I put all of the “first semester” of James’ While You Were At Preschool pictures into one post, so of course I had to do the same for the second semester. It’s so cool to look at how James grew through the months. Plus, there were some pictures I’d forgotten about!
I received a lot of questions about the series over the nine months I put it together, so I thought I’d answer some of the most frequently asked questions.
Q: Do you take a bunch of the photos at once?
A: Nope. With only a couple exceptions for travel or appointments, I took every picture while Annie was at school. Between dropping Annie off at school and James’ nap time, I only had about 30 minutes to get everything set up and take the picture. Luckily, my mom was almost always around for the pictures. This was especially helpful as James got older and more mobile. A spotter was necessary!
Q: Did you photoshop the pictures?
A: No. I took every photo with my iPhone. I then ran the picture through the A Beautiful Mess app, adjusted the exposure, and wrote the caption.
Q: Do you own ALL of those costumes?
A: Some of the costumes we owned (my mom loved the pictures and often would show up with a new costume or accessory), some we borrowed, and many I improvised or made with my sewing machine, my cousin’s cricut, and a lot of duct tape.
Q: What did you have to do to get James to smile all the time?
A: He’s naturally that happy! But I’d usually whistle or make a silly noise to get his attention. As he got older, he often was distracted by the props – especially the Peeps!
Q: What does Annie think of it?
A: Annie really loved all the pictures. She always wanted to see the props I used, and she’d often engage in pretend play based on that day’s photo (she ran around with the Olympic torch I made, and she and James played “police officers” for hours). She just told me this morning that she wants James to “still do silly things for me this summer,” so she’s already missing the photos.
(To see what Annie said about each adventure, just click on the photographs.)
Which one was your favorite?