Kari Noser Photography

Lifestyle Portrait Photographer

Davis and Hudson

Ready for some heartbreak?  Here is Kari Noser Photography’s very own FaceBook poster-boy, Davis, all grown up. And his totally adorable little brother Hudson.  (If you’re not already a fan of KNP on FaceBook, click here!)

One of the greatest parts of being a photographer is watching your clients grow up. Davis was one of my last clients before we moved to the Netherlands in 2008- he was just a year old, serious as a bureaucrat, and one of those big, chunky, delicious babies with the eyes of a much older soul.  Needless to say, I love him to pieces.

Now Davis is turning three, and is still very serious, but cuts loose when you put a guitar in his hands. While I was trying to photograph Hudson, Davis serenaded me with hits like “Jesus Loves Me” and “She’ll Be Comin’ Round The Mountain.” Gone are the yummy baby rolls, and in their place are all the trappings of a big boy- the words to start and express what’s going on behind those big blue eyes, a smidge of defiance, and a huge curiosity about the world around him.

Hudson is 100% different from his brother- as smiley as Davis was serious, as long and lean as Davis was pudge.

One of the tricky parts of being a photographer is that often the youngest person involved in a session can dictate what happens.  The stomach flu is going around like mad right now (so go Purell your hands after reading this!) and I had TWO sessions reschedule the same week of this shoot because of illness!  Hudson was such a trooper- his mom knew something was off with him that day, but couldn’t figure out what it was.  He wanted to smile and be happy, but it just wasn’t in the cards.  After we saw he was just getting more worn out and less happy to be photographed, I made another date to try again.  Late that night, Hudson let his family know he had the stomach flu.

If you ever wondered how on earth I get such wonderful looks from kids in my portraits, it’s because I talk a constant stream of utter nonsense while I photograph them. Some kids eat it up and give me big laughs and smiles. Others, like Davis, look at me like I’m completely insane, and they’re trying to figure out what is wrong with me.  During the warm-up time before I started shooting, Davis showed me a toy with a cow on it, which created this entire conversation I held with him about his pet cow- where he keeps his cow, what he feeds his cow, where he got his pet cow… Davis, in his no-nonsense way of things, kept trying to tell me that he has NO pet cow, and that cows live on farms.  Disregarding his total grip on reality, I continued to ask what his cow’s name is, and if it takes a bath in the bathtub, etc.  Well, you can see in the gallery below just how things progressed.


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