3 year old portraits, and a Labor Day GIVEAWAY!!!!

the first year of my daughters' lives, i take a formal portrait each month. kinda crazy, but i love to watch them grow.

after that, i try to do a birthday portrait each year. usually i have inspiration regarding the tone of each portrait. maybe they have a favorite dress, favorite toy, favorite food. as Madeline approached her 3rd birthday, i know exactly what was inspiring me, her favorite color:toddler portraits - Britain Earl Photography BLUE!!! this is without a doubt Maddie's favorite color. and she has tons of it in her closet, but none felt right for her portrait, except her favorite shoes: toddler portraits - Britain Earl Photographyshe got these for her birthday and they've been a constant companion ever since. then i discovered this great little spot, a wall covered in bright blue graffiti! perfect! i thought a white dress would really make this picture. i'm a little hyper like that.

i started my quest for the dress, even considered making one, (in my spare time ha!) as time wore on, the "blue farkelies" (Maddie's says "sp" like "f") got more and more worn. i found the dress, and then my dear friend Erin opened this shop: Haute Blue B Handmade. my dream ensemble for Madeline was complete.
toddler portraits - Britain Earl Photography one problem, by this time the graffiti was painted over. so, i tried an alternative. my friend Annie told me about a great Mexican restaurant and we actually tried it a day before this shoot. turned out to be the perfect spot!

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toddler portraits - Britain Earl Photography the whole thing had us jumping for Joy:

toddler portraits - Britain Earl Photography
one thing i've learned in doing child portraiture, props are a good idea:
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toddler portraits - Britain Earl Photography
this parasol was the perfect item to keep Madeline's attention and avoid too much "posing."
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toddler portraits - Britain Earl Photography this might be my favorite, the expression is pure Madeline:
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toddler portraits - Britain Earl Photography
here she said, "Mom, this is what people do when they're thinking."
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toddler portraits - Britain Earl Photography
besides being a pretty cool little location, Elmer's has some pretty great food as well.
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toddler portraits - Britain Earl Photography
toddler portraits - Britain Earl Photography
toddler portraits - Britain Earl Photography
another classic Maddie quote, "Mom, this taco has a sign on it!"
toddler portraits - Britain Earl Photography
originally, i was going to head over to a park for some more subdued shots. but when we were headed back to the car, i saw this fence and voila:
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toddler portraits - Britain Earl Photography
toddler portraits - Britain Earl Photography
toddler portraits - Britain Earl Photography still, i thought we might go to a nearby park for some green grass. but again, in the parking lot, some green weeds. those did the trick!

toddler portraits - Britain Earl Photography

toddler portraits - Britain Earl Photography

toddler portraits - Britain Earl Photography



toddler portraits - Britain Earl Photography all in all, i couldn't be happier with the way these turned out. they are exactly what i wanted for Madeline's 3rd birthday shoot. they capture her just as she is right now!

toddler portraits - Britain Earl Photographyand now for the GIVEAWAY! hop on over to my Facebook Fan Page, and "like" Britain Earl Photography. on Tuesday, September 7, 2010, i'll use the random number generator to pick a winner. and what will i will you ask? well the winner may hop on over to Haute Blue B Handmade, and choose their very own headband, any headband! these are great for girls, or ladies. (you can bet i'll be sporting Maddie's sometime in the future!) they also make fab gifts! so "like" me. want extra credit? follow this blog, and/or write something on my wall and that's 2 more entries!!!toddler portraits - Britain Earl Photography

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