This year I only took on a limited number of photoshoots. I was tired. And felt every ounce of this pregnancy. I talked to Jer at the beginning of the spring (after we had found out I was knocked up) and decided on a certain number for each month. Right after Labor Day, I didn’t have a single shoot left on the schedule…which is kinda crazy because usually that is ‘photoshoot season’. People want Christmas card pictures and cozy warm fall photos and the like. But I stuck to my guns and turned down a lot of folks. And let me tell ya….it felt good.
Sometimes it feels good to just say no.
Put that on a milk carton and drink it.
Anyhoo…I did decide that I would try to take this time and learn a little more editing and camera-related stuff. I learned back-button focusing and how to properly white balance (although I think learning it doesn’t mean I’ll actually apply it! ha!) and a little more photoshop-tools. It doesn’t mean my photos are perfect but it is nice to be a student of the craft, ya know? I also decided that I would try to stage a photoshoot with Will at least once a month. I have so many ‘real-life’ moments of him but in general, very few of him being photo-shooten. Thats a word. I promise.
His outfit isn’t perfect and it was just me and him at the shoot (which can be difficult because dude, the kid is two) but in the end, I am so glad I took the thirty minutes to ‘stage’ a shoot.
You might also notice that each picture is differently edited. Some are clean. Some vintage. Some warm and some not. I was exploring my artistic side.
This one with the branch reminds me of the cover of The Giving Tree.
And this was right after he got into trouble. He accidentally threw a stick at me (it slipped when he was aiming for the trees) and he actually sliced my tummy through my shirt. My shirt didn’t have a hole or anything but my skin was bleeding and he felt terrible when I showed him the boo-boo. I think he thought he hurt the baby. The puppy dog eyes kill me.
It didn’t take long for him to get over it though.
I see his personality coming through so much more these days. I love the scrunched up face. He thinks it’s gonna make me laugh…which of course it does….and he LOVES to make people laugh. I think he gets that from my side of the family. We are a bunch of jokesters…and he fits right in.
Last two are my favorite. He just looks so darn happy. It’s because these are the two when Daddy came home and saw him with his ‘penders’ on. I have grown to accept that Daddy is the favorite. I can’t blame him….Jeremy is my favorite too 🙂
So have you been doing a lot of picture learning lately? Anyone exploring photography for the first time? Any mom-togs out there that have been setting up shoots or capturing favorite pics of your kids? Any pros out there that are picking up new tricks? It’s been a while since we talked photos – let’s chat 🙂