ethan pulled through like a champ! Resulting in some great serious, teethy smiles and sweet expressions!

Every Which Direction

November 21, 2011

When you take a crawling seven month old, a two year old with a bit of an independent streak and a second grader, put them all in the same room, the result can be a bit chaotic!

Aidan, our second grader, was a huge helper! He was there to help encourage his little sisters to cooperate. He was right in the mix of it trying to get them to smile. When I asked him to do something, he did it right away. He was definitely the rock star of the session!

Morgan is two, and wants to do what she wants to do. At the beginning of the session, she would follow along with whatever big brother was doing, but it didn’t take her long to decide that she wanted to do her own thing. Whether that was to walk right in front of the camera while I was photographing her little sister, or to turn her back to us while I was photographing her.

Baby Sister, Alex, was having a rough morning. Based on the eye rubs and the finger sucking, I’m guessing she was tired and ready for a nap. We took multiple breaks to fill her belly with some milk and then pushed ahead. Thanks to Daddy and Aiden, we were able to coax some good smiles out of her!

Down to Business

November 15, 2011

After a little running around, a few excitedly told stories, followed by a few high pitched barks, some hair and fur touch ups, these four ladies were ready to get down to business!

I love these ladies, because there is no messing around…they are all about staying focused and getting right to work.

The only real challenge is getting them to move beyond the forced smiles…something very characteristic of all kids their age.

Moving To His Own Beat

November 14, 2011

Mitchell is definitely a music lover. He has played the drums and other percussion instruments since grade school, and during the fall season, marching band, jazz band and even choir keep him moving.

Mom says that Mitchell is forever tapping things, whether it be a pen or a pencil, a dinner fork, or even his fingers on the table…it doesn’t matter, he is just making music. At one point during the session, he even started snapping while walking. I can only imagine the tunes that flow through his mind, and what restraint it takes to keep them in.

Mitchell brought his box drum to his portrait session. I thought it was awesome when he sat down and started creating a beat. I could see in his body language, and the tap of his head, that he definitely goes to a happy place when he’s making music! It just flows!

Dad the Model

November 11, 2011

Usually, it’s the Dad that is not thrilled to be dragged to the family portrait session. The Dad is the one I normally spend most my time picking on, trying to get those big genuine smiles out of them.

Not this Dad! He was all about it! He actually was sad every time I told him he wasn’t included in a grouping, and he was busy thinking of additional combinations that I could photograph.

It made for a very fun family session! I was able to act like a goober, and even according to Dad, cackled like a witch a few times, but it all resulted in some fabulous smiles and some fabulous family lovin’!

Baby Speak

November 10, 2011

When babies start to talk, it’s always quite entertaining. They have expressions, and make eye contact with you, to give you the impression that they’re having a serious conversation with you. The only problem is that you can’t understand a word they’re saying!

Henry started off fairly quiet, but when I laid him on his back, he quickly became fully animated and full of very important information! He started babbling and talking a mile a minute. At times, he was talking so fast that spit was just flying out of his mouth. Although Daddy likes to claim that Henry’s saying Dada, I’m not yet convinced. There were definitely some hard consonant sounds in there, but I didn’t quite catch the Dada.

When I started babbling back, and making odd squeaky noises, Henry became more animated and more verbal. The words just kept coming! I really wish I knew what our conversation was about, but I’m sure it was deep and meaningful!

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