Learnin’ to Potty in Ruby-Red Slippers

Lookin’ Back for Some ‘Proud Mama’ Encouragement. Polly Nance. Digital photograph. 8 x 10 inches.

Yes, I felt compelled to photograph my 22 month old daughter yesterday, while she was sitting on the potty. It was another one of those mommy moments that I had to document. I found this moment humorous because she was dying (pitching a loud fit πŸ™‚ ) to try out Rush’s old potty-training seat… and refused to take off her red glitter shoes. This girl is obsessed with shoes. I didn’t know that a toddler could be a fanatic for shoes… but she is! Haha! She screams with delight every time she receives a new pair… and luckily for her, she has the big Nance feet genes (my husband wears a 13 and his twin sister who is 5’4” wears a 10)… so her feet are growing fast. She wore these shoes all day yesterday. She even refused to take them off during nap time. Her ankles have blisters, where the cheap Target shoes rubbed her skin, but that doesn’t seem to bother her one bit. If it were me wearing those shoes, I’d have taken them off the minute a blister appeared. She cracks me up! πŸ™‚

Naturally, this moment brought out the diva in her. She wanted up and then down and then up and then back down and then back up again. She never actually used the potty, but she had a great time testing it out. I wanted to render these photographs in black and white, but the slippers forbid me from doing so. Their redness was so striking that the black and white versions stripped the originals of their prominent sparkle. I was testing out my new 24 mm lens for these shots. It was another experimentation that will become famous in the Nance household… these pictures will never be shown to future boyfriends, so don’t worry. πŸ™‚ But they will go in the baby book! FYI, I decided to place my watermark in the center of my photographs even if it is an aesthetic distraction… call me paranoid, but I’ve read too many blogs recently about photographs being stolen and used without credit to the photographer. Not that anyone would steal these, of course… but I had to start tweaking my watermarks at some point in time because you just never know. I hope you enjoy these photographs… And I hope all the moms out there get a kick out of these. There’s no place like home!!!!

Ruby-Red Dangles. Polly Nance. Digital photograph. 8 x 10 inches.

Unsure About this Potty Thang. Polly Nance. Digital photograph. 10 x 8 inches.

Figuring Things Out While Sportin’ Her Ruby-Reds. Polly Nance. Digital photograph. 10 x 8 inches.

The DIVA Wants to Get Down Now. Polly Nance. Digital photograph. 8 x 10 inches.

A Proud, Big Girl Moment. Polly Nance. Digital photograph. 8 x 10 inches.

A Desire to Get Down at an Angle. Polly Nance. Digital photograph. 10 x 8 inches.

Growing Up in Potties and Shoes. Polly Nance. Digital photograph. 8 x 10 inches.




54 thoughts on “Learnin’ to Potty in Ruby-Red Slippers

  1. This is adorable. I love the red shoes … eventually, she will be a “Wizard of Oz” fan.
    My only concern … don’t let her see this blog … she will be livid that you posted her naked … AND … on a potty. ~~~~ : — O LOLOLOL
    Very Nice,

  2. Hello:

    Thanks a bunch for sharing. Shoes, girl, pose, color, composition, light; everything is absolutely gorgeous. I enjoyed these pictures immensely.

    I also like to take picture of children. They’re the closest resemblance of angels here on Earth.



    • Thanks so much for the feedback! I’m glad you enjoyed these. Little children are like little angels. I thought when I became a parent, I’d be teaching my kids and raising them… but they teach me so much more and help to raise me as well πŸ™‚

  3. that’s fabulous! Beauty is also obsessed with shoes…and necklaces…I have no idea where she gets it from. Her current sneakers are sequined out to wazoo, it’s pretty ridiculous. But she loves them!

    • Thank you so much!! Haha so funny how little beings can have obsessions with shoes. Lennon also likes to pull all mine out of my closet and prance around in them. I prefer to be barefoot and she can’t stand it when I don’t have shoes on… too funny πŸ™‚

  4. OMG! I love this series. The first photo is my favorite, and I love that your daughter wouldn’t take off the red shoes. Little kids are just awesome. It’s great that they totally know what they like and what they want. Sometimes we lose that as adults. Wonderful photos!

  5. Ya right …… They won’t be shown to future boyfriends, girlfriends, or a husband ?
    I bet one day on a whim, you’ll change your mind and your daughters face will be the same color as these shoes πŸ™‚
    Be sure and save not only these photos, but the statement that say’s you won’t show them!
    They’re all great pics of a sweet little girl, but I like the 2 pics where she’s looking up at you or the camera!
    Nice work!

    • Haha! Yeah wink wink ;)… She’ll be glad I documented these moments one day… even if they do make her blush! I know I’m glad my mom did… I love looking through my baby book. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the feedback!

  6. These shots are so adorable. They definitely take me back to when my daughter was younger and had those same shoes. (Every little girl should own a pair of ruby slippers at some point in childhood.) I love the sequence too. As a mom, you’ve got to take advantage of those got-to-photograph moments!

    • We haven’t really started either :). But u say if they are curious, let them test it out. It took my son until 3 till he finally was trained. I hear girls are easier… Or they pick it up faster. Fun times :). Thanks so much for stopping by!!

  7. Very nice captures Polly. Nothing is better that photographing your kids when they are learning something new and being able to capture their emotions while doing it. This you have done well. Nice.

  8. Lovely pics and your daughter is adorable! I wish you both luck on your potty training adventure!

    My son is ten now, but when he was in his potty training stage, I was in my first B&W photography class. We had an assignment to take multiple pictures to tell a story. I of course, couldn’t resist and had to tell the story of his potty training venture. Your blog post reminded me of that. πŸ™‚ I’ll have to go dig and find them to show him later. πŸ˜›

    Kids grow up WAY too fast. Enjoy them while you can! πŸ™‚


  9. Well, a 24mm lens wouldn’t be most photographers’ first choice for portraits, but you totally rock it here! My favorite is the one where you’re looking down on your daughter. Nice job!

  10. So precious!!! I love these. You did a terrific job capturing this little moment in her life. (and as a side note, thank you for your brief remark about the watermark. This is something I have been thinking about a bit… maybe I should be thinking about it a bit more…. )

  11. “auntie em, auntie em, there’s a strange woman watching me! and she’s got toto in her basket!” she is going to get you twenty years from now for these; you know that don’t you! Perfect capture of a child’s great moment in time! Nice!

  12. Enjoy this sweet moments. I remember not so long ago my son trying to learn the basics of potty training. He didn’t have a cool red shoes but he would bring his stuffed animal to keep him company. Have a fun weekend!

  13. love the one of her ruby red slippers dangling over the toilet! Too precious. I need to make my watermark bigger. I’m paranoid to begin with, but maybe now after yours, I’ll be inspired. I too am terrified of ppl taking my photos especially of ones with baby in it !

  14. The dedication to your daughter and your craft come through so clearly in this series! Her precocious looks and passion for her ruby red slippers are off the charts!! Very well done.

    You could try transforming one image to black and white then colorize the shoes.

  15. Lovely. I’m trying that idea. Maybe won’t work for my 2 year old boy so well but you never know. My 5 year old girl goes to bed on time if I let her wear her party dress.

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