Quynh and Hiep: Family Portraits

This was a first for me. I met with Quynh, her husband Hiep and their beautiful baby Ella at the Bronx Botanical Garden in New York for a family shoot. With babies, the best you can do ahead of a shoot is to make sure they are well-rested, well-fed and well-pooped. And then you hope that they still don’t need more sleep, another bottle, or a diaper change. About 10 minutes into the shoot, Ella decided she wanted more milk and then about an hour into the shoot, she was out for the count. Without a baby, the family shoot became an impromptu couple’s portrait session. Hey, why let the good weather and beautiful backdrop go to waste right?

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Here’s Ella smiling right at the beginning of the shoot. This lasted for all of 30 seconds.

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“I want my milk!!!!!!”

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“Give me my milk or I eat your hair!!!!”

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“I’m never getting that milk am I?”

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I think that was a yawn coming from Ella about 5 minutes before she demanded to be put into the stroller for her afternoon siesta.

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Here’s Daddy struggling with the stroller and all the bags uphill.

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I think this was a nice little break for the parents to be able to spend a little time together while Ella was fast asleep in the stroller next to the photographer. That’s what I call multi-tasking on my part.

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From my point of view, this shot was quite symbolic of their relationship. One that started years back when they were students in middle school. Years later at a class reunion, they found each other and soon became more than just friends.

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And here is baby Ella awake again and much happier than before. Just in time.

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