autumn olive. { frost on flower }

photographing Sophie over the weekend I had some extra time to spend with Olive. I traded services with Sophie’s mom again so I was able to photograph Olive while Tyler was having his massage and while Sophie was warming up as it was a very cold day!

Unlike you’d expect, I don’t take great photos of Olive very often. My camera is large and not the easiest thing to take along with me when it’s just me and Olive off on adventures along with whatever else we may need – extra clothes, snacks, etc. I’m quick to take photos of her with my iPhone but taking “formal” photos of her isn’t nearly as common. I jumped at the chance to squeeze it in the this weekend. :)

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The pumpkin patch that we stopped at up the road from their house was extremely windy!

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At this age it’s getting more and more difficult to get Olive to look at me for a photo. She doesn’t respond to the same “tricks” anymore.

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Sometimes I can catch her looking at something for a while.

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Now she takes direction to do things that might provide some nice opportunities, like kissing a pumpkin.

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Most of the time she looks the other way though.

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It’s been neat to have Olive growing along with my photography business so my techniques and strategies can always be morphing and expanding.

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Back at their house it was a lot less windy so I took Olive’s coat off for a little while.

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I asked her to smile, which is generally a photographer “no no”. I immediately got this face.

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But then she showed me a genuine smile and I got this nice little series that follows.

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I plopped her in the middle of some tall lumpy grass and she carefully maneuvered her way back to me.

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This is a typical Olive expression.

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I asked her to smell a flower. Again, being able to give her some tasks or direction has been helpful.

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She was already a little tired and the day was definitely unusual so she zoned out every so often.

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And took a little break to lay down. :)

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Kind of looking like a big kid. Or a beaver. Or a big beaver.

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I had to keep this. Double chin beaver face. I think she has her two front teeth sticking out in 75% of her photos.

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This next series wasn’t set up by me. She started exploring the plants around her like it was her job.

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This one makes me laugh.

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We ended with Olive’s first hammock experience. After taking this photo I put my camera down and we snuggled next to each other and rocked back and forth before going inside for lunch.

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