Of all the photos to be published, and a first-time publication for me – my snow baby. I was contacted a few weeks ago by Washington Parent asking if I could get permission from the parent of the snowbaby photo that’s been all over Pinterest to see if they’d be agreeable to use on their December 2013 cover. Honestly, I thought someone was joking with me. lol I did a little homework and realized that the person that contacted me was no joke! Gee, let me see if those parents would be ok with that. A lot of people don’t realize that the famous snowbaby, is my daughter, Violet. :)
I took the photo in 2011. 3 days before Christmas and kicking myself for spending all sorts of time planning a Christmas mini setup for my clients, but I hadn’t come up with anything special for MY baby. It was a total last-minute, what can I throw together in 1 day sort of photo. And, WOW! I can’t believe the response. My mom made her little hat out of felt material I had laying around the house. Scissors, hot glue, and some trial and error. I had purchased the little buttons on her hat at some point for a scrapbooking project that never actually happened. I ran to Target and grabbed a pair of red tights from the little girls section and cut one leg to make the scarf. Went to Hobby Lobby and got some body paint. I’m telling you, this was nothing fancy!
When I posted it in 2011, it got a little attention, mostly my friends and family, and everyone loved it! The little smirk on her face was absolutely perfect! In 2012, I was getting a lot of emails asking how I created the photo so I shared the post from 2011 with a quick little explanation on my Facebook page. What happened next was totally unexpected. That photo went from 50ish likes to 116,000 likes over the course of a few weeks. WHAT?! My mom and I would stalk the photo and every 10K likes we’d text or call, my brothers were watching it and texting me while watching all of the attention it was getting. We were nuts about it! That was our Violet! To say we were proud just doesn’t even cover it.
Over the last couple of years, I’ve seen her photo float around on Pinterest and numerous facebook pages when businesses would share the photo with a holiday message or even photo contests. Which cracks me up that other people are entering MY photo into a contest. And then it was all of the recreated photos by parents or other photographers. It doesn’t bother me! It’s a bit flattering to think that such a last-minute photo idea took off and made other people want to recreate it. Can’t say I’ve ever seen one that competed with the original though That’s my baby, she wins every time! However, recently, another photographer shared a link with me to a business page that posted MY original photo, cloned out my watermark, and placed their own mark over it. Now, that – pissed me off. I’ve tried contacting the business owner with no response. Facebook refuses to remove the image. I can see that Facebook doesn’t have time to babysit thieves of copyright, but I was very disappointed in their responses to me. Anyway!
All things aside, I am SO proud to see my baby on the cover of Washington Parent. It’s been such a fun ride watching her photo pop up all over the place. When we got the delivery of the magazine last week, I knew I had to get a shot of Violet with her magazine cover. I wanted to share with all of you the happiness, surprise, and pride that this holiday photo of my snowbaby has brought to our lives. Taken when she was 7 months old and today she is 2 1/2 yrs.
Thank you to everyone that shared her photo and enjoyed the fun holiday spirit that it has spread over the last few years. <3