Friday, April 12, 2013

{life in pictures} friday foto dump



I struggle with lighting.  Always have.  Always will.  So in order to bypass my arch nemesis (proper exposure), I like to take photos outside.  I learned that taking them at the beginning of the day or late afternoon, when the sun isn’t directly overhead is best for me to get enough light to boost my shutter speed up.  And when my shutter speed is fast enough, I don’t get that fuzzy face photo. 

Sure, all parents want that perfect smile and the twinkling eye in the photo.  They want the drool-less face and the cheerful expression.  They want the outfit to look like it was freshly pressed and the hair to be neatly coifed.  But this is the real world.  With real kids. And real kids have snot.  Drool. And boogers. Lots of them.  So instead of taking photos only when you have the perfect scenario, put down your parental pipe dream and just shoot the moments that are here and now.  These photos of Reef, for instance.  He’s hardly looking at the camera.  And he’s not in the best photo location…walking down our street to the mailbox. 

Props are always helpful when it comes to shooting babies.  Not only are they great distractions but they provide real-life baby scenarios that reflect your girl’s or guy’s personality. 

I know that there are purists out there that are so awesome at photography that they can capture an image and give it to you straight out of their camera.  And they are perfect.  So perfect that they would make Tommy Lee Jones cry.  But me?  Yeah, I mentioned I am a rookie, right?  Therefore Picmonkey is my pictures’ BFF.  So even when I fail miserably behind the camera, I can still salvage an awesome shot through a little digital enhancement. 

What photography tips do you have for photographing 'littles'?


39 comments:

  1. GAH!!! He's a thumbsucker like my youngest!!!

    And Sperrys??? Great taste girl!!!

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    1. Haha -- thanks! You know, as much as I'm going to hate ortho expenses in a few years, I sure appreciate the fact that Reef is a self-soother with that thumb. We've been VERY fortunate -- he's a superb sleeper. Roughly 7pm-7am since he was 6 months old.

      Thanks for visiting me!

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  2. So sweet! Love these pictures (:

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    1. Thank you, Becca -- it's a pleasure having you visit!

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  3. Love it! And like you I am a rookie - and use Picmonkey. PLUS - as they get older, they move faster. I am happy to get the shot, and I can "adjust" it later!

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    1. Are you familiar with PhotoShop Elements at all? My husband just bought it for me, for my birthday, but I've yet to dive in.

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  4. Love the pics! His hair is beautiful. As for tips on taking pics of wee ones, I have learned two things: 1) have another adult handy to help; 2) have the camera on rapid shot so maybe, just maybe 1 of the 20 pics will turn out great.
    But you don't look like a rookie to me. These are great. :)
    Hooking up from the Thumping Thursdays hop.

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    1. Thank you, Melissa -- everyone loves his hair. We've decided to let it grow and see what comes of it.

      You're so right about the rapid shooting -- I typically get only 5-10 good ones out of 50 shots. My little one is simply not a camera ham like that of his peers. It's luck, really!

      Thanks for visiting me! I look forward to connecting with you again.

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  5. Thanks for stopping by! I just heard about picmonkey the other day. I'm really gonna have to take a look at it this weekend. My dad was a professional photographer - it is not a hereditary talent! Your photos look great!

    Michiko @ www.theressomethingaboutmichiko.com

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    1. Were you a fan of Picnik? It's roughly the same concept -- photo editing for dummies like me. :-)

      Thank you for the compliment. More so, for being here!

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  6. What a sweet little guy, and LOVE the Hurley shirt. Styling!
    My photo suggestion (and I am NOT a photographer by any means) would be to get a 50mm 1:1.8 lens if you have a Digital camera. I love mine, and this IS THE LENS you want to use to focus on something in the foreground and blur the back, or to blur the foreground, and focus in the back of the picture. Makes things really crisp, too. It's just a great lens, and the one I use almost exclusively.

    Found you thru Katie at Dysfunction Junction :-)

    Jennifer @ PinkWhen

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    1. You're a doll, Jennifer -- thank you. In fact, my 50mm 1.8 is my regular go-to lens -- I LOVE IT! There's a lot still that I need to learn about my camera body. I originally had a Canon, but have recently moved over to a Nikon.

      I am looking forward to connecting with you at your blog! See you again soon!

