About a month ago, my parents and sister Julia came to Iowa to visit. Julia and I had a few days to ourselves after my parents returned home, and Julia wanted to take some pictures of Ava since she brought her good camera. In true Lemmon sister style, "a few shots" turned into a full-out two-day photo shoot extravaganza! I will give Julia total credit for the idea of taking themed pictures of Ava to make a calendar. From there, we went absolutely crazy planning backdrops, props, and wardrobe.
It was the most fun thing I've done in a really long time. As soon as Ava woke up from a nap, we would race to get her dressed, get props, and get pictures taken. We were running up and down the stairs, outside and inside, ransacking the holiday decoration boxes, and throwing clothes and headbands all over Ava's room. Ava was like a professional model. I could not get over it - hilarious! She was smiling and posing so much we could not stop laughing. She was having the time of her life since she was being entertained, and she was the center of attention! What resulted are some of my favorite pictures of Ava of all time. I just can't believe how ridiculously awesome they are. We made calendars with the pics and gave them to our families, but I wanted to share them here with you. Thanks, Aunt Julia!! I think you missed your calling as a baby photographer!
I mean... y'all... she looks like a yell leader doing yells!! Be still my Aggie heart!!
I'm pretty sure the neighbors thought we were insane taking pumpkin pictures on the porch in August.
Favorite.Pics.Ever. Look at those arm rolls!!
It wouldn't be a photo shoot without a few outtakes, so here are some that didn't make the cut...
This was our original plan for the January photo. Major FAIL! Haha so awful!!
Ava says, "I'm officially over this activity. What else you got?" (and a photo bomb by Blazer)
She wanted formula in her dressing room, and we only had breast milk. Diva.
And lastly... the photographer's assistant and lighting director. Hey, it was a low budget operation.