Week 8: Still Life
My home is full of interesting still life: a dirty bowl here, toys scattered there, a vacuum propped in a corner that has been there for two weeks. On any given day you will see a scene of Olaf and Rex hanging out on the couch seemingly having a conversation. There are often a herd of farm animals hanging out on my TV stand or puzzle pieces strewn about. This is the life of a mom with a toddler... or any kid for that fact. I knew I was going to do something involving my kiddo's toys because he often leaves them around the house in interesting combinations. This time however he left a toy in an interesting place and it scared the bejesus out of me in the middle of the night. He must of left it here after his daddy gave him his bath because I had no idea it was in there. But this is how I was greeted at 2:30 in the morning with a full bladder and a baby pushing on it. I almost wet myself.
Most of you are probably thinking "Scared? It's not like it's a Tyrannosaurus Rex or anything?!" But let me tell you I am blind without my glasses and all I saw at first glance was some sort of green lizard thing. I literally gasped. Then when I realized what it was my next thought was..."I'm going to have to get a picture of that in the morning." And there was my still life. Life is never dull when a child is running around and thank God for that!
May your week be anything but dull!-Rachael
Week 7: Love
I suppose to honor the week of Valentine's Day the theme of this week was love. How was I supposed to choose on this one. I am surrounded by love and have so much love in my life how was I ever going to pick what to capture. But of course my favorite subject was the first thing that came to my mind. So I spent a few hours this day capturing Desmond enjoying things that he loves.
I choose Des loving on Claire because he is obsessed with his Ki Ki. He always wants to know where she is. If she is meowing he must know what she is talking about. He loves to feed her, and pet her, and smother her. I wish I could say the love was mutual be we are just happy that she tolerates him.
Here are some others from the day of things that Desmond loves.
He had begged me for this Hostess cupcake for a week. I've never given him one and I kept telling him no. I finally gave in and let him eat it and he just LOVED his "black and white" cupcake.
This kiddo loves his Toy Story. It is rare we can leave the house with out Woody, Buzz, Jesse, Bullseye, Trixie, Rex, or Slinky Dog. They are definitely his buddies.
And this one, this one I love. Desmond and Claire were watching school buses go by.
Take some time to capture memories that you love this week.-Rachael
I was privileged enough to capture this little girls entrance into the world. I was so happy when her mom contacted me to do her three month session. It truly is one of the best parts of my job to get to watch these babies grow. This poor little girl is teething already and let me tell you what she wanted that hand in her mouth. She just wanted to chew, chew, chew. It's rough being three months old.
And a cute little ruffle butt to end things!- Rachael
Have you been wanting to see more of the precious little Hunter? He was such a sweet baby and one of the most handsome little boys I've seen. I mean look at that face! I can understand why his parents are so in love with him. He's one of the few babies that I've worked with that I didn't capture his birth or while he was still in his momma's stomach but I'm happy they found me! Did I mention how cute he is?
Told you he was cute!- Rachael
Week 6: Shadows
In photography shadows are almost as important as lighting. I actually think that shadows tend to tell more of a story though. I swirled so many ideas around in my head for this challenge.
As I've said before I am trying to make this a personal challenge and to draw from my everyday life. This picture is an everyday occurrence, but it's one I don't see often. My husband (the saint that he is) gets up before me every weekday so that he can get ready for work which also means that he usually has our son for about an hour before I get out of bed. Well on this day Daddy had to leave exceptionally early in the morning to go out of town so it was just Des and I. He's only allowed his paci when he is going to sleep but sometimes on those extra early mornings we let him keep it for a little bit while he watches his Pocoyo. Only our hall light was on and I looked at him as he curled into himself on the couch and thought "Man, he looks almost like a baby again" cue pregnant mommy tears. I loved the way the light was hitting him and causing dramatic shadows. So I got out my camera and I captured this moment in time where my big boy seemed little again. Cue tears again. There is nothing perfect about this picture. It is noisy as all get out. But I love it.
Have a great week everyone- Rachael
Week 5: Warmth
I'm a little behind on blogging because it has been a busy few weeks between a tummy bug hitting our family and work so its time to catch up.
When I saw that the challenge for week five was warmth and it was January in Illinois I was bumfuzzled. Yes, I said bumfuzzled. Warmth can mean a lot of things though. This one came upon me by happenstance. I was shooting a session for the adorable Hunter and by the end of our session he was done. He didn't want to have anything to do with me anymore and little was consoling. I had already put my gear away and Hunter's dad was packing up his stuff. His mom sat with him on the floor and he instantly calmed. I asked her if she usually sits with him in this way and she said no. They were so peaceful and happy that I got my gear back out and shot a few more pictures. This is a mothers warmth at it's finest.
Have a great day everyone, with warmth-Rachael
I am a mom and a photographer. My love of motherhood led me to photograph all things from bellies to birth and beyond.