Eden is turning ONE on December 27th. Not one week. Not one month. One whole YEAR. It’s so amazing to me how quickly they grow up. I read an article recently and the writer was going on “encouraging” the young mamas to hang in there, that this season will pass quickly and we’ll be so glad to look back and be through it. While I appreciated her desire to be funny, I couldn’t disagree more. I know many mamas have a hard time with the littles season, but for me and many other mamas that I know, this is a golden era for us.
I love having babies. And I love toddlers and their unique ability to do and say hilarious things.
I love my big kids too and appreciate so much the different experiences we’re able to have with them, but I would bottle these teeny tinies up and keep them little forever if I had my way. Now I’m crying.
(No, I’m not. But it felt apropos to put there for some reason.)
I was inspired by a recent Pinterest post that gave this same tutorial so I quickly made my own at home and came out with the following pictures and I’m literally dead every time I look at them (which is multiple times a day). I have also pulled them out to show other non-family people, which officially makes me 65 years old. But tell me you wouldn’t either, right??
A quick mini tutorial:
This is our bedroom. I strung Christmas lights that I dug out of our storage across our headboard. I made sure to have our window on the wall to the right (can’t see it) fully open for as much natural light as possible. I used a thick white fleece blanket for bunching and depth and I stole the ornaments from our tree.
Important: make sure you sit the subject far enough away from the lights so that they’re as blurred as possible. Also make sure that you’re using the widest aperture your lens is capable of. I shot these at f1.4.
The following picture is an example of not having her far enough in front of the lights. Whereas there should just be a soft glow of lights behind her, you almost can’t see her for the distracting, hanging strings.
Okay, a before and after.
I am dead all over again. I seriously can’t.
Hope that inspires you to forgo complicated props and overwhelming feelings of just-can’t to simplicity and capturing the beauty every child possesses.