Joslyn Chace / by Justin Fritts

Baby photos... babies are like dogs, they don't like to cooperate for photos.  "Look this way," "Open your eyes," and the ever so hard "Smile!"  Babies are also not quite like dogs for many reasons (one I noticed is that they can't run away from photos, depending on age) that I'm sure many parents could tell you about, that's not my role. I now have two close friends that have had kids, I must be getting old.  My friends TJ and Kathy invited me up to Longmont to take some photos of their newborn.  I went up within a few days of Joslyn's birth and got some photos in the hospital and then went up that first weekend for a more intimate photo shoot at home. The wonderful thing about baby photos is they have such a more significant meaning than a lot of other photos, at least for a few people.  They will be photos that end up in albums, and Christmas cards.  They are a capture of that moment in life, which I guess is what all photos are, but we aren't all growing at a ridiculously high rate looking different every day.

Pretty much with no idea what to expect I took every lens I have. 5DmkII, 24-70mm 2.8 L, 70-200mm 2.8 is L, 50mm 1.4, 100mm 2.8, and the 580EX II.  I'd like to share some of the photos with the world.


More photos and final thoughts after the fold...



Finally after some food and some napping Joslyn opened her eyes for some photos.

I bet I can eat my whole hand, baby tries to eat hand

Overall, I was happy with the results.  Haven't taken many baby photos, don't spend a lot of time hanging out with babies you see.  And a guy with a large camera and telephoto lens can't exactly just walk up and take photos of babies, culturally that is.  That would just be weird.