natalie, rick and . . . BRADEN!

With work on the house, a mini-vacation, editing a wedding, and a bout of bad weather, it had been 2 weeks since I had photographed a portrait session.  But yesterday was the day and I was excited to be out on the beach with a camera in my hand.  When I pulled up in the parking lot, I noticed a family in jeans and white shirts – so I guessed right away that they were my clients.  When I got closer, I got my first glimpse of Braden.  And let me tell you . . . I lost my heart!  Everyone who knows me well knows I have grandchild envy.  I love babies – especially the kind you get to give back after spoiling them rotten.   Braden was the happiest baby I have seen in a while.  Even though it was nearly his bed time, he smiled and played the entire time we worked.  He also got his first taste of beach sand; I think he liked it.

Natalie and Rick were high school sweethearts who spent 6 years apart before reconnecting and getting married.  They grew up in Florida but are in Jacksonville courtesy of the US Marine Corps.  They wanted family portraits on the beach and thankfully the weather held out.  There were some heavy clouds and we could see rain in the distance, but we never got wet.  And it was cool enough with the ocean breeze that we weren’t miserably hot.

We started out with some pictures of the family.  I was able to get Braden to look at me by making loud, strange noises.  That’s why his expression looks like he’s thinking, “What in the world is wrong with that woman?”




We also did some poses of each parent with Braden.



Braden is only 8 months old, so he doesn’t stand alone.  But with a little support, he was able to stay up for long enough for me to take several pictures.  I love his smile in the first picture, and the expression in the 2nd one just makes me smile.



I also took some pictures of Braden alone because I could not resist that face.  It’s hard to tell in the pictures because he is so blonde, but he has hair just on the top of his head.  When the wind blew, Rick said it looked like he had a mohawk.  He also has chubby cheeks with dimples that appear when he smiles – sometimes one, and sometimes two.  Braden scrunches up his little nose when he grins which is adorable. But my favorite thing . . . those little tiny baby teeth just peeking through and that lopsided grin.  Oh my, what an angel!


I had a wonderful time meeting Braden – oh and Natalie and Rick, too.  I bet they get that a lot these days when they visit friends and family.  My hope for you is that Braden stays just this happy and sweet when he turns two.  If not, at least you’ll have pictures to remind you of the good old days.

Kate Mandel - June 2, 2009 - 12:45 am

What a cutie! I love the photo of him clinging to mom’s leg, that is such a sweet shot, it really shows his size. They will treasure that one as he grows!

Marjorie Resler - June 7, 2009 - 3:26 pm

My daughter is correct. Your photograph is great. Of course being the Grandma to Braden I am partial to the subjects you had to work with. Great Job

Marjorie Resler

Karla - June 8, 2009 - 8:56 pm

All the photos are so good, and I can’t wait to hug on that sweet little baby!

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