Tea for Two | Central PA Photographer
I am a part of a group of photographers who, once a month, share lifestyle photos inspired by a selected song. The “Songs of Life” group’s song for September is “We’re Going to be Friends” by the White Stripes. (click the link to listen while you scroll through the photos!) September has always been my favorite month of the year. When I was little, it was because it was my birthday. Now, it’s for the gorgeous weather… those clear, cool mornings still giving way to warm, sunny afternoons, and eventually some golden fall-like evenings with leaves just beginning to turn. The biggest “reason,” though, is that September’s the month that I met my baby girl, Gwen, two years ago, on the day after my birthday (and before my Mom’s).
Gwennie loves her stuffed dog, and her cute pretend play prompted an idea. I had visions of a “Tea for Two” session – a beautiful location, perfect September evening light. While I was gathering up the napkins and special tea cups (all given to me by my grandmother, Gwen’s namesake), my little sidekick became VERY interested in the tea party in the works. I figured we’d do a “test run” in the backyard and let her just have some fun while I figured out the setup. So while this isn’t a true lifestyle session, because there are definitely props, it was otherwise undirected and unposed. Just my little gal playing with her friend.
Despite some strange lighting that day, a lot of wind, some fine baby hair a few weeks before its first cut, and the not-especially-picturesque scenery of our yard, Gwennie had a lovely tea party with Doggy. And she adored it. And she giggled and chattered away to her stuffed friend. And poured him tea, and hugged and kissed him. When I uploaded the photos, I knew that there was absolutely no reason to do a “real” shoot somewhere else. These are imperfect for sure, but perfect to me. Gwennie, at two. Little lady, the moment I met you on September 25th, 2012, I knew that we were going to be friends.
Please follow our circle of September’s “Songs of Life” posts to Jennifer Snavely Photography’s blog!