Danni has some adorable photos from when she was little, and one of them was by far and away my favourite and one I knew I would want to recreate with our own child.
It’s shown below, but it was a simple black & white photo depicting an adorable, infant Danni and the toy her father had given her. I scoured the internet to try to find a copy of the inflatable deer she adored so much as a child but the only reasonable copies I found were on Chinese websites and would only ship to Chinese addresses.
Luckily, we have connections over there 😉
I had to spoil my plans and ended up asking Danni to order the inflatable for me so we could do this photo. She loved the idea and managed to track down a supplier on Taobao and put in an order (minimum 3!). They arrived in plenty of time, but were about twice the size of Danni’s original and not nearly as cute, but they would have to do.
As these were so much larger we had to prop Flynn up on an overturned basket to get a similar feel. Fortunately, he’s a pretty strong sitter these days and only fell forward face-planting onto the bed once. In my head, we would get Flynn to place his arm as lovingly around the deer in the same way his mum had done with her’s decades earlier. In reality Flynn wasn’t a fan of the deer but did enjoy knocking it over anytime it got too close to him which, while funny, wasn’t exactly the look I was going for.
In the end we settled for the image below. Flynn is in the midst of teething, so keeping his fingers out of his mouth is a task that no man can accomplish. We’re happy with the image chosen though as even while chewing his digits you can still see his smiling face. All that was left was to try to age the image a bit in Photoshop and we have the end result you see below.
Slightly interesting for me at least was to learn one difference between China and the West in relation to photography. Danni and I were born in the same year a little over a month apart, and when she first saw my baby photos she asked if they had all been colourized. Turns out, colour photography wasn’t widely available to the average consumer when she was born so all of her baby photos are in black & white.