Go Behind the Scenes with Kelly Clarkson and River at Their PEOPLE Cover Shoot

If you happened to stop by Nashville's Elliston Soda Shop on Feb. 2, you would have had some very fun company

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If you happened to stop by Nashville’s Elliston Soda Shop on Feb. 2, you would have had some very fun company.

That afternoon, PEOPLE photographed Kelly Clarkson and her daughter River Rose and as the image shows, the results were downright adorable.

As Clarkson says in this week’s cover story, River “is the happiest baby on the planet.” And she’s not exaggerating: We can confirm that the 8-month-old is a contender for the friendliest cover girl ever.

And while there is a milkshake on the table, River’s afternoon snack was 100 percent nutritious: she noshed on some mashed fresh banana (with a little nibble here and there on the tulle of her dress!).

We’ll be seeing more of Clarkson and River in fun settings later this year, when the singer kicks of her tour for her upcoming album Piece by Piece, which drops this coming Tuesday.

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