Before Little Man was born, Benjamin decided to make a cradle for him. He worked for hours, lovingly and meticulously refining the wooden details. It is a work of art. I have loved putting each of our children down to rest in such a lovely first bed. And with each child I have wanted to take some good photos of them in it.
However, disinclination to haul the heavy cradle out of our poorly lighted room, general fatigue, and the awkward foreshortening that's inevitable when photographing a tiny baby in a rather large, three-dimensional object, have prevented me. One recent morning, though, I woke up with the motivation to haul the cradle around as well as the inspiration to try capturing close-up details of the cradle instead of staying stuck in the rut of trying to photograph the entire thing at once.
In these photos Sweet Pea is wearing a beautiful baby dress hand sewn and embellished for my grandpa by his mother, Sweet Pea's great-great-grandmother. I can see things in these photos that I would like to improve, yet I am very pleased with how they turned out, both as a photography exercise of sorts as well as a portrait session of Sweet Pea in The Cradle.