Be a smile

I always buy Sophia a special dress for her birthday.  She adored this one as soon as she saw it, and I wanted to take some photos after she tried it on for the first time.  So we went outside, and she posed so beautifully.

And then she started laughing.  I don’t really know how it started, but suddenly everything was funny and we couldn’t stop.  I could barely focus!  But I tried to capture just a little of our moment together, as I love her smile when it’s full of giggles.

So this shoot is almost in two parts.  And I adore them both for different reasons.  Her serenity.  And her joy.

My gorgeous girl, while she’s still 4.  But almost 5.

M x

For a moment at least, be a smile on someone else’s face. ~ Dejan Stojanovic, The Sun Watches the Sun

Be a smile 1

Be a smile 2

Be a smile 3

Be a smile 4

Be a smile 5

Be a smile 6

Be a smile 7

Be a smile 8

Be a smile 9

Be a smile 10

Be a smile 11

Beautiful birthday dress by Tutu du Monde
Ballet shoes by Bloch

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  1. gillian February 12, 2014 at 12:08 pm #

    Mel, these are so precious. The giggly ones are my favorites, especially when she’s holding her tummy and the close-up. Just gorgeous!

  2. Mish March 8, 2014 at 2:40 am #

    I love this whole series and happy, happy birthday to Miss Sophia. xxxxx

  3. Jen March 12, 2014 at 5:03 am #

    …how perfect and how special. Love that it went from a simple photo of a gorgeous girl and her new beautiful dress….to a real smile session xx

  4. melriddell April 22, 2014 at 3:04 am #

    Gill, I love those too!! I’m so happy I was able to capture her like this 🙂 xx

    Aww thank you so much, my sweet friends, Mish and Jen! I think this is one of my favourite shoots with Sophia! xo

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