Beautiful. . . photography by Maria Gvedashvili. (note: the site will load with music, so mute your speakers. But the images are amazing!)
It’s been ages since I took photos of a baby. My “baby” is 16 and taking photos of him typically requires negotiation and pleading on my part. And then we have that awkward dance where I try to get him to smile and he refuses and then I recommit to stalking him when he’s not looking, because that’s probably the only way I’m getting the shot I want. In the world of social media and a life lived online, my child is quick to duck the camera. Like his mother.
But, the opportunity to take pictures of tiny ones, little ones, is in my near future. I’m now an Auntie with a camera. And I desperately need to brush up on my skills. Babies are easier to photograph than surly teens, but only by a smidgen. Plus, it doesn’t hurt to have ideas ahead of time. So, of course, I’m digging around Pinterest for ideas.
I’ll confess, I’m not a huge fan of the classic studio work for children’s photos. Babies and toddlers (or adults for that matter) don’t sit around in front of blue canvas backdrops, so why we insist on photographing them like that is beyond me. Fortunately, though traditional studio photographers are still abundant if that’s your thing, the trend has shifted. People are taking a more candid approach to photographing children, even if those photographs are still shot in a studio. (as the above photo most certainly was)
But, but, you say: Sears and the local photographer are so inexpensive. True. But so is grabbing your camera, heading outside on a nice day (overcast is best!) and telling the kids, “Hey, let’s play!” Or asking a friend who is handy with a camera. Or talking to a local photographer and giving them examples of what you’re looking for. Most people who take photos of children professionally (unless it’s in the mall!) are artists themselves and would probably welcome the chance to use that particular muscle!
Here’s the thing: while I’m not a fan of the classic studio posed photo (we don’t have any of those of our child!) I understand some people love them. What I’m advocating for the future, is that you capture a MOMENT in time. What makes a great photo worth keeping is the memory it evokes. The story attached to it. And this is what the studio photo lacks, at least for me. I didn’t want to remember wrestling a fussy toddler into formal wear and coaxing him to sit up and smile while some stranger cooed and dangled stuffed toys in front of him to keep his attention.
I wanted to remember the dirty hands from making mud pies. A cheesy grin and a messy ice cream cone. The sheer delight and laughter after sliding down the big slide. Running through sprinklers. Holding hands. Blowing bubbles. Laughing. Laughing. Laughing.
My bias is showing, but I’m convinced the moments of life worth keeping cannot be found in front of a blue canvas backdrop.
Looking for great ideas on how to photograph your adorable child? Come follow my Hey Baby board on Pinterest.
It would be an understatement to say it’s been quiet on this blog as of late. So, I thought I would make up for my lack of attention here, with a round-up of my favorite photos of the past year. 2012 has brought so much change to our lives: change I’m still trying to absorb. But it is lovely to look back and see, that despite the change, our lives are still full of love and each other. In the end, that is more than enough.
I hope you’ll join me on this little jog down memory lane. And please, post a link to your favorite post/photos from your 2012. I’d love to see what made your list!
Our year began with a dusting of snow. Just enough to cuddle up with a good book and a cup of cocoa.
This remains one of favorite soups. And the photograph is a favorite for the color and texture. Plus, the rare light on a winter afternoon.
Still one of my favorite places in this house. (Oh, the progress we’ve not made!) And if you look closely, a self-portrait.
Three of my favorite things: jasmine tea, roses, and vintage tins.
I don’t think I ever posted this shot. I grabbed it between product shots last spring. Clearly, she just ate something tasty–verboten food I’m sure. Miss Sophie’s health has deteriorated this year and she is not dog she once was. At this point in her life (11) every year is a gift.
Baking “Pi” with Geo. So much fun.
Another “between product shots” shot. . . .I love the light here. Seriously, my closet really is lovely.
We are still in love. And despite what you might hear, love isn’t something that can be solved, programmed, scheduled, or “info-graphic-ed” (that’s a word). It just is. After 22 years, my only advice is, don’t listen to the “experts”. . . listen to your heart.
I hate beets. Heh. Seriously, since I was a small child. But they are pretty things, even grubby.
Do you see the rapidly disappearing height difference? Next year, I suspect, we’ll see a different dynamic. Walking in one of our favorite places.
He smiles and I smile. Originally, I didn’t post this because I was hoarding it for myself.
Not amused. He’s going to be “thrilled” (not!) that I posted this. But it makes me laugh. Because I get this face a lot these days.
Oh, the carnage.
I say this every year, but THIS is the year that porch and I come to terms. Perspective is everything, no?
I took dozens of photos trying to capture the pink explosion this summer. I never succeeded, but I liked this capture just the same.
Eat your greens! And your flowers.
He still makes me laugh.
He turned 16. SIXTEEN!
Wishing you all Peace this New Year.
And finally, a photo of me. It’s a favorite because IZ took it. . . on a romantic evening this summer.
I don’t know what 2013 will hold for this blog. I wish I could say I’ll be here every day, blogging and sharing our life. It’s surely a hope. And right now, we can hold on to that.
Happy New Year to you and your loved ones. I’m hoping good things for you this year.