Miss Jemima Puddleduck & Donkey Kong


I recently added a blog post about including special toys, stuffed animals and blankets in a photo session for kids.

Thanks to this thoughtful mama we had several really special things during this family shoot.

I am going to refer to this pretty redhead as Miss Jemima Puddleduck. Her mama commented several times during the session how she reminded her of Miss Jemima Puddleduck. I thought it was too cute, and described her perfectly.

You see she is most definitely in the “puddleduck” stage. The “puddleduck” stage occurs right after a little one starts to walk and lasts for a couple of months after. They stick their bellies out, and sort of waddle like a puddleduck. This stage is absolutely adorable, and I distinctly remember when Hazen stopped walking like a “puddleduck!” It broke my heart. Luckily, we will have another “puddleduck” when Dusty starts to walk.

 Miss Jemima Puddleduck loves her Donkey Kong. This Donkey Kong is a very special stuffed animal.

This Donkey Kong was given to Miss Jemima Puddleduck’s mama when she was 4 years old.

It was given to her by a family of three boys.

It was given to her to comfort her when her father died in a tragic car accident.

Now all these years later her daughter (Miss Jemima Puddleduck) is snuggling & loving Donkey Kong just like she did as a girl.

This is exactly what I meant when I wrote about how something like Donkey Kong can take a picture, and make it hold so much more meaning.

She also brought along another special doll for her oldest daughter, and some special snuggle blankets for her girls.


I know this mama won’t regret including these special items during our family session.
It just makes capturing these moments extra special. I have lots more to come, and hope to have the rest of the pictures up by the end of this week!

The Rancher’s Wife Kate

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amy b. - September 15, 2010 - 8:46 am

So sweet! The toys, , the girls, the photos, the puddleduck stage. You have an eye for beauty on many levels, Kate.

Jill Fox - September 14, 2010 - 8:32 pm

Kate-these pictures are just precious! I’m probably a bit biased….C is my cousin and her sweet little girls are just adorable. B and I have the same coloring- red hair and blue eyes. 🙂 You are very talented for sure! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

Diane Lerwick - September 14, 2010 - 8:29 am

Such good pictures Kate. I don’t know how you capture such great, real expressions. Of course, the subject is adorable too!!!

Kristy - September 14, 2010 - 12:01 am

I love these pics. I try my hand at photography, but there’s much to learn. I always enjoy your pics. Love your lighting. Keep it up!!!

Linda - September 13, 2010 - 9:49 pm

What a special post, Kate!

jeanie henderson - September 13, 2010 - 9:20 pm

oh Kate, how your pictures bring tears to my eyes …. then I read what you wrote and the memories did flood, special heartfelt moments, always a part of us. xojeanie

Jenny - September 13, 2010 - 7:51 pm

Your post is so timely! I just finished e-mailing a client, recommending she bring some special things for her boys to our upcoming photoshoot. I checked my bloglines and here’s your post saying the very same thing!
Really, really great pictures. You did a nice job.

wendy terry - September 13, 2010 - 6:33 pm

Really nice idea to include favorite toys and blankets…we remember those long after they are gone! I especially love the one where she is looking at the donkey kong with the grass along side and the one where her sister is loving the dolly in the grass…very nice touch. Love, mom xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

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