Rowan is the two-year-old daughter of a surgeon my husband works with. She’s a darling! I love kids, and when I first met Rowan, I was disappointed that she didn’t seem to want anything to do with me. Really, she just takes a while to warm up. Now, whenever she sees me, she’s just her crazy, energetic self. She recently started calling me “auntie” (completely without my prompting) and it’s incredibly endearing.
I took some portraits of her while over at her momma’s house. It was a while back, on a warm Seattle summer evening. You can tell by some of the photos that Rowan is still a bit unsure of me… it was only the second time we’d met, but by the end of the shoot, we were having a blast.
This wasn’t an official shoot (in that we hadn’t planned it) but it merits some observation nonetheless– No matter how lovely the evening light, it’s usually best to take portraits of children in the morning. They’re so much more energetic after waking up then they are when dinner is over! But Rowan being sleepily contemplative also made for some nice photographs.
After a sleepy moment, she’d wake right back up again and run squealing through the sprinkler to collect water to dump on my shoes. The family dog, Rain, thought this bucket was for drinking from, but Rowan wasn’t fazed. You’ll see in the gallery below!
Before we went home, Rowan insisted I color with her. I was happy to join, even though whatever color I was holding was the one she wanted. We made some lovely scribbles, which I think were supposed to be the sun, and a house, and a doggie.
Justin and I were actually visiting Rowan’s house to meet her brand new baby sister, Nuwa. But Nuwa was also exhausted from a big day as a little baby and slept the entire time. We’ve scheduled a portrait session later this fall for both sisters and their mom. I’m almost certain it’ll be the cutest thing ever.