© Erin Barkel Photography
One of the reasons I love taking photos, whether it’s of my own family or for my clients, is preserve what I consider to be a most prized possession: our memories. I want to create a keepsake that freezes time and touches your heart; an image that when you look at it in 10, 15, 20 years, when your children are long grown and out of the house, still evokes a feeling of love, joy and happiness. This is that picture for me.
This is my daughter, Emma. She’s about 3 months old here. I had a friend of mine in California crochet this cute little reindeer hat for her for Christmas and had just received it in the mail. Being the mamarazzi that I am (as my husband calls me) I tore open the package and HAD to do a little photo shoot of her. I went in the basement, dragged up a small, straggly Christmas tree, placed it in my tiny office/make shift studio and took about a million and a half photos of my adorable baby straight on. They’re great and they’re beautiful but they’re pretty boring. Our little photo shoot was so boring, in fact, my little Emma had fallen asleep.
I recently read a blog that if your photo looks boring to try move one step to the left or right for an entirely new perspective. I thought I would give it a try. I stepped to the left and put my cameras lens in between the branches of my straggly little tree and snapped the shutter.
Have you ever snapped a photo, looked at it on your camera’s viewfinder and just KNEW it was your new favorite photo? This was that photo for me. My husband happened to be working from home that day (and in my tiny office!) and heard me say “Oh wow!” as soon as the image appeared on the screen. Needless to say I impatiently waited for his work for the day to be done so that I could get my photos from the day into the computer and see how they looked. I scrolled straight past the million and a half photos I had taken previously and went straight for this photo. Minimal adjustments later I wanted this photo in my hands (and on my wall ASAP!).
Even though I am a passionate photographer and I adore taking photos, being a mommy to this precious baby girl, her brothers and sister is THE most important job I will have in life. Childhood is fleeting and it is going by so fast. She will only be 3 months old for a brief moment. She will only willingly wearing a silly reindeer hat for her mama for so long but she will always be my baby.