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my cullen (the non edward variety) | tyler tx child photographer

So, I heard yesterday that the name ‘Cullen’ is the boy name that made the largest climb in popularity last year.  This is due to the uber-popular “Twilight” series of books (maybe you’ve heard of these little manuscripts?)  🙂  One of the main characters (a vampire no less) is named Edward Cullen, so naturally, overnight, the name has become “trendy”.

It’s really not a big deal, but I tried so hard to come up with names for my boys that were strong, and “different” without being “weird”.  I wanted names that would stand the test of time and not be dated (i.e. my own name which is very a la 1960-ish).  So, even though I truly love the name, I do feel a little disappointment knowing that it’s not as “different” as I thought it would be.

All that being said, I thought I would share a quick shot of my own Cullen taken a few days ago – it was a rare moment of him being still and quiet (well, he is never truly quiet unless he is sleeping, so maybe I should say, he was more quiet than normal!).  When I look at this image, I’m so surprised at the little boy staring back at me.  He’s not a toddler any more, he’s a real little boy.  One who likes bugs, playing in the dirt and laughs hysterically at any noise that sounds like a bodily function (um, ew).  So, popular vampire name or not, he’s my Cullen.  And anyway, he was Cullen before being named Cullen was cool.   🙂

cullen copy

Until next time,

Tammy

May 11, 2010 - 10:24 am Claire Dupuis - Tam, a gorgeous and meaningful picture of an equally wonderful little boy, I'd SO love to meet him one day.

May 11, 2010 - 10:33 am Tammy - Thanks, Claire! I know he would love to meet you too, he has hardly ever met a stranger ;)

May 11, 2010 - 3:40 pm breeze - Wow, what a handsome little man!

May 11, 2010 - 4:39 pm Melissa Koehler - He is adorable. I love his name! We wanted to be different too, but realized that Aiden was #1 with boys. Oh well :)

May 11, 2010 - 5:37 pm Jennifer - What a cutie!!! Great images---love your work!

May 11, 2010 - 6:53 pm Crystalrhit@gmail.com - Beautiful image!

May 11, 2010 - 7:27 pm Gabby - He is so handsome... beautiful shot.

May 11, 2010 - 9:09 pm Sara Welch - hi tammy from tyler :) i love your cullen, he's a sweet little love with mischief in his eyes ;) i have one like that. I know how you feel about the name...... I loved Emma before Rachel on friends made it go through the roof! sorry for the book ;) and the beautiful image is timeless!

May 11, 2010 - 9:36 pm rachael - awesome shot, what a cutie!

May 11, 2010 - 10:33 pm Emma - That is a beautiful shot..!!

May 12, 2010 - 10:41 am Mandy - Awww...he's precious!

May 12, 2010 - 11:46 am karen - Tam...I know you are disappointed that the name has become more common, however, once you meet our Cullen, you realize what an uncommon and rare child he really is. He has such empathy towards others, never wanting to hurt anyone's feelings, and he is such a bright and enthusiastic little boy. So, no matter what his name is, or how popular the name may be, he is one in a million to us.

May 12, 2010 - 1:04 pm Trisha - He is handsome! Gorgeous shot!

May 12, 2010 - 1:38 pm Hilary A - What a timeless photo. I love it.

May 12, 2010 - 2:50 pm Trisha - He is SO cute! Great conversion!

May 12, 2010 - 11:23 pm Tiffany - LOVE it! Such a sweet photo.

May 13, 2010 - 4:46 am Nichole - What a cutie!!

May 13, 2010 - 8:21 am Kimberlee E - Gorgeous eyes!

May 13, 2010 - 10:03 am Melissa - So handsome!

May 13, 2010 - 7:39 pm Becca - This is beautiful! :-) I love those eyes

May 13, 2010 - 9:53 pm Beth - Love this shot. Such a great expression!

May 14, 2010 - 9:56 pm Mel - He is SO cute!

May 17, 2010 - 12:33 pm Kelly Mendoza - He is adorable! Great image, beautiful light in his eyes.

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