How amazing are Edward Mapplethorpe‘s children’s portraits? The New York photographer takes portraits of one-year-olds sitting up (he insists that the shoot happen right around their first birthday).

Interestingly, instead of giving the parents a big selection to choose from, he shows only one or two frames from the shoot (pretty bold), but apparently the parents have always been thrilled. Not hard to see why. (That first little dude kills me.)

P.S. Ridiculously adorable baby profiles and newborns.

(Via The Year in Pictures. Thanks, Jenny)