Saturday, October 11, 2008

Farewell, Summer

Wherefore, Summer, hath thou gone? Days are getting shorter, and the rain has returned. There's a frost advisory issued for the area over night, and we're but in the second week of October. We had a busy summer. Both kids started soccer, but the 3- and 4-year-old teams were by far the cutest. On the first practice, Coach Jason divided the 8 kids into two teams, told one to go this way, and the other to go that way, but short attention span got in the way. Finally he just threw the ball and said, "Go get the ball!" And they did. "Keep going!" And they did.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

This Is Now

The studio can be anywhere. Outdoors or in. Here in the Pacific northwest where we spend half of the year in the rain, indoors it tends to be less wet. It can be as simple as a plain wall and a small light, and voila!

Little girl, 4 years later. (Nikon SB-800 speed light with shoot through umbrella. Pocket Wizard. If you must know.)

Brother fell off the monkey bars and injured his wrist. Guess he's not a real monkey after all. (Similar setup) Doesn't seem to bother him very much. Still very active.

Other times we'd set up the backdrop and bring out the big studio strobes. Good for Kung Fu Girl shot. Who says having your picture taken isn't fun? Haaaaaaaaaiiiiiiya!

My approach to photographing children is very much let kids be themselves. There's one rule in the studio. We never say "cheese." A contrived smile does not a good portrait make. We'll play a game, tell a story, say "1, 2, 3, jump!" or play peek-a-boo. Much more genuine expressions this way.

Jump, KFG, jump!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

That Was Then

Fast forward a couple of decades, we were expecting our second child. Showed up in the hospital with two cameras and a camcorder. The nurse saw me and asked, "Are you doing a documentary or something?"

"Heh, heh!" I chuckled.

The delivery of our second child went much more smoothly than the first, but not without a few scary moments. Minutes after J was born, I snapped this shot.
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