Before Avery was born we knew that traveling would be a significant part of her life. We knew she would live out of a suitcase at least several weeks out of the year when we travel abroad. So my husband, Damon, and I thought it was fitting to literally photograph her in a suitcase. A few days after Avery was born, we took her to our fabulous friend and talented photographer, Lisa Monahan, to get her first professional photos taken. Our precious baby slept right through the entire shoot. The finished product was nothing short of perfection. This picture now hangs on a large canvas above her crib (in her travel themed nursery, by the way.)
Six months later, Avery had her second set of professional photos taken. (We’re first time parents, so this kid’s life is very well documented in pictures). We kept with the travel theme, and once again had her picture taken in a suitcase. Except this time, we were dealing a very cranky baby who missed her nap, did not want to cooperate, and refused to smile. I think the pictures still turned out cute, although she didn’t seem to appreciate the tutu and pearls.
Damon and I decided this will be a new family tradition. At least once a year we will have photos taken of our daughter in (or sitting on, or simply with) a suitcase to symbolize this very important part of our lives.
Children grow up so fast, so take a lot of pictures, and from time to time invest the money and let a professional do the job. It’s well worth the money!