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around the time eleanor turned 1, we noticed she took to imitating everything we did. it was kind of cute when she’d try to talk on the phone or cover her nose when she sneezed. and we would laugh with her (and we still do) when she’d do these sorts of things. but it’s almost scary how much she observes and picks up from us… nothing keeps you more in check than your little shadow who mimics your every move. just the other day she poured her glass of water on the floor and without thinking i reacted by looking at her and saying, “really? really?” in which she looked straight back at me and replied while she talked with her hands, “really? really?”
if there is anything i don’t want this child to pick up from me, it’s my quick temper and sass.
lately, she’s taken to carrying her camera with her everywhere she goes. snapping pretend photos of absolutely everything (even the floor. we call these photos her “ant” photos…) she often talks with her hands before she snaps the picture…as though she is ordering you to stand still, or move a little to the left. apparently, she must have an annoying blogging mama as her mother.

i caught a bit on video if you’d like to see. and below, eleanor taking a photo of her aunt hannah and baby brother. i’m tempted to give into it all and buy her a little disposable camera to take around with her. maybe when she is a little bit older and can really process it all.

  1. Lizzy


  2. Jay

    That is adorable!

  3. a little artist already! how perfect! the 3 year old I nanny carries a camera around regularly and takes some pretty impressive photos! can't wait to see what miss e comes up with in the future!

  4. jackie

    So stinkin cute. But it is scary to think about how much they pick up on! I had a moment a few years ago when I realized that my 5 years younger sister mimics me and it really makes you stop and think, doesn't it?

  5. kate xx

    Such a cutie! xx

  6. CGC

    I love how she changes from horizontal to vertical and back again. A real artist at work!

  7. My now 7 year old has had her small digital camera since she was 3 and we've got the funniest photos taken by her plus some very good ones. She'll treasure them when she's older.

  8. You should give her disposable camera ! :) It can be really fun :>
    Camera is the best toy ever !
    hahahaha :>
    Have a nice day !

  9. You should give her disposable camera ! :) It can be really fun :>
    Camera is the best toy ever !
    hahahaha :>
    Have a nice day !

  10. You should give her disposable camera ! :) It can be really fun :>
    Camera is the best toy ever !
    hahahaha :>
    Have a nice day !

  11. Marie

    Aaaww soon she'll be starting her own blog & writing about her family! :D

    The video is just too cute & precious ♥

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  13. this is the CUTEST THING EVER!!!

  14. That video of her is adorable! I love the way she turns the camera and everything, so creative already!


  15. Jean

    this is so sweet. they really do mimic you, it's no joke.

  16. Chelsea

    That is hysterical, I love how she turns the camera back and forth between horizontal and vertical. So funny– looks like she's adjusting the focus too! Adorable.

  17. Eeny

    So adorable.
    The little girls I used to be a nanny for had a kids digital camera. They looooved it. I think it was from vtech. Really durable and perfect for little tiny hands. It has a little screen where they can flip through their pictures and you can upload them to the computer. Cutest thing to see the world through the eyes of little kids and have it documented in their own pictures.

  18. these pictures are precious!

  19. Reny

    Cute! :*

  20. whitney

    one of the best things my family did was let me use a camera when I was small. kids aren't often allowed to use them because they're expensive and fragile but my parents invested in disposables and then some cameras specifically designed for children. after awhile they bought me better models and because I loved taking photos so much, I took care of them. I think it's absolutely AWESOME that you're letting her play with her camera toy and I think "giving in" with a disposable is a great idea!!

  21. Sparkle

    she is just the cutest one! :)


  22. She is absolutely adorable! I love how she does seem to be telling you how she wants the picture :)

    I remember my parents did get me a kids-oriented camera when I was little, and disposables as well, so much fun…

  23. i love it… my nephew has started replying in gibberish, just complete gibberish, whenever you ask him a question. but, he uses his hands and changes the tone of his voice as if he's actually saying words… it's TOO funny. that's my favorite game whenever i get to skype with my big bro, "ask ryker a question" haha.

    cheers :)

  24. Kristen

    Cutest thing EVER!!!

  25. susanB

    my parents gave me a cheap camera when i was little, and i just loved it. in fact, i have a photo album with all the pictures i took with that camera. i hope your daughter's love of photography continues as she gets older!

    by the way, sass is good :D

  26. Kat

    so effing cute!!!!!!!

