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Barn Babies at our 8th Birthday Party

Once in a while your worlds all come together. Because, see, I take pictures of babies for a living. I’m often a birthday party photographer. (More info on booking me for a party is here.) Back when I was a junior in high school, I did a farm semester at The Mountain School up in Vershire, VT and bottle fed Wendell, the baby calf every day for weeks and weeks while I was there. So not only do I love babies, and birthday parties, and animals… but baby animals at a birthday party?? Eek! When my 8 year old and her best friend asked to do a Barn Babies birthday party, I had no idea how much my loves would all come together in one place.

Because guys, here’s what I love.

Groups of children, coming together, being gentle and adoring animals:

Um, diapered baby lambs? Obv.

Swaddled kittens? Yes.

My baby girl, Sadie, at her birthday party, blissful? Yes.

Tootsie pictures? WITH A PIGLET??? Yes please.

Sadie’s best friend, cuddling a piglet? Yep.

My 4 year old niece, smooching a (momentarily nervous) kitten? Yes, this.

Soft furry kittens, just in general? Uh-huh.

Both my girls AND my niece, holding a bunny and a kitten? #mindexplodes #toocute

Sweet friends, loving on kittens with their mamas? Yes.

Friends taking quiet time to hold and cuddle? Yep.

Besties adoring bunnies together? Yes, this. This right here.

Oh and just bunnies, bunnies swaddled. Goodness they’re cute.

Barn Babies’ operation, by the way, was impeccable. They somehow dealt with the rain outside completely seamlessly, corralling all 17 children in our playroom and even vacuuming before they left. When I woke up yesterday morning to a downpour on the morning of the party I don’t have to explain to you how deeply my heart sank, just imagining my playroom with farm animals running around. But it was absolutely perfect.

The baby lamb, baby pig and three puppies were in pens that the kids could climb into, and the other babies were swaddled so the children could hold them. Dreamy.

Their presentation was slow and clear, the children understood what they could and couldn’t do, and they adored every minute of the hour we had the animals there.

You know how old these baby chicks are? 5 days old!

I will also bow down to the amazingness of doing a combo birthday party. Wow, what’s better than having your best friend’s mom show up with a homemade ice cream cake that looks like this?

Pretty much nothing, nothing beats it.

And getting to be a birthday party photographer at a party with baby ANIMALS? Perfection.

And so I leave you with this baby girl’s sweet face.

Oink!

 

Loving the sprinkler in September

We did these photos in the middle of September, (it was big brother C’s 5 year old birthday that very day), and what a September we had! Remember it? It was only a little bit ago, but remember how warm it was? We even got to play in the sprinkler — can’t beat it. And little bro, 9 month old N — he is completely into playing his dad’s guitar. He was almost inconsolable when they put it away. But some sprinkler time got his mind off it, luckily.

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So much fun to see you guys as always!

Look who’s two

I blinked, and two years flew by. Guess who has a birthday this Friday? One truly incredible little person (aka my fabulous niece)!

See? Two.

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Kinda the best part of a two year old photoshoot is the tantrum. It’s my TURN with the bubble wand, guys!

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And now I will FLING it at you and get you all wet.

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Aaaaand scene.

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And one more tantrum for good measure. This one because she was asked to share her trains. The horror. Mean parents.

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And of course, a little sit down strike when cleaning was requested…

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But then she acquiesced. What a helpful little person.

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Happy birthday, sweet girl!

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A sweet elf about to fly away

Doesn’t G look like he’s just landed here on the ground and is playing in the water? We had a great time at this playground (the wings actually come from a bench just behind G as he played in the water).


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I’ve been taking pictures of this handsome guy since he was six months old – this is our fifth photoshoot – he’s now a big two year old boy! I don’t have time right now to go grab photos to show you how he’s changed over the years, but suffice it to say that he’s been perfectly adorable every time. Do you believe the eyes in this one?


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The whole fam (seated on one of those butterfly benches):


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And big brother T needed his own closeup, of course:


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That killer grin:


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Feeding apples to a horse at the playground:


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And for two years old, this guy has an amazing swing. He knows all the Red Sox players by heart, too. So fantastic. It was great seeing you guys a few weeks ago – all your photos are almost ready… I’ll email you when they’re finished. Thanks for a fun shoot!


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5 photoshoots with one gorgeous boy

Am I lucky or what? This cutie’s family found me in the summer of 2005, when I was roundly pregnant with my now 2 1/2 yr old girlie, and when this guy was only three months old. And now, five photoshoots later, H is three YEARS old, and words can’t express how adorable he’s continued to be. I’ll let the pictures do the talking. Here he is at his first photoshoot, at 3 months old:


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And then here he is at seven months old – one of my all-time favorite shots:


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And then here, with his maternal grandparents, at one year old:


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And then last year, at his two year old photoshoot, with mom:


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And now here’s the big boy, from Saturday morning – now three years old:


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And here, playing with his birthday train set with “Grumpy” looking on in the background.


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And blowing some bubbles with Mom:


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So the funniest part of this year’s photoshoot was little H playing camp counselor with his entire family. He had two sets of grandparents at the photoshoot, and one-by-one, he took each person by the hand and set up this red rover scene… boys on one side, girls on the other. It was a big problem for him when I stood on the boys side to get a shot of him with the women behind him! Too funny.


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And then, last shot of the day – he lined everyone up in a row (he even wanted me to join). It made everyone laugh so much! Thanks for tons of great photos over the years – can’t wait to keep up the tradition as you get bigger and bigger!


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The nearer your destination the more you’re splish splashing away

Last year I met K for his first birthday photos, and we had a grey, icky day then, too. It made peeking out the window pictures fun, though:


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And here he is again from last year, when he was just turning one. Bang-bang-banging on the step stool :)


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And then yesterday morning (before the day brightened up) we started out indoors (and got tons of adorable shots indoors – can’t wait to show you guys)… here’s one by the window with teddy.


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And then I begged to do some outside puddle pictures (they might be my favorites with two year old boys!)… and I’m so in love with these. Doesn’t the reflection in the puddle make a cool shape in this one? I love the trees reflecting, too…


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Tricycle grins:


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Love his wet cuffs and excited face. He doesn’t believe he’s being allowed to do something so fabulous!


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And I’m afraid I have a terrible addiction. I’m addicted to taking pictures of dads throwing their little guys up in the air. I should seek counseling. But it just feels so good, and I just love the pictures so much. I know, I know, I need help.


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See ya later, alligator!


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Three years of cuteness

Back in 2006, little J was just over a year old, and I got to come in and take some pictures to commemorate his birthday. Since then, I’ve been lucky enough to be able to come back and visit for each successive year.


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In his first photoshoot, getting a sniff from some of Mom’s roses:


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Then here’s the big boy at 2 years old in 2007:


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And one more from last year. I just love this quiet moment, and J’s splayed out fingers…


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And now I got to spend Tuesday morning with J – he’s a fabulously active three year old now, so we got some really fun action shots.


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Playing with Mom – I love the motion in this photo… as if they’re both flying out of the two sides of the frame because they’re having so much fun.


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And my favorite – kids and water! I love taking pictures while kids play in water… it’s such a universal favorite among little guys.


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And then last but not least – quiet time. Always important to capture.


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