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Monday
Jun062011

Must Have Mondays - Things I Love: the iphone

Who was there for me for all those middle of the night feedings early on? Who has kept me connected and in touch throughout this entire adventure of motherhood, from playdate to playground to park and back? Who has helped me document, observe, share, enjoy, research, track, learn, plan, organize, schedule, communicate, figure out how to get places, plan travel times, know what the weather is going to be, take, edit, upload and share photos, listen to music and podcasts, watch videos, shop, track my time, accept credit card payments, find restaurants and stores, calculate when sunset is, distract Liam so I can actually change his poopy diaper, keep him occupied at restaurants, on planes and in a pinch, read books and yes, make phone calls...?

Why, my iphone of course.

I love what it lets me do, the life it lets me have. I can't imagine being without it.

I love you iphone!

Note: This is part of a new weekly blog feature that I'm really really excited about! So excited that I already have the first 12 posts planned out (and half of them written - I've never done that before)! I was inspired by Justin & Mary Marantz who, at a fantastic workshop of theirs I attended earlier this year, talked about their "things we love" page and how much fun they've had connecting with their blog readers over their love of Starbucks and pumpkins.

Since then, I've been thinking about the things I love that define who I am and making lists... it's a great exercise that I highly recommend because there's nothing like realizing how many things you love to realize how lucky you are. But also to realize WHY you love the things you do, because it turns out it's not so much about what they are but about how they make you feel, what they let you do, and the experiences you have through them.

Thanks to Tofurious and Nina of Love and Lemonade for inspiring to make this a weekly blog feature and pushing me to take the plunge. And stay tuned each week for "Must Have Mondays - Things I Love!"

nyc baby, child and family photographer & architect alethea cheng fitzpatrick is based in brooklyn. she specializes in baby photography as interior design & interior design for babies. view her portfolio of babies, children or families or send her an e-mail here!

Saturday
Feb202010

The worst photo is the one you don't take

Birthday week has come and gone in our household. There was cake! And Balloons! And presents! And a party! Little munchkin had a blast, and my husband and I marveled over how fast the first year went, and how amazing it is that we now have a little boy.

The first year has got to be the most incredible year, right? I mean, people tell us it just keeps getting better, and I'm sure it does. I'm also sure that, as during the first year, it gets better in ways that we can't even imagine right now, but surely there is no other year when SO MANY CHANGES occur. Having a baby is life changing, compared to not having a baby, but having a baby that sleeps through the night? Life changing compared to having a baby that wakes up and needs to be fed every 3 hours! Having a baby that takes naps in the crib instead of on top of you? Life changing! Those were big dramatic changes that really changed MY life. Eating solids, crawling, walking... those are all big changes too, each one making him quite a different baby to the baby he was before, and that is also life changing. When I think through all the different changes he - and therefore we - have been through, it blows my mind.

A friend who had just become a father commented to me that our children are going to be "so well documented" - it's true, and as a mother as well as a photographer, I think it's great! I think digital photography has truly been transformative that way. You can take tons and tons of photographs now without the financial cost or need for physical space and organization there used to be, and of course e-mail and various sites like facebook, flickr, picasa etc. make it easier than ever to share photos too. Granted, I'm sure not everyone takes as many photos as I take... I just checked my photo software and it seems that I have taken over 15,000 photos this past year, and that does not include those for the business! And no, they're not all of the baby but... probably 95% if not more are! Wow!

And, get this, around 5,000 of those photos were taken with my iphone (including all the images in this blog post). Ahhhh, the iphone. Photographer Chase Jarvis has a book and an online community and an iphone app built around the concept that "the best camera is the one that's with you". I have to admit I haven't actually read or participated in or used the book or the community or the app, but the concept is something that I truly believe in, especially since becoming a parent. I don't use a point and shoot anymore - my iphone IS my point and shoot. I take a lot more photos on my DSLR - once it's out, but it's not out as much. I'd like to carry it with me more (need to find a diaper/camera bag!) but even if I did, it will never be as convenient, or as easily operated with one hand (important for a parent!) as the iphone, which I make a point of having at arm's reach at all times. Of course it's way more than a camera, I use it for so many things, and even as a phone sometimes!

I know, iphone, yeah yeah you've heard it all before and either you're sold on it or you don't see the need. I will say this though: I think the iphone is the single most essential non-essential for a new parent, especially if you are home with your baby as the primary caregiver.

Because, along the lines of "the best camera is the one that's with you" I think the worst photo is the one you don't take.

With an iphone, or something like it (but I don't think there's a better camera phone than the iphone) always within arm's reach, you can capture most of the moments that you are going to want to remember. Now I know not everyone is as obsessive as me about taking photos, and that not everyone even cares about photos, and I know that it's also important to experience the moment and not just photograph it. But I know that I will NEVER regret having taken so many photos and would ONLY have regretted not taking as many! Especially in this first year when they change so quickly, and things can become such a blur, even those dimly lit, blurry photos become fascinating and invaluable within a very short space of time... at least to me they do. And for me, taking photos is PART of the experience.

So, my advice to new parents? Take lots of photos! You don't have to take 15,000 photos, but I think taking at least 2-3 a day in the first year is pretty manageable and something you won't regret when you look back on them to find out where all the time went and how your baby got so big.

However, then the problem is... what then to do with all those photos? Well, that's what I'm working on right now, and when I've figured it out, I'll share some ideas. I also have some photography tips for new parents - easy, "non-technical" suggestions that you can implement right away to make the most out of this amazing first year of change. Look for a future blog post or more on that too!

nyc baby, child and family photographer alethea cheng fitzpatrick is based in brooklyn and specializes in contemporary, natural light portraiture. view her portfolio of babieschildren or families or send her an e-mail here!