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  7. I wish I had tips for you. I'm sort of in the same boat. I only do well if it is overcast and certain locations seem to work better for me. I think your pictures look great. They definitely have the look that I try to achieve in my pictures. What a cute little fella too!!

    Amy

    Fashion and Beauty Finds

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    1. You're too sweet! I think, personally, that the best photography advice I was ever given was the "rule of thirds." If you've never heard of it, I hope that you will google it and see of that resonates with you like it has me.

      Thank you for your gracious following!

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  8. What a gorgeous little guy! Great pics, I can never good photos of my boys. Seems to get harder as they get older too - my eldest is nothing but a blur in our most recent album, he moves too fast!

    Thanks for your kind comments on my social media icon post, by the way. Really pleased people like them (it took a while to put that many sets together!)

    Angela @ A Typical English Home

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    1. You're so right, it does get harder as they get older. My 13 yo son does not like having me take his picture -- and that's frustrating. I try to plead with him that the pictures are for my memories, when I'm old and he's grown. But he's so caught up in whether he looks "dumb" or not. It's an on-going battle. :-)

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  9. You did such a beautiful job capturing your son's cuteness! He is adorable! I love all that you said about trying to take picture perfect pics, we def need to take more in the moment messy pics :) Cute blog!

    xo,
    Shio

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    1. What a beautiful name you have! Thank you for the sweet words...xoxo!

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  10. The pictures are great! Your son is adorable!

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    1. Thanks, sweet Lisa! How are you? Did the giveaways boost any growth for you? Are you participating in others? Please, please, please keep in touch.

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  11. I use the 'burst' feature to take 10 quick photos - and then pick the best of the 10 :)

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    1. I have never heard of that feature -- I'll have to look it up. Thank you for the suggesting!

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  12. I love (really) your philosophy on photography. Maybe because it is my own... Actually, realio trulio candids are almost always my favorite pictures anyway. Beauty, wonder, love caught in an imperfect moment. Thanks so much for sharing this! (Much as I loved your photos, I really enjoyed the read...grateful for thoughtful writing. )

    Happy Spring! Lynaea @ EveryDayBloom.com

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    1. Aw, comments like your warms my heart. I am so incredibly grateful for your words -- thank you!

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  13. Great pictures. I think they're sweet.

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    1. No, you're sweet -- for your words, for leaving a comment -- I appreciate you!

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  14. Hi Mandi! Popping in fr a visit from the Little Shack on the Hill! Thanks for visiting my blog! I've followed you via Google friends, G+, Bloglovin' and 'liked your FB page! Hope you'll return the favour!
    Your little man is adorable! I have 5 of my own and 2 grandkids with another on the way! I love snapping photos of them!
    Sue

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    1. Hello, Sue! I will most definitely follow you back -- stay tuned! But rewinding...5 kids??!?!?!?! Just wow! I'm contemplating my 4th maybe later this year -- we'll see. If we were financially wise, we'd stop now, but God just hasn't given my closure. I feel there is another sweet wee one yearning to be loved. Any advice?

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  16. I think you did a wonderful job, these came out great. You have a good subject too, he's a gorgeous little one!

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    1. You're probably right -- it's easy to take great photos when you have a good model. :-) I appreciate that -- thank you!

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  17. Your little guy is adorable! And I love the "real" setting...especially those top two photos!

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    1. Thanks, Liz! We walk to the mailbox and collect our mail in a recyclable bag, and Reef just assumed carry it that day. Sometimes, I wish I could get inside his head to hear what he's thinking.

      Thank you for your gracious follow!

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  18. Oh my goodness! He is so precious. New follower

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  19. Adorable pics!! Picmonkey is my BFF too. Thanks for visiting at The Happy Housie!
    Krista

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  20. Adorable pics and little boy :) I love your photos.

    I really like your blog. Now following you on GFC.
    Would mean a lot if you could check out my blog too :) Who knows, maybe even follow if you like it? =D

    Looking forward to your next post! xx

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  21. Oh my gosh! I love him! He is too cute! Where did you get his awesome kicks? Love the Muno doll!

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    1. Hi Hayley, darling! Sorry for the delay in response -- vacation really set me back a few hundred comments and emails.

      His kicks are Sperry brand, found at Stride Rite. We have to shop there in order to fight wide and extra wide. High in-steps run in the genes. :-(

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