Little Juliet was sleeping soundly, so when I saw this setting, I cleared the table, centered everything and we moved her to the table and shot? I often post a lot of images from an infant portrait session, but today I don’t want to detract from this image. The composition is strong and the baby is perfect. I love this image. Let’s just enjoy one beautiful image for a change.
Congratulations Jim and Adriana. She’ll keep you awake for months, but she’ll be your everything.
Photography by Jared Platt, Platt Photography
Location: Client’s home in Phoenix, Arizona
Of course, the thing we photographers deal with is that we can take plenty of pictures of our children, but we never seem to be in them… I completely understood how Isaac was feeling, so I dropped everything and went over. We got some fantastic infant portraits. The first one (above) is my very favorite. I think it describes Isaac very well: a strong man with a very soft heart.
The next image is perfect. Isaac has large hands, which was good because Baby Boy Bailey (that is still his official name on the records) has very long feet, so making them look super tiny requires BIG hands.
Baby Boy Bailey (I love calling him by that name, I think I will always call him BB) was very sleepy. So we had a time getting him to open his eyes, but with some patience, we got a few shots of him with his eyes open. Sleepy, but open.
I love the yawn.
This has to be my second favorite image from the infant portrait session. I love the contrast between Isaac’s beard, his rough carpenter hands and the baby’s soft skin. And of course, the tender kiss seals the importance of the image. Nothing is more precious than a kiss on a baby’s cheek or forehead. That connection can not be over stated.
Isaac wanted to make sure we captured a few images with the hospital band in them. I completely agree. I think I wore my hospital band for weeks after my daughter was born. Anyway, this image does such a great job of showing off that hospital band. It is definitely one of the major characters in this image, but doesn’t over power the other players, like BB Bailey and his dad’s hand.
The size relationship of a father’s thumb and his baby’s hand should be one of the wonders of the world. I am always amazed that those little fingers work just like mine do. BB Bailey also has long fingers. This boy will be a very tall concert pianist.
Feeding time is a precious moment.
Infant Portrait by Jared Platt, Platt Photography
Location: Gilbert, Arizona
By the way, Isaac Bailey is not only a great photographer… he designed and built this blog!
I must admit, the idea of a little child peaking out of a dresser drawer is a funny thing to me. I have tried the concept with little babies as they sleep, but this little guy was pretty big, so I had to test the drawer first and make sure it would bare his weight. It was a sturdy situation, so we went for the shot. I think it was perfect.
And of course, I love photographing the toys in a nursery. They say as much about the parent as they do about the baby. Of course, the baby would play with boxes and wrapping paper and be just as happy as with toys, so what we buy our children is more for us and our decorating tastes than it is for the baby’s. So when I see a ring stacking toy like this one, I am going to have to photograph it. That is one cool ring stacking toy… full of crazy style. I think my friend Emily McPhie (quite a talented painter) would love it, as would Heather Bailey (another friend and talented fabric designer).
And by the way, that is one very large giraffe.
“Oh bother,” said Pooh, “must I stay in the crib? There’s not a drop of honey in here anywhere.”
Whoever invented the board book is an absolute genius.
I am always surprised at how little a baby needs to find and express this complete explosion of joy.
I enjoy looking around a child’s room and seeing what rests on the shelves. In this case, I was drawn to this little praying boy, sandwiched between the Willow Tree sculpture and the reference to Noah’s dove experiment from the arch. I thought it was a well put together shelf with a lot of meaningful items on the shelf. My wife claims I am not an observant person, and that may be true on a day to day basis, but when I have a camera in my hands, I seem to pay attention to things. I suppose the camera is a trigger for a certain portion of my brain to kick into gear.