August 24, 2007

Portrait Session

Generally my view on studio portraits is that there isn't much point before 6 months old. I'm not opposed to earlier pictures, but the baby always looks all...wadded up in them. And my babies are always a little special with their physical development, so they're still fully floppers at, for example, 2.5 months, which is when I was hit with an overpowering urge to duck into JCP for a spontaneous walk-in appointment, and I did not resist.

Please note that the black satin baby speedo is not something I dressed him in, but rather the photographer's idea. I believe she wanted to remove the obviously way too big sleeper I'd unwisely dressed Henry in that day, not realizing I was going to be struck by the portrait bolt.




50 comments:

Anonymous said...

So CUTE!! He really looks like he's posing. And she got a smile too!!

Flibberty said...

What a happy baby! I like the sleeper too!

Mommy Daisy said...

Wow, he's adorable. How does he compare to your other children at that age? Size-wise? Development wise? I'm just curious about comparisons in families, I guess. Cute cute pictures!

Jess said...

Oh my god he's so cute. I like the sleeper thing better than the baby speedo. Also, the more I look at all your pictures, the more I want a baby NOW NOW NOW even though I know it really won't make sense for at least two more years. Maybe I should stop reading quite as many blogs written by mothers of adorable babies.

Black Sheeped said...

It's a good thing you listened to your whim-voice. He's such a cutie!

Colleen said...

They're all cute shots... but I LOVE that second one. So adorable.

Mrs. M said...

cute! love them!!

how bout a portrait session with all the kiddies together? i know, i know, I don't have 5 kids so how could i be serious.

but really--we'd all enjoy the five kids together. especially if there is one crying, one pulling hair, one picking nose, one in pink boots, and one trying to run away! HA!

Devan said...

awwwww

Tessie said...

I LOVE the little Speedo one. It's a little Al Bundy, like he's just kickin' back in the Laz-E-Boy.

And I LOVE the one on his belly, because he is WRINKLY! I love wrinkly!

AndreAnna said...

I. Can't. Take. The. Wrinkles.

I want to eat him. With pie and ice cream.

Alice said...

i would comment right now, but i can't because i am DEAD. FROM THE CUTE.

Katie said...

Awwww! He is adorable. I love it that they are floppy and "waddled" up...that is what makes them newborns! I can almost tell what he is going to look like as a big kid.

When I saw the title of this entry I thought it was going to be a portrait of YOU!

Pickles & Dimes said...

His expression in the one where he's on his belly is absolutely priceless.

4andcounting said...

He is so cute. I'm really starting to get jealous of his absurd cuteness. Somewhere is an ugly baby, because he got a double dose of adorable.

velocibadgergirl said...

I think the third one is my favorite, because he looks like he's saying, "MOM! Get me out of here!"

Very cute!

Shelly said...

OMG - the third picture is so freaking adorable that my ovaries are begging me for a little boy baby, which is not possible because we are d-o-n-e.

Shelly said...

Awww....he is so sweet! I do agree about the baby speedo. I'm not a big fan of naked baby pictures. I have a few of Sarah at about 3.5 months, because the photographer suggested it, but not really a favorite. Probably not something I will repeat.

hello insomnia said...

Awww, he doesn't look wadded up at all! And that speedo idea is genius.

nikki said...

Oh my gosh, I'm seriously melting here. Those cheeks are adorable!

Stop it, you're making my uterus hurt.

Stacie said...

So cute. Now me, I love me a naked baby picture, but your children will be spared the "there's a naked photo of me on the wall" humiliation that mine will suffer.

Sara said...

He is too cute for words!

Melissa said...

That pouty lip in the third one! I love it!

Cari said...

When I saw the title of this, I saved it for last on my google reader; because I like to save the best for last, like the cookie with the most chocolate chips, for instance. I, too, thought it would be portraits of you, but I love me some baby pictures just as much.
This is so timely because I have been wondering where to take my 6-month-old for her portraits. If Swistle takes her babies to JCP, it must be good quality and affordable.
Also; Your kids are just the cutest. I'm dying here.

ali said...

he is so delish!

the Girls' Moma said...

I can't believe you got such a big smile in that first picture, from a 2 1/2 month old baby! Congrats!

