Eli

10th September 2008

Here he is, my first baby, growing up much too quickly. He is such a smart and sensitive little boy. He is happy to let me practice on him and most of the time gives me a nice face that shows his true personality.

I think this is Todds favorite picture of all time. Eli had a performance at school and was wearing this goofy hat in a way that made him look like a pimp. I did not expect to get many good pictures with bad lighting and a room full of kids and parents. I was so happy when I saw what I had captured here.

Eli looks like he is at least 10 in this picture. I love the scraped knee and dirty fingernails, it’s who he is..all boy.

I love everything about this picture, the sparkle in his eye, the missing teeth and especially my grandmas hands on his face. Such a beautiful way to show Eli with his Great Grandma and the difference in years between them.

I just love this picture, not sure what it is, but it makes me happy and that is what is important.

My family

10th September 2008

What is really meaningful to me is not just the kids looking directly at the camera, but the interactions that they have with eachother. It is NOT easy to get all 3 of them doing what I want, and while I have been lucky to get a few of them, my favorites usually show something more. Eli loves that Ari has some of the same clothes as him and will often go change his clothes so he can match Ari. In the picture below, Eli wanted me to get a picture of them together, but Ari had other plans. A favorite of mine though.

The next two pictures tell such a wonderful story. For as much as Eli and Zoe can drive each other crazy, they also have such a strong love for one another. I must have a picture from every family hike, outing, walk, or trip to the beach of the two of them holding hands. It is usually Zoe reaching for Eli’s hand, with the exception of when he is worried that Zoe may get hurt or go too close to the water that he grabs hers. And of course I am always behind them snapping away.

These is something about this picture that looks like it is the daddy rescuing his little girl from some kind of danger. That is not the case though. Todd saw that some baby ducks had taken up residence across the street and brought Zoe over to see them. By the time I got out there with my camera, the ducks were gone but I captured this perfect moment.