My Friend Eli

I met Laura through my day job. We are both postdocs in the physics department at Northwestern. We aren’t on the same experiment, but we have the same advisor.

Last year I told Laura that I would love to practice my photography skills (of which I had very few at the time) on her son Eli. So, I told her to let me know that any time she wanted photos done, we would get together to make that work. I ended up taking pictures of him about every two months for the first year and learned *a ton*. It was great being able to take pictures of the same kid at different ages to see how they change; from laying on the floor at the daycare to getting his face full (kind of…he didn’t like the sticky) of cake at a one year cake smash.

Recently, I realized that the last time I took his picture was for the aforementioned one year photos, and so I suggested we get together at Fermilab while the leaves were still beautiful and take some two year photos.

We met after work one day on one of the trails on site.  Eli spent about an hour walking around and playing with the leaves and finding the sticks in the woods extra amazing. As I have found with my own kid, when you’re  two years old, sitting still for a photograph isn’t quite in your repertoire. But we got a few of him hanging with his parental units and lots of him enjoying the nature around him. This is as it should be, I think. I love photos of kids being themselves. Discovering sticks in the woods, and playing with them for 15 minutes. It’s who they are, and I love having the chance to document those moments.

A big thank you for the help from this family as they are a big reason I have some sort of thoughts of doing this more than just for friends and family!

I love everything about this picture. I suppose nothing is quite in focus. And the stick is in front of Dad’s face. Eli isn’t sitting still at all. But it’s Exactly. Who. They. Were. In. That. Moment. And I Love It.

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  • Bob Tilden

    Great job! I like the way you shoot from the child’s level or below when appropriate (not always so easy). The ‘setting’ shots of the grasses and other environmental elements are great at adding some contextual cushion around the pics of child and parents.ReplyCancel

    • Thanks Bob! Yeah, I think it’s very important to get down on their level. They see things differently than we do, fun to try and catch it!ReplyCancel

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