You'd think that it would be the easiest thing in the world. Tiny babe who just sleeps and sleeps and sleeps. Doesn't squirm or gawk around all over the place; doesn't get up and run away or stick his finger up his nose. Piece of cake.
I dragged everything up to my studio that I thought might make a good prop for a sleeping baby. Dogs and bears and blankets and baskets. Even a tiny saddle and little cowboy boots. I had it all lined up with different backgrounds, ready to play 'Anne Geddes'.
The little model has been exactly that. A model of the Perfect Baby. Laid back, relaxed and sleeping most of the time. Ah yes... piece of cake. Twenty minutes and we'll have a few hundred perfect shots.
|Spencer on a little quilt made by his Great-Great-Great Grandmother.|
This child is beautiful - the loveliest little peaceful face. But, because he technically shouldn't even be here yet, he lacks a little in Baby Plump. He has Old Man Butt. Very, VERY old man... skinny, bony and saggy. Buttless actually. And the longest legs and arms, and biggest hands and feet. And he likes to stretch them waaaaaaay out. No more fetal position for this dude; he's had enough of cramped spaces - he's switching Womb for Room, and plenty of it.
He was supposed to be laying with Jack in just a cute little outfit, but oh no - it was swaddled up or nothin' - take it or leave it. All fine and dandy, but not all that 'artful'.
It would appear that he will be tall and slim, which is nice for a man, but it makes it darn hard to take cuddly, plump little curled up baby pictures. And for the sleeping baby part, not a chance. He'd be sound asleep, but the minute we'd lay him down,his eyes would pop open and he'd get those long legs going & propel himself right off the spot that was carefully prepared for him.
Four hours and only a couple of shots that wouldn't do. Finally, he was comfortable with a big furry dog and it seemed that I'd get to play after all. But nope. The water works began. And then the other end. And then - 'hah - fooled ya, I'm awake now.'
Yep, those sleeping baby photos look like they'd be the easiest thing in the world to capture. Apparently not so.
|"Okay, okay - I'm sleeping - be quick about it!."|
|"Like really ... this is ridiculous, I have to put a stop to this silliness."|
|"This should put a halt to it ... I'll teach them to take away my clothes."|
|"Ah yeah ... pretty funny watching them scamper around.|
Spencer: ONE. Mom and Nana: Zero."