Over the past 12 months, I've been honored to be a regular part of little Eli's life- capturing his adorable personality on "film" as a newborn, 3-Month old, 6-Month old, and 9-Month old. Wow, what a privilege! For his 12-Month shoot, we (that being, his parents and I) knew we'd plan for something bigger and more varied. His mom knew she wanted two locations: Point Defiance Park and a random tree with Christmas lights. The "Five Mile Drive" at Point Defiance is one of my favorite places in Tacoma. When I first drove through the park, I felt like I was stepping back into some prehistoric era, and I half expected a brontosaurus to come lumbering across the road. Even in the first shot here, you can see what I'm talking about, and just look at the height of those sword ferns! So, of course, I was excited to shoot here. The only tricky part was waiting for cars to pass, since it's a pretty busy place.
While we were at Point Defiance, we stopped at a few other locations along the way; you pretty much can't go wrong with any little trail or pull-off out there, so that was a lot of fun. We even found a clearing where the sun cast that perfect golden glow over everything. And of course, we found plenty of sticks, leaves, etc. to keep things interesting for Eli.
The final shot that I included here was taken on a different day, at dusk, with some vintage Christmas lights in my own backyard. This was a fun challenge, since the lighting had to be dim enough for the effect to work but bright enough for the shutter to capture a busy toddler's movements.
Well, anyway, enough of my blabbering! Take a look at these highlights from Eli's final session of the "Watch Me Grow" package...
|I love the scope of this shot. Click on the photo to see it larger!|
|Sticks are the original toddler toy, aren't they?|
|Eli with his Mommy. (I think he likes her.) ;)|
|Leaves! I can't ever resist a leaves-in-the-air shot with kids.|
|Such wonderment on his face...|
|I really enjoy shooting straight into the sun. This was one of those times that it turned out perfectly. I especially like his big shadow and how small it makes him look.|
|Just a casual stroll beside a gorgeous Jurassic Park road.|
|This one just looks magical. I love it!|
Suffice it to say, this was a fun session, and I have loved my time working with this very fun family. I'm glad to call them my friends, and I hope they treasure his first year photos for many years to come!