I Heart Faces: Smiles

I'm sorry - I'm a little obsessed with this picture. When I saw on my facebook news feed that the challenge for this week on I Heart Faces was "Smiles" I nearly flipped my laptop over! Fo-real. Mainly because it was on my lap and I was about to stand in excitement. I get a little carried away.

Look at him. Don't you just wanna tickle him?! If you scroll down after this post, you can see Alexander in all of his smiling glory. What a flirt! ;)

That will be me after this wedding planning and moving out is over. Like a baby chillin' on a blanket, loving life with all smiles. Minus the lack of teeth part :)

Evelyn Grace Hipp

Before I get to the beautiful baby girl I'm featuring today, some of you may be curious as to how the wedding went.

As I said before, this was my first client who hired me based on my work and not because I was a "friend" who was also a photographer. I met her on the floor of my building and happened to walk into the room when she was talking about finding wedding photography. After seeing my website she contacted me and a few weeks later, hired me :)

As a second shooter, I usually would leave before the wedding was over. Since this was my first full wedding, I was there the whole night. Boy! It was exhausting. You have to keep your energy up and be ready to be in 10 different places at once. I was also by myself, so I needed to be on my toes.

There were some things I was expecting to do that I didn't get to because the weather and time did not allow. However, I made use of my time before everything started to get EVERY detail shot I could think of (will get into details when I feature the whole post). I've learned so much about how important this is from reading all of the photoblogs & wedding blogs that I do. I have to admit that the advantage of being engaged is that I love reading wedding blogs, and doing so everyday exposes me a lot to understanding wedding photography.

I want to tell you about the WONDERFUL family and how sweet Karina (the bride) and her bridesmaids were. But I will get to that when I feature the whole post. Let's just say the experience was one where I learned that you can't get caught up in what you see in other blogs and magazines. For one, weather can change all of your plans. It rained and all around the beautiful venue it was muddy. So all of the shots I wanted to take of Karina & Tony by the lake, the benches, and the gazebo were no longer an option. Because everything got started a little late, we only took a few pictures of the two of them after all of the family portraits. So while I had all these ideas for the 2 of them, time & weather did not allow. The lighting is also challenging when everything is indoors or when it's cloudy outside.

Overall, as a photographer I pushed myself to use what I had to the best of my ability. I have to say that Tony (the groom) was the life of the party and truly hilarious. Luckily, I feel really good about capturing that spirit on camera and I can't wait to share it with you all :)

Now... I leave you with my first GIRL newborn shoot. Okay, there is just something SO adorable about photographing a baby girl that made my heart soar. I think it's being able to dress them up and add jewelry and even hair flowers! I can't wait to have a girl -- I hope I do!

Feet shots are my favorite!

Remember Alexander? His mom made me this cocoon :)

This is Evelyn's trademark "O" face :)

We were cracking up at this one when Evelyn just naturally made this pose! To which someone posted this link when Elise posted this picture on her Facebook album.

Do you remember when I told y'all I had bought this hat for this shoot?! This is it! :)

So beautiful!!

Awww :)

One of my favorites

Love this one...

I adore baby yawns and sneezes

They look in awe of her :)

Devin mocking Evelyn, hehe.

Devin, Elise, and Evelyn Hipp :) Thank you!

If you missed the video, you can watch it here


This week's theme is: PINK! I admit... I really like that color. I pretended in middle school I was not one of "those" pink lover girls. But, there's something about pale pink that captures my heart. I guess because it makes me think of babies... of new life... new love... something romantic, and something .... magical? Pink -- I like you.

Here is Evelyn -- and your first sneak peek at her upcoming post! My fiance referred to this as a baby Audrey Hepburn rendition ;)

Make sure to go check out the other entries in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness!

Alexander Currier

I didn't have a sneak peek for Alexander, but I have something better: His full post! Thanks to the 3 day weekend, I was able to finish editing a majority of Alexander's pictures (I had about 10 I had to finish tonight which took me longer than I expected).

Alexander's eyes are TRULY storm eyes. They have clouds, reflections of oceans, and constantly developing. I mean, I have to say when I looked back at these photos I didn't realize how captivating his eyes could be. Thank you to Caitlin for providing me with a gorgeous backyard set up (yeah!! this was done outside!), along with the step ladder to help me get the shots I was too short for ;)

And without further adieu.... Alexander Currier

A little fuzzy, but love his expression

Alexander: "Hey, wait a minute, I recognize that face! I see her every waking second!" :)

One of my favorites! So much lint on those cute feet!

Tell me, how COMFY do these pants look?! Like the perfect pair of PJ's.... and YES, that is a zipper spot these pants have! No real zipper... but they make Alexander feel like a big boy.

And *gasp* the DOG!!! Completely hamming up the camera!! I gotta admit this one is one of my favorites... look at those eyes. This whole session had amazing eyes! haha.

These were in the backyard. How could I NOT capture these beauties?!

And last.... my ABSOLUTE favorite. It's like a painting to me. I have to say though, that tree is giving Alexander competition for being the most breathtaking element in this picture. But clearly, after you see Alexander's little baby bump, how can you not love this?!

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Can we just say it was a scene from Southern Living?! Beautiful home and beautiful family. Thank you Currier Family!

Singing sweet songs, of melodies pure and true...

This is my message to you - u - u :) The rest of my post on sweet little Edward. As my first newborn shoot, Edward taught me to expect the unexpected! I am sure mom's are laughing at me and thinking "welcome to a babie's life." I was surprised HOW active Edward already was at just one month old! Let's just say he was not a fan of being wrapped up like a little tamale. But in the end, a baby's beauty is always going to shine :)

He's reaching for something!