So my husband and I are from Chicago. He would claim to be a City Dweller and call me a Suburbanite – for shame! But the fact is that he grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, just like me (Palatine & Deerfield, to be specific). We always joke that some of our favorite people on the East Coast are from the Midwest. I actually happen to be friends with plenty of East Coasters at this point, but there is really and truly some sort of easy connection I have with fellow Midwesterners. Maybe it’s the fact that we actually know what winter is, and it doesn’t really exist in DC, nor is it necessary to drive 10 miles per hour when a few rare snowflakes do make an appearance here. But I digress…
The point of all of this is that the couple featured below…guess what? They’re from “fly-over country”, just like me. They’re super cool. Very friendly. And to top it all off, they don’t have funny accents. Nope. Somehow, all of us have made it out of Cheese Country with the accents of newscasters. I first met these fine folks back in January when they were still in the “before” phase…
Although I specialize in chasing around young kids, it’s always a breath of fresh air to work with adults. : ) They follow instructions well, wait patiently while I change out backdrops and lighting configurations and don’t need to be bribed with lollipops.
I even got to try out my new backdrop, which matched Mom’s dress perfectly (I went through a silver phase back in high school, when I even spray-painted a pair of Doc Marten’s silver, so I am mucho pleased with all this silver goodness in these images).
The next time I got to hang out with these fine folks, Baby Boy was out, and he was not tiny! That belly must have been filled by the baby and not much else!
The best part was that I got to pretend that I was mom to a newborn all over again! These amazing parents (this was their third child) trusted me to hang out with Baby Boy on my own for the shoot, and I got to hold him and shush him and feed him (and clean up after him) for a few hours, while they kicked back elsewhere. I totally fell in love with this boy in the process.
Last but not least, I managed to squeeze on a hat and grab some super colorful shots while he snoozed. I had forgotten all about this blanket for a while, but I’m really pleased with how these colors turned out.