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Mamikonyan family session

This past weekend, I headed out to Gina’s house to photograph her and her family. I had a great time seeing Sophia (who has warmed up to me and is a total ham once she hears the shutter clicking away) and meeting Gina’s husband Ernie and their gentle giant Ramses.

Gina had the house all decked out in Christmas decor, and she even bought Santa hats (for the humans) and reindeer antlers (for the canine). It was hilarious watching Ramses wrestle the Santa hat away from Sophia!

Gina and Ernie decided to give Sophia her Christmas presents on Saturday so we could have props for the shoot. ;)

Ernie is a PhD candidate in Physics (!!!) so Gina had him teach them about astronomy. And the book is updated, so Pluto is left out. Sorry Pluto!

And there was also Smooch Your Pooch! Sophia obliged. :)

Daddy and daughter dance– this is going to be a couple of the photos shown at Sophia’s wedding 20+ years from now, right Gina? *wink wink nudge nudge*

I’ll end with my absoluuuuute favorite photos from the entire session– Sophia and Ramses.

“What’s that, Mom? Hug Ramses? Okay!”

This one cracks me up. They look like two kids who got in trouble.

Truth be told, I was totally INTIMIDATED by how big Ramses was. I’m so used to Juno, who is like 25 pounds and stick skinny (not to mention she doesn’t bark). When I saw Ramses run out of the house, I had a mini panic attack– one wrong move and I’d be toast! If you haven’t already, go read Bobby Earle’s blog post on how his dogs (a German Shepherd and a Rottweiler) act around his newborn son– I was able to witness firsthand how gentle a “big and dangerous” dog could be with a small child. Don’t let the fact that he’s 100 pounds fool you– he’s one of the sweetest dogs I’ve ever come across. Gina tells me that he’s VERY protective of the family, especially Sophia. Let’s just say I wouldn’t want to get in the way of Ramses protecting his family. :)

Hope you guys enjoyed this as much as I did! To see more photos from their family shoot, click here for a slideshow!

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