Anna Eftimie is not unlike many moms in that she grins irrepressibly when her sleepy tots come to snuggle in bed with her, her heart melts when her baby raises his arms to be swooped in her embrace, and she gets down and dirty in her best clothes at the playground if it means the opportunity for a side-by-side adventure with her kids.
The different between Eftimie and other moms, however, is that she is a professional photographer and has a talent for catching those snuggly, sleepy, happy and playful moments in eminently creative ways on film. With a self-proclaimed “passion for details,” she takes snapshots of babies that allow their personality — or perhaps their future personality — to emerge in a way that will be cherished forever.
Eftimie’s Blackboard Adventures photos, for example, show babies amid exciting and imaginative chalkboard drawings — while they’re asleep on the chalkboard.
Take a look:
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All photos via Cute Moments Photography
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The idea for the Blackboard Adventures came about when Eftimie was pregnant with her second child.
"My husband and I where looking for a special way to announce his birth," she tells Babble. "We have seen lots and lots of pictures, some of them where really cute, some amazing, but none was so different and special as we wanted to be. We both grew up in Europe, where mostly every kid knew the myth of the stork bringing the baby, so we wanted to use that image. One day my husband came up with the idea of drawing the stork with chalk on a blackboard. And so we did!"
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"The picture we took became so popular in our family and among friends," Eftimie said, "that we decided to do another one and another one, until we came up with a little story called Blackboard Adventures. In each picture we have created a whole world around our sleeping son. In the stork picture our son is 5 days old. Since then, we worked with even older babies and now we are doing this kind of photos for kids up to 6 years."
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Not all photographers have the delicate skills required to work with unpredictable babies, but for Eftimie, it's old hat, although that doesn't necessarily make it any less challenging.
"A fellow photographer told me one time that my photos make working with babies look so easy. It's not as easy as it looks, though. It takes a lot of patience, especially for the blackboard photos," she said.
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"For smaller babies, I'm waiting for them to fall deep asleep," Eftimie tells Babble of her professional tricks. "Then, I can place them on our special pillows on the blackboard or on a soft black cloth and I'm taking the photos. But once I had this 7 months boy that wouldn't want to sleep. He was so excited about what's happening around him, that he stayed awake for three hours, even though we scheduled the session at his nap time."
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Eftimie's photos wouldn't be impossible for an amateur to recreate, but she warns the babies in her photos are not laying on the hard, cold surface.
"They are always on pillows or on a soft, warm cloth, which we remove in the post process," she stresses. "We don't want other babies to feel uncomfortable if someone else is trying this at their own home."
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All images used with permission from Anna Eftimie, Cute Moments Photography
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