I'm kind of a freak about documenting Zuzu. And I don't think this is a bereaved mama thing, because I know I would have done the same for Eliza. I just love photos. And even before the advent of digital cameras, my parents took a lot of photos and had our picture taken at a photo studio on a regular basis.
I'm still a little astonished when my friends don't have regular professional photos of their kids taken because to me, it's just a normal thing that everybody does (not true, you little bourgeoisie) and I think why wouldn't you want to capture each sweet little stage before it changes? (Not that it's a bad thing if it's not your thing. I'm just saying it's something I really love.)
So we had newborn photos, 3-month photos, 6-month photos, 9-month photos, and one year photos taken of Zuzu last year. (Perhaps a little excessive, but I treasure those pictures more than anything else I could have spent that money on). For anybody who's local, we LOVE Katie Beach photography and had her do our newborn, 6 month, and 1 year photos. Her prices are extremely reasonable--I always buy the CD so I can do my own prints and canvases--and her work is gorgeous. (For 3 and 9 months, I did smaller and less expensive sessions with a very sweet girl who did photography on the side while she was in seminary here, but she has since moved to Texas.)
I've also had her picture taken at J.C. Penney in her Christmas dress and Easter dress each year. She's not as cooperative in their studio as she is for a professional photographer (especially this past year), but all I want is a white backdrop that features the dress she's wearing, so it works out fine. I always use the $3.99 per photo sheet coupon and get 5x7 prints for the grandparents and us and wallets for extended family.
Anyway, we're being conservative with our finances this summer since I'm taking unpaid maternity leave this fall and then we'll be paying the equivalent of a second mortgage for double daycare tuition.
So that means instead of having Zuzu's 2-year pictures taken in June, we're waiting five weeks (OMG) until Rerun is here to (hopefully) have one big family/newborn photo session (with Katie) in August.
Of course, I still had to do a little amateur portrait session of my own here at home on her birthday. So I put her in the sweetest little dress (a hand-me-down treasure from our friends E & F) and she insisted on taking the Minnie Mouse balloon with her. She clutched that balloon string pretty tight in her chubby little fist, but I tied the end of the string to the sash of her dress just to be on the safe side. And then we went out in the front yard and, with David's meticulous landscaping as a backdrop, I started snapping away.
|The birthday girl!|
|Our little garden nymph. Or gnome.|
|Such a big girl, here.|
|With Minnie Mouse.|
|With Mama. David took this one. He neglected to tell me my shirt was hiked up under her bottom. Nice.|
|Let's play in the "la-lo" fountain.|
|Sweet profile. #whoneedsbangs|
|And then our session ended. Because of course it's my kid who literally sticks her FACE in the fountain.|