Max :: year 3

I’d like to re-introduce you to a young man always known for being in motion. True, most 3 year olds are known for that… but maybe not quite like Max…

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It may have something to do with Max’s dad owning a gym and having been on ‘American Ninja Warrior’ this past year. I am sure there are better versions of this clip somewhere, but if you’re curious to see both dad Casey and mr. Max featured on national TV, you can take a look here:

 

The Finleys are also just pretty awesome people, and it was so cool to get to work with them for the third year running (it’s now tradition to have a new session done and book put together around Max’s birthday each year). Mom Leslie and brand new baby brother Jett complete the picture… I am sure we’ll have another session before long devoted more to the little guy.

Just wait til HE can move! 🙂

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my view on a good portion of the shoot… not many toddlers get their own bounce house brought to a photo shoot. 🙂

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the same shot from the beginning of the post, cropped out to its’ original format. No photoshoppery to make the kiddo look like he’s ‘flying’, just lots of air between dad and son.

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I SWEAR I did not pose him. Mr. GQ…

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Max’s beautiful cousin Sunny- whom he loves dearly- joined in toward the end of the shoot.

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2 comments

  1. this (the flying pics and the leaves) is much more the vein of surrealism I was getting at and like that other guy you mentioned a few days back — removing “things left as they are” from the picture so either (1) the subject seems out of place in the natural space or (2) the added object (prop) feels out of place in an otherwise natural environment. The mirror, for instance, if removed from that guy’s photo in the river would merely turn it into a dude poking his head out of water. The insertion of the mirror, however, turn it into the remnants of some “mirror, mirror” moment.

    Pulling out all reverence to architecture in the top does this in the first. Pulling out all tethers to a launch point (in this case, dad’s arms) in the third & fourth does this as well. Pulling out all reference to the trampoline achieves this effect in the second.

    These are all, in my opinion, category 1 of surrealism (stated above). Basically, you’ve removed the natural space from the subject matter. The Adara fairy picture and the moment in Cold Brewed where we add light to the gun are examples of category 2 surrealism. Both are good, both have their virtues. We need to experiment with both in the series.

    But my question is this: what happens when we mix them?

    This:

    or this:


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