I have been trying to come up with the perfect words to describe this session and to tell you the truth this one was difficult for me. That’s because it is difficult to describe all the love that I witnessed that day in mere words. It was a privilege to have been able to be a part of such a momentous occasion for sweet Olivia and her family. This occasion was even more meaningful because the same Pastor that married Olivia’s parents (who were high school sweethearts) also baptized Olivia; and now was going to preside over her First Holy Communion. It was like a storybook waiting to happen.
From the first second we met Olivia, she was ready to pose! She was so sweet and her cute little smile was just the icing on the cake. She looked so angelic in her gorgeous detailed gown and diamond crown. Throughout the session I kept envisioning her on her wedding day and how I knew these pictures were going to be a reminder to her on that day. The ceremony held at Holy Spirit Catholic Church was beautiful. This age is so amazing to me. The transition from an innocent playful child to a big kid with some of their very first responsibilities is so special. I could clearly see the playfulness in Olivia’s smile but every once in awhile I would see a little adult in her as we directed her in some poses. My very favorite photos are those of Olivia with her parents. The sweet innocence that was captured in the photos with her father are indescribable. The way she smiled when her father hugged her was priceless. I cannot put into words the feeling that was felt when you saw them together- but I guess if I had to describe it, it would be something like the feeling one has when they first see their child for the first time after being born. Pure love! If you read my blog, then you know of course that two of my favorite things are photos with mom and those with happy tears. So naturally my favorite photo of this day is that of Olivia and her mother- and it’s hard to tell in the photo but there is a small tear falling from Olivia’s mothers face as she hugs her after the ceremony. She just looked at her daughter and I instantly felt how breathtaking the moment was. Her baby girl was growing up. It was just a small tear and Olivia’s mom quickly dried her watery eyes but I am so glad that I was able to not only witness, but capture that beautiful moment. From their matching manicures to contagious giggles, it was clear that they are also best friends. It was just so fitting that the following Sunday happened to be Mother’s Day. What a beautiful gift. After photos with family and friends at the church, we headed off for a small intimate lunch at Paloma Blanca to celebrate. The restaurant had a beautiful little garden and some nice brick walls and rustic doors that gave us some beautiful backdrops to get in some lovely photos with Olivia’s godparents and grandparents. All the little details were perfect. So much work goes into planning for such a momentous occasion. So much love for such a sweet girl, we truly enjoyed meeting all of their family and friends. Sam and I definitely feel honored to have been chosen to document such precious memories for Olivia and her family.