This week’s photo challenge was simply precious! There just is nothing sweeter than brand new babies and little chubby baby fat rolls…and oh, those bright, inquisitive eyes of toddlers! This week completely melted our hearts. And we think a few of us may be wishing for a new baby, or at least to photograph one. 😉
Special thanks to this week’s Guest Photographer Judge, Julie Klaasmeyer! We thought she would be perfect for our challenge this week and we encourage everyone to read her interview. She gives some great advice!
1st Place: Alta Marie Photographie
Julie wrote: This image was my number one choice for so many reasons. I knew right when I saw it and I can not stop looking at it! This is classic kid behavior. In my childrens photography I am all about kids being kids! I love that he feels so great in~ what must be his favorite outfit and I imagine he wears this all of the time! I can also imagine a story that possibly involved some “behavior modification” by the way he is holding his hand in victory and has also won over “SOMEBODY” to give him a big fat sucker. This weeks “Let Them Be Little” reminds me of those images of when I was little that I love to see time and time again. The ones that give me a sense of what I was like as a child, not only how I looked. What a perfect treasure for this family. I want one for my wall too! (the image and the little cutie in it!)
2nd Place: Jackie Jean
These brothers will be talking about moments like this when they are all grown up and gathering around for Holidays and such. The feeling alone makes this image wonderful but many other qualities make it over the top for me! I love the orange crush, the casual emotion and the low low angle that the photographer took with this image. Not many people whould think that kids drinking pop would be perfect for a photograph, instead, they would envision the kids in a setting that was for the “perfect portrait” not what is actually a “perfect indication” of what these kids enjoy. He or she got down on their level and I can really feel a sense of size here. Wish this was my image, i would have a 40×60 right smack on my wall!
3rd Place: Susan Chambers Design
This expression says EVERYTHING! I love the photojournalistic feel of this image. Such a moment full of emotion! Not only do you get a story from the expression on the little girls face but the look on the parents’ faces just complete this image full circle. Mom’s surely on to her but dad has totally had his heart robbed by this little girl. She will treasure this when she has kids of her own someday.
4th Place: Jessica Deane
Pure joy! Certainly a very tough shot to capture in focus! In this image I see such a celebration of what being little is all about, laughing, playing, swinging, joy! I swear I can almost hear her giggle! This is so much more than a photo, it truly is a thousand words. The soft black & white treatment just adds to the perfection and takes me straight into the emotion on her face!
5th Place: Genie Leigh
Such a precious moment from both the little one and her most special childhood friend! A happy child is one who dresses herself, love the boots! I love the pastel colors with this soft treatment, it has a very strong storylike quality. I also love that the photographer left so much room in the frame to show just how “little” she actually is. Someday she will look so tall and grown up, hopefully on this same beautiful porch! Amazing job.
6th Place: The Phipps Family
7th Place: Dancing Horses Photography
8th Place: Marissa D
9th Place: Fairly Candid
10th Place: Kelly West Mars
Each week we (Angie & Amy) like to show off some of our favorite entries as well! Here are our picks…
If you were in the Top Ten or an “Angie & Amy Pick” you can go to this page to find your special Winners Button to display on your blog! Super-huge congratulations for entering such an amazing photo this week!
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1| Only ONE photo can be in your entry post. If there are other photos in your entry post, your photo will not be passed on to the weekly judge.
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3| You must enter a permalink to your blog post or Flickr entry (not a link to the home page of your blog.)
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