Explore little one…

He carried these binoculars around for quite some time. I tried looking through them and couldn’t make out anything. But he clearly saw something because they were glued to his face. He’s just exploring the world around him. Childhood is too short.

Nikon d750  |  85mm  |  ISO 320   |   1/250  |  f2.8

Briggs Weekly Photo…

My niece had her first baby today and seeing the pictures of her in the hospital with that new baby made me so happy.  I’ve been there many times myself but it feels good to be on this side of that mountain.

I was unsure we would ever get to this point, but Briggs turns two years old this week. It’s been a year since I took a weekly photo of him. Yet, it seems like a lifetime ago.  I realized I never posted his completed weekly photo project – we’re only a year behind over here. Have I mentioned I’m in a much better spot than I was a year ago?!  The pictures may be hard to read in the collage. See them all here.

Little explorer…

He’s at the fun, but exhausting, exploring stage. He wants to see and touch everything and usually test it against his mouth. Every drawer is opened and it’s contents emptied. Cupboards are no longer safe. Our tub is full of items that he finds and throws in there. The q-tip box has been picked up multiple times. The bathrooms remain on lockdown.

He’s busy. And messy.

And then this picture reminds me what it’s like to explore a world where everything is a new experience. He saw the sun coming through the shutters and it was hitting his arm. He waved it up and down watching the light dance across it. Not quite sure what was going on. He stood there for a while doing the same thing over and over again. I often forget as I’m walking from one room to another cleaning up after him that he’s just exploring. He’s trying to figure out his little body and build experiences in that little brain of his. This particular day he played with light.

Little Explorer


I was sitting in my sister-in-law’s kitchen watching Briggs inch his way closer to the doorway. I kept watching his shadow. The closer he got to the door, the longer his shadow grew. And then he got up on all fours and started bear crawling preparing to cross the door threshold. His shadow took on new dimension – and his legs looked just as skinny in his shadow! Not too many crawling bum shots left in this guy’s future.

Childhood is too short.

Shadow photography

Nikon D750 | 24-120 lens | ISO 100 | Shutter 1/800 | f4.0

Reflection photography…

Windows are valuable assets when shooting photos indoors. Often rooms are poorly lit – but shooting against a window gives more than enough light for a proper exposure. You can use the light to partially light your subject – or you can use that light to shoot part of your subject and capture their reflection. I don’t do this often enough, but I love the result. Especially when they’re really concentrating on something (like watching someone make chocolate at the chocolate factory tour – or a throwback to when Hallie was a little one watching the mailman come and go!)

Reflections are another way to creatively tell the story of your kid’s childhood. Try it. Practice it. You’ll end up loving it.

reflection photography

reflection photography

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