When my daughter was born, I wanted to do something every month to document her growth. I came up completely blank, though. When she turned 1 month old, I grabbed this onesie my mom had bought and laid her on a blanket with a camera. It hit me then that I should just reuse that onesie and camera every month, to show how much she has grown. Month two came around and I threw in another camera, and it grew from there!
What I never expected, though, was that Claire would be so petite, and that at a year old, the 0-3 month one still fit. We were only able to get one snap to close at the bottom, but otherwise it fit her all the way through!
And to answer the camera questions I’ve been asked along the way
-I find cameras at thrift shops, antique shops, eBay, Etsy, and through friends and family.-The Pentax that started the series I bought after returning home from a photography workshop in Mexico several years ago, where I met the incredibly talented and inspiring Jose Villa
-The Canon that made it’s appearance in month 10 was the first SLR camera I every shot with. It was given to my dad a long time ago, and as a child and teenager, I would shoot around. I didn’t know what aperture, shutter speed, and ISO were, but I knew that if I changed one thing or another, it would give me a totally different look. I especially loved playing with the shutter speed and light-writing, long before I ever knew that was a “thing”!
-Yes, I own all of these cameras, and yes, I have many, many more, too! Come to my studio to see my collection!
And to my beautiful baby girl: You loved these shoots, until about 8 months old, which was shortly after you started crawling. Even though you hated being laid down and wanted to run away for every shot after, I thank you for at least giving me one image to work with each month! I love seeing you grow and am amazed by your brilliance and spunk. I love you!