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Niekrash Family, Fall 2016 + Ellie Turns 5!

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I was so excited when a girl I’d met at a book signing a few years ago reached out to me to do her pregnancy photos last spring and it’s always an even bigger compliment when they come back for more. This time, Ellie turned 5 and they celebrated it at this awesome horse farm where the kids had that good old fashioned kind of fun, riding horses, releasing pigeons, and playing outside with their own imaginations. We did a mini family session while we were there, too!

 

Click the picture above for some favorites from Ellie’s party and the image below for a few from their family session!

 

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1st Birthday Party Victory!

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I’ve been shooting my good friend Lauren and her family since she was pregnant with Luciano, so when she asked me to shoot his first birthday party I said yes without much thought. Admittedly, though, when I got there, I fell into the first panic attack I’ve had in ages.

 

There were just so many strangers, packed tight in the same tiny space, trying to avoid the unexpected rain outside. I kept pressing myself into the wall, willing myself to become invisible, trying to talk myself out of freaking out and making a fool of myself. All the while, I was wondering how I could have possibly gotten myself into this trap. Don’t I know better? I could have said no, but for some reason I thought I’d be fine. You know, moxie and what not. I’ve done that this year, right?

 

I did eventually settle down, after sitting alone in another room and telling myself to suck it up, and luckily Lauren let me tag along wherever she went until I started to be less concerned with all the stranger faces and more concerned with capturing Luciano’s birthday party (which I think I did okay with despite the dreary day, thankfully). Still, I am a bit embarrassed. I just don’t know how I got this way. And every time I think I’ve practiced being brave enough, something reminds me I’m still socially crippled. I’ve just gotta keep believing I can overcome this someday, sooner rather than later hopefully. And be grateful that I have friends like Lauren who still believe in me despite my qualms.

 

Social anxiety aside, here are some pictures of the adorable birthday boy. Probably the most conservative 1 year old cake eater I’ve ever seen! 😉

 

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Luciano’s 1st Birthday Party

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Diggy’s 3rd Birthday Party

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