One of the best parts about being a photographer is being able to give the gift of memories.
Last month my nephew turned 1. I had every intention of doing a book of his first year but I ended up having way too many images and got overwhelmed quickly. So I put it aside and decided to just let the idea come to me when I wasn’t expecting it.
You never know when and where inspiration might hit so you always have to be on the lookout. It finally came to me one night while playing some iphone Mahjong! All of a sudden I decided to do a Mahjong inspired collage of his first year.
I printed oodles of white bordered, 4 x 6 prints from his first year and hit the frame store, eventually walking out with a 24″ x 36″ frame that would match the wood in their house.
I started at the very middle with the shot of him at about 2 minutes old and worked out from there. It is by FAR the coolest thing I’ve ever been able to do with my photography. Now it hangs in their house as a reminder of all the great moments of his first year and is a great conversation piece.
Last year I photographed the day of his birth and it was so cool. I asked her if I could share his slideshow and she agreed, don’t worry … no icky pictures. It’s really a lot of details that show what goes on during the experience and was a personal exercise in photojournalism. I think it’s probably something that Mom’s will enjoy most, but if you feel so inclined you can watch it here.
And look at what he’s turned into. If you’re going to have a cupcake, the fisheye must come out.
Being tall has its advantages.
Washing the cupcake off :)
On to year 2!