  27. that video! i love how she is turing the camera..too cute!

  28. Jenne

    aaaaw, how cute!!!

  29. that is amazing! you're so right naomi…she does have an annoying blogging mama! haha the way she used her hands and directed and turns the camera….like a pro! she's going to be something so special.

  30. Ashlae

    Adorable! Fisher Price make a great (and durable!) digital camera for kids. They're around $40 and completely worth it. I've gotten them for all the little ones in my life.

  31. incredibly cute :)

  32. Oh my goodness. She's TOO adorable. The way she directs her subjects and then turns to camera to capture landscape and portrait views. She really doesn't miss a beat, does she?

  33. she is so precious!

  34. I say do it! Buy her a cheap little camera. Won't it be fun and worth it if she actually catches a good photo? :) What a fun age! :)

  35. BethAnn

    This absolutely made my morning! Perfect way to start off a Monday and work week. How silly she is. I wonder what her blog name will be? ; )

    Have a beautiful Monday!

  36. Adorable!! She is sooo cute! ♥

  37. Sini

    She is so cute!

    With what you took the video, is it with your phone or real video camera? I like the result, the colors are nice.

  38. Smotzy

    Think you would get the best pics ever if you gave her a kid-proof camera!! She can get into angles…

  39. Ana

    this is the CUTEST! oh my gosh! our son does the same thing, imitating everything. I didn't even realize it all until my husband {in a minute of frustration} snipped at me "its like I have two Anas!" … yikes. its true. the little completely picked up on my quick temper and extreme stubborness. I need to tone it down

  40. ah that little girl of yours, she is a doll

  41. Zoë

    Oh my goodness, Naomi! E is growing up so fast. I love her directing the shot in that video, like a little fashion photographer… Amazing! What a nice Monday Morning post!

    waiting for kittenheart

  42. Annie

    oh my goodness, this is too adorable.

  43. she is amazing!
    she even closes her eye to take a picture!

  44. Awwww so cute :)

  45. Haha she is just toooo CUTE for words!


  46. Hannah

    naomi, this is soooo cute and adorible and gorgeous and wonderful, i am soo in love with this little tiny girl and i am so glad that you share your life with all of us….
    i remember my little twin sisters, they always wanted to do what i was doing, like helping with the dishes and wearing a little BRA…
    maybe e. is going to be a photographer one day… she got the obsetion and telent from her mother and maybe she does something with it and we're allow to visit the Eleanor Davis photo exhibition in 30 years or something!

  47. holtkamp

    she is too cute!

  48. Eleanor is always adorable as she is! Yes I agree!Our little's is our shadow, so I'm careful about the words and behavior that our child can adopt thru us and to the environment she's mingle into.

  49. I love that wooden camera!!! Where did you find that? My son would go crazy for something like that!

  50. Wendi

    Gosh, these pictures are sweet! Seeing how E is learning and growing is definitely an encouragement for someone like me who is still a little frightened of motherhood. But there is so much joy in re-living your childhood by creating a wonderful one for your littles! Thanks for the reminder, Naomi.

  51. she is so cute bless her :) love your new place in NY looks amazing give some tips on finding a good place in the City I'm moving there soon and never lived in the usa :) xx

  52. she is so cute bless her :) love your new place in NY looks amazing give some tips on finding a good place in the City I'm moving there soon and never lived in the usa :) xx

  53. She is one of the most beautiful little girl I saw in my life!!!

  54. As mentioned above, I think a Vtech or Fisher Price Digital Camera would be great.
    It reduces waste and you will enjoy it for years, maybe even hand it to Samson later on… and you can even make little films with them.

  55. Awww, she's adorable! I can't wait to see her own photos one day :)

  56. Lauren

    My daughter Sadie also had a facination with cameras. She just turned 5 Saturday and we gave her one of our older (but still nice) cameras for her birthday. She LOVES it! It's cool to see things from her perspective. Lot of pictures of our pug, ha ha.

  57. OOOwwwn So adorable!!!!
    I loved ♥

  58. Chelsea

    she is just precious!

  59. Lol when you think she cant get any cuter… seriously adorable! :)

  60. Marissa

    Absolutely adorable!
    I too was a photog child! I would "take" pictures with my eyes. Turned into a life time love of photography and taking photos. Keep encouraging it! :)

  61. Jacque

    I'm dying! That is beyond cute!

  62. what a cutie!! future photographer??

