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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Edward Mapplethorpe

How amazing are Edward Mapplethorpe's children's portraits? The New York photographer takes portraits of one-year-olds sitting up (he insists that the shoot happen right around their first birthday). Interestingly, instead of giving the parents a big selection to choose from, he shows only one or two frames from the shoot (pretty bold), but apparently the parents have always been thrilled. Not hard to see why. (That first little dude kills me.)

P.S. Ridiculously adorable baby profiles and newborns.

(Via The Year in Pictures. Thanks, Jenny)

82 comments:

maggie said...

these portraits are wonderful. they absolutely feelmore like fine art than baby photos.

Jennifer said...

those are amazing portraits. I love how serious the babies look.

Rachel Dangerfield said...

How darling. I love the emotions he captures on their faces! I can't wait to see your little guy! He's going to be amazing.

stephanie said...

ahhh my heart is aflutter! omg these are too cute :)

Taylor K said...

I really like it when photographers let the baby's personality shine through instead of trying to make them laugh and smile. SO cute!

Ashley Lynn Fry said...

these are great! i agree with maggie, they def feel like fine art than baby photos.

So wonderful, I want one! (a baby, not a random babies portrait- haha. I think the parents would think that is creepy)

Thanks for sharing Joanna!

xoxo

Joanna Goddard said...

rachel, i seriously stare at babies and toddlers on the street, wondering what our little man will look like! i think i freak out their parents. :)

Cassie said...

lovely glasses!

The Lil Bee said...

Like! Like! Like!

erin said...

so great!

Melissa Blake said...

LOVE these! So adorable!

The French said...

So cute. It's like he captures the wise old man within...except maybe for the first one. He looks like he's thinking, "Come on, guys!"

Laura Trevey said...

I like the idea of only showing one or two!! Great shots...

Mo said...

Aw, these are amazing! Yes that is bold but with pics that good it's easy to see why he does it that way. Your little bundle of joy is coming so soon! My vote is May 30, my birthday. It's such a great day to have a birthday!

shoptoomuch said...

Awwww.... Too adorable!!

StacyShine said...

I find out tomorrow if its a boy or girl in my belly! :) These photos make my heart flutter. We are pretty sure its a boy...wonder if we will be right?!!

gih said...

Different facial expressions, 1st baby is feels sad, second is angry, and third is happy.

dulci said...

these are stunning!!

http://ladulcivida.blogspot.com/

Joanna Goddard said...

oh my goodness, stacy, how exciting!!!

Jeanette said...

Are you kidding me with how cute these are??? I've given them names (love to do that). Smart man giving them only 2 choices. Must make his life much easier.

Chaucee said...

Completely awesome. I love how the personalities show through!

Stacey said...

Just adorable!!!

Good Girls Studio said...

Adorbale! I just want to pinch their cheeks!

Elissa said...

beautiful, beautiful work. i feel like some of these are longing for speech bubbles, 'you lookin' at me?!' says the first one. ha ha.

Her name was Lola said...

Goodness gracious! These are precious. Oh Jo, you must schedule a portrait session for your little one! Cheers.

hip hip gin gin said...

So cute!! That first kiddo looks mighty confused, which makes him look even cuter!! Love it!

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

The Worrier, The Bold, The Romantic.

Their personalities are written on their faces!

Hollie said...

these make me want to take black & whites of my baby. :]

Desiree Fawn said...

cuties!

BusyB said...

they so sweet! What great photos!

Anna said...

these are my very favorite sort of pictures. oh the emotion it captures!
xo

Sara said...

Wow. Those are some of the most compelling images I've ever seen. If I have an extra $10K laying around when my first child turns 1, I'll be calling him.

Thanks for sharing!

www.highheelsandddp.blogspot.com

Joanna Goddard said...

i know, haha, sara, they are crazy expensive. but sooo beautiful.

Miss Val's Creations said...

