The Toney Family | Old Poway Park

The world is wilder at two years old. The rocks are just a little weirder, the cool steel of a train track feels colder and stronger in your palm, the railroad ties are rougher beneath your feet, and the crunch of a dry autumn leaf crinkling in your tiny hand sounds infinitely fascinating. The wet dirt is so close that it becomes overwhelming, until you touch it and know that the earth will keep breathing even if your pounding feet run all over its soft, fragrant surface.

I admire the eyes of two year olds. Their fascination with all things wild and wonderful warms my heart in a way that only a child's imagination can. They are unconcerned with the cameras that are pointing at them. They don't mind the sound of clicking shutters. We, as photographer and as adults, are just observers that linger in the background of their adventures.

Jeff and I met up with the Toney family this past week for some family photos and to document the life of their energetic two-year-old son, Isaiah. Courtney Toney is the creative and fabulous soul behind Joyful Weddings and Events, and she is one of the best wedding coordinators we know. Seriously, if you're looking for someone to help you dream and design a one-of-a-kind and incredibly stylish event, Courtney is definitely your girl! But not only is she a fabulous wedding coordinator, she's a fantastic mom, and we instantly fell in love with the fun and adventurous Isaiah!

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Isaiah LOVES trains, so we met up at Old Poway Park where there are several old (unused) train tracks and some retired boxcars on display. Let's just say Isaiah had a blast!

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Isaiah with dad, David. These two make my heart melt!

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Isaiah spent the morning exploring all of the train tracks, which was fine with us because he's totally adorable!

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I love this one because Isaiah has this super mischievous grin. I wonder what thoughts lie behind those eyes?

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Jeff let Isaiah "snap" some pictures, and I think I melted a thousand times! How cute is this??!!

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This was the picture he got! Ha!

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Isaiah definitely loved being able to play, so when he had to sit still for some photos, he would get these tiny grumpy faces! Isaiah, you make me laugh!

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This is what happens when you follow a kid around with a camera for a while. You get some pretty stinkin' cute stuff.

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The beautiful family!

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My favorites of the day

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Actually, I think this is my favorite! Give a boy his favorite octopus toy and let him march free. You can say it. Awwww...

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Ha! David asked for a kiss and this was Isaiah's response!

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Courtney, David, and Isaiah: Thank you so much for sharing your love with us! We adore your family and feel so lucky to be a small part of capturing it! Love you guys!

Hugs,

Erin

    

lynda cheney - I love these pictures of Isaiah. They truly capture his personality and that’s hard to do with a 2 year old. Love the family photos too. I think I might be getting a few of these.

simply modern weddings - i am so in love with these photos…they are absolutely adorable!

Brad Lindenmayer - Oh my gosh the Toneys!!! I miss you guys and Green Valley Church!!! Such a great session Jeff and Erin I can’t believe how big Isaiah is now.

- Brad Lindenmayer

Julianne - So stinkin cute!!!

Elizabeth Luna - Omgosh am I lame for having such a huge SMILE while looking at EVERY image! love love all of them!

Tracy Kuntz - Great pictures. You can totally pick up on your little mans personality.

nonna - Oh my goodness! My little angel is so cute! These pictures are amazing. I love all of them- the family ones are great too. Isaiah in his favorite place: “Choo Choo Land!”
I love you
Nonna

Gina - Wow!
Old Poway Park will never be the same after this shoot!
Isaiah ~ delightful to watch as he explored the Park under the watchful eye of his folks!
Very special family shoot! Thanks for sharing!
How did Isaiah’s photos turn out?

Heather - Gorgeous shots!!! Little guys are hard to shoot, so good job!!!

The pleated poppy - Love that boy!

-aunt lindsey

Heather - I absolutely love the pictures…and I agree that he is quite possibly the cutest kid ever…I could be biased, seeing as I’m his aunt! Love them all!!!

Joyful Weddings and Events » What is making me happy today - [...] and Erin just posted some of our photos on their blog and here are a few of my [...]

shae jacobsen - Seriously…beautiful family and beautiful photos! My two favs are the one that Isaiah actually took…how cute to see things from his perspective! And the one of the family with his darling little grumpy face. These are the photos they should have used for the Gap contest!! So much personality in all the photos!

Jackie Wonders - LLOOOOVE!!! Great job guys…i’m so glad they had you shoot them!

s h e r r y - Omigosh adorable! <3 I love his grumpy face.

Jen Johnson - PRECIOUS!!!

Tira J - Awesome images!

joyful weddings & events - No words. Thanks so much for capturing the joy and curiosity of our little man! We love them! Isaiah keeps asking to look at them :)

Leila Khalil| Wedding Publicist| Be Inspired PR - love these photos!! i am a fan of courtney’s! and i am a fan of your photos of her family. the little guy couldn’t be any cuter!!

Dennis Bullock - These are fantastic guys! I smell a coffee table book!

Nick Lamb - Love the images Jeff & Erin!! I love old poway park! I shot my first family portrait session there! I LOVE LOVE LOVE David, Courtney & Isaiah!! There are such an awesome family! A blessing to have @my church GREEN VALLEY CHURCH in RB!

Love the shot of Jeff showing Isaiah how to shoot! Love the shot that Isaiah got!

whitney neely - It’s official – He is one of the cutest kids I have ever laid my eyes on! Wonderful pictures!

David Toney - unbelievable photos. thank you guys so much for being so awesome. i think my favourite is the octopus train track one. or maybe the one where he is rejecting me. but, they are all brilliant.

Ian Andrew - Wonderful images guys,love the location and great looking family, Nice work!

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