Miss Shy | Chicago Children's Photographer | Chicago Special Needs Photographer

Little McKayla is the second model for the Celebrating Differences calendar.  With duplication of chromosome 16p11.2, I wasn’t sure what to expect.  Turns out, she was an adorable three year old with the most stylin’ glasses.  Isn’t she a cutie?  But she almost ruined my perfect streak with kids.  Thusfar, I’ve been able to tout  my great kid skills.  Usually, they really like me, but McKayla wasn’t so sure about me.  She would not step foot onto my fake floor, so I gave up on that, but she still didn’t trust me.  The first hour was spent either completely attached to either mommy or daddy or giving me the stink eye.    The only word I heard from her during this time was a very soft, “noooooo” whenever I asked her anything.  “You want candy?  Do you like your doll?”  Anything resulting in the same response.

So nothing was working.  Big brother and the cousins were unsuccessful in getting her to smile and relax.  Offers of Smarties resulted in only her holding them and nothing else.  What to do?!  Well, inspiration struck.  While she did not want to eat the candy, she thought it was a great idea to feed them to her brother.  Slowly, smiles emerged, and after every Smartie she fed her brother, she would look to me for a high five and more.

After that, McKayla was my friend.  The downpour had stopped, so we decided to head outside just for a couple minutes to try for some lifstyle pictures.  At this point I experienced a different problem.  Now she wouldn’t let go of my hand as we marched through the grass and to her swing.  It was a good problem to have.

Thank you, McKayla for being such a delight!

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  1. Vickie Kennington on June 13, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    What a cutie pie! Your colors are so vibrant & fresh. I especially love the outdoor images.

  2. stephanie on June 13, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    great picture! Seems like you needed a lot of patience to get what you needed-looks like you got some great shots though!

  3. Kirstie on June 13, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    More great pics! She’s a doll!

  4. Silvina B. on June 13, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    Beautiful work Megan! They’re all great images, but the fourth one and the last one are just WOW…

  5. Susan on June 13, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    Gorgeous shots. The color is amazing. But my favorite is the last black and white shot. So fun!

  6. Holly on June 13, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    Such a cutie! I love the last one in black and white. Great job!

  7. Jaidean on June 13, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    Oh gosh…she is adorable! And I love her little glasses! Beautiful photos!

  8. courtney keim on June 14, 2010 at 1:23 am

    what a beautiful little girl! love the outdoor shots!

  9. Lila on June 14, 2010 at 1:30 am

    Oh my goodness, she is a DOLL! Great work!!

  10. Jennifer Lauren on June 14, 2010 at 2:34 am

    What a doll! Especially love the ones in the purple dress; the colors, the personality and that bw conversion!

  11. Salina J on June 14, 2010 at 2:38 am

    She’s beautiful! Wonderful session, she certainly looks like she warmed up to you well!

  12. amy on June 14, 2010 at 3:32 am

    WOw.. What a cutie.. Love that purple dress.

  13. mollie on June 14, 2010 at 3:37 am

    such a cutie pie- you worked hard and it paid off!!

  14. Leanne on June 14, 2010 at 11:31 am

    She is adorable. Just love those glasses!

  15. Julie Wagoner on June 14, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    Beautiful! Both this little girl and the wonderful images you captured!

  16. Robert Gatenby on June 14, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    What a beautiful young lady. Wonderful colors and detail. Truly a work of art…both the child and the artist. Captured her very essence…Loved it!! Proud Grandma and Papa Gatenby

  17. Jesse Gatenby on June 15, 2010 at 2:45 am

    Thank you for taking the time to work with McKayla. It brought great joy to us, to look at all of those awesome pictures that you took of our little McK, and how you wrote about her and her brother…he has such a big heart for his little sister.

    • admin on June 15, 2010 at 2:51 am

      Jesse – My pleasure! I hope you enjoy reading all the compliments to her. She really is a sweetie!

  18. Tammy (Root) Gross on June 15, 2010 at 3:01 am

    Oh, she is so pretty! I love her glasses….hey are those DKNY’s? (They look almost identical to mine!) XO

  19. mandy on June 15, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    What a sweetie! I just LOVE her glasses.

  20. Rebecca on June 16, 2010 at 12:28 am

    Wow! This is going to be an amazing calendar for Celebrate Differences! Our Celebrate My Abilities calendar for 2011 is going to be AMAZING thanks to you and your talent!!!!!

  21. Jane Eaton Hamilton on June 16, 2010 at 8:56 am

    What a beautiful session of a gorgeous girl. She’s too sweet.

  22. Julie Floyd on June 17, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    I am at a complete loss for words, first Frankie, now McKayla, what next. Your work is breath taking and I too cannot wait to see our 2011/2012 calendar pics.

  23. Michelle on July 16, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    Technically good, but also aesthetically too!,

  24. Kelsey on July 19, 2010 at 11:39 am

    Keep up the good work!

  25. Justice on July 19, 2010 at 11:52 am

    Smashing photographs, I wish mine were half as adept…,

  26. u28718 on July 19, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    Im so glad I happened upon these photos!

  27. u469 on July 19, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    Good work!

  28. Jordan on July 22, 2010 at 6:37 pm


  29. Delaney on July 25, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    Good work!

  30. Ayden on July 26, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    Superb photographs, I spent far too long looking at them!,

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