portraits of Toby, Gina + Aoife : iowa city, ia family & children photographer

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 sometimes I get to photograph a session where everything totally seems to fall into place,
and between the lighting, fun outfits, sweet people, and locations, this was one of those sessions!
Gina had e-mailed me about pictures and said,
 "we would love, love, love to be able to do this on a mild, sunny spring day
when the flowers are in bloom.."
and although it was slightly more hot than mild when we took these, ;)
 it was definitely a gorgeous day!
I had briefly met Gina before we did her pictures, but I so enjoyed getting
to know her, Toby & Aoife [pronounced ee-faa] better while I photographed them..
Aoife was hands down the best baby I've ever photographed.
Smiled the whole session--talk about a dream!
I asked them if they had ever done family pictures before,
and Gina said no, and that she hadn't really even done them growing up,
and Toby replied, "aside from Sears? umm, no." :P
Regardless, they were totally natural and relaxed, and just enjoyed each other and their baby.
Whenever I'm photographing families, the more they can interact on their own thrills me,
and it really shows in these frames.
So excited to blog these. :)
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see what I mean about happy?!
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this was when Aoife literally just stared at me for 10 seconds.
I'll take it. :P
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no posing...Aoife, you rock girl.
I think I'll hire you to show all the other babies I photograph how to behave. :)
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funny sidenote, I went to look at this location hours before their shoot
 and saw this baby robin in the bush, and it was still there in the evening.
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~H. Elise
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  1. Sheesh, girl! These are INCREDIBLE! I love everything about this shoot! So gorgeous!

  2. awww... these are sweet! good job!

  3. These pictures are absolutely wonderful. Talk about a darling baby! And the last picture? Well, it melted my heart



  4. Annnddd...yet another amazing, gorgeous, beautiful, stunning photo session by the awesome Hannah! :) I adore these pictures, girl! The colors are so crisp and vibrant + what a sweet 'lil family! Ah, some of my very favorites of your pictures. Hope you are having a blessed, wonderful Friday, Hannah!

  5. BEAUTIFUL! I absolutely love that last photo! :)

  6. Too many precious photos to pick ONE favorite. So far this is my favorite session of the year!

  7. What can I say?
    You get to photograph Mr. Thornton. So..maybe that means I'll get to do Mr. Darcy? =)
    hehe. =)
    I love...amazing baby! what a trooper!

  8. Oh my. LOVE these! What a dream baby!! Love your locations too... just fantastic!


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