I’m going to be honest here, and say I don’t really know exactly why I’m doing this post. But at the end of each month I’m going to take around five photos that we’ve taken and put them together and make a post like this. I’ve also gone back and done this for December.
I’ll write a little bit about why I’ve chosen each photo, maybe a little bit about the photo and what it might mean to me. I think part of the reason I’m doing this is the fact that we’ve recently bought a new camera, and as such I’m putting a lot more effort into taking pictures, so why not talk about them. Well, here we go:
“It’s ok Dad, Everything’s Fine”
This is probably my favourite photo of Isabelle out of everything we’ve ever taken. I’m not sure if it’s the detail, the lighting, maybe the wandering nature of her eyes. But I love it. I love it that much, that it’s currently the header on the Facebook page. The funny thing about this photo is that it was taken in a moment of extreme stress. I was off, acting as a stay-at-home dad for the week whilst Rachel was in work, and on one of the days, I was hating it. I felt annoyed, agitated, and I just wasn’t enjoying my time with Isabelle. She was just getting her nappy done when she refused to lie still and kept rolling over. When I put her on her back, she screamed. So I put her in her cot out of pure frustration. I left the room, hit my punch bag for 30 seconds (I know, a little over dramatic) and then got my camera and took some pictures to calm myself down. The end result. This photo.
“It’s Not Always Bad”
This one is quite rare in the sense that Rachel actually took it. She hardly ever uses the camera, but did manage to grab this shot during Isabelle’s nap time. I like it because I was having a pretty rough week with Isabelle, it was a few days before I had a bit of a breakdown and was a rare moment in that week where I actually felt close to Isabelle. This photo is just a testament that it doesn’t matter how bad I feel, how much my feelings towards Isabelle are being messed up by the depression, I will always be there for her.
“Don’t Mind Me, I’m Just Looking For Danger”
I like this one because it really speaks volumes of where Isabelle is in terms of her development. She’s currently at the stage where she doesn’t fear anything dangerous, and wants to climb everything. Basically a volatile cocktail that only spells disaster. Her current favourite thing to do? Well, climb the stairs of course. And this photo just shows off her playful, exploratory side.
“I Hope No One Can See Me Looking Like This”
I actually love this photo for a couple of reasons. Of course, first of all is the outfit. I don’t care what you say, all of that matches well and looks downright cute. Second of all is the fact that she’s looking off into the garden. I like to think she’s mentally exploring what she’s going to be able to do out there when the summer comes and she’s better on her feet. It shows off her adventurous side. The fact that she often just wants to get out and see whatever she can. It’s a photo full of optimism.
“Bye, Bye, Maternity Leave”
This is the last photo of Isabelle and Rachel before she finished maternity leave and went back to work. I knew when the day started that I’d be taking a picture like this to go along with that post, and purposefully put Isabelle in black as a little joke that she was mourning the loss of her mommy to this new thing called work. That might sound a little creepy, but that’s just me. Everything from this moment on is going to be vastly different for all of us. Isabelle will have to get used to me looking after her more, Rachel will have a new job to embrace, and of course, I have to step up even more as Isabelle’s dad.
Well, that’s it. I hope I can keep this up and make it a monthly thing. I know there might not be many people interested in this, but the worst case scenario for me is I just end up trying to take good pictures each month. And that’s hardly a bad thing. Maybe I’ll see you for February.