Thursday, November 12, 2009

Portrait of a Lady: Emmaleigh

I wanted to start a tradition with Emma, and later Mandy, on their birthdays. As usual, my ideas look so pristine and lovely in my head and not so ideal in real life. Emma was about to turn 5 and I thought it was the perfect age to be able to pick out her own outfit at the store for a birthday photo shoot. Me, Emma, and the baby set out for a morning of shopping in our nearby small-ish city. The consignment store I had heard rave reviews about was over-prices and the clothes were dated. We didn't find anything there and went on to another store. That store had NO good deals and since Emma and I both like a good deal, we threw my fantastic new tradition to the wind and Emma bought Color Magic pens and paper instead.

I still had in my head that Emma should be able to pick out her own clothes for the 5-year-old photo shoot....

This is Emma's favorite pictures from today's photo shoot.


A new princess hat, white crocheted poncho, birthday dress meant for Christmas, Halloween pink tights, and black shoes. This is what Emma picked out. I did her hair, which was promptly covered up by the Disney Princesses. Pristine and lovely pictures? Not quite what I had in mind.




I didn't get a daughter with Emma's character without having a few of my own tricks up my sleeve. With stealthy manipulation, I got her to take off the obnoxious character hat...






My photographer's child seems to be crippled with the inability to just "smile for the camera." Emma is so used to me taking pictures that she thinks that being weird is a requirement.






I hoped that letting her wiggles and silliness out would allow me to capture Emma's very pretty natural smile. 





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9 comments:

Dan & Hillary and little Russell said...

She's precious:-) When she's 21, she'll look at these pix and say, "you let me wear all those clothes?" You're a good mom.

Kellie said...

You're very brave to give her free reign in her clothing choice for her photos...but honestly I think it's great. Mismatching and obnoxious princess hat aside, it shows who Emma really is and not the perfect photo version. The last photo is beautiful :)

Which consignment stores did you hit? I've been to most of them in the area. I definitely have my favorites.

Grandma Sherri said...

Beautiful! And we love her just the way she is- they definately refect her personality:)

Sara said...

Love that last picture! How silly and fun to let her pick out the clothes. Yes, she will definitely get a laugh out of it later on in life. =)

simplykersh said...

Pictures are to help you remember, right? These just help you to remember Emma exactly how she is at 5! And Heidi would love the hat, and insist on whearing it for photos as well.

Shawna said...

My favorite is the second to last photo. I just love your passion for finding flexible ways to make traditions for your family! What a tribute to a lovely child, perfectly made for you.

Choco Girl said...
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Choco Girl said...

So cute! My mother would love Emma as a child because she is the photographer of the family. I think I was my mother's Emma. Though there were many times, I didn't want to take pictures.

Cathy said...

I agree with everyone else. I like that you got Emma in what she picked out because it will show who she was at the big five. But... it's always nice to get mommy's choice snuck in there too. :-) Right now, it's hard to get Rile' to smile a "normal" smile. They are so fake, it drives me crazy!