Birthday session

A very Viking birthday (happy 8th birthday, Isaac!)

It is unreal to say it- but Isaac turned eight years old at the end of June. The kid is an amazing thing- and to see him get bigger and older is both heartbreaking and awesome all at once.  Isaac is still the thoughtful, sensitive, hilarious and smiley kid he's always been. Each year we see his personality show more and more and each year we fall more in love with him, if that's even possible.

He was pretty excited about turning eight. Keeping up with tradition, we wanted to do a special birthday photoshoot for him with another theme (see last year's Hobbit shoot and the year before- Tarzan).  This year he wanted to be "a ferocious viking, with some niceness."  

And so, the idea was set in motion. 

We once again knew we could depend on Neva Fells at Hand Made by Neva for the costume.  She did not disappoint- the woman is talented! She sewed up a perfect Viking costume for Isaac, just as he requested (he said he loved Hiccup's costume in How to Train Your Dragon).  Thank you Neva!

Originally this shoot was scheduled to be in Norway in June- but that's not how things ended up. Instead, we changed gears and ideas a little bit and settled on Jasper National Park and I have to say- it fits. This location of the shoot is Isaac's favorite hike in the world.

We love you, Isaac- very much. Happy Birthday.

(behind the scenes pix coming soon, and... maybe a video.  There was a lot of really difficult hiking involved in this shoot!)

If you have a second, leave a note and tell Isaac how ferocious he looks :)

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Happy 6th birthday, Isabelle!

(3 months late).

Hard to believe Isabelle is now SIX.  Isabelle- a beautiful, bubbly, giggling, muscular, lean ball of energy and intelligence.  The best sharer. The best laugher. The best at constantly walking on her tippy toes. 

This year we were in Texas for Isabelle's birthday- but we had an idea for a shoot in mind that did not exactly work for Texas.  So, we had Neva Fells make her up a sweet little Jane Austen era dress to take to Europe with us, so we could photograph Belle in a beautiful garden setting. 

Then, time went by. It just disappeared from sight. We suddenly found ourselves in Normandy at Gabrielle (designmom.com) and Ben Blair's house for a family sleepover, and realized their house and property was an exceptional place for Isabelle's birthday shoot.  

The results are below... isn't Izzy adorable? She looks sooo cute in her Regency period dress by Neva!

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See Isabelle's 5th birthday shoot here, and her 4th birthday shoot here.

 

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the hilario danger of it all

Irish playgrounds are

fun

.

These photos below were taken about 20 minutes before Isaac's beautiful

Hobbit

shoot for his birthday (I am so in love with those pictures and that boy.) And this particular playground made us all laugh so hard my cheeks hurt. 

Have you guys ever seen this whirly-seat-genius inventions? Are they in the US too?

Super spinny seats of spectaular-ness.  I felt like I'd spin off and hit the moon with a bang.

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Doesn't really look like I'm going that fast. But how 'bout these? 

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That blur is Belle, and this one is Isaac.

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Nope, we'll never forget that playground!

Can I just post this once more? yes?

OK.

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Happy 7th birthday, Isaac

DEVASTATION!  Our boy is 7! And big! And growing up!

I kid. I am happy to say that I love seven year old Isaac, more than 6 year old Isaac, if that's even possible.  

Sure, he turned 7 a month and a half ago, but.... just now getting to post these pictures. We've been a *bit* behind on picture turnaround and didn't feel right posting these before now!

So:  Kathleen from grosgrainfabulous made Isaac an incredible Hobbit costume to wear while we were in Ireland. To say that the costume is incredible is an understatement. It is perfect and well made in every way. (drop by her site to tell her how amazing she is!) Isaac loves it, so much, and thanks to Tyler reading him The Hobbit during our Europe tour, he got really, really into character.

Check out the pictures below of the cutest, most handsomest-est boy in the world. A boy who loves all things Harry Potter and Hobbit, all things lego, and who goes nutso over a combo of Lego/Harry Potter.  He's a big second grader now, rocking skinny jeans, protecting his little sister, reading a bunch of science books, and enjoying the wild outdoors.

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Huge thanks to Tyler for these photos- I was pretty much useless at this shoot, due to my heart going pitter-patter over the extreme cute. 

 

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