Look at these girls! These are of my favorite portraits of them yet. Kudos to their mom for getting them all fancied up and for the great braids. I love it!
Archive for August, 2011
I’d like to play a little game of 6-degrees of separation and claim that a photo I took is featured on the Dwell Studio blog today! Do you know how cool Dwell Studio is?! They are a designer baby boutique, have modern home decor and kids room decor. In fact, I love their fresh graphics so much that not only is Seamus’ crib done in their fabrics but also our shower curtain.
Ahhh…. week 4! This is one of my favorite photos of Seamus. I remember so well taking this photo. I felt like I was exhausting all of my idea on how to photograph a newborn. I’d photographed him in a chair, swaddled, in baskets, nude, close up, I couldn’t think of anything else to do. So to mix things up, I decided to try some off camera lighting for fun and propped him with the two sock monkeys I have that my Grandmother Webber made.
My grandmother was know for making sock monkeys for the new babies in the family and for kids at the hospital, where she volunteered. Actually, I only owned one sock monkey when she died in 2007. But little did I know that my dad had asked her many years ago to make an extra one for my unborn child. The day that Seamus was born, my mom and dad showed up at hospital carrying a paper bag in tow, which held this extra sock monkey she’d made for him before she died. How sweet is that?
I look at this photo now and don’t even remember Seamus looking like that. I know him now as a sturdy 1-year old with a mop of blond hair that zooms across the floor on his hands and knees. Here he looks like a little pipsqueak who is a little dubious about these monkeys he’s hanging around with. It’s amazing what all happens in a year!
It’s amazing to think how far we’ve come in a year. See weeks 1 & 2 here.
(You may read Week 1 here.)
If you are looking for a great house to rent on the Isle of Palms that is well furnished, decorated with gorgeous paintings, and photogenic, I have the spot for you: 807 Ocean Drive. In addition to the accommodations, which are definitely a step up from some of the wind swept and dated beach houses I’ve seen, there is also a pool and a great mangrove area for photos! Actually, the house is for sale too.
I found myself enamored with this great seven year old and as she was the only child in the group, I took lots of photos of her. Enjoy!
When Seamus was born, we were like most new parents, armed with a camera and a baby book, and a Flip cam and an iPhone… As a photographer, I was more concerned with bringing the proper photo gear to the hospital than the right clothes. Once he was born, I was obsessed with every new thing he did. Most new parents are.
I have always loved Dooce‘s monthly blog posts that marked her daughter(s) growth. It reminded me of finding a very detailed schedule that my mom had written out for our babysitter many moons ago. Things like that fascinate me. I remember bits and pieces of my early childhood, but am always interested to learn more and compare that to who I am today.
In an effort to encapsulate the swell of love that comes with a new baby and to freeze the constant changes so they would not slip away, I decided to write weekly journal updates for Seamus’ first year. I deliberately made the entries short and sweet, mostly so I’d not get overwhelmed by the self-imposed obligation. As for the photos, that wasn’t a problem. He was like the ultimate portrait challenge. How many different ways could I photograph this baby? This proved to be an interesting study in my own development as I can see a gradual but distinct change of style in the photos around the six month mark.
The end result is a week by week book that I’ve created out of the journal entries and images. I plan to post them to the blog, week by week, over the next year. Happy One Year Birthday, Baby! Look what we were doing last year this time!