We had been planning this session for months. Through the winter snows. Through the dreary days. In fact, mom and I even picked two days in May just in case the weather would be a bit snarky for us on one of them. Turned out that we worried for naught; both were beautiful. We chatted about clothing. We discussed color. We schemed about little likes and dislikes of Little Ms. We planned out snacks and what ifs. What we didn't do, the very oversight that dictated the entire memory capture session, was to think about M's reaction to it all. You see. Little Ms. might only be 2 years old but she knows what she wants and that is to not only be in charge (Sorry mom and dad, she made it quite clear)...
(Side note, as a photographer - I ADORE these captures. So real. THIS is why I do what I do. And it makes me smile. Every single time.)
...but to be independent. And you know what? Her independence let us to places that weren't on the plan. To poses that weren't on the plan. To laughs and maybe a few eye rolls (from the adults) that were unexpected.
Of course, we also need to talk about her BOOTS! We planned the session and it was going to include focus on her obsession with ducks - real ducks, fake ducks, rubber ducks, quacking ducks. Of course, when she put on her duck chasing boots (which happen to be lady bugs), the captures took on a whole life of their own. Did we get the pose that was planned? Nope. As we now were expecting. We got something better!
Of course, Little Ms. finished our photo session by bringing her mom and dad two flowers. How simply precious is that?!
Special thanks to the amazing Ms. V, who is a rockstar assistant! Never to do have to worry when she's part of the team. :-)