We've known Joe for many years, since he was just plain Joe. Over the years, he has become Joseph, hairdresser to the rich and famous, as well as an amazing artist! He's been a great friend, and we were as excited as anyone when he got together with the wonderful Mavourneen and they had a little baby boy, Shayden. For the past seven years, we have had the pleasure of photographing this adorable, energetic and sweet boy! Can't you just see the mischievous streak in those baby blues?
Being seven means being busy and never sitting still for a moment, and Shayden is all of that! Seven means being curious and fearless in trying anything - and that describes Shayden too!
Shayden is also a happy, polite and articulate little boy - and a complete joy to work with!
You can't help but be charmed by this little guy - those eyes, that hair! And it's no wonder... you should see his dad! Can you see the resemblance?
When Shayden's session was finished, Joseph rushed over to give his little guy some Daddy love - so we just kept the shutter clicking and caught some precious moments between father and son. We couldn't help ourselves!
Watching this very special relationship in action, we thought we would love to take the boys out to the Upper Newport Bay and take some photos of the two of them doing something they love to do together - and that is riding their bikes. So on a beautiful afternoon, we met Joseph and Shayden among the flowers on the trail and brought our camera along to capture the action.
They are quite the pair, Joe and Shayden! It was wonderful to watch them interact. They have such a fun-loving and refreshing relationship. Equal parts family and buddies. They are so lucky to have each other. And we are so lucky to have them in our lives!
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Look at this family! One might say we were biased, being that they are our children and grandchildren and all, but it is undeniable. They are perfect! Look at all those gorgeous smiles! (Even the dogs have nice smiles!)
Dee, our lovely daughter, and her boys came to us for a family photo shoot. They knew exactly what they wanted, which is always helpful, and they were so much fun to work with. They even brought in their own rustic garden bench - which, though you would never guess by looking at it - weighed a LOT! I won't mention the amount of work it took to actually get that thing in the studio! Luckily, Dave is a 6-foot-tall ex-football player with plenty of muscle power! Clearly it was well worth it. I love how it works with the brick background to give a casual feel to this fabulous portrait.
Dee and Dave are so much fun and so full of energy and life. After over 15 years of marriage, they still have such a great time together and are always making each other laugh.
The photo shoot was a blast! However, the boys were a bit tricky, particularly their oldest, Christian. He is going through that phase where he is far too embarrassed (and cool) to pose for photos, especially for his grandparents. Yet, with a little convincing, some privacy and a lot of bribery, we were able to get some gorgeous shots of him.His younger brother Keller was a trooper. He's not quite old enough to be completely mortified by us and our cameras yet, I suppose.
And then there were the pups...
One might look at these adorable dogs and believe they were calm, cool and collected throughout the shoot. But no! They were so excited to be there. They were whizzing up and down the stairs, in and out of the studio, and having their own little party! However, look at them! They stopped for the camera, long enough for their own personal photo shoot. And thank goodness for that. The Mikkelson Family portraits would not have been complete without Dulce and Coal!
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