The First Year {Cayman Islands, Fine Art Photography}

I didn't take as many photos of my son as I would have liked when he was a baby. For starters, I was exhausted for pretty  much the entire first year.  My husband and I both worked full time, we had no support near us and we had decided we didn't want to hire any help, not that we could have afforded it anyway!  Trevor watched him during the day while I worked and I watched him after three while he worked nights.  We were both pretty sleep deprived. And I just have to add, my husband had the worst of it.  I bet he averaged three to five hours of sleep a night for well over a year.  I couldn't have done it. He was super dad, and still is! I had also just switched over from film to digital and was a little disillusioned by it all.  I think those two things put together equaled not very many photos.  I'm STILL mad at myself.  Most of the photos I did take, I wasn't happy with.  So unhappy with them, that I am only now processing most of them.  After the first year and after getting a new digital camera things changed dramatically, but that first year, it pains me to say, I don't have the photos of him that I would like.

The moral of the story, get some photos taken! The changes in the first year are so dramatic and before you know it, your little baby is almost four and starting to sass talk ya!  Whenever I look at the photos I do have of him, it just makes my heart swell, remembering what a sweet little baby he was.......Oh, and get some of you with your baby.  I pretty much don't have any, and that makes me sad.

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Tytia Habing

I am a self taught, natural light photographer, with sixteen years of shooting experience under my belt. Back in the day, I learned to shoot with film, developed it and printed my own photos in my darkroom. I've since moved to digital, but film holds a very dear spot in my heart that I just can't seem to shake. I was supposed to be a horticulturalist and landscape architect...at least that's what my degree's tell me. I followed that path for some time, along with a few other paths, but photography won my heart. Plants and beautiful mother nature is, and will always be, a great inspiration to me. If at all possible, I prefer to shoot outdoors and somehow incorporate nature into the scene. I'm originally from the Watson, Illinois area, but the majority of my adult life I spent living in the Cayman Islands and only moved home to Illinois with my husband and son a few short years ago. I grew up on a small working farm, with acres and acres of natural areas at my disposal. It gave me a great appreciation for the world around me. I roamed wherever I pleased, built forts in the woods, picked wildflowers in the pasture and caught craw-daddies in the crick. My son is taking over the jobs of fort building and craw-daddy hunting, but I'll never give up the picking of wildflowers.