Thankful. Grateful. Inspired. 

These are 3 words that instantly popped into my head as I began looking through this Mommy & Me session with Marcela and her son Frederick. Marcela is a photographer herself, so I was extremely flattered when she asked me to capture her photos. 

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I would feel confident in saying that May is one of the most beautiful months of the year here in the land of 10,000 lakes. We strolled through Centennial lakes on this warm spring day and I caught some natural moments of bliss between Marcela and her son. 

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...and then we find this gorgeous opening where the concrete path converges with cobblestone. It was a perfect spot to stop and take a break and enjoy a quiet moment.

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Something you may have noticed but not thought about too much, is that the outfits Marcela chose, are light, neutral and perfectly appropriate for the environment we were in. The calm, flowy skirt mixes well with the soft willow trees and reflective water.
Overall, this look helps the viewer focus on the interaction happening between the two of them, and that is my absolute goal with lifestyle photography. Bright colors and patterns tend to take focus away from the people; do not hesitate to ask your photographer for outfit suggestions!! I personally LOVE to help with this and have helped dress many of my clients :)

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(a few singles just because I wanted Marcela to have a few portraits of her glowing self!)

 Frederick's adorable details:

Frederick's adorable details:

 Getting a 1 year old to look at his mama and play with her hair, easy-peasy...

Getting a 1 year old to look at his mama and play with her hair, easy-peasy...

 ...but getting a 1 year old to look at the camera-- sometimes a complete miracle!! High-five, Frederick!

...but getting a 1 year old to look at the camera-- sometimes a complete miracle!! High-five, Frederick!

 Those cheek-to-cheek moments are some of my favorites!

Those cheek-to-cheek moments are some of my favorites!

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The last part of our walk was around the stone bridge area of the park.
These two absolutely glow here!

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And that about wraps up our session, we had Frederick's attention and smiling face for about an hour before he began rubbing his eyes. We tend to have an hour or less with kids for family shoots-- this is about the max for attention and I always feel SO lucky when we get even 20 to 30 minutes without fussing. However, this is all a part of family photography, and I wouldn't even trade those fussing moments for another career. Sometimes, they are even some of parents favorite photos of the shoot. Frederick was a real trooper, but he signaled us with that all-telling rubbing of the eyes and I had to thank him for his great job!  

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Thank you to the Milan's, I look forward to seeing you again soon!!

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