December 7, 2020
I cannot believe James turned seven at the end of October! I’ve photographed him every year since he turned 3. I look forward every year to seeing how he has changed since I saw him last! This year I decided to have Lisa bring him to my house for photos. It was getting very late in the season and most of the trees had lost their leaves. But, I had a few oak trees and a Bradford pear that were still holding on with beautiful foliage!
I also had secret weapons on my side to make it extremely fun for him!! Horses!! Copper loves people and Angel is exceptionally tolerant for me when around kids. My neighbors probably think I’m crazy because I’ve worked so hard to make them kid tolerant. I’ve thrown towels at them, pretended to be a squealing child saying “I want to ride the ponies” in the highest pitched voice I can manage, waved and flailed my arms around, and had them give pony rides to kids with crazy costumes on. Yep, I’m crazy but I wanted horses that would tolerate kids and kids would be safe around.
We started the session in the riding ring without horses but that didn’t last long because the horse’s curiosity got the best of them. Plus they like to be let in the riding ring to eat the grass in there. I could tell James was a bit intimidated but he didn’t want to let that stop him! I let James pet Copper over the fence and when he was ready, I asked them all to leave the ring while I let the horses in. Once I knew it was safe, I invited them back in.
I asked James if he wanted to walk Copper! He excitedly said yes, so I put a halter and lead rope on Copper and got him used to walking him. Copper is pretty lazy and was really only interested in the grass so getting him to walk meant James had to do a lot of pulling to get him going! I kept telling him to pull harder! It was so stinking cute! And Copper is just the best with kids! My grandson walks him and he puts his head down and diligently follows behind!
This is probably one of my favorite sessions of all time, the colors were so pretty, James had a blast and my horses gave him an experience he will probably never forget!
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