When Graham was little, people would see all of the photos that I had amassed in such a short time and tell me that all would change when baby number two (And three!) came along. The same theme seemed to be repeated over and over.

The first baby always has so many photos.  Each subsequent child has less photos taken of them. Many of the photos that ARE of them also include their siblings.

I vowed that I would prove the saying wrong. Nathan came along and he has the same amount (If not more, thanks to the switch to digital photography) photos taken of him.

Then we have Miss Emily.

When we went to the park last week, I took close to one hundred and fifty photos. AT LEAST half of them were of her. I pondered as to the reasons why.

Part of the reason is that her brothers do not let me take many photos of them. I pull the camera out and they run off in the other direction.  Candids are getting harder and harder to take.

When I ask Graham if I can take a nice photo of him he often makes a funny face. Or something like this.

Yes, he had a fat lip, but that is not what the face was about. HE DID NOT WANT HIS PHOTO TAKEN.

The dentist told us the other day that a few of Graham’s teeth were a little loose. Soon he will lose them and be a gaggle-toothed monster child.


Then we have Nathan. Up until recently, he would ask me to take his photo (Hello, Middle Child). Now he thinks he needs to emulate his brother. I either get silly/cheesy smiles, or looks like these.

Ah, The Attitude.

Emily is at that marvelous stage where she usually just ignores me.

I can snap candids to my heart’s content.

I love those big blue eyes of hers, and try to capture them even when she’s ignoring me.

But sometimes…she gives me a freebie.

It only took me a hundred shots or so to get that one, but it was worth the wait.

I plan on taking as many photos of her as I can. Before I know it she’ll be a surly first grader teenager and my days of photo opportunities will be long gone.

She’s pretty adorable though, even if I do say so myself.

* A year ago today: The Perpetual Learning Curve

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  1. Camels & Chocolate November 17, 2008 12:43 am edit

    My mom, an amateur photographer, documented every day of my sister and my life (on both film and video). (Still does, when I’m actually around.) While it annoyed the Hell out of me at the time, now I’m sure glad she did it! Makes for great retro-blogging at the very least =)

    Your kiddies are lucky!

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  2. Hannah November 17, 2008 2:20 am edit

    Yeah, I’ve proved that saying wrong as well. And I remember when I was doing Ethan’s baby books and documenting our holidays and stuff (sort of like scrapbooking, but before I actually took it up properly), people would say “no way you’ll do all that for your next baby” … but I did, and I can’t imagine having NOT done it!
    Great photos of your kids. I do hear you about them not wanting pics taken so much as they get older. Tyler has always been so photogenic, a real poser, and loved getting photos taken. But lately he has realised how much a good photo means to me, so I get silly faces instead of genuine smiles. I try to just capture the candid shots where he doesn’t know I’m taking a picture ;-)

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  3. ali November 17, 2008 8:58 am edit

    i have the LEAST amount of picture of my first-born…since she was born before i got my digital camera. she will NEVER let me forget this. ha!

  4. Elizabeth November 17, 2008 9:03 am edit

    Um, the curls are KILLING me. So adorable.

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  5. Heather-Domestic Extraordinaire November 17, 2008 9:04 am edit

    The saying does hold true with me. When Giggles was born I took a ton of photos of her and sent them back to family in Ohio(as we were in the Navy and all over the country), when The Chicken came along hubby was deployed a lot and so I had to single mom it with a baby, a three year old and very limited income. Most of the time we just went home so the family could see the girls. A lot of the shots I have are the 2 of them. But they are both happy with the amount of photos I take. I do try to take more of Giggles, but I think that is because of the fact that she is the surly teenager that doesn’t want her photo taken.

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  6. Kristabella November 17, 2008 9:30 am edit

    I’m the same way with my niece and nephews. The boys are 6 and 7, so they don’t let me take a lot of photos and they usually give me cheesy smiles. But my niece is 3 and she’s a ham and will pose and let me take as many as I like.

