What is an Heirloom Portrait, you may ask? Well, it’s different things to different people. For us, it’s THAT portrait. The portrait of your child as a child…innocent and sweet and timeless. That portrait that will hang on the wall in your dining room no matter how old that baby gets. That portrait that will always be in style. My mom chose to have my brothers and me photographed at age 5. Those portraits are still on the walls in her home. My mom was also photographed at age 5 and that portrait is also still hanging in her home! In fact, it’s one of Miss CB’s favorite things to look at in my parent’s home. Her Li-Li as a little girl. She LOVES it!
Different people choose different ages to photograph their children for this heirloom portrait. The most popular ages that we see are 2, 3, 4, and 5. For many, it’s the last time to photograph their little boy as a “baby” boy. Or other times we get that frantic call from a Momma who just discovered their child’s first loose tooth and MUST have that child photographed before the tooth falls out! No matter the age that you choose, it’s important that the thing that stands out in the portrait is the CHILD. Collin and I LOVE having fun and doing crazy things with photography…Girly Girls, Boys Will Be Boys, Color Pop, Funny Faces…they are all Crazy and Wild. But not heirloom. Those portraits are just plain FUN to decorate with! They are all over our home and we LOVE them (in fact, I CAN’T WAIT to show you what’s hanging above Clara Beth’s bed! Another post, another time…)!!! It’s for that reason that we offer those sessions at special prices and limited times. But, this heirloom portrait will stand the test of time and will be one that is admired for generations to come.
Well, this weekend it was Clara Beth’s turn. Actually, we planned to do her session sometime this summer, but time slipped away from us and we realized that if we were going to do it it had to be NOW. It’s kinda funny, actually, because I always laugh (not AT you…WITH you!) about those Mommas who call us at the last minute realizing that they have waited way to long and MUST have this session done NOW or the outfit won’t fit anymore. That was me this time! So, off we headed to Charleston for my amazing husband to photograph my amazing baby girl. 🙂 The one thing that I cared about was that the portrait have a very Southern feel and that Clara Beth’s natural beauty stand out. My husband followed my instructions quite nicely and I am SOOOO in love with these images. They are incredible…just like our girl. We feel about her, and Makgill, the way I know all of you feel about your children. The love all parents have for our kids is so strong that it blows me away, and I feel that these portraits capture her perfectly. I know I will ALWAYS love looking at this portrait on my wall. Now, if only I could choose one. Help, please! Which would you choose?!?!
Seriously, I really need your help so please leave a comment. I’m not sure which dress I like better, but I think she looks older in the pink one. Not that that’s a good or a bad thing. And this will probably end up painted, so keep that in mind. Thanks, Blog Readers!
I adore this next one…not for the portrait, but I love it. Dirty feet and all. 😉
And because he was such a good boy while we photographed his sister and he just looks too cool in those extra large red glasses…my favorite 5 year old boy in the world. Love him!