Little Cutie

Look at this little cutie! Isn’t she sweet? This photo was, I think, part of a collection of vintage photos of children that I bought about a year or so back. Not all the photos were great – many were too out of focus, but that’s the price one has to pay for buying this way – but a few were wonderful and this was one of them.

I kept the background fairly muted as I didn’t want it to detract from the child subject. It’s not always particularly easy to get a good balance between background, props and the subject.

I often wonder what the book is in these photos – so many studio photos use them. Unlike most, this looks like a photo album that’s been made up specially. As well as a prop, it probably fulfils another function: that of keeping the child busy til it’s time for the shutter to click. Doesn’t she look like she was surprised by an unexpected call to ‘look over here’?

12 thoughts on “Little Cutie

  1. I like the texture of her dress, too. It has a rather modern look to it. You’re certainly right about her expression; it’s delightful. She does look surprised. That hairdo kind of “gets” me, though. It looks a little too old and sophisticated for a child, but it may have been the fashion.

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  2. That dress looks to be crocheted, either with cotton thread or baby yarn — although it could also have been knitted. As one who does both, it looks more like crochet to me, though. She’s a real cutie all right. She looks to be about 3 years old. For some reason, this photograph feels to me as though it was taken in the late 1910’s or early 1920’s — and I’d bet it was taken in summer.

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