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  7. slynnro November 17, 2008 9:40 am edit

    I wish you were my mom.

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  8. angella November 17, 2008 9:41 am edit

    Awesome. I feel so old all of a sudden ;)

  9. Kami November 17, 2008 10:06 am edit

    I hear you, I wish I had a Miss Emily. My boys are of the running in the other direction type when I pull out the camera. I think that is why I lost my passion for taking photos lately.

    But that saying is NOT true for me either, I have equal if not more of the younger son :)

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  10. Don Mills Diva November 17, 2008 11:05 am edit

    If I had your photography talent I’d take that many pictures too!

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  11. Mrs. Wilson November 17, 2008 12:20 pm edit

    I absolutely love that last photo. Those wings look good on her!

    That saying isn’t true in this family either. There are WAY more photos of Liliana as a baby than there are of Kaylie. Also, this is due to the digital photography thing, and my addiction to it. I also had a lot more going on when Kaylie was a baby. Like dating. There’s not so much dating anymore. Except when Noah feels like taking me out ;)

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  12. Kristin November 17, 2008 1:19 pm edit

    Her hair! Too cute!

    I think the “more pictures of the first baby” was more true in the pre-digital camera days.

  13. Jennifer, Playgroups are no place for children November 17, 2008 1:26 pm edit

    My daughter is by far more of a ham for the camera, but she’s so wobbly and on the move that most of my pictures of her stink. Actually I only get 1 or 2 good shots of either of them out of the hundreds I take.

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  14. Andrea November 17, 2008 1:55 pm edit

    Oh, the wisps! I love those beautiful, curly wisps. I want to wrap them around my finger.

    I am an obsessive picture taker so that statement, (which is completely ignorant and very assuming,in my book) that you’ll take less pictures of each child, is totally false. It’s kind of like saying to a mother that you’ll love each subsequent child less because you have less time to devote to them. Again, totally false.

    Bring on the pictures, baby!


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  15. Jenn November 17, 2008 2:04 pm edit

    I agree, I also take lots of photos of both kids. I think alot of it has to do with the “digital era”. It’s basically free to do, so why not.


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  16. Meg November 17, 2008 3:46 pm edit

    :O I see a barrette in someone’s curly hair!!!

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  17. orlund November 17, 2008 6:03 pm edit

    Yes, thanks to digital photography. The amount of shots I take per year would have cost well over $1000. Nice to be able to experiment free of charge.

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  18. Amanda November 17, 2008 6:39 pm edit

    Look at those curls!

  19. The Over-Thinker November 17, 2008 7:56 pm edit

    Remember the Ramona books? I swear, that last photo of Emily is EXACTLY how I pictured Ramona.

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  20. Aimee Greeblemonkey November 17, 2008 9:21 pm edit

    I only have one and will only have one, but I know exactly what you mean!

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  21. karen November 18, 2008 1:14 am edit

    I love Emily’s curls!
    I’m the 3rd child and I don’t have many photos from about age 5 until I got my own digital camera after I graduated from college! My dad would make such a big deal about taking pictures that tears were usually involved and then he’d wait on developing them until he had a coupon or something and rolls would be forgotten. Kinda sad but at least we had yearbooks since grade school so I was guaranteed to have one photo a year!

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  22. Michele November 18, 2008 2:17 am edit

    Look at those curls!!! Your poor children always being harassed by the “momarazzi”! Oh well, smiling or not, your kids are adorable!

  23. witchypoo November 18, 2008 8:09 am edit

    Girls are also much more fun to photograph, aren’t they?

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  24. angella November 18, 2008 8:17 am edit

    They really are :)

  25. mommyknows November 18, 2008 11:25 pm edit

    She sure is!

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  26. gorillabuns November 19, 2008 5:01 pm edit

    If I had a nice new camera I’ve had my eye on, I would be sure to have more pics of the third kid than the other two. Will you please tell my husband?

  27. Roshan November 20, 2008 9:37 am edit

    Little miss independent isn’t she? She’s meant to be in front of the camera.

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