Every few months, my old friends Sharon and Rachel come over with their babies for a quick shoot.  You may remember Georgia and Hannah pretty well by now as they are regulars here on the blog.  They play in the front yard while we visit and document their milestone ages on film. 

Georgia has always been an extremely laid-back baby who would smile and coo for the camera whenever she’s come to visit – until last week.  She has now determined that an SLR should be otherwise known as the black box from hell with the singular mission of stealing her soul.  Seriously, she has no love for the camera any longer!  We tried pulling out our new Point and Shoot Canon G10, which she was incidentally fine with, but as it was my first time using it, I just wasn’t quick enough with that thing!  So, there we were, resorting to sneaking up on a toddler whenever possible.  This resulted in brief moments like this…



…before things quickly dissolved into this…



Camera down, happy Georgia.  Camera clicks, there is weeping, gnashing of teeth, and nail biting.  I am a terrible, mean auntie! :



We tried illustrating that Hannah did not get eaten when the black box clicked on her but it was all to no avail.



Oh well.  Bubbles can distract from even the most frightening beasts.


They are however, extremely serious business.



So this won’t go down in history as our most novel shoot together – that’s ok.  It’s at times like these we remember that photography is about recording memories and small facets of who people are at different points in their life.  Georgia and her carefree sidekick Hannah vs the SLR Monster will live in infamy in their childhood memory books! :o) 

In the end, I think the frowns are just as cute as the smiles.  Besides, regardless of the expression, who can resist these little hair sprouts?? 



Thanks for looking everyone! :o)


  1. Sharon on July 17, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THEM! I love her frowns as much as her smiles too. They look fabulous Mel. I told everyone that you can make an unhappy (or terrified) baby look wonderful! Thanks so much!!!

  2. Auntie April on July 17, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    I’M IN LOVE!!! These are the two most precious babies! :) Great job Mel. They are growing so fast! I like her frowns too hehehe

  3. Auntie April on July 17, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    They are so precious. Georgia is a little diva :) Hannah has the sweetest smile. Great job Mel!

  4. Auntie April on July 17, 2009 at 12:13 pm


  5. Auntie April on July 17, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    Sorry it left so many. ha ha i wouldn’t ever post for me

  6. Brandy on July 17, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    Sharon-Welcome to my world… this is what my baby does every… single… time… I pull the camera out. Love the pink bow *wink* So cute even with those sour puss faces. :)

  7. Jane Cato on July 17, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    I love these sooooo much!!!!

  8. Sharon on July 17, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    Mel if you think she was scared of your camera you should see her with the vacuum cleaner or dirt devil! Cleaning has been fun today…This is just a phase right?

  9. Brian Frazier on July 17, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    These pics are fantastic. Absolutely wonderful! Thank you!

  10. Rick Frazier on July 17, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    They’re my babies and I love them. Thanks, I’ve been waiting on these,great job, Big Poppy!!

  11. Dawn Frazier on July 17, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    Those are the cutest cousins ever. Their eyes are stunning. Great job Mel. I lpove both those girls. Love, Grammie

  12. Great Aunt Debbie on July 17, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    Wow, pretty girls! Great photography! Cousin Callie is on her way to town, sure wish Mel could show up at the Frazier’s with her camera and get shots of Georgia and her other cousin. (hint hint) I can see some Sharon in Hannah, funny how genes work!

  13. Becka @Studio222 Photography on July 17, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Love the little ponytail on top of her head! Adorable.

  14. Krystal on July 20, 2009 at 5:07 am

    My second child, also a girl was exactly the same . . .used to glare at the camera until one day at about 2 & half she smiled for the first time, then it was all good! Mel, I just bought the G10 and it’s super cool, but seriously I have no idea how to use it :) (The 5d just seems easier!)

  15. Emily Beaty on July 22, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    So cute and I absolutely love your narrating!!!

  16. ohana photographers - david & kimi on July 28, 2009 at 11:00 am

    that hair is AWESOME!! kim had that hair as a kid. the ole’ whale spout they called it :) so cute!

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