Thursday, January 26, 2012
Anne Geddes inspired photo shoot
My sister-in-law Julie took the amazeballs photos I used on Cameron's birth announcement. When Cameron was 6 weeks old she offered to do a photo shoot while she was in town for Thanksgiving. Of course I said yes! Who doesn't love a photo shoot!
Of course at 6 weeks Cameron was in the midst of his horrible colic spell so I wasn't really expecting it to work out. But we thought we'd give it a try and hoped for the best. To our surprise we just happened to luck out. Everything seemed to fall in line. Not only was it a perfectly sunny day, providing enough natural light in our living room for the photos, it was the perfect time of day for Cameron and he ended up cooperating really well, as best as a 6 week old baby can anyway.
We knew we only had a tiny window to get it done so the whole shoot took about 20 minutes total with prop changes and all. It was an intense period of time with lots of stuffed animals being waved through the air, noise makers vigorously being rattled and three adults making those funny, stupid noises and faces that you only make at babies to illicit some sort of reaction. It would have been hilarious if someone had taken video footage of us!
I give Anne Geddes all the credit in the world. I hear she keeps the temperature in her studio hot for the babies (a key point since poor Cameron was shivering the whole time even though the room was quite warm and we were all sweatin' it out!) and that for every photo she publishes hundreds were taken just to get that one. We didn't take hundreds of pictures but we took a lot and were able to get a couple really nice shots.
Speaking of baby photo shoots...
has anyone else seen Arty Adele Erersen and her baby Mila featured on the Today show and other news programs lately? She is a stay at home mom that created various vignettes around her sleeping baby and took pics of them. She is not a professional photographer nor did she use a fancy camera or even light kit. She just used a pocket digital cam and snapped the pics! Now she has a book out featuring each of the photos. Very cute! Lucky her that baby Mila slept through each of the photos. No way that would work with Cameron!