I cannot express how delighted I am that we’re finally into blossom season!! We’re dipping into my favorite time of year for photos – spring and summer!!! I was definitely lucky to kick it off right with Nicole, Eric, and their little one Ollie over at the Volunteer Park Conservatory. We had the best morning checking out the stunning botanical gardens and then spending a bit of time underneath the beautiful blossoms outside. Everything was so lush and green. All the new growth and bright color was a perfect backdrop to photograph the Hamlins as they’re about to welcome a new baby girl into their growing family. It was also fun to see Eric and Ollie check out all the plants in the conservatory. Eric has a major green thumb and it looks like the apple didn’t fall too far from the tree. I think one of the highlights for me was seeing how much Ollie had changed since I photographed him when he wasn’t quite standing on his own. In the past he’s been mostly observant and maybe a little skeptical of me and the camera but this go around he was super smiley, dolling out high-fives, and running around with boundless energy. There was a lot of engagement with the camera this time, some sneaky escapes from mom and dad to freedom, and omg – the back and forth it took to get him to hold that ‘big brother’ sign. Haha! Oh to be a toddler again.