These portraits are amazing. It is so sweet when a 1 year old looks right at the camera!

seesaw designs said...

ha! the first little dude is so cute. i'm sure your little guy will be ADORABLE. can't wait to 'meet' him.

Wahzat Gayle said...

this reminds me I need to get my girls pics done.... they are turning 1 in two weeks..sigh where does the time go

Monica from Hola!design said...

yes, the first one is so cute!

Sarah K said...

Oh my gosh! These are so cute;) I think he's smart not to give parents too many choices, who needs them anyway-- when the photos are so gorgeous!

3ate4 said...

What a great idea

Rachel said...

Oh my cuteness! Great photos.

the1015lab said...

Oh my! these babies are so cute!

Ephemeral Evidence said...

So gorgeous...he seems to capture what they are thinking...

.simply.life. said...

Oh my oh my....SO cute!!

nicole said...

Joanna, I've been following your blog for about two years now. How is it that you're always the #1 source for the cutest news/photos ever!? Thank you for what you do :]

http://www.talklikelovers.blogspot.com

notsoyellow said...

while ago i posted a few portraits of weeping children...something different than mappeltorpe's calm cute faces;) http://notsoyellow.blogspot.com/2010/01/weepin.html

:)

web development said...

Takes some serious skill to capture a toddler like this. Amazing photos.

Michely Medeiros. said...

ahhh how cute!!!!

amynicole said...

My oh my, what a brilliant photographer! His shots are amazing!

Lyla said...

Wow. It's unbelievable how old their facial expressions/eyes/something about them look even though they're still babies.

Cory Lane Anderson said...

Brilliant! I just love these photos!

jlh06h said...

That first little guy is how I imagine Elijah Wood would have looked as a baby, they are all so sweet!

Diana Mieczan said...

Ahhhh I want a baby after seeing those:) How cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Kisses:)

Paige said...

I LOVE THIS!!! Amazing pictures! Peter will be one in three months? This is worth hopping a plane to NYC for!

Melinda said...

Simplicity at its best! These little guys don't need props.

Kristin Hjellegjerde said...

You just fall in love with every single one:)

Victoria Whincup said...

Wow these are quite amazing...Thanks for sharing!

Aron said...

Those are so good! His insistence about only using a few frames is very Frank Lloyd wright.
I can respect that.

erica said...

aww, i love their fuzzy new hair. i've been afraid to have professional photos of leon done because there aren't too many who will do straight photography. these are pretty much what i'd want. i also spend a lot of time obsessing about who leon resembles. his looks keep changing, and sometimes i'll see an expression that is pure matthew. so hilarious, and probably more entertaining than tv and movies combined!

Becca Jane said...

These are adorable!!

jennifer said...

I"m so happy you posted these Joanna.

Ours has quickly become one of our most prized possessions. one of the things that doesn't translate online is the scale of the images--they are huge-24 x 20, larger than life (especially in a smallish bklyn apartment). Evander recognizes himself in the image and gets excited too.

Molly said...

These are genius! I love the lighting and the black and white.

http://verypeaceandjoy.blogspot.com/

Jenny said...

These literally make my heart hurt they are so sweet.

ellie snow said...

insanely cute. what a great find!

Tanya (a Taste of T) said...

LOVE these

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Chessa! said...

yep. amazing. he is awesome.

jean goddard said...

These are so gorgeous.

samantha hahn said...

they're precious!

Ada Rosman said...

very cool... love them. that first one is too funny. i love that they are black and white... and the children do look quite serious.

Elizabeth said...

So intriguing. Makes me wonder what mine would have looked like.

jonahliza said...

beautiful beybehs. i love the approach.

prashant said...

I love the emotions he captures on their faces! I can't wait to see your little guy! He's going to be amazing.
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Em-Jae said...

WOW!!!

couture dresses said...

They are adorable! Where did this children come from, they are like perfect models, so professional! I love the face expressions, cute!Amazing session.

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Does anyone know how much is an edward protrait cost?

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