A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2016.

I hadn’t intended on a theme for this week. Actually, yes I had. I intended to take Valentine’s-themed photos. Then I dressed Mary Virginia in the most adorable Valentine’s Day outfit, and a different theme emerged.

These are all taken from above, which is usually something I try to avoid — it’s one of the most basic rules of photographing children. Don’t take pictures from adult height; alter your perspective and take the photo level with their eyes.

But there are always exceptions. When I was taking these, I took both versions — above and on level — and I liked the version from above better. And so, a theme.

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David / Remember that Washi tape road I made? David never played with it. Never. Not once. And then I ripped it up and suddenly he needed it more than oxygen and he had DAILY tantrums when I refused to make it again.

So we made this instead (it folds up and fits behind a side table). I think he likes drawing the roads more than driving his cars on it, and that’s fine with me. He’s drawing roads from our house, Caleb’s house, church, the playground. Oh, and that’s Target in the upper right. That was the first thing we drew.

Mary Virginia / A friend gave me overalls for Mary Virginia and they are adorable. Fleece-lined with little red hearts, perfect for Valentine’s Day. I put them on her and she started screaming as if they were lined with little read acid hearts.

She didn’t calm down until I took them off her, and when I did I asked why she didn’t like them. She screamed in response, “Because they make me look like a FARMER! Who takes care of ANIMALS!”

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Thomas / This one. Pulling up to his knees and occasionally trying to stand. This speaker was one of the first things David pulled up on, too, and he still has a scar on his lip from that wobbly phase.


  1. Carie February 14, 2016

    Ah yes the golden rule of childhood- nothing is so precious as something gone!! Poor Mary Virginia, she’d be the cutest farmer ever!!

  2. Tori February 14, 2016

    The same thing happened when I took pictures of Sam last week. I got down and took a bunch on the floor and liked the one from above the most. One more rule to break 🙂

  3. Brenda Payne February 15, 2016

    1) Did David really draw those buildings on his cardboard “town”? Wow! I’m impressed!
    2) Mary Virginia might be right about those overalls (too funny!)
    3) How did Thomas get sooo big, so quickly? Adorable 🙂

    • amandakrieger February 17, 2016

      David didn’t draw the buildings! That was all my artistry 😉 he did the roads and the tree! I should have said that, someone else asked, too!
      And, I know, Thomas is growing so quickly — as babies do, I suppose! Today he pulled up to standing. My newborn baby! Standing!!!


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