Celebrating Ten Years Of Zoe

My first born just turned ten and I can hardly believe it! It seemed like yesterday when it was 2007 and we brought her home from the hospital.

Note: Most of these photos can now be seen in larger sizes by double clicking on them.

“Milk” 2007. Canon EOS 5D Classic, EF 50mm f/1.8

I’ve always said that time is moving too fast for me, but I really think having children speeds it up even faster.

It’s a bittersweet feeling that I’m sure many of you can relate to. You’re happy and thankful that they’re growing up strong, smart and healthy. At the same time, you still want to hold on to them being your baby, even if they have way outgrown that baby stage.

“Pink Ducky” 2007. Canon EOS 5D Classic, EF 50mm f/1.8 lens

The one thing I don’t hear many people mention when talking about their kids getting older is the fact that as they grow older, so do we the parents. You see the gray hairs growing in and your youth slipping away. This to me is the bittersweet part. I think it’s because I still feel like a kid myself, yet I know I am not…or am I? πŸ˜ƒπŸ‘ΆπŸ»

The first ten years of Zoe’s life brought many profound changes transforming a baby to a young girl. The next ten years will change her from a young girl to a young woman and turn her dad into old man 😒

“First Thanksgiving” 2007. Canon EOS 5D, EF 50mm f/1.8

“The Eye” 2008. Canon EOS 5D Classic, Hasselblad 110mm f/2 Zeiss Planar via adapter.

Oh I’m getting ahead of myself now! Ok let’s cherish the moment! Please allow me today to share with you some of my favorite images of Zoe from the past ten years, using and testing many different cameras and lenses along the way. Most I used for a short time, then sold. Many I wished I had kept, at least for a little while longer 😘

“Silent Night” 2008. Nikon D2X, Voigtlander 125mm f2.5 Apo Lanthar

The best fringe benefit about having a kid as far as I’m concerned is justifying your gear purchases because you’re capturing precious memories of your children and that is priceless! 😊

Happy 10th Birthday Zoe!!

“Q-Tip” 2008. Norita 66 Medium Format camera, 80mm f/2 Noritar, Kodak Portra 400 film.

“The Giant Slayer” 2009. Yasica A TLR, Tri-X 400 in T-Max developer.

“Zoe’s Portrait” 2012. Leica R8, 80mm f/1.4 Summilux-R, film unrecorded.

“End Of Summer” 2012. Bronica RF645, 65mm f/4 Zenzanon, Kodak T-Max 400 in T-Max developer.

“Center Of My Universe” 2012. Ricoh GRD 8.1mp digital camera

“Jump” 2013. Sony A99, Rokinon 35m f/1.4

Bonus Shot…

“Kiss” 2017. Sigma SD Quattro, 30mm f/1.4 Sigma Art lens

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4 thoughts on “Celebrating Ten Years Of Zoe

  1. What a lovely remembrance. Especially that you noticed how as our children age, so do we, but nobody ever talks about that.

    My youngest just started college. I look in the mirror now and still expect to see the man I was at 29, when my oldest was born, and am shocked to see that I’m actually 50. Fortunately, the gods have smiled on me and I still have all my hair and it’s still 98% black and so I pass for a little younger. πŸ™‚

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    1. Hi Jim, thanks for your comments and insights into the “aging parent” syndrome! Happy to hear that your hair is still youthful! I’ve been lucky too that the greys are few so I’m growing my hair out a little in that last bit of glory. Who knows how much longer it will stay black or long. Always nice to hear from you! 😊

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  2. Thanks for these memories Bro….I was there looking at these from the beginning and I too cannot believe how fast the time is flying. Baby Zoe became little kid Zoe and now she is big sister Zoe heading into teen-dom. WOW….and now that I have Blaise to photograph, it’s going even faster for me so I know what you mean.
    Anyway, here’s to Zoe….growing into a beautiful young lady….and to you too dudester….as dedicated a loving dad as there ever was! πŸ™‚

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    1. Thanks Bro! Yes, you were there all that time when I was posting these Zoe photos fresh and I appreciate you for it! Keep taking those wonderful shots of Blaise, he’s got a face made for the camera and ain’t nobody better to take his photo than you! πŸ™‚

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