When Stella was 9 months old in the fall of 2012, I drove up the road about 5 miles outside of town to a pretty overlook from which one can always see some spectacular fall colors. I sat her on top of the roof of my car*, quickly took a couple of photos, and called it a day.
The next year I was pregnant with Harvey and I just never got around to it. We took family pictures in the fall colors, but I totally spaced going up to the spot outside of town to get a few shots of just Stella. Oops!
Last year I remembered that first shot of Stella and once again made the effort to drive up the hill and recreate the shot with both Stella & Harvey on top of the car. It was a trip to see Harvey as old as Stella was in the very first photos!
This past weekend I realized that fall colors are one snowstorm away from being gone, so I drove the kids up the hill again and got a new picture of the two of them. I am such a sucker for these recurring photo shoots – it’s just astounding to me to realize how much the kids grow and change in a year, you know?
…and just for good measure, a few of the outtakes. My kids are so dang cute. I’m only a little biased. 🙂
*No children were harmed in the taking of these photos. I took the pictures quickly, and my kids are good at balancing. 😉
**Random fact: the peak in the background of these photos is the one I hiked the weekend before! We are about 7,000′ below it in these pictures. Kind of crazy to think about.