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Jackson turns 2! // Forest Park // St. Louis, MO

One of Finn's little buddies turned 2 recently, and I had the pleasure of photographing him and his super-cool parents. Jackson inherited his parent's demeanor— he is a laid back and VERY smiley little dude. 

We did the photo shoot at Forest Park in St. Louis, MO, right near the St. Louis Art Museum. It was an overcast morning, which I LOVE as a photographer (unless I am trying to capture the early or late Golden Hour lighting). A grey sky provides even lighting no matter where you go, and colors appear to be more vivid. 

Right as we were really getting into the heart of the shoot, out of NOWHERE the skies dumped down on us. I mean yes, the skies were grey… but there was little warning to this heavy rain cloud. Poor Jackson was a bit scared… as we ran for cover under the nearest tree. I have never been more worried about my camera equipment before (this is why we get insurance people). Fortunately, Jackson and the camera were not damaged or traumatized. But we all looked like wet dogs after the rain cleared, and had to wrap up the session. I did a mini follow up shoot at their house because I will re-book due to weather issues. So ended up with a variety of photos from both sessions... 

Baby Connor & Aunt Pretty

A couple weeks ago I helped my fabulous Aunt Pretty do a newborn shoot for my cousin's new baby boy, John Connor Michaels. Aunt Pretty (Patricia, or Trish) is my Fairy Godmother, and also happens to be a professional photographer. One of my most vivid childhood memories of Aunt Pretty is her kissing on her son's cheek really loudly and saying "OH MY GAWD I WANT TO EAT YOU". The other vivid memory involves her directing a family photoshoot. And that still happens every time we all get together (the cheek kissing and the photoshoots). She is one of the most hilarious people I know. Seriously, Chelsea Handler has nothing on Aunt Pretty. Actually, combine Chelsea Handler and Phoebe Buffay and you will have a slight inkling as to the complexity of my Fairy Godmother. I have always looked up to her, and still do. I love that she is a photographer, and someone I can look up to. Actually, photography runs in the family. My Great-Grandfather was also a photographer. I think he ran a portrait studio actually!

So I was thrilled to do a newborn shoot with her, and help "corkscrew" baby Connor's head around, hold the backdrop blanket, put the set together, prop the pillows and cushions, soothe baby Connor, sweat my butt off, dodge projectile baby poo, and laugh by socks off. SO MUCH FUN! I learned a few new tricks from Trish, and had blast doing it. I hope I get to do it again, sometime soon. Love you Aunt Pretty!

Here are some quick snaps that I took when we put the "Hennessy" hat on Connor. Finn's older cousin Ross wore it, Finn wore it, and now Connor obviously got to wear it! My favorite shot is the one of him in the basket, that Trish took (below).  THAT photograph is hers. The rest I took on my SLR and iPhone.