Leisa Thompson captures our second baby, like she did the first

    Our friend Leisa is a photographer. We first met her about six years ago, when she was assigned by the Ann Arbor News to come out to our house and shoot some photos for a piece that had been written about the “Ypsipanties” that Linette and I had been selling. The photo that she took, for those of you who have never seen it, was beautiful. Linette and I had been posing with the bottom half of a panty-clad mannequin, when Clementine, who was about two years old that the time, decided that she needed to claim her share of the spotlight. And, due to a strange confluence of events, the article got picked up by the national press. Sadly, it didn’t translate to any panty sales, but it was nice knowing that we’d shown up in papers across the country, and, more importantly, it introduced us to Leisa… Here’s a scan of the article.

    That article, by the way written by another woman who would eventually become a friend as well – Jordan Miller… It hadn’t really occurred to me until this moment, but, not only did we become friends with everyone touched by the Ypsipanty project, but all of them have gone on to have successful careers. Jordan has gone on to a much talked about career at the University of Michigan, and Leisa, after leaving the News, has gone on to launch a successful company of her own. The panties, I’m thinking, must have had some magic in them.

    Anyway, after all of these years, Leisa, a few days ago, once again had the opportunity to turn her camera on our family… Here’s one of my favorites.

    For what it’s worth, the photo wasn’t staged. I happened to be carrying Arlo like a father gorilla at the time.

    Oh, and I should also add that Linette designed Leisa’s logo, which you can see in bottom corner of the above photo. They do a lot of work together through Linette’s design business, Invisible Engines. Speaking of which, they’ve just worked on a series of websites together for local businesses. If you so inclined, and want to check them out, here are the first three to come to mind: Old School Construction, Flour Lab and Mighty Good Coffee… They’re all cool companies, and deserve your business. And, thanks to Linette and Leisa, they all now have great websites.

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      12 Comments

      1. Posted June 5, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Permalink

        The veins on my hand look gross. I think Leisa aded those.

      2. Christine M
        Posted June 5, 2012 at 10:11 pm | Permalink

        Is anything about Linette not great? I don’t think so.

      3. anonymous
        Posted June 5, 2012 at 11:22 pm | Permalink

        I loved the photo until you pointed out the veins in your hand. You should have kept your mouth shut.

      4. anonymous
        Posted June 5, 2012 at 11:24 pm | Permalink

        And when you said that she “captured” your children, this is the first thing that came to mind.

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUnhfvGdmmw

      5. Kristin
        Posted June 6, 2012 at 3:07 am | Permalink

        That “crone hand/soft baby” thing is classic.

      6. Elf
        Posted June 6, 2012 at 6:32 am | Permalink

        You need to suck some of that baby fat from Alro’s thigh and have it pumped into you hand.

      7. Elf
        Posted June 6, 2012 at 6:36 am | Permalink

        And, FWIW, noticing Clementine in that top photo was kind of like noticing the hidden kid in this one.

        http://imgur.com/gallery/R8EX1

      8. Posted June 6, 2012 at 7:53 am | Permalink

        Were you sucking in your gut for the pictures?

      9. Anonymous
        Posted June 6, 2012 at 11:52 am | Permalink

        Pete Larson, checkin’ out your body, likin’ what he sees.

      10. Knox
        Posted June 6, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

        Breastfeeding burns calories like nothing else, Peter.

      11. EL
        Posted June 6, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

        Hand veins are awesome. At least that was the opinion I came to hold in junior high when, as a late bloomer (when it seemed the boys around me were turning into apes), I sat in the back of Mr. Laubhan’s math class in envy of the veiny arms of guys whose bodies had full-force pubesced on them.

        Sad, and saddled still (and perhaps to this day still) with babyfat, there I was all jealous and self-conscious of my own soft arms, vein-free, a seven-year-old’s downy peach fuzz limbs. And dreading next period’s gym class.

        So yes, Mark, enjoy your veiny arms. Let them be photographed and shared with the world.

        Just don’t go seeking the attention you desperately crave by trying to get some seventh-grader to look up to you by talking to him about maths and then asking him to join you in the shower. I’d advise against that.

      12. Posted June 10, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Permalink

        I’m glad we’re all friends.

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