  63. Erin

    She is beyond adorable!

  64. Haley K

    beyond precious! like you said, knowing our little ones are watching and copying our every move is quite intimidating. but cheers to her following in your fabulous photography footsteps! :) that video was too darling for words, I especially loved that she turned it vertical, then horizontal, then vertical…making she it was just right. ;) and I say you should totally get her a disposable camera! how fun would it be to develop them and show her when she's older how creative she was even as a wee one! :)

  65. Jenny

    Oh my. I love how she turns the camera around, portrait to landscape. Hilarious! What a little muffin!!

  66. Dianna

    E is the cutest!

  67. Dianna

    E is the cutest!

  68. Dianna

    E is the cutest!

  69. that is one of the cutest things I have ever seen!

  70. Hillary

    You need to get her a little camera. Pictures little kids take are the best. Seriously. :) They see stuff that we don't notice, and at a different level. You'd be impressed.

  71. This is ADORABLE! That video made my day! I love how she walks side to side, getting all the angles and turns her camera and twists the lens. SO cute! She's definitely got her eye on you. :)

  72. Francis

    Aww. She's so precious.

  73. carissa

    my heart! i just want to hug her- that is too much! miss you guys.

  74. Alisa

    So sweet!

  75. She's such a doll, Naomi!

    My niece was the same way at the age. Her daddy is a professional photographer and she grew up from the get go with a camera in her face. At five she actually can snap a decent photo with her own digital camera! :)

  76. Hahaha this is so cute. I love how she changes the direction of the camera from horizontal to vertical and back and forth. A very observant little lady. :)

  77. Betsy

    This is ridiculously cute.

  78. She is so cute!

    My 3 year old daughter and 2 year old son both love taking photo's on my phone, they've taken some pretty good shots lol


  79. Okay this is the cutest thing EVER! I love her little wooden camera and her directing you before she shoots a picture, ah melt my heart! She just may be a natural ;)

  80. Sarah

    Whenever my little on imitates me I get all embarrassed and wonder "is that really what I look like when I do that haha! My 23 month old just said "goo-ness" when she fell over. She was saying oh my goodness lol!

    - Sarah

  81. abby

    Oh my gosh I am dying here…when she gives you direction on where to go and then flips the camera to the side and straight up…so perfect. And how sweet is that little girl's voice..thanks for sharing!

  82. Very sweet. We bought a similar wooden camera for our little girl at a music festival this year. She loves it. :)

  83. Oh give me a break! That is the cutest thing I've ever seen :)

  84. Coryann

    What a great little camera! Have you seen the wooden iPhone on etsy? It might be just the thing for Eleanor!

  85. Katie

    I just love this post, Naomi!

    Our daughter is 15 months old, and we call her "The Thinker" — She is ultra-observant, taking in everything we do. It's a lot of fun, and, as you say, keeps Mama and Dada in check!

    Thanks for sharing your precious moments with us!

  86. Diana

    omg, how adorable is she? Love her hand gestures!

  87. I love those wooden toys that she plays with…. So darling. Hannah looks great! I can't remember which ballet it was but my favorite dance she performed was when she was in that gold unitard with the leaves and flowers on it. My sister Ariel later did that part when she was older too! Why can I not remember the ballet??? Anyways, so fun to see all of your candid family pictures. Hope all is well!

  88. Amberly

    Omg, that is so cute. You should totally get her a real camera.

  89. Sophie

    God she's BEAUTIFUL.

  90. Jessica

    this is the cutest thing ever.

  91. What a muffin. I don't even have a blogging excuse for being an annoying momtographer! Ha. I mean, I blog lightly and all, but am certainly in her face with a camera more than that can justify. ;) she'll so appreciate all those photos one day!! – and who knows, maybe you even sparked her love for photography! So fun to watch them become their own. :)

  92. My mom found a cheap $20 digital kid's camera at Staples and got one for my niece and she really loved it. I think it held around 20 photos, which is perfect because they can see what they take (and some of her pictures are really good, especially of our dogs because she's on their level) but it it's not overload to delete like the time my niece got a hold of my camera and filled a 2 gig card before I noticed.

  93. Loulou

    I think that's just wayyy tooo high on the cuteness scale! How precious is this little one.


  94. this is SO adorable!! seriously! can't get over how precious she is!

