I too am a big believer in "marking the moment" and I love how well Seattle photographer Ashley DeLatour, of One Thousand Words Photography, has done it! These images of her five year old daughter and just fantastic! So fun, so sweet, and soooo five! Well done Ashley! And thank you for sharing!
"I’m a big believer in marking the moment. My Daughter Lilly just turned 5, and like every year we take pictures on her birthday. I personally like the pictures that tell a story rather than the “perfect” smile or where your child looks his or her best. I take the scratches, bumps and bruises and leave them IN the photo, as well as all the “out takes”. I love it all. For me I want to look back and feel like I’m experiencing my child, rather than seeing a picture of her if that makes sense. Well as usual I let Lilly go to town in all her silly glory and I’m so glad we marked this moment. I have no idea what she will be like as a 6, 7, or 8+ but I know she will never be the same. It almost makes me cry to think of her changing, or becoming less silly, but those are tears for another time. Look out world, this is My Lilly and she is 5!"
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As a photographer and a mom, I love every single bit about these photos and the idea behind them. The set-up rocks: adorable but minimalist props, choice colors, and sweet outfits. The idea is inspired: we want to remember our children as they were, and letting her daughter free-pose lets us see this little girl as she sees herself, and as she really is, in almost real-time. This little girl is just adorable in her own right: All of those emotional facial expressions in the series with the glasses rock my world!
It's too bad that we didn't have her in participate in our creation of CAFE, as she would have been perfect!
Thank you for sharing, Ashley! Awesome, inspired idea.