This month, a very awesome little dude turns 1, on the same day that his supermom turns 30! We decided to start the celebration early – with a “Where the Wild Things Are” photo shoot. Our inspiration was drawn from all over – friends, family, books, and of course the vast internet. We are really happy with the result, and hope you enjoy what we’ve shared!
After a few ventures of this nature, we have found that the best way to approach a photo session with little ones is to keep an open mind, go with the flow, use what you’ve got – and most importantly, have fun. The smiles in our photos are 100% genuine, and we had a blast throughout the afternoon. We definitely took some time to prepare, gathered our materials, and with a little collaboration and creativity, our Photo Shoot for a Wild One! was quickly reality!
The idea of keeping an open mind, going with the flow, and using what you’ve got is honestly transferrable to a lot of areas – not just photo shoots for amazing little humans. Having expectations that are realistic, or maybe not even having specific expectations at all can ultimately lead to many pleasing outcomes. With regard to creative projects, some of my best work was born out of half an idea, that I allowed to lead to a wonderful product. I am actually pretty good at having half ideas – so trusting and enjoying the process is so important to me! Working with others and inviting their creativity has also led to some beautiful and exciting ventures. (stay tuned, as another collaborative creative project is in the works!)
Many people have very real, very specific goals for their lives. Careers, relationships, life milestones are just a few areas that people tend to set both abstract and tangible goals. I understand that goal setting is important, and equally as important is the path to reaching those goals. Over the past year, I’ve learned more than ever to erase the thought “I’ll be happy when…” from my mindset. Instead, I’ve made conscious efforts to be happy first, connect with people and places that add to my happiness, and with an open mind – I’ve started to reach some of my goals. I feel so fortunate to have had experiences and individuals in my life that have helped me reach this conclusion, and I wonder how others feel about this idea as well.
So, while it is not always easy, examining expectations and changing a mindset can lead to many beautiful things. These beautiful things may be evident in an immediate and tangible way, such as a photograph, or it may take time and only be clear after the fact.
Wishing these two beautiful humans the best birthday possible – and an amazing year to come! <3