Earlier today I tried drafting a #fridayintroductions post with a ~*~professional~*~ photo of me butttt it just wasn’t happening. So instead, here’s this photo, taken about 20 minutes, that’s imperfect but I love it because it’s US, it’s my family. That’s me - Niki - with my husband Andrew and our dog-child Dakota. It’s safe to say our obsession with each other is mutual. We recently moved back to Baltimore after a near four year stint in Annapolis. I miss Annapolis, but I’m finding new things to love about Baltimore. This impromptu locating-scouting-turned snuggle fest in this gorgeous weather is one of them. Anyway, I’m glad you’re here. Happy weekend, friends.
Curious - what does your family do after a portrait session? Do you go out for a special dinner or sweet treat? Do you head home? Share with me in the comment what you do post-session!
Yesterday @chesapeakebirthandbaby hosted the sweetest picnic for local families AND the sun made an appearance (but you already know that if you’ve seen my stories 🙃). It was super fun to hang with Danielle and Megan, and meet so many sweet new faces. Looking forward to sharing more later this week!
I know social media can get a bad wrap, but if you choose to see the good, too, you’ll realize it’s not all bad. I love that social media (specifically Instagram! Y’all know it’s my favorite) lets me follow along with other women and get to know them, watch their babies grow, share laughs about the reality that is raising kids. Jamie is one of those women - our paths crossed nearly two years ago (when this now full-on toddler wasn’t even walking) and since then, we’ve followed each other on Instagram in a way that leads to real connection and a genuine fondness of each other. I love seeing her babies in her stories, I like learning about her (cool!) job, and the baby goats are pretty cute, too. Social media is what you make of it. If you’re here, following along, and letting me share glimpses into your life, too: thank you for being one of my people.
In case you’ve forgotten what the sun looks like, here’s a reminder.
At the end of this session, the dad said to me, “Well, I’ll feel better when I see the photos and know you got some good photos.” And I realized, despite all the guidance I offer before and during our session, it’s still a really unfamiliar situation for most families! And while wrangling wild toddlers is completely normal for me during a session, it’s not a normal feeling for parents. So let me tell you a secret: if you have young babies, they will probably be a little wild during our session. And that’s okay! I expect it! And I have some tricks up my sleeve that are tried and true, so just stay cool and keep loving on them, and leave the rest to me!
The weather this week is looking dicey so I’m just dreaming of warm sunsets. Did it storm where you are tonight?
Happy Mother’s Day to all the mamas. You make the world go round.
Saturdays are for snuggling and smooches. Happy weekend, friends!