Maryland Baby Photographer: RDA Contest Finalist

I used cloth diapers starting when Shaymus was 3 days old. We started with simple white Chinese Prefolds with Snappi fasteners and a cover. When he was large enough, we switched over to a borrowed stash of Fuzzi Bunz pocket diapers. We used those exclusively through his 7th month. It was an empowering experience. This may seem strong to describe a diapering experience, and if it just pertained to that, it would be. But, the fact is, I want to be a mother of nursed, cloth-diapered babies. And I have never let being a working mother get in the way of what I want out of child rearing. And, lets face it--cloth diapering used to just be called diapering. This is not a new concept. Though I can attest... the diapers are VERY new in design and functionality.

I subscribed to a blog of a local cloth diaper supplier and advocate. The blog/shop is Soft and Cozy Baby and it is owned and managed by Bayla--a mother--a working, nursing, cloth diapering, babywearing mother like me. If you are expecting, or have alittle one, her site is a great resource for learning about cloth diapers and diapering. Bayla announced a photo contest run by the RDA (Real Diaper Association) in the begninning of the month.

http://www.softandcozybaby.com/info.html

http://softandcozybaby.blogspot.com/

The RDA is a cloth dipaering advocacy group. They announced a photo contest in August. The winners will receive prizes and the selected photos will appear in a 2010 RDA Cloth Diaper calendar featuring real cloth diapered babies. I submitted a photo of Shay when he was just a few weeks old. The focus is his feet, but you can see his prefold/cover peeking out of the leg holes of his onesie...and clearly, he has that big puffy cloth diaper butt. To see my submission, you can click on the link below, or visit my website. There were 175 submissions total, and mine is 1 of 12 chosen to be featured in the calendar! That is all I know as of yet.... believe me... you will know if I win the grand, 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place prizes! After seeing the submissions, I started to doubt, and wished I had set up a shot specifically for this contest. I doubted the understated appearance of the diaper. I doubted that Shay had clothes on. I doubted pretty much all of the things that made me choose it in the first place. This is a real diaper, on a real baby. Simple. Back to basics. Clean.

http://s135.photobucket.com/albums/q159/jladewski/-RDA%20photos/?action=view&current=shay.jpg

If you are a creative--a designer, a photographer, an artist, a parent with a great eye... enter contests once in a while. It helps keep you inspired and builds credibility in a field that people consider subjective and is flooded with DIY creatives. I have created a new label for "contests". This will be good incentive to enter more. And a place to record those I have entered and won in the past.

It Flies By.

Maryland Photographer: L is for...Little Boy

I take a lot of photos. Everyday, I see something that strikes me in a way that tells my heart and my brain to take notice and appreciate it for that extra bit of time it takes me to grab my camera and frame it. And usually, I know it is a great photo. This photo didn't hit me until I saw it large and on my screen. I couldnt take my eyes off of the details. L is for the little boy taking over Spiderman on a cracked sidewalk. L is for the little boy who still wears velcro shoes. L is for the little boy with bug bites up to his knees. L is for the little boy whose weapon is a stray weed from his yard. This photo screams to me my baby is a little boy, and at the same time really captures innocence, where bug bites are pain, heroes are fictional, and weapons dont even mark the skin. A little boy. A cherished little boy. It flies by.

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Maryland Photographer Amanda Arnold It Flies By
Amanda Arnold

Maryland Baby Photographer: Keeping my Word

As promised, here are more from Michael's shoot last Wednesday. He really was wonderful. If you haven't been to my site portfolio in a while--check it out. Michael reminds me of Dillon who is featured in my portfolio, who I photographed at 10 weeks old in this same basket!....over a year ago! Cherish every moment. It Flies By.

Baltimore Maryland photographer Amanda Arnold
Baltimore Maryland photographer Amanda Arnold
Baltimore Maryland photographer Amanda Arnold
Baltimore Maryland photographer Amanda Arnold

Maryland Infant Photographer: Take it Easy

Wednesday morning, I headed over to meet baby Michael and his mother. Here are just a few of the many awesome shots. While the shots were not really posed, they were informally staged using the family's things around their gorgeous home. I hope to post more in a bit! Cherish Every Moment. It Flies By.
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Baltimore Maryland Photographer Amanda Arnold It Flies By itfliesby
Baltimore Maryland Photographer Amanda Arnold It Flies By itfliesby

Maryland Photographer: Team Mom

Yes, all you football fans out there...it is still baseball season! Isn't this Tee Ball coach beautiful?!?!?! I love this shot of her team crowded around her on-field carriage. Cherish every moment. It Flies By.
Maryland Photographer Amanda Arnold
Maryland Photographer Amanda Arnold
Maryland Photographer Amanda Arnold

Maryland Photographer: Sweetheart Shoot

I got a lead for this shoot back in May when I was looking for prom dates to photograph. I really wanted to show high school sweethearts, prom, corsages in a fresh new perspective. The story of the cute couple below: Michelle and Calvin were unable to attend prom this year, since Michelle was ill. So, they made their own prom last week at the Rams Head in Savage! I was happy to be there shooting away at youth, dancing on brick at dusk. Below, you can see a few portraits I took of each of them. Calvin shipped off to join the Marine Corps just 4 days after this shoot. The curls are gone, but he'll have a nice photo of Michelle to keep close! And his mom... can still have her son's smile close by. I love my job! Cherish every moment. It Flies By.

Baltimore Maryland Photographer Senior Portraits Amanda Arnold It Flies By itfliesby
Baltimore Maryland Photographer Senior Portraits Amanda Arnold It Flies By itfliesby
Baltimore Maryland Photographer Senior Portraits Amanda Arnold It Flies By itfliesby

Maryland Photographer: Senior Portraits

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Baltimore Maryland Photographer Seior Portraits It Flies By itfliesby

Maryland Photographer: Senior Portraits

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Baltimore Maryland Photographer Senior Portraits It Flies By itfliesby
Baltimore Maryland Photographer Senior Portraits It Flies By itfliesby
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