Friday, October 11, 2013

Say CHEESE!

Harrison finally had his "official" 1 year pictures taken a few weeks back, and though he tried his best to beat himself up the night before (translation, fell flat on his face in the driveway), his pictures turned out AMAZING.  I promise that I'll give you a sneak peek of his cuteness...but I feel like I need to give a little bit of background into why these pictures were extra special to our family. 

Rewind to 2010.  We were living in Sioux Falls with our little girl.  She was happy, thriving, and rapidly approaching her first birthday.  First birthdays are a big deal.  First birthdays in the heart community are big beyond explaination. Anyway, one night I got a phone call from my sister Jill "proposing" a gift that she and her family wanted to give to Charlotte for her birthday...a one-year photo session with the amazing Amanda Fish.  Jill and her family have been going to Amanda for years, and their pictures are always beautiful.  While hesitant to accept such a large gift, I was very excited for the opportunity.  I just knew that Amanda was the perfect photographer to capture the true beauty of our sweet Charlotte.

We scheduled Charlotte's session with Amanda for the same weekend as her first birthday.  We were going to be back in Omaha for Matt's sister's graduation and for Charlotte's big birthday celebration, so the timing was perfect.  That weekend rolled around and on the morning of our session we woke up to find lots of clouds, lots of gloom, and lots of rain.  All.  Day.  Long.  Not a good thing for outdoor photos!  The simple solution would have been to move the session indoors, but knowing that Amanda's specialty is natural light photography, we opted to reschedule for another day.  We went about our weekend, celebrated Charlotte's one year milestone with family and friends, and headed back home knowing that the photos would have to wait.

Two weeks later, she was gone.

Her photo session left unused.  Her brand new picture outfit left hanging unworn in her closet. 

I've regretted rescheduling that session for so long. 

Sigh. 

So now here we are.  Two years later.  Harrison turned 1 in June, and again, my phone rang.  Jill and her family were never able to follow through with their photo session gift with Charlotte, but in a tearfilled conversation let me know that they wanted to do the same for Harrison.  We graciously accepted.  It took me over a month to get the date on the calendar, and no face-plant, forehead goose egg was going to get me to reschedule.  I snapped a few photos of our bruiser's injury and sent them to Amanda who assured me that she could work some of her magic to disguse the lump/bruise.  As long as I could help it, these pictures were happening!

The night of our session was absolutely perfect.  The sun was shining.  The temperature was just right.  And Harrison gave us some killer smiles/giggles with just a little (or a lot) of goofy entertaining from mom and dad.  Amanda sent us the link to our online gallery last night....and I haven't stopped smiling since.  I'm pretty sure Charlotte was smiling down on us that evening.

Our little boy is pretty darn adorable.  If you need proof....


Thank you, Amanda, for sharing your talent with our family.  We've been waiting two whole years to have this "one year" photo session with you and couldn't be happier with the results of that night!  You captured Harrison's personality perfectly - his grins, his shy glances with his finger in his mouth, his fake half cry/half smile, his goofy giggles.  These pictures mean more to me than you could ever imagine.

If anyone in the Omaha area is looking for a photographer...call Amanda Fish Photography.  I promise that you won't regret it!  The professional pictures on H at the blog header were also taken by Amanda and were just as perfect as his year ones.  We can't wait for Baby Ritchie #3 to get here so that we can finally have her take some family photos!



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