I love it when my clients bring something sentimental along to their sessions. Sometimes it's a family ring, an heirloom blanket, or in this case, an airplane built by this little one's dad. But what's even more special is that it's modeled after the airplane that his dad made for him when he was a boy.
I found this wonderful timeless victorian sailor suit and couldn't wait to find the perfect moment to use it. I am 6 foot soft box with the light feathered to the subjects left and a second light behind me diffused through a large scrim to create lovely soft light.
This is my daughter Lila and the rabbit she got for her very first Easter. As you can tell, the bunny is well-loved and this picture truly displays the innocence and love of childhood. It reminds me of our of our favorite stories, The Velveteen Rabbit.
The day before this shoot, I shot a gorgeous maternity session and had a florist make a greenery halo. I didn't want all that pretty greenery to go to waste so I re-purposed some of it to make the halo seen on Little Steven here. I also wanted some greenery for the floor so I walked across the street from my studio and snipped a little bit out of a tree near the community garden! How's that for utilizing your surroundings!
I love all things vintage! When I saw 3 little vintage valentines in an antique shop in Heber, UT last summer on vacation I bought them knowing I would do something inspired by them. I loved making a valentine mailbox when I was a kid to take to school for card exchanges. I would come home and read and reread them all like precious treasure. When I found the mail collection bin I was just giddy...I knew what I wanted to do. I spend about 6 months gathering and having custom made items for this little session. Melt my heart!