My little girl is five months old. She is fascinated by her fingers and toes.
I set out to capture some details that will be change before we know it: her gummy grin,
her wrinkly-nosed smile,
her surprising curls,and her little lips.One more of the toes…
I was frustrated at how little I was getting done around the house one afternoon. I decided to head outside with my camera and my girl. (The dust bunnies sighed with relief.) I’d been chasing a photo of her playing with her toes for about a month but wasn’t getting what I wanted. I took off her clothes – which she loves – and put her on a blanket in the shade of our house.
I tried something different that helped – continuous shooting mode. Years of using film has left me with a slow and deliberate shutter finger. I have to remind myself to use continuous shooting when photographing things like jumping and running. It never occurred to me to use it with a little baby on a blanket.
The idea to shoot a baby this way came from Me Ra Koh’s Your Baby in Pictures.