We took advantage of the few minutes of sunshine that Sunday offered, and spent some time Clone-trooper/Commander Cody battling in the gravel pit near our house. (As opposed to Storm-trooper battling. While I have watched the Star Wars movies, I’m … Continue reading
You might be thinking that it’s silly for me to be thinking of Christmas in July. And you might be right. But here’s the thing… I don’t care! I love Christmas. Even in July! I’ve already started working on the Duders wish lists with them, and I’ve already started my shopping.
This year is going to be even better than last year. The boys are both at such great ages to really revel in the magic of the holiday. And hopefully, this year, they’re at great ages to cooperate for portraits! TOGETHER. Last year was a bust. The year before was a bust… you get the idea. They’re both pretty good at individual portraits, but trying to get them together is a challenge, to say the least.
Today’s flash back is to a couple of my favorite individual Christmas portraits: Deklan’s is from 2010, and Easton’s is from 2011.
It can be hard to show clients what their money is paying for, but I was taught that it’s always a good idea to try. The amount of time that they see you at the shoot is just a fraction of what is involved in a professional photographers day.
One of the many things you pay a professional photographer for, is their post-production work. Call it what you want: editing, massaging, enhancing, retouching, fine-tuning, polishing… It’s just a piece of the total package.
That being said, it’s a pretty important piece. Even an image that’s technically sound, SOOC (straight out of camera) can usually benefit from a little love. Photographers use programs like Lightroom and Photoshop to help make a great image GREATER. It’s also the opportunity to use artistic preference and help their images stand out from the crowd.
This is one of my favorite recent portraits. Carter’s parents are some of my longest-standing clients. “Legacy” clients! I had the pleasure of doing their engagement photos before their destination wedding. A little while later came Maternity photos. Then Carter’s newborn portraits, his 6month portraits (which have yet to be blogged), and a 1st birthday session! This “before and after” example was taken on his 1st birthday… it’s got canvas written all over it, don’tcha think?
I’m really happy with the way my newest business cards turned out! So clean & simple. And it doesn’t get much better than a beautiful sleeping babe! (I posted this on other social media quite some time ago, and of … Continue reading
Today’s iheartfaces photo challenge prompt is “flashback” – which perfectly coincides with Throwback Thursday!
I chose an oldie but a goodie of Easton from the Summer of 2010. I sure do miss the days when my Duders didn’t know any better, and bribes weren’t required in order to photograph them. But I still love looking into these big brown eyes! They’re quite a bit darker now than they were then.
I was eating a Peek Freans cookie the other day (and I instagrammed an iPhone picture of it for two different prompts: “snack” and “half”) and it reminded me so much of this portrait of Deklan. I knew I had to share it here today.
It was a sunny day in February of 2011. Mister and I took the boys to the park to enjoy the weather, and so that I could try to take some portraits. Easton was his usual serious self, and Deklan wanted nothing to do with slowing down long enough for me to photograph him. As I’ve often done with my darling Duders, I resorted to bribery. Think what you must of me and my parenting practices, but I’m not above bribery in certain circumstances – especially when it comes to having the boys be cool in front of the camera.
On this particular day, good ol’ Peek Freans cookies were the bribery material of choice, and I couldn’t have been happier with the results (Dek was happy too… I let him eat them both as soon as I knew I had what I set out to capture)!
And because I mentioned it, in case you’re interested, here’s the one from Instagram the other day.
Do you bribe your kids? What do you bribe them to do, and what’s your favorite bribe?
I’d be hard pressed to tell you my single favorite portrait of each of the Duders, but these are in my top 10. They currently hang, framed in our bathroom. These images are taken about a year apart, in the bathtub in our first house.
I can’t get over how different both of these boys are… but they’re both all eyes! Huge and expressive, with gorgeous long, dark lashes: Dek’s are a light hazel, and E’s are deep brown. I could stare into them for hours – but that would be a little crazy and the Duders wouldn’t hesitate to tell me so.
My oldest Duder has been enamored by hockey since before he could walk, talk, or even hold his bottle on his own. At 3 months old, long before he should’ve been able to “pay attention”, he’s been obsessed with the sport. As a colicky newborn, his hours and hours of daily crying would briefly cease if there was a hockey game on TV. Luckily, Mister and I both enjoy hockey… but I don’t think either of us could have ever anticipated watching anywhere near as much of it is as we have since Deklan was born.
Now, he’s a whopping six years old. He started Kindergarten in September, but more exciting for him, was the fact that he’s now old enough to play hockey. REAL hockey – not just skating lessons. The “Juan de Fuca Grizzlies, Initiation Team 2” to be exact. They started practicing back in September, and had their first game during a tournament at the end of December. This past weekend, at only his 2nd game since that tournament, our hockey loving little boy scored his first goal. And then his second goal! I don’t think I’ve ever been as proud of him as I was at that moment. Seeing the enormous smile hiding behind the cage of his helmet made me want to burst! For a boy who’s loved hockey for his entire life (almost literally!), seeing him out on ice with his teammates, so happy, was pure joy. Mister and I couldn’t stop talking about it – the whole way home from the arena!
I haven’t taken my camera to the rink so far this year, but I vow to before the end of the hockey season (maybe even this weekend)!
But since it’s Throwback Thursday, I’m going to share some pictures from Deklan’s first few times on skates. So little and cute… and such ambition!
Do your kiddos have a life-long obsession?