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Look at this, isn't it beautiful? [Sep. 24th, 2015|07:02 am]
kyle cassidy
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[music |Amanda Palmer: Smile]

So, unless you've been living under a rock, you know that my friends Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman have made person.

I've been photographing Amanda for more than a decade now, maybe it's 15 or 16 years or something like that. When she got, very pregnant she asked if I'd take some photos of her. I was in Boston at the time for something and climbed in a taxi only to get a call from Amanda saying she couldn't do it, she'd just gotten some terrible news.

She'd had, what turned out to be, a false positive to a genetic test telling her that there was something dreadfully wrong with her foetus -- Neil was in Europe, chaos and uncertainty reigned, I wished her the best I could and eventually returned to Philadelphia. She called a few days later saying that the test results had been wrong but she still wanted ... for the sake of any better term, maternity photos so we looked at our schedules and picked a time, right up by the little Palmer-Gaiman's exit date for maximum giaganticness.

I didn't want photos of Neil staring longingly into Amanda's navel, or kneeling in a field, or some weird midriff shirts, I wanted them doing the stuff that they did every day, if it wasn't authentic, I wasn't really interested.

We got a room at the Gables bed and breakfast in West Philly. I photographed Neil & Amanda lounging around, working on their computers, reading, doing all sorts of Neil & Amanda stuff. I used a Leica M9 and a Canon 50mm f 1.8 Serenar as well as a Voigtlander 35mm f 1.7.

Amanda and I walked downstairs to the living room. She passed a stained glass window that the sun was coming in through.

"Look at this," she said, looking down, "isn't this beautiful?"


Welcome to Earth little Anthony.

They got dressed, put their bags in the car and headed off to Tennessee to bring Anthony into this world. And in those days all the naiads and dryads & fairies & novelists & publicists & magicians & comic book illustrators came out and offered a gift of hope and a promise to help. My gift was this memory of Anthony and Amanda's last moments as one creature. I think it's probably better than a golden plate.

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[User Picture]From: tsarina
2015-09-24 05:35 pm (UTC)
This is lovely. Bonus points for that last picture where it looks like the crew in the back seat are up to no good.

My great dream in life is to one day do something cool so that you have a reason to take my picture.
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[User Picture]From: inkista_
2015-09-24 05:47 pm (UTC)
Yay for nixing kneeling in fields, midrift shirts, joined hands over Bump, etc. etc. maternity shot cliches. But then, we'd expect nothing less of you. Or them. You even used enough DoF to have everything in focus! :) And the light/image is gorgeous and right and them. Click indeed.

Can't wait to see what you do for the newborn photos. [ducks]

Edited at 2015-09-24 05:50 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: ladycelia
2015-09-24 07:25 pm (UTC)
Beautiful photo.
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[User Picture]From: avivasedai
2015-09-24 07:51 pm (UTC)


One can easily imagine little Anthony curled up on Amanda's body - the image so easily scans as Amanda's body+baby because there's almost no other noticeable weight gain. The light is amazing; the love is so clear and present.

(Of course, one would need to imagine him curled up, head down, which would be an awkward way to hold one's baby... *grin*)

The one picture on Neil's blog is fantastic, too - whoever took it captured a beautiful moment.
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[User Picture]From: lawbabeak
2015-09-25 01:09 am (UTC)
It is a lovely image. I like it much. And I like that the shoot could be Amanda and Neil, well, breathing. Of finally getting time to just be them, together, relaxing and puttering.

I dunno where in Tennessee they are, or if you're headed down here. But if you're going to be near Knoxville, give a shout. We've got a hotel for rockstar photographers here.
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[User Picture]From: ladyblue56
2015-09-25 05:07 am (UTC)
The lighting in the photo is really lovely. I agree as to the .. um... unusual photos some couples have taken before the birth of their baby.

Neil and Amanda both so happy is wonderful to see. I wish them all the best w. baby Anthony.
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[User Picture]From: pigshitpoet
2015-09-25 07:06 am (UTC)

; )

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From: wrayb
2015-09-27 04:24 am (UTC)

thank you

thank you for sharing those moments with us. thank you.
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