Oh, how we love our clients… Yes, I know I say that every time, but a) it’s true, and b) it’s especially true for families who stay with us over the years. Engagements, weddings, maternity & newborn sessions, and all the important milestones – we’re here for it! To follow the families through time and chronicle their history, to be an important part of their journey – it brings us so much pleasure.
Hanna’s second birthday shoot was no difference. We met at the Tower Grove Park, by the beautiful fountain and the “ruins”. A fun fact about the ruins: In 1867, shortly before Henry Shaw deeded the land that would become Tower Grove Park to the city of St. Louis, the Lindell Hotel – the largest hotel in America at the time – burned to the ground. Shaw saw potential “ancient ruins” in the building’s fire damaged blocks and had stones arranged in three clusters (quote from the Park’s website). Who knew that the ruins aren’t actual ruins at all!
Hanna was wearing a beautiful white dress with big, green and blue flowers, golden shoes, and – to top it all off – a tiara. Because what self-respecting princess would go out of the house without one, right? There was also a Hanna-sized, flower-filled number 2, waiting by the pond. All of that did very little to impress our model of the hour. Hanna wasn’t happy with life in general nor me in particular. “Who is this strange person, with this huge black thing staring at me and interrupting my mommy-time?” – at least that’s how I interpreted the judgmental look, coming from her big, teary eyes peeking at me behind her Mom. Hey, I get it girl, I’m the same way when someone tries to mess with my groove…
Here’s a little secret: most kids need time and relaxed grown-ups around them to get to the point where they are comfortable enough to be themselves in front of our camera. Only then can we get all the beautiful smiles and goofy facial expressions. Does that mean running around and chasing after a toddler in 90 degree heat, trying to catch the perfect moment? Yes. Is it absolutely worth it? Double and triple yes! And it’s also fun. It helps of course to have a Mom who is a pro, like Ilma, who runs around with me, “resetting” to the starting point and making my job much easier. In the end it took Hanna less than ten minutes to get comfortable at her own time. After that it was a pure joy, and the photos show it.
We wish you the happiest of birthdays Hanna, and can’t wait to see you again! ❤