For the Bean’s two-year photo shoot, we went with the same photographer who took our first photos as a family of three in 2012, as well as Gracie’s one-year pictures in 2013, and our family photos taken this past Christmas. L is a good friend of mine and I love that she has been our family photographer since the beginning. Her and Grace get along great and I honestly don’t think we would get the same beautiful smiles we get from Gracie if we went with someone else. L is just awesome with little ones.
We decided to have the Bean’s pictures taken at the University where I earned my BA. The school has a beautiful duck pond surrounded by grass, beautiful fountains and lots of flowers. Our appointment was at 10am so it was still a bit breezy out but Grace was totally unphased by the cold and was her normal smiley self. Because there were birds to chase and ducks to feed, she was a happy camper!
L took over 70 photos (because she’s awesome and always gives us more time and poses then we’ve booked) and while it’s impossible to choose a favorite, this black and white portrait is one that I find myself looking at time and time again since we picked up our CD. It’s so natural and captures all of the sweetness and beauty that is our daughter. This one is getting printed on a large canvas for sure!
After taking pictures at the duck pond, L had the idea to head over to the sorority house where we both lived when we were in college. I love that she had this idea because it’s something that I would have never thought of. I absolutely adore the way Gracie’s little smile and outfit looked against the white bricks and pillars of the timeless house that I called home for 4 years. I have countless memories of reading and hanging with friends on the very steps and swing where Gracie’s pictures were taken. The whole experience was so special to us.
As I mentioned, our photographer took A LOT of photos, and while I wish I could share all of them, it would take all day to upload so I’ll leave you with these last ones. Thank you to L for once again documenting our daughter’s life so beautifully. As I look over her pictures again and again, I can’t help but think that in a blink we'll be taking her high school graduation pictures. And that thought make me want to burst into tears. As my friend S recently shared in a quote that pulled at my heart strings, “As a parent, just know, each day is a second, each week a minute, and every month an hour. In a camera flash the years fly by.
And what would a 2nd birthday photo shoot be without a little bird chasing? ;)