Charlotte’s Second Birthday
This sweet little cookie, Charlotte, celebrated her second birthday. Two is probably one of my favorite ages as a parent because you really start to see a personality come through. This is the age where kids really begin to exercise their “free will”. They begin to do what they want to do, and not necessarily what we as parents want them to. This is what I love about what I do. I want them to run around I want them to show me who they really are! Charlotte is just that type of child. She is really coming into her own personality, and loved having us chase her around. We would follow her into the field and she would laugh and run away from us. She wanted us to play chase with her, as one does, and we were very happy to oblige.
When I am working with a child, they need to be able to move about freely. I prefer sessions in parks where we can give a little extra space where children can run around and we are not corralling them into a small confined area. Charlotte has an enormous park near her house and it was the perfect setting for her birthday photos! As she was able to roam around freely, she was happy. At the end of the day, that’s what we want as parents (and photographers too!), happy kids! I tell my parents before a session not to stress about having their kids sit still and smile. Kids feed off of Mom and Dads energy, so if any of us are stressed out, it is very likely that they will be stressed out! Giving the kids a bit of freedom is a key in sincere smiles.
Children are inquisitive by nature. They want to look at the one little bug crawling on the ground. I love it when they pick the tiniest little flower or pick up a stick and try to draw on the ground with it. Kids are so creative and when we allow them to do their own thing, we get a glimpse into their learning process. If we are lucky they share what they learn with us! You wouldn’t know it, but Charlotte loved playing in the dirt and we even found a feather to play with for a bit.
If your child has a birthday coming up, a birthday session is a great way to mark their milestone. You can book your session by clicking here!