Marie Green said...

I'm with you- usually in our house, any portrait studio experience as newborns does not go well. And the "high end" studios are just a little... overwhelming to deal with, while dealing with a newborn. I'm always reluctant to shell out the cash, then regretful that I didn't...

That said, these pictures turned out so good! He is beautiful! I love Henry pictures. Love, love, love. But it gives me fierce baby want. And also baby BOY want.

Swistle said...

Mommy Daisy- Good question! I'll do a post on that sometime soon.

Mrs. M- I once--ONCE--took all four kids (this was before Henry) to have their picture taken together. Ten gallons of sweat and adrenaline later, we had one picture I could barely pay $8 to buy the package of, and I was tempted to say, "You know what, these ALL suck, never mind," but I wasn't sure if that was allowed. So now I take candids of the crew all together, and do professional shots only in ones and twos!

Cari- I do love JCP! Every so often we have a total stinker of a session, but mostly I'm happy. It depends a lot on the photographer. Oh, and make sure you get coupons on the JCP website.

Jennifer aka Binky Bitch said...

Well he's just precious! We don't have JCP portrait studios here, only Sears and they are terrible.

I'm interested to hear the answer to Mommy Daisy's question.

brandy said...

Lovely, lovely, lovely. Cute photos like these almost counteract the images I have of birthing scenes watching too much TLC. I especially love the black speedo ones! (And, if I had a dollar for everytime I typed that...)

Omaha Mama said...

Oh. Mason had that sleeper, it's one of my favorites!!! Those are cute. I like when they're all floppy. It's something to hold on to when they're running around the house unplugging appliances.

Jana said...

He. Is. Too. Cute. I don't know how you find the time to take him to get his picture taken; please share. My poor second child (who has never had his picture taken professionally) will benefit from your wisdom.

Me Today said...

Simply beautiful!

Swistle said...

Jana- The only way I pulled it off was by being at the mall already, noticing Henry was in an amiable mood, and impulsively going to see if JCP had a walk-in appointment available. Otherwise I find the whole "calling for an appointment, planning all meals/diapers around an appointment, choosing an outfit for the appointment, getting to the appointment on time" stuff almost insurmountable.

Erica said...

Swistle, I hate to break it to you, but I no longer want to marry you. I no longer want Maddie to marry Henry, either.

I want him all to myself. He's so yummy that I cannot stand it!

Chelle said...

Holy crap, your kid is cute! He almost makes me want to gestate another one myself. Ok, not really but, did I mention, holy crap! Your kid is cute!

Jana said...

I'm so glad to hear that I'm not the only one who can't get the hang of scheduling events around several nap/meal/diaper schedules. Thanks for the tip on getting pictures taken "on the fly." My son thanks you, too.

Karly said...

Oh dear God, he is CUTE!

Erica said...

Jana, be sure to carry a "portrait outfit" in his diaper bag and you'll always be prepared!

I'm never going to schedule portraits for Maddie again. The whole morning was stressful because she wouldn't cooperate with naps and such.

Misty said...

Those are great! Oh, he is so so big! And HANDSOME. And CUTE. Such a little guy. Oh! Love him!

Cee said...

Awwww - so gorgeous! I love the first one, with that little smile.

Artemisia said...

The third picture is so sweet... His little scrunched up face...

desperate housewife said...

Look at that smile! So precious.

carrie said...

I am so in love with little Henry right now....

tulipmom said...

He is absolutely DELICIOUS. If I wasn't pregnant yet I'd probably be in tears aching for another one. Wait, so why am I getting all misty-eyed looking at these photos? Can we say HORMONES?!

Poppy said...

awww...he is soooo cute!

I love spontaneity!!

Kelsey said...

I am in shock over how big and how much older he looks. The pictures are beautiful, by the way. I find I have officially forgotten how fast they change in those first months.

Jen said...

These are truely wonderful. I love baby pictures. These kids, they grown up too damn fast.

Shannon said...

Sooooooo sweet!!!!! I LOVE baby photos!

Did you get Paul matching speedos, too? ;)

Kathi said...

Delicious!!

Shauna Loves Chocolate said...

CUTIE!!!