Thursday, March 31, 2011

Photographing your children in indoor light

I've been working on tutorials for my upcoming class Simply Bliss: Basics of Childhood Photography  and I was thinking about all of the different light I've been photographing my children in. We've lived in lots of different places - some were better for photography than others. No matter what type of camera you are using if you pay attention to the light in your home and take advantage of spots in your home with pretty light you can get great photos! Unless noted otherwise most of these photos were taken with a point-and-shoot.

Here are a few of my favorite shots through the years:
Summer 2002
Beth as a baby - taken using a film SLR camera

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Beth & the hubs in our little apartment, there were some window that occasionally let in some pretty light.

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This is from when we lived in Montana - we had a nice window that got good light in the morning.

Summer 2003
Baby Emma, this was from when we were living with my parents. The light in our bedroom was just beautiful.

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A favorite photo of our not-yet-two year old Beth

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Here is Emma, we were living in a little duplex when I took this photo. We had one nice window for taking photos. This is one of my favorite photos from when we lived there.

Emma: September 2006
When we moved to our little house out in the country it was dark and generally not ideal for taking photos. My favorite place for taking photos was by the door - whenever it was open I could get some beautiful light.

Beth Summer 06
Another photo of Beth from that house. She was playing dress-up!

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Katie-Abigail, crawling out the door!!

Emma - April 07
Here is Emma - my cutie-pie! We moved to a house with brighter light but I still liked to shoot by the door. I could get some cute shots of my kids pretty blue eyes there.

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Here is a shot of Beth, taken near the door.

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Baby Josiah - taken near a window on my bed.

Katie Abigail
Katie-Abigail has the most beautiful eyes! This is the first shot so far that's taken with an SLR taken right by the door.

Emma all dressed up
Another favorite place to photograph was by my bathroom window.

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Here's a shot of Emma taken near a window.

Beth
Here is a photo of Beth taken at our current home in the dining room. There is a nice bank of windows there that is almost always great for taking photos!

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Josiah - also taken in the Dining Room - great window light there!

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A photo of Beth taken from late summer by the door. There is often some pretty light there!

No matter where you live there is bound to be a spot or two with beautiful light! Once you learn to take advantage of it your photography will improve tremendously!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

a few downtown photos

On Sunday I mentioned that I took a little trip to the downtown area of my city to take a few shots of the decaying old buildings in that area. It's a beautiful street but every now and then you see these poor abandoned houses that look like they need a ton of work. This one is just down the street from the Augusta Ronald McDonald home. I literally took these photos in maybe five minutes - with my kids in the van waiting for me. Not an ideal situation, and it's left me hungry for more. So here is just one house that I photographed...

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Wordless{ish} Wednsday: Things that make me go hmmmmm

The Scavenger Hunt Sunday challenge item "things that make me go hmmmmm" turned out to be super-fun to photograph. I wandered around my house looking for an abstract macro shot... I ended up with several shots that I really liked and wanted to share them today :)

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My Captain Crunch  cereal shot from Sunday's Scavenger Hunt post.
This was taken with my macro filter in my cute Kitchen Aid brand cup measure.
That cereal seriously boggles my mind. My hubs and kids just love it but I do not, mostly because of how much it makes my mouth want to turn itself inside out! It just hurts - and is so not worth it. But I still buy it because it is so much less sugary than many of my family's cereal preferences.

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Another thing that makes me go hmmmm.... our all-in-one. It's supposed to scan, fax, copy & print. I pretty much just leave it alone. I knew exactly how to operate our last all in one but this one (for some strange reason) boggles my mind. I make an occasional copy and use it to print - if I want something "scanned" I take a picture of it.

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Moving onto the "abstract macro" portion of this post - also taken with the macro filter. I just really like the pattern and possibility for a neat depth of field in these two shots.

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The thing that makes me go hmmm about brushes is their propensity to disappear at our house. With three little girls in the house searching for the brushes is a pretty much daily occurrence - and we have four of them. Mine stays in my bathroom, in my drawer. If I had locks on my bathroom drawers it would be in the one with a lock on it.

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This brush is impossible to clean. I'll never buy one of these ever again - yet it is my girl's favorite brush. They will wait for their sister to be finished using this brush just so they can use it. I really liked the perspective and colors in this shot as well as the depth of field - even if it is just a little gross.

Other things that make me go hmmm....

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This ledge in my Living Room that is like eight feet up. I have no idea why anyone would want this ledge here - maybe to display stuff? My kids think it's the greatest game to see if they can throw stuff up there. Drives me crazy. Most recent additions - Little Man's pillow pet. Yeah, great. Thanks for that.

Also - kids cartoons. Some of them I get - like Phineas & Ferb. The hubs and I watch it with the kiddos and we all enjoy it. But my kids had the TV on over the weekend and were watching something that was just gross. I had to ask them to watch something else - they were quite annoyed - but seriously  who comes up with this stuff?

Linking up with:

 and then, she {snapped} Dear Crissy

project alicia, and then, she{snapped}, the paper mama, dear crissy 
also linked with: parenting by dummies, seven clown circus, crazy about my baybah, Mama to 4 Blessings, Adventures of Goober Grape and Monkey Man

Favorite photos so far

It's good to take a moment now and then to pause and see what we have accomplished so far... looking back at my year so far in photographs there are highs and lows - I may not have accomplished everything that I wanted to - but then I've also had some other moments that surprised me. So to start this post off I choose my top five photos of my kids, taken by me. It's terribly difficult to choose just five!! 

Featured as #1 photo on The Daily Wyatt
This is my oldest daughter. Processed in Photoshop Elements 7 with actions from My 4 Hens Photography

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A photo of my second daughter taken during our "blizzard" at the beginning of this year.
 Processed in PSE using an action from Paint the Moon 

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Taken during the snowstorm earlier this year. I love the way these look, I don't even remember what I did to get them to look this way. I know I applied a few actions in PSE but I have no idea what I did - but I love this whimsical treatment!  This is such a typical, wonderful moment for my youngest daughter.

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I can hardly believe that this is the best photo I have of my little man! 
I have tons of photos of him but most of them are cell phone snapshots. 


This is cheating a little, I know - it's not taken by me. But here is a photo of my little guy, due in July.


So those are my top five favorites of my kids. 

But I couldn't stop there! I have several more favorites that I wanted to share!!

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Featured on Pieces of me

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Featured on Paper Heart Camera

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Saturday POTD

A beautiful day with my little sister

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Peanut Butter Easter M&Ms

a slightly brigher edit

Monday's POTD
Featured in Top 5 on the Daily Wyatt

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