Baby Micah | Rocklin, CA | Family

Let’s wrap up Baby Week with this little killer: Micah.

I’ve known Micah’s father for over a decade. (What, Travis?! Seriously?)  We don’t talk often enough, but I count him among my closest friends.  I watched him evolve from a bit of a wayward kid to a confident (though often ridiculous) man.  I was there to congratulate him when he got engaged to and married Hillary, a woman who could honestly not be any more perfect for him — nor he for her.  And last spring I was lucky enough to photograph their first son, Micah, just a few weeks after he was born (a session I should blog someday!).

My skills have grown exponentially since then, and so has Micah!  Since he just celebrated his first birthday a few weeks ago, I thought it would be a great idea to dress him in a suit and drop him in a field.  And so that’s exactly what we did.

Exhibit A:

I processed most of this set a little differently than I normally do.  I felt it fit better with a warmer, more vintage look.  This next photo is a perfect example of what I was going for when I dreamed this up; it’s also tied for one of my most favorite photos E. V. E. R.

That tie I mentioned earlier?  Yeah, this is the other contender.  LOOK AT THOSE EYES!  THOSE CHEEKS!  Does this baby businessman belong on the front of a Gerber package or what?  As Travis said, “Mad Men: The Younger Years.”

This face?  Yeah, he certainly has Hillary’s eyes, but he is most definitely Travis’ son. :p

Micah + Bark Chips = True Love

This is a precious profile.

While packing up at their house before we left for the field, I spotted Hillary’s bistro set in her backyard.  I loved the curlicues and the fact that it was a little weathered, so we scooped up a chair and took it with us.  I will venture to say this was a smart idea.


I did nothing to his eyes in this shot, which is pretty amazing.

To keep Micah interested (and from tumbling off this chair in pursuit of more fascinating places), we gave him grass.  And then he did this, and my ovaries did backflips.  (And sorry, Mom, but no.  Still not yet.)

Okay, I lied.  It’s a three-way tie.

Travis and Hillary, thanks for being awesome.  Thanks for making an awesome baby.  And thanks for letting me take some awesome photos of him.  Life is awesome.

Side note: I rented a couple of new lenses to try out for this shoot and ended up using them exclusively.  While I’m not a fan of the lackluster flare they produced, the crispness of the photos, the skin tones, the contrast and the bokeh were unreal.  Looks like I’ll be budgeting for a new lens sooner than expected!  Now, what to sell, what to sell? :)

April 30, 2010 - 12:07 pm

Travis Thank you for being awesome and taking awesome photos of my little man. And seriously, over a decade? Where has the time gone?

April 30, 2010 - 2:51 pm

Hillary I love them!!! You’re really fantastic (or should I say, awesome) at capturing personalities, something especially hard to do with babies! You’re so talented! Thank you!!!

And yes, honey, a over a DECADE. You’re old. ;)

May 3, 2010 - 12:03 pm

Molly Wonderful! I’m so happy you both like them (and me!). And thank you, Hillary — I think sometimes it’s luck, but it sure helps to have a vibrant subject. :)

June 3, 2010 - 8:14 am

Stephen & Mindy Incredible pictures! Trav, thanks for sharing them! I want to say something witty, but I just got home from a mid and am drawing a blank. Min and I think the pics turned out great (I refuse to say awesome!) and think Micah is adorable and the field was a terrific setting.

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