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The Crying Baby | A Denver Portrait Story

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The Crying Baby | A Denver Portrait Story

Denver childhood, baby toddler photography 

Why would I want a photograph of my child crying? Don't we all want images of our sweet babies being perfect, smiling doll babies? 

Denver childhood, baby toddler photography

Sure. It's great to have images of your child looking super happy and loving their little life. Definitely. But as a parent, you know your little angel is not laughing 100% of the day. Some days are hard, some are full of struggles and wails and boo hoo babies. Those need extra hugs, extra snuggles, extra love that only we can provide. Those days are hard now, but as our sweet ones grow up , they turn to our arms less and less for comfort. Those damp, sobbing hugs will become a sweet memory of when we could fix it with a kiss on the forehead and a song. 

Denver childhood, baby toddler photography
Denver childhood, baby toddler photography

Personally, I love the crying baby images. There's something extra true and real about them and yes, I make them of my son too. Ou power as parents is limited. We can't take away their sorrows, but we can hug them into feeling better and those days are numbered. 

Denver childhood, baby toddler photography

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Before and After | A little BTS editing for you!

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Before and After | A little BTS editing for you!

I'm a huge HUGE fan of before and afters; I grew up in the eighties when a make-over montage was a critical part of every movie. When I started photography, I worked in darkrooms and lived and breathed Ansel Adam's system of burning and dodging ( the Zone system, check it out!).

 

I decided it would be fun to share some before and afters of my own work here on the blog once a week. 

SOOC - ‘the clean straight out of camera shot’
Post edit - adjusted for color and tone, cropped for emphasis, and straightened. Slight exposure adjustments, some very slight skin editing

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Susie, Two is Awesome | Family Portraits in Rochester NY

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Susie, Two is Awesome | Family Portraits in Rochester NY

I met Susie's mom when I was 18 ( that was a WHILE ago); we were assigned as roommates our first year of college. We were impossibly young and naive. We didn't much like each other at first, instead arguing over little things like laundry and big things like life experiences. Over time, we fell into a friendship and ultimately she remains a dear piece of my heart. 

Since I moved to Denver and we both had kids, we haven't had a chance to see each other. On a trip back home to see family, I had the most amazing chance to spend some time with Tara, Sergio & darling little Susie!

When I asked Sergio about how he felt about fatherhood, he said “ Before we had Susie, I could only measure parenting by what I would lose. Now that we have her, I can only measure gains.
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It was so amazing to see all the best parts of Tara and Sergio blooming in their daughter, the joy, the fearless enthusiasm for life, the bold and silly personality, the intensity towards language and reading.  What a pure joy it was to spend this time together. 

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