I met Mikaela and her parents at Polliwog Park in Manhattan Beach on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. Mikaela was so calm cruising in her stroller and looking oh so cute. What was amazing about this is that she got her ears pierced just an hour before. Mikaela’s mom told me she didn’t even budge, no screaming, no crying, nothing. This girl is tough. To really prove it to me, at one point in the shoot Mikaela fell and hit her head, but the tears from that spill were minor and short lived. This is my kind of girl! Mikaela is turning 1 in just a few weeks and what she learned before her birthday is that she loves grass! She was absolutely mesmerized by the grass and found out pretty quickly how to create a giant hole in the ground. This girl might become a serious landscape architect when she grows up! I had so much fun with this family, so mellow and sweet and Mikaela is just so cute. Happy birthday Mikaela!