The last six weeks have been super busy getting the “business side” of the new studio organized – turns out things like building a blogsite and sorting out taxes are a little time consuming!  I have enjoyed it in so many ways, planning for the future of the studio, building the structure of the business, fussing over all the different details, but it has been a lot of time at my desk.  I purposely took a break from sessions for most of June and July to give myself time for this.  It was the right thing to do, but wow have I missed being behind the camera!

I did take a break from the computer to get out with this little sweetheart one evening – my only session in July.  I can’t believe her first birthday is coming up this fall, it has been such a treat to photograph her as a newborn, at three, six and now ten months.  I absolutely love getting to capture a baby’s first year in photographs.

We went out to a great local botanical garden about an hour before sunset.  The light was just dreamy – and so was Baby Emma!  I was always hesitant to do sessions in the early evening – don’t you know its “getting ready for bed” time?!?  It really could not have gone better.  The light truly was “golden” and so was Emma.  Her mama fed her dinner a little early and we picked a location that was only about a ten minute drive from her home.  Little Emma seemed quite happy at the change in routine and loved playing at the park after dinner.  So, you guessed it, my  new favorite session time is one and a half hours before sunset!

Thanks for such a fun evening in the gardens Emma.

She loved playing in my new crate!

Ok, I’ll sit here for a minute…

Hmmm, think I can get away with playing in the grass?

Really?!?  Haha!  I get to play in the grass!  Hooray!


And her expression in this one…well, I just couldn’t resist sharing.  It was the very end, and I think she was just happy to be getting dirty.

See you again soon Emma – and don’t worry, I’ll have a cake and you can get as messy as you want!


  1. Katie Sprick says:

    Hi Renee!

    It was such a great idea to go to Meadowlark and take pictures – and I agree the lighting was perfect! Emma and I had so much fun walking around the park with you, and your yellow accents (blanket, headband, soda box) were the perfect touch. I love that you caught such a mix of expressions, and I think that’s what makes this mix of photos so unique – I can see Emma’s personality in each of them!

    Jon and I will always treasure these pictures of our baby girl!

    Thanks a million!!