My best friend Ira had a baby, a cute, sweet little baby boy. This is a moment we’ve been dreaming of. To have a baby that is all ours (I know he is not really mine, but he is almost mine). We can finally do our marathon photography session and take all the pictures we want to. We have a ton of props, a gazillion baskets, any wrap color you can imagine, all sorts of cute little baby hats…
There is only one problem: This sweet, adorable, little baby did not want anything to do with pictures, he likes to be awake. Yep he barely sleeps. We tried every trick we know, and yet Ilai did not fall asleep, he eats, he burps, he poops and he pees but falling asleep is not on his schedule. We had three photoshoot days and for the most part we got a 10 minute nap. I still loved every minute I spent with him. Here are some images from our little photo safari.

professional photo of newborn baby on grey background and a blue wrap
professional photo of newborn baby on grey background and a blue and grey hat
professional photo of newborn baby on grey background and a blue and grey hat
professional photo of newborn baby and his sister
professional photo of newborn baby and his sister
professional photo of newborn baby feet in perspective
professional photo of newborn baby on grey background blanket
professional photo of newborn baby in basket with caramel fur
professional photo of newborn baby laying on his side on green blanket
professional photo of newborn baby on green blanket
professional photo of newborn baby with aviator hat
professional photo of newborn baby feet
professional photo of newborn baby on beige blanket
professional photo of newborn baby closeup shot
professional photo of newborn baby and mom
professional photo of newborn baby on beige background blanket

I first met Carolyn a few years ago when I photographed the Ogden family for a family photo before their oldest daughter went back to college. I remember her well, as she was  the only girl who wouldn’t smile for the camera. Not even a little.

Well,  times have changed. We had a great session, during which she not only smiled nonstop, but she also proved to be a natural. I had to tell her to knock it off a couple of times just to get a serious photo or two.

Here are some of our favorites. Congratulations Carolyn on your Graduation!

High School Senior photo of Girl on white wallHigh School Senior photo of Girl  leannig against a brick wall

High School Senior photo of Girl leaning against a red brick wall

High School Senior photo of Girl white metal crate

High School Senior photo of Girl leaning on wooden fence, prespective shot

High School Senior photo of Girl with bouganvilleas in the backgroundHigh School Senior photo of Girl sassi pose

High School Senior photo of Girl posing on the street

High School Senior photo of Girl smiling

High School Senior photo of Girl leaning on brick wall

High School Senior photo of Girl  close up shot

High School Senior photo of Girl on green wall with peach dress

High School Senior photo of Girl on green wall with peach dressHigh School Senior photo of Girl on green wall with peach dress

High School Senior photo of girl on a orchard with her music instrumentHigh School Senior photo of girl on a orchard with her music instrument

High School Senior photo of girl on a orchard with her music instrumentHigh School Senior photo of girl on a orchard with her music instrument

High School Senior photo of girl on a orchardHigh School Senior photo of girl on a orchard

High School Senior photo of girl on a orchardHigh School Senior photo of girl on a orchard

  • Bonnie Ogden - You are just amazing Andrea. You have just a special way to get people to smile and to forget that you are taking photos. These make for some amazing pictures and really bring out the best in everyone.
    Thank you again for taking these I am really happy. I hope to see you all soon for some family photo’s and for Bailey’s graduation in 2 years.

Sometimes Greg can be terribly annoying. Today was one of those times. He likes to tease me and he’s often funny, but when you combine that habit with his vast knowledge of useless trivia, always available at the tip of his tongue, it’s annoying.  He tells me outlandish things, which most often prove to be untrue, along with enough surely-BS-but-true things that it’s hard to tell one from the other.

While I’ve learned that the days or our week really are named after Norse and Roman gods, some trees can actually talk to each other kinda like Avatar and the antioxidant levels of coffee and tea are much higher than brightly colored fruits and vegetables, it is categorically untrue that Gyros are made out of vermin and last week’s Saturday morning appointment in his calendar with a Mr. Meego Hawkey was not a business meeting at all! (I had to say it out loud a few times. Me.Go.Hockey).

I’m left wondering how can I monetize this useless data. I’d considered signing him up for Jeopardy, but let’s face it, Watson would clean his clock. I’m open to ideas if anyone has them.

That brings us to today. Mr. SmartyPants tells me he can remove the skin from garlic without touching it. It’s a common chef’s technique and as someone that has had some culinary training, he’s surprised that I’ve never heard of it. Ok, he set the hook, I have to bite.

I cover the bases, he cannot win with a technicality, like gloves or using a a knife and tweezers and I proudly remember that somewhere we have a garlic skin remover, a little tube-like thing you roll the garlic in, but he says this is not what he’s talking about. I call him out and we eventually set a wager.

This makes me very happy. I have visions for this weekend of Greg the Dog Washer, Greg the Dog-Poop-Picker-Upper, Greg the Toilet Scrubber and me telling him at least twice, “Again, that bowl must sparkle!” in my best “Miracle on Ice” voice, maybe even using the whistle too??? Every so often I catch him and this doesn’t just feel right, it feels AWESOME! {mentally begin writing out a massive honey-do list, oh how I love lists!}

Greg went “Medieval” in the literal sense. Should he win, I simply have to go to the farmers market and prepare a feast for him and the heirs to his throne (Mateo and Lucas), of which I am also to serve them, beginning each course with a flowery description and a courtsey. And for good measure, I have to call him “My Lord” or “Oh Great One”, in both public and private until the midnight hour on Sunday. This would be really unpleasant, but since the weekend has sparkling toilet bowls in his future, I agreed.

I will be posting the video later today……

  • Bonnie Ogden - That is the funniest thing I have read in a long time. So how did it end? I am really curious.

While the boys pretend to dread this, I think it’s pretty clear they somehow manage to have a little fun too. For this Valentines, we invited a few friends over and set up shop outside. They were all so cute and eager to participate in the photoshoot; I got so many impromptu smiles… Check out the valentines we made for the kids’ classmates at the end of this post.

Valentines Day Photos of the kids with red hearts in the background

Valentines Day Photos of the kids with red hearts in the backgroun

Valentines Day Photos of the kids with red hearts in the backgroun

Valentines Day Photos of the kids with red hearts in the backgroun

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