My dear friend, Krystal just visited last week. She’s the brains and muscle behind Raising Little Lubs, a blog devoted to all things mommy lifestyle, DIY, and healthy living. I’m obsessed with her work. She has a way of taking something difficult and making it relatable and easy to learn.
I miss her so much already. She’s the kind of friend who comes over for a play date but I end up treating her like my therapist. She will sit there for hours (our “play date” literally lasted 4 ½ hours) and talk about everything under the sun with me. I’ll spill all the details of the struggles I’ve been having with the kids, my website, my organization skills (the list goes on) and she’ll listen and share similar stories. She always helps me to look on the brighter side of things. She’s such a great mommy/wifey/friend/everything 🙂
Anyway, I’ve been wanting to collaborate on a project with her for quite some time. So I text her one afternoon and was like “Hey, not that you don’t have 1 million things going on but let’s collab on something within the next week.” She’s so sweet too because she really did have a lot going on. But she instantly said “Yes, of course!” So we started brainstorming on what we could do together. I’m an Annapolis family photographer so my thoughts instantly go towards photo sessions. I suggested photographing my daughters in some outfits that she made. She told me about this gorgeous long satin pink gown she made for her daughter, Allie. Allie just so happens to be the same age and size as my daughter, Sofia. So it was perfect.
We wanted to do a Valentine’s Day sister photography session of my Sofie and Valentina together. So, the amazing Krystal quickly whipped up a matching skirt for my Vali to wear during the photo shoot.
When I tried the dress and skirt on my girls they looked perfect. My Sof did not want to take the dress off. But unfortunately she was running all around the house and dragging the dress through dog food and all kinds of other fun debris on the floor. So nonetheless I had to take it off of her until the photo shoot.
Once it was time to do the photos she was SO excited to finally get to wear the gown again. The photo shoot was amazing. Sometimes it’s nice to do a shoot where you don’t have to focus on any ‘must have’ photos. You can just let the kids dance around and have fun and you get what you get. The kids tend to love these types of shoots too. It reminded me of my beach photography sessions because kids typically just run around and play the whole time. Maryland beach photo shoots are always so much fun!
I’m obsessed with how these photos portray the loving and hilarious bond my daughters have with each other.
You recognize the headband and romper Vali is wearing? It’s the same outfit baby Savannah wore for her first birthday photography session. They are both from Posh Peanut Kids, a children’s boutique that I’m constantly shopping at.
I had the best time watching my girls play together in these gorgeous satin outfits that Krystal made. We did kisses, hugs and even ring around the rosey! They were all giggles the whole time. Towards the end of the shoot I got to thinking that I should probably get a photo with me and the girls together. One of my recent posts I talked all about moms getting into more photos with their children. I wanted to practice what I preach so I threw on one of my photography gowns and got down on the ground with them. I asked my stepson, who was not thrilled about his video game being interrupted, to take our photo. He was not happy about it but he took the photo for us and I love it so much. So the video game interruption was worth it in my book.
My youngest daughter, Valentina has her 2-year-old birthday coming up very soon. So I thought this photo shoot would also be a great opportunity to get some shots of Vali and her babydoll since her party is an American girl theme. Of course Vali was more than happy to play with her favorite doll while I clicked away.
I’m thrilled with the way all of the photos turned out for this shoot. It served 3 purposes in one. We did photos of the girls in Krystal’s gowns, we got a few shots of mommy with her girls, and I got some shots of Valentina to use for her birthday invitations! Whoop whoop!
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You guys all have a wonderful rest of your week! See ya next time 🙂