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Baby Trip Report: Eva Goes to Disneyland (Part Nine)

Editor’s Note: I apologize for taking such a long break. We had a crisis here at home and that always puts me off from writing for a while… My friend Jen was injured in a car accident on a local freeway while trying to recover a bicycle that had fallen into the road. She was on her way out of town to go camping with her husband and their four young children when the accident occurred and now, two weeks later, she’s still in intensive care facing a long, rough recovery. Things like this can happen in a split second, especially when you’re rushing or distracted, so please stay safe on vacation. We’re hoping Jen’s story can help keep other people safe!

All photos in this post are courtesy of White Rabbit Photo Boutique:

 

 

As we were finishing up the character breakfast, we started to plan out the rest of our family photo session with Jenna from White Rabbit Photo Boutique. I ducked out of the restaurant with Eva to take her over to the Baby Care Center, which is conveniently located right next to the character breakfast, and we did a quick diaper change and an outfit refresher. I’d never been into the Baby Care Center and I will say that (A) it’s a lot cleaner and more pleasant than changing diapers in the public bathrooms, (B) it’s not as private and relaxing as I thought it might be since it’s all a shared common area, and (C) I was disappointed to find out that they don’t have restrooms for adults in there. What they do have is the tiniest little toilets in the world for potty-training toddlers…good to know, but notsomuch helpful for the mamas.

The transition from breakfast to general family photo taking around the park could have been smoother in retrospect and I blame myself for that. If we had wrapped up earlier, we would have had the chance to wander the park without the other guests, but we (I) dawdled and we hit that initial rush of parkgoers head on. Eva also wasn’t quite as hopped up on apple juice sugar as she could have been because I was trying to be strict about balanced meals even on vacation so she didn’t cooperate with Jenna right away.

 

Rule #6 when traveling with a baby at Disneyland: If you’re doing family photos or you have a family meal or you just need an hour’s worth of smiling for some reason, break out the freakin’ sugar. If there’s ever a time for enjoying that giant rice krispy treat, Disney vacations are it.

 

Unfortunately for Jenna, Kyle and I weren’t much better than Eva was.

 

Yes, the Morgans photograph so well.

 

We are painfully awkward in front of the camera (especially together) and I know Jenna ended up sorting through tons of photos where we’re making weird faces or fixing our clothes or generally looking stiff and blah. Still, we picked the perfect photographer, because she managed to cut through the awkward and grab some great shots!

 

Family photos in Disneyland

 

In closing, I will say that Jenna from White Rabbit Photo Boutique was an absolute delight to work with. Since I started running my blog about Disney weddings, I’ve reviewed the work of hundreds of photographers who do Disney sessions and I had a really large pool of talent to choose from when I was putting our family session together. It was a hard decision because there are so many people who do beautiful work and who I would love to work with at some point, but ultimately I felt like Jenna’s style was very appealing and I thought that she would be able to work easily with Eva because she has her own adorable little kid. I’m so happy that we picked her because we loved our session!

 

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2 Comments

  • Reply JennaMichelle1@gmail.com

    It’s so fun to read this from your perspective! I was so nervous and excited to meet you and your family that morning, and you both were incredibly sweet and great parents. I wish you’d been able to meet Theo. He would have loved Eva. Thanks for letting me photograph you all! I hope I have the chance to do it again sometime. 🙂

    August 29, 2012 at 9:28 am
  • Reply Hope

    It’s always awkward to pose for pictures, but I’m glad you guys got to do it on this trip. I think they came out great and I’m glad you got to work with Jenna. I haven’t worked with her, but I’ve met her and she has this gift for making you at ease right away so I imagine that being photographed by her is like being photographed by an old friend. 🙂

    P.S. I’m so sorry to hear about your friend. I’ve been keeping her and her family in my thoughts. Please keep us posted on her progress.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:26 pm
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