One picture too many

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My four-year-old daughter had enough at this point. We went to a food truck rally in the late afternoon and were met with hot sun, humidity so high you could practically swim, and long lines at the food trucks. A sure recipe for cranky kids (and wife). As fussy as she was about me taking her picture again, my one-and-change-year-old daughter had a level 5 meltdown (as seen in the background, willing my wife to disappear so she can play in the dirty puddles) that caught the attention of everyone within three city blocks. A hasty retreat soon ensued as “those people with the screaming baby” left under a cloud of shame. Well, at least I got that tasty Hawaiian burger (and this photo) before we had to hit the evac button.

Posting this, I notice that nothing has been published since April. Wow, has it been that long? Well, with the move almost behind us and getting through a crazy summer at work I hope to be doing some photography again and sharing it with you kind folks. Thanks for checking in!

AG

 

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Under the table and dreaming

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Recently going through photos I saw this and immediately the title to Dave’s 1994 album came to mind. Youthful innocence, with no limits of what the future can be, is magical. Of course when we are young it is not realized, but being a parent or simply around children you sure see how special that time was, and how fleeting it is. Dream on my sweet girls….

For anyone who has taken family Christmas pictures

L1000256You will understand this. Trying to get two young kids to look in the same direction alone is a feat only permissible by lady luck. Getting both kids to smile while looking at the camera, well, might as well play the lottery that day. I did get one for the family Christmas card, and can thank lady luck and a fast camera buffer for the shot…

Catching lizards

Catching lizards

So my niece and daughter wanted to catch a few critters while we were visiting Gainesville. Started with small bugs and butterflies, then worked our way up to lizards. Soon Emily realized that the net wasn’t very good for the brown anoles, so she decided to wear it. Who’s catching who?

Shot with the venerable Contax T2 on Kodak Ektar 100. Go film!

Dads: Five tips for the newborn baby

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Whether this is your first child, or not your first time to this rodeo here are a couple of tips I wanted to share from my recent experiences as the dad of a newborn baby. These tips may ring especially true if you are like me and forgot almost everything in the years since another baby arrived, so hopefully this helps you guys out!

1. Sleep is for amateurs – it’s true, no getting around it. You will not be sleeping well for the first few weeks (or months) after the newborn comes home. The a 2.5 – 3 hour feeding schedule which will wreck you and coffee can not save you in the morning. But, keep in mind that it gets better pretty quick and that your newborn baby’s appetite will grow and the amount between feedings will increase until it turns into an as-need basis. So, do not despair on in the timeless dark of the night (or is it morning?) as it felt like you JUST fell asleep and are up again, as this will pass soon.

As an afterthought I often mused this would prepared me for the zombie apocalypse, especially if my children are anything like Carl.

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2. Always have a diaper under the tush – I learned this one the hard way, at 3:30am. Imagine waking, bleary-eyed and quasi-awake when the LO (little one) starts chirping, signaling the beginning of feeding time. But first the diaper must be changed and its poop of course. Wipe, clean, all set.. or so I thought. I don’t know which came out in greater force or quantity, but my ill-preparedness made quite the mess. Did I mention this took place in my bed? At 3:30am? With a baby crying to be fed? Yeah, make this a priority whenever changing a newborn and never take for granted that they won’t pee or poop on you and whatever surface they are laying on.

Was I napping?

3. Be prepared for anything at anytime – The old Boy Scout motto rings true here. Running to Dunkin’ Donuts for that mid-afternoon pick-me-up? Bring it all. Another hard lessoned learned as I brought a half-loaded diaper bag to grab a coffee a few minutes down the road. Sure I had diapers, but how about wipes or an extra change of clothes? Nope. By the time I arrived to claim my afternoon jolt of caffeine the baby had pooped, peed and spit out most of the last feeding. I felt terrible and could not let the baby sit in her own mess, so had to take everything off, put the baby with only a diaper in the car seat, and wound up trashing the outfit. Didn’t even make it to DD’s.  Tiny toes

4. Nothing very good or very bad lasts for very long – This is my wife’s mantra, and is a good thing to keep in your pocket for the rough times. Fever, incessant crying that you just can’t stop, trips to the doctor or hospital, are just a few of the many things that may come up during this stage, or at any stage as a parent and keeping in mind that it will get better may be the light that pulls you through.

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5. Take photos – I have this one in spades. Things change fast with a newborn, and it is easy to let the days slip by without capturing the precious moments that you will never experience again with this child. Believe me, it all becomes a blur very shortly after this stage and your mind goes into some kind of protection mode where it blocks the pain out (until the next one), so its a good thing you recorded all those memories as they happened. Right?