a photo a week for one year!

by Mary Jane

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…all photographs ©Annemarie Bollman…

First things first – the winner of the Addy Lane actions is Michelle Cherrington! Congratulations – you’re going to love them!! Please email me to claim your prize. (mj@photogmommie.com) Thank you everyone for playing!

And now, another little spark of inspiration. I am so in awe of mamas that can stick to this and pull it off! Although I’m sure it is challenging at times, the end result is truly priceless!

Here are a few tips and bits of advice from my friend Annemarie on how she photographed her adorable son once a week for a whole year. She originally got the idea from Young House Love.

Camera/Lens? Canon 7D with 16-35 lens

Lighting? We aimed for all natural lighting – on the floor, near windows with shades open. I think that there was one that I forgot about in the afternoon, so I had to use flash that night and it didn’t turn out as well as the others. Looking back I should have re-shot week 13 on Monday.

Did you shoot on a certain day/time? We typically took the pictures in the late afternoon when there weren’t many shadows created on the floor. Since Burke was born on a Sunday, we shot his weekly picture on each Sunday. We could have picked any day really, but this one ended up working well for us since Brett was home and could help with getting him to look the right way.

Where did you get your backgrounds? I used everything and anything that would lay flat….receiving blankets (in the beginning when he was still teeny), blankets, sheets, towels, fabric. When we were out of town for the weekend, I would take advantage and use a blanket or quilt at the place we were staying. Near the end I had to borrow a few from friends as I didn’t want to have any repeats. Also near the end, it helped to tape whatever we were using to the carpet with masking tape so it would have a better chance of staying still as Burke moved all around!

What would be your #1 tip to someone attempting this project? Be flexible. As they get older, maybe be OK with them being in a little bit of a different pose. Getting Burke to lay still after he started crawling was hard work for us, and he wasn’t always the happiest baby for the shoots (see week 45). Be quick! Once they start moving, you’ll have to be quick to get a good (in focus) shot. Don’t expect perfection though. I think some of our favorite shots are the ones where he’s not 100% happy and smiling. It’s fun to mix it up a bit! Shoot a lot and pick the best one later.

Since hindsight is 20/20 what is one thing (if anything) that you might do differently? I would have been a little bit more flexible for my own sake. I did end up shooting a few of them on Mondays. Mommy brain made me completely forget a few times before it was too late, but I beat myself up about it. Besides that, I can’t really think of anything. It was a challenge, and took some time each week, but in my opinion, it was worth it. Our coffee table book of him from week to week is going to be something that we cherish for many years to come!

Now what mama wouldn’t want this! Are you brave enough to try it?! I hope so!!


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robin August 2, 2012 at 10:26 pm

i loooooooooooooooooooooooooove this. so much better (& safer!) than trying to get the baby to sit on a chair for his portraits. wish i had seen the original post earlier because i totally would’ve done this with my little one. he’s just 3 weeks shy of his first bday. *sniff, sniff*

Bets August 10, 2012 at 2:37 am

Great idea! Maybe I’ll use it with #2 some day, since #1 is bound to have so many more pictures. It’ll be a good way to even the playing field!

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