I happen to know a thing or two about strong willed little girls. Little girls who pout when you want them to smile, turn their backs right when you want to take a picture, or say no so often you wonder if they know any other words. I might live with one. Sophie makes me realize that my Sami is in really good company.
So when Sophie’s mom and I spoke about a special mini-session for Sophie’s 4th birthday, I knew exactly what to do to make her smile. 9 out of 10 images that her mom has of her she’s either pouting (on purpose) or sticking her tongue out (also on purpose), so I knew I had to make a big deal out of her session and allow her to shine. No big brothers allowed. (She has 3 brothers!) And no mom allowed. (We sent her to get coffee). Just Sophie and me and an open field to run in. (*note: mom and I are friends, I don’t generally steal children.)
I also knew that if I whipped out a vintage tea set she’d think I was nuts. And if I came with a mega bucket full of props she’d roll her eyes. So I allowed Sophie to be Sophie and promised her mom we’d get great smiles. I’m pretty sure her words were “Good luck. If we get one smile I’ll be thrilled.” Well mom, prepare to be floored. Sophie was amazing. She held my hand and spun around a field with me, she raced me (and won), and turned on the charm big time. Sophie your smile is beautiful, and I’m so glad you let the world see it. Happy happy birthday.