Nine days after my son Ethan Wesley Oland was born, Taylor Winnik, the talented wife of Capitals forward Daniel Winnik, drove up to Frederick, Maryland, to graciously shoot our newborn photos.
As many of you know, Taylor is an accomplished photographer, dedicated mom of three bulldogs, and a mental health advocate. She’s also one of the most caring and kind people I’ve met in hockey since starting RMNB with Peter Hassett in 2009. Last season, Taylor took the shots that made up the sold-out Capitals’ Canine Calendar, which helped raise over $62,000 for Homeward Trails Animal Rescue.
On this day, March 29, 2017, Ethan was about the smallest he’d ever be in his entire life: six pounds, four ounces. He could barely open his eyes and could not stop wiggling. The fussy baby was essentially a moving target.
During a window of about two hours, we put Ethan in five costumes: a hockey player (with yellow laces in his felt skates), a frog, a lion, a bear, and Harry Potter.
This was the result.