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Posted: February 21, 2015 by Rachel

“A portrait of my son, once a week, every week in 2015

DJ – You are so curious these days, wanting to touch everything, feel it, feel the weight of it all, how it feels in your hands, against your face. We’re running out of ways to keep you out of things. Our things have steadily been moved higher + higher, out of your reach, but we’re at our limits, now. If only you could understand, sweet boy, that there are always some things in life that are off limits.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DJ – The second I snap a photograph, no matter if I’m trying to be sneaky or not, you perk right up and rush over to take a look at the back of the camera. You’re so adorable these days.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DJ I’m sure that a lot of people would think I‘m nuts if I told them how many photos I have of you. But when I hand you a bowl of plain greek yogurt (your new favorite) and you dive in like this, I can’t help but round off ten shots. And yes, I will be keeping them all.

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Posted: January 31, 2015 by Rachel

 “A portrait of my son, once a week, every week in 2015

DJ – 
You are my everything, my sweet, darling, loveable boy. I’ll swallow these moments whole.

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Posted: January 24, 2015 by Rachel

 “A portrait of my son, once a week, every week in 2015


DJ – 
You found these cowboy boots tucked deep in your closet. They were handed down to us and are much too big for you, but you don’t seem disturbed. You love slipping your feet into them and clomping around upstairs for minutes on end.

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Posted: January 17, 2015 by Rachel

“A portrait of my son, once a week, every week in 2015

DJ –
I am in constant awe of your personality that is shaping right in front of our eyes. Already, I see so much of your daddy and I in you, both good and bad traits. You make me so proud.

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Posted: January 10, 2015 by Rachel

“A portrait of my son, once a week, every week in 2015


DJ – This week I‘ve seen a real shift in the toys you play with. As in, there are a select few. As a result, I’ve packed up a lot of your toys, put some aside for hand me downs, and put the others in your toy chest upstairs. I love that you’re taking more of an interest in the puzzles and blocks these days.

I never really considered not continuing on with this project this year since I ended up capturing some great moments last year. My hopes for 2015 are to really focus on telling a story with my images. What my son is loving these days, what frustrates him, what we do together as a family.

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Posted: December 28, 2014 by Rachel

“A portrait of my child, once a week, every week in 2014”


Another yearly tradition in the bag: family photos at Christmas time in the Bellagio atrium. So happy that we have done this for five years now.

And just like that this incredible, frustrating-at-times, inspiring series comes to an end. Will I continue on in 2015? I think I just might…

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Posted: December 20, 2014 by Rachel

“A portrait of my child, once a week, every week in 2014”


This week, despite it being so up and down, he blew me away with how much he is beginning to really understand us. I’m truly starting to feel as though my baby is officially gone.

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Posted: December 13, 2014 by Rachel

“A portrait of my child, once a week, every week in 2014”


To date he hasn’t shown even the slightest interest in stuffed animals. When I spotted this Mickey toy, I had a feeling he would adore it. Turns out, he can’t get enough of it, and carries it around constantly, always tucked closely against him. It was meant to be a Christmas present, wrapped under the tree. I’ll give him just this one early. 

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Posted: December 6, 2014 by Rachel

“A portrait of my child, once a week, every week in 2014”


This age, like any age, comes with its complications. But my goodness, this kid. He has my whole heart and so much more. 20 months is the best yet.

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Posted: November 29, 2014 by Rachel

“A portrait of my child, once a week, every week in 2014”

He‘s stubborn and opinionated, hates what he hates and sure loves what he loves. Keys, remotes and “doing his hair” are among his true loves as of late.