Finley | The White Sweater

by Tierney Johnson in


Taking photos of Finley is always an adventure. When he was born, I couldn't wait to photograph him! My mind was filled with endless amounts of beautiful, effortless photos. Well, I quickly discovered that photographing your own child is one of the most frustrating things you can do as a mother. Even as an immobile, sleepy newborn he was tricky. Now that he can crawl and escape pretty much any pose or location within a matter of seconds and absolutely refuses to respond to my pleading for him to look even in the general vicinity of the camera, it's become a literal day-ruiner to try to photograph him. Is that terrible? Anyway, yesterday I discovered this white sweater hiding among Finley's mounds of clothes, put it on him, and was absolutely melted by how sweet he looked in it. Naturally, I would want to take a photo to remember the moment, and naturally, an iPhone photo just wouldn't do (I'm utterly hopeless at taking iPhone photos), thus a spontaneous and emotional photo shoot began. Let me just say that Finley wasn't the only one crying by the end of it. To my GREAT surprise and as a result of a mixture between my determination to take a photo of my son that is up to my standards (which is my downfall) and the grace of God, I actually managed to catch a few in-focus shots, and need to share the fruits of my labor. The tears shed taking these photos make sharing a necessary task. Enjoy and please tell me I'm not the only one who finds photographing her child to be a nightmare!!! It's a good thing he's so cute.