Owen (3) and Zoey (16 months) / by Julie Cruz

I knew this shoot would be awesome when these two little ones greeted me with smiles and "hi"'s immediately. Owen, however, completely stole my heart. I'm not joking, just about a minute after meeting me, as we were walking to our first location, he says to me "I've really missed you". His mom and I looked at each other and laughed a bit and his mom said "But Owen, this is your first time meeting her", and he said "Yeah, but i've really missed her". HAHAHAHAHA. Throughout the shoot he was just full of personality and laughs. Not long into the shoot he asked if he could hold my hand (which a lot of kids ask to do. Maybe it's because I look big and cuddly? haha)...and again, my heart melted. Adorable little Zoey was quite into exploring, as most little ones her age are. Once they learn how to walk/run....there isn't much they want to stay still for. The trickiest part about the shoot was the mix of sun and clouds every 2 seconds it seemed. Every time I got my settings perfect...BAM...a cloud (or the sun) would come back and I would have to rush back to change them again. This family was awesome though! As usual with this time of year, I won't be posting as many sneak peeks, and I won't be posting any shots (for instance any everyone looking/smiling - which I did get a ton of with this beautiful family!) that might possibly be used for any holiday cards.