Monday, December 14, 2009

6 Month old baby: Dancing with Dan, while staring at the camera

Okay, so anyone else's baby get totally star-struck when the camera is on?  Ours started at just a few weeks old whenever the camera was on him.  We thought it could be the light from the camera, but covering that only worked for 1 taping when he ignored it--then he wisened up.

I guess it probably does look quite strange, this dark circular abyss that is held up toward one's face.  But even when we film from far away, to the side, trying to be as inconspicuous as possible, somehow, the magnetic field draws our baby's eyes to the camera. And then he stops.  Sometimes he'll smile, as in this video, but often, he just completely stops. Everything. No matter what way you turn him, his head faces the camera.  His body calms down, his face goes blank, and he stares.  Or tries to eat the camera, if he's within a few feet of it.  When he was crying once, we even turned on the camera just to see if he'd stop. And yup, it worked.  The allure of the magic box was enough to distract him from his tears.

So anyway.  Here is Buddy Dan, dancing away to his own soundtrack. Grandpa chimes in for a bit to get him started, as well.  We dig it.