Warning: Cuteness overload

But Jesus said, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.” Matthew 19:14

Faith Academy Learning Center is an amazing preschool.  I love it because not only are these kids getting a wonderful education, but they also are hearing Bible stories and praying together.  These little seedlings are growing strong roots, not only in their education, but also in their faith.  I am always amazed at the order Heather keeps too… they line up quietly, they listen, and strive to please her.  I have no idea how she does it, but “Miss Heather” is some kind of kid whisperer and I am jealous of her mad skills.  I could use them at home!

The last couple of years I have done a “Gap Kids”  styled shoot.  This was fun, but I wanted something new, and more my style.  I am trying to keep it simple, so this was great.  Black backdrop, one light, one window, and a lot of smarties. {rewards…. and maybe a little bribing too}

The goal was to capture the child’s real face and personality.  I never said, “say cheese” or “just smile”… if they smiled it was in the middle of a conversation we were having, or after I said something completely ridiculous.  If they were serious, it was because we were just chatting, and I got a serious face too.  I did give instruction, but not much… my focus was their eyes, and I photographed so that was the focus point of the image I tried to also get pictures of laughs and eyelashes and profiles if I could.  These are also edited a little differently.  I wanted them to be soft, and have more of a classic film look to them.  I am so pleased with how they turned out and everyone has great images!  I am still editing these, but had to share a few.  Parents, if you don’t see your child’s photo you will very soon!!  Most parents got to preview these after class, but if you didn’t you won’t have to wait too much longer.

Thanks Faith Academy for having me as your photographer again!  All of these kids are just precious.  Preschool just might be my favorite age.

Oh yeah, a funny story I wanted to share…. I was photographing a little girl I didn’t know and she acted like she knew me and I didn’t want to make her feel bad an ask her what her name was {because I thought I should probably know} so instead I asked her if she would spell her name for me so I could write it down in my notebook… She said “Sure! It’s M-K-U-T-B-O-N”, I wrote it down and asked her to spell it again, and she repeated the letters.  I tried not to giggle, and told her “Thanks”.  In her defense she is i the three year old class, and her name did start with an M. :)

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