Recently I had the great pleasure of meeting this little guy. Now, I think we can all just go ahead and agree that the degree of cuteness we’re looking at here is just off the charts.
I was privileged to get to take his family photos on his actual first birthday! What an honor for me! And I came to the conclusion that it’s pretty good to be 1-year-old… particularly good to be THIS 1-year old! Toys, cake, adoring grandparents and parents, dogs, wagons – such fun!
Thanks guys! I had a blast and I can’t wait for you to see the rest of your images and then decorate your home with them!!
There are a lot of out-takes from any given photography session. A LOT. I’m going to share some of those with you at a later time just in case you have ever wondered about how shoots really go. But there is also the occasional photo that just lends itself to be something else, something….sillier. And since I’m a very silly person, here are a few that I have put together for you from a couple of my photo shoots:
It doesn’t happen often, but when it does it’s amazing.
Every now and then I get to photograph a baby that is in the BEST MOOD OF HIS/HER LIFE. This happened recently, when I photographed baby Geoff. He was just delighted with everything – the blocks, the camera, his parents, his pants. His delight lasted almost a full hour. Now, lest anyone think that I have figured out how to make this happen, I am sorry to report that I have not. (But when I do, I’ll let everyone know.) Until then – please enjoy the below photos of the cutest, happiest, chunkiest little man in town.
Thank you again and again to Geoff’s extremely cool parents for having me out and of course to Geoff – for reminding me why I have the best job ever.
It’s going to be hard for me to not gush over the wonderful time I had hanging out with these guys for this family photo shoot. This is a fun family. Guys, this is the family who’s house you want to get stuck at during the snowstorm! It’s the cool house! This is the place to be!
You can tell from these photos that they love each other and have a great time together; and that they’re all pretty taken with their newest addition – little Raylan. And who wouldn’t be – come on – those cheeks, that cowboy hat?! Off the charts adorable.
Thank you guys – I can’t wait to do it again soon!!
I have never had the joy of having a newborn baby in my own home but I have photographed many other people with their newborns and I have noticed something, a beautiful and telling dichotomy. In most homes, there are usually new baby things everywhere. There should be because babies require lots of stuff and people gets lots of stuff from friends and family (some stuff they need and lots of stuff they don’t know what to do with) prior to the baby’s arrival. I also strongly encourage that people not clean up before I come for a photo shoot. First of all, I know that folks have better and more important things to be doing than cleaning up before a photographer comes for just a few hours. Secondly, you should see my house sometimes! Thirdly and most importantly, I think the so-called-mess and the chaos are such an important part of the story; the true story of when Baby came into our lives and changed everything.
The other thing that I have noticed about photographing a newborn baby at home – whether it is baby number one, or two, or three, or so forth; is the peace that occurs amidst all of the “mess” and upheaval and change. It is palpable. When I arrive, I greet and chat with the tired but thrilled parents, I survey what rooms have the best light and then, when the parents finally sit down and hold their new baby, that is when the magic happens…peace. The parents forget to worry about the house, about how they look, about the to-do-list and hopefully they forget about me too and they get lost in the tiny, fragile, perfect new life they hold in their hands. I always hope and wait for this moment. It’s an honor to be there for the beauty of real life and to document these fleeting moments. Thank you to everyone who has let me be witness to the beauty of their lives so far, and to the Harrison family, pictured below with their sweet and perfect new baby Eli.
©Kara Johnson Photography 2015
(Sigh). You’re the cutest. I am biased of course, being your aunt and all, but I have it on good authority from all of the people that I insist look at photos and videos of you regularly, that you are WAAAAY up there on the cute scale. Maybe they’re just being nice, but how could anyone not get sucked in by those eyes and that grin and those luscious baby-fat rolls?
I like thinking about how much fun we’ll have when you’re a little older and we can do things together like go to the zoo and the park and make big huge messes with paint and mud-pies! I know that after that, there will come a time when no matter how hard I try, I won’t be someone you want to hang out with anymore because you’ll realize that I’m…old. To you anyway. Because you’ll be a teenager. During this period of our lives, when I am the least-cool (second only to your parents) and you cannot possibly voluntarily be seen with me in public; I’ll try to remember my own teenage years. Instead of foolishly attempting to pick out cool music, clothes or educational games for you – I will give you cash and gift cards at birthdays and holidays. This I do solemnly swear. But for now, I’m going to give you the most ridiculous outfits I can and take as many pictures as I can and eat up all of your cuteness and continue to force coworkers, strangers and friends to agree that you are an above-average baby. This I do solemnly swear.
I love you dearest DJ!
– Aunt Kara
When I was at your apartment the other day, looking at all of your impossibly cute things, I noticed a photo on your refrigerator. It was a photograph of you, from many years ago – you were young and smiling and your eyes were shut. Everyone else was cropped out of the picture. “What is this?” I inquired. “Motivation.” you replied, explaining that you were several pounds lighter in the photograph and you kept it on your refrigerator as a deterrent from misguided snacking.
I thought about this for a long time – I thought about this for hours after I left your house. Dearest friend – you are so beautiful. And do you know from whence your beauty shines forth? Your eyes! You have such a joyful spirit and it comes through in your laughing, expressive eyes every day. Now, I get it; you want to shed a few pounds. Fine – I don’t like that, but fine. But let me be clear that not for one moment – not for one moment EVER has your beauty derived from your waistline. Your beauty comes straight out from inside of you – it pours out of you with every laugh, with every furrowed brow; and every time the light catches your eyes the world gets a glimpse of the light inside of you. And it is beautiful.
So, if you must keep a photograph on the refrigerator for motivation – and I strongly discourage you thinking that you are anything less than perfect the way you are – then I implore you to please, please choose one where your eyes are open! Be reminded that your beauty shines OUT from those gorgeous eyes. Be reminded that you are made up of many things that make you more than just attractive – but that make you a complete and amazing individual.
When I visit my grandmother, I love looking at old photographs of her. I see her – her beautiful smiling eyes the same in youth as they are today. She starts the criticism “Oh gosh! I can’t believe I wore that!” but before she knows it, she too is rapt -unable to tear away from the memories held in those photos. It happens all too soon that life moves on – we change, our families change. Photographs are one of the ways we remember the past – one of the ways that we remember each other. They’re important, because you are important. So I guess what I’m saying to everyone is take pictures! Be in pictures! Smile! Open your eyes! Save your pictures, print your pictures, share your pictures (hire me to take your pictures!), and be remembered for the beautiful, perfect soul that you already are.