June 19, 2008
148: Boys Rule!
Well, here he is: Avery Daya, my new little nephewical bundle of joy.
Over the course of two photo shoots – and several impromptu snaps in between – altogether approximately 200 shots total, I gathered a pretty decent collection of photographs of Avery that I now have at my disposal for sending to family and for my own keeping. In these shots, Avery is nine weeks old and a very good model, always curious and eyes-on with the camera. During our visit he was quiet, content (even while snorting like a piggie due to a wee head cold).
For some of these shots I had the added benefit of my sister's Canon EF-S 60mm USM macro lens (which I now love, and please buy me one – yes, I'm talking to you).
Amazingly, it was only around Halloween of 2004 that I did a near-identical photo shoot of Avery's sister Cadence then six weeks old on the very same bed. Only I was using a hand-me-down Minolta Maxxim 400si and two rolls of llford black-and-white film. I treated each shot so carefully, lest I blow a precious frame of film. And after the negatives were developed, it seemed I spent an eternity scanning each picture and rubber-stamping the inevitable scratch marks that came with the process.
Jebus, bless the digital camera!