Kayleigh, Jackson and Lyla

Before our recent family vacation to Memphis, I hadn’t met me new niece Kayleigh May except through other people’s pictures. One of my goals while out there was to get my sister-in-law/bro-in-law some great pictures of the kids and especially Kayleigh. Kayleigh’s big brother is named Jackson and of course, my daughter Lyla, their cousin, also wanted to be in some pictures.

Okay, WE wanted her in them. Parents, sheesh.

The first little shoot I did with Kayleigh was unplanned. We were at a playground late in the day with the kids and I saw this little grassy area out of the corner of my eye. Lush, green, little flowers popping up everywhere, the sunlight in an absolutely perfect spot…so I asked Jennifir to drop her daughter right in the middle of it all and let’s see what we could do. The picture above was taken in that field and there are others below.

The shoot we did right before leaving was out in the backyard of one of their neighbors, although technically it was hard to tell since there were no real fences anywhere. It was the middle of the day, which normally is awful light, but the clouds were thick and creating shadows, and there were some big trees around to help us even more.

One little note about all these shots: I exclusively used my 85mm 1.8 for the first time ever. I’ve always been comfortable with my 50mm 1.4 and tend to stick to that 90% of the time. But this entire trip I kind of stuck to the 85 and am just in love with it.

And I’m also in love with my little niece. She’s a stunning little baby, gorgeous eyes and the sweetest smile. You might notice the little beauty mark on her forehead…it’s supposed to fall off eventually, but I dunno why…I thought it added to her charm. I’ve probably never had a more perfect baby to shoot. She just sat there smiling, looking around, checking things out. She basically did all the work, I just snapped off some photos.

 

 

 

I like this one above.

This little grassy area was just so perfect.

Killer blue eyes right?

Loved this huge tree dwarfing my little girl.

Both Lyla and Jackson love, love, love to run.

This last picture below I’ve already posted in a few places, but in case you missed it! The kids were doing a lot of running on the golf course out back after the sun went down so I had them run up to the top of this little hill and hold hands for me. Nothing better than a silhouette shot against a cloudy sky. One of my favorite kinds of shots.

Comments

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  • The shots in the grassy area are killer, however that last shot is just so amazing! Absolutely magical work Mike!

  • kathy

    Awwww Mike! She does have beautiful blue eyes. Gorgeous baby Kaleigh May! Great shots all around.

  • I really really REALLY enjoyed this series Mike! You’ve got a real natural talent for photographing people my friend. I can’t even pick my favorite from the batch here, they’re all awesome, but I do have to admit I was absolutely blown away when I saw the first one in the group here. But then upon further observation, I find I love them all; so yeh, no, I can’t and won’t pick a favorite here.

  • These are great Mike!

  • Another great collection man! Nice work.

  • Great shots and processing!

  • Wonderful shots, Mike. I especially like the third one from the top and of course the last one.

  • These shots are absolutely brilliant Mike! I second what Toad said – you have a real talent for portrait photography!

  • WOW! Your family has the cutest kids. MAN! Great photos too!

  • Wow! Look at those blue eyes! Great call on the field with the little flowers!

  • Great series. Great settings, cute baby, what more can you ask for? 🙂
    I really enjoy all your people pictures. Great stuff.

  • These are absoultely adorable, such professional quality Mike, WOW

  • These are really beautiful photos. Your niece is the epitome of innocence. And the last photo is very touching!

  • jina

    I love these… and you. Thanks for capturing our sweet family.

  • gramma

    After reading what the “pros” say, I can only add that “these are my grands”!

  • Marlayna

    WOW! First the photography is great! Lyla has grown so much and look at all her hair. She is beautiful Mike. But I can’t believe how much Jackson has grown, he is looking like a boy instead of a little boy. Kayleigh is just sweet and YES killer blue eyes. WOW. She and Jackson sure look a lot alike. Great pictures, I loved catching up with your family through pictures.

  • lovely shots.