Last week I drove out to a lake in Portage to photograph three beautiful children. I have photographed little Mr. Christian three times now. Each time I photograph him, one more child is added to the mix. I love it!
Hello, new one! This beautiful baby woke up from a nap just a few minutes before we started to shoot. What a happy baby! All her mom had to do was look at her and she would respond with a large grin. It was perfect. I love it when small babies smile because it is so natural. After we all learn how to smile (instead of feeling how to smile) we sometimes can make a awkward face. You know, the kind of face that usually comes after “say cheese”. I am not a fan of “say cheese” because it usually elicits a fake smile. But before we understand how to fake smile there are these kinds of looks:
Another thing that I adore is babies with feet in their mouth. Why is that such a cute thing? Maybe because it’s so innocent. Once a baby finds her toes, they can keep her busy for an extended period of time while she explores how they feel and how they taste. It also should remind us how flexible our bodies are at birth. We are made to move with ease and we lose a lot of that as we get older. When children play, you can see how limber their bodies are. It is a shame when we lose that ability as we age. So here is my little suggestion to you: stretch! Allow your body to bend and move. In yoga there is something called child’s pose. It is a resting pose, so it allows our body to be quiet during a stretch. Do child’s pose everyday that you can so you don’t use your flexibility. And when you do, remember to live as innocently as young babes do!
Even though Christian didn’t want to pose for me, at least he gave me an authentic smile. I love being around him!
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