It's that time of year again for the O'Kane's ... birthday month. A whirlwind of a month as I told you a couple weeks ago with my daughter, July is filled with birthday pictures, parties and celebration. I often struggle to get inspired to photograph my son. I am a girly girl so I love girly things and cute boy stuff is harder to find, especially the older they get. I set out one summer day to JC Penny's hoping to find something adorable. I happened upon this handsome suit (see images below). (I guess you'd call it a suit, there isn't a jacket, but you get the drift). I found the hat and shoes there too! I was surprised to find something I liked so easily as I had tried searching online and wasn't having any luck. I headed home and made him try it on. Everything fit pretty well (well enough for an hour long photo shoot anyway). Except I noticed the shoes ... the darn lady at the check out, she was super sweet, but asked me several times to open up a credit card with them (which I did not even though it sounded like and awesome deal!). And in the process she forgot to take the RF tag off. Frustrating ... but I had planned on taking him to Unity Village, which is fairly close to JC Penny's so I figured no problem, we will just stop in there quickly and ask them to take it off. Okay so we get him dressed that evening, hair brushed, in the car and head to JC Penny's.
WELL ... we are in a pandemic so they close at 7pm. When did we get there? 7:16pm. Ugh!!!!!! I was super set on getting these pictures done and checked off my list, but I really, really didn't want to have to photoshop this huge tag off his foot in every shot. We knocked and knocked. People were in there, but either they couldn't hear us through the double doors, or were just over it and not willing to come to the door. I get it, they had a long day and were tired and had no idea my request was going to be so simple. So we went to the car and I reluctantly pulled the tag off. Old wives tales ... I was afraid it would explode with ink every where, but I was desperate. Luckily it did not. Maybe it wasn't activated (the reason it didn't go off when I walked out of the store in the first place???). Either way ...we were set! So off to Unity Village we went!
Poor Eli, he was getting hot, it's July for goodness sake and I dressed him in long sleeves and pants. I apologized he was hot and he sweetly said, "It's not your fault Mom, they (JC Penny's) shouldn't have put this kind of outfit on the rack." Ha Ha Ha! He's so nice sometimes. (It was actually totally my fault, I could have held out for a cute shorts outfit, but I just was drawn to this one.)
After Unity Village, we picked up on of my best friends (for safety as I can be super paranoid and I wanted to do night pictures) and headed downtown. (I'm so thankful she was willing to come at a last minutes notice, sometimes I'm not patient (okay most times lol) and I think I bought the outfit and did the photo shoot in the same day lol) She was super helpful too because she lives in Brookside so she is downtown more often than I am, and she had some great suggestions of place to go. I think my favorite was The River Market. There was plenty of light there to add interest to the images and it felt the safest there.
My little guy isn't quite so little any more. He often gets missed as he can be quiet and doesn't require much attention. He is happy to sit quietly at home playing video games. But when you get him alone and spend some quality time with him you get to see his personality. It is caring, fun, loving, snuggly and smart. He can be so methodical about things. The kids (especially the girls) adore him at school, while he isn't the class clown, he's just chill. I think that may be what draws some kids to him. He can be quiet and mature in public spaces, always careful not to make a fool of himself. He always likes helping others too. I'm super blessed both my kids are so kind and interested in caring for other peoples needs and feelings. Plus, did you see those pictures, he's a handsome fella - as my Grandma Gladys would have called him. Happy Birthday Son! We love to to pieces!!!