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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

"I'm going to be a dad!"

When English photographer Tom Robinson found out he and his wife were expecting their first child, he decided to capture the candid reactions of friends and family as he told them the good news. "Hand on heart, absolutely none of the reactions are staged," Robinson told My Modern Met. "My friends and family are used to me having a camera hanging on my shoulder, so it wasn't out of character when I said, 'Hey, can I take a photo of you?' I'd snap a few frames, then I'd move my head to one side and say, 'Guess what [pause], I'm going to be a dad.' Snap, snap, snap."
His parents in their new camper.
His sister (who lives in Australia).
Friends at their wedding.
His friend Max.
An old school buddy.
Aimee, who responded with a loud "F@$#!"
Their friends at "the curry."
His wife's brothers (who soon went back to their computer game).

How adorable is that?

P.S. He also did Feet First. :)

(Via My Modern Met)

92 comments:

Tikkitiboo + Ahka Vintage said...

Oh this is gorgeous! Such a great idea and memory for later on!

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Kelly said...

This is such a lovely idea... I wish my husband and I would have done something like this when we first told our friends and family of our pregnancy news :)
We too are expecting our first child.

Best Wishes!

Kelly
Mod Human Vintage
www.modhumanvintage.com

Diana Mieczan said...

What a sweet idea and fun memory to have. The parents photo is so heartfelt and wonderful. Happy Tuesday, Joanna.

pigeon pie said...

what a wonderful and brilliant idea!

Niki said...

What a gorgeous idea and such a great keepsake!

Imagine the fun they'll have when they get to show these photo's to thier child when they're grown up.

Thanks for sharing Jo.

Niki @ LQM&M
xo

Joanna Goddard said...

congratulations, kelly!!! :)

Kara said...

oh my goodness! what a great idea! i totally want to try and do this when my husband & i one day become pregnant... how awesome would these photos be in an album to show your child how excited everyone was when they first heard the news?! wow.... my heart is melting!!!

xx, kara

Joanna Goddard said...

when i told my best male friends, their reaction was just like the guys in the bottom photo. we were out to dinner, and they had ordered ceviche for the table, and i wasn't allowed to have raw fish since i was pregnant. so i had to tell them. and they were like, "oh. well, who wants more?" i was like....wait, did you hear what i just said? haha, guys are so funny. :)

Kristin H said...

Funny!! Amazing how we open our mouth when we get news....:)

Amy Rene said...

that's adorable! love it!

Neus said...

ohh I love this series of photos!! I would love to do it someday with my friends and family!

meesch said...

this is hilarious and amazing! I LOVE this idea = )

-meesch
http://www.aperfectkindofday.com

Christy said...

AH! I love love love this! And it totally makes me want to do this too someday! (Since I always have a camera on me as well...)

Ranu said...

Love this! The photos are so funny and happy!

Melissa Blake said...

This is so adorable! His parents reaction is so sweet! :)

Miss Bibliophile said...

How funny! I especially love the reactions of the bride and other people at the wedding!

Sara Szatmary said...

I love this!! It's so great to see how excited people get.

wildchild said...

these are so cute! it would have been awesome to see his reaction first. ha. i especially love his friend max.

Shreya said...

This is such a wonderful idea - each of those pics make me smile :)

KristiMcMurry said...

What a cute idea! Love it. How nice to have those reactions caught on camera :)

Jules said...

So much fun! That kid is going to love looking at these.

On a completely different topic, I JUST watched this before checking in on your blog, Joanna, and I know you have family in Cornwall. Cool footage!! http://www.grindtv.com/outdoor/blog/30569/incredible+footage+shows+towering+cliff+collapse+into+the+atlantic/

Lele said...

Those boys on the bottom are exactly what I would expect from my brothers!!! haha, hilarious. Love this!!

Ly said...

This is such a lovely idea!

-Ly

http://www.lyzhang.com

Sylvia @ 40PlusStyle said...

What a great idea. This put a big smile on my face!

JavelinWarrior said...

That's awesome - the expressions are priceless and will make a wonderful photo album in years to come. I can ::almost:: hear the reactions in these photos :)

Tee said...

Cute idea, but I wish it didn't look so fake. But thenm I doubt it's very easy for people to have natural reactions to anything with a camera pointed at them...

Jovana M. said...

