Now this is exactly what I like to do. This was not only a fun and creative session but it was also quite relaxed and low stress as each of these girls were old enough to both be patient with me and follow instructions. This allowed me to use my skills to pose and direct as needed, rather than what can happen with very young children who either don't understand the instructions or who really just want to do their own thing.
Although the very young bring their own magic to a shoot, like a cuteness factor that can't be beat, being able to take my time and direct my subjects means I can create the vision that is in my head. Probably what is most frustrating about the very young is that I can often see exactly what I want to create but without a little help from the child its not always possible. In this case all four girls worked very well and I think they all enjoyed themselves too, even the youngest performed beautifully and I couldn't be happier with all their portraits.
I've begun building a selection of clothing for all ages now. For some time I've had articles of clothing for the very young. I now have right up to adult (unfortunately still in very slim sizes but hope to grow this as I go). I even converted our summerhouse into a dressing room complete with wardrobe to house the new clothes. The girls made good use of the clothes, each picking the dresses they liked most. I only wish we had more time to use more of the wardrobe available.
In addition to creating beautiful pieces of each of these girls on their own we also created a group portrait of all together which made the perfect gift for grandma this Christmas. This session and these girls really were a joy to work with. I even received hugs at the end which made me feel very special. I like to know that we build a relationship as we work together and I hope its one that will carry on as the girls grow older. Its wonderful when clients return, allowing me to capture the next stage in their lives. I consider it a real honour.