Good morning! Some of you have asked me some questions about photography and I'll have a little Q&A at the end of this post...
Day 22: Baby L. I had my very first ever newborn shoot today and boy do I have lots to learn and props to buy. She was the best baby, so calm and awake and more awake - she decided not to sleep much for the shoot, so we're trying again in a few days for some sweet sleeping baby, curled up in a ball, shots. I love this picture - I think it's the baby wrinkles in her hair and she was SO tiny. Items to bring next time include a big heat lamp, haha!
Day 23: Onion Volcano. Tonight we had a girls' night out at a Japanese steakhouse and I knew that I wanted to get a shot of the onion volcano. I won't even tell you the copious amounts of butter I consumed, but that meal sure was delish!
Day 24: Not Sleepy. Avery chooses the most appropriate reading for her daily reading assignments - this one is always a favorite, although we never listen and make her go to bed even though she's not sleepy and will not go to bed. Lola, she's such a good influence.
Day 25: Scrumptious. One of my faves - white chocolate & cranberry! A tasty homemade treat from my in-laws tonight. I'm so loved. OK, it might be the kids that persuaded this tasty treat to come home with us - who can say no to those precious grandchildren? :)
Day 26: Sorry! Andrew and I played a fast and brutal game of Sorry Sliders this afternoon. It started off nicely enough and then soon became a battle of who could slide the pieces the craziest.
Day 27: Just the 2 of Us. I stole Avery away for the evening and we went to go have a chai at a little local cafe that is amazing. I brought my camera with me and ended up liking this photo of her scraped up, well loved shoes. I love how her feet are just dangling off the edge of the big comfy chair. She's still little and not growing up too fast - just as long as her feet still hang off the end of a chair...
Day 28: All Quiet. The house was suddenly alarmingly quiet and those mommy instincts sent me searching the house; only instead of finding someone coloring on walls, I found this sweet girl 'reading' Sleeping Beauty on her bed. My little princess, dressed as Cinderella, reading Sleeping Beauty. I found the camera and sat in front of her - she couldn't have cared less - and I took some pictures of her little piggies.
A little Q&A -
Q: What camera do you use?
A: I have a Nikon D5000 and it's a wonderful starter SLR camera. The Canon equivalent is the Rebel T1i, I believe.
Q: What lenses do you use?
A: When I bought my camera, it came with 2 kit lenses - the 18-55mm 3.5/f and the 55-200mm 4/f. I saved my pennies and bought my favorite lens, the 50mm 1.4/f. It really creates those nice blurry backgrounds (bokeh) and allows me to shoot indoors without the flash.
Q: Did you take a class?
A: I took Oh Shoot to learn how to shoot in full manual mode and then I also took Portraiture 101 to help with composition.
Q: What editing programs do you use?
A: I mostly work with Photoshop Elements 6 (yeah, I should probably upgrade...) and have purchased some editing actions from Paint the Moon, which give photos unique looks and texture. I also have Lightroom 2, which is a super powerful editing program made more specifically for photography, but I'm still new to it, so I end up bouncing back over to PSE where I'm more comfortable.
Q: What tips do you have to make photos more interesting?
A: Photos like laundry? haha! I am certainly not an expert at this at any level, so my advice is what works for me and I may look back at this in a year and wonder what the heck I was thinking. But, this is my take. When you are photographing a subject, try to capture them at different angles. Just by simply tilting the camera slightly to the left, or getting below or above the subject can make a huge difference.
Like I said, I'm not an expert by any means, but this is what works for me. Take lots of pictures at different angles and heights and distances and you'll be amazed at the different moods your photos will take on.
See you back tomorrow for more paper goodies -