Happy 4th Birthday!/Asheville Child and Birthday Photographer

Next weekend Mya will be turning 4!  I love this age.  I really do.  And I can say that with an honest face because this girl has been a tough little firecracker!  She has gotten so much easier and I can’t be happier!  I blame that on many things:  occupational therapy that she started in December, a HUGE change in diet, and maturity.  She is now the sweetest little thing and I love her more than life itself!  She was so very excited about these pictures.  I think she was more excited about these than she is her actual birthday!  I’ve been getting stuff ready for these pictures for a few weeks and she just loved seeing everything come together.  She kept asking if this bear or that bear could come to her tea party.  😉  I decided to do this tea party setting with her bears because if you know Mya, you know that she LOVES having tea in the afternoons and has for a long time.  I blame it on her English roots.  I love sitting on the back porch with her and drinking tea after her “nap”.  Yeah, I said, “Nap” because I am in major denial that that nap is gone!  For the past week, she hasn’t slept and I’m very upset about this.  Her nap time is my work time!  So looks like I might be working some late nights now.  zzzz  But back on track!  I wanted to put Mya’s bears in the pictures because her bears are her buddies.  Papa Bear, she will tell you, is her best friend!  He is like a member of our family.  He got left one day at the mall and a friend of mine, knowing exactly how important he is to us, raced over there and rescued him.  I actually cried thanking her because I knew that if we didn’t get him back, our lives would not be the same and because Mya was so heartbroken when she discovered his disappearance.  I had so much fun putting this session together for my girl.  Happy 4th birthday to the smartest, most beautiful, sweetest, quirkiest little girl I know:  my sweet pea!  I love you!

She had been asking if River was going to get to have a cupcake with her so I decided to let him crash the tea party.  These pictures make me laugh so hard.  He was SO funny!  When I was setting all of this up, he was very interested and tried his darndest to destroy everything!  He’s at that stage where he just wants to grab, tear, and throw everything down.  lol  Well, when he got to sit at the table, he just sat there and looked at me like, “What?  Really?  I get to actually touch this stuff now?!”  He didn’t know how to eat the cupcake and decided he didn’t like the icing on his fingers.  So he came up with a plan.  He dipped his tea cup into the icing and would lick the icing off.  He did this over and over.  Mya and I were laughing so hard at him!  He’s a funny boy.

No Rain!/Asheville Baby and Child Photographer

Today I made up some photos that we didn’t get to do because of rain.  It was the perfect day, with perfect light at the perfect location!  Sometimes while taking pictures, I have to try and contain myself because I really want to yell out, “Oh my gosh!  I love this light!!!”  😉  But I don’t.  I just act like my goofy self trying to get a smile out of the kids.  I always worry that someone is going to be walking by and see or hear how silly I’m acting.  lol  If you ever see me in action, just ignore me.  I get a little crazy but it’s all worth it for a smile!  Thank you guys for a perfect evening.  I’m in love with your photos!

I did newborn photos for this little man.  He has gotten HUGE!!  He is such a big, cuddly boy.  I just think he’s adorable!

But he wasn’t interested in me.  He was much more interested in the flowers.  He even tried to eat a few.  😉

These next two gave me a fright a few times.  They were not fans of any sort of bug, spider, or bee.  They screamed a few times so loudly that I almost had a heart attack.  😉  I told them that next time, we were going to be in the studio.  lol  They were so cute and so easy to get smiles out of!

And this is their new baby sister!

Precious!/Asheville Newborn Photographer

This afternoon I did newborn photos for this sweet little baby boy!  I feel like I haven’t done newborn photos in a while so I was very excited about this session.  I love doing newborn sessions, but at the same time, it’s a little nerve wrecking.  You never know what kind of temperament the baby is going to have and it might be a very long afternoon.  This baby was very easy!  Once we got him to sleep, he was very flexible, very sleepy and very happy!  Thank you guys for driving all this way and for spending the afternoon with me!  Can’t wait to work on more of your photos, but I hear there is a strange bunny on his way to our house tonight that we need to get ready for!  😉