Wednesday, November 2, 2011

a baby, a cradle, and an antique gown

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.








5 comments:

A Mommy's World said...

All of your children have such BEAUTIFUL eyes!!!

Tammie said...

oh, so lovely!

Debi said...

Lovely photos and the cradle is beautiful. My husband has made a cradle for each of our children as they had their own first baby. His original thought was to make one that would be passed around and down thru the generations but they each wanted their own to pass on to their children. The embroidery on Sweet Pea's gown is so delicate and beautiful. You are fortunate to have such precious heirlooms.

Frambooske is said...

Lovely pictures of your baby and what a beautiful cradle. Very special!

Raise Them Up said...

What a sweet little baby girl you have growing there! I love the pictures! And the gown and cradel make them all the more special.