All right my sweet girl is not quite one yet (but only 2 weeks away – how is that possible??), but the first weekend in June (in the midst of crazy schedules), we went off to Wichita to visit Lauren and David and hang out with the Moore family – AND have Ali take Maddie’s one year pictures. I was nervous about scheduling them a month before she actually turned one because I really wanted her to at least be standing. And just in true fashion with my children, she wasn’t only standing, but walking. So even though she was only 11 months…she’ll never know. Just like Charlie was 13 months+ when we finally did his one year pictures.
Ok a few things you must know about these pictures:
1 – Ali did a FABULOUS job of coordinating this shoot from start to finish. We talked about outfit ideas and colors and she went above and beyond and send me outfit suggestions for my crew that included links to the clothes online (and that they were on sale), so all I had to do was order them and DONE. Seriously, I think my least favorite but most stressful thing about having professional photos taken is decided the outfits and actually buying them…
2 – She came prepared. She had already scoped out the shoot location (and she brought bug spray!) and knew what she was planning to do for all the pictures and to get the best light (and boy she did!). She even brought a blanket – a blanket in which Maddie stood and peed on within about ten minutes of taking pictures. OK I’m NOT kidding on this one. I will post the hilarious picture she got of it – but she rolled with the punches and luckily I had another outfit for her to wear that was just as cute!!
3- Realistic expectations and timing. It was June and it was hot and there were bugs all over. This whole thing was done start to finish in just an hour. She has two (almost 3) kiddos of her own, so I appreciated that she was patient but fast all at the same time. She has such a great demeanor with the kids and doesn’t make them feel rushed.
4 – UMM – she was like 7 months pregnant when she shot these and she never complained once. I swear she is the cutest and best pregnant lady. I love it!
5 – She gives you fabulous results. I don’t know who doesn’t walk away from a family photography session thinking “well that went GREAT, I just know that she got so many perfect shots. No, pretty much I think the norm is you end the session and are exhausted from trying to make your kids smile, sit in one place, etc. and you are convinced the photographer got NO good pictures. But she delivered…again!
Thank you Ali so much for these amazing pictures of Maddie as she is about to turn one and of our family!!!
Look closely - this is where she started peeing!!!
This picture of them - just cracks me up. I foresee lots of mischief between this two in the years to come.
The cupcake was quite the hit I will say – so I’m interested to see what she does with her smash cake at her birthday party!! However, since Maddie decided to pee on Ali’s blanket, we didn’t have anything to set the cupcake on but the ground – so in addition to sugar, Maddie also got some dirt.
What are you going to do?
Seriously cannot believe this sweet girl is going to be one year old. Where does the time go? Her personality is just so fun and it comes out so well in these pictures – thank you Ali so much!! If you are in the KC or Wichita areas – be sure to check her out!