A few weeks ago, I thought it would be fun to post my top 10 favorite photos I have taken of Bennett in 2010. After I decided to do it I asked a few of my blogging friends who love to photograph their children to join me. Amber's Articles (me, of course), Jhen of From Here to Eternity, Courtney of Click It Up A Notch, Mandy of a sorta fairytale, Sarah of Naptime Momtog, and Chelsey of The Paper Mama hope you will join us in posting your top 10 favorite photos.
The only rules:
1) The photos need to be of your children and/or animals
2) The photos were taken by you
3) The photos were taken in 2010
B came into our lives on March 28th and changed our lives forever. I remember being so concerned about his head shape when he was born, but it only took a few days for it to become perfectly round. He had so much hair and the most beautiful red lips.
2. Crazy Hair
How can you not love this photo? B was a month old here. He had the most fantastic, wild hair I have ever seen on a baby with the most perfect comb over.
3. OH MY GOODNESS
4. Birthday wishes for papaw.
The above picture is evidence enough that snapshots are just as needed and fun and memorable as the technically correct photos. This picture is, probably, my favorite of ALL. My grandfather's 88th birthday was in July, so I took 3 pictures of B holding the signs Happy, Birthday, and Papaw. We made a card and sent it to him. He passed away less than three weeks later. The card was still hanging on his mirror when I was home for Christmas. My son will always bear my papaw's name: JAMES Bennett (and for that I am thankful).
5. My Basket Baby
B was a little shy of 6 months old here. He couldn't sit up on his own, so I decided to put him in a basket on the kitchen counter where I could use my kitchen wall as the background. This was one of the first times I shot on manual mode and really felt I was beginning to gain an understanding of natural light. I love B's baby blues and sweet facial expression in this photo.
6. Profile Accident
6. Profile Accident
B was playing on the couch when I captured this shot. It was a complete surprise, as I quickly adjusted my settings while holding onto B's back, so that he wouldn't fall over. I took a few quick shots and BAM ended up with this. It really captured one of B's expressions that I still see on a regular basis. I feel like I can see the wonder in his eye.
7. I love bananas!
B was 6 1/2 months old here. This was the first time he tried to feed himself banana. I don't know if you saw the video, but it was hilarious.
8. Rubber ducky you're the one...
It is so fun to watch B play in the bath. I have many wonderful memories of playing in the tub with my sister when we were little. We would play for a while and then we, typically, wanted our dad to help us wash our hair. Sam and I both enjoy Bennett's bath time so much that I wanted to make sure I captured him playing with some of his favorite toys....thus far.
This photo was taken at the beginning of December. It is one of my favorites, because it shows how much better he has gotten with feeding himself. I love all of the egg yolk that is covering his bib. Plus, it is a great picture of what was left of the black hair he had when he was born (look at the tips). And just look at those big blue eyes.
10. I'm a little stinker.
B has a new obsession with his tongue. He loves to stick it out and make funny noises. I love this picture because it captured his personality.....right now....at 9 months. He loves to shake things, stick out his tongue, pull toys out of containers, among other things.
I am sure I am not alone when I say I struggled to only choose 10 photos to post. I originally narrowed it down to 33, then struggled to discard the extra 23. Therefore, I am breaking my own rule and posting a few honorable mentions.
11. I was blogging.
I took this photo for Bennett's 4 month post and I think it is hilarious. Plus, this is one of my husband's favorites, so he didn't want me to leave it out.
12. Fall in Kentucky
13. My sweet face.
B was exactly 2 months old when I took this photo. We had a rough 2nd month, so I enjoy looking back on this photo, because I think more about how sweet he was versus how difficult and long his infant days were.
14. Check out my suit.
I couldn't resist adding this one to the mix after the fun we had in the snow over Christmas. Bennett loved sledding. He also loved watching all of us throw snow balls at one another.
So, I guess I should have made it a top 15 of '10 post. It has been a blast to look back through my 2010 archives. I was reminded of many things I had forgotten. It is amazing to think about how much Bennett has changed and how much more he will change by the end of 2011.
I hope each of you will consider linking up your top 10 (or more) photos of your children in 2010. You can link up through Sunday, on any of the blogs I mentioned at the top of this post. Be sure to check out all of the links.