Oliver John Bayer was born on Tuesday October 6, 2009 at 3:47 in the morning thus solidifying my status as Uncle DJ. Now there is a long running tradition in my family of giving relatives funny names. It all came about because my sister could never say anyone’s names properly when she was a child we can’t be sure if Uncle DJ will actually stick. Oliver’s mother predicts something along the line of Dunkle. We will have to wait and see.
My sister asked me if I wanted to take some pictures for her since I have become the photographer of the family and I said sure. I didn’t want to disappoint so I opted for the fancy cameras over my beloved plastic ones. It was going to have to be done indoors after all and I am notoriously crappy at these kind of pictures. So I loaded up some Kodak Portra NC 400 in my trusty Minolta SRT 201 and Yashica Minister D and headed over to the hospital. There was great light coming in through the huge picture window in the hospital room that I thought would be great. Unfortunately the wee man had to feed and the tired mom had to sleep so the photo session had to wait.
They took the little guy home a few days ago and the chance came again yesterday to take some good photos so we set him up in his little bed and I started sapping away. A lot of the shots were underexposed but the ones that weren’t are perfect. I had the idea of sticking a plastic magnifying glass on the lens of the SRT for some obligatory close up feet shots as well. Surprisingly the little guy was quite well behaved for most of the time. I am quite pleased with how the shots turned out, although I will gladly pick a crappy camera over ones with so much choice. But the only thing that matters is that my sister is pleased with the results and hopefully I was able to give her some nice memories that maybe have a little more heart than the thousands of digital shots they already have.
I am really liking this plastic magnifying glass. I think it made a really dreamy intimate photograph that I hope will mean a lot to the family as time goes buy and his tiny little feet and hands get bigger. I would hope that maybe they would see that the slight inconvenience of film over digital is worth it in the end when you can capture such warm moments. I hope you enjoy these photographs as much as my very proud family does.