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Hand-me-downs. A smaller room. Fewer photos. Waa. Waa. Waa.

All these things plus many more are the oft heard laments of the second born. And will little Stella suffer these injustices? Let’s see… Hand-me-downs? Not even a month old and she’s already in them! A smaller room? A little bigger than half the size of Niko’s… (But to be fair, lovingly and freshly decorated though!) Fewer photos? Yet to be determined.

When Niko was born I toyed with the idea of arranging for professional newborn pics. Borys convinced me my amateur photography skills were adequate, and with my ego suitably stroked I believed him. Little Niko was then left to my own devices and the best I could do with the camera I had. And what did we end up with? A Newborn-Hugh-Heffner of sorts: yes, little Niko became memorialized as a newborn splayed out on lambskin. Lucky little guy!

Anyway, when I was pregnant with Stella I firmly decided that she would be the recipient of real professional pictures. After some internet research I settled on a photographer (Baby and Belly Photography) and upon her birth scheduled an appointment. Yesterday I got the first set of proofs via email and am now happy to share the end the results here.

So yes, while she can lament some things about being the second born. There are other things that only the second born can enjoy: love from a big brother AND in this case, a professional photo shoot!


A little haiku flavour to start things off…

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snap happy mommy

takes photographs of her son

light shines in his eyes

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A professional photographer I’m not, but playing around with our SLR, followed up by some Photoshop sessions has provided me with many hours of enjoyment (or is it frustration?). Well, enjoyment after I figured out how the heck to use Photoshop the way I wanted to, because actually learning Photoshop can be über frustrating, for an instant gratification gal such as myself. And learning and getting help from my lovely, tech-hubby, Borys has even instigated a few “fun” discussions between the two of us. “Fun” in quotes, because at the time they’re not really fun. What I mean is, ever helpful Computer Borys can’t help but go into a lot of tech. detail, while all I’m looking for is the single answer to help me move the process along. Yes, say hello to a glimmer of my instant gratification personality.  But I digress… Beyond Photoshop, I’ve taken to reading some photography blogs as well – collecting tidbits of information and photo strategies to help me along my Nikon journey.

Since the birth of our son Niko (last September) I have been thinking about getting professional pictures taken of him, but thinking about it seems to be about as far as I’ve gotten. I just can’t make a decision on where or if I actually want to get them taken at all. Both Borys and I like natural looking photos, and anyway it’s been a constant thought process.

The other day I was surfing the net and came across a photography blog that discussed catchlight. I had never heard of it (and I can’t find the link, otherwise I would link it to this article) but it talked about catching the light that is reflected in your subject’s eyes on film (well actually not on film seeing as we live in a digital world, but you get the picture…).

So a couple of days ago, in my second amateur attempt at professional photography I snapped a tonne (gotta love the digital age) of portraits of Niko and succeeded in catching the light in his eyes (in a few of them). I just love how I can be super snap-happy and not worry about wasting film!

Below are a few photos of my take on his six-month professional portraits.


Even though there is no Big Bad Wolf (phew!) and neither Niko nor I have a red riding hood, there is something Little Red Riding Hood-esque about going off for a visit at Grandmother’s house. Yesterday Niko and I made our first trip together to Chestnut St. aka his Great Grandparents’ house, and upon arrival I experienced that wonderful welcoming and nostalgic feeling that can only be brought to life by a visit to see these two!

The feeling was a bit new this time seeing as I was introducing Niko to his Great Grandparents for the first time: and weren’t they delighted to see him! He enticed smiles from them, as they both held and cooed over him – I didn’t know that my Grandad liked babies so much, but according to the tell-tale smile on his face when he looked at little Niko, this is the case. Of course, I wanted to take a picture documenting the visit (gotta keep up with the blog, you know) and they both sort of resisted – Grandmother explaining that no one was even allowed to take a picture of Grandad on his 90th birthday, this past December. But then I convinced Grandad (after a short tutorial on how to use a digital camera) to take a photo of me, Niko and Grandmother, after which and probably to his chagrin I enticed him into a pic as well! Even though his eyes were closed I thought I better just count my blessings and take what I could get – so a closed eye pic it is, but a pic documenting the reality of the moment nonetheless.

Of course Niko went through his full baby cycle of wakefullness, sleepiness, and then hunger during our visit, and when he got sleepy, I wrapped him up like I normally do, only for Great Grandmother to say: “He looks just like a little papoose”. Then she wisely suggested I lie him down on “this blanket that had just blown in one day”. “Just blown in?”, I questioned. And she said yes, after some sort of storm it ended up on their lawn and when they hung it out to dry and no one came for it they adopted it for themselves, which eventually lead to Niko lying down on it’s thick and comfortable surface.

Grandmother spoiled me with a slice of her homemade apple pie while I was there (can you say YUM!), saying she had thought of me the day before when she was baking it! How sweet!!! Niko and I stayed for a good three hours and plan to go back this afternoon. There is something just so sweet about seeing their smiling faces waving from their front door when we arrive and and upon our departure.

Note: Yes, I am aware that it is winter and Niko and is shoe and sockless, but this is because Great Grandmother and Great Grandad got so much pleasure from seeing and touching his bare little feet! Hence the lonely Puma that sits on the edge of the table…


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