A long time ago, in Princeton, I used to work at a photo studio. Everything was photographed on film with medium format cameras. 24 exposures per roll and all manual focus. And in that studio worked a studio manager named Michelle. Michelle, being an excellent business woman, would keep us in check when it came to overshooting. Medium format film was expensive, developing was expensive, and proofs too cost money. Now you may be saying to yourself, what does this have to do with Ana Sofia's Quincenera? The answer is this, Michelle is her mom and I definitely did not pay any attention to how many photographs I captured.
Ana Sofia is charming, beautiful, gracious and from what I gather, fiercely loyal and a bit hot tempered. I had not seen her since she was a toddler. Which like any "old" lady I informed her of; by telling her the last time I saw her she was around the height of my knees. That's how I know she is gracious, as she grinned and did not roll her eyes. Ana's dress was stunning. A soft pink with lots of fluff and excellent for twirling, a bonus for pictures and super fun on the dance floor. A sparkly tiara capped Ana's fun and festive style.
You know when you see love in the way someone looks at someone else? Well that's what Ana's dad's eyes were brimming with when he saw her for the first time. The moment didn't last long as Maddy, the dog, was also very interested in seeing her but while it did Dad only had eyes for his little girl. We did all of the posed pictures before the party so no-one would get a glimpse of Ana's dress before the grand entrance.
And grand it was! Escorted by her brother, Matthew, Ana circled the dance floor surrounded by her cheering family and friends. There are several traditions that commenced at this point. The first, was that Ana's dad removed her shiny golden sneakers (and socks) and replaced them with shiny golden heels, signifying her stepping into womanhood. (She was extremely good at walking in them and a little bird told me she's been wearing them since kindergarten. I on the other hand, can barely make it 10 steps, so I was still impressed.) The second tradition is the gifting of a doll from her mom, symbolizing the last childhood present she will ever receive. The doll is custom made to look like the birthday girl. Dad then gave a speech and everyone got to dinner.
Dance party! Some people are dancers and some are not. This crowd was both enthusiastic and talented. Ana Sofia danced her heart out and had an obviously fabulous time doing so. Even a certain someone who swore he didn't dance got out there for Ana's birthday.
Closing out the night was a candle ceremony with 15 candles. Ana did a really impressive job with her speech, enough that I'm sitting here wondering if she would proof my blog posts. Her words were thoughtful, sweet, entertaining, and funny. Everyone sang Happy Birthday and Ana blew out the candles.
Happy birthday, Ana! I hope any wishes you made come true!
DJ: Encore Entertainment & Ultrax Disc Jockeys
Cake: Cramer’s Bakery
Florist: Monday Morning Flower and Balloon Co
Venue: Princeton Marriott at Forrestal
What can I say about my beautiful niece? She's the best! A serious, smart and strong little girl with 8 teeth and a serious will to walk. It won't be long now that I will have to chase her with a camera instead of have her sit in one spot. There was some chasing during our session, as she can crawl, but Daddy helped us out by putting Poppy back in the good light again and again. She did a great job and put up with me for about hour, including outfit changes, which, as parents know, is a long time for a nine month old.
Could her outfits be any more perfect? This is one trendy well dressed kid. If only overalls looked that cute on me. And the lacy pink dress was so well coordinated with Mom and Dad. I can't tell you how happy that made me, it really pulled the image together to make a beautiful family portrait.
Halloween is coming up and Poppy, Jen and Paul are prepared, with several different options based on weather. We only did pictures of one, and what an adorably awesome costume it is. She's a lamb! Can ewe believe it! A baaaaaaaby sheep!
I cannot wait for her 1st birthday, cake smash session! Or maybe ice cream as she loves the Little Baby Bum Ice Cream Song already.
Photographing this beautiful dark haired and blue-eyed family of four was a pleasure. I've know Adam since grade-school, (we won't discuss how long ago that was) and it's always special to see how families grow and flourish. His newborn baby girl, Samantha, certainly has a mind of her own and taking sleeping baby pictures was not on her to-do list. Not to worry, not all babies sleep during their sessions, though we did try for several hours to get her to sleep and wrapped up. Awake and alert, the pictures are adorable and in many of them she's looking right at the camera.
Her big brother, Sean, who is very sweet, polite and a little gentleman, was the perfect model and very into taking his own pictures with his own camera. So I know who my competition will be in 20 years!
Samantha loves her mom. Anything to do with her mom, being held, fed and changed by her mom. Anybody else, not so much. Which made me wonder, how does Dana sleep? So I asked and the answer was that she didn't really. Respect for people who have kids, it's so much work; all the time; on little to no sleep. It's impressive what you accomplish every day, props to you moms!!
Welcome to the world, Madeleine! It was so nice to meet you and see your parents again. After being such a beautiful model for our session, I hope you slept the whole night through. Congratulations, Alexandra + Mark!