That is a brilliant idea and so cute. Those photos will go great in the baby's first album. Except maybe the last one haha. :)

Katie said...

ahh, so fun! Is he from the Bradford area? I lived there for a bit, and curry's a big thing there. :)

Anna Walker said...

SUPER SUPER SUPER cute! :D
Oh and by the way, his old school buddy is pretty darn cute! Hahahaha :)

http://annawalker1992.blogspot.com/

Jennifer King said...

Hilarious! And really sweet at the same time!

Ava said...

What happened to Monday's post? Motherhood Mondays are the best! Oh..and when my sister told me she was pregnant last year, in the middle of Gramercy Park, I was so happy that I announced it to everyone within earshot, and everyone cheered and clapped. And honest to goodness, a man in his 60s (?) who was carrying a bouquet of flowers intended for his wife, gave them to my sis. It was the sweetest, most spontaneous NY moment I have ever experienced. Which of course made me tear up, as I did every 20 minutes or so for the rest of the day.

Ophelia said...

What amazing moments to capture!
It made me smile.

http://cestlavieophelia.blogspot.com/

Bianca said...

so cute!

Tamara said...

Beautiful, laughable idea

Jessica Wray said...

what a clever idea! :)

Sarah said...

Haha that is so clever and adorable. I think the one with the brother playing the video game is my favorite. He went right back to the game lol.

- Sarah
http://agirlintransit.blogspot.com/

Elle said...

Aww that is adorable. I hope that when I plan to start a family, I can capture the reaction of all my family members :)

Joanna Goddard said...

sarah, me too!

Tish said...

LOL I might have to steal this idea because when I finally announce to my family I'm pregnant they're gonna kill over. Being from the Midwest I'm a tad bit "old maid" in their eyes.

Ana Magdalena said...

haha how nice

LeeLee said...

This is too sweet. What a great idea.

ana {bluebirdkisses} said...

such a cute idea! I wish we'd done something similar, but we were so excited we just BBM'd everyone haha

www.bluebirdkisses.com

Vicky said...

This is such a cute idea! I love how genuine everyone's expression is x

Notes from Holly St. said...

loooove this!

Danny said...

I love this guy. Congrats to him!

Meta Musings said...

haha! this is an amazing idea! love the photos!

Lindsay R said...

hahaha this is great! and think the brothers are my favorite, just turn around and go right back to their game. hahah...

a girl and her bird said...

haha, great idea :o)

Kiana said...

So cute! I have a question though: When do you tell people? I have a lot of friends who don't say anything until they're a couple of months along in case they miscarry or something. It would be so terrible to tell everyone and then you lose it. What's the protocol here?

Sunna said...

That is one amazing idea - and what a fun and cute photo album that would make for the little one! It's such a cool way to break the news as well, it must have been so unexpected.

I don't have children yet, but I've still thought about how I would announce the pregnancy to friends and family. It's a bit tricky - everytime one of my close girlfriends says "Guess what?" the rest automatically responds "Are you pregnant?!!" thereby kind of spoiling the surprise... I could see this working, though!

Libby said...

that is very cute and a cool thing to add to babies baby book down the road! reminds me of the gender reveal parties..except I like it when the couple also doesnt know what the verdict is and they bite into their cupcakes before everybody else. I think it's adorable!

Ashley said...

I love this idea!!!! What a fun way to announce such special news!

Lauren Kent said...

Wow, they're such cute reactions!

Joy said...

This is too cute for words!

chereemoore said...

Love this. We did something similar. We were at a restaurant and we asked the waitress to take a picture of our family. She snapped one. And we said "Everyone say 'Cheese'" then we asked her to take one more just to be sure and we said, "Everyone say Cheree is pregnant!" The reactions were priceless and the waitress had the frame of mind to keep taking pictures of the ENTIRE thing. It was a great way to document this special occasion.

http://chereemoore.blogspot.com/2011/04/were-having-baby-how-we-told-our.html

Sammi said...

love this, particularly Aimee's reaction. I am sure mine would have been similar!

Cassandra Marie said...

Bahaha those bridal party friends' reactions crack me up! So stunned! :D

Krystina said...

This is the cutest idea ever... I need to pass this along to my sister as she and her husband may have a need for this sometime soon. Im shocked it took me this long to jump on your blog's bandwagon- it's gorgeous and an amazing inspiration for newer bloggers! I can't wait to keep stopping by for more mojo.
*Krystina
www.cupahotchocolate.blogspot.com

Shelby Clark said...

