Smile - life will be good

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Life is too short to be grumpy. Even when your diaper is full, you can smile.

I have a lot to learn when it comes to shooting newborns. I had my first newborn shoot last night with a co-worker’s 20day old. Almost too big, as he was 8lbs to start with. I bought a few different newborn hand-knit things from a lady in Ventura this past weekend, and it all lined up that I could shoot this baby last night. It was hard, as newborns have a difficult time taking direction. But he did eventually pass out and I got some pretty cute shots, I think. I’ll try and post another one tomorrow and this weekend.

My inspiration for these among other contacts on here have been Kelly Ryden, Britt, and Carrie. They produce the most amazing, simple and beautiful newborn shots on here, and for whatever reason lately, I’ve had a desire to try it myself. Probably isn’t the best idea considering how busy life is right now, but sometimes you just have to go with gut instincts. More shots later this week.

Engagement shoot in Santa Barbara tonight, wedding Friday and Saturday. I’m going to need a hand massage after this weekend!

TJ Scott, oladios, goreckidawn, and 88 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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  1. Monjori 69 months ago | reply

    O my and its smiling

  2. wintercove 69 months ago | reply

    huge grin and giggle with this one!

  3. Chris Farrugia ( 69 months ago | reply

    Incredible shot ... love it!

  4. DELIA CEAUSOGLU 69 months ago | reply

    John,this little guy is such a cutieeeeeee!i 've never tried that,must be fun!!!i mean shooting newborns.. This pic is too cool!Look at that face!!!! :-)))))

  5. k.richardsD80 69 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Addicted to Expression, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    Seen in the interestingness archives. (?)

  6. diglips 69 months ago | reply

    Great expression and exposure!

  7. david.richter 69 months ago | reply

    Dude, this one is super awesome!!! Wonderful!
    The wig-like appearance is your very own Extra Medium Disco J touch to it? LOL Seriously buddy, very nice!!!

  8. SMGallery ( 69 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Amazing Shots! (Post 1 / Award 3) ADMIN INVITE ONLY, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    I love it! I need to invest in some baby clothes!

  9. Kelley Ryden 69 months ago | reply

    Hey John... just getting around to checking this out! Aren't newborns addictive... love everything about them. What a great wrap, and I love the expression on his face!

  10. Emma McIntaggart 69 months ago | reply

    Hahaha. Besttttt!!!
    So adorable, and seems to be enjoying his sleep.

    Fantastic photographer.

  11. 2k Photography 69 months ago | reply

    Looks like a portrait of god after he's just finished making the world...
    Seen on your photo stream. (?)

  12. High-DEVinition 68 months ago | reply

    expression is priceless! great shot!!

  13. Nina Michailidou 67 months ago | reply

    unbelevably cute!

  14. Mustafa A 67 months ago | reply

    greaaaaaaaaaat one

  15. Suburbanvoodoo 63 months ago | reply

    Either it's Don Kings offspring or that is part of some form of hood. Either way excellent image :-)

  16. ŞeymaT 63 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called "Add Whatever You Want"
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    We will be very happy to see your fantastic photo in our group!!
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  17. Galkenze 59 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Monochrome Projector, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  18. Lens_Flaire 50 months ago | reply

    What an expression!

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