On July 7th of this year, Caroline became a big sister when Michael Joseph Boehling joined the world weighing eight pounds, one ounce. I have been so excited to shoot these two together, Caroline is ridiculously happy about the new arrival.
The love that a 3 year old has for a newborn sibling is a precarious kind of love, one so innocent that you hate ruining it with the constant utterance of “gently” and “softly” but energetic enough to require a few boundaries. Some kids want nothing to do with their baby sibs but Sweet Caroline was all over him like a like a fly on honey, there are some really sweet moments here.
I’m not sure if this reaction in Michael is shared enthusiasm or primal fear but I love the shot anyway…
Caroline is definitely Momma’s little helper:
Sam and I went a little gung-ho on the creation of Fiver’s nursery, we made sculptures and murals for Pete’s sake, so I worry that when the times comes for #2 that we’ll lack the energy to prepare with the same amount of creative zeal. Will we even paint the room or will we just shove a crib in a corner and call it a day? Catherine gave me great hope though, Michael’s nursery is every bit the visual wonderland as his sister’s. Like their first pregnancy, Catherine and John chose to be surprised by the baby’s sex and choose a theme of circus animals, perfect for a little boy or girl, which organically expanded to include creatures of all types… even garden gnomes! The pale, citrusy lemon-lime wall color and bright green accents are perky and inviting.
While I was shooting the nursery Caroline found her vintage Fischer Price camera and we dueled. I am especially in love with the b/w shot of Caroline, Jr. Photographer:
Auntie Carolyn likes to tell everyone that she is a novice knitter when she is actually a pro, she kind of blew her cover with the myriad of adorable knitted gifts she dropped on our doorstep for Fiver over the past year. I loved this happy green blankie she made for her nephew over the weeks since he has been born, she finished it just in time for our shoot. I just love babies snugging up to their handmade gifts…
I’ve often wondered what life would look like with two youngsters in it and this shoot gave me a pretty good taste. I’m sure that its hectic and in moments very challenging but there’s never a dull moment. In short, it looked pretty good!
Here’s a slideshow with my favs from the day and if you would like to see the online gallery with all the photos, click here. Congratulations to the Boehling family, I look forward to watching them grow together.