Baby Ava is one of the little girl munchkins in my “Baby’s First Year” program and I just love every time that I get to see her! She has the best personality with lots of fun smiles and great expressions for me to capture. Not to mention a closet full of the cutest outfits around. Her mommy has made a perfect prop for photo shoots too! It’s basically a bean-bag chair that is stuffed a little tighter than a normal bean-bag and it has a bottom which allows it to sit flat on the ground without toppling over, and also a has little backrest built right in. It’s the perfect thing to prop up a baby that is too young to sit on his or her own, and yet gives them a more upright position which makes photographing them a little more like portraiture and a little less like gymnastics. Don’t get me wrong, my flexibility and balance has definitely been on my side during baby shoots with the little ones who have no control of their little bodies, who I generally have to place in a position on the ground and then practically do the splits over top of them and bend over close to their little bodies to get just the right angle and composition. I have often caught myself holding my breath to steady myself and upon finally standing upright, felt the blood rush back to my body and out of my head leaving me with a slight dizzy feeling and a streak of little silver stars across my field of vision. It sounds worse than it is, and I have yet to actually black out during a photo shoot (Thank Goodness!), but I have been very appreciate of the chair Christine made and keep thinking I need to make one to drag around with me to my baby photo shoots. Or…. maybe Christine will make me one! Hint Hint. I may have a magic touch with my camera and Photoshop, but my craft making skills leave a lot to be desired. Seriously.
I can’t wait to see Ava, Christine and Mike (and let us not forget Mocha, the doggie child) again for our 6 months session, our 9 month session, and finally our 12 month session. It will be so fun to look back on all of our photos and see just how much this gorgeous little baby angel has grown and changed over the course of her first year of life. X’s and O’s to the Gregorek family! Love you guys!!