Little Miss Sunshine

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If you were to boil my life down to the basic things that are essential to my existence…the photo above represents all of it.

Before I go on about my two girls, today is Movie Title Wednesday so of course I gotta talk about the film for a bit. Little Miss Sunshine is one of my favorite movies from the last decade or so. A fun, hilarious movie with an awesome cast, great story and a VW bus that couldn’t stop honking. If you somehow missed this one, I’d give it a look-see. Can’t go wrong.

In reality, our little girl Lyla is indeed our sunshine. I don’t remember what I used to laugh about compared to what I do today. There isn’t a day, or an afternoon, or an hour that goes by where she doesn’t make me smile.

When you first have a baby, it’s amazing how badly you want to get to the stage when they sleep through the night and you can finally rest. And then when she’s almost 2 1/2, you are wishing that time would slow down because you already can’t bear the thought of her leaving the house someday.

The shot above was from Easter Sunday morning in our church parking lot. She had just seen my wife Jina twist her foot for a second, and so of course Lyla copied her and gave me a perfect little model pose.

Here’s a second shot below of both of them. These are probably two of my favorite pictures ever of them together.

Both shots were taken on my 5D Mark II with the Canon 50mm 1.4, at f/1.4, ISO 100 and a shutter speed of 1/8000.



  • Kristi Hines

    How sweet and adorable! Who couldn’t smile when looking at that face! 🙂

  • Tom Baker`

    Aw that is so cute. I love it.

  • Scott Ackerman

    Cute shot man. Nice work.

  • Chris Nitz

    Great shot. I love the innocence in that last shot. So cute!!

  • Erin Duke

    How precious! Absolutely love it! 🙂

  • Jesse

    With a face like that, theres no way she doesnt get anything she wants. Great shot Mike.

  • Chris Frailey

    What a cutie.

  • A.Barlow

    I like the high key thing you got going on. Cute Kids 🙂

  • Heather

    Love it Mike! Both the photo & the movie 🙂 Little Miss Sunshine is one of my all time favorites!

  • Heath O’Fee

    Great portraits, Mike! Wonderful family you’ve got there 🙂

  • Toad Hollow Photography

    I totally and absolutely LOVE today’s blog & images Mike, GREAT work!

  • Jason Hines

    Beautiful girls… You’re a lucky man Mike :).

  • Heidi

    That 1st photo is so precious! And how cute is her dress? 😀

  • Chris DeAngelis

    Just adorable! Great comp, great processing, great family! 🙂

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