Oh my gosh! What a fantastic idea! I totally want to steal it when I am announcing my own future pregnancies!

Eliza Jane said...

This is great!

Anathalia said...

Fantastic!

LB said...

This is a wonderful idea. I love the brothers who could seem to care less about the baby than their video game. Awesome post! Made me smile :)

Anna Claire said...

So so so so cute!

And this is completely off subject, but I must have skipped over the "English photographer" part at the beginning and afterward, thought - those people MUST be British because they look just so quintessentially English! I wonder why that is? What makes someone look "English"? It's particularly obvious among the guys and I have no idea why...

Kate said...

This makes me giggle! Sooo cute!

Katrina said...

adorable!!

Lauren at TwIn Style said...

This is so awesome, it totally makes me want to do the same. Looks like people didn't expect him to become a dad!

amynicole said...

What a classic idea! Each persons reaction is priceless!

Anna said...

this made my week. love love love it.

what a lucky kid to one day actually get to SEE how his family reacted to his or her arrival!

i never even THOUGHT about what that might have entailed-- what people thought, said, etc. I need to ask my mom now. : )

xoxo

Fleur De Moi said...

What a sweet and cute idea!

Diana said...

This is priceless! Thanks for sharing, Jo.

charity @ c'est la belle vie said...

this almost made me tear up! so fun and beautiful. Love this kind of photography.

Matilda said...

This is such a wonderful idea. The shock and sincerity in all of their faces is priceless - you can't fake that!

Thank you for sharing this.

The Cyclist's Wife said...

So cute! I love it!

akolb14 said...

Bahahahahahaha. Cracks me up. Love this!

selene said...

i am sorry this is a random comment but where can i get a necklace like the girl with the shades? is that a name necklace?? :)

Karissa said...

this is such a cute way of remembering that special time in their lives. Amazing!!!!!

kc

http://measuredbyvolume.blogspot.com/

Bailey Ana said...

That it pretty cool :)

cherrypip said...

@seline the necklace is from Tatty Devine, you can design your own, they are very cute!
https://www.tattydevine.com/shop/jewellery/name-necklaces.html

Tom Robinson said...

Thanks for all the love Jo. I'm happy you like my photography. Tom

Bri said...

this is so great! :)

able mabel said...

LOVE this idea!! It gave me a good chuckle.

Diane said...

I am sure he is very chuffed but the only people who's expressions look real are the bride and groom...
I am a mum of 2 kids but not once did I feel that by being pregnant or having kids I re-invented the wheel. Now people want to 'announce' their 'special' status (being pregnant) and act like they are the first ever pregnant human's, OMG!
Jo, the response those guys gave you was the best- it's all very nice but ultimately not new, not earth shattering and please can they get on with their lives. You had your 'moment' but maybe wanted more. Emm...their response was totally fine.
Also I know you're English (or born there) but please, please stick to minimal mentions of the English if you can- I live with them you see and cannot quite whip up the joyful sentiments you express; a more unpleasant, insular bunch I am yet to encounter.
Nothing against you though Jo, you do seem like a genuinely sweet soul..lucky you to have got out of England though or it might be another story..
Ok, done with the rant. Ta!

Karen said...

My cousin did a similar things. This was my cousins way of catching her sister's and mom's reaction to her baby announcement. check it out. http://justinhackworth.com/blog/2011/motherdaughter-portraits-provo-ut/

Jaime said...

This is the cutest idea ever! I love his website too.

nuresma said...

This is a such good idea!
His parents and sister are so excited!
How cute!

Hilary said...

haha! I couldn't help but laugh out loud as I looked at these reactions! so great. Made me so happy.

RockRose Development said...

We love this idea! It would be amazing to see an entire exhibition just on the reactions when various tidbits of information are received. I'm sure it's also an eye opener for Tom's friends and family as to exactly what their expressions look like!

Jackie said...

This is adorable. I think I'll do this when and if we have a baby.

Nomadic D. said...

This is one of the sweetest cutest most heart-warming things I've seen in a while. Just so honest and naked, and so moving!

http://nomadic-d.blogspot.com/

A Girl, A Style said...

This is just the sweetest thing I have seen all week - what an adorable project! Thank you so much for sharing Jo, it made me smile out loud!

Briony xx

http://agirlastyle.com

Kidney Stone Home Remedies said...

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HI Joanna,, Cool and fun Photos.. I liked it!

Truan said...

Ha, that's such a cool idea!

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