My good friend, Hannah, has two of the most adorable children. During their latest visit, I spent about 20 minutes in the park (just a couple of doors down from my house) photographing them with my Contax 645 and a couple rolls of Kodak Portra 400 film.
Genevieve’s baby shower was so much fun! My friend, April, and I decided to go with a hot air balloon theme for the decor. After Brent designed the invitation to match the theme in my head, we set out on a paper mache adventure. We spent countless hours paper macheing and painting hot air balloons, cutting out clouds, ordering cute straws, cutting out more clouds (for the straws), working on cute little details like a mad lib titled “Genevieve and the Super Silly Very Friendly Monster”, and cutting out more clouds (for the cupcakes).
All in all, the shower was a tremendous success! Thanks so much to our family and friends who came bearing gifts. It was great to spend this beautiful afternoon with those we love celebrating the soon arrival of a very special little girl. We are so blessed to have such a beautiful life full of generous and caring people!
Genevieve will be here in 19 days, we can hardly wait!
Venue: The Atrium
Invitation Design: Brent Holloman (the daddy to be)
Flowers and decor: Salt Harbor Designs
Caterer: A Southern Thyme
Cake and cupcakes: Nicki’s Cakes
Cloud cookies: Flower & Flour
Rentals: Party Suppliers and Rentals
A super cloudy Thursday afternoon + some film to shoot + a pregnant model + a white scooter + a cuddly dachshund = the below shots. I can’t believe it’s only 19 days until my sweet niece will be here. Amanda, you look amazing!
A letter to my nephew:
I told someone just the other day that when you were born it changed my world. It’s true. I have always had close ties with family, I have always loved deeply and with everything I have, but you brought a new depth to that love when you were born. A depth that speaks to the innocence of life and the beauty of the bonds of family.
Just watching you live and learn brings so much joy to me. On your last visit you had grown and matured so much, our conversations were actual chats and less one word exchanges. I enjoyed taking you on our little field trip to the farm, watching you interact, and learning even more about you. You reminded me of so much on this day. I first noticed your gentle spirit as you carefully and tenderly held the baby bunny taking extra caution to be quiet while they slept in your lap and hold them with such gentle hands.
Your childlike spirit I noted, in more ways than one. You would gather the hay and dump it on your soft blonde hair. You approached life as fun and adventurous, I hope you never lose that! You were a little timid to be the first to ride the horse but you worked up the courage and jumped right up like a pro.
You are a true Holloman, everyone you meet is your friend. This was your first day meeting Knox and Kuyper and you would think you had known them all your life. How instantly you make friends was a great lesson for me. As adults we tend to pass judgment, have pre-conceived notions of people and slowly become friends. Many of the kids you met on this trip were your best friend within second of you meeting. I remember you telling me “we had visitors” at the office one day and then playing for over an hour with the kids that came to visit. No gossip, no drama, just lots of laughter, good times and a vivid imagination!
Your smile still melts my heart, your voice brings a warmth to my soul, and I love you more than you could ever know little Gavin! You bring a depth to my life I had not yet know until you arrived and for that I am grateful. You did change my world and for the better.
I also made a new friend while visiting the farm, Faye. She opened up her home to us (twice now) and ever since I’ve been trying to find excuses to visit this beautiful, sweet lady.
Parents, if you are looking a wonderful birthday party location or even a summer camp opportunities, please check out Old McFaye’s Farm. Her summer camps are genius, you need to check into them! You can also learn about spring break camps, buy farm fresh eggs and more. Follow the farm on Facebook!
One huge thanks to Faye for all of your hospitality. Hugs to you from us, we value your friendship and are thankful for your generosity!
It’s funny how as photographers, our own work is usually the last to get edited. I found these images today. I took almost a year ago on May 27, 2011. My little nephew is just the sweetest little guy full of so much energy and expression!
This year MHP is going into wedding season all caught up. It is a wonderful feeling! So… right now I’m also making myself a promise. My personal and family photographs will be edited faster this year and they will be posted to the blog and facebook much sooner. This way I’ll be able to enjoy them more often, because photos are meant to be shared and enjoyed. Here is hoping that your day was full of smiles and laughter. If you need another chuckle, click here, to see the other images I posted on my personal facebook page.