I had just arrived and was changing lenses on my camera when Alannah strode up, put a hand on one hip and told it to me straight. “She’s going to cry a lot. You know that, right?” There she was, standing before me, one of my very first, first year documentary babies, so grown at the age of five and giving me advice about a baby that was the spitting image of herself as a baby. Talk about a freak out moment for me.
Even though its been four years and some change since I have seen Alannah, we fell right back into our rhythm. She is still just little bit diva and just little bit shy, still my muse.
While I kept a lot more color in the family’s edit, I was feeling black and white big time on this shoot. When I first arrived we repeated the now famous Eddy shot, a black and white studio-esque shot that has been taken with each of his daughters as babies. Maybe it was the repetition of this tradition or maybe it was the girls’ white dresses but I found myself thinking in more timeless terms, snuffing out color and welcoming more black and white imagery than I normally find myself drawn to these days. I’ve had a bit of a fling with color in recent years but I was reminded that black and white is my first and true love. Its both simple and profound, the play between highlight and shadow that culminates into a moment trapped in time.
Fiona, only 5 weeks old in this shoot, is such a beauty:
Alannah is such a proud and loving big sister. She shared the dragonflies that used to adorn her own nursery along with a few pretty updates…
Alannah is so sweetly willing to try and soothe her sister’s tears. Its something sisters do for each other throughout a lifetime, I had forgotten that we know how to do it from the very beginning.
She is also very excited to fill up Fiona’s baby book with memories. I think she’s off to a pretty good start…
Loooove Alannah’s reaction to all the lovin’ in this posey family sequence.