zuri + lauren

Holy cow, has it really been almost three weeks since I was in the South?! I guess keeping busy makes time really fly, but it seems like just yesterday I was eating schnitzel for the first time ever while drinking beer from a horn, packing my buddy Sam + his belonging in to my car to move him back up north, and darting around to photoshoots in Forsyth Park in between my unending quest to catch tiny lizards!

true fact: I am an expert anole hunter.

true fact: I am an expert anole hunter.

Anywho, on to the good stuff! Which is sugar and spice, and everything nice; little miss Zuri was brimming with all things sweet and sassy. What a big, beautiful personality in such a tiny little package! Another native from Kent Island (what is it about us folks that gravitate towards sweet Savannah?!), her momma Lauren and I caught up at breakfast while Zuri slowly warmed up to me in between gobbling up fruit and wobbling around the Sentient Bean. I was, after all, just a blurry face when I last saw her during her pre-crawling, cooing newborn stage.

child photography, mary ella jourdak, family photography, savannah, georgia, wedding photography, food photography, infant photography, maternity photography, kent island, maryland, washington dc, annapolis, queen anne's county, toddler photography

But full bellies make for fast friends! By the time we were done eating and ready to rock and roll, Zuri grabbed my hand and led me through Forsyth towards the playground, and on to our shoot.

We quickly decided that it wasn't light-coat weather, and got down to some serious play-time. Watching Zuri clamber up the junglegym and zip down the slides, pulling goofy faces at Lauren and stopping to give her some smooches was too sweet for words.


this is Zuri's very best "smile please!!" face. so silly!

Anyone who's hung around me for more than five minutes knows that I've got a seriously strong curiosity streak. I can and will play Twenty Questions with any and everyone I can, especially when it comes to learning about how people live their every day life. I'm incredibly fortunate that my work as a photographer has opened so many little doors and windows in to such a wide variety of lifestyles, and hanging with Lauren and Zuri was no exception. As our time together came to a close, I watched in awe as Lauren, with well-practiced hands, perched Zuri on her shoulders and proceeded to work some voodoo-fabric-magic, nestling her most precious cargo at an ideal vantage point. 

There was something tender and practical and primal and totally logical in this kiddy-wrapping, so I asked Lauren to give me some more info on the practice of babywearing. And I figured that you, dear reader, with future or present roles as mothers and fathers and grandparents and siblings and caretakers, might also be interested in learning more. She sent over a link to this beautiful entry entitled "Why I Wear My Daughter" by the blog Girl of Cardigan. I'll share some of my favorite lines from the entry, but I highly suggest you read the whole piece (but only if you've the ability to hug/love/smooch everyone you hold dear as soon as you're done with it; it brings out alllllll the feelings).

...*cough* Huh, what? ....Nope. Definitely not. My glasses are not a little foggy, but I am going to go dash off and give my own mama a big hug. No, I'm outta here, but go read this site for more info on babywearing: facts, tips, the whole shebang. Big thank you + cheers to the three beautiful ladies that made this shoot: Zuri, Lauren, and the balmy, beautiful city of Savannah -- much love to y'all! -M