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February 13, 2013 11:13 AM   Subscribe

The face is angelic, the lighting soft and the subject is napping peacefully – just the way a newborn photo shoot should look. It took 13 years, but Latrell Higgins finally has his baby photos.
posted by waving (47 comments total) 25 users marked this as a favorite

 
Saw these earlier, love love love them. That kid is adorable and must have a great sense of humor.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 11:15 AM on February 13, 2013 [9 favorites]


I had seen this elsewhere, too, and I think it's amazing.

The kid seems to have enjoyed it thoroughly.

And his mother makes some really good points about older adoption. So an extra win for more awareness!
posted by zizzle at 11:17 AM on February 13, 2013 [4 favorites]


That's very sweet. I love people who have so much room in their hearts.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 11:21 AM on February 13, 2013 [4 favorites]


Everything about this story is awesome. Thanks for sharing!
posted by brand-gnu at 11:22 AM on February 13, 2013


Also, somewhat off-topic, but I think they should rename the Today show "Stuff Other People Saw Online 3 Days Ago". I watched it last week and it was all stuff I had seen on Metafilter days prior!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 11:25 AM on February 13, 2013 [6 favorites]


I can see so many opportunities for this to have gone badly. How great that the internet's reaction is kind and loving.
posted by jacquilynne at 11:26 AM on February 13, 2013 [2 favorites]


There was not a lot of hints but I guessed what this was about, so therefore should have known it would make me teary. Yet I clicked it anyway.

TPS: You are so right about the Today show. I mean they even have a weekly "viral video" competition segment.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 11:28 AM on February 13, 2013 [1 favorite]


I don't want to think about how I would have reacted at the age of 13 to this idea.
posted by goethean at 11:29 AM on February 13, 2013 [2 favorites]


He had me with the sweet little feet.
posted by waving at 11:32 AM on February 13, 2013 [6 favorites]


So I guess facebook can now release dust into my eyes?!?

I was really hoping for one of him sleeping on his dad's chest, because how adorably, hilariously awesome would that be?
posted by rtha at 11:34 AM on February 13, 2013 [18 favorites]


This is the best thing I've seen all week. Wonderful!!
posted by Elly Vortex at 11:34 AM on February 13, 2013


I don't want to think about how I would have reacted at the age of 13 to this idea.

Ditto - as the father of a young boy, I can only hope he'll be this sweet and open-minded as a teenager.

I also hope this isn't a stunt / BS.
posted by ryanshepard at 11:35 AM on February 13, 2013 [1 favorite]


Newborns can't lean on their elbows or rest their heads on their hands.
posted by brain_drain at 11:39 AM on February 13, 2013 [1 favorite]


Yes they can! Or at least they do in newborn photos. It's a popular pose.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 11:39 AM on February 13, 2013 [2 favorites]


Oh god, this is hilarious and awesome and I love it. I hate those stupid posey-posey newborn shots, but this is just about the best thing ever.
posted by phunniemee at 11:40 AM on February 13, 2013 [1 favorite]


brain_drain: "Newborns can't lean on their elbows or rest their heads on their hands."

There are props. It's fine. He's fine.
posted by boo_radley at 11:42 AM on February 13, 2013 [5 favorites]


I just fell down the rabbit hole of babies on their elbows on Pinterest. Heeeeeeelp.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 11:42 AM on February 13, 2013 [7 favorites]


Finally a set of my-newborn-is-the-most-precious-special-snowflake photos that don't make me want to roll my eyes.
posted by CrazyLemonade at 11:43 AM on February 13, 2013 [4 favorites]


Well, I'll be. I never saw that before! Newborns are so floppy I never would have thought they could be propped up like that.
posted by brain_drain at 11:44 AM on February 13, 2013 [2 favorites]


Ditto - as the father of a young boy, I can only hope he'll be this sweet and open-minded as a teenager.

And I hope this kid didn't only think it was fun before it went viral and now wishes he hadn't said anything.
posted by DU at 11:44 AM on February 13, 2013 [1 favorite]


Newborns can't lean on their elbows or rest their heads on their hands.

Fun fact: you can cram those suckers into just about any conceivable position and as long as they're in the right stage of their sleep cycle, they neither notice nor care.

My cousin just had a baby, and there are so many completely absurd photos that have happened. Baby with his head propped up on his hands. Baby with his head propped up on a stack of books. Baby stuffed in a bucket. Baby stuffed in a guitar case. Baby stuffed in a potted plant. Baby stuffed in a vintage coca cola cooler. Baby stuffed in a christmas stocking. Really, you can stuff a newborn baby into just about anything. The possibilities are endless.
posted by phunniemee at 11:44 AM on February 13, 2013 [57 favorites]


Really, you can stuff a newborn baby into just about anything. The possibilities are endless.

Specially considering they just came from being stuffed inside a person!
posted by CrazyLemonade at 11:46 AM on February 13, 2013 [38 favorites]


pics or it didn't happen, phunniemee.
posted by Tarumba at 12:15 PM on February 13, 2013


Can I just take a moment to point out that foster and adoptive parents are awesome and a source for good in the world? Because they are, you know!
posted by Harald74 at 12:21 PM on February 13, 2013 [11 favorites]


Because I do not own this child personally, I will refrain from posting all of them, but here you go.

