Soon Baby’s Baby

Years ago before kids and spouses, in the boom of the dot com era, Soon and I used to hang out together in San Francisco.  He called me “Tao Baby” and I called him “Soon Baby”.  I have no idea why.  It’s just something that stuck.

So today’s shoot was of Soon Baby’s baby:  7-month old Baby Brenden.

We had a great variety of activities in today’s lifestyle shoot.  Brenden had a bath, gave a piano recital, strolled around the neighborhood and played at the park.  We did this all under 2 hours.  Impressive, right?

Bathing with Ducks

I love this perspective!  I had to climb into the tub with him though.  Just kidding.

And what’s up with those ducks?  Maybe they are bobbing for fish!   =:D

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Client Home Studio

When I first started my photography business, I didn’t believe it was right to change the original environment for a photo.  I guess I saw it as cheating.  It is also because I like the creative challenge.

But today, I’ve evolved in how I want to spend my creative energy.  It makes me laugh to think about some of the things I’ve done or asked clients to do — ie, cleaned table tops, picked up toys, moved furniture, and completely re-arranged a room.

The next few photos were taken in Brenden’s room.  We put a light-colored blanket on top of the bed and removed all the bedding and pillows, so there wouldn’t be any visual distractions.  It took only a couple minutes of prep work, and it made a big difference.

To shoot at the angle I wanted, I had to press myself against his crib and wall.  There was a busy desk immediately to the right of the bed, so I had to mind my angle and compose the shot as to not include the desk.  (It would’ve taken too long to move the desk!)

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The Perfect Naked Baby Shot

In a split second, Brenden looked up at the camera, smiled (I can be pretty funny, ya know!) AND held his folded hands over his privates!

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Clean Shots, Clean Baby

The next two are some of my favorites.  Yes, I know… I have a lot of “favorites”!

With the aperture almost fully open, I washed out the background, so the wall was just a beautiful creamy wash.  The focus was on Brenden and the delicious light!

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I love this one with Mommy Christine in the background, the gorgeous baby backside, and Brenden looking directly at me.

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Future Beethoven

Since Mommy Christine is a piano teacher, Brenden has been getting piano “lessons” and shows musical promise already!

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Brenden’s parents enjoyed his piano recital.  As did I!  🙂

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A Sunday Morning at the Park


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I feel so honored to be the one capturing Baby Brenden’s milestones.  To think that I was one of the very first people who had seen Brenden after he was born to seeing him laugh and sit at 7 months…. wow.  It brings a smile to my face.

(Click here to see some photos from Brenden’s newborn shoot.)

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