Not only are the Griffiths a beautiful family, but they're also four of our favorite people. We'd hang out with them everyday if they lived closer (like on the same coast). This month we were lucky enough to combine work with play and join Bill, Abby, Emmy and Grey for a California adventure. Bill owns and runs an awesome production company, Sleeper 9 Films, and hired me to photograph a corporate event in Laguna Beach and the whole clan came along. After a successful week of work during an abnormal heat wave (104 in Orange County? Doh!), we celebrated with some fun family time in the cooler mountains of Idyllwild.
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It's been a busy couple of months which makes time fly and before you know it...boom...he's one. I know, too well, that within a few blinks he'll be enjoying his wedding cake - hopefully with better table manners. Make sure you capture the important moments - they happen once (usually). Need to capture your little one's 1st birthday, cake smashing, or just smashing whatever? Drop me a line.
You know winter is bringing it hard in the South when a loaf of bread is going for $65 on atlanta.craigslist. Eggs? $5 a piece. Not even a price break for the dozen. Snopocolypse indeed. The boy was better prepared to play in this clusterflake than the last one. Mammal up top, amphibians down low - he may not best Mother Nature, but he certainly could confuse her.
pigs flew it snowed in the Atlanta metropolitan area. You can tell we weren't prepared for this by my eldest son's 100% water-absorbent clothing. He's also wearing gloves that we bought at the last minute, which are not only adult-sized - they're made for hands big enough to palm a basketball. Good if he needed oven mitts, bad if he wanted to make snowballs. We made up for our unpreparedness with unlimited rounds of hot chocolate. It worked.
Now, I'm not sure if my littlest was wearing a snow suit or one of those K9 unit bite suits, but either way he was weatherproof. Living in the south, his first snow may not have happened till he was in college, so we felt very lucky to see him experience it at only 10 months.
He initially felt that face-planting into the snow was a great idea...
And then he didn't feel that way anymore...
Before long, everything started falling apart...
But in the end, it was all good.
Our youngest is officially mobile. He's also officially throwing beat-downs to all stuffed animals that cross his path. Yesterday, Elmo got bit where no Sesame Street character should ever get bit. This morning he set his sights on Elevark. Part elephant, part aardvark and 90% electric-blue...no one should have to suffer an identity crisis like that and be chomped on.
Sympathies aside, it's fun to see our little guy on the move. The best part is you can tell he's proud of himself, and he should be. Despite numerous head-on collisions with furniture and consecutive crash landings after standing attempts, he occasionally cries it out, but he always keeps going. He inspires me daily.
My son, Kaden, never met a swing he didn't like, but he loves the swing papa and nana made him in their backyard. Tied to a big-old pecan tree and overlooking pines, a giant pond and visiting deer, it's not only a great place to swing, it's one of the best seats at the house.
Between the various tablets, smartphones, computers, on-demand TV and streaming technologies that continually compete for his 4-year-old curiosity and attention span, it's a relief to see him captivated by something as simple as a swing in the woods.
Sometimes though, when the actual swinging starts, some of my relief dissipates and in its place I feel a smidgen of...concern.
Truthfully, in the photo above, he looks like he's swinging a lot higher than he actually is. Photography Tip: For more dramatic swing shots, get down on the ground and shoot up. This angle puts your subject up higher in the sky and by eliminating the foreground it looks even higher. Don't forget to use a fast shutter speed to freeze the action.
Now, in this next photo it looks like he's upside down on the swing. That's because he's upside down on the swing. Photography Tip: When your child tries to flip himself upside down on a swing, put the camera down. Go take him off the swing and have a conversation about gravity and impact. Suggest that he have fun “just swinging the normal way,” then listen for the sound of his eyes rolling as you walk back to your camera, cringing at the realization that you've become your mother.