I've known Haper's mom for a few years through our local Gymboree and mutual friends, but haven't had the pleasure of photographing her sweet face until now. A few months ago, I photographed her little brother Eli for the cover of Space Coast Parent magazine, and while mom was here planning that session, she mentioned wanting to get Harper in for birthday photos in September. Four may be one of my favorite ages to photograph these days, so I was pretty excited!
Harper loves princesses and dresses, so my stuffed (to the point of overflowing) closet brimming with amazing princess dresses was pretty much her dream come true! After mom and I planned which sets to use based on what she was hoping to do with the images (a wall portrait for Harper's room and something for the living area), I pulled 5 dresses I had a feeling little Miss would be a fan of, assuming we'd get to 3 or so (they were also bringing her astronaut suit as Harper is VERY into space right now).
On the day of the session, Harper was the happiest of campers - immediately picking her favorite dress to start with and jumping on set, ready to show off her skills! She hopped from dress to dress, firing off poses like it was no-one's business! She ended up modeling all of the dresses I had pulled as options for her, in addition to her astronaut's outfit. We had so much fun, and ended up getting so many amazing images, mom couldn't narrow down. So a book it was (why pick a few when you can have them all!!). We designed a gorgeous handmade frame for Harper's room and an acrylic block for the living room to match brother's from his session this summer, along with a beautiful matte metal of her in her astronaut's suit for the playroom.
I love designing wall spaces with parents and helping them pick artwork to enjoy almost as much as I enjoy photographing their adorable children. I get excited each time an order arrives at my door, knowing that these precious memories we've documented will be enjoyed every day and for years to come - not on the computer, but in real life.
Thanks for being such a fun model Harper - I had so much fun photographing you, and look forward to a sibling shoot one of these days ;)