Michael's First Year 05.02.12

Michael's first year. It all started with Katie and Derek's maternity session in the winter of 2011. It coincidentally snowed a LOT just 2 days before their shoot, but the roads were clear for me to make the trip to NOVA. I did, however, get stuck in their driveway and Derek had to push my car out. Embarrassing!!! ;-) That was the first time I had met them. No pun intended, but it definitely broke the ice, and from there the laughter just continued. Michael is such a giggly little man, and he and his family are just as adorable as can be. Here are a few favorites, mostly from Michael's most recent 12-month session, but also a few from their maternity, newborn and 6-month sessions too. Enjoy!

A maternity session in the snow -- one of my favorite shoots ever!

Katie and Derek -- so excited to meet little Michael! They have this one as a large wall portrait in their home. Love.

Michael was born in early April of 2011. He loved the camera from the very beginning.

In the fall of 2011, we did a 6-month session.

During that session, we included some very special family members -- even Great Grandma.

And of course, Michael's doggie Coco.

He LOVES his doggie!

During his 12-month session, we also included someone very special...

Michael's au pair, Henne, from Germany. She has been part of their family for the past year, and I know they will miss her terribly when she leaves. Such a doll -- both of them!

In the beginning of their most recent session, we did a few with Coco before Henne took her back home. So so sweet!

Cutest little dog walker ever!

Love it!

Thanks Coco - you are one photogenic little pup!

Later, we did a few portraits with Mommy...

And Michael just giggled away.

Then a few with Daddy.

Sometimes I have to work really hard to get babies to smile...

Not in this session.

Katie and Derek are raising one happy little boy.

A favorite.

My session fee includes my silly animal noises and singing.

Katie and Derek really wanted a shot like this. I'm so glad I could give it to them.

Next up -- a more casual outfit. Could he be any cuter!?!

We did some candid close-ups...

And some scenic landscapes...

And then we just played.

I wanted to make sure that Katie and Derek had some of Michael's first steps forever documented.

Katie and Derek, thank you for allowing me to capture the first year of Michael's life. It has been an absolute joy to work with you and to see him grow, and I hope we can continue to work together in the future. Hugs! ~Kristine

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