My Sweet Sophia.

Today my little girl turned 5. I don’t know where the time has gone. It seemed that I must have blinked sometime.

So I wanted to get a few images of her on her birthday. She is like any other kiddo. She can turn away from the camera in a nano second. It is crazy.

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I got a few laughs at the beginning, but quickly the stealthy spy came out and hid perfectly behind the balloons.

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Soon came the fake smiles.

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You know the ones, the I-really-don’t-want-to- be-here smiles. So how do you get past the fake smiles and onto the real smiles??

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First we have to get them to relax. Kids feed off of their parents reactions. If you are nervous before a photoshoot, they will be too!

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When fake smiles come out it is best to leave them alone a little. Give them some space to just play for a bit. Sophie quickly forgot that I was taking her picture and played around the ‘canyon’.

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But pretty soon she started hiding perfectly behind the balloons, again.

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So, what is the secret to getting real smiles??

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Get their minds off having their photo taken!

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I started telling her about when she was a baby.

How little she was.

How she cried.

And how she pooped. all. the. time.

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It did the trick. She stopped trying to smile for me and began smiling for me 🙂

And my sweet, sneaky baby had her smile.

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Dallas, Mesquite, Garland, Rockwall Children's Photography

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Sometimes the best thing to do is just relax. I have to tell myself that a lot when photographing my own kids.

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Since it is her birthday here is a little about my sweet little Sophia.

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She is the oldest, now 5, little girl that I know. I truly believe she is an old soul. She is smarter than I know what to do with. She understands more than I can imagine. I love that her imagination grows by the day. She makes little videos on our iPads with her dolls. (so much better than my videos) She is who she is and doesn’t care what you think. Unless she thinks you are laughing at her. Then she gets sad and then mad. I love this girl to the end of the earth and back.

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1. What is your favorite color?
Pink
2. What is your favorite toy?
Polly Pocket
3. What is your favorite fruit?
Kiwi
4. What is your favorite tv show?
LaLa Loopsey
5. What is your favorite movie?
Wreck It Ralph
6. What is your favorite thing to wear?
Alice in Wonderland Shirt and Jeans (cheshire cat shirt)
7. What is your favorite animal?
rolly poly
8. What is your favorite song?
anything by Cher and Phillip Phillips – Home
9. What is your favorite book?
Jungle Book
10. Who is your best friend?
Katie
11. What is your favorite snack?
strawberries
12. What is your favorite drink?
strawberry drink (koolaid)
13. What is your favorite breakfast?
waffles
14. What is your favorite lunch?
sandwich
15. What is your favorite dinner?
broccoli
16. What is your favorite game?
ABC 123
17. What is your favorite thing to play outside?
trampoline
18. What is your favorite holiday?
Halloween
19. What do you sleep with at night?
Pillow
20. What do you want to be when you grow up?
I want to be an animal doctor. A vet.

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