“Babies are such a nice way to start people.”
Kate is traveling rapidly to the shores of adulthood. This photo was taken in October of 2004… she was 9 at the time. Her parents had me come take pictures every few years so I have had the pleasure of seeing her grow up through the lens of my camera… we started when she was a tiny and spunky red head, maybe 9 months old. She has blossomed into this level eyed, sharp young lady and I hope I get to see where she goes from here. Of course, I am getting older just like she is, like we all are, but time moves differently for each of us and I don’t think anyone ever gets used to how fast it goes.
Most of my baby sessions are done at my client’s home… I offer that service because I think it’s important to be able to look back and get a sense of where you grew up.
My folks did that for me… I can go through all the old California pictures and see the rental house in Alameda with the fake leopard skin chair or Grandpa’s ranch in Gilroy where my sister and I finger painted on the patio. There was the paradise 1/4 acre in Santa Rosa with the little house and cabin connected by two bridges over the creek… deer and skunks and hummingbirds in the honeysuckle.
When I do babies I also include the parents as much as possible. Think about it… many years later your kids get to see how good you looked in your younger skins. It frosts me to realize how many of the pictures of me and my sister have just the arms or knees of an otherwise whole and beautiful parent.
So, this is what I am after: working at your house and trying to make the session as comfortable and natural as possible… the goal being images that live beyond the years. Images that look like your life.
What follows is a sizable folio of different kids… mostly on location but a few in studio settings.
I hope you enjoy the parade.
Babies don’t need a vacation but I still see them at the beach. I’ll go over to them and say, “What are you doing here, you’ve never worked a day in your life!” —Stephen Wright
“Spread the diaper in the position of the diamond with you at bat. Then fold second base down to home and set the baby on the pitcher’s mound. Put first base and third together, bring up home plate and pin the three together. Of course, in case of rain, you gotta call the game and start all over again.” —Jimmy Piersal