June 29, 2018
Something stopped me in my tracks as I was scrolling on Facebook quite a few months back. It was a baby in a sink filled with strawberries. I stopped and scrolled through all the pictures from LaCroix Photography (https://www.facebook.com/lacroixphotography is their Facebook where I saw it, and https://www.lacroixphotography.org/ is their website) and thought “I HAVE to do this!”
Before you come at me with “Be original” or “Don’t steal ideas!” I have a little news flash for you. Photography ideas, locations, etc. aren’t original. None of them are. There’s always going to be someone who had your idea before you, and someone who gets inspired by your ideas and recreates them after you. Photography ideas and locations can only go so far. Of course almost every senior photographer has taken pictures of a senior running though a field or surrounded by flowers. No one “steals” ideas. We get inspired and think of how we can make these ideas with our own creative twist or spin. The best thing you can do if you get inspired by an idea or location is credit who you saw do it first (as I just did). I didn’t come up with this idea, and I will not be the last photographer to put a baby in a tub with strawberries or flowers. But, I will be respectful, I will try to recreate the idea with my own twist and changes. End rant.
So, to “advertise” for this idea, I needed a baby. My “baby” is 3 and has no interest in getting in a bucket of strawberries. It just so happens that around this time, we started hanging out and getting to know one of our neighbors. They’re an amazing family, we have so much fun when we get together, and to top it off.. they have a beautiful baby girl. When I saw her, I said “She’s going to be my model for this”. But of course, I had to ask first. Her parents said of course, and we set up a time for them to come over. I bought this tub at Vintage Market Days here in Wichita this spring. I spent some time washing it out and getting as much rust off as I could. I then filled buckets with warm water, placed a towel in the bucket and filled it with the warm water. If you do this with a baby, please keep the water warm/room temperature. Babies are sensitive, and if the water can touch your wrist without feeling cold or hot, it’s perfect for them. Also, make sure the baby can sit up on their own well before doing this.
Fernanda was hesitant to get in, and she was very confused about the strawberries! She was way more interested in throwing them out of the bucket than playing with them. Besides that, she did smile, and enjoyed herself as much as a confused baby surrounded by fruit in a bucket can. We got her out and dried off, and her parents had another red outfit for her to take some regular pictures in. She was so sweet and smiley and it was a great little session. If you ever want to stick your kid in bucket full of fruit or flowers, I’m your girl. I hope you all enjoy this sweet little girl’s pictures!