I LOVE this month because not only do I get to enjoy the summer sun with my daughter and husband, but things slow down in my business and I get some time to play and bring to life concepts and ideas that I otherwise have to ignore until I can find someone that is on board with whatever I am envisioning.
This session is one that I have been talking to my cousin about since March! In fact, that's when I purchased this tub - so I could do some fun sitter bath sessions!! When we originally talked about this, we had the idea of strawberries and sunflowers in a sunflower field. I grow them every year so I planned on chopping off some flower heads from my garden and then setting up this tub with some water in a sunflower field and gosh... doesn't that sound GORGEOUS!?
Well, July came (usually sunflowers, when planted on time, will bloom mid-July) but the sunflowers didn't because of all of this flooding we have been experiencing here! All of our usual locations for sunflowers had to cancel planting because they were damaged and one of them, while they still planted, was running super late and won't bloom until mid-August - and that's only if the deer don't devour them!
For me, the next best thing was just a small, colorful bouquet from the grocery store. Normally, I am all about going to a florist or at least a local designer for bouquets but since the plan was to basically demolish these, I went the cheap route and stopped off at our local grocery store to snag this minimalist bouquet for $4.97!
Everything else for the session is from my prop stash - we used the flower crown and crochet dream catchers from my Boho-Chic Minis in June, the flower garland from my wedding, the tub, and the bouquet! When it was time to get the set ready, I used fishing line to secure the dream catchers to the branches, draped the flower garland around the base of the tub, and cut the heads off the flowers and placed them gently into the water. I initially worried that they may need some help floating but they did just fine by themselves, even after Willow was in the water, plashing around, and getting them wet!
This session was SO MUCH FUN! Once it was all set up and Willow was in the water, it was play from there! We sang, danced, and did whatever we had to to get her to laugh and smile and we all had a great time! At the end, my daughter Bella even got in on the fun!
I definitely would love to do more sessions like this so if you have a little one or know someone that does and you want to do something similar, reach out and we can get to brainstorming! What I love about this is it's something super fun to do at the end of a regular photo session because it really doesn't take much time, outside of set up. Alternatively, this is also a great mini session idea and we could really have some fun with this!
And it definitely is not limited to flowers - anything that floats - fruit, rubber duckies, bubblebath - is fair game!
I mean, seriously, how CUTE would a bubblebath be!?
Thank you, Kristen, for letting me play around and do this super fun session with Willow! We love you two so much and we had a blast!!