  95. ha, how cute. "oo da dooo, doo, da do gat"

  96. Taza, there are children's cameras that come all rubberized so that they can drop all they want and nothing will happen. The girl I nanny has had once since she was at least 4. I'm pretty sure its by VTech. Too cute by the way!

  97. she sure is lucky to have such an amazing mama to look up to!! :)

  98. OMG!! How cute is that?
    And how scary!! :)

  99. Emily

    Cute! Oh and they do make toddler cameras that can apparently be dropped down the stairs (according to the picture on the box ha). My daughter got one for Christmas and has a lot of fun with it. She's about a year older than E.

  100. Priya

    That is too funny, especially the little story about her imitating you! It's crazy to think how impressionable young kids are. She is adorable, of course, with that little wooden camera. Wants to be just like her blogging mama!

    perfectly priya

  101. isabel

    we too are in the imitation phase with our son! i love this so much and it brings tears of joy (and incredible laughter) with it!

    E looks cute with her camera!

  102. Meg

    Ok, that's pretty much the cutest thing ever. I'd love to see her real attempts someday when she gets that disposable :)

  103. Shannon

    my little nephew is wondering if e has plans this weekend. He is blonde, two, loves nursery and balls and he thinks she is really cute. Zac enjoys flexing his big muscles, and he wants e to know that they are really big. Hope e likes that kind of a guy. Let me know if she's interested and he'll pick her up on his red tricycle before bathtime. ;)

  104. Gus

    I cannot stop laughing she is the cutest little girl ever. Love this post. Don't be discouraged Naomi you are a great mom and work so hard! You are an amazing roll model and one little reaction doesn't make you a bad one! Love your blog so much!

  105. the "really?! really?!" anecdote cracked me up! i think it would be adorable to see the world through e's lens. :) i say you give her a disposable!

  106. the "really?! really?!" anecdote cracked me up! i think it would be adorable to see the world through e's lens. :) i say you give her a disposable!

  107. This is so freakin' cute. I love that she gives direction on what y'all should do and then goes back to taking pictures.

  108. please do let her have some sort of real camera! my godson was allowed to use a camera from the time he was two, and his mother would post the pictures he took. it was incredible to see the world from his height and the things that were important to him.

  109. unbelievably cute! she's too little!!!!!

  110. Alyssa

    this is absolutely the cutest.

  111. marci

    Wow! This might be the cutest thing ever! You might have a future photographer on your hands. :-)

  112. sinika

    That is beyond cute! I'm always amazed at the good shots my little boys get with my camera…

  113. Elle

    She is absolutely gorgeous! Definitely a future photographer (:

  114. yes, yes, yes! get a camera in those little hands EARLY. when i've got a wee one, i'm going to get him/her a cheap film camera…i'd love to see what the world looks like from way down there, and he/she will treasure those snaps forever.

    p.s. hannah looks so beautiful…but, hey, we already knew she was a show-stopper.


  115. Corinne

    That is SO adorable. I feel your pain about them watching everything I do! Its a little scary sometimes. :) But she is super lucky to have you to look to. You are doing a fantastic job as her mother.

  116. Kristal

    Wow, she is just precious!

  117. oh my goodness! that was just beyond adorable! it really is crazy how much of our mannerisms and actions they devour and mimic. i definitely try to be on my best behavior when my 18-month-old is watching :)

  118. Kym

    so funny! that wooden camera is on my son's christmas list. he is only a few weeks older than Eleanor and he already says "cheese" when he see my camera, and asks "mama, peeture?" it's so funny how much they pick up on. i love the inflection in her voice in that video clip, and how she turns the camera :) she'll be an old pro in no time!

  119. so adorable! …but shes got the gift!, the way she closes her 1 eye & flips the camera back & forth proves it!!…so cute!!

  120. RoselyC

    She is such a cutie. Love her camera by the way.



  122. Carley

    SO cute!! love that wooden camera. and Eleanor is just turning into the prettiest little lady!!


  123. this is pretty much the most adorable thing i've ever seen. so cute!

  124. kirsten

    so very cute!

  125. Mariana

    Too cute!! :)

    And yes, it is almost scary how much they observe and pick up from us!?

  126. Our son is close to her age and doing things like this as well! Gosh – that video is so darn cute.

  127. yenaled

    you are obviously a fantastic mother. you are giving little e the tools she will use later on to express herself! this is an amazing gift to pass on to someone so young.

    you are so lucky to have such a special daughter.

