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New Baby, New Portraits, Same Happy Smile

As I've often said, I just love it when families return to update their family portraits. It is always lovely to catch up with the goings on of their lives, meet the new members and see how the older ones have grown.
In this case the family of 3 have now become 4, adding a new baby girl to the mix. And what makes this family a little different is that each time they've chosen to come for portraits their babies have been at the sitting stage, which I quite like for a nice change. Here we can focus on expressions but luckily still have a somewhat immobile child. This little beauty was on the verge of crawling but still too slow to get away from me, my camera and the lights.
She was full of smiles and so easy to photograph, not unlike her big sister at the same age. In fact, her big sister was possibly one of the happiest babies I've ever photographed and I even called her so in my blog post about her session a couple of years ago. This little one wasn't really any different when it came to smiling. Click here to see big sister's session.
We used the balloons again. I love the colours it adds and the enthusiasm it brings with the children. They all seem to love balloons and I feel they really add something to their portraits. When we are finished I let the children take them home with them which as you can imagine they love.
This family brought their own prop too which is something I love and highly encourage. Its nice to add something that is personal to the portraits. In this case this family have a farm and adult sized quad bikes in addition to this lovely little toy one and it provides an important memory, particularly for Dad. It also provides something that amused this little girl which of course helped in getting happy portraits. Not that she really needed much help.
And while we were at it we updated their family group portrait. Unfortunately by the time we had finished getting what we needed of the girls they had had enough and we weren't getting the best from them for the family portraits. So rather than stress everyone out pushing to complete we simply arranged a different date. But to save on trips to the studio though, the family portraits were taken on the same day as the viewing. Its not necessarily ideal however it made things much more convenient for the family having to make just the 2 trips rather than 3 and the children were much happier which was most important. I would always much rather arrange a second session than force a child to sit still when they've just had enough.
I look forward to catching up with this family again soon, although I am told its not likely to be for a third child. You just never know though. I've suggested some lovely ballerina portraits in a couple of years along with an updated family portrait anyway.

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