Wendy Collins called me about coming out to her farm in Wytheville and doing some pictures of her little baby boy, Joseph . I haven't done any baby pix in a while so I was excited about coming out and doing this for her !
Her Farm has a long dirt drive that runs along side a creek and I knew as soon as I turned into the drive I was gonna beg for some pictures here! ( I have a weakness for shady wooded drive ways!)
As I arrived in the clearing there were those old beautiful barns and tractors , and to the right, across the creek was Wendy waving from her porch.
When we met on the porch, little Joseph reached out his arms for me to hold him! Wendy said that was the first time he had ever done that with someone he had never met, so I was very flattered that he trusted me at "Hello" :)
Wendy is one of those easy going friendly gals that you immediately feel a kinship with and I liked her right off the bat !
We started the session with a couple of Studio style poses to honor her Father in Law who had his baby pix taken in the same blue outfit.
Then we went outside and just walked around exploring anything that looked like a good background and would also keep little Joseph happy.
The family dogs added their own energy to the session with little "Poppy" the Terrier- Poo dashing to and fro and yapping excitingly at the 'new comer' (But he warmed to me after a while ad gave me some kisses) The old wise 'Ganny' Retriever (I may not have that name quite right) shadowed us and brushed along our legs with a big toothy grin. Wendy said her son loved cows, so we took some with his little stuffed Heifer. I had to get some shots with the doggies ! Then we went to that beautiful drive and got some sweet ones of Joseph devouring rocks and sticks! Ha! We had a good time trying to snatch those !
I added the tractor and butterflies because they just fit his expression and surroundings so well and added some 'story' to the pictures.
We ended with some of him on Daddy's tractor and just sitting in the tall grass. (while we watched out for snakes!)
I told Wendy Joseph looked like a little Budda with the look of meditation on his face! Ha! A true Zen baby at peace with the world!
We got him to smile and laugh some towards the end by mooing loudly and quacking like a duck! Us Moms will do whatever it takes and hey, it worked!
Thank you Wendy and Bubba for trusting me with your memories! I hope you are happy with the pictures ! I had a great time taking them and really enjoyed meeting you all!