He's a cute kid. He gets stuffed in a lot of things.
posted by phunniemee at 12:21 PM on February 13, 2013 [24 favorites]


I was ready to get a hate on for this idea, but then I read the article. I'm good with it.

This isn't even a matter of flying one's freak flag. This is just a nice story.
posted by cjorgensen at 12:21 PM on February 13, 2013 [1 favorite]


This is pretty funny; I'm glad the kid's getting a kick out of it.
posted by klangklangston at 12:27 PM on February 13, 2013


Newborns are so floppy I never would have thought they could be propped up like that.

Photographers who specialize in babies actually suggest you bring them in within the first few weeks precisely because of the floppiness. In the floppy phase, they can be posed in all sort of positions that they won't tolerate once that goes away.
posted by jacquilynne at 12:30 PM on February 13, 2013 [1 favorite]


I showed these to our two foster kids (ages 7 and11) our oldest said "you can't skip right over changing diapers and still get the precious pictures! That's cheating!" Our 7 year old said he would participate in a similar photo shoot in exchange for a lizard. So I think there's some wiggle room.
posted by Saminal at 12:31 PM on February 13, 2013 [30 favorites]


It seems like most of the "adorable baby with chin in hands" poses are actually composites.

And that photo set is freaking adorable.
posted by specialagentwebb at 12:43 PM on February 13, 2013 [1 favorite]


Here is something I never thought I would say:

I would to see him work with Anne Geddes.
posted by munchingzombie at 12:58 PM on February 13, 2013 [3 favorites]


those newborn propped on hands pictures are creepy to me - I can't quite articulate why.
posted by yarly at 1:05 PM on February 13, 2013 [4 favorites]


Come on! How freaking AWESOME is this??

It's healing and fun and shows how much this family really cares about each other.

I hope they are showered with the blessings they deserve!
posted by Ruthless Bunny at 1:41 PM on February 13, 2013 [4 favorites]


What a cool way to celebrate your child!
posted by showcasingwomen at 3:02 PM on February 13, 2013


This is the sweetest thing I've seen in a long time.
posted by Fig at 4:45 PM on February 13, 2013


Awwwww! This is so sweet, all of my teeth just fell out.
posted by MissySedai at 4:55 PM on February 13, 2013 [1 favorite]


I don't like the babies stuffed in things trend much (the little feeties pictures, totally cool though) but this is seriously awesome.
posted by sweetkid at 5:01 PM on February 13, 2013


That is really lovely. One of the girls (then a teen) that I worked with as an advocate had only one photo of her with her two siblings when they were all much younger (and all still together). She moved it from place to place as she was shuffled around and the thing was ripped and bent and faded and the most heartbreaking fucking thing.
posted by marylynn at 5:01 PM on February 13, 2013 [1 favorite]


This made my frozen heart melt a little bit. thanks.
posted by theora55 at 5:10 PM on February 13, 2013 [1 favorite]


those newborn propped on hands pictures are creepy to me - I can't quite articulate why.

That's because they're so forced--unlike this and this, which are just adorabibble!

Shooting for kids that don't have any baby pictures is a cute idea. Just, please don't put your older 'baby' on a bearskin.
posted by BlueHorse at 7:00 PM on February 13, 2013


those newborn propped on hands pictures are creepy to me - I can't quite articulate why.

That's because they're so forced--unlike this and this, which are just adorabibble!


I agree - the baby sleepies pictures are soooo cute, but the baby propped up...no not so much.
posted by sweetkid at 7:17 PM on February 13, 2013


I loved these. I can tell Latrell thought the whole thing was hilarious and was happy to play along. What a neat kid and a neat family. We need more people like this in the world.
posted by darksong at 7:20 PM on February 13, 2013 [2 favorites]


It seems like most of the "adorable baby with chin in hands" poses are actually composites.

Oh hey, that's my cousin's website!
posted by emmling at 5:34 AM on February 14, 2013


This is great. I'm curious if it was his idea or the parents'.
posted by andrewconner at 7:39 AM on February 14, 2013


In one of the articles it says it was one of his sisters' ideas. The family has something like six biological children and then adopted Latrell and his biological sister.
posted by sweetkid at 8:16 AM on February 14, 2013


From the article: "The family was sitting around the dinner table last month, when Higgins – a professional photographer – mentioned that she was preparing for an upcoming baby photo session. Latrell mentioned that he wished he had baby photos of himself.

Higgins’ 12-year-old daughter asked, why not “recreate” a newborn photo shoot just for Latrell? The family had a good laugh thinking about him in all the newborn poses."
posted by klangklangston at 8:40 AM on February 14, 2013 [1 favorite]


The combination of sweetness and good humor is so day-making I can hardly stand it.
posted by houseofdanie at 2:33 PM on February 14, 2013 [1 favorite]


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