Little Studmuffins

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Growing up, I was a tomboy. I was the girl playing soccer in the frilly pastel dress and ended up with grass stains on my flower prints. Sure, I had Barbies, but my time was equally balanced with sorting night crawlers at my Dad's sporting goods shop. I often joke that I only have two hairstyles, up and down. It was for this reason, and a multitude of others, that I was quite petrified that I might be blessed with a daughter. All of that responsibility and hair. And dresses. And accessories! Let's not even mention the color pink.

It's no secret that I've enjoyed dressing Isaac like a little man from the beginning, but a whole new world of possibilities has been opened to me now that I have two misters to dress . . . potentially a like. I've had this idea in my head for awhile now and finally "scheduled" time after Christmas to use Gina's house for her great light [also no secret that our house has terrible lighting].

Unfortunately, the day we were to shoot pretty much everything that could go wrong did, and involved me frantically carrying Ezra in the carseat and Isaac sprinting power walking as fast as he could next to me as we battled the day after Christmas crowd at the mall in search of a 6 month white button down shirt for Ezra. Moms, are you sweating just imagining that? I had no stroller, because I didn't anticipate walking the entire length of the mall and back, or standing in the line at the Gap that almost went out the door. So you can imagine my stress level when I arrived at Gina's, oh two hours behind schedule, with a hungry Ezra and excited Isaac.

It made me tear up to watch as Gina started to take pictures of Isaac once he was dressed, as I nursed Ezra, because she knew we only had so much time that Isaac would cooperate. I was so thankful to have a friend that I could trust with the pictures, but it wasn't my plan for her to take them. It was my little concept, done and done I know, but still the little idea I'd hatched when Ezra was just a newborn, and nothing was going as planned. It made me suck up my pride and deal, and I'm glad I did, because it was worth it.

So. very. worth. it.

I treasure these photos more than I have words to express.

I'll never have this time back again.

Ezra always does the shoulder shrug, bashful smile.

My sweet, sweet little one, just growing too fast!

Currently my lock screen on my phone, makes me smile at least hourly.

They are going to be best buds, I just feel it.

And how we all felt when Gina stopped shooting.

Thanks again Gina. I owe you a million, you know kind of like every other day out of the month. :)  

Outfit information.
Vest: J Crew (no longer available)

Suspender Pants [9-12 months]: Zara (no longer available)


I am interested in reselling everything if anyone is interested!


Unknown said...

Think we can set up Gabriella and Ezra in 20 years or so? He's such a stud and I have a feeling he'd take good care of her!

Seriously, Leah, adorable little men you have there.

And I have to thank you for being so honest about your mall experience. These pictures are so perfect, you'd think it was all seamless behind the scenes. As a mom of two, I know that stress all too well! :)

claire @ a peachtree city life said...

um, cutest little men EVER!! little boys are adorable - especially yours!

Kier said...

Yeah - you have some cute kids, that's fo sure! :)

Glad I got to hang out with them both (and you!) last weekend!

Jeannie said...

Love these photos!! You have some adorable boys :)

Meredith said...

These are so stinking cute.

Also, that wall color is PERFECTION. Exactly what I wish we would have done.

AND, I was terrified of having a girl too, 'cause I am/was also a tomboy!

Julia Goolia said...

As I said on FB, these photos and the LIGHT are divine! I just love your little dudes, but have to admit I want you to have #3 and for it to be a girl. :) Just because I think you would probably love it more than you could imagine and the boys would love to protect their little sis. And I personally adore pink, but I am told girls can also wear other colors:)

Molly said...

OMG! The cuteness! They are both so handsome. And yes, they will be best buds (with a few disagreements in between) :)

sunshineyou said...

where'd you get their cute little outfits?

Danielle said...

This is THE cutest thing I've seen in a while! They look like miniature men - love the outfits and of course the smiles!

Erin said...

These are seriously awesome! Your pics always make me so excited to dress my little guy :)

And I'm with Julia on wanting #3 to be a girl for you!!

Anonymous said...

just ADORABLE!! How precious are your boys! Aww!! Excellent photos!

Bree said...

Wow - so adorable! What handsome little men.

I was sort of tomboyish as a kid, too. I had Barbies, but spent more time with my Legos and would end up stealing my brothers Micro Machines on more than one occasion.

Eli said...

OMG..way too cute!!

Megan said...

I love your honesty, and yes I could feel the stress even in the writing because I have been there!!! Agh!

LOVE LOVE LOVE each and every picture. You have one amazing friend, but I also know that to have a friend you have to be a friend...which means you are also an amazing friend to her, I'm sure of it.


Brandi said...

Oh my cuteness--everything is so perfect in these pictures. The boys and their smiles, the outfits and the! I can hardly handle it! :)

Jen said...


Unpolished Parenting said...

Those pictures are beyong adorable!!! So precious :)

PS - I was a tom boy in my favorite pink dress. Barbies and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? Yes please!

Schmei said...

Adorable! Have you had any takers on the suspender pants? Because I might be interested in buying them... I'm envisioning a photo shoot with our little guy in a few months.

Anonymous said...

Very cute!! And just off topic...I met a woman at the grocery store. we started talking - we both have kids the same age. We ended up having a play date today and then I found her on facebook. Well, lo and behold one of the 'pages' was your photography site. How random is that? So I texted her and she's been following your blog since you've been pregnant with Isaac. Same as me! Isn't that a small small world!? You're bringing people together as she said :)I lived in NJ when i found your site and she's in Michigan (i am too now) - you're going global lady! :)

Linnea said...

You have the cutest "little men!" I love the effort that you put into documenting their lives. What a keepsake for you and for them someday!

Anonymous said...

I died over these when I saw them on facebook. Your ideas are always so creative!! I love to dress my Isaac up like a little man too, but I can never pull it off quite like you can. :)

Veronica said...

I have two boys and I would love both outfits if they're still available :)

DianeTaylor said...

Gina hits is out of the ballpark AGAIN (as always, I so wished I lived near you so I could have her so a session for us!). Ezra is such a happy baby, you can see it all over his face! Isaac is...well...handsome like his daddy :)

leah @maritalbless said...

Hi Veronica,
Email me at! I only have two more days before I can return the vest. :)

leah @maritalbless said...

Jenny T: That is pretty incredible and totally made my night!

Ashleigh said...

Love the pics! I was a tomboy too and I had a little girl. It's not nearly as scary as you think!! And it's especially fun to watch her turn into a tomboy like me :)

Mo said...

This is my 1st time posting (I just figured out how!). But I've been following your blog since last year. I found it on your siggy from The Bump. My baby boy was also a July baby, and I was on the July 2011 boards too! And you are going global, I am from NY! I am Christian, and I find your posts to be delightfully entertaining! You have an eye for style and your writing is captivating. Thanks for doing your thing via the blog-world! :)


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