Purple Lemon Photography

Eli, 4 years, Part 1

Thursday, November 21, 2013
The last couple of years, in the fall, I've photographed my son, Eli. With an old camera.

This year he has grown farther and farther out of love with having me take photos of him.  Eye contact is painful. He is self-conscious, emotional, and looks tragically sad in most photographs. And though he is an emotional boy these days, he's not always sad, so I occasionally want some record, as any mom would, of his awesome smile and bright eyes.

I didn't know if he would even want to take photos this year. But we asked him, and he was elated. His favorite thing on earth is one on one time with Momma. So when the deal was proposed to take photos and Dad and Levi get to stay at home, he was completely pumped and eager.

Elisha's special request: photos at the Alpine Shop and the Kirkwood Train Station.

It was remarkable- eye contact, smiles, and downright cheerfulness. Some of the outtakes are rather hilarious. He as a dream of being a foreman, and the closest he could be at a photo shoot was mini art director, so I let him call some of the shots- quite literally. What a riot!

Today I'll share a few from the Alpine Shop.
Me: Hey, Buddy, look at that building over there.
Eli: You mean the pharama-seed?
(And I'm glad I got some photos of this bike. We love it, but we think it was swiped from our yard this week; good lesson in taking care of your stuff...)
 Clingin' to a kayak like his PopPop!