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As a children's photographer I work with many little people that are really shy. I was definitely one of those kids, and I'm still not super comfortable being in front of the lens. In order to capture the best shots, I must be a little sneaky. It requires rounds of ring-around-the-rosey and the whole family singing "The Itsy Bitsy Spider" all the while I'm patiently waiting, ready, for a quick grin in my direction, or an all out burst of uncontrolled giggles because well, "we all fall down!"

Before little Millicent even reached Todd's Point in Reid State Park she had made it clear that I could only shoot photos of her Mom, Dad, and dog Cricket. She was totally game for playing on the beach, sinking toes in the sand, and searching for sea snails, but she was determined that there wouldn't be a single photo taken of her. This wasn't my first rodeo with little Miss Milli in fact I've been shooting portraits of her since she was a tiny toothless grinning six months old. I was absolutely ready and excited for the challenge. And in spite of Milli's request to not be photographed I think her portraits came out beautifully!

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