STP Pass It On 2016 - For The Love of Little Ones

Love this image as we struggled to get the littlest one smiling. Here he looks on with a genuine smiling interest as his elder siblings play 'Pass It On'. 
Fifth year running the Pass It On campaign. The look of a lovely day! From 'Pass It On's launch in 2012, we knew it was not going to be easy to sustain the momentum, and I'm so pleased this personal project is still going strong. There's coordinating multiple families' schedules. There's thinking of new concepts to engage the little ones to play and express freely. This time, there was also threat of rain, and haze levels had been rising. We had newborns to consider, so we decided to move the session indoors. Final count while doing back-ups: 27 children, 11 families, and fingers crossed, all had a good time. This to continue helping our 10 sponsored children and their families. 

Grateful heart and deeply appreciative of the support from family, friends, and clients. So beautiful when things come together. Let the images tell the story...

Love the mom and son connection in this shot - hyper happy - while Daddy and baby just be chillin'.
Littlest one sporting a satisfied grin, while soaking up all the adoration and love. That inner light shines through when you know you are loved...
Reversing gravity almost always gets the little ones smiling. It feels funny. It's an awesome way to decompress too. Sometimes, things just look better when your whole world flips upside down
With the right companions, everything is an adventure!
Sweet lingering kisses that are effortlessly expressive at this age. Maybe, when they are older, it'll be harder, and love is read through phone calls and a hand on the shoulder when it's most needed. Or maybe, just maybe, it will be exactly as when they were 5 and 3. We don't know yet how their paths will shape up, branches sharing the same roots. But for now, wet stickly smooches are lovely awesome!
One of the best things we can share with our kids is how love, kindness, and a healthy partnership looks, feels, and sounds like. Relationships are work -- and require self-awareness and sensitivity. A skill that they will carry, and that will carry them, happily through life.
"You think that you know my heart, and you probably do. That’s why I’m always with you...We make hours turn to seconds together. the weight of the world feel like a feather 'cause we’re holding it right in our hands..." Loving Grace Vanderwaal's songs, especially this one she wrote for her big sister. Big sisters are a beautiful thing...
Holding on to the magic. “While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.” ― Angela Schwindt
Quality Time as a language of love. The little ones shine with a healthy dose of undivided attention. "There is this thing about time that cannot be escaped – we all have the exact same amount of it. So, how we choose to spend our time and who we spend it with says a lot... I could buy 15 gifts online and have them shipped to 15 different people in the same day without ever leaving my desk if I wanted to communicate that I was thinking of them. But I couldn't possibly spend a decent amount of time with each one of those 15 people as efficiently.  Quality time isn't about efficiency, it is about being present and available and when someone is present and available to me, it makes me feel valued and loved..."
When you've got three, a semblance of synchronicity is magic!