guess who is walking?!

She still crawls some, but is on the move. Each day her number of steps in a row grows. It is so exciting. She is so proud of herself – and she has quite the loud cheering section each time she sets off. She prefers to walk towards me so that has made getting pictures a bit hard. At least daylight pictures when I like the lighting. So in addition to sharing her exciting news, I thought I’d share how I was able to capture her walking to me.

Set Up: Knowing I had to use the self timer on my camera, I started by setting the camera on the ground. My aperture was set at f/2.8, so I needed to be sure she stayed the about the same distance from the camera while she was walking if I wanted her to stay in the depth of field (stay in focus). Imagine an upside down triangle: my camera was the bottom point, she was the top right and I would position myself at the top left. I placed a cloth on the ground to focus on before I set the timer. I focused on the cloth instead of her in case she moved before I got over to her I could just set her right back where the cloth was and insure she was in focus. So…once my camera was focused on the cloth, I started the timer. (she was upset about me interrupting her walking practice)

Take 1: I stood her up, then moved to my spot and let her walk to me. However, she was too fast and beat the timer and I forgot to throw the cloth out of the picture.

Take 2: Repeated the above steps, but remembered to toss the cloth out and had her start a little later. However, I didn’t like that our faces were cropped out.

Take 3: I set my camera on a push toy nearby and repeated above steps. Keeper!

Take 4: Same as above, just another keeper.

The best part about her walking is the end. She smiles the whole time, but when she finally gets to me she falls into me and wraps her arms around my neck with a big grin and giggle. The Best.

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  • Eva - Oh, how awesome!!! I bet her cheering section just got a wee bit louder! And I love how you were able to capture such a significant milestone. Just simply awesome!

  • Kathy - This is my first time commenting – have been following you for over a year now I think… Love the progress that Little One is making, but I just had to comment that I love Take 1 for the fact that it shows one of her big brothers doing his own thing at the table – a bit out of focus, but there just the same. He’s still in Take 2, but by the time you get to Takes 3 and 4, his little boy sitting (standing) still timer has gone off and he’s vanished from the background.
    Thank you for sharing with all of us!

  • LeighP - Love this. I just do.

  • Will @ Bright.Bazaar - Ahhhh, yay! Such a happy, heart-warming post. Happy weekend!

  • twirlingbetty - Hooray! Dear little muffin. She is SO freaking cute!

  • Dana - I know you are a photographer, but it would be so neat to watch Little Ones early steps via a video! Congrats to her!

  • jennie - way to go little one!!

  • stephanie - beautiful as always.
    so proud!!!!!

  • Kimberlee Jost - This makes my heart sing!

  • Angela - How sweet!! I’m so happy that I had the privilege to meet you and Little One – even if only briefly – at Craft Weekend. Little One is a pure joy with an infectious smile and personality. Now that she is ‘on-the-move’ the real fun begins!

  • Jen - Whoo Hoo!

  • Cheri Dietzman - Hooray! Nothing like a child’s first steps! I am in awe of the evidence of love in her life and the difference that love is making! Love Wins!

  • Sharron - I just “stumbled” onto your blog from Contented Sparrow. Looking through I have tears and a big smile. We also have a daughter from China. She became ours Dec. 15, 2006. I saw your post about your daughters hands and I laughed! Kate did that too for a while. Not ever upset, just staring, especially when going to sleep. And do I see a blanket in your daughters mouth? Kate still chews on her blankets. Yes, she is 6, almost 7! We’ve weaned her to only having it in the car and home, not in public anymore, but I’m thinking she may be walking down the isle with one! LOL Well, I just wanted to say hello. Adopting Kate has been amazing and I was excited to “meet” you.

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - Yay little one! So wonderful!

  • able mabel - I love that you were able to capture these pictures! They are so special!

  • Tanya - That is the sweetest thing ever! Love this post, love that she’s so happy at the end. My heart just melted. And thanks for explaining the process–you are always so good with that.

  • elizabeth H - SO SO SWEET!! i love the beauty in how your arms are reaching for each other. oh, the JOY of motherhood!!

  • Learn to Love the Camera | Natural Parents Network - [...] I’ll admit that Ashley Ann writes one of my favorite blogs. She crafts, she parents, she photographs. And this is my favorite post regarding putting yourself in the picture. She also recently posted a quick tutorial on how she got pictures of her youngest daughter learning to walk towards her. It’s such a sweet post. Find it here. [...]

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