Just recently I had the pleasure to photograph my little nephew. We were lucky for a beautiful September day with it’s vibrant green grass that will soon unknowingly wither away. Now I look out the window, and I am so glad we did this – this boy won’t be outside in just this t-shirt anymore as he will quickly outgrow it – it’s so lovely to see a baby grow up so quickly. Maybe I don’t see this with my own daughter, but other people’s kids – grow up a lot faster ;)
Here is a song to go along with these photos: Beautiful, Beautiful, Beautiful Boy by Celine Dion (yes I know John Lennon’s version is better – but this one’s for the mommy ;)
Daniel is now almost 8 months old and he is the quietest baby on earth. I am probably more puzzled by this, than actually happy… you see, my daughter was not a great baby at all. Sure she was lovely in every way, BUT: she was a screamer, she was not a good sleeper, (seriously her first full night of sleep was when she was 14 months!), (let me bold that 14 months!) and then she never liked napping – before she turned two, she was already out of her regular nap time.
Back to Daniel, so I don’t ramble too much on this poor girl, (it wasn’t her fault and it’s all behind us now ;) He is a super sweetheart. I love him so much. He loved it when I was taking his pictures – he’ll grow up to be one of these tech-guys, one that loves all the toys and gadgets – for sure!
With this photoshoot, I totally learned or maybe just reminded myself how I should be doing THIS for a living. Instead of having a desk job ;) (ok when I got into graphic design, for some reason I only saw the creative world of it – I did not see the desk and me sitting by it – all the time. From a ‘professional’ photographer’s eye, this last photo, should be a delete. Aren’t I evil? Thankfully, my sister saw it and she totally saved it. Why would I delete such a beautiful photo – well do you see the sun glare on his face – that is a no no for a photographer to pass on to a client. It’s sad but true. As a mom though, I do look beyond the photo settings and go with the energy and beauty of the subject – in this case my lovely little nephew.
And speaking of Monsters, would you believe my daughter was constantly all over him during parts of this shoot! And yes, while mommy was busy with her camera, she kept herself busy with a set of markers! Oh Boy ;D
Photo Tip: when shooting outside on a sunny day, try to look for a shaded spot. Even if you’re under a tree (like we were) you still may get spots of sun blazing through the leaves. Try to still avoid that. If your subject is small, you can position yourself (the photographer) over so that your shadow is cast on your subject. (that is what I did with the photos on top) Play around a see what I mean. Try to control the sun spots, so they are around the face and not right on it – this will make for much better shots.
Also, try to arrange for a chaperone to your own kids (not that you would be shooting professionally with your own kid running around – but anyway, things get a little tougher, but FUNNIER, with those MONSTERS ;D
Have fun shooting while the weather is still ‘picture perfect’ (well not today, not here ;P)
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