Back in July of 2013 (so long ago, right?) I was full of optimism. I was fresh out of my very first photography class. That month I was contacted by a classmate who was looking for pictures of her baby. I charged a whopping $40. I thought I was the STUFF.
We met at around noon on a blisteringly hot Louisiana day. I'm talkin' egg cooking hot. Natchitoches is beautiful, and the city had recently built Beau Jardin. If you've never been there, it's a small garden with a rock waterfall feature and beautiful large trees overlooking the Cane River Lake.
We walked around, sat little Zek on all kinds of surfaces (I knew enough to check the temp before we plopped him down. I didn't want to hurt the little baby.)
He would giggle each time he was put down, and then try to crawl over to the nearest foliage. He loved grass, leaves and of course dirt. This little boy is now a year and a half, and I hope he hasn't lost an ounce of that personality.
I've learned a lot since then, but I still look back on these images with fondness. My very first gig, and I had enough for gas money home and a Sonic junior double cheeseburger w/jalapeno and a small unsweetened iced tea (low ice.)