Shortly after getting back from an amazing anniversary vacation, and sending two kids back to school and celebrating a birthday girl, and picking my mom up from the airport, we took this beautiful girl out for her baptism pictures! My amazing new neighbor was so sweet to agree to take her pictures and I am so grateful to her. She is pro.
I'll tell ya, getting prepped for this photo shoot was not smooth sailing, sheesh! I had purchased the dress a few months prior, and I loved it, but it's sleeveless, so I figured Marin could use her little white shrug from her Easter dress. The shrug, however, was not as pure white as the dress, so the night before, the three of us were driving all over town looking for a white shrug. We ended up wandering around at the mall, in and out of stores. I was kind of freaking out on the inside....and a little on the outside. By chance, my mom stopped to look at a window display of an incredible dress, and I glanced through the door.....to see a giant display of baptism and blessing dresses and accessories. And there were the pure white shrugs. I know. And there were gorgeous shoes. And sparkly things. And none of it was outrageously priced! It was like a little ray of sunshine. Sometimes you just need those moments when life isn't pooping on you....and this was one of them.
The next day, I had to work and I entrusted my mother to prep Marin and do her hair, my poor mom was so intimidated! She did such a great job though, and Marin looked so beautiful. I was able to meet up with them at the Bountiful Temple, I was just in time! Another moment of sunshine!
This beautiful girl was radiant. She was just so purely radiant.
After so much chaos in prepping for so many things and this photo shoot, the evening was perfect.
I love my sweet girl so much. She is growing into her own person, and becoming...her. She is making decisions and testing her strength. I really can't even believe that this girl is 8! I started this blog just a week or so before she was born....and now she (and the blog) and 8 years old. I'm not sure I remember when that happened.
We tried to get Marin to do a cute little pose, and she would NOT! Marin is mostly inherently shy, so this pose for her was after a LOT of coaxing!
This picture right here is the Marin I know. She is just a shy girl when the camera is turned on her.
We did get her to do a little bit of skipping.
We were wrapping up the photo shoot, and Marin was determined to find the water. She said she could hear water and she wanted some pictures with it, so we headed around to the side of the temple.
I'm glad she found the water because the pictures turned out so great.
There are pictures that catch the essence of Marin, and this is another one. She is a very serious girl, wide eyed and taking everything in, she doesn't miss a beat...and this picture captures just that.
Ah, my heart!
The sunset that night was UN-real. So beautiful. My friend had such a hard time getting this shot (apparently the lighting is real;y challenging). But I am SO glad she got this shot! Look, look how beautiful!
Poor stressed out me, haha! And beautiful Marin and my mama.
I had thought about whether or not I really wanted to do this photo shoot, because truth be told, since August 1st, life has been insane and so crazy busy, and did I really want to add another activity to the list?! I try to keep things simple, and I kept telling myself that Marin's baptism is about the ordinance, not anything else. But I wanted to remember. I wanted to have something for my daughter to remember, to look back on and have a happy memory. The ordinance will forever remain, and for that I am so grateful; but the day, the moment, the memories, those are the things that slip away even when we promise ourselves we'll remember forever. So this photo shoot, as stressful as the preparation may have been, it was worth it. I am grateful for it.