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52 weeks and 52 posters of my kid later

You know how parents like to take pictures of their new born to document each milestone? We might’ve taken it too far.

This one is to Zoltan, without whom this post would have been completed two years sooner.

It all started with the Buzz Lightyear onesie.

It was a gift. And as a token of appreciation, Michelle and I thought it’d be cool to share a photo of Zoltan in the onesie. Sure.

Then, we thought if we were gana take a photo anyway, instead of using the floor or our bed, why not set up a clean backdrop to make everything look better. Of course.

And since we were already using a backdrop, we might as well…use ear buds as stars, scarves as planets, drag the thermometer across the canvas like a shooting star and, you know, while we were at it, photoshop the photo and turn it into a poster.

Two months old.

Zoltan was two months old at the time.

We decided to do this every weekend till Zoltan’s one. year. old.

The Rules

To prevent us from giving up this project half way, we had set some ground rules.

1. This project should not add unnecessary stress—It should be fun and off of our minds until the day of the shoot. So we tend to just try to come up with a theme on the day of the shoot or the day before. And that was why you’ll see lots of posters were drawn from current events.

2. If we could set up the scene using practical effects, we did. We wanted to utilize what we had around to increase the shot’s creativity and reduce the work needed for post production. It was also way more fun making a stereo speaker using cast iron lids and lego pieces than just throw one in with photoshop.

3. For each photoshoot, we had set a hard limit of 30 minutes per shoot. From finding the needed material to set up to snapping the photo, the entire process took no more than 30 minutes, which worked out 99% of the time. Usually it was Zoltan’s fault when we had to break this rule.

The Equipments

Flash: I used the Canon 430EX Speedlite with the Cowboy Studio Speedlite trigger

Camera: My beloved Olympus EM5 Mk II (which has since RIP’d due to a trip to waterfalls and sharp rocks) with the Panasonic 12-35mm f2.8.

The Posters

They’re in chronological order. Mostly.

8 weeks
9 weeks
10 weeks

The skater poster is one of my favorites. (Shout out to Jeff for making the custom moc for Zoltan)

11 weeks

For the ideation stage, we’re sometimes inspired by current events, other times by the outfits available. How could we not do a golfer shoot with a polo like this one.

12 weeks

Easter weekend.

13 weeks

Another one inspired by the outfit. My mother-in-law brought us this military-grade-looking down jacket. I’m pretty sure she thought we lived in Alaska.

15 weeks

Another one of my faves.

16 weeks

This was a surprise to my wife (where I’ve setup the shoot without her). She was not impressed.

18 weeks

This was taken from a hotel in SoCal, where we attended a wedding that weekend.

19 weeks
20 weeks

The banana was meant to be the moon.

21 weeks
5 months

Warriors had won the championship. I made a custom onesie for the occasion.

23 weeks

July 4th weekend, the execution here was lacking. One of those weekends.

24 weeks
25 weeks
6 months

Most people don’t know what this is.

28 weeks

Steve’s glasses were photoshoped.

Pretty proud of how we pulled out the sashimi poster.

Looking back, the 1 year project wrapped up in a blink of an eye. Why stop at 1, you say?

Clearly, you don’t work with 1 year olds. Try asking one to sit still when you get a chance.

But why stop at digital posters, you ask?

Glad you asked:

 We’ve already spent 52 weekends taking photos, might as well making it a tangible book so we can brag to our grand kids and to make their parents look bad.  I made the book with Blurb. I wish I can say I’ve done an intensive research and found that this is the go-to print shop. What happened was I read some simple reviews and decided to go with my gut. Turned out not bad. I’d go with them again. When Zoltan was pre-baby.

A one weekend spur of the moment type deal had turned into a year long project. It was certainly one of my most enjoyable projects. Also probably because the Warriors had won that year.

And sorry, my second kid, you might not get the same treatment. Daddy’s kinda lazy.

’Til then.

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