Getting to be part of such important milestones in the sweetest people’s lives is just one of the many reasons why I’m so in love with my job. I’d been photographing Matt and Jess for a few years now, since they booked me for a gender reveal shoot in Little Rock for their first boy, Luca. Now they’re 28 weeks pregnant and getting ready to welcome their second sweet baby boy, Micah into the world. This session was a little warm, but felt pretty good in the shade. We’re in the middle of June in Arkansas, and temps are nearing the upper 90’s – even sneaking into the 100’s a little bit and you’d never be able to tell by looking at these sweet family images. Luca is just a month out from turning TWO years old and MAN is he a doll. He was a little hesitant to give me smiles at first but we played a few silly games with him and his favorite was what his mommy and daddy called “the duck game.” He has a cute little rubber duck and I would hold it up in the air and sing silly rubber duck songs and then the duck would go “quack” on Luca’s nose, head, etc. And it just made Luca smiiiiiiile so big! Props to mom and dad for that idea! Also side note – I couldn’t stop obsessing over Jessi’s gorgeous dusty blue dress! She is GORGEOUS and that sweet baby bump in that dress is just to die for! I can’t wait to see this crew again for fall mini’s with their newest addition to the family in a few months! I already know Luca is going to be the best big brother!