My love and my twin ... our little Harper has turned 5 and she now thinks she should act like she is 15. Five years ago is also when I started my love for baby photography. I give thanks to my first born for being the reason I am a professional photographer today and always inspiring me.
I wanted to include here my favorite photos from each of Harper's milestones: birth through age five.
Out of all of the pictures I snapped of Harper as a newborn, I remember thinking that this one on the left looked the most "professional". After her, I began my quest to learn and learn and learn about newborn photography.
Harper's was my very first cake smashing session at age 1 above on the right. I learned then and there that grass and frosting do NOT go well together!
At her 2 year session, I clearly thought that more was better! It is definitely fun to set up these stylized shoots, but when you have a 2 year old that doesn't look at you or do anything that was in your plans, it can be a bit challenging!
Nonetheless, she did look adorable at her very first fancy tea party!
At 3, Harper helped me capture one of my favorite photos of my career. This was my dad's favorite shot as well! You can't plan for these moments to happen (especially with a 3 year old), but when the light, hair, expression and camera "click" all at the same time, it is most definitely magic.
By 4, she knew all about posing for mom.
Then age 5 came around and, boy, has it been hard for her parents to keep up with her imagination. I know we are not the only family that experiences 10-15 outfit changes a day, right? Clothes and costumes are what rule the world of this 5 year old.
Here are some of the outfits that Harper acquired during her fifth year paired with a little magic from Photoshop! This awesome age is filled with everything that is whimsical, and therefore I wanted to showcase that fantasy in images that exceed her vivid expectations!
What girl doesn't want to believe she is Elsa!
Well we had to have BOTH Elsa costumes.
Here is "Coronation Elsa" in full character.
I can't stress enough how much this girl loves anything RAINBOW! Therefore, I give you ... Rainbow Fairy Harper.
Thanks to Grandma, this adorable number has entered the rotation in the last couple of weeks.
My little blonde Poccahontas.
And lastly, her newest obsession is that of a woodland fairy.
Inspired by a photo by the most talented LJ Holloway Photography, this is EXACTLY what I had envisioned!
She keeps me young.
Happy 5th birthday my beautiful baby Harper!