The first time I met Lyla she was a very sleepy and chill baby and now she has the energy of one thousand highly-caffeinated hummingbirds. Harper, her older sister, is also extremely energetic but concentrates most of her energy in two areas: jumping and changing outfits. She would just…disappear and change her outfit. She changed her outfit no less than 7 times during the session and I told Clare I’d need to go home and apologize to my mother, because I did the same thing when I was Harper’s age, except that I would put the clothes I just wore for 5 minutes into the dirty laundry basket instead of hanging it back up because it really hadn’t been worn, causing my mom to do excessive laundry until she realized what was happening. I’m sorry, Mom. I am glad I’m not alone though; I’m glad some other kid out there is rapidly changing outfits throughout the day as the mood strikes them. I think Harper has a future career in fashion of some sort, and Lyla has a future career as a high-powered CEO for some very cute company like Sanrio or some other business involving sparkles and animals, OR she’ll fulfill her dream job, which is to become Taylor Swift. Both girls are on the path to success and how can they not be when they have Clare and Dan? I love this family and I love their color and pattern-filled home and I love their British accents and for introducing me to a British marshmallow called a Flump. Thank you for letting me be a little part of your life.
I can solidly say that no other assignment has had us listening to this much Men Without Hats. I think we listened to the Safety Dance at least a dozen times, each time accompanied by Finn doing the Wheels on the Bus circular hand motions while bouncing up and down for completely inexplicable reasons. He was thrilled. This child CANNOT GET ENOUGH Men Without Hats. On vinyl, no less! He went right to the record shelf and picked out the record, promptly dropped it, then picked it up again and ran to the record player because he is a hipster child. I say this with love. But he is an audiophile, has impeccable wardrobe choices, is in possession of several vintage childhood books, and drives an unusual-shade-of-green-colored Jeep. His popsicles are also made out of things like bananas and kale. I’m just saying… he’s an adorable hipster of a 2 year-old.
In addition to Men Without Hats, he also enjoys this one song that came programmed into his Jeep. It’s super strange, oddly somber for a child’s toy, but sounds kind of like a teenage version of Journey’s Faithfully. Definitely a breakup song. And when he’s done with the Safety Dance, he cools down to that one, accompanied by slower, sadder Wheels on the Bus hand motions. When he’s done feeling sorry for himself for whatever imaginary breakup he’s going through, he heads straight to his kiddie pool to pick up a cup and then literally pour a ton of water straight into his eyes. He does this repeatedly (always aiming for the top of his head but not quite having the rotator cuff range yet so landing directly into the eyes) and then shakes like he’s about to explode with joy. I think he’s cold, but it’s a delighted cold, so it comes across as enthusiastically explosive.
So basically, Finn is one of my all-time favorite children. I also love his parents, Heather and Garrett, whose maternity session we photographed back in 2016 while Finn was still in utero. They have a beautiful house that’s adorably decorated because Heather is an incredible designer and also because they, too, love Invader Zim. They have two flufferistic doggos, Mabel and Castle, who like to follow Finn around and look for food he’s currently dropping, and do zoomies around the house. When we left, Finn pressed his entire face up against the glass like I’ve really only ever seen in television shows because he’s the most amazing kid ever. He also blew me kisses immediately upon my arrival and departure. He did not blow kisses to Geoff, but rather stood super close to him while doing the Wheels on the Bus hand motions and staring directly into his eyes. Not sure what this meant but it was also great. YOU CAN DANCE IF YOU WANT TO.
Edy and myself began a fond penpal relationship via e-mail a few months ago as her and her family were moving from PA down to Durham, and we were so excited to have them as clients for their family and their wedding because Edy was charming and wonderful. And then we finally met them in person and they were EVEN BETTER because a.) Edy is as charming and wonderful in real life, and b.) Andy and Louie were wearing matching shirts with an embroidered repeating print featuring a shark eating a person whole, and we appreciated this greatly. Also their house is full of a myriad of David Bowie references and their dog is fluffy, orange, adorable, and named Nacho. What is not to love about this family?
Louie is 3 and moves very fast. Like, very fast. He was, by far, our fastest client ever and our autofocus was put to the test. He enjoys The Minions, bubbles, pretending Andy is a monster and hiding from him, and making Edy spin him around repeatedly in a way that was so fast that I’m surprised nobody threw up. He has the best hair. Edy is beautiful and calm and enjoys her people, chillaxing at Fullsteam, and can blow bubbles like a freaking champion when the bubble gun is on the fritz. She has never eaten a peanut butter and jelly sandwich (we are working on it with her). Andy can play guitar wonderfully, act like a very believable monster, and we were told that he has, in the past, danced for 46 hours straight. It was to raise money for charity, but we’re hoping to see this reenacted someday soon just for kicks. Nacho is fluffy, cute, and enjoys cheese. He took a brief nap with me on the couch and seemed to enjoy it. We are so happy to have these wonderful humans and Nacho as our clients, and we hope you enjoy them too! :)