There are not words enough to describe how much I love this image of Calista and Gabriel. I have had people comment that at first, they thought she was his mother. I even had to do a double take – my sweet girl is looking so grown up! She just celebrated her 15th birthday this month, in fact. But the ‘she looks like his mother’ comments do not bother me as she is like a little mother hen in our family – I feel that this is a very appropriate way to depict them. I love the intimate, simple pose and serious expressions. I love everything about this! Unfortunately, someone felt the need to report this photograph to the powers that be on Facebook, and over 1200 likes and nearly 100 comments were erased just like that. This is the next best thing since Facebook cannot censor what I put on my own blog. I love this image so much!
And to share where the inspiration for this photo came from, I created a very similar photo of Calista with her new baby sister, Octavia just over 4 years ago. I am still insanely in love with this photo to this day! Look how much Calista has grown up in 4 short years – wow!
Anyone who knows me or follows my work knows that there are some things that I just LOVE to photograph. Red heads are one of them. There is just something about that fiery hair that gets the photographer in me all excited and itching to go out and shoot! What could be better than one gorgeous red head? How about TWO identical twin red headed beauties! These girls were SO sweet, and were intense, emotional, and flat out AMAZING in front of the camera. Watching the dynamics between them was something truly special, and I feel privileged that I was able to capture them on my camera. What amazing little girls! I definitely sensed a bit of yin and yang going on with these two – Zelda definitely seemed to be the strong twin who was protective over her sister, while Zoe was a bit more submissive. I’m not sure if this plays out in real life or not, but I’d like to think that I caught just a glimpse of their personalities during this shoot. I’m already plotting another shoot with them. Meet Zoe and Zelda.
I had to add this environmental shot so you can see the area we were working in. It is flat out AMAZING! If you’re ever in Arizona and have some free time, you must visit the Sedona area. It is gorgeous!
I’ve had this picture in my head for months now – Gabriel dressed in a wooly, warm, white knit outfit hamming it up for the camera in a winter paradise. Only one problem – it hasn’t snowed here this winter! Being the determined little photographer once I get an idea in my head, we decided to take a day road trip and head to Flagstaff. Even Flagstaff didn’t have much snow, so we headed all the way up to the ski area. Luckily, at this high elevation (about 9,200 ft) we found what I was looking for. Tree branches weighted down by fresh snow fall, and a beautiful winter wonderland.
I knew we’d have to make this quick as no baby is going to put up with the cold temperatures for very long. We left the heat of the car and I quickly found a nearby spot that was exactly what I was looking for. I got everything ready and then we brought in Gabriel. Luckily, he thought this was flat out amazing and was full of happy smiles! That only lasted about 2 minutes, however. Once he grew bored of the operation, he decided to make a break for it. One little fist went into the snow as he attempted to crawl away. He quickly yanked it back out, looked at it pitifully, and then burst into tears. That was the end of that! So – we drove 3 hours for 2 photos. But the good news is that these photos were TOTALLY worth it to me. I had a few other ideas in my head that I had wanted to do, but I am thrilled with what I got. I LOVE these. My baby is so sweet! On a side note, doesn’t it seem like I just had him?? How on earth did he get so big? Slow down, little buddy!
I’m sharing just one photo today – but this one warranted it’s very own blog post. As long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to live out in the country, have land, animals, a garden, fresh air, and space to breathe away from other people. We finally have that now living up here in the Hualapai Mountains on 6 acres. We have our own little ‘egg farm’ – 33 hens and 4 roos. (If you ever need fresh, delicious eggs, you know who to call!) The kids absolutely LOVE the chickens. They provide endless entertainment, and our hens are so sweet! Most of them, anyways. 🙂 We have several barred rock hens and they’ve all been named ‘Mrs. Stripes.’ After seeing the fabulous Elena Shumilova’s work of her children with their farm animals, it dawned on me that I had never taken any real photos of our children with our chickens. So – here you go – Millie and Mrs. Stripes. Millie even had a dress to match her hen. That wasn’t really planned but it was an added bonus. I hope to expand more on this theme very soon and will definitely post the results!