Today’s Friday is for Family blog is a little bit of a glance at the past — and an answer to a question I very frequently receive: who is the baby girl whose face is all over my website?
Surprise, surprise, that’s my little daughter, “Goosie”.
Yes, I am guilty of taking advantage of the fact that I have two little kids with me all day, every day, and I tend to use them to experiment (with photography!). This particular set of pictures, which you may notice is my current absolute favorite set, comes from a day back in January when my son was sleeping, my daughter was, obviously, not, and I decided to experiment with close-ups. In particular I had set out with my macro lens to take close-ups of the parts that make up the whole — the eyes, the hands, feet — all those details that are so precious on a baby. The goal: to put together a collage (because sometimes it seems weird to have a single picture of just baby feet, all by itself!).
One of the things I most love about collages is how they can transform a couple of so-so pictures into a beautiful story. For example, the pictures here of my daughter looking at her feet — as a collage, I think they tell such a cute story (I imagine captions like, “Hmm, no toys, what to do?” ”Ah, I can play with my feet!” ”Oh no, stupid socks.”).
- Danie Smallwood | Bethesda, MD photographer