  128. I just died.


  129. JOE

    this is too adorable <3

  130. Jenna

    So cute Eleanor! You will pick up plenty of fine qualities by following your mom's example.

  131. i agree with some of the other posts – you gotta get that girl a real camera!

  132. i can never get tired of reading about eleanor.she's so adorable, i think im in love with her.

  133. That's hilarious. This is one of the main reasons I'm terrified to have children – I definitely don't need to keep my annoying quirks going generation after generation.



  134. okay, this post has got to be the cutest thing I ever did see. Her little photo skills, demands, and precious moments captured of her aunt and baby brother….too cute for words!
    that video has got me smiling from ear to ear. love her litte "demands" ;)
    xo TJ

  135. kelsey

    this has been one of my favorite posts! be sure to post some of eleanor's pics when she does finally get her first camera :)

  136. Crystal

    Haha her pose in the first photo! That's how you know she's a pro! Us photographers will get into whatever position to get the shot :)

  137. Marie

    The videos are just too cute! Really adorable & priceless moments ;) my child loves to use his fake hp as a real hp & he pretends to take photos with it. Hahaha :)

  138. GA DA DO DA
    DO DA GA DA.

  139. how cute! a little artist in the making.
    xo, cheyenne

  140. Yes this soooo true. Kids are like sponges. I always find it odd how many parents say "where on earth did she get this" and yet the kid is doing exactly what the parent is doing.

  141. Mariela

    Aww! cute!!

  142. this is the sweetest, most precious sight!

  143. E is an adorable little girl. If you don't mind me asking I'd love to know were you found the wooden camera? I love to get it for my grandson & granddaughter! God bless your beautiful family!

  144. Naomi! I just love your blog and the way you share your story. I have yet to introduce myself in the comments, but today I just have to chime in. I love how handing cameras over to children offers incredible insight into the way these little people see the world! I work with elementary aged children (in the US and Tanzania) on a program called Literacy Through Photography. E's a little young for this now, but I think it might be something that interests you down the road! Between now and then, it might be time to get that sweet little girl a real camera :) Thanks again for all that you put into this blog.

  145. Natalie

    Can I have her?? This video is absolutely adorable!!! Hope the move has been seamless and your enjoying my old home! I just left NYC for my next chapter (in Boston) with my pup and I can't imagine it with two babies!!!!

  146. kristyn

    this is precious!


  147. Colleen


  148. Nanda

    "…and can really process it all." dry pun … I love it! How has no one caught that yet? Clever ;)

  149. she is so sweet!

    my kids are 7 and 4 and utterly on the edge from me, snapping pictures every moment of our day.

  150. I really, really :) looooove this post. She is the sweetest, little thing. And what a wonderful hobby to mimic: photography.
    I adore this blog. Excited to see more photos of NY, too.

  151. Oh my gosh, so so so so cute! X

  152. i die how she knows to take vertical photos and horizontal photos, and she also ZOOMS! oh that little e is such a funny girl!!


  153. Mel

    This is definitely one of my favorite posts from rockstar diaries! And E looks like a model baby in that second photo! such a doll!!

  154. How precious is this photo, so sweet xx

  155. Lauren

    So cute! I love her little camera!

  156. Oh you really should get her a disposable! She'll be able to look back on the photos she took before she could hardly talk. I have some I took when I was like 6 and they are funny enough. :-) So adorable.

  157. what a cute little lady. she will be just like her mommy!

  158. chloe

    I love Eleanor's vidoes!
    She just makes my heart squirm.
    I don't think there's anything cuter than her >^.^

  159. How cute is your little girl! I love that she is a budding photographer. And yes it's scary how much kids absorb and imitate. But also super cute! When they are not picking up our bad habits. LOL!

  160. Kathryn

    absolutely adorable!

  161. Oh my goodness, i absolutely love seeing young kids loving cameras. It makes me so happy :)

  162. JULE




  163. So cute! I love when kids start mimicking adult mannerisms, haha.

  164. photo genius!!!! sooo cute!

    p.s. my daughter dahlia has the same zara t-shirt!

  165. braids

    Blogstalking alert!
    I need to know where you got that camera!!! I love it!
    Sorry if you have already answered this question.

  166. so cute, I love your photos

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  168. Hey .
    I am " Nutella " and i am Poland .
    I love your's blog .
    Eleanor is very very sweeett ♥
    Regards <333