So people are always telling me that I don’t post enough pictures of my own kids (mostly those people are their grandparents). Anyway, Zoe just turned 2 last Saturday so we took her and Zane out for a photo shoot this week to commemorate the big 02. Photographers across the country will tell you that your own children are the hardest ones to photograph. I’m here to tell you it’s absolutely true. Here are a few favorites of my kiddos!
Zoe turned 9-months old yesterday (and Zane turned 3 a little over a month ago) so we took the kids into the studio and did a quick photo shoot with them. They’re growing like little weeds. Here are a few favorites from Zane and Zoe’s photo shoot today.
Zoe turned 6-months on Thanksgiving and she’s already doing SOOOO much. She pulls up on EVERYTHING (her crib, tables, toys, baskets, our legs, and so on). The girl LOVES to be on her feet. She even lets go and tries to balance on her own. She manages about 1 second before grabbing back on, but she gets so excited and proud of herself when she’s on her feet by herself. It’s really funny. I have no doubt she’ll be walking by 9-months.
Anyway . . . here is a little wall collage we put together from her 6-month photo shoot. Each image below is a separate print. They will be framed individually and will hang separately side by side in her room like this to spell out her name. This works great for kids with 3 or 4 or even 5 letters in their name.
Well, we came home from the hospital on Friday, I shot a wedding on Saturday, we shot Zoe’s official newborn session on Sunday and today I’m finally getting around to giving you all an update on how things are going in the Zahner house . . . pretty good actually.
First of all, Zoe and momma and both doing great. They are indeed the two most beautiful ladies I know. In fact, I was looking at Zoe the other night and I told Rachel, “I think you’re gonna have to do the discipline on this one. I don’t know that I could ever scold her”. My mother assures me I’ll change my tune as soon as she hits toddler-hood. But for now, I’ll stick to my assertion that my daughter is the most beautiful newborn ever created and that she can do no wrong.
As far as Zane goes, everybody has been asking how he’s doing with his new little sister. Actually . . . he’s doing unbelievably well! Seriously, Rachel and I never expected him to be sooo sweet and accepting (knocking on wood right now). We really thought he’d see her as a threat to how much attention he gets and it hasn’t been that way AT ALL (It probably didn’t hurt that the first time Zane came to the hospital to see Zoe, “she” gave him a present to open. I’m sure the new train set probably helped a little bit to win him over). But honestly, he’s been very helpful around the house. He went and got wipes and a diaper today while we were changing her. He’s been holding Zoe and “petting” her and giving little kisses. It has been really really sweet (see some of the video and pictures below if you don’t believe me)
Anyway, here is the video I put together today (to view it, you’ll have to visit the blog directly . . . just in case you’re reading this in your e-mail inbox because it won’t show up there). And then below that are a few pictures from her newborn photo session.
***DISCLAIMER*** there is a small bit of somewhat graphic content at 1minute 50seconds into the video. If you are squeamish, you may want to close your eyes for about 10 seconds when it gets to that spot.
I don’t seem to post pictures pictures of my own family on the blog very often any more (much to my sister’s dismay – and my mother – and my mother-in-law – and our friend Kim – and Paula – and . . . ok – I’ll try to post more family pictures on the blog). Anyway, we’ve been taking some “documentary” style photos of Rachel throughout the entire pregnancy, but we haven’t really taken the time to do an actual maternity session. So what better day to do it than Mother’s Day? Zane was in good spirits so we took a few hours and made it happen tonight.
Baby Zoe should be here very soon, but until then, here are some maternity pictures to hold you over.
and here are some of the shots that we’ve been taking all along.