It’s been a long time since I’ve posted, but it’s been a long month. I’ve also been shooting a lot of film that I haven’t been able to scan yet, but we’ll see if I ever end up talking about those anyway…o_O My new favorite toy is shooting with polaroids…I love the instant gratification with film! But the downside is that I usually end up giving the photos to the person in the photo, so I don’t end up with a copy for myself…oops!!
Recently, my favorite subject to shoot are babies and toddlers =D Fantastic for me because I have quite a few friends who have young kids. I know my wife secretly sighs and rolls her eyes when I casually bring up, “hey, do you think So-and-So will like it if I take pictures of their son/daughter?” She just amuses me by smiling and saying, “Yes, I’m sure they will love it.” So, I just wanted to share recent favorites from two adorable toddlers!
First one is Wyatt, who just recently had his 2 year old birthday party. His parents bought him this TOTALLY AWESOME toy train set that every kid wants and every adult dreamed they had when they were 2 years old…or maybe even now. So, I thought it would be fun to take a few photos of him playing with his super cool toy. These were tricky because I wanted to shoot in his comfort spot (home), be able to interact with his toys, but still not give a “home-snapshot” look. Converted to black and white so there won’t be any distracting colors, or otherwise it will look more obvious that these were shot in a living room.
The next adorably cute baby is Lydia, who just melts my heart every time I see her. We shot these in Discovery Green park in downtown Houston. It was rather fun to see quite a number of photographers there taking photos of the park itself…I always keep peering to see what kind of equipment they use. I guess it’s the gadget guy party of me. Anyway, Lydia was irresistibly cute as always, but SO difficult to (manually) focus on because of her incredible energy! I don’t know how her daddy and mommy keep up with her…whew. Lighting was difficult because it was a very bright, sunny day out, and she had the attention span of a squirrel, so I couldn’t get her to stand still to try some strobing. So, we kept trying to duck into the shaded areas for even lighting. Here are some my favorites:
Like I said earlier, I love shooting babies…too cute! Best part is that they don’t mind having their picture taken at all unlike adults who shy away from the camera…or maybe the babies aren’t mobile enough to run away yet! Either way, I can’t wait til I become a “papa”razzi…oh yes, that’s right!! =D