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Happy 2nd birthday to Genevieve...better known as Gigi!
C'mon, we all know how difficult it is to photograph toddlers.
Gigi's mom Lisa brought her to me for a
Christmas portrait back in December.
Doesn't she look adorable? You would never
know she was stark naked!
Yep, I dressed her in this adorable Christmas tutu and she pulled
it right DOWN... (BLUR!)
Then, to Lisa's horror, Gigi ditched her diaper, too and
bounced around my basement studio in the buff.
With toddlers, you can rarely pose them.
I prefer them natural anyway.
So I gave her this red velvet box and she
was precious in pearls...hee hee!
Lisa threw this blanket around her trying to
hide Ms. Nakey girl.
You can never predict toddlers, so it's
best to just go with their flow and capture...
Natural expressions....yep, two-year-old NATURAL!
So, I kinda knew what to expect for her two-year-old shoot.
I always set up a posed situation first and usually
get a VERY limited window of "posing".
Soon, Gigi was off the pretty chair...
Next, the hair flower was off...
And, this was the last we saw of the tutu.
She ripped it off and Lisa was aghast when
Gigi ran around in her bloomers.
I did manage to charm her into wearing butterfly wings
and hang onto her birthday balloons.
I love when they are oblivious to the camera
and I can work on capturing their true spirit.
She quickly started acting up...so we drove back to
my house and Lisa talked her into a wardrobe change
while I set up the little white wicker chair in my backyard.
I LOVED how the NOON sun was playing with us!
Forget the chair...she was off and running.
I just sat on the back porch and photographed
unobtrusively from afar.
Lisa was disappointed, thinking we didn't
But I knew I had some wonderful, natural portraits
that show Gigi at the age of two.
The toddlers are always difficult, but the
rewards are worth it!