{{.Summer Solstice 2016.}}

The summer solstice was on June 20 this year. In our house, we celebrate the changing of the seasons. For summer, I made our mini human a flower crown made out of clovers and some little purple and white flowers that I can’t identify after a couple hours of research. (I’ll edit this post to include them when I finally identify them.)

Just before sunset, I took my mini human to the field across the street , sprayed her down with bug repellant, and let her twirl around in her new summer dress. I just adore this mini human. She’s my favorite, and one of the most amazing humans I’ve ever met.

It’s been a while.

I know, I know. I keep saying I’m going to get this blog on track. Honestly, when I say it, I really mean it at the moment. Life happens though, and family things sometimes get in the way.

I’ve been away from my business since April, and things are finally starting to get back to “normal”. I’m really hoping to start blogging again, for real this time. 😉

Last week, my mini human decided that going outside to see a rainbow and a really cool sky was tolerable, so she twirled for me a few times in the field near us. I think I’m finally ready to get things back on track, just in time for summer sunsets!

Here’s to more sunset twirling in the months to come! -Jess

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My Mini Human, twirling in the field near us. I’m going to miss it when she’s “too old” to twirl in the late spring sunset.

{{.Rainy Days are SO MUCH FUN.}}

Another perk of being a VIP client, is that if ever I need to create an advertisement, I offer my VIPs the first pick! I mentioned on Thursday that the weather was going to be perfect for a “Rainy Day” session, and that I wanted to start advertising on Facebook for it. I posted in the VIP facebook group that I wanted to do the shoot. One of my favorite little families said they’d LOVE to! * yay *

We met at 10:30a on Friday morning at the park. Mom and I chatted a little bit, and then we got right to playing! I’ve been photographing these mini humans for over two years now, and I’m so excited I get to watch them grow. When we meet up, I already know that E will be full of smiles and giggles, and S will want to run around. I knew that I wanted to show them the waterfall, but to do that I would have to take them through an area that snapping turtles use for laying eggs. I told the mini’s that there might be snapping turtles around, and S was a little nervous about being snapped, so I even pinky promised him I would never let that happen.

We had so much fun playing and exploring that before we knew it, we had been playing for almost an hour and a half! I just love when I get to have days like that!

 

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Rainy Day Fun // March 25, 2016 // truelifepics.com

 

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{{.Brothers in the Backyard.}}

Golden hour is typically the hour (or two) leading up to sunset. It’s particularly appealing because the sun is closer to the horizon, making it’s light softer and more romantic while giving everything a beautiful golden glow.
What was going to be a golden hour baby shoot turned into a golden hour brother shoot. I just adore these two mini humans. They’re my nephews, Nephew 2 & Nephew 6.  Nephew 6 is just starting to walk. He’s still a little unsure of taking more than a handful of steps, but I feel certain that he’ll be running before we know it!

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{{.Hula Hoop Changing Room & Reading Tent.}}

As an on location photographer, I need a little changing area that I can also fit into my car, and manage myself. I took 2 hula hoops, I cut the hula hoops, and slipped a hula hoop through each seam. Then, I cut the edge seams and used them to tie the coat hangers to the hula hoop in an “x”. My nephews LOVED playing in it.

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Why I call children “mini humans”

Someone asked me the other day, why it was, that I called my daughter my “mini human”. I figure if someone that knows me in person asks, people that read this blog and follow along with my photography might be asking themselves the same thing.

Why? Well, the answer is simple. I’m a mommy. Wait, just listen before commenting..

I love my daughter. She’s the most amazing person I’ve ever met. However, she’s also her own mini human being. Full of all the emotions and stresses and moods that us adult humans have. They’re just much newer to everything, so sometimes, what we see as trivial, might actually be “the worst thing that’s ever happened”, or “the best thing that’s ever happened”. For this reason, I call her my mini human.

When I’m getting really frustrated with a situation, it helps remind me that she’s just a littler version of me, without the 30 (almost 31) years of experience. It helps give me that 2 second pause that I sometimes need. I just want to be the best mommy for my daughter, and reminding myself she’s just another human, it makes it easier for me to see through her “dramatic 8 year old” behavior and figure out what the real problem is.

I’m not going to tell you we never argue, or yell. I will tell you that it has helped me change the way I view situations. I want to teach my mini human that compassion and empathy are good qualities to have, among others. The best way to teach her, is to show her through example. Treating her like she’s another human being, who needs love and understanding when she’s feeling frustrated, and who doesn’t have as much experience with figuring out how her actions and words affect other people, will help her figure out what kind of human being she wants to be.

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“Auntie, let me eat my fruit salad.” – Nephew 2

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“Mom. I want to go play Minecraft now.” – My Mini Human