This was my third time photographing the Nykiel family, and it was such a beautiful day. Beautiful family. Beautiful weather. Beautiful photo shoot. They had grandparents from both mom and dad's side visiting from Europe and I felt like I just tagged along for a little hike near their house. It was my kind of photo shoot and as I was snapping away all I kept saying to myself over and over again was how much this little boy is loved. You can see it in everyone's interactions with him. He is a well loved and special little boy. I make sure whenever I am photographing little ones, especially in the 1-3 year old range, that I make friends first and foremost with them. However long it takes to warm it is fine by me. But it's crucial otherwise I cannot do my job because they are uncomfortable, unhappy, and just not themselves. I can assure you this little boy was totally himself. And I loved it. He blew me away, he understands THREE languages! Dutch, spanish and english. I died with laughter when we were passing the parking lot and we yelled out, AUTO! AUTO! Too cute.
If you'd like to see more of this particular photo shoot head on over to my Photography Blog for